Acne Products and Remedies I’ve Tried

In my last post about acne I touched a little bit on products I’ve used and reactions I’ve gotten from them.  I didn’t just do chemical, I also tried some natural remedies, but nothing really helped. I did a round of whole 30, tried cutting sugar out of my diet and certain foods that I felt were problematic, nothing worked because food was not what was causing me to breakout! I even drank a cup of water  with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every morning which was the most nauseating way to start the day but I did it anyway because it “was supposed to help”. I also tried using essential oils like rose hip oil and tea tree oil which I’ll talk about later in this post.

One product that I used that dried out my skin really bad was alba Botanica spot treatment I got from the skincare isle at Target. I used the set, the cleanser, acne dote and the spot treatment. I have very oily skin, so for a product to try out my skin to a point where it was pealing off is nearly impossible. Even after moisturizer it was so dry. The spot treatment gel gave me a horrible rash on my face. Maybe for some people it work, but for me it did not.

                 

Another product is used that gave me a chemical reaction was Murad from Sephora. This was recommended to me by a friend who struggled with acne too. She told me that it worked really well for her, so I decided to give it a try. I had the worst rash on my face!! It was like the one I got from alba pot treatment, but ten times worse. My face was so inflamed and itchy, I had little blisters and bubbles on my face for days. It took almost a whole week to heal.

An acne product that actually helped me for a little while was the Mario Badescu drying lotion. I got mine from Ulta. it helped a lot at first, but after using it for a while I felt like it was not doing anything so I stopped using it. It never gave me a reaction, but I think when my skin got used to the formula, and it just stopped working.

On the more natural side, I tried to used essential oils. I paired tea tree oil and rosehip. Rosehip was for my scars and tea tree was for the breakouts. Like I mentioned before I have really oily skin, so putting oil on my skin every night was not helping that whatsoever. Also a lot of people, like me actually breakout from rosehip oil, because if you have oily skin it can clog your pores. So I stuck to tea tree oil. Tea tree helped a lot as a spot treatment, but after I started my antibiotics, I started getting burns from tea tree oil. I used it almost every night for months, and never deluded it with water because my skin was able to tolerate the strength of it, but all of  sudden it started burning my skin, and leaving burn scars. I had a really bad reaction from it, to where it literally burned my skin off on the right side of my face and to this day you can see the scar. It’s not supper obvious anymore and kind of faded into my skin, but it’s there.

   
And of course the number one product for a quick spot treatment I would recommend  is Differen gel. I still get occasional breakouts here and there, and this spot treatment saves my butt every time I need a zit gone.

 

Obviously I’m not a doctor and everyone has different skin and skin types, and things that worked for me might not work for someone else, and not everyone will have the same reactions to the same things, but these are just some of the things that I have tried.

My only advice is, to listen to your body. If you know a certain food is causing you to breakout don’t eat it as hard as it is. Or if your skin is sensitive to a certain makeup or skincare product(s) then it’s probably best to try something else. Personally I breakout from Too Faced products regardless, because they used coconut extract which I am allergic to.

So all I am going to say is listen to your body, and try to find the root of the problem and most of all don’t be ashamed if you have acne, it will get better! I hope this helps anyone who is struggling with acne!

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!

How I Got Rid of My Acne

 

Acne is a pain in the butt!! If you have ever struggled with it at any point of your life you know what I mean. It puts your self-esteem down so low and makes you feel like you have no control over your skin. It physically hurts, and finding a way to control it or to make peace with the fact that you have it is also such a challenge.

As teenager I had a few breakouts here and there, it would get really bad around my cycles which is totally normal. But I didn’t have full-blown acne until I was 17. It started getting bad around mid December, I want to say about in January is when it HIT me! It felt like I woke up one morning and I couldn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I felt like it was me, but not me. I didn’t want to go anywhere, or talk to anyone, I just felt so miserable. The worst part is I had no idea what was causing it! I felt like I had no control and that’s what scared me the most. For months I tried to cover it with makeup and tried finding products that would help control it, but it felt like it just got worse. Some products did help for a little bit, and some gave me allergic reactions.

I felt like the ugliest person EVER! I couldn’t go out in public without makeup because I felt like people were looking at me. I had customers at work ask me about my acne and if I’ve tried this natural remedy, or if I’d tried eliminating foods or if I’d consider taking Actuate. I was so annoyed of everyone telling me what helped them, and telling me things I should try. It irritated me so bad because anything I did try would inflame my face so much more and my skin was always so irritated.

