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#3441896 Review Bb Creams!

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 July 2014 - 10:57 AM

I really still have to put my vote for any Korean-brand BB creams. Koreans know their stuff. Trust!

#3438272 I Am In An Weird Situation

Posted by Vanbelle on 27 June 2014 - 12:44 PM

I was in a very similar situation just 4 years ago: my first time living on my own in a new city. Fairly low self-esteem, low confidence, and a pervading nonchalance that pretty much defined my interactions with people at the time. I wouldn't say it was caused entirely by acne, but my acne definitely added to the problem. I looked with extreme suspicion at anything that threatened to take me out of my well-established comfort zone.


I suppose you're only 17~18; you have plenty of time to decide on the kind of lifestyle and social circles that go best with your personality. Leaning toward the extroverted side of the spectrum confers no real long-term advantages; this is actually the present consensus among top researchers in organizational behavior. What this means is that the modern 'leader' is no longer the stereotypical extroverted, outspoken, overly-confident male character. The trend in modern organizations actually favors democratic and compassionate leaders who make decisions by consensus. This basically means that you can be a successful introvert. You don't need to change who you are in order to make it.


You'll still need to venture out of the nest and go out of your comfort zone occasionally, but I think this is likely to happen to you in college anyway. All you have to do is go with the flow for some of the time.


Enjoy your summer and don't worry about it too much

He wasn't talking about being introverted or extroverted, nor does he say he's afraid of leaving some comfort zone. He has what I have felt at times; a growing apathy towards life. 

@Sue7, I have gone through periods of apathy and periods of outright excitement. I think the biggest factor for this excitement can be who I surround myself by. But you say you have a friend who is excited for you, so this may not be the case. When thinking about it, what also gets me excited is the possibility for change and new opportunity. There is a greater sense of excitement for experiencing the unknown when the possibility of new opportunity awaits you. To explain, when I have felt down about my looks, I think "Sure, I can go out, but what will come of it?". There's nothing exciting about running around a new city when you feel like an acne-ridden mess. When I think I look like hot stuff, I'm excited to go out in the world because I believe the world will perceive me better, and good things may happen as a result (making a good first impression when meeting new girls, or boys, etc). Whether or not this is a proper philosophical constitution to live by is not what I'm arguing--just telling you what I think. It's really all about the looking-glass self.

You either have you change how you look or accept it. I have experimented with the latter, but now I tend to opt for the former, and I'm not claiming that's necessarily the right thing to do. You just have to make that decision for yourself. 

#3437082 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by Vanbelle on 20 June 2014 - 12:49 PM

I just read your first post and it broke my heart. I think we've all been there (not just people on this forum, but everyone) and had to face rejection. I've had the occasional guy think I'm cute, VERY RARE though. For 9/10 guys I've had to face rejection in some form, and it felt terrible. Overall it has really steered me away from dating. I only have one person on my mind, and if things somehow ended with him, I'm not sure where I'd go from there. I don't know if I'm one to offer advice because, when faced with rejection, I really am confronted with the same questions as you. You wonder WHAT is the problem. Might I suggest a bottle of wine and a viewing of "He's Just Not That Into You"? One of my favorites for dealing with dating woes.

I hope you enjoy your time with this person. This is such a struggle isn't it? Where do you think you'll be headed (romantically) once you both part ways?

#3395328 Condescending Dermatologist Negates Feelings

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 November 2013 - 10:59 AM

While it's courtious to be respectful of another's feelings, unfortunately you don't need to pass a sympathy test to enter the medical field. More times than not, not just doctors or nurses, people won't understand "what the big deal is." It's very very common for someone to simply not understand the plight of another person because they have yet to be affected by it. 


It's really annoying and I think it's happened to all of us, in some form or another. Don't let situations like this get you down. Hang in there.

#3395203 Good Brand Of Manuka Honey?

Posted by Vanbelle on 16 November 2013 - 08:30 PM



Don't forget: 12+ refers to UMF, the "Unique Manuka Factor." 


The higher this rating (10-25, sometimes lower), the pricier it gets, but also potentially the more rewarding. 

#3393820 Sports With Acne

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 November 2013 - 10:51 AM

First, I would look into some makeup that can handle a bit of sweat, if it really bothers you. It can put you at a little ease. 


