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Ooops! 2013

So I'm back... I realized that i miss writing about my acne experiences. So this year has been full of up's and down's. My acne did seem to 'seatlle' down a bit, but has always been there (which sucks!). BUT apprently my body likes being pregnant, my face was so clear, the best it has been in YEARS! Unfortunately it was short lived as things didnt work out, and I MC at 11 weeks ( . After that I broke out worst then ever and my face looked like poo. So because my face was breaking out like made due to my hormones going CRAZY, I was ready to try almost anything, and was contemplating going back to see my doctor for prescription medication. But before I did that one day i randomly decided to add a few drops of 'Plamers cocoa butter skin therapy oil' in with my regular moisturizer. I had purchased the cocoa butter for myself (due to the above), but never used it. On the bottle it said it was used for scars, stretch marks, dry/damaged skin, uneven skin tone and aging skin. Dry/damaged skin & uneven skin tone!!! That is what i have, red marks from acne were just hanging around, my skin was uneven and looked horrible even with make up on, and it was dry and flaky no matter what I did. I decided to use it as I was willing to almost try anything. But the awesome thing is, after a couple days, my skin started to look better. I was less red, zits were not as mean. I have now been using the oil with my regular skin care routine (Vichy Normaderm Deep clensing Gel applied with a face bruch, Normaderm 3 in 1 Unclogging Purifying Toner and Normaderm daily anti-acne hydrating lotion) I'll be honest, I only wash my face in the morning.. and I remove my make up at night with the Purifying toner. Today I noticed that my face looks pretty darn good, (and that is a few mins after I just washed my face & stepped out of the shower when it normally looks the worst!). I'm using less make up, because my skin isnt as red. AND it looks smooth. I have like 1 active zit, which is tiny, my face is clearing up nicely, My porse on my cheeks even look smaller. I'm really hoping this continues! )

rockyren

rockyren

06/07/2013

 

Its Been A Little While....

Ok, so I feel a bit behind with my postings, could be a good/bad thing! Ok so I've realized that I get my worse breakouts the week or so AFTER my period (so when I'm ovulating.....SORRY if that was TMI). As a 'face' update, well it has also been up and down. My acne that i am getting isn't as bad as it use to be, and I rarely if ever get cysts . I still get a few 'harded sebum' acne, mainly around my jaw & temples/upper cheek. So compared to what it use to be, I really cannot complain. Also I don't even notice too much when my make up wears off of the end of the day, so that makes me happy also! Alright, so I also figured out a few things! I feel so dumb. But while I was showering recently, and letting the conditioner soak on my hair, I decided to read the label on my face wash (which I should have done when I bought it ) and I come to find out that I'm suppose to let my face wash sit on my face for 1 - 2 mintues! OOPS! That is something that I have not been doing! I have never let a wash sit on my face to soak in for that long! So I have started to do that, and hoping it will help out even more! Second thing, I have finally figured out who to apply my face lotion without having a 'sticky-ness' left on my face after application. I needed to use a little bit less, and to massage it into my face for a longer period of them than before. Ugh, I feel like i'm a newb at face washing! Ok, well that is all I got for now, thanks for reading who ever is out there! " Dear life, when I said 'Can my day get any worse' it was a rhetorical question not a challenge" Will Ferrell

rockyren

rockyren

10/26/2011

 

Its Been A Little While....

Ok, so I feel a bit behind with my postings, could be a good/bad thing! Ok so I've realized that I get my worse breakouts the week or so AFTER my period (so when I'm ovulating.....SORRY if that was TMI). As a 'face' update, well it has also been up and down. My acne that i am getting isn't as bad as it use to be, and I rarely if ever get cysts . I still get a few 'harded sebum' acne, mainly around my jaw & temples/upper cheek. So compared to what it use to be, I really cannot complain. Also I don't even notice too much when my make up wears off of the end of the day, so that makes me happy also! Alright, so I also figured out a few things! I feel so dumb. But while I was showering recently, and letting the conditioner soak on my hair, I decided to read the label on my face wash (which I should have done when I bought it ) and I come to find out that I'm suppose to let my face wash sit on my face for 1 - 2 mintues! OOPS! That is something that I have not been doing! I have never let a wash sit on my face to soak in for that long! So I have started to do that, and hoping it will help out even more! Second thing, I have finally figured out who to apply my face lotion without having a 'sticky-ness' left on my face after application. I needed to use a little bit less, and to massage it into my face for a longer period of them than before. Ugh, I feel like i'm a newb at face washing! Ok, well that is all I got for now, thanks for reading who ever is out there! " Dear life, when I said 'Can my day get any worse' it was a rhetorical question not a challenge" Will Ferrell

rockyren

rockyren

10/26/2011

 

Its already Mid September!!