I tried taking sugar out of my diet and eating better but it still didn’t work. I even went on Whole 30 but still saw no change. So after months of battling with acne, I decided to see a dermatologist. When he looked at my face he automatically saw by the type of breakouts I had. Right away he was able to see that it wasn’t from food or from any products I was using, but that it was from a bacterial build up in my gut. So the solution that we came up with was a very safe antibiotic. The antibiotic I took was called Minocycline. I was  supposed to take them for two months. I didn’t even finish the full course of treatment because in a little over a month into taking the pills, it was almost all gone.

I know what your thinking, and yes I thought a lot about what could happen if I took pills. I was so scared that they could be hormonal or that I could get really bad side effects from them. Taking pills for two months is risky so yes I did think a lot about what it meant and what could happen. I was really unsure whether taking the antibiotics was really a good idea, and if it was as safe as my doctor told me it was. I’ve heard all the horror stories about people taking medication for acne and how they either got fat or it got way worse than it was before. But being the person that I am my only solution was to pray that these pills would help my acne go away. After I prayed about it, I had a really good feeling that these pills were safe so I began my treatment course. About two weeks in I saw that my face was starting to clear up. It felt so good to see results so soon.

Along with the antibiotics my doctor prescribed me, he also recommended a spot treatment called Differen Gel. It used to only be by prescription, but now its available over the counter. I got mine from Amazon which I’ll link for anyone who would like to get it, but I also saw it at Target and at Fred Myers. It’s supper cheap and works so well. I was really nervous at first to use it because any spot treat t I’ve ever tried has given me a reaction, but this one surprisingly didn’t. I didn’t know this at first but it does take a little while of using it to start working on your skin but once it does, a zit that would take at least a week to go away would disappear within a day or two.

Another thing my dermatologist recommended for me was a cleanser that I was already using for about 2 years. It’s the Cetaphil gentle cleanser. Also available just about at any of your local drugstore or online. I usually get mine from Costco, it comes with two full-sized bottles that last me months and one travel size bottle I like to keep in my  toiletries bag.

Having gone through this, I promise I am not trying to push any products and thing that helped me on anyone! I know all too well how annoying it is when people “give you advice” on what you should try. I wanted to share my journey and experience with acne. Acne is no joke! I was not really aware of it until I got it, and I don’t think I ever would have understood what anyone who was close to me having acne was going through till I was faced with this problem myself.

My choice of treatment was a very controversial option, especially in my family. All of my sisters are really for the neuropathic way of treatment, so when I told them about my choice of using antibiotics they did freak out a little bit, but at the end of the day, it’s my body and I will choose what goes in and out.

Would I recommend this course of treatment for anyone? YES I would because in my personal experience, I got positive results. BUT clearly I am not a doctor and this treatment may not be for everyone. I am not going to pretend like there were no side effects to taking antibiotics for 2 months, because there was! When I got prescribed the antibiotics my doctor told me that my skin will be more sensitive especially to burns. Another things that I now have a very weak immune system. I got sick with a cold in mid September, and didn’t fully recover till about the end of October. I had to take Vitamin D, Zinc and probiotics to boost my immune system to help me get better.

If I were to do it all over again I would do it differently. I would take a probiotic while taking antibiotics because antibiotics not only kill your bad bacteria but they also kill the good ones. Sense I’m lactose intolerant I can’t have yogurt or any kefir which are both high in probiotics, so I have to take capsules.

People may say that my way of getting rid of acne is cheating or whatever, but if you wake up every morning dreading to go anywhere because you have acne, you’ll do anything to make it go away. Proverbs 3:15 says “She is more precious then rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”.  Having acne I did not feel like I was more precious than anything. I felt the complete opposite. And makeup can only do so much to cover it up.

 

Where to get Differen Gel

Amazon

Target

Fred Meyer

2017

Dear 2017,

Wow what a year you were… you broke me down, you shattered me into so many prices, you left me feeling alone, hurt, venerable, damaged.  You showed me sides of myself that I never knew even existed.  You made me feel week and turned my whole world up side down at times. But, with all of that you made me stronger, a fighter, a warrior and most of all you taught me how to forgive, to respect, and to accept myself. You taught me to love the people closest to me even when they hurt me. You taught me to guard my heart and to have faith like I have never had before. You taught me that even through the hardest, most destructive storms, the sun comes out and everything starts to get better. Through the darkest times I was able to see that small light at the end of each trial that gave me hope to keep pushing through.