Second, sports are amazing! It's a place where your looks don't matter, your skill does. You can earn respect from these girls. Who cares if they have clear skin? If you have discipline, talent and skill, that's what matters. Check your problems at the door and focus on your craft. Learning how to separate your femininity from your sport will develop robust confidence, because no one can take your skill away from you. You'll be left standing while all the other girls preen their hair. 

#3391759 Frustrated! Advice...please!

Posted by Vanbelle on 31 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

I just ordered again from this company called Garden of Wisdom. I've never found a miracle cure from their product line, but they believe in this thing called "skin complacency." You might want to try contacting them and see if they could recommend to you some products. They're of the belief that your skin can become complacent to your products and blemishes can come back. 


Worth a shot? 

#3390328 Why Do I Feel This Way

Posted by Vanbelle on 23 October 2013 - 09:40 PM

Teenagers struggle with empathy. So it's hard to empathize with her. I'm assuming you're a teenager. 


You're old enough where you're aware of your shortcomings so at least you have that. I think with time, you'll be able to move past this. I used to have similar feelings about some girls in my class, in high school. In high school I was judgmental of others and judgmental of myself. I feel very, very different from back then. I think it was mostly due to brain development and learning how to be humble, empathic, and most importantly, looks are literally meaningless when it comes to having a personality. And I only choose friends on personality.

#3387711 Please Help!

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 October 2013 - 09:51 PM

The exact same thing happened to me. I would recommend waiting significant lengths of time between applying layers, to ensure it's really settled and absorbed into the skin. Also: massage the BP thoroughly in and give it the most time you can to dry. 


You really have to be very conscious of your topical application with The Regimen. It's not very forgiving if you don't work the product in and give each product time to dry.

#3360786 Review Bb Creams!

Posted by Vanbelle on 23 June 2013 - 09:20 AM

I started this thread, so let me say, ah! Let's not devolve this thread please! Review your products but no fighting! 


Just want to rest this a bit. Darkheart, the link you provided is a blog post linking to a magazine article with an FDA reference on the bottom of the page. I never read blog posts unless I know the author and trust that author's analysis. Don't trust magazine articles, they are meant to scare you. Their job is to give you a grabbing headline. Now, the actual FDA page listed tons of lipsticks that contain lead, on a scale of parts per million. The initial analysis revealed fractional parts per million, and an expanded analysis showed ppm was double to 7 times the initial analysis, still, from 0.55 ppm to 7 ppm at best, all which the FDA has considered harmless in the way lipstick is used. Even at that, Clinique was tested on the lower end in the extended analysis, containing average 1 ppm to 0.5 ppm depending on the product. If you want to attack a cosmetic company, that would be Maybelline and L'Oreal, measuring 7 ppm, in one product produced by each company. 


This is just a thread about the BB cream's we're using and if we like them. 

#3356729 Review Bb Creams!

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 June 2013 - 02:08 PM

I wanted to start a thread listing the BB creams you tried and how you found them. Can others chime in? How much coverage, spread, finish (mattte/shiny), and what skin tone it suits. AND---do you think it's lead to any breakouts!



BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream


Works for very pale skin with pink undertones, full coverage and spreads nicely. Slightly shiny finish.


BRTC Perfect Recover Balm


Still works for very pale skin, slightly darker than Jasmine water. Spreads nicely, still good coverage. Somewhat matte finish. Smells like tee trea oil. 


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream


Worst one so far. Spreads thin, too dark for paler skin with yellow undertones. Have to mess with it to get an even tone. Matte Finish. Medium coverage. Others have said it can make your skin look flaky!


Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm


Works for pale skin, has neutral undertones (not too pink or too yellow). Spreads okay, thinner than BRTC. Better coverage than Smashbox. Somewhat matte finish. 




I just ordered BRTC's Whitening BB Cream. It's supposed to be the palest of the BB cream's BRTC has to offer, so I'm excited. I wanted to try their Gold Caviar but it seems too dark for me. 


#3315122 Mtor Inhibition And What It Really Means...

Posted by Vanbelle on 02 January 2013 - 12:20 PM

Thanks for replying :) I see I made a couple typos and just fixed that too.

mTOR is a very big intermediate that connects why benzoyl peroxide can work and why dairy could be bad for you. Can you think of anything else that can mechanistically connect those two? Of course I'm distilling those two things for this context but you get the idea.

