niklaus

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  1. Apr 06, 2016

    Been noticing a drastic improvement in my skin! It's been 5 months since that horrendous break out I received during exam time. I was hoping that I would clear up after 3 months (like the last volcanic eruption I had) but this time it has taken much longer for some unfortunate reason.
  2. Mar 18, 2016

    Planes rides are terrible for the skin because of all that recycled air and bacteria in an enclosed cabin. I wish I had the confidence to go to the airport and be on a plane without makeup but the idea of that is too nerve wracking. I was just looking at some bare face pictures of me from a few weeks ago and I'm happy to report that my skin has improved. I believe the main reason for this is the birth control pill I'm ingesting. Other products I'm using still are Banish Vitamin C serum and Paula's Choice 2% AHA (which surprisingly doesn't dry out my skin). I'm thinking of upgrading to Neostrata's 8% AHA which worked very well a long time again (the major downside was that my skin was as tight as a rubber band). I'm eager to upgrade now but I don't want to jump the gun since I've only been on 2% AHA for about a month. Toodles~
  3. Mar 08, 2016

    I dare not feel happy but I think my skin has finally reached the turning point. The light at the end of the tunnel if you will but I know that tomorrow my view point will be different. But for today I choose to be happy and optimistic. I've been breaking out terribly on my forehead and temple region for some time now. I was very apprehensive about using my Paula's Choice 2% BHA solution because previously I have experienced terrible dryness and tightness across my face. In the morning I apply this solution before putting on my primer and the rest of my makeup. At night, I apply about 3 drops of Banish Vitamin C serum, rub it into my skin for good blood circulation (apparently it's said to help with fading hyper pigmentation marks), allow it to sit for a good 10 minutes or so and finally apply my Paula's Choice solution. Again I rub my skin in circular motions to encourage blood circulation. Much to my surprise, I have not experienced any kind of dryness and tightness whatsoever. It was only today that I noticed some minor flaking with my makeup around my nose. I've been sticking to my birth control pills fyi. Sigh, when will this shit end?
  4. Feb 29, 2016

    I don't know if it's because of the birth control pills (Brenda-35 aka Diane-35), my oncoming period or just normal acne but my face has not been improving at all. I wouldn't say it has gotten worse but my forehead does seem to be breaking out quite often. Ugh saw my face under fluorescent light at Sephora. Didn't do anything to my confidence to see all those raised bumps peaking through from my makeup. I'm thinking of perhaps using my Paula's Choice 2% BHA because 8% BHA really helped my out last time and I had clear-ish skin for at least a month. The thing about BHA is that it makes my skin really dry and irritated. I've been quite enjoying not having any constrictions to my facial movements due to the lack of dryness but it's time to go back to it tonight. Dry, red looking and itchy skin, here I come! -_- Might be going to a party this Friday (I'm gonna try this new thing where I won't allow my acne to socially restrict me to my bedroom). I want to be social. I NEED to be social. I feel so depressed living alone and confined within 4 walls. I want to look good in pictures (I haven't posted any on Facebook for a very long time) ya know. Told a friend that I started the BC pills and man oh man, that person was not happy. Was very concerned that it might hinder my chances of getting pregnant in the future even though I assured him that lots of people on the internet and most importantly a doctor told me that it would have no harmful effects whatsoever.
  5. Feb 21, 2016

    I feel so relieved and feel like there is one less stressful thing on my mind now that I'm back to using my Banish Vitamin C serum (: I can really see the difference it has made to my skin in the last two days. My skin doesn't feel dehydrated at all! Also, I switched to extra virgin olive olive to remove my makeup, prior to which I was using coconut oil (heard that it clogs pores). EVOO smells divine! I was on a 14 hour flight recently and man oh man, by the time I landed, I had like 12 new whiteheads (good that they weren't those juicy and deep pimples with gunk but rather tiny white spots all over my face). I've noticed that I tend to breakout after a flight (even if it's like 4 hours) because of all the recycled air in the air cabin. The texture of my skin is looking very bumpy these days and is especially noticeable under white light. I know that my doctor told me to start taking my first Brenda-35 pill (birth control) on the first day of my period. I actually started it yesterday because I'm quite impatient as my period will probably start at the end of this month and I'm hopeful that taking it early will reduce the intensity of the breakout I am bound to get about a week before my period. Having a massive breakout before/during my period always makes me emotional. This next part is unrelated to acne and maybe a bit TMI but let me just say that I've been using pads for 7 years and I switched to tampons last year (I recommend those with an applicator. It makes the process of insertion a whole lot easier especially if you're a beginner. When I first started out, I used tampons without an applicator and because I didn't insert it properly, I could feel it when I walk around. If you do it correctly, you will not feel a thing!). Life is so much easier now that I'm not as paranoid of bleeding through my pants and especially when I'm sleeping. Beware that a tampon shouldn't be used for more than 8 hours or you might get Toxic Shock Syndrome. It is advisable to insert a tampon right before you sleep. I use a combination of tampons and pads because when the tampon is full, you might bleed through your underwear. And that ends my period rant haha. Until next time (: Peace! xx
  6. Feb 19, 2016

