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  1. BlessedGirl314 added a post in a topic Being The Friend With Acne :(   

    Hey! I feel you more than you know. I'm going into my junior year of college and acne in this environment is a mood killer to say the least. Everywhere I look people have flawless or near flawless skin. It's impossible not to feel down about yourself. Dating is difficult in college without acne so this just adds to the stress. I don't really have many positive things to tell you because I am in the same boat but try your hardest to move forward and enjoy being young. Hopefully this doesn't last forever Best of luck to the both of us.
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  2. BlessedGirl314 added a topic in Emotional and psychological effects of acne   

    Need Some Support - Dating
    Hi everybody, thanks for listening I'll try to keep it short! I've had acne for about 5 years now and right now it's better than a few years ago and I'm mostly struggling with a few nodules and lots of scars but it's still 'moderate acne'. I recently met someone online, it's not typical of me but it just happened. Point is that this guy is incredible. I've never had such a connection with someone, he's pretty much everything I've ever hoped for. He's seen pictures of me on facebook but my pics on fb don't really show my acne at all because I wear makeup and usually take pics on a good face day. We go to the same university and right now are not in the same town but will be the upcoming semester. I'm terribly afraid that he won't like me. He calls me beautiful and perfect all the time and I am so afraid to disappoint. I am pretty without acne but feel so inadequate and ugly with it that my confidence shatters. I know that if it doesn't work out when we meet it will be solely because of my skin because everything else is so great and knowing this is going to break me into pieces if he does not like me.

    Any words would help, thank you all so much.
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  3. BlessedGirl314 added a post in a topic Pocketderm?! Online Dermatologist And Subscription Service   

    I had a friend recommend it and said that it cleared her skin (she had cystic). I signed up for it and submitted pictures to the dr. They've given me my plan (the Pocketderm bottle w some specific ingredients) and it should be arriving in like a week. I have some hope!
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  4. BlessedGirl314 added a post in a topic Feeling Depressed (Vent)..   

    Hey love, I really feel for you because I was 15 when my acne started. I'm in college now and it's still here, it's tough. But hopefully I can help you some so that yours doesn't last so long. I don't have a cure but I will share some tips. If your family is telling you it's not too bad to go to a derm then you're probably still in the beginning stages. The first thing I can tell you is to never ever (ever!) touch your face. Hopefully you don't do it but I did and it has left scars that take years to heal apart from creating more acne and bacteria. Second, watch what you eat. Try to reduce your intake of refined sugars (try keeping under 25-30g of sugar a day...check what you're eating!) and dairy. Sugar = inflammation and dairy = hormones. Those are two things you don't want in your body. Drink as much water as you can and having a consistent intake of vegetables (especially spinach/kale). Really try to ease up on the products you're using, I know you want it to all go away but putting on products arbitrarly will only dry out your skin and not do much. Unfortunately acne is so personal that it's hard for anyone (including doctors) to tell you to put "this" on and that will cure it. I do actually suggest you visit a derm and see if their regime helps as it might. Give them a chance before you start trying things on your own. I mainly suffer with cystic acne (pretty much as over my face) and it is much better right now as I only break out during my period. About a year ago I started making my own mask of manuka honey (I now just use organic bc manuka is expensive!) and ceylon cinnamon (safer kind of cinnamon) and this mix basically got rid of the huge spots. Maybe give that a shot? I wish I could help more but there are so many factors going into acne that it's really difficult to give you a set plan. For right now I would suggest you keep things simple with a gentle face wash (only washing once a day since you don't wear makeup will decrease irritation) and I really recommend you buy a good serum for night time. Serums have helped me a lot, look for one online with Salicylic acid. I'm sorry people have been so cruel to you but keep your head up. These times will pass and for me at least, acne has made me a better person and it's actually improved my life in many ways. Try to see the good in everything that happens to you. Because of acne, I think twice before saying things to people that might hurt them and because of acne I eat healthier and I've shared these benefits with my family. There are many negatives, yes, but remember that this is only a small part of your timeline if you are careful and learn to heal it quickly. If I think of anything else I'll post back on here, but be strong and be kind to everyone, even those people that call you hurtful things. Talk to your family, they see that you're suffering, if you sit down and speak to them I'm positive they will take you to a derm which is what you need.

