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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

All Acne Problems - Sorted!

Hey everyone!
I've been meaning to write this post for a long time. I've also been hoping to have the chance to!

I had bad skin and acne problems starting from when I was around 9-13. I can remember everything clearly still, I know now what I did wrong and how I fixed my problem. I developed around 2 years before anyone else in my class, so I honestly had nobody to talk to about my skin, growth spurts, hormones etc. It was a difficult time as other complications arose during this phase. Luckily, things slowed down in high school and I had a real chance to be happy and to get my skin in order for good!

I read so many posts about acne prior to this, and barely any helped. I decided, as a 'survivor' myself, to let you know how I got rid of my spots for good!

Incidentally, it runs in the family. My Dad is in his 40s and still has spots. You might be thinking, spots only happen in teenagers, there's no way a 40 year old man could suffer the same, but it's true!
Acne is caused by

A) Pubescent hormones
B) Oily/Greasy skin
C) An allergic reaction/Outside irritations

Let's start off with some ways to deal with pubescent hormones. My skin was caused by all three of the above, so it is likely yours will be from any 1, 2 or 3 of these reasons.

I'll structure this like so: 

How to deal with Pubescent Hormones
How to deal with Oily/Greasy skin
How to spot/deal with outside irritations  
My steps - How I got rid of my acne
Products that work/don't work
Feedback/Results
General Notes from whole post


Pubescent Hormones

This cause is the most likely. around 80% of teenagers suffer from spots or acne. The Problem: No matter how many creams you slap on your skin, they keep coming back. Your internal hormones are most active as a teenager, about it's safe to say 100% of teenagers feel the effect of them. It could be strong feelings, mood swings, tiredness/hyper energetic, etc etc. One of the biggest results of these hormones is acne.

What can you do?


  • Just for girls - Taking birth control pills can actually help reduce acne, help with pain or heaviness with periods, and also acts as an effective contraception from pregnancy. Not to mention, scientists have proved that taking the birth control pill can reduce three types of cancers by 50%! (Not sure which three, but heard it in P.S.E video earlier)
  • For all - Taking lymecycline 408g, (or something similar), prescribed by your doctor. I am lucky enough to like in the UK, where medicine is free. I was also given a cream, Duac, I will talk more about later on!
  • Keeping face generally clean, wiping off makeup, washing face at least twice a day etc, can stop acne coming back often!
Oily/Greasy Skin

The natural state of your skin can be a big problem. Some have very dry skin, and if combined with acne, can be unsightly. However, if acne is dried out, the spots can be reduced in size and will eventually disappear, therefore, oily skin is a much bigger problem. 
Oily skin is a problem for me. Many times a week, I'm told I need to redo my powder or use blotting sheets.
The oils in your skin will infiltrate the spots, anything oily or full of bacteria will only make your skin much worse.

What can you do?

  • Wear very light makeup, oily skin is easier to deal with and in general, makeup will irritate your acne. The first step I took proved this, I will explain later. At the moment, I use Clinique Almost Powder, Shade 01. Although it's called 'Almost Powder' I use it as light as a powder and nothing else.
  • Do Not Use Soap If you did as much research as I when I was trying to find out how to help out my oily skin, you'll have seen this millions of times. Try using a facial cleanser instead, also, it helps if you don't rub your face with the towel and pat it dry instead. 
  • I've found that splashing my face with cold water helps. Usually if I've taken off my makeup, a splash of cold water can help to smooth your skin and especially if your acne is painful or aching, the cold water will numb it. 
  • DO NOT Touch your face. Keep your hands, hair and everything else out the way. I promise this was actually one of the hardest, yet most rewarding things I had to do.

Outside Irritations/Reactions

For me, I had a reaction often to my bed covers. I also had reactions from soaps and clearasil cleansers.
Irritations are fairly easy to handle, what the annoying thing to do is to try and spot them. (it's a pun) ;)
Here are some tips to spotting and dealing with various irritants:
  • Change your fabric conditioner, wash your bedsheets, etc. My problem was the bed sheets weren't washed often enough, but at one point the stuff my mum uses to wash my clothes and bedsheets was irritating my skin.
  • Change your makeup brands, a problem I noticed literally about 2 days ago, was I was using an old powder. It made my skin break out severely and I had a few big spots, and underneath were tiny bumps over a few different patches of my skin. Make sure to 1. Wash your makeup brushes 2. Don't use the same foundation or powder for more than 4 months-ish and 3. Remove it properly
  • Try changing things like your soap or anything that you use on your face. I found that a Clearasil product, designed to get rid of acne, was causing about half the problem a few years back. So even things that are supposed to help, can take a turn for the worse. 

My Steps - How I Got Rid Of My Acne

For me, my acne was a small problem at first, that just got worse and worse. I felt so bad about myself for years, I had trouble talking to people in fear of them seeing my skin. Even as it got better, it was still pretty bad, that's when I started to take action. Here's a timeline of my acne:

9 Years old - Developed acne
                     Touched face too often 
                      Used products, many didn't ever work
                     Used a thick foundation to try and hide them 
10 Years old - Acne worsens
                       Bed Sheets begin to irritate skin 
                       Someone says my face 'looks like a volcano site'
11 Years old - Stress/other problems worsen skin 
                        Soap and Clearasil irritate skin, breaking out further
12 Years old - Into High school 
                       My best friend (Hey Kerry;)) labels me as 'spotty'
                       I meet a few friends with the same problem 
13 Years old - I decide to get rid of it  
                       
October 2011 - Begin Clinique 'Anti-Blemish' skin set
                          Stop wearing foundation completely
                          First prescription on Duac and Lymecycline
January 2012 - Beginning to see results
June 2012 - First day of clear skin 
September 2012 - Off medication 
October 2012 - No longer needing Clinique sets

I also have some pictures of my 'transformation' 

There aren't many however, I didn't keep the pictures of when it was really bad.