Wow does time fly!! So I have modified my 'routine' a tiny bit. I have started to use Spectro Jel for sensitive skin, pads in the AM before i wash my face and in the PM to get my make up off. Otherwise I have still been using the Only Green Vada line. My face has improved soo much over the past few months. Yes I still get clogged pores, and zit like once a week. BUT I'm not getting as many as I use to! And that makes me happy! I'm also happy that my face has not irrupted on me due to all the stress and busy-ness that has been going on since the beginning of the month. I started out the month with 2 days of dragon boat races, so think gross city lake water being splashed on my face! YUCK!! Then on sunday, I went to a football game. Monday we left for Calgary, tuesday I went to the LMFAO & Ke$ha concert. I also got to meet ke$ha and get her autograph, SO AWESOME!! But I got soo drunk that night, oopps!! So Wednesday I didn't get to shower, and we drove home so I could go to work that night. It was a llloonngg but fun weekend. Oh and all thru that i'm also planning a fundraiser that will be this upcoming friday (the 16th), and I have been in talks with my manager about becoming the manager for our studio. WOWZERS so much going on! AND i have also started dance as of this past sunday. Woohoo for being uber busy?? Well I am hoping things continue to improve!

rockyren

rockyren

09/13/2011

 

Mid-August!

Well I woke up today, and felt good about how my face is looking. I have one spot on my cheek that is deciding if it is coming or going, and I have a few small red spots from zits that I picked at (but they are almost gone)! I think I have found a regime that is working for me Its been 2 1/2 months or so since I have started using the Only Green - Vada line, and I am loving it! My pores are looking smaller, my face isn't overly oily any more, my breakouts are fewer and not as intense, just all around good. Also since I haven't been tanning in a long while, I am pasty white, so any zit or red mark shows, which I don't have many any more! Its nice to know that I finally may be happy in my skin, which is mind boggling as I don't think I've ever really felt good about my skin. Well I'm hoping this keeps up! and I'm going to keep doing what I am doing now. Otherwise, I have been UBER busy still. I have 1 evening off this week due to working! But I'm still practicing hard for the dragon boat, my back gets sooo sore after practices, but that is good, cause it means I building muscles! Also in two weeks I get to go see LMFAO and Ke$ha in concert I'm oddly super excited for this. Maybe it is because I NEVER go to concerts lol. So it is a busy few weeks ahead of me, as always, but I guess its better than sitting on my butt at home! Until Later!!

rockyren

rockyren

08/16/2011

 

Nutz!

Nutz! I think I spoke too soon in my last post about being clear. As of this AM I have a zit starting to come up below my jaw line. Stupid zit But I guess I was expecting a breakout as my period is about to start in less than a week. So I'm going to blame any new zits that come up this week on my hormones & the peanut butter filled pretzels I ate (But they are sooo good!!). Ok, so no more pretzles, and I'll be sure to drink up my tea.

rockyren

rockyren

08/03/2011

 

Is it really August!?!

WOWZERS! I can't believe August is here already. My how time flies by way to fast!! This past weekend, I also had my 10yr high school reunion, it was nice to see how people 'grow' up, and most aren't as clique as they were in high school. Yet at the same time, I felt that some people were surprised at other peoples accomplisments. Its like certain people exceeded expectations of other classmates. I also went to another football game this weekend (Go Sask Rough Riders!!) But we lost another game. It was a close game, but still sucks to lose. I did have a ton of fun with my BF and our friends at them game and then we tried going out afterwards, but didn't last to long, as our frieds got too drunk to early lol. Oh well! Alright, I guess a 'face' status update is in order. I'm happy to say that as of this AM, I have 0 actives I'll see how the day/week goes as my period is due in a week or so, and i usually breakout before & during that time. I do have 4 minor spots that are healing up, and I feel like I was able to avoid getting a big zit on the side of my nose (It was feeling really really painful for a few days!). But I'm super happy with the status of my face at this current time. Either my body is growin up (lol, yah right!) or the face wash/toner I'm using is making a difference. Also, on saturday, my boyfriend asked me why I always wear make up, and why dont I go bare faced! I was kinda floored with that question, but in a good way. I told him that I don't really like the tonne of my skin right now. I'm pasty white with a little bit of discoloring from old acne spots. I don't any have scars , I guess i'm lucky of that, because i am quite a picker! But I plan on tanning a little bit just to get some color, and tanning always makes me happy! Alright, that is all for now folks, Time to work!

rockyren

rockyren

08/02/2011

 

July Is Almost Over!

