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  • Birthday 01/04/1992

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  1. Broken

    Oh my god, break up with him now.
  2. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    What sorcery is this product? What sorcery is this?? When I first started using it, admittedly my neck dried out super quick and my face felt very tight. I get scared so I didn't want to continue, but I did notice my skin looking so nice. So...I've kept using it over the past week or so. I think my skin is adjusting (maybe?) but anyhow, holy SMOOTHNESS batman! If you have very bad acne that's incredibly inflamed and really severe, this alone will not help you. But if you're like me, where you're an adult still with all this lingering acne that's small but persistent, and you get it in the same areas over and over again, GET THIS SHIT. GET IT RIGHT NOW.  I would recommend this liquid formula over all Paula's Choice's other formulas. Slap it on right after you get out of the shower, I even skip toner. I want this stuff getting in there ASAP. Last night I even applied it before my retinol -- yes, I'm now wearing BHA and retinol at the same time. I didn't realize I would get so bold with exfoliation but, here I am. Oh irony, 2/3/2016 began peeling on my chin. Slowing down 2% over the next couple days, then will ramp up again.
  3. Dermaroller log

    I'm excited to see how this goes for you! I have a dermaroller but am a little afraid to use it. How much can dermarollers help? I have 3 pretty obvious box scars, I think they're called. I don't know a whole lot about scarring.
  4. Sometimes I have caught myself staring at others who have some deformity, abnormal feature or handicap, and shake my head. But it's out of sadness. I just think how unfortunate it is that some people win the genetic lottery, and others get dealt a lifetime of debilitating stigma. But I agree, a lot of people in California are INCREDIBLY superficial. I personally like to focus on my own looks and fitness and health, though, so I'm not sure if I'm better suited for an area that is less superficial. My roommates already make fun of my vanity, although I enjoy their company because they are relaxed and so down to earth. So...I don't know. Catch 22 for me.
  5. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Paula's Choice BHA 2% is way too drying. After one application, the skin on my neck completely flaked off and my face felt SO tight.  Edit: spoke too soon about the 2%. But I'll be switching between 2% and 1% when/if my skin is feeling dry.  I bumped up my green cream to every night and I'm so glad I did! My skin has adjusted and feels quite good! Edit: will be ordering Paula's 1% retinol soon to integrate into skincare. 0.6% bumped up to 1% will be dramatic! However, for the bumps I do have, I have a lot of PIE (post-inflammatory erythema). I purchased the Vit C booster from PC and I hope it helps, although they recommend their even MORE concentrated Vit C serum for this purpose. Yikes...more $$$. I'm starting to notice a pattern, haha.
  6. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Ok, so I might be buying a TON from Paula...they know their stuff much more than I realized. I'm digging their Vit C and HA booster serums, even their retinol. I thought I was doing pretty good with my Level 6 Green Cream. But Level 6 = 0.6% Retinol 2-3x/wk. But they have a 1% Retinol they say you can wear every night...! Damn! I'm definitely going to up my retinol Level 6 to every night, then bump to either the Level 9 or Paula. Also considering switching out the spot treatment to Paula too. They just know their stuff.
  7. I love Disney and everything Disney related. Story time: when I was about 19-20, my acne hit an all time low and it was probably the worst emotional state of my life. I can admit that right now. I had also gained weight, I admit, so that time was not good...I'm just trying to say how much I can empathize with you. I've been right there. Please find people to reach out to and talk about this. Maybe people on this site. Feel free to comment on my log or what have you, because I know what it's like to think I'm just going to be this "grotesque monster" for the rest of my life. I remember I broke down in front of my boyfriend, just weeping, nearly yelling that I was "never going to be normal." Normal is not a very amazing feat, but it can feel devastating to not at least be normal. Welcome and bless your heart. 
  8. Apple Cider Vinegar Toner - Last Resort - Age 26

    What would you say your skin type is? Your skin looks so dry from the pics  possibly just the lighting. I would doubly doubly moisturize! It'll help soothe the skin and those breakouts. Hope it works out for you! 
  9. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Got 2 new products finally in the mail: Paula's Choice antioxidant serums, 2. Both have slightly different formulations. I follow Acne Einstein's blog from time to time, and he's written about antioxidants and their benefits alongside (or even in leu of) retinols. I love my retinol, but it's strong stuff. I really hope this will complement the retinol and make my skin glow!
  10. acne conglobata