    What is your exact regimen right now?
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  5. BlessedGirl314 added a comment on a blog entry Week 17 - Finally Some Results   

    Just found your blog, I'm so glad it's finally showing some improvement, I can tell you've both been suffering a lot. It's so unfair to be dealing with all this at such a young age! My acne was severe & cystic and it's finally cleared up, I wanted to suggest you try manuka honey (umf 16+ at least) & ceylon cinnamon as a mask for 30 minutes daily. It's been incredible for me and manuka honey is super healing, it will probably greatly increase the process along with accutane and it should have no problems (consult his doctor either way though!). It's been a month since I started the mask and all my cystic and normal acne went away and the scarring has been improving as well. I miracurously saw changes in a few days, not kidding, after that the changes are more subtle but still there.

    Good luck to you guys!
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  6. BlessedGirl314 added a comment on a blog entry Grape Seed Oil   

    Hey, unfortunately no, when I went to college (Aug 2013) I was bombarded with stress and a less than ideal diet so grapeseed oil was not sufficient to control the acne. I experienced the worst acne of my life during my first year in college (what a great time?!). I'm home for the summer now and my skin is almost clear though thank God!! I suggest you give manuka honey (16+ or more) & ceylon cinnamon a try. I make it a mask, 30min - 1hr daily. It's clearing me like nothing ever before, not even the gso, I have seen an incredible healing process. It's been a month. I have a few pimples now (I think around 2-3) no cystic, it's incredible. Also, the scarring has improved incredibly, redness has been reduced and I'm hopefull that this will be my last acne battle. I've had acne for 4 years nothing had worked for so long and so well, try it out! Also, I began to eat A LOT more vegetables (kale, spinach mostly) and have been taking vitamin D (10,000 IU /day) and I think that has a lot to do with it also (vit D is lacking in most people and it's so necessary!) and I'm also taking vitamin C. Wish you only the best,

    On a side note, GSO did wonderful things for me, I plan on purchasing it soon (an organic brand however) and using it a few times a week at night as my moisturizer. The thing with acne is that even when people are able to clear their skin, a recommendation when it comes to skincare can only go so far, skin is unfortunately very different. Don't give up though, try out the mask I'm suggesting, it's worked for many, manuka honey has incredible healing properties.
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  7. BlessedGirl314 added a post in a topic I Don't Know If I'm Strong Enough   

    Hi Carolion, I know exactly what you're going through. I'm 19 and have suffered the consequences and incredible sadness of having severe cystic acne in college. It's so difficult and many times I've felt what you're feeling right now. But hear me out, don't give up! The one thing that has managed to rescue me from being emotionally dead is God. Sometimes we don't understand how a loving Lord could give us such hard times, but understand that He has plans for us, plans we don't see or understand but it's creating a story with our lives. Don't let this experience be wrongfully used in your life, let it be valuable! Use it to improve your relationship with God because we are all in desperate need of Him. You don't need to make bargains with Him, ask Him to give you the strength to use your suffering as a blessing, as an experience that will change you. Remember that God loves you so much and that he's not doing this to make your suffer, but to seek him. I'm going to be honest, if I'd never had acne (going on 4 yrs now) I would not be as compassionate or understanding; sometimes I never get how people could be so judgmental or ignorant to the insecurities of others and I try my hardest to not hurt the feelings of others and sometimes this is at the expense of my own feelings, I'd never be this way without all these years of acne.

    Learn to see the good things in your life or all this negativity will destroy you. Declare life, health and healing every day, speak life unto yourself. Don't give up, don't waste life, forget about what you look like, remember that you only need to care about what God thinks of you, not what people are you think of you. Don't let a minute of people looking at you or saying something about your skin ruin your life! Please consider going back to college, you'll regret one day not having done so!