    YESSSSSSSSS!!! After much thought and anticipation, I finally took the plunge to take birth control pills. I'm on Brenda-35 (which is the generic version of Diane-35) and I'll be starting today! Previously on this blog I asked if anyone from Australia (which is where I live) have any advice on obtaining these pills. I didn't get any replies so I'd like to help someone out by telling you how I went about it: - Scheduled a doctor's appointment. I have a Medibank card (note: not Medicare card which is infinitely better and it's easy to confuse the two) so I only had to pay $20 for a consultation (otherwise it would've cost $60-70!) - Met the NICEST and the most UNDERSTANDING doctor (female GP) in my entire life. I feel so BLESSED that she took my woes seriously, gave me great advice and answered my questions brilliantly. She examined my skin and said that I have moderate acne and some cysts (that last part threw my off because I was unaware of that or maybe I didn't want to admit it to myself because "cysts" sounds worse than "pimples". I remember that I used to call me acne "pimples" long time ago and my dad said that no, I have "acne". At that time it felt like a slap in the face because it seemed like a "dirty word" (yes, I know I'm not making any sense, kindly bear with me) but it was the reality check that I needed desperately). Anyways, I told her that I'm on a student budget and I would like to go on a pill that's affordable (that's why she prescribed me the generic version). She also said that she doesn't like to prescribe Yaz/Yasmin (not sure which or if there even is a difference) because it's too expensive. Since I'm starting my first every BC pills, she said to start the first pill on the first day of my period (bit disappointed at this because I tend to get a lot of breakouts before my period but I'll be grateful that I got my hands on these pills in the first place). A pill should be taken at the same time everyday for maximum effectivity. I'm not sexually active but for those people who are, beware that you should follow this rule to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. - Got a prescription for 3 months (the box comes like that) - Went to Nova Pharmacy (I was too excited to sit down and compare prices between pharmacies) and paid $27.99. Later when I searched online, it turns out that the pills are much cheaper at Chemist Warehouse ($20, my bad) I feel like these pills are going to make or break me.. I say "break me" because I feel like I have tried everything under the sun for the past 5 years and I'm not willing to go on Accutane if these pills don't work. I hear that birth control can cause weight gain and depression. Fingers crossed that I don't experience these side effects. Another great news is that my Banish Vitamin C serum is due to arrive any day now! I cannot believe it's arriving so quickly to Melbourne (I mean relative to last time when I got it delivered to Perth where it took almost a month to arrive). It's only been a week since I ordered my shipment! My skin is in desperate need of Vitamin C stat! I'm so thrilled about these new developments but I have plenty of reservations at the same time. Please let these pills be the answer to the bane of my existence!
  7. Feb 13, 2016

    Ok so I finally went to a photo studio to take some passport pics, something that I've been dreading for a long time. I went with slight makeup because I didn't want a cake face and it certainly wouldn't have covered my redness and raised white head bumps (I use powder foundation with light coverage). I went in hoping that they would photoshop the picture like most studios do. Little did I think that I would feel insulted. I was 5 ft away from the man editing my picture and the sound of him clicking his mouse a hundred times on my face left me feeling insulted. I know my acne is bad but it didn't make me feel good thinking about the extra 10 minutes he had to spend to cover up my imperfections. People say to "love your imperfections" and "your imperfections may seem beautiful to others", but how can I when society has set a standard of beauty and yet I have to embrace my imperfections? I saw a fantastic article yesterday on Buzzfeed (http://www.buzzfeed.com/stephaniemcneal/30-second-transformation?bffbmain&utm_term=.eyLKlMNZr#.hkr7vrPpo) where it says "I like to show my best most of the time but I've also realized by not showing my worst that it only harms myself". That quote really struck me. Food for thought. (:
  8. Feb 11, 2016

