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Raving Like An Infomercial?

I usually don't review or mention a product unless I would strongly reccomend it and would continue using it. That being said, I have fallen in love with Soap & Glory's Off Your Face 3-in-1 Cleansing Cloths! (try saying that 5x fast) To start off, I sought out cleansing cloths specifically to gently clean my face after a workout. I was immediately drawn to this brand because of the cute packaging, but after using these cloths I can honestly say the product lives up to the package and goes beyond my expectations. I'm even using the cloths morning/night now and will be purchasing multiple packages so I can leave one in my gym bag, school bag, etc. So why do I love these cleansing cloths oh so much? In one use my skin felt incredibly smoother, fresher, and my pores are visibly smaller already after only a few days of use. I think that's just amazing. The 3-in-1 notion of cleansing, exfoliating and shrinking pores really lives up to its title. As a side note, the price wasn't all too bad either. I live in Canada and I paid $10 CDN at Shopper's Drug Mart for one package, that comes with 25 cleansing cloths. I would say that it's a great value in this case because you get more product for your buck and the product performance is better. Slam dunk for Soap & Glory! Soap & Glory is founded in the U.K so residents there will likely be able to find the product at a similar or cheaper price. U.S residents can find these cloths along with other Soap & Glory products at Sephora, and perhaps other drugstores there. For Canadians, Sephora and Shopper's Drug Mart carry the Soap & Glory line of products. In general, the cloths are the cheapest skincare item in the line (for cosmetics you can find lipgloss at $10 so I say SKIN CARE with emphasis in my previous statement). However, I am open to trying the other 'more costly' products because my experience with the cloths has been so amazing. I'll definitely post more entries when I've tried other products. Notably, here are the products I'm most anxious to try: FabPore Facial Peel
Scrub Your Nose Off Scrub
The Greatest Scrub of All
Flake Away Body Polish
It's funny to think that I never thought I'd replace my Cetaphil cleanser, because I didn't find anything as wonderful until now. I'm thinking I might alternate until I've finished the Cetaphil and then incorporate other Soap & Glory skincare products. I'm that confident in this line of products. I have oily skin and I couldn't imagine finding a cleanser that would control my skin, even Cetaphil and jojoba oil didn't perform as well in that area as this cleansing cloth has in only a few uses. If I use one in the morning, my skin is still smooth and oil-free at night when I use it again as part of my routine. Bottom line: The Soap & Glory cleansing cloths are a great price/value, control oil, visibly shrink pores, control blemishes and leave your face feeling fresh and clean for hours. I love it and I think everyone should give it a try. Even you gentlemen, just get past the pink girly packaging!

BrownEyedBeauty

BrownEyedBeauty

 

Positive Thoughts!

I'm not one to trust easily or get my hopes up high when I try things. I just try to believe in things modestly, not cynically or pessimistic just realistic I would say. That being said, I feel like I've gotten control of a few things in the past couple weeks. I finally got back into my gym routine the past few days and I'm well on my way to losing some weight with the help of my endocrinologist. Weight isn't everything to me because I am extremely healthy and comfortable with who I am, but it is a nice feeling to feel like I'm finally having some control in that area. I also feel like my acne might clear up this time on the regimen as long as I stick to it DILIGENTLY. Diligence with acne regimens are my problem because I get discouraged easily. I'm being different about it this time though because I really want to give it a fair shot as opposed to heading for Accutane right away (as I've said numerous times). I think the regimen is working because I have people commenting to me lately - including my trainer this morning at the gym (who hasn't seen me for a month and a half!) - that my skin is looking much clearer. The aforementioned trainer also asked if I'd started Accutane or something, so it was nice to feel like I'm potentially clearing up with those kind of results. As a side note, I've also tackled my hair issues. I've always too thick hair that gets frizzy. I recently purchased a better hair dryer and a fantastic product that I love (Paul Mitchell's Super Skinny Serum and Relaxing Balm). I just LOVE how the products and my dryer are working. I have no frizz, it is straight and smooth, and extremely shiny and healthy looking. I'm amazed. I literally just did my hair and it feels like I just came out of a salon, and I'm by no means a hair pro. I know this is an acne oriented site but I just had to share all of my experiences lately. I feel great about things in general and that is so important. It's important to share experiences besides those we associate with acne because the progress we make in any area can help us to find solutions to other problems. And, in general, we can gain confidence. It's an amazing feeling to be loving so much of myself and seeing the progress I'm making. I hope all of you are finding much needed progress in your life as well.

