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Vanbelle

Member Since 21 Aug 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 03 2015 05:38 PM

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In Topic: No Sugar Group!

17 September 2014 - 04:47 PM

I'm happy to report that I still have held a strong correlation with sugar consumption and breakouts. The less table sugar I eat (and carbohydrate load in general), the better my skin looks. 

 

I do not use any acne products. Just cleansing and moisturizing. It's worth it!


In Topic: Nicest Thing That Someone Has Said About Your Acne

14 July 2014 - 10:43 AM

My boyfriend used to say my acne was cute. :) That always cheered me up.


In Topic: Does Using Makeup While You Just Putted Topical Products Makes Your Acne Worse?

20 June 2014 - 10:34 AM

I love Faerie Organic minerals. Highly recommend. I currently am in love with Lancome products, but they're not cheap. Faerie is more affordable.

 

YES I do think applying both acne products and makeup can be a little tricky, and if done incorrectly can either break you out, or simply prevent the products from being effective. I would definitely suggest a) switching to a powder formula for a bit (month), then trying liquid and seeing if it still has any negative effects, and b) spacing out your application.

 

One big change I made to my routine was spacing out application of products. You should be waiting a while inbetween applying any toners, gels, moisturizers, and ESPECIALLY makeup (liquids, powders, etc). You really need to let the topical products settle in before using your makeup.

 

To save time, I usually get ready for school or work, and do everything besides makeup. Then, I drive to school, park, do my makeup and voila! Done. It usually gives enough time to let me face absorb the products I've applied. 


In Topic: No Sugar Group!

10 June 2014 - 11:48 AM

Haven't updated this since January, but the pendulum has swung again--I'm back to minimal sugar. Still consuming dairy (cream, butter and cheese), no bread products as usual, no soy, minimizing vegetable oil consumption, and that's about it. Also eating lower carb and cycling carbs. 

My skin feels a shit-ton better, however, there's still some issues with my jaw/neck area, which I'm still waiting out. Overall, skin looks and feels 10x better and that is great.

It's very tiring you know, to continually think about how your skin looks, how your body looks, how you hair looks, every damn day. It's mostly tiring actually because I generally don't like what I see. If I like what I see, it'd probably be highly stimulating. Knowing you look good and going about your day with that extra confidence is great. When you don't feel you look good, that's when it becomes a drain. 

The solution really becomes not thinking about it. You want to improve, but the mind can only sustain it for so long. Maybe the ritual of healthy eating and exercising remains, but that initial fire--running after the dangling carrot--greatly dissipates. One cannot live in a constant state of self-scrutiny in this superficial way. 

Other juvenile things tend to run in the same vein, like worrying what people think of you and how you are perceived. Our physical appearance and social perception are greatly tied together (at least we think they are), and it's fucking draining.

Some say they "don't like people." Sure, I LIKE people, but I don't like having to deal with them on a personal level, wondering what they're thinking of me and if I'm saying the right things and looking a certain way.

Growing older, I'm at a point in my life where I have largely stopped fretting over what others think. It has decreased to a great degree. A LARGE degree. A manifestation of that has been lowered aggressiveness in making new friends. The effect is then, being lonelier. Maybe not completely alone, but less alone than you would be if you gave a damn to network and socialize.

I don't like putting on a show and convincing people to like me. 

So if I have some acne, as long its not overwhelmingly bad, then I don't *really* care. 

It'd be nice to have it all gone, but...not worth my time. If it happens, it happens. 


In Topic: Why Didn't I Think Of This Before? My Acne Is Finally Under Control!

05 June 2014 - 09:27 AM

How long did you use it for? Because like a lot of products used on your face to help acne, it will make your acne worse before it makes it better. The epsom salt draws the toxins out of your body so when you first start using it, it will draw the acne that hasn't formed yet out from under the skin.

 

Epsom salt is just crystalline magnesium sulfate, and I highly doubt that it draws out "toxins" (already a nebulous term to begin with). 

However, I really appreciate you sharing your experience. Magnesium is very important for women, and so maybe experimenting with epsom salts (taking a bath, or just taking magnesium supplements) could be helpful!

I bought my own carton of epsom salts and have tried taking baths in it after reading this: http://www.paleoforw...e-of-magnesium/

I will definitely try the exfoliant mask. Hope the link gives you more ideas. 

 

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