Ugh, I can't beleive July is almost over! It doens't feel like it was that long ago it was the start of a new year! Oh well, time goes by regardless I want it to or not! Ok so for a quick update, I had 3 small zits crawl up on me yesterday night, luckly 2 of there were harded sebum that my skin was pushing out, and one was a small whitehead I think. Well anyways they were super easy to extract, and they didn't get inflammed like ususal. So I must be doing something right! Oh and recently I have changed the moiusturisor I'm using. I was in my local Safeway and I saw the product on sale. I am now using L'Oreal Skin Genesis - Pore minimizing skin re-smoother (thats a mouth full!) I've noticed that my skin doesn't feel oily during the day like it use to (blotting by lunch time!), my foundation is staying on better, and my skin looks pretty decent also.

rockyren

rockyren

07/22/2011

 

Still going...

Well it has been around one and a half months since starting the only green -Vada line! I am about to run out of my sample size stuff, so I was able to order some more today! I had my time of the month just recently and had a few zits pop up on my forehead (like 5 of them) one on my right cheek and a few more on my chin. None of them were overly huge, which was sooo nice!! I have also started to take vitamin D3 since I get less than an hour of sun time every day. Like others, I think this has helped alot, well along with a decent meal plan & exercise almost every day (between my 2nd job, dragon boat practices & walking my dogs!). I have also started to drink warm lemon water every morning, well day as I have mulitple mugs of warm lemon water at work instead of a mocha! I have also cut out most dairy products, and if I get a mocha or a blended beverage from Starbucks, I get it made with soy. But don't think that my eating habits are perfect, as we speak I am eating a double chocolate chip cookie, mmmm cookie!! But I hope that this continues. Later!!

rockyren

rockyren

07/20/2011

 

1 Month Flew By!!

Wow, a month already, really!?!?!? It has been a busy month, with working. And it wont be changing soon, . With July here, i'm working two jobs, Dragon Boat practices at least once a week, and various other activities (such as, a possible pole dancing workshop with Pantera!!!, golf tournement, and going to football games) I went to the 1st football game of the season yesterday, we lost, but the game was delayed due to heavy rain and hail! The hail was HUGE! Face update! Welll I hope I avoided the IB, or it came and passed real fast at the same time I had my period this past month. I had two huge zits on my chin, when one was healing I got a real big painful one that eventually came to head. I had one small one my underchin/jaw line, one on my upper left cheek, and a few on my forehead. But none of them (well expect in the smack middle of chin) were big. I still have lots of clogged pores on my nose and the area beside it & on my chin. I hope that it will go away in the next month or two. But it has been clogged there for a lloonngg time now, so any change is a good change. I have noticed that my skin doesn't feel as oily as it use to during the day time, and that i'm not getting as many actives as I use to. Hopefully this will continue!

rockyren

rockyren

07/04/2011

 

Day 20

Ok so I am back!! I haven't been able to update in a little while due to being uber busy at both my jobs. Ah yes, there is nothing better then leaving home early, and getting back late, only to eat a quick take out supper and then off to bed to do it again the next day. I was hoping that my schedule would free up a little bit with summer here, but that hasn't been the case at all. I've also been under a bit of stress recently due to a person quitting at my 2nd job, so that means I need to work the extra hours. But my body has been letting me know its tired, I'm also not as young as i use to be lol. So an update regarding my face, which is the important part. Well I had my favourite time of the month last week, yes my period. I was dreading it because of the breakouts I normally get, and I was fearful of getting some very inflammed acne. BUT to my surprise, I really didn't get any sort of huge bad break out I did have a clogged pore come up right in the centre of my forehead, which I extracted, and then it turned into an inflammed pore, of course which I continued to pick at because stuff would come out of it . I also had a couple come up on my chin, One which I popped, and its now just dead skin coming off, and the other was like the harded sebum, which I popped and it now just starting to heal. I also had one on the left side of my far cheek, and two come up yesterday on my right side near my nose. Not too bad if I say so myself!. But I'm still enjoying the product line. I have noticed that the moisturiser leaves almost like a sticky film on my face after I apply it. It does feel kinda gross, BUT it makes a fantastic primer for my make up, which is totally awesome!! But the sticky feeling doesn't last all day, it does go away after like 30 mins or so. I'm hoping that my face continues to get better ) Diet wise, well it has been crappy! I've eaten WWAAYY to much take out food. Blah, I need to do some grocery shopping for some nice fresh stuff asap! But I have been taking some vitamin D3 1000iu's a day as I heard it helps with acne. I've also started to take biotin 1000mcg a day, it is suppose to help the body metabolize fats & carbs to produce energy! I need to have lots of energy to stay awake & focused during the day, and then to teach 3hrs or so of fitness classes in the evening. On a side note, I've joined a dragon boat team!! Our city has dragon boat races every year, and i've always wanted to join a team, I have the oppurtunity this year to join, so I'm going for it! Oh, for those of you reading this, Dragon boat races are when teams of 22 crew members (20 paddlers, 1 drummer and 1 steerpersons) race in boats that look like dragons. It seems like a ton of fun!! I'll try and update again soon!