    Highly unlikely! Usually relapse after Accutane is a milder version of whatever you had before. And if you're off that medication, I wouldn't worry about it.
  11. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    When taking supplements, one really should take them all in conjuction with those that complement each other. So, while I have been taking a LOT of supplements, one supplement in particular I am attributing to help my skin. I'm absolutely astounded, like honestly, that my skin has been looking so good. No amount of a face mask could cause so much of a turnaround.  This supplement many are aware of, but I just had never heard of! I was skeptical this would work, so I started in low doses. This week I bumped up my dose and plan to hold it at this dose so as long as new breakouts aren't emerging. No need to take more, although some people take so much more than what I'm currently dosing. Excited!!
  12. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    I can't find a probiotic spray on the market that seems worth my time, so I'll have to abandon that.  I have added a second probiotic. The probiotic I was (and still am) taking, I don't feel worked very well for me, and I wonder if the capsule formulation is to blame. If the capsule can't survive the stomach acid, the bacteria will all die! I bought a probiotic that has a better design, and it really really seems to be helping. I purchased 3 new products, and am officially broke. I won't be purchasing anything new, any time soon. Charlotte Tilbury's Goddess Clay Mask Paula's Choice Super-Light Antioxidant serum Paula's Choice Super Antioxidant concentrate serum Both serums offer something a little different. Waiting for them in the mail. One of them has hyaluronic acid, the other has glutathione. I originally turned my nose at hyaluronic acid, because it molecularly cannot pass the skin barrier; however, a lot of products don't pass the skin barrier. That doesn't mean it doesn't have any benefit. My cleanser and moisturizer are remaining from I have no interest in changing those things at this time.
  13. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Level 6 Green Cream, working like a dream. LOVE THAT STUFF. Everyone needs green cream! My PMD came in the mail and I have yet to mess with it or test it. It's definitely a little scary, considering the results others get from it--a.k.a. the scars. I have started a supplement regimen. I've done research on supplements for years...there are some I know are dangerous to take excessively, what supplements complement others, and so on. I'll be modifying and changing this routine. So far I have: Daily Vitamin D3 Magnesium Vitamin C Vitamin K2 (M7) Vitamin B-5 Probiotic 2-3x/wk Selenium Zinc Supps I'm going to add: Iodine (daily) B-Complex (1x/wk) Cranberry supplement (for feminine health, nothing to do with skincare!) Other interesting items I want to list, and am interested in: Topical Probiotic Spray Sulfur Spot Treatment! Why have I forgotten about spot treatments?? FAILURE PRODUCTS: Paula's Choice Soothing Toner Paula's Choice BHA I have yet to try Juice Beauty Nutrient Moisturizer. It made me nervous when I experienced that breakout. But I am confident to try it again.
  14. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Lo and behold...a breakout emerged! A much worse breakout than usual. Mind you, holiday sugar...but I have a suspicious feeling that trying to shave my face did the trick. I used a normal razor, not feminine peach fuzz razor. I might wait a while before attempting that again. Upping my retinol strength has made my skin a little more sensitive I believe. Therefore, I will reduce my Clarisonic use from 2x/day to only at night, to remove my makeup. I purchased Juice Beauty cleanser and nutrient moisturizer. I have yet to try the moisturizer, and can't say the cleanser is doing much different for me? Then again, I'm resistant to using the usual amounts of cleanser that I do with my cleanser, because it is so pricey. The Paula's Choice Toner hasn't performed well for me. I haven't noticed anything at all...which is pretty unfortunate.  My jawline/neck acne is starting to really bother me, seeing as it's not going away. I'll reply later with certain approaches I plan on taking. 
  15. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

      Tell me about it...It's the worst! I suppose you just have to enjoy it and know the coming breakouts are what they are. I definitely held back this holiday season and am less bloated and have less breakouts than usual, however, and I had more energy to tackle lots of different tasks. Overall I'm happy about that side effect :)
  16. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    It's the holidays...eating so much sugar! Need to cut back.
  17. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

    Update: ~Using Clarisonic! Luxe cashmere head feels amazing, and buffs the skin wonderfully without being too harsh. ~Switched to Dior airflash foundation, and using Cover FX primer *sometimes*. Probably not the best idea to introduce both items into the routine at once. ~Just got in the mail my Paula's Choice antioxidant toner. Antioxidants are reported to having great anti-acne results when compared against retinols. I'd be stupid not to give it a try, considering how well my skin responds to retinol. ~Using clinique's eye cream. Got it as a free Sephora sample. Even just using the Clarisonic, my skin feels great. Here's to hope better skin near the jawline/neck is on the way!   2 more things I am looking into, but do not wish to introduce until these new products have settled in as a routine: ~PMD, the personal microderm at-home device. ~microneedling, to help with acne scarring. I don't have much, however I do have some. I also wonder if this could help with stretch marks.
  18. Best makeup brands you've never heard of?

    Thank you! I want more suggestions! Come on ladies!  I'll be shopping at Charlotte Tilbury soon if I can't find anything better. :)
  19. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

      It absolutely can irritate your acne and make matters worse. I deal with small bumps that aren't inflamed, so I don't generally have to worry about irritating my bumps.  If you have red bumps sensitive to touch, I wouldn't mess with it. I went into a sephora though, and saw they have come out with a "cashmere" luxury brush head, which is incredibly soft to the touch. Softer than the "sensitive" brush heads that come with it. You could start out with the cashmere and work your way up as your acne clears. 
  20. The Only Water Method

    I don't know if 10 days is enough time for your skin to return to its natural state...I'm not even sure what that means haha! But I think it's great to build up your skincare rather than try 1,000,000 things at once and panic if nothing works after a week. Lord knows I used to do that and it only made my skin worse.  Moisturizer is key imo. What are you considering to introduce?
  21. So Close (1st Post Contains Updated Regimen)

