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Glasses And Acne

Lately I have been getting whiteheads and acne on the bridge of my nose and I didn't think much of it until yesterday when I saw a HUGE whitehead right under my left eyebrow. It looked so weird compared to the rest of my face because there are no pimples around my eyes except this one lone soldier. I washed my face with my Clearasil Wash, moisturized then put my glasses on. Then I paused. Took my glasses off, then put it back on again. The pimple was right where part of my glasses framed my face. Then it hit me - the pimples that I have been getting around my eyes and nose were from my glasses! That's right my fellow acne sufferers! Glasses - more specifically, the frames! A very unsuspecting culprit, I might add. Glasses are necessary if you have impaired vision, like myself, and don't want to hassle with contacts. Different frames make a different statement and are actually becoming a fashion accessory nowadays, but they can be an instigator of acne when all the oils from our face are just sitting on them and are never cleaned. Therefore they build up, clog the pores and you get acne in places you never got it before. So, besides cleaning the lenses so you can see better, clean your frames as well. Wash them in the morning before putting on your face. Regular soap and water is fine, but I personally use alcohol wipes (my sister picked up a bunch at the hospital she works at) or rubbing alcohol just to be sure the bacteria is gone. After all, what's the point of washing your face and then putting on something dirty after you cleaned it? Till next time!

Not Letting Acne Rule Our Lives!

When I scroll down and read the blogs here and even just looking at Youtube, its not hard to find people frustrated with their acne/acne-prone skin. At times it can lead to depression and it is a self-esteem destroyer. I am not immune to its effects - I suffer from acne and LOTS hyperpigmentation, and I can't help but compare myself to my relatives who do not have acne or hyperpigmentation. I become jealous and angry just because, to me, my skin looks hideous. But through out my time in college, I've learned that there is more to me than my acne, and ways to pick myself up so my acne situation didn't seem so bad. First thing is this - love yourself. This can be hard; after all we are our own worst critic, and we can be really be hard on ourselves. Cut yourself some slack. Out of the 7 billion people on this planet there is no one and has never been anyone like you! You are unique! Walt Whitman wrote : "I celebrate myself, and sing myself." So what you don't have that perfect skin or have the those pretty green eyes like your friend Lucy. You are not Lucy! Why waste your time trying to be like someone else? Coveting someone else and what they have? It only leads to disappointment in yourself when you do that. Therefore celebrate being you! Remembering that I was purchased through the blood of Jesus Christ is the best reminder of just how special I am! I'm made in the image of an awesome God, who sacrificed His Son so that I can be part of His family for all eternity! So yeah since He took the time to fabricate me in my mother's womb, I will celebrate being me. But of course we will all face those days when we forget that fact and feel sad as we look at the mirror. So look for your favorite aspect about yourself. What is it your love about yourself? You might tell say - I hate everything about myself!!! But honestly if you do that you will only see the 'flaws' that you dislike. I suggest you do this (guys and girls) - after you take a shower, take a look at a full mirror (or stand a good distance from your mirror to get a full view of yourself) and look for the things you like! It could be your hair, that dent in your nose that gives your face character, the fact that your boobs are just the perfect size, or that your butt looks fitted in jeans and makes the guys turn their heads. For me, my dimples and my legs are one of my favorite aspects of me. I used to be hard on myself because I wasn't as tall as my cousins - they are all 5'7 - 6'0 (model height) and I'm stuck at 5'0 - or the fact that I had small boobs (34A) while my sister had bigger breast in the C and D cup range. But one day I was at a friend's house and getting ready to go out and I tried on one of her booties in my jeggings and looked at her tall mirror and was like - 'Damn, my legs look good." Even though I was short, I just grew in love with the way my legs looked. Every time I pass a store I can't help but look at my legs! And I see the advantage of my height and small boobs. i can wear certain things and rock looks they never could! Besides, small boobs are easier to run in. And it doesn't have to be a physical aspect either. What is it about your personality that you love? Now you know what your love about yourself it is time to work it! So when you are feeling extra down - wear your favorite outfit that brings out the feature. Wearing something you like is an awesome confidence booster! The other day I wanted to feel good and have a good day so I put on some shorts, a hollister dress, a cardigan, scarf, my Airwalks (knock off Converses) and to top it off my Fedora that my older cousin gave to me. I felt so adorable and this natural high that I was in control of my happiness. I would not let my day turn sour because of my break out the day before! I got soooo many compliments on how cute I looked and that sure boosted my ego just a tad. No one mention of my acne (or as my mother says 'boutons') or my hyperpigmentation. I didn't even notice it because I felt so good. If you don't make it a focus then others will not make it a focus (I mean some people will, but ignore them because you know that you are more than that) So wear your favorite outfit or your favorite hairstyle! Rock it! Work it! Drink tea! Okay that was random (one of the things I love about myself) but really give it a try. Well for me, drinking herbal tea is very relaxing! The process of brewing it and smelling the aroma is just so soothing that it just assuages any situation! Besides some teas are good for you! Helping my body and my mind. Don't like tea? Opt for just hot water with a bit of lemon.That is so good for your body and lemons smell DIVINE! Speaking of lemons - on a day where you feel beat up - give yourself a DIY facial. Focus on you, cuz you deserve it! Relax and just do an oatmeal mask (my favorite mask) and your face will thank you for it! You can even do a lemon mask, egg white mask, honey mask, or yogurt mask - just google facial masks and you'll find a ton! After my masks that when I sipping my nice tea! Most importantly - live your life and smile! My mom gave me a shirt when I was 8 that had the following quote - "A smile will brighten up your face and fill your heart with love and grace!" So don't forget your smile. True, your acne may still be there but smile anyway because you have so much to be thankful for - you are alive in your right frame of mind and as long as you have that, nothing is impossible! The sky is the limit so don't let some bumps hold you back! God bless!