rockyren

rockyren

06/20/2011

 

Day number 10

So it is day number 10, and a friday! I love fridays, it means I can try to sleep in tomorrow (well if my dog lets me). I think the worse part of this week is that I have been stressed out! My wonderful cat has been pee-ing on my sisters bed, he poo-ed on her bed and just yesterday he pee-ed on a suitcase she had in the living room. The cat has been acting out because he wants to be outside. stupid cat & Stupid sister for not putting him straight downstairs like I ask her too! Ok so on with my acne status. I have few block pores where the harded or semi-hardened sebum is coming up. Im assuming this is a good thing, I hope this in a few weeks this will stop. Otherwise I don't have any big actives. I also had a few small ones start to come up under my jaw line near my neck, i was able to leave those alone and they are now starting to go away. The I had two on my fore head (above each eye) and I popped those, and they are going away. I also had one on my mid left side, which I popped and it is scabbed over and starting to heal. So far so good. I am finding that my face is alot less oily then what it use to be. I don't have the urge to blot my face mid day, and want to wash my face and reapply make up around 4pm. and so far I'm also not getting alot of the big inflammed zits I usually get. Im still hoping this is just not a phase and that this stuff really work. I've also been reading other logs about diet changes. I'm going to attempted to cut out milk and cut down on sugary foods (like marshmallows, pop, cookies, starbucks ect ect). Its going to be hard but I think I can do it. Once I did cut out pop & sweets, but it didnt have an effect on my face at that time (BUT had also just come of birth control at that same time). I'm also wanting to lessen my gluten intake, which will also be hard as most nights I have no control over what is made for supper. I was also looking at maybe seeing a naturopathic doctor in my area as lots of other people seem to have success with them. I just don't know if I can afford it, $160 for the intial consultation and then $55 - $110 for each consultation after that. I do have a health care plan at work, but I don't know if it will cover the costs I need it to see the naturopath thru the entire year. Well I guess it is something to think about! I did find a document on there site about doing a cleanse/detox which I think I'll try. But that is all for today! Have a great weekend Every man dies, not every man really lives. Braveheart (1995)

rockyren

rockyren

06/10/2011

 

DAY 8

Ugh, I really need to get more sleep, getting to bed at 11:30 every night and waking up by 6:30am sucks. Oh well, that is life for me i guess. But for my face status..... so far so good! upon the many clogged pores I have, they are slowly starting to push the crap out. which means I have a few to extract. I'm hoping that once these clogs are out, that they stay out, and don't return. I had one small zit on my forehead above my eyebrow, a clogged pore on my jaw line, one in the area between my eyebrows. The one I had on my left cheek is healing nicely also. I have found that since last week my skin has been able to heal quicker than normal, and some of the red marks from previous zits have started to fade. I'm also not getting any inflammed spots, which is super nice! I'm hoping that this just isn't a temporary effect that will only last a week or two, as I am really enjoying the effects of this product.

rockyren

rockyren

06/08/2011

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06/11/2011

 