      My money is on the former absolutely. Of course, if we have a good bacterial setup to help digest the carbohydrates we take in, that might soften the hormonal blow. And yet, I still do pretty well with potatoes, rice and bananas. A low carb me is not a happy me, mainly because my stomach isn't robust enough to digest an all-protein diet. :/   Update! Got my clarisonic Mia 3! Round 1...fight!!
  22. Hey guys and gals,   Anyone have any recommendations for online makeup brands that maybe aren't at Sephora, yet high quality and cost effective? I'm all about hole-in-the-wall brands and supporting companies who get it right, and price fairly. Faerie Organic was popular on this site a while back. Not sure if that still is the case. Considering getting another mineral foundation from them! What say everyone else?
  23. History: Got acne in around 9 years old, ~2001. The Carnival Ride of Treatments... 2001-2008: ProActiv, Clearasil, Neutrogena, and derm products like Retin-A and antibiotics. I can't remember it all but I tried every product in the drugstore and my derm always had me trying some new gel or cream. 2008, I went on a 6-month course of Accutane, and lasted 5 months before I couldn't stand side effects. 2009, Had clear skin for about a year from Accutane. 2010, I joined I tried the regimen, and felt like I was in prison...not for me. 2010-2012, you can find a log of me trying everything I could find. Water-only, oil cleansing, a bunch of hole-in-the-wall companies. I tried masks, distilled oils, oatmeal, and a lot of "natural" "DIY" methods, at-home high-strength chemical peels. None of it proved fruitful. 2013, I consulted a dietitian who opened my mind to a better way to eat. I struggled following her diet, but I still strive to live by those principles until this day. Later 2013, I went to a skincare clinic who put me on their regimen. They had an incredible success rate with their patients, and I learned even more about skincare.  2014, I could never stay consistently clear and skincare was WAY too expensive. I had to leave home for school, and so I made a decision to give up and focus on other things. I've been using's cleanser and moisturizer since.  2015, I started introducing exfoliants again.'s 10% glycolic, Paula's BHA, and green cream.  Now I think I'm ready to focus on my skincare again. End of 2015:   Skin Highly vulnerable to small bumps and clogged pores. No cystic acne really. Localized to my jawline and neck, back and chest. Updated Skincare Routine 2/2/16 MORNING ~Skincare~ Cleanse Cleanser Pre-rinse Mask Charlotte Tilbury "Goddess" Skin Clay Mask (20+ minutes while drinking the morning coffee) Deep cleanse Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser + Clarisonic  for face/neck (cashmere head) Exfoliate (manual) course sponge with cleanser on back/chest in shower Exfoliate (chemical) Paula's BHA Liquid  -or- PC 1% BHA lotion for dry skin days Soothe + protect Daytime antioxidant serum + Vit C Back + chest PC BHA 2% for back/chest + 10% AHA for back/chest ~Makeup~ *Warning, So much makeup* Face Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer Cheeks Lancome Blush + Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer + Becca Liquid Shimmer Perfector Eyes Too Faced Eye Primer + Too Face Matte Palette Eye Shadow + Dior Base Eyelash Base Coat + Benefit "They're Real" Mascara Top Coat Eyebrows Anastasia Brow Pencil + Bobbi Brown Eyebrow Color Mascara Setting MAC Fix+ Setting Spray + Charlotte Tilbury Setting Pressed Powder + Lancome pressed powder reapplied as needed throughout the day Lips Lancome Lip Liner + Clinique Lip Tint, or literally any of my lip colors Chest Sephora green color corrector + Sally Hansen Airbrushed Tanner Finish  NIGHT Remove makeup Jojoba oil massage (to lift makeup) + Pre-cleanse Cleanse  Deep cleanse Mychelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser + Clarisonic  for face/neck (cashmere head) Exfoliate (chemical) PC 2% BHA liquid exfoliant Prevent Level 6 Green Cream retinol every night Soothe + protect Nighttime Antioxidant serum + Vit C + HA Serum Moisturize 2:1 + Jojoba Oil Back + chest PC BHA 2% for back/chest + 10% AHA for back/chest
  24. 24/M - I cant do it anymore

    I can tell you are struggling HARD. I'm so sorry.  Maybe you need a break. Just buy a normal facewash and moisturizer, do a normal routine and focus on other things. It's apparent to me that your skin isn't going to clear up tomorrow. In your 20's...being afraid of going out in the world is not a way to live. Life is out there, and the greatest discovery you could have today is realizing it's right there.  Life is worth living NOW and acne literally won't stop you from anything. Maybe a date or two, I guess...But you don't want to date someone who can't tolerate or understand your breakouts. I'm not a hippie by any means (AKA finding someone who loves you no matter what you look like), but for ACNE, yeah, you want to date someone who understands. Pro tip: At my skin's worst, I started going to school without makeup (girls will understand). Best exercise I've ever done. Because nothing happened. Surprise! Now I have friends who cry about ONE zit that they can't cover up and I roll my eyes. Just get over it man...people act like acne is a death sentence. It's not fun, I admit, but if you could be one of those special individuals who learn to live beyond their bumps, it'll reward you.