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Clearasil Ultra Acne + Marks Wash And Mask - Old Vs New Formula

This is a topic that I don't think anyone has touched on. Honestly I didn't even know this acne product changed in its formula, rather I thought it was just a change in the packaging. However when I recently purchased it, I noticed on the left corner of the tube the "NEW FORMULA" label and wondered how it would compare to the other one. I've been trying to look for reviews on the new Clearasil Ultra Acne + Marks Wash and Mask formula, but can't find it on Youtube and I can't tell if the reviewers on Amazon are talking about the new or old formula (stuff from last year I assume is the old formula but after 2012, I can't quite tell since the image on Amazon is that of the old bottle). But you're probably all are like - Hey chick get on with the comparison! So I shall. Here is a picture of the old formula container and the new one: First off, both formulas have 2% Salicylic Acid as an active ingredient, so the acne medication hasn't changed. It is the other ingredients that has changed. For the original formula the inactive ingredients were Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Laureth-3, Glycerin, Coconut Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus Monspeliensis Extract, Disodium EDTA, PET-40 Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben. The new formula however has the following inactive ingredients - Water, Bentonite, Kaolin, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Niacinamide, Sodium Lactate, Xanthan Gum, Cocogluoside, Cocamidoproyl Betaine, Hexyldecanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Cetylhydroxproline Palmitamide, Stearic Acid, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, FD&C Blue No.1, FD&C Yellow Clearasil did a complete 360 on these ingredients that's for sure. When used as a cleanser or a tri-weekly mask, both products claim to help with acne fast and to reduce the appearance of acne marks.Now that we have the two formula ingredients it is interesting to actually evaluate them. At first glance of the original formula I cannot see any kind of ingredient that would work to help with acne scars. True I see things that will help with acne - like salicylic acid and lavender extract - but nothing phenominal to help wtih scars. I loooked up the different extracts and according to some websites they help with scarring, however it is in the middle of the ingredient list. If you don't know it already but ingredients in skincare products are listed by how much is in there. For example - Water makes up most of the product since it is the first ingredient and so on and so forth. The scar fighting product is ingredient number 10, 11, and 12 out of 20 ingredients, so its affect isn't as great if it was ingredient 5. The new formula however has Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), which is known to reduce the appearance of acne marks, and lactic acid (in the form of a salt Sodium Lactate) which an AHA acid which helps with skin renewal, exfoliation and in turn reduces the appearance on marks. Niacinamide is ingredient 7 out of 23 and Lactic Acid is 8. Much better affect since it is higher up in the ingredient list. Looking at the mask side of the product - the new formula added kaolin which is used in clay masks to dry out the skin, draw out impurities and help with acne. The original formula doesn't have the mask-like property. It never felt like a mask on your face - Just cleanser sitting there for a minute. So my experience with both of them - The original one I purchased in May of 2011, when I experienced a nasty breakout from flaxseed oil. It was all over my already hyperpigmented face and I looked disgusting! After I used it the first day, my acne was greatly reduced and my face was a lot smoother. I used it for about a month and most of my acne was gone. However it appeared to stop working after I used it for two months, so I moved on to oatmeal which helped calm my skin down. However I really liked the cleanser - it was thick feeling and helped with acne. I couldn't tell if it helped with my scars since I only used it for 2 months. In any case it was nice while it lasted. My encounter with the new formula happened when once again I experience a nasty breakout due to my period. Usually my menstrual breakouts aren't too bad, or at least they haven't been for the past year, but April was just weird -my cycle changed from 38 days regularly to 35, then to something else, then to 46 then jumped to 28, so my hormones are obviously going haywire. Really wanted my acne to go away and I drank tons of water and ate mostly fruits and veggies but that didn't help it all too much. So I picked up what worked for my before - the Clearasil cleanser and noticed that it was a different formula - looked at the back and noticed the change in ingredients. Intrigued I tried it out. The feel and look was completely different. This cleanser was runny, so I had to be careful of how hard a squeezed it, and the smell reminded my of my Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask. When it dried like a mask if felt like a mask though not as thick. I am currently on day 3 of using this both day and night and I gotta say that I am really liking it. My acne has reduced in size - so hopefully by May it will be all gone. As of right now it is working for me, but it doesn't mean that it will work for you. It can be a tad bit drying (though a little less drying than the original formula) so put moisturizer. (I use the CeraVe PM moisturizer and I LOVE it! <3) Check it out - it's worth a shot and it isn't expensive - like $7 at Target for 200 ml (6.78 fl oz) Anyway I hope this was informative to someone out there!