How I Deal With My Acne


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The red bumps that weren’t there the night before and miraculously appear in the morning… Acne is not fun and it happens to the best of us. It’s natural, but causes issues that I believe can be pretty serious for some people. Some go through a small stage of acne then it doesn’t come back. Some people get a couple zits here and there. Some people (like me) cannot remember the last time their skin wasn’t broken out. I’m talking years.. About 6 actually.

According to the Colorado springs Dermatology Clinic, around 85% of people age 12-24 experience at least a minor form of acne. It can be embarrassing and a struggle for males and females alike. So the question is… How in the world do I fix it?

The answer is sad but true, you probably can’t fully fix it until your body grows out of it. Not to say that there aren’t things that help though. In my experience, doctors can prescribe pills and creams and cleansers and scrubs but for some people it will just come back as soon as you stop using those things.

The Hard part about acne is learning how to balance your effort to cure it and your self love. There is nothing wrong with not wanting it, trying every product you can find, and possibly seeing a professional. I believe that when you start looking in the mirror and hating what you see, you need to come to the conclusion that you’re beautifully and wonderfully made and acne doesn’t have the power to change that. It’s a process to reach this mindset- I know because I’m trying. It’s hard and sometimes I can’t help breaking down and complaining. It’s in those times that my loved ones remind me they don’t even see those “flaws” when they look at me. This goes to show that a lot of the time we are way too harsh on ourselves. I’m lucky to have people to encourage me with this but I wanted to share a little bit of encouragement with you guys. Everyone needs it at some point or another!

Like I said, if you have moderate to severe acne, over the counter products might not get rid of your breakouts. On the other hand, there are some products I’ve used and seen noticeable improvements.

Three products I have used for a while and got positive results:

#1- Thayers Witch Hazel Toner

I love this product and definitely see a noticeable difference in my skin since using it. It thoroughly removes makeup and dirt from skin and is all natural. To use it i just put some on a cotton ball and gently wipe away residue from the day.

#2- MOISTURIZER

Guys. This is so important. I used to have the false idea in my head that

 moisturizer would just make my skin oily but that’s a myth! There are times that call more lighters products and times for heavier products though. For the hot days I use Peter Thomas Roth “Water Drench”. This is pricy but a little bit goes a long way and leaves your skin feeling amazing. For the winter months I use CeraVe Moisturizing Cream because I have very dry skin in the winter. If you don’t, this product might be too heavy for you.

#3- Oil Cleansers

There are so many options for oil cleansing but I am loving this trend. I suggest researching what oil is best for you because there are so many options and so many I haven’t tried yet. There are also a lot of tutorials on how to oil cleanse. I love this method because of how clean it leaves my skin but also how nourished it feels afterwards.

If you have any products you think I should try or if you’ve used any of these and want to share your results, comment below!

What’s in My Purse?

 

In my purse you’ll find loose coins, a ridiculous amount of receipts, gum wrappers, and lots of other random trash. I’m an organized person but when it comes to my purses, I don’t try very hard. There are some items that are a MUST for me. This is kind of a mini post of my favorite products but these products can always be found on me.

#1- Perfume (travel size)

I love the small travel sized roll on perfumes because they are fast and small enough to always have with me. I use roll on perfume regularly throughout the day just to stay smelling fresh. Right now, my favorite scent is Marc Jacobs Daisy. Its long lasting and isn’t too overpowering. If floral scents aren’t your favorite, Giorgio Armani’s “Si” is also great.

#2- Lip moisturizer

The lip balm I carry is from a subscription I have with Birchbox. If you don’t know what Birchbox is and you like trying new products you should look into it! Every month they send testers of makeup and skincare products from amazing brands. One of my favorites that I carry all the time is Miracle lip balm by Dr. Lipp. This stuff is AMAZING and 100% natural. It’s light, glossy and very moisturizing.

#3- A bag insert

Despite the disaster my purse usually is, I try to keep it to where I can find things easily. One way I do this is using bag inserts. You can find them about anywhere and they can be super cute. The insert I use is actually a pencil bag but works perfectly to keep things in order. 

#4- Lip stain

Also sent in a Birchbox, lip stain is one of my favorite makeup products right now. The one I use is Clarin’s and is called “water lip stain”. It lasts hours, its smudge proof, and you don’t even feel it. This product is a bit on the pricey side but I think its worth it. The product lasts a long time but if the price is an issue, ELF has an “essential lip stain” that is a more affordable alternative. 

I hope you saw something you might want to try out while reading this post!

Starbucks Joins the Anti-Straw Movement, And So Did I

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As a college student, Starbucks has become a weekly expense. Us students get excited about things like pumpkin spice lattes and seasonal cup designs despite the high cost. That being said, Starbucks announced a change that will fully take place in 2020. This change is in regard to a controversial topic in recent news. Plastic straws, no straws, or straw alternatives?

Oceanconservancy.Org is showing that straws are among the top 10 items found in the ocean and on coast lines-endangering ocean life. The thought that someones straw could end up stuck in the nose of whale has sparked interest in using reusable straws. Starbucks got innovative and eliminated straws completely so of course many people are following their lead. This movement has picked up and now people are wondering, “where do I buy a reusable straw?”, “is this practical?”, and “what kind should I use?”.

Companies have started selling straws made of different materials and its up to your personal preference which you choose. Stainless steel straws are low maintenance and durable but they are temperature sensitive. There are also horror stories of Stainless steal straws chipping teeth so take that into consideration. Silicone requires more cleaning because of mold buildup but aren’t temperature sensitive. Glass straws are obviously less practical because of how fragile they are but they look nice. Bamboo is another popular option if you don’t mind the wood look.

I have recently purchased the stainless steel option from amazon for around $10. So far I don’t mind the switch. The only downside is remembering to take them out of my purse and clean them. I’m going to knock on wood and hope I don’t chip a tooth. I don’t know how much of an impact I’m making on the environment but it makes me feel good knowing i’m doing my part.

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What are your thoughts and experiences with plastic straw alternatives? Feel free to leave a reply!

Click the hyperlink below to find the straws I use!

Amazon: Stainless Steal Straws