Oleic acid can also be bad if you're really trying to develop HEALTHY cells. The oil you eat provides fatty acids to be incorporated in the phospholipids of the cell's lipid bilayer. The fluidity of the membrane's "mosaic" kind of structure is crucial for your cell to interact with its environment, and if you know anything about protein transport or protein translocation (those are 2 different things), it all makes sense. Olive oil can make your membranes "stiff." You want more saturated fats and a healthy 3:6 balance of omegas.

I've been trying to research into this topic more specifically in terms of sebocytes, but I'm reeeally busy. I'm hoping others can post links to mTOR. For now, check out the graphic from the research paper!

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#3312639 Mtor Inhibition And What It Really Means...

Posted by Vanbelle on 22 December 2012 - 01:02 PM

I recently read an article on mTOR inhibition. This article is very detailed but could possibly steer people in the wrong direction. I'll put a link to it, and add some thoughts as well.

mTOR, which stands for mammalian target of rapamycin, is an intermediate in all the factors you need to worry about: cell growth, cell proliferation, cell motility, cell survival, protein synthesis, and transcription. Healthy functioning mTOR allows your body to be anabolic and growing, and this extends to skin cells, and how specific foods can have compounded activation of mTOR with other chemicals that ignite sebaceous biosynthesis.

Knowing more about mTOR and how it interacts both inside the cell and outside the cell is very important, including cell signaling of different growth factors (like IGF-1, which is a buzzword for you guys).

Both benzoyl peroxide and isotretinoin have mechanisms for inhibiting mTOR, which can reduce cell proliferation and decrease sebum production. This can help explain why they can be effective at preventing acne and comedogenesis (see: mTORC1 and Comedogenesis).

The interesting part about this article is that it ties in many ideas that everyone here likes to talk about: how to reduce proliferation of keratinocytes and how to reduce production of skin oil. However, it's only hyperproliferation of any of these things we really need to prevent. Being healthily anabolic and growing is good. The opposite of that is of course, dying.

And what's more, hyperproliferation of sebocytes with bad lipid composition and cell proliferation in combination with systemic inflammation is the bad part. What you really need to focus on to prevent your body from growing unhealthily and from overriding and upregulating growth factors in the process is understanding what a healthy dose of anabolism is, and it all starts in the context of a low inflammatory diet (that should be obvious).

On a final note, some foods you should not be consuming, and they run in same theme of this article:

Oleic acid (olive oil) or peanut oil. These have a tendency to shut off inflammatory markers. I know what you're thinking: good right? Wrong. Some inflammatory markers help with a hormonal cascade of your body's own defenses against the original cause of inflammation. Hopefully more research will be put out on foods that aren't necessarily anti-inflammatory, but override inflammatory signals that your body intentionally has. There is a difference. If you're wondering: oleic acid and peanut oil specifically override inflammatory intermediates that allow insulin to work again. So you're body is trying to prevent more insulin production, and these oils help kick up that process again. Instead you should be focusing on the foods that ignited that inflammation in the first place and eliminating them.

Do not consume long-lasting insulinotropic foods with a high glycemic load. This would be the difference between white and brown rice: white rice is high glycemic, so it spikes insulin and insulin drops fairly quickly. Brown rice has a high load of carbs that will be digested for quite a while, keeping insulin high for extended periods of time. If you're worried about reactive hypoglycemia, women generally have a good ability of regulating blood sugar through slow release of glycogen, so this most likely this will not happen. Intaking some fat can help if men are more concerned.

Low-glycemic load while being low on the index is not really a problem, because the carb count is so low. So vegetables are OK.

Following these two recommendations and you're eliminating lots of vegetable oils and less-refined carbs like wheat bread, brown rice, beans, etc. These eliminations also do another number of beneficial things to the body I need not mention, as everyone with eyes and who's read in the nutrition section should know about.



#3283945 I Felt...good

Posted by Vanbelle on 05 September 2012 - 10:31 PM


#3266746 Acai Daily Cleanse Supplement

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 July 2012 - 01:26 PM

First and foremost, it's not what you DO consume, it's what you DON'T. I'd refer you to this article: Do you believe in magic?

It's not an article in itself you should trust, but it encapsulates my opinion and you should refer to that blog to learn more about that perspective.