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k3tchup

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Smoothie Ideas?

Yesterday, 04:56 PM

My roommate got this magic bullet blender thing from her mother i believe as "complimentary award" for working at some company.

First it was kinda of a joke, but now we use this thing regularly. More so since i have gotten the hang of "moderation" with different fruits-alittle blueberries goes along way as far as taste is concerned!

 

So far my favorite accidental concoction is: black berries, raspberries, and a hint of pineapple junks. I meant to use strawberries, but i like this better.   

 

I will do this x4 a week and the benefits speak for them self. Energy, alertness, attitude and mood improvement, i do not seem to experience a caffeine withdrawal headache as often. Skin wise i can say it has definitely helped maintain clarity. 

 

I am looking for other ideas. It took me about 2 months of on and off  trying to get it right. I use to use almond milk, but now just filtered water. I also use froze fruit because its cheaper and doesn't spoil as fast. Fresh fruit is sooo expensive here. You have to buy bulk, but i can't use it all before it goes bad most of the time. 

 

What have you tried?


Aftershave Working Wonders

13 August 2014 - 05:02 AM

Well, this is for those guys who shave because they must or because it looks good, however, are hesitant because every time they know after shaving their face becomes an oil field for at least a day or more. I myself loved a smooth, to small amount of scruff, but i knew shaving led to acne every time...every time. I now i'm not alone. I've known this now for probably 3 years, yet have been helpless really. Before knowing shaving was a major culprit, I probably spent 1200 or more in different expensive acne solutions, topicals, medications, creams soaps, lotions, treatments etc. 

 

All with minor relief. By switching from blade to electric razor...and back to different blades and then electric again...oh my I have struggled. All my thinking of increased skin infection with shaving was right.. but wasn't the smoking gun as i still persistently developed nodular, small to medium bumps, cysts, and sometimes the occasional inflamed pimple. Tretinoin helped any wrinkles i might have had, but gave me more noninflammed comedones. BP worked, but caused unsightly redness all the time and burned me more than i care to admit. Differin was temperamental. It seemed to help, but then again didn't..prevenitivly anyway.

 

By chance 2wks ago I went down walmart's shaving isle and seen "Bump Patrol" I looked at it and read it and then seen the cheap price of 7.99 and said "well it can't hurt". Now given that I have research product ingredients for a long time knowing what it was before hand I would have never bought it online or in store. Considering its alcohol, and basically aspirin (similar to SA/BHA) I would have passed right along. Every time i use BHA even 1% I get small bumps everywhere not to mention overly dry. 

 

And alcohol on the face? Are you kidding that goes against everything we know when it comes to high concentrations. And i've tried them before in different treatments such as "natural BHA serums" which were carried via alcohol.... 

 

Yet I report that this product

http://www.amazon.co...a/dp/B003XCP9M6

 

Has kept the nodules down and non existent after 3 shaves which is unheard of for me.

 

Bear it mind I do not post "raving reviews" I do not work for any company, nor do i support spending $$$ on 1.7 fl of some junk that probably wont work. Just my 2 cents for those guys that shave and have acne that is worse after shaving. 

 

 

This product is strong, I mean STRONG,  i use it in the AM before bed currently because i work nights. Use once daily or as tolerated. It burns for 3 and stings for a couple minutes and then gets better. Its also sticky until it dries. 



To add i have been suffering since high school so many years ago it seems. Struggled and have tried so many things that i am almost embarrassed to admit it.So i strugged for a good 5 years before i switched routines and bought even more stupidly expensive stuff and tried so more. Finally discovering that acne became worse after shaving, but flopping back and forth from razor to electric as razor with no success, lead me to try again more products, shaving creams, lotions, etc-to the point i gave up and went with electric and nothing just differin cream at night whenever i felt like it.

 

So yea... kinda of stupid to think a $8.00 bottle has given me relief after 8 years + of suffering. How stupid...i'm somewhat depressed actually. 


Exfoliating Cleanser

14 June 2014 - 10:27 PM

As the title states I am looking for a decent, no frills exfoliating cleanser that will take care of the "flakes" and light peeling associated with retinoid use. I hate moisturizers otherwise;dan's would work if it didn't turn ya yellow or make you look shiny. 

 

I ask if anyone has had good experience with one that is gentle, non drying,  and not too harsh. I would like to be able to use it every day/every other if need be but not less. Its harder to keep track if its not almost continuous use. 

 

I would like a suggestion that is free of BHA/SA. Both products cause me to break out worse. I think chemical exfoliation by the means of glycolic, lactic acid, or some other way that isn't by rough, harsh granules. Also, something that isn't full of a bunch of "crap" such as fancy weird named extracts and oils that market up the retail value. 

 

So if anyone has any suggestions please list. Thank you very much. 


New Labeling

28 April 2014 - 06:50 PM

Ordered the BP 8oz for standby when all hell breaks loose...I noticed that the packaging changed since like the last time ordered (+2yrs?). 

 

Just thought i'd say i like the though. Very simplistic and minimal. Its not a billboard of advertising either. Well done.

 

However, the wrapping of the label could be better as its pretty sloppy. The seem is all over the place. 

 

 

 

EDIT: i see i put this in the wrong forum. Didn't read that fine print.... 


Confidence In The Midst Of Acne

17 November 2013 - 12:20 AM

This post might not stay on the first page long because of the overwhelming amount threads pertaining to this very subject. Albiet, everyone has their own story, but this article from yahoo today should speak to everyone here.

 

A Better Way to Think About Confidence

According to Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University College London and author of the outstanding book "Confidence: Overcoming Low Self-Esteem, Insecurity, and Doubt," there is another way to look at supposedly confidence-building self-talk:

For example, if you are feeling worthless and try to suppress those feelings, you will never be able to do what it takes to improve. If, on the other hand, you come to terms with your negative self-views and accept the fact that you are not as good as you would like to be and, especially, that you are unhappy with yourself, you will be able to focus on what you need to do to improve.

Dissatisfaction is the mother of change, and only change can drive improvement.

 

The choice between the two options is a no-brainer. Deliberate attempts to increase your confidence are bound to result in failure and demoralize you, whereas attempts to improve your performance can result in not just competence gains but also a genuine boost to your confidence. The answer to the question, "What should I do about my low confidence?" can hardly be simpler:

Embrace it.

 

 

The rest of the article can be found here:

http://smallbusiness...-195327504.html

 

 

Personally, I feel this person is right. Its generalized and unspecific, but none the less true-a self fuliflling prophecy for most of us.

Also easier said then done "embrace it" is a hard pill to swallow especially for this community, me included. But i have ever so slowly, but its apart of healing and rebuilding yourself by embracing this and to work on it.

 

Best of luck.We all should come here in support of each other and to learn from one another while keeping this topic in mind.