Evening Primrose Oil and Hormonal Acne: The Results

Beauty

Following on from my original post almost 8 weeks ago… You may remember me writing about the troubles I have had with acne in my adult years and the many regimes that I have tried to combat the painful bumps.

I get stress spots around my chin and jawline (like clockwork) about a day after I have had an anxiety attack or if I am under a shed load of stress. For my next ‘experiment’ to fight the spots, I gave evening primrose oil capsules a try. I’ve taken them every day for 8 weeks… and these are the results. In hindsight – perhaps doing this little ‘experiment’ while going through a house purchase, move, 2 exams and the organisation I work for having a massive administration review wasn’t that great of an idea. But I have some little aspects to feedback and my before and after photos to allow you to make your own decision.

During these 8 weeks, I have noticed a remarkable change in my hair, nails and stomach – my period cramps and bloating have been almost nonexistent and my overall mental health has been surprisingly more calm. With regards to my acne… it is a lot better (this of course could now be because I have completed the house purchase, moved, passed my exams and had confirmation that I do still have a job). I do still have some red scars but I have had no new spots in about 9 days now – which is my PB! As well as this, my skin also feels a lot smoother, hydrated and balanced.

From the way I jabber on about it, you probably think that I had the Alps growing on my face. I know it’s “not that bad” and that “others have it worse”, but to me they were a huge weight on my self esteem and confidence. I felt like a little girl again who nobody would take serious because my skin made me look 10 years younger. But not any more *touches everything within reach that is made of wood*. So here they are… my before and afters…

Before (this was taken on a ‘good’ day) 😖…

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After (also know as, TODAY! See that on my chin? No? ME NEITHER!) 🎉…

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See ya later pimples, you will not be missed!

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Moisture Bomb me, baby

Beauty

Have you read my post on Evening Primrose Oil and Hormonal Acne? No? Shame on you.

For those of you that have read it (thanks, babe), I have a somewhat exciting update. In just under two weeks of taking this supplement I have already seen drastic results. No new spots!! Now all I’m left with are those pesky red marks, one ugly scab and a few bits of horrible flaky, dry skin that make me look like I still have spots, BUT I DON’T! (#YEAAS!)

I will not be posting my before and after photos yet, I want to give it a little while – you never know, (I hope they don’t, but) they may come back.

I’m traveling up to Cheltenham tomorrow with a friend for another friend’s birthday celebrations and want a quick fix to get rid of these annoying marks and get my face ready for the many photos I can expect to be taken. I will be trying Garnier’s Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask for some much needed hydration. This is a risky move that could go very wrong as my skin has been known to break out after using face masks (but that’s usually when I use a cleansing and de-clogging kinda thang – so I hope this one will be okay!).

Make up has been removed, I have cleansed and toned my skin – now for the mask.

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Yep, I look like Michael Myers. I’m going to have nightmares.

To be continued…


UPDATE 06/12/2016 – It went horribly wrong. WHY DID I DO A FACE MASK BEFORE A PARTY?! Currently at the end stages of nursing three HUGE cyst like spots around my lips.  Ba*#&rds! Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream has done what it says on the tin!

Evening Primrose Oil and Hormonal Acne

Beauty

If you follow my blog, you will know I have tried every kind of cleanser and potion for my skin, with no effect. I have tried 3 different types of contraception pills and implants (which by the way, made things hella worse!) and even antibiotics prescribed by my GP.

Next on my list is Evening Primrose oil. I used to take this religiously when I was a teenager as I was a big sufferer of (or my mum was) mood swings. As a teenager, I did not have spots. None. Not even if I was due on my period.

“Evening primrose oil hormonal acne treatment hinges upon its ability to maintain hormonal balance in the body which in turn helps to offset the associated complications such as acne breakout and mood swings.