Day 7

Wow I can't believe it has already been a week, it has gone by way to fast!! Well I got back to my 'normal' routine yesterday, up at 6:30am and off to work, then my 2nd job, and then home by 10:00pm to eat supper. What a horrible time to eat, 10:00 at night. I tried to be 'healthy' with my supper, so my BF & I had Burger King, I got the chicken BLT Salad, it was ok. Also last night, I thought I felt a small breakout coming up. If it wasn't a breakout, it was an odd reaction due to summer allergies that I've been getting since about 4yrs ago I had taken a allergy pill & did a mask just in case. I'm also a picker I know its bad, but I just cant help but to pop a zit/pimple when I get it!! I did have one come up on my left jaw line (it was small, and I popped it this AM) and about 3 on my right side of the forhead, and a clogged pore on my chin. And the one on my left cheek had more crap in it which I squeezed out. I'm finding now alot of what I'm getting is the clogged gunk in my pores coming out. I hope that they come out for good and that my progress keeps on going. I guess I'll know for sure when my period comes as that is when I breakout the worse. "The only real diet: If it tastes good ... spit it out." Unknown

rockyren

rockyren

06/07/2011

 

Day 6

Oh what a weekend it has been! I'm glad to say that my 3 days of wearing caked on make-up, early mornings & late nights is over!! Jeez what a perfect mix to set off a break out lol Well I did have a few that decided to come up, one in the center of my left cheek (it was a small one that was filled with the white stuff, but it was more dried up than gooey), and a few on my forhead. Nothing huge and serious, most were small. but the one I had under my nose & on my left temple are gone, so that makes me happy Now for a quick reivew of the product. I'm liking everything so far. The cleanser has a great citrus scent, and I just noticed it has very few exfoliating grains in it (like less than 10 per use). It also doesn't leave my skin feeling dry! The Toner is great as it is a spritzer and I'm finding I'm not being wastefull and using cotton pads anymore. They moisturizer is good also, and creates a great base to put my make-up one. In all I have noticed that on a daily basis my face isn't as oily as it use to be, and I no longer feel the need to blot my face in the afternoon & early evening. I'm hoping that I still see great progress, and that this product line will work for me as I'm soo sick of having acne!! Until later, Peace out!

rockyren

rockyren

06/06/2011

 

Going on Day 3!

Well I am on day 3! After a late evening of very caked on make up, (we joked that we had our 'make -up guns' set to super whore lol), my face survived without any new zits The one I felt coming up on my left upper cheek has decided it is not coming and its not as painful as yesterday, and the tiny one under my nose is also going away. I did notice that my old spots are a bit more red then normal, but that could be due to lack of sleep. But I'll take a bit of redness over acne anyday right now. The only odd thing I noticed is that my pores in the area beside the nose, seem larger than normal, but they also don't seem to be plugged up any more like they have been a weeks ago. Perhaps a change for the better?? I'm hoping so

rockyren

rockyren

06/03/2011

 

First Entry

I'm excited to start a blog and to track my progress,I wish i would have started this awhile ago. Well I'll give a bit of backround first, I started getting acne at the same time my periods started when I was 11 yrs old (I'm currenly 27) . My acne has never been considered severe, but it has always been mild to moderate (depends on the time of the month, stress levels ect ect), to complicate everything I also have spurts of eczema, and when it flares up on my face (usually my side chin) I mistake it for acne and pick at it. I have used MANY products over the years. When I was younger and first started getting acne, i was using regular soap and liquid BP as my toner (Like the stuff in the brown bottles to put on wounds) and no moisturizer. I shudder now as I look back on that routine. But since I got a job, I have used, OXY, neutrogena, VICHY, Le Roche Posay, Proactiv, Murad, dermelogica and Sothys. I have also been on BC, but I stopped approx 2yrs ago as it was causing anxiety problems. There is prob a few more products that I have missed. I have spent hundreds of dollars on products with no solution so far. So I am now trying out something new! My sister had an at home 'party' for Only Green products. It is a line that is ecofriendly & natural. I figured that if it doesn't work, it will just go into the pile of failed products. I am excited to try this line as it has alot of ingredients that people have suggested to use on this site (witch Hazel, tea tree oil, jojoba, vitamin E and aloe vera to name a few). I was going to wait until sunday to start using the new stuff as I have a dance preformances thrusday, friday and saturday , and I didn't want to risk getting a nasty IB. Nothing is worse then having to cake on make up 3 days in a row. But I couldn't wait and I started Tuesday night when I got my product! So far I like the smell of the cleanser, it is a citrus smell. I've washed my face 3 times now and used the mask once (am & pm face washes). Ive had a couple tiny little whiteheads come up on my forhead, and one in the area below my nose and above my upper lip. I feel one on my left side trying to decide if its coming or not (just hurts a bit to the touch right now). Otherwise, the few inflammed spots I had are no longer inflammed So far i'm happy with the product, but I'm still waiting to see how it goes. Until later!!

rockyren

rockyren

06/02/2011

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