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About grumpybunny

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  1. grumpybunny

    Microneedling Journey

    I've had such good luck with chemical exfoliation, but the results are sort of stagnant at this point. It seems I'm at a point of maintaining where I am now. I have seen a couple active eruptions, lately with the weather change. But otherwise, just working on the scars. So, enter microneedling.
  2. I've been hearing a lot about this microneedling over the last year and had considered giving it a try. But it wasn't until I heard a coworker raving about it that I thought I should actually go for it. Basically, you're rolling dozens of tiny needles all over your face, causing controlled injury to the layers of skin and forcing the body to increase collagen production. This improves, apparently, fine lines, scarring, hyperpigmentation, and skin firmness. There are different needle length
  3. grumpybunny

    AHA & Retinol

    I've started using Paula's Choice 8% AHA and Paula's Choice 1% Retinol to combat pitted scarring, damaged pores, and hyperpigmentation due to years of cystic acne. My actual breakouts are very infrequent, but it's time to get rid of the uneven texture.
  4. So many changes since my last post, and only a few of them related to my skin. About a month ago I moved from Asheville to Greensboro for a job promotion. And while it has been an amazing opportunity, it's also been hectic. I've been sick twice during that time, including during the actual move itself. I have had to make a lot of adjustments. Although I have been good about keeping up with my skincare during that time. One of the set backs has been that anytime I am presented with a differ
  5. Well, I'm coming up on a year already! Slowly but surely seeing progress and making moves towards the skin I've always wanted. I have been feeling disheartened as of late as I sort of felt like I had stopped seeing and progress or change. Everything seems to be pretty stagnant and I have become more focused on procuring quality makeup and learning makeup tricks to cover up the rest of what's left. I've always known that chemicals at these levels weren't going to remove physical scars (if anyt
  6. grumpybunny

    Turning Point

    So, in the past two weeks I've and two really defining moments for my skin. One happened late last week at work. A coworker came up and asked what I was doing to my skin because it looked so much better. Needless to say this meant a ton to me. Especially as I knew it wasn't empty as it was unprompted and from someone I'm not close with. I considered this a win. And then there was today, also at work. I went to the bathroom and as I was washing my hands I actually LOOKED in the mirror. I a
  7. Fast and amazing.

    I received this in my ipsy bag and looove it. Definitely something to use when you suddenly have to go out and realize your skin is a little dull. Goes in easily and works quickly.
  8. Got a sample - love it.

    I received this in my ipsy bag and I really enjoy it. I have combo skin with large pores, scars, and hyperpigmentation. My skin immediately looks more even after use and feels great. It's a little gritty feeling and kind of smells like lemon cleaner, but I happen to like that smell 😊
  9. So I'm into my 4th month of using my regimen and I'll be 30 in a week. It's almost here! This is the last week of my 20's. And while I have a lot of feelings about it, at least one of them is an okay feeling. And that's about my skin. By no means do I have the poreless, scarless, even-toned skin of my dreams. But I think I've come a long way from my teens where I was applying every harsh painful chemical to my face my mother could find. And my 20's where I was jumping from one magic cure to t
  10. I decided to wait 2 weeks to update again so I could really get a good feel for what was going on. I feel like the biggest enemy in anything like this, whether it be skin or losing wait or any other goal, is looking too closely at the results and judging them harshly. So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a step back. Let me start by saying that these have not been ideal skin conditions for anyone lately. I've been endlessly stressed and exhausted. The air is so dry and the heat isn't
  11. So one month of the AHA and Retinol usage has come to pass. I haven't missed any applications and I'm feeling good about my decisions to do this. I'm still not sure what kind of results I'm seeing, nor am I confident I will ever be rid of the pitted/rolling acne scars or the occasional break out. But! I will definitely take softer skin, less turn around between pimple appearances, and a somewhat more even skin tone of that happens to be what I get out of it. My mother, who anyone can tell h
  12. Great manual exfoliator

    I used this for years and loved it. As of now I've realized that chemical exfoliators like AHA work better, but for general use and getting rid of the grimey sensation that can build up from dead skin, this is great. Just be sure to keep it away from active zits. It'll cause them to rupture and you'll have a bigger problem on your hands.
  13. grumpybunny

    Decent enough

    Decent enough

    I used to love this mask when I was younger. It worked very well as a spot treatment overnight. Unfortunately the rest of their line is awful and for the amount of money this costs there are tons of other mask options out there that work just as well or better.
  14. A whole lot of eh.

    I used this years ago when I first tried to to my acne under control. It worked at first, but stopped a couple of months in. It also made my skin SO dry and SO agitated. For the large amount of money you have to pay, it really isn't worth it. I feel like they approach skin care in a one "cure" helps all way, which is just not true.
  15. Pictures from over the years of what I used to deal with in terms of acne compared to where I am now