Cystic acne is also caused by hormonal fluctuations and overactive sebaceous glands and as such, evening primrose oil is usually an effective treatment. It may take time though, so don’t be one of those people who try evening primrose oil acne cyst treatment and give up before they can see the results.”

http://www.beautyhealthplus.org/2015/08/evening-primrose-oil-acne-treatment.html

COULD THAT HAVE BEEN WHY?!?!?! I can’t remember when or why I stopped taking evening primrose oil and I can’t exactly remember when my adult acne started – so I can’t make any connection. Damn it.

There is only one way to find out!

Today I have been into town and bought myself a tub of the stuff. I will take one tablet a day and after 6 weeks, if not before, I will write another post with photographic evidence of improvement – you guys have no idea how tightly I have my fingers, legs and everything else crossed as I write this!

Stay tuned and wish my skin luck!

Why I Stopped Using Dry Shampoo

Beauty

As that heavy powdery fog settles on my unwashed hair, as I massage it into my scalp after getting out of bed 20 minutes later than planned; I wonder what the long term effect this is having on the health of my hair and scalp. So like any normal blogger would do – instead of cracking on with my next diploma module – I researched dry shampoo (Duh).

A couple months ago you would have to prise that can of Batiste Dry Shampoo out of my hands, I would blast layers upon layers of the stuff to guarantee the volume, texture and freshness that I desired. But it turns out that there are many downsides to being overly dependent on dry shampoo. My laziness could be causing my hair to be brittle and damaged, can slow hair growth and in extreme cases – can cause ache, sore patches and hair loss (Read more here😱).

What kind of woman would I be if I didn’t scare my finding with you lot?? (I wish I had this much motivation with my studying😒) So, what are the facts?

What would happen to your skin if you caked layers of powder over your face to avoid washing it? I’m sure, like me, your pores would fill up and explode in horrid pimples. So this is basically what you are doing to your scalp, including the hairline of your face. (In extreme circumstances this can also cause folliculitis – which causes painful boils in the scalp and can lead to baldness. YELP).

Dry shampoo doesn’t actually cleanse your scalp, nor does it condition your hair.  The oils on your scalp are rich in nourishing fatty acids, by mixing these with starchy powders and alcohol, they can no longer travel from the root to the tip of the hair and like hair spray, dry shampoo tangles your hair so increases the risk of breakage when brushing – hello split ends!

Replacing a good hair wash with dry shampoo over a period of time can lead to irritation, causing your scalp to become itchy and flaky – the more you itch, the weaker your hair becomes. And what does a weak hair and a scalp clogged up with dry shampoo mean? An imbalance of the microorganisms on the scalp responsible for healthy hair growth. As a woman trying to grow her hair, this is a nightmare.

So instead of dry shampooing my locks for that second day of freshness, I have learnt to master the perfect up-do that is so fabulous, nobody will notice the slight sheen to my scalp.


Want to carry on using your dry shampoo, but my rambling has scared you?

“Ok, so we know over use = not good. But how often is that? Every other day? Once a week? 

“Use it as and when you need, but don’t just don’t go using it day after day” explains Iain. “Think of how your face or body would feel if, rather than washing it, you sprayed something on it which didn’t make it look dirty – it’s the same difference.” 

Essentially, it’s fine to use dry shampoo whenever you need, just don’t go spraying it into your roots day-after-day without washing, as the build up of product on your scalp and around the hair follicles is what causes the problems. If you wash your hair the day after each use there’s less danger of irritations and you can avoid all that scary stuff like thinning patches of hair. 

“It’s not so much the ingredients in dry shampoo, but the act of using it ‘instead of’ actually shampooing your hair. Its fine for getting away with that extra day of ‘not washing’ …just not an extra week!” explains Iain. “ – Cosmopolitan UK

Phue.

Another year older, still none the wiser!

Beauty, Diary

image1I’m not old – but I feel it! I turned 24 on Monday and to be honest, it was a bit of a disaster. I celebrated with my friends on Saturday night, managed to snap my favorite pair of heals and subsequently had to leave early due to my broken shoe and a possible broken ankle. I’M OK – it’s not broken, just very fat!

