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#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.

#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.

#3262928 Dehydrated Skin Problem

Posted by Vanbelle on 05 July 2012 - 10:38 PM

yes dont forgot to splash with cold water 1 to 2 times a day

bobbi is right that you can't do a whole lot to force the skin to retain moisture once it's damaged, red and dehydrated, but a "moisturizer" has emollients that help encourage water/moisture retention in the skin, and usually contain an array of natural anti-inflammatories, if you purchase a good moisturizer.

It's a difference in philosophies--to be dependent on skincare products or not. Think of your skincare regimen, instead, as something to enhance your skin's natural processes, hydration and so forth, instead of something that needs to externally regulated and requires a multi-step compensatory process.

#3256081 Has Anyone Overcome Oily Skin Through Diet?

Posted by Vanbelle on 16 June 2012 - 11:12 AM

I totally believe this is true. A combination of dietary changes + topical regimen always affects sebum output and the "oiliness" of my skin. By this I mean a good diet tends to give me healthier feeling, less oily skin, but I also make sure not to moisturize as much. Moisturizing can give a false illusion of oily skin, especially if it smothers the skin and you start sweating it all off.

But just know, high glycemic load/index > increased insulin levels > increased androgen levels > more oil production.

#3255285 If A Cleanser Doesn't Remove All My Makeup, Does That Make It A Bad Clean...

Posted by Vanbelle on 13 June 2012 - 11:37 PM

A cleanser and a makeup remover exist separately for a reason. Please, use both!

#3238518 I Am So Confused... : Pityrosporum Folliculitis?

Posted by Vanbelle on 26 April 2012 - 10:37 AM

I can't say for sure if you have folliculitis, but I can say that you're experiencing a natural progression for a female. You might experience a "migration" of your acne down your temples, sides of your cheeks, eventually to the upper lip/chin/jaw, and down your neck.

Now, dermatologists are usually not specialized in acne. An esthetician might be more helpful, but the licensing in the United States to become an esthetician isn't rigorous. If you happen upon a very knowledgeable esthetician (they do exist!), they didn't get it from their license. I don't give estheticians my money unless I trust they're the real deal.

It's telling you said 4 months. That should be the minimum for one regimen, not the jumping around like you've been doing. I'm not blaming you, just telling you that you have to be focused on one method before going to the next.

If you understand how acne forms, from a microcomedone slowly surfacing from weeks of buildup, know that acne doesn't go away without purging. Purging is generally caused by exfoliation, increasing the cell turnover rate and causing acne to "appear" faster, looking like a bad breakout. However, it doesn't sound like you're using exfoliants.

So here's my advice. I think you are correct that your current regimen isn't helping you. It's really best at this point to assume you just have plain acne. I would go on Yelp, and search "skin care clinic," or "acne clinic." If you find one that sounds promising, go to it! You have nothing to lose. They specialize in taking on acne patients and working until your skin is clear. They can be expensive but worth it. I go to one.

Posted Image Good luck.

BTW, I am not surprised OCM gave you problems. I don't recommend it.

#3213964 Oatmeal - Is There An Easier Way?

Posted by Vanbelle on 09 February 2012 - 12:34 AM

Oatmeal is pretty unique in manual exfoliating ability, softness, saponin content, anti-inflammatory ability, etc.

Here's the best solution I have for you: Ask your mom for cheese cloth. It's a simple cloth you can put over the sink, so when you rinse your face it'll collect the oatmeal. Then just fold it up and throw it away.

Back when I used oatmeal, it took me a while to realize I had to work around the messy hair situation, as you mentioned. It seems that the all-powerful shower helped me. Basically, try to incorporate washing your hair in the shower after cleansing as a regular hygiene ritual.

Basically the cheesecloth to collect the mess in the sink, and the shower to get the mess out of the hair. Make sure you wash your face with just a towel on (so it doesn't drip all over your clothes and what not).

Make sense? It is possible to use oatmeal and not be frustrated! You just have to take the mess for what it is. Let your hair get jacked up--and then hop in the shower and rinse off for 2 minutes.

Good luck!

#3209708 *`*~FABULOUS Skin Food (GREEN SMOOTHIES)~*`*

Posted by Vanbelle on 27 January 2012 - 01:30 PM

I'm pretty simple. Spinach and banana, and add a bit of coconut milk or almond milk to make it creamy. :)

#3190768 Been A Long Time Coming...

Posted by Vanbelle on 11 December 2011 - 04:51 PM

Hey Paul, I'm going to send you a PM to respond to everything. :)