BrownEyedBeauty

BrownEyedBeauty

 

Back From Random Hiatus-Ville?

I just finished reading my one and only entry from nearly 2 years ago, and have no clue why I stopped writing. I do know that I did find some success on the regimen, but did experience major flare-ups because I was not following it diligently and eventually forgot all about it because I was so focused on finishing high school and completing all my work (I took AP classes so the work load was heavy and I graduated with a 98% average on the honour role). I eventually lost my acne.org regimen products in a move last year as well because my dad's friends threw it out mistakenly...I was pretty mad considering I wanted to start up again. I successfully aced my first year of university and made Dean's Honour, and I guess in all that excitement somewhere along the way I forgot about improving my skin. I guess you could say I was absentmindedly attempting to get rid of my acne but not really being as diligent as I should have. I'm now halfway through my second year of university and I've made some changes in my life with respect to health, including the decision to attack my acne all-out and consistently before resorting to Accutane. There are many things in life that we can't control and although acne is one of them, I feel like I'll never know what my face looks like clear if I don't do some sort of regimen diligently. So this time around I'm committed to a regimen following the tips specified but using my own products (which have been approved under products that can be used from the store on the regimen). I know that in the end I might have to try Accutane because my acne is so persistent but I want to give all my other options a fair shake, because ultimately I need to do this for myself and to gain back some lost confidence. I would say that I've had some minor improvements in the last couple years, and definitely in the last 5 years, but I do not have the clear skin I want and think I can attain. I'm not being overly optimistic, I'm just expressing that I need to try a diligent routine before I jump on the Accutane bandwagon. I would say that I'm fairly confident and not 'depressed' because of acne, I've come to a point in my life where the emphasis on other accomplishments and other things I love to do has allowed me amazing confidence and experiences. Nevertheless, clear skin is a major goal for me and something that is important considering I've battled acne for nearly 9 years. I'm going to end this post highlighting the products that have worked for me. They might help some of you out there, I'd love to see different thoughts on them as well as any tips members have to share. To note, I am not suggesting that because of my successes with these products that they will ultimately work for everyone. Acne is triggered differently in everyone, we are all unique. In the same way, a great solution for one person might be horrible or ineffective for another. I'm just making some suggestions for those who are willing to try or looking for some topical solutions. 1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser In my opinion, this is an amazing cleanser. I have oily skin and it helps to control my oil production and leave my face feeling clean. I also find that it soothes irritated skin and acne that has become inflamed, while also alleviating any redness that may occur. As many acne sufferers are aware of, finding good cleansers that will not aggravate acne further or dry out your skin is extremely important. I would say Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser is a great choice. In my case, Cetaphil was recommended to me by my dermatologist but I fell in love with it after a week of using it. Although I have not always been diligent about my acne regimen, I always washed my face and continue to wash my face with this cleanser ever since I discovered it. I would call it a must-have if you are prone to irritated skin or inflamed acne. Note: Cetaphil also has a cleanser specifically for oily skin. I only tried a sample of it once and found it to be too drying, even though I have oily skin. Others might have positive experiences but I would suggest the gentle cleanser for full benefits and to avoid dryness. As an aside, the pump can sometimes get stuck which is annoying but I've found that keeping it clean and dry will help to avoid the problem. The larger bottle where I'm from costs about $18 - though it can sometimes be found on sale for $15. It is expensive on sight but the bottle lasts me about 3-4 months so it is worth it. 2. Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion Like the cleanser, if you buy the larger size it is an expensive cost initially but the large bottle lasts about 3-4 months for me using them morning and night. The pump issue I find is mainly with the cleanser. In terms of the actual product, I love this moisturizing lotion and have used it ever since my dermatologist recommended it along with Cetaphil's cleanser. It soothes your skin, especially if you're using BP which can irritate the skin and cause it to be red and flaky. It does have a bit of a 'sticky' consistency or feeling when you first put it on but once it absorbs the feeling goes away. However, using jojoba oil with the moisturizing lotion eliminates this sticky consistency immediately. I tend to use jojoba oil at night because it can make your face appear shiny, but I've found it an amazing asset to the moisturizing lotion. 3. Jojoba Oil Note: This is not a picture of the actual brand I use, but I will provide a link to the product I use. I'm fortunate enough that my mom's friend owns a health food store close to my home so I have easy access to get this product. I love jojoba oil, it totally controls my oil production and soothes my skin along with my Cetaphil lotion. I also use it for my hair, nails and on my lips after I've applied lip balm for extra conditioning. It's a great product with many uses. I know many will be hesitant, especially those with oily skin because it is an oil and you might think it will clog your skin or make you break out more. While some people may experience this, I have never had that experience and have only seen it add to the results and progress of my acne regimen. I only use it at night on my face because I find it to be shiny even with a couple drops and I don't want to have the appearance of being greasy all day long. However, even though it is shiny, it is not greasy in consistency and I have not ever felt greasy in applying jojoba oil. Here is the link to the one I actually use: http://www.gnc.com/p...oductId=2188173 4. Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer I also love this Aveeno moisturizer as an alternative to the Cetaphil moisturizer. In addition to the same benefits as Cetaphil, it does not have that sticky consistency and brightens your complexion. I use it intermittently on my regimen. I have not used the accompanying cleanser yet but have heard wonderful reviews and may try it someday. In terms of my topical treatments, I use 2 prescription creams that are covered by my dad's drug plan. One cream contains 2.5% BP in a gel formula, called Clindoxyl (This may have other names in different countries or under different brands). I also use a tretinoin-based cream at night (because it gets so white on the face until it is absorbed). My cream specifically is called Stieva-A. This cream is amazing because it has prevented me from scarring while helping to mend acne and soothing my skin. It also alleviates any redness. I put it on at night and by morning redness and size of pimples are diminished greatly. And that's it! Let me know if you try any of these products and what you've thought of them. I'm also open to suggestions for new things I should try. I have oily skin and moderate acne if that makes a difference in your choices or recommendations.