    Today, for the first time in a long time I'm feeling surprisingly optimistic. I was looking through some old pictures of my skin (I like to document my progress) on my laptop. I don't know if it's wise to go down memory lane. More often that not I feel terrible just thinking about how my skin could've possibly been in that terrible state. Now a days I feel bad while browsing through those pictures because in high school I used to constantly think about awful my skin was doing but little did I know that I had it good then. I'm in university now and I can attest that it has become exponentially worse. I wouldn't classify my skin now as severe acne because I feel like I would be doing a disservice or perhaps even inconsiderate to those people who have to deal with painful cysts. Good things come with time right? Or so they say.. Some people say that God doesn't give us anything that we can't handle. I don't believe in God or religion but I'm sure that what I'm going through will not be the biggest challenge in my life. Yes it's a challenge, physically and psychologically, but it's not the biggest challenge I am yet to face. But to each his own. I have to go to a studio soon to take some passport pictures. I think it's a given that I'll be wearing makeup. Since a high quality camera will be used, I'm dreading the bumps and redness that I'm sure is bound to appear in the pictures. Hopefully they photoshop the originals? Oh, my next shipment of Banish Vitamin C serum is set to arrive sometime in the beginning of March! It's seems like a long wait but I have to learn to be patient. Till then I'll be dreaming about beautiful supple skin that I hope it gives me ~ A girl can dream.
  9. Feb 10, 2016

    Woke up feeling terrible about myself this morning. So terrible that I didn't even bother to cleanse my face because why bother? Nothing I do seems to work. I don't think I can look at a mirror today. I don't want to sound over dramatic but it's how I genuinely feel. I don't want to say that I've lost all hope but I've been having a very negative mindset lately. Thought I'd post here to make myself feel better but it's not working. When will this end? Hasn't it been long enough? Why me? These are the questions that I know all of us are thinking.
  10. Feb 09, 2016

    I think Bio Oil is unfortunately breaking me out. However, my friend swears by it so I'm going to continue it until my next shipment of Banish Vitamin C serum arrives in combination with Retin A at night. I've been researching how to get my hands on birth control pills to manage my acne. My student health care card doesn't cover the cost of contraceptives (I study in Australia) which I think is outrageous considering that many young people are sexually active. Although I am not and will not be for a long time, I still feel bad for those who have to cover the cost on their own. I've read that it can cost $6-13 on the right health care plan but $30-120 if you don't have it. On a student budget, I don't know how sustainable this will be. I DESPERATELY want these pills because I cannot handle anymore breakouts! It's ruining my confidence and my life! I've read that coming off the pill may cause the acne to return but it's a chance I'm willing to take. Hopefully by the time I'm ready to have children, I will be at an age where getting acne isn't common. However, having read that people have adult acne in their 30s to 50s also have acne doesn't do anything to calm my nerves. Please, if anyone in Australia knows how to obtain these pills at an affordable cost, kindly comment below or send me a message. I would really appreciate it! (:
  11. Feb 06, 2016

    Been breaking out lately and it's hard not to be discouraged. I think it's because of any of the following reasons or maybe a combination of them: a) pimples from my period which I had recently, b) Bio Oil, c) Retin A or d) my skin is just being shitty on it's own. I desperately wish I had my Banish Vitamin C serum to battle them for me! The hyperpigmentation on the right side of my face is clearing up nicely but I try not to feel too happy about it in case I jinx it. Yes, I know that there is no correlation between the two haha
  12. Feb 04, 2016

    *Sigh* Been breaking out on my forehead, temple and chin regions. I dearly wish that I still had my Banish Vitamin C serum with me. I'm scared of a massive breakout just when my skin was clearing out. Ugh I can't..
  13. Feb 02, 2016

    I don't know how many people are going to care about this post but I need to put it out there because I just need to express my feelings. I was sooo upset and raging mad yesterday! I accidentally spilled all of my product in my minuscule Banish Vitamin C serum bottle aka the miracle potion! The product is packaged into a tiny glass bottle with an eye dropper thing on top. A part of the eye dropper detached itself once a few weeks ago and I guess I didn't fix it properly (I didn't touch the part of the stopper that goes into the bottle as I didn't want to contaminate the product with bacteria) and the product spilled, leaving half it's original amount. Yesterday as I was applying my miracle holy grail product, I realized that there was nothing left in the bottle! Turns out everything has spilled to my toiletry case! My next shipment comes in the beginning of March! *Sigh* My skin has been doing so great due to this product (minus the flare up due to my period) and now I'm fearful that all that hard work, care and maintenance will go down the drain. I've finally come to a point (since November) where I'm quite content with my skin. Since I have no option right now, I'm going back to Bio Oil which my friend swears by. Even if it does have a positive effect on my skin, I think the change will take longer to be noticeable. Sigh, tis is life