    I'm home from college right now and my acne had been horrible at college these past two semesters, but here's what has worked super quickly for me (my skin has cleared ~40-50% in 12 days now)
    I'm using a daily mask of: Manuka Honey (MGO 400+) and Ceylon cinnamon. Please give it a try, it works for many people. It's not irritating or drying and it's very healing. I saw an incredible difference in 3 days, no joke. Right now it's more of a slower change but I still see it. At night I suggest a very moisturizing lotion that doesn't break you out (use it for around 3 weeks till your skin get strong...then you can incorporate an acne treatment). Please please try this, I'm so confident it will work for you, nothing had worked for me!! Everyone's skin is different, however, manuka honey has incredible healing properties.

    As for diet: I try to eat as clean as possible, even if you're not seeing tremendous improvements from a diet, I suggest you increase your intake of greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, brocolli are amazing!) because in the long run it is working along with everything else you're trying to heal your skin. If you've got the time, try making green smoothies (I started, but I'm too lazy tbh). One of the reasongs I'm thankful for my acne is that it's forced me to find out how truly terrible our current American diet is, I've researched like crazy and feel so much happier when I eat as healthy as possible (and b/c of this my whole family has been eating so much better!)

    My best advice for you however, as acne is almost more emotional and psychologically scarring than physically is to not reject positivity or the words of God. Read the bible, even if it's a bit every day, read devotionals, and talk to God. I've doubted in God so many times, but I've given in, you know why I believe? Because nothing compares to the feeling of being at peace with God, we were created to seek Him, to desire Him! Trust me when I say that this is a blessing being sent your way, God will use it as an incredible benefit. Let go of any depression, slowly but surely you can do so. Try your best not to pick or touch your skin, every time you get an impulse repeat to yourself: touching creates pimples, I will not do this to myself!

    Keep going, you can do this! God bless you always, may He create in you a woman of strength and courage and may He use you to bless everyone around you!

    I'll leave you with this:
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  8. BlessedGirl314 added a blog entry in Healing with Nature   

    Update: Organic Tamanu Oil & Rosehip Seed Oil
    I've been seeing some huge changes in my skin! God is good!

    So the tamanu and rosehip seed oils arrived a few days ago, I've been using them since then and they have not disappointed. BUT the reason my skin has had such big changes is that I've stopped picking it. That's about 60% of it. These oils, though, are pretty incredible.

    Here's what I've been doing so far
    (keep in mind that it's summer and i'm not doing anything on a daily basis)

    In the morning I rinse my face, sometimes using a cleanser (whole foods' version of cetaphil) but mostly just using cool water. I pat dry then put on grapeseed oil. For myself at least, I noticed that the more of this oil I use the better so I'm not shy in the amount. Especially where I have a pimple or very dark mark. This is what I leave on my skin till the night.

    Then at around 6:30-7pm I shower and rinse my face again or use the cleanser. Sometimes (1-2 times a week) I use a 10% bp bar of soap in the shower, but this is not a regular thing. Then I dry my skin and put on tamanu oil. It does smell but it's tolerable. Pretty thick, I leave it in the fridge and it freezes a bit. I let that sink in for a few minutes (the more the better but sometimes I don't feel like waiting). Then after it sinks in I use the rosehip seed oil. No smell and feels like argan oil if you've ever tried that. Tamanu oil and gso are dry oils and rosehip seed is a regular "oily" oil so keep that in mind. Nonetheless I like them all. Then I usually put gso on any spots to really treat it. And voilĂ 

    Right now I have 2 pimples - no joke, I used to have around 10-15 everyday. My dark spots are SO MUCH BETTER. It's unbelievable, my makeup looks so even, and I'm very happy. Mostly because nothing in my face is heavily hurting (such as was the case with cysts) so that in itself is the greatest relief.

    Oh, and I'm exfoliating once a week (usually with Olay Microdermabrasion Kit, it's awesome but I've only a tiny bit left!), I feel it's enough because these oils are astringent and exfoliating.

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  9. BlessedGirl314 added a blog entry in Healing with Nature   

    New Foundation, Rosehip Seed Oil & Tamanu Oil
    I was running out of my foundation the other day, Revlon Colorstay. I've been using it for around a year now and It's been the best I could find, covered a lot and didn't make me too oily. Only thing I hated about it was the fact that it contains parabens, something I don't want to slather on my skin everyday. I really try to avoid parabens in all my skin care.