BrownEyedBeauty

BrownEyedBeauty

 

Just Received Acne.org Regimen, trying it 1st time as I write this!

So it seems that everyone has begun their profiles by giving some history of themselves and their experiences with acne. I've had acne since I was about 10-11 years old, which used to be quite severe. Everyone around me chalked it up to the sure signs of puberty and believed it would go away with time. My face has cleared up somewhat since then, but I have tried numerous creams as well as prescriptions Minocin and Tetracycline - which do shit all and screw up your eating habits. About a year ago I found out I have a condition which affects my menstrual cycles as well as my hormones, therefore explaining why my acne has remained persistent. I am on Birth Control now to regulate my cycles and my family doctor has experimented with different brands that aim to control/assist with acne. So far, there are only 2 that I like. Cyestra (best by far, but had to stop taking it because it did not regulate my cycle as well) and Tri-Cyclen Lo. I am currently on Apri, which as far as I can tell does not do anything for my acne. I am considering asking to go back on Cyestra, since my periods were less than a week 'late' and would not make much difference anyway. I am happy that my acne is not severe, but it has been a long battle and I do feel kind of upset when I feel bumps on my face. I am aware that because of my condition I will probably always have acne in some form, but I do want to do my best to control it if possible How did I find this site? I was actually looking for reviews on Accutane because I've been debating whether I should be looking into that. I need to see a dermatologist first though. Through checking out various products and reviews on this site, I've decided to order everything on the regimen and try them. I've had nothing but positive experiences with BP lotions as I've been using one prescribed by my family doctor. The problem is that it is a small bottle and turns my face ghostly white, so I was excited at the thought that these products would be generously sized as well as clear. I bought Aveeno ultra-calming moisturizer as well the other day and saw noticable results in keeping my face smooth after the BP lotion after only a few days. It really does reduce redness, stop itching associated with BP and leave my face feeling smooth. I love it. I'm really hoping the products on the regimen will work for me as they seem to have worked for others.

BrownEyedBeauty

BrownEyedBeauty

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