(Full disclosure: I have not had an official medical diagnosis and everything below is based on personal experience, individual research, and ol’ fashioned guess-work.) For most my life I had ‘normal’ skin. Sure, there was the occasional break-out due to stress or a product my face didn’t agree with. Over the past couple years, however, […]
For someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup or spend a lot of time performing skincare magic, I am a deceptively adamant beauty junkie. I love makeup, I love skincare products, I FREAKING ADORE nail polish. I blame a beauty-obsessed mother who instilled in me at quite a young age the value of Chanel […]
Zits and acne used to be a malady of the teenage years. Unfortunately, more and more adults – male and female – now find themselves dealing with pimples on a daily basis. The truth is that the average age of patients who see dermatologists for acne ranges from 20-26 years, and the anti-zit business brings in more […]
So for some reason, I’ve been writing a lot about my “no-poo” hair experiment lately. And now I’ve gone even deeper into this experiment, as I’ve begun doing something called water-only washing. In essence, I’ve completely stopped using any thing on my hair other than water, baking soda, eggs, and apple cider vinegar. Big deal, […]
For a long time, I was a devotee of Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. I’d heard really good things about it from friends, coworkers, and just about everyone else, and when I finally tried it I found that it lived up to the hype. Plus, I’d also heard that it was dermatologist recommended, and with the […]
I recently put out a plea for recommendations for foundation for my oily, acne-prone skin and received several for Everyday Minerals intensive base. They have the option to buy four different colors and styles of base to find what fits you, and for only $5 for the trial set it seemed like it was worth […]
Acne. Blackheads. Scarring. Dark spots. Oily T-Zone. After years of shame, I had to finally admit it: I had bad skin.
I haven’t been this disappointed with a purchase since I mistakenly bought a bag of decaf coffee and spent a week and a half thinking I had developed a superhuman tolerance for caffeine. The product in question is the Neutrogena Wave. OK, it’s the CVS knock-off, but it said “compare to the Wave!” so I […]
I risked my face for science. Okay, that’s hyperbole. I did an experiment comparing expensive face cream (Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, $15.00 for 0.5 oz) to cheap face cream (Walgreen’s brand Alpha Hydroxy Face Cream, 4.0 oz for 6.99).
Now that my acne is finally starting to clear up (Thank you jeebus!) I am left with a significant amount of red marks. They are difficult to conceal even with make-up and in some ways even more frustrating than pimples because they are unattractive without the benefit of being poppable. Obviously I am interested in […]
This has probably been the most powerful weapon in my recent war against acne. I would prefer to use prescription medication as that is what has helped me in the past. But, I don’t have health insurance so I am stuck finding over the counter medications that will work. I have read that a 5% […]