2017, you are forever going to be engraved into my memory. I will never forget the things I went through this past year, but because of all of it, something much bigger was born. Something greater then I could ever even imagine. You gave me hope. Hope that this next year will be better. That this new year will be full of joy and full of happiness. No matter how hard you hit me I came out stronger, bolder. I took the negativity you handed me, and made it into something positive. When you tore me down, the grace of God built me back up and He mended me.

The lessons you taught me this past year will forever be a part of me. And all thanks to you I found the courage to finally publish this blog and share my life with the world. To be completely honest, I have no idea what this new year holds, but I know who holds it. Whatever 2018 throws at me, I’ll be stronger!

So heres to a new year, a bank page, a fresh start!

 

 

The Perfect Holiday look

I never honestly considered myself good at makeup. I liked playing with it, and watching YouTube videos/ tutorials of girls doing it, but I never actually thought I’d be good at it.

My best friend had a company christmas party which she won the employee of the year award at!!  They had a fancy dinner party, so I offered to do her makeup. Like I said before I’m not all that good at doing makeup, but I was actually  really satisfied with how it turned out, so I really wanted to share it with all of y’all. And it’s honestly such a good holiday look that will be PERFECT for your next party!

Here’s the list of the products I used along with links to get them:

FACE: N7 primer    BB cream Revlon Foundation   it cosmetics Concealer                              tarte glow pro palette (for contour, bronzer and hi-light)

 tarte contour palette (blush)

EYES: Urban decay eyeshadow primer   MAC Eyeshadow  brows

LIPS: bellapierre kiss proof lip creme lipstick

This look is so simple, yet so elegant! I absolutely love the MAC eyeshadow palette, ever sense I got it I have been OBSESSED! Personally I think that on me purples and burgundy make my eyes pop so having these colors in this palette make me love it that much more.

Also the Bellapierre lipstick is a must-have. I got a set a while ago and love how long they last. They don’t smudge and they last for hours.

 

Happy Birthday MAMA💛

November is a busy time of year. As soon as Halloween is over the holidays kick off in full swing. Hallmark starts playing their Christmas movies all day and radio stations start playing Christmas music. And the holiday countdown begins. In my family it’s not just the holidays that keep us busy, it’s also the birthdays. My sisters is November 18th, my moms is the 27th and mine is December 1st.

Out of all of theses birthdays (including my own) my favorite one to celebrate is my mom’s. My mom is the most amazing, humble person you will ever meet. She has the kindest most devoted heart. Her life revolves around her  kids and grandkids. She’s your go-to person for just about anything. Her wisdom is really just beyond measures. She always gives me pep talks about life and how to apply my faith to every aspect of my life. If I am going through something and need someone to talk to she’s usually the first I go to for advice.  Her strength inspires me to be better, to want more out of life, and to always stay humble.

 

Happy Birthday MAMACHKA!! We love you so much!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!!

The holiday season is officially here! The holiday season is my FAVORITE season of all. Theres something in the air that just makes you want to smile at strangers and spread the holiday cheer. The older I get the sooner it feels the holidays come!!

Thanksgiving to me, is a very special holiday. My whole family usually gathers together and we reflect on the year and all the things God has blessed us with. This Thanksgiving I’m most grateful for my parents. I’ve learned over this past year how strong they both are, and how they keep our whole family together. We have gone through some tough things as a family but no matter what by the grace of God, and my parents prayers everything works out. They are like the screw that holds everything in place. Their faith and encouragement inspires me to want more out of life, and to always seek the lord through any trial that I may face.

My family doesn’t necessarily have any “Thanksgiving traditions” but we always do the same thing, church in the morning, then we all get together. First we eat, then the guys stay at the table talking about cars, politics, etc… and the girls sit on the couch talking about babies,  newly discovered food recipes, and more about babies, and all the kids run around like wild animals on a sugar high. It’s just your typical Argirov family gathering!!

Here’s some of the details from our family Thanksgiving Lunch…

Setting the table is one of my favorite things to do for thanksgiving. Last year we had the same plate settings which I absolutely loved, and for the centerpieces I did bubble vases with a gold floating candle and cranberries, and some greens.

This year I wanted to go for a more traditional/rustic inspired look. So I kept the same plate settings, but for the centerpiece I knew that wanted to do a green garland. I was on a hunt for tiny orange and white pumpkins but couldn’t find them so I went with pinecones that sell HEAVENLY, leaves and wheat straws.  Overall I think it turned out really pretty, even though it wasn’t what I initially wanted.