As I spent the rest of the night and the following two days wallowing in self pity, I need to talk about how spoilt I was (It’s still my birthday week, so I’m allowed to show off!). Liam gave me Chanel Mademoiselle eau de parfum (That brings my count to 3 bottles – safe to save I like this stuff a lot!), a beautiful eternity necklace, a couple JoJo Moyes books to add to my TBR list, a Groot bobble head (THISSSSSS) and not to mention the Nutella Krispy Kremes, cocktails and the most amazing meal at Coal, Exeter. My best friend of 9 years is taking me for a Spa day at the end of the month and my mother gave me some Euro’s in preparation for my holiday in three weeks.

I fully plan to keep milking my birthday for as long as possible (as I do every year).

Has Shaving My Peach-Fuzz Face Turned Me Into a Yeti?

Beauty

If you haven’t read the prequel to this post, you will have no idea what I am talking about in this post. You will probably need to read it, you can do so by clicking here.

Ok, so I may be writing this two weeks later, rather than one as stated in the linked post – but I’ve been super busy (updates will come, but for now, I’m not going to risk jinxing anything! 🏡).

So, has shaving my peach-fuzz face turned me into a yeti? No, it hasn’t. The ‘fuzz’ has grown back thinner than it was before. Although, you will notice that this post does not come with any photographic evidence… why? Because what it did give me was acne. Lots and lots of acne.

HOWEVER – I’m not one to push blame; there could be another reason to this breakout. Due to my f*#ked up, womanly body; my Doc has switched up my birth control – so this horrible, lock yourself away for a week breakout could have something to do with that? So, I will need to shave the face again once my body has got used to the different hormones flowing through my body, right?

To shave or not to shave? That is the question.

Nah, you’re alright.

Today I Shaved My Face

Beauty

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Don’t worry, I didn’t use my boyfriends Gillette razor, but yes, today I shaved my face. I’ve never done think kind of thing before, nor have I ever had the need to bleach or use hair removal cream – be assured that I am very lucky and do not have a lady beard or a mustache. What do I have? That stupid peach fuzz, that although is invisible to the naked eye, get’s right on my carrot sticks. There is nothing worse that when you’re having a bad makeup-application-day and the peach fuzz is just making matters a whole lot worse. If this is good enough for Marilyn Monroe, it’s good enough for me!

I bought a Tinkle razor, moistened my skin and prepared to hack away at my face. I decided to start at the top of my cheekbone and slowly work my around my jaw line.  “What the f*#! am I doing”, I ask myself when I’m half a face in – so now my face is half fuzzy, half smother so I have to carry on. Onto the other side of my face I go and I repeat; starting at the top of my cheekbone and working my way around my jaw line. Now I’ve put all my cards on the table, I might as well tame the tops of my eyebrows and temples – after all, it is labeled as an eyebrow trimmer!

Ok, so – washing my face after the initial shaving event, I will admit I instantly regretted my decision to remove all signs of hair from my face. However, after moisturiging and applying my make up, IT LOOKS AND FEELS SO MUCH BETTER. It may all be in my head and I may be trying to convince myself that I’ve not just opened a massive can of worms and will now be lumbered with a massive black sprouting beard when this fuzz regrows – but for now, I can definable get used to having a fuzz-free face!

Would I recommend shaving your face? Yes.

Stay tuned for my update next week, to be name “Has shaving my peach-fuzz face turned me into a yeti?”. 

For now, my peach-fuzz can kiss my fabulous arse.

YouTube Channel: Clown Contouring

Beauty

Okay, so I thought I would give this YouTube Channel thing a go. I’ve had the Channel for quite a while but have only ever used my login to watch videos of cute dogs and kittens (stop judging me).