    Anyway, while researching on Amazon for a new foundation around the same price, I decided to try out Revlon's Colorstay Whipped,
    around the same type as my old one but sans-parabens. Long story short, bought it and I really love it! It's kind of more expensive and has less but it's worth it, what I'm going to do though is use my Ulta coupon (I think it's once a month) to buy it, so with it it's around $11 instead of $14, pretty good. Covers really wells, just like the regular colorstay but looks a bit more natural and more smooth. AND surprisingly enough it controls oil even better, which is a huge plus for me. I apply it with my Real Techniques Expert Face brush and it's really amazing, I recommend it to anyone. I used to use the elf powder brush, but it doesn't compare to this one.

    Another update skin-wise:

    Grapeseed oil is going fantastic still - thank God! My skin is looking great compared to before, only a few pimples that are reduced each day. And A LOT OF HEALING, I'm so glad. However, the thing with this oil (FOR ME) is that I can see that a) it will take around 6 months to completely clear me of pih + acne or b) it will only keep me 90% clear. I won't stop using it because it's amazing and I see progress everyday but I want to try these other two oils to see if they give me an extra "oommph" however you spell that

    I am now awaiting two more oils that I ordered from eBay: Tamanu & Rosehip Seed
    I've kept my promise to myself and haven't picked/popped in around two weeks, I've never gone this long so God is great for keeping me in control. I'm so happy
    So the oils, I read a lot about them before buying. They are mainly for dark spots & acne, but hopefully they also help the 2-3 scars that I have. I had actually researched these two oils (separately) about 2 years ago but never took the plunge to buy them, I don't know, people & websites always say things works and then they don't. But I'm keeping my faith. Why? Well I was afraid of GSO the same way, and it has worked out to be a great blessing.

    Tamanu should be here tomorrow and I'm really excited!! It looks to be pretty amazing from what I read on Make Up Alley. Rosehip seed oil is comparable to retin-a (which I've never tried) so lots of vitamin A is going to be great to exfoliate the skin of the hyper-pigmentation.

    Here's to hoping my skin improves each day! Each day counts x1000000 because college is 2-3 weeks away and I really want my skin to repair itself.

    Best of luck to anyone reading.

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  10. BlessedGirl314 added a blog entry in Healing with Nature   

    Grape Seed Oil
    I am really loving grape seed oil! I've never had luck with oils and I remember always reading about the benefits of grape seed but never buying it, well I finally decided to buy it about 3 weeks ago and I'm so happy.
    I use it nightly and If I'm not going anywhere in the morning (such as now since it's summer) then I'll also apply it then.

    Here are my personal benefits:

    -regulates oil and helps with dryness. My skin is combination but has been really dry recently because of acne treatments and just damage from products.
    -incredible inflammation reducer. This is the biggest thing for me, it has REALLY helped with cystic acne. I put it on a cyst at night and in the morning it's 70% reduced and barely hurts. Even if I didn't catch it on time, it's just amazing.
    -rich in vitamic C = reduced PIH (post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation). I haven't been using it for too long, but GSO has reduced my marks by about 20% in 3 weeks.
    -heals and soothes.

    GSO has continuously worked, usually products stop working for me in a week. This has worked extremely well for 3 weeks. BP was helping my skin before this but it never got rid of the cysts fully, especially in my lower jaw, this has obliterated the cysts. I have 1 pimple in that area now. Also, 2 days ago I got a pimple (NOT a cyst! But painful & inflamed) in that area, put the GSO at night, and I swear I'm being honest, the next day it was dry and in another day it rubber off when I washed my face.

    I'm really excited to continue seeing the benefits because it's surreal. I've added about 2 tablespoons to my cleanser so we'll see how that goes. For a cleanser (I don't use it regularly though) I use the Whole Foods version of Cetaphil - really good (no bad ingredients such as parabens, it's great!)

    PS: forgot to say, currently I'm using the Whole Foods GSO in the cooking section, it's not the most natural but it's doing the job. I'm going to continue using it for a few more weeks and then try to buy an organic one.
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