My first video (so, please excuse the poor editing) is me doing what I love – I am literally painting my face with makeup. This was so much fun to do and I’m actually quite impressed with how it blended out and the overall finish (thank you Beauty Blender – Shop at FeelUnique using this link to receive 15% off your first order)

Please help a sister out and have a little gander at what I’m blabbering on about (don’t forget to subscribe, comment and give it a thumbs up if you enjoy it!): CLOWN CONTOURING | FOUR INCH AND UP

Love always, L x

Subscription box: Birchbox

Beauty

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June’s Birchbox has arrived and my inner child was revealed when ripping the packaging open. Not only is the design totally gorgeous (i’m currently trying to think up ideas for what to use the now-empty box for), it’s also tailored to your skin and hair type. This month I have a full size Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener and Waterliner (RRP £14.95); Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray (RRP £12*); Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF30 (RRP £14*); Whish Coconut Milk Body Cream (RRP £15.50*) and finally, Huygens Le Gommage Visage (RRP £17.90*).

My favourite out of this months box is the Jelly Pong Pong Lighten Up Brightener and Waterliner. It is so soft and applies so smoothly, I’ve only had it two days and have already fallen head over heals for it. Considering the monthly cost of Birchbox is £10 + p&p – I’ve already made my money back and more with the Brightener and Waterliner.

Click this link to sign up to receive £5 worth of Birchbox points (which can be used towards your orders!): https://www.birchbox.co.uk/invite/FourInchandUp. YEAAAS 😘

*RRP correspond to full size items

My Acne Skin Care Routine

Beauty

Spots. Why do they feel the need to rock up on my face and live there for a few days, rent free. I did not invite them and I certainly didn’t tell them to come back soon when they last left.

Throughout puberty I was the girl that all the others hated – I developed and did my thang, all the while with a perfect complexion. Well, now the joke is on me because I am one of the many suffers of adult acne (WHYYYY?!). My Cheeks and chin has never been so sad.

I have spent many years trying to find the perfect combo to rid these demons from my face. From Sudocrem to prescription drugs to and home made concoctions, you can rest assured, I have tried the lot. I will admit, it may only be a few here and there, but they are angry and come back with a vengeance! I suffer from juicy cyst like spots around my chin (damn you, hormones!) so I feel like I’m constantly fighting a loosing battle, however, I do believe that I have found the perfect skin care routine for my face… and I wish to share my new found knowledge with you.

Origins – This is a lovely company use the power of plants to create high performance skincare. It’s 100% natural! As well as being a kick-ass product for spots, Origins launched Plant-A-Tree in partnership with American Forests’ Global ReLeaf –  They plant trees around the world to help keep our air and water clean and restore wildlife habitats Since its start, Origins has helped plant over 500,000 trees globally. Still reading? Well… These lovely people of Origins have created something called a Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel – and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Is that a spot I see coming on my chin? Nope, cause I just scared it off with the AMAZING Super Spot Remover Gel – Hazaaaaa!

So, what’s this perfect skin care routine that I was talking about? As soon as I have come home from a long day and I know I won’t be going out again, the make up comes off. I use a generic face wipe for sensitive skin (These are the only thing I don’t believe in spending a lot of money on. I will buy them from Superdrug, Boots, Tesco – where ever I am at the time of needing them. As long as they are for sensitive skin and are cheap; sold!), followed by a Micellar Cleansing Water (I like Garnier, Simple and Loreal Paris). I usually repeat this twice before going in with Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto & Mint. If needs be, I apply a small amount of Sudocrem (yes, you did read that right) to the spotty area and leave the rest of my face alone for the rest of the evening. Before going to bed, I use Micellar Cleansing Water again to wash off the Sudocrem and apply Simple’s Vital Vitamin Night Cream and a blob of Origin’s Super Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Gel. In the morning, I wash my face all over with Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser and apply a good amount of Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser to my face and neck before applying my makeup. Once a week I apply Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate after a charcoal face mask; this makes my skin look and feel ultra smooth!

I’m a Feelunique super fan and can highly recommend them for ALL health and beauty products. You can click here to receive 15% off your first order at Feelunique (where you can buy all of the above, cheeper than you could in store) – You’re welcome!