December 2011                     



















August 2012


















As you can see, the pictures are very different!:)

Products That Work/Don't Work 

For me these are the products that worked:

Oxy 10 (Over the counter)
Duac (Prescribed)
Lymecycline (Prescribed Pills)
Nuetrogena Visibly Clear 8 Hours Acne Treatment
Clinique Anti-Blemish Skin Care Set (Cleanser, Toner, Moisturiser)
Clinique Spot Gel

Products that didn't work:

Freederm
Clearasil (All Products)
Any shop brand's own (I tried a few)
Nuetrogena Visibly Clear Daily Scrub
Boots Skin Clear Rapid Action Gel
Clean & Clear Products

Feedback/Results

Basically, it took around 6 months for my treatments to start working, but I saw the benefits very quickly after they did! My spots hardly ever come back now!
My friends and family have all told me how much clearer and better I look now! Make sure you are very patient with your treatments, because I was impatient I'd make rash decisions and give up on some products too quickly, I haven't listed the products I did that with here just in case they were to work in the future.
My friend Eilidh is the one who recommended the Clinique set!
My Mum was the one who recommended I visit the doctors to get a professional opinion, they doctors are very helpful with skin, if you are patient (another pun) they will definitely go away eventually with help from a doctor!

Notes (Summary of tips)

* Be Patient with products
* Visit the doctors for the best help
* Try using Lymecycline or Birth Control pills
* Drink plenty of fluids
* Do Not touch your face
* Check your acne isn't cause by something external
* Wear light or no makeup
* Do not wear old makeup
* Clean your makeup brushes (Fairy Liquid and Hot water)
* Keep face clean

Thank you very much for reading my post:)

Until next time!

- Lisa xx

Saturday, 17 November 2012

My Favourite Anime Series'!

Hey! It's been ages!

I've uploaded some new videos on my channel(s) since -cough- err May when I last posted!

Since I've been gone, I've watched a lot of Animes and a lot of K-dramas! I'm going to share my favourite animes now:)

1. Death note

Usually, this kind of anime isn't what I'd like. But honestly
Death Note is just incredible. When it finished, I was shaking with emotions it was just epic! I'm really interested by the characters L and Near, I'm trying to find out as much as I can about them. The story is incredible, the characters are fantastic, I love how they develop. And FYI, Matsuda is too attractive^^



2. Fruits Basket

I learnt a lot from Fruits Basket, it was the anime I watched straight after Death Note, which would normally mean that everything else is a let-down, but it still wasn't. From Tohru, I learnt so much about being a good person! I love the mysterious characters and the story lines within it, Tohru is adorable and the anime isn't the usual style of characters, it's different and interesting!

I'd definitely recommend this to people getting into anime, starting with Death Note may be a mistake because most animes won't seem as good, but I got a lot out of Fruits basket and I am planning on re-watching it this Christmas!




3. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

I actually got into this Anime sort-of
accidentally! I bought the film that was supposed to be the end of the 2nd season, watched it and loved it! So I decided to watch the series and it took me no time- I love it! I know some people might find Haruhi annoying but I actually think she'd be a lot of fun! And I really fancy Koysumi... like a lot. The stories are really cool, and the animation is very unique, makes me feel quite peaceful:') I also love the start of the opening theme!

4. Ouran High School Host Club

The first time I watched this series, I wasn't that interested. I got to about episode 5 and gave up. But, it got more popular about 6 months after and i decided to give it another go. I ended up loving it so much, I have laughed so much!
I love Honey! Although, he made me obsessed with rabbits and I'm getting a teddy and calling it Usa-chan and I don't care how sad it is!
I also like the deep stories underneath the light-heartenedness, although many say it's a comedy, it can be quite dark!
The one flaw I'd say, is the lack of (non homo-erotic or pedoish) love, I could've seen a little more with Haru-chan!

5. Suzuka 



Suzuka isn't a very well-known anime I believe, but I've really enjoyed it. I re-watched it pretty much straight after I finished it. Although, the characters can get slightly frustrating, like how suzuka can't just accept that Yamato likes her and Yamato can't just keep off of her for a while so she wants him back and blah blah...
Anyway, interesting anime, he moves to a new place and lives next door to Asahina Suzuka who he falls in love with, but it's not quite as typical as that:)


What I'm watching at the moment!


Anime: Angel Beats!

I'm not sure whether it's good or not, I've only watched a couple of episodes, but it's definitely no Fruits Basket! It's a strange idea, but somehow quite addicting and I'm looking forward to watching more ^^

On-Going Anime: Little Busters!

This anime recently begun and I'm currently waiting for an English subtitled version of episode 6 to be uploaded. I saw it trending on the Japanese trending tweets once, and decided to take a look. It's shown in Japan on Saturday and uploaded on Sunday here. It's good so far, the characters are cute and I loved the first few episodes although the more recent ones aren't quite as good.

K-Drama: Dream High (Re-watch)

I love Dream High because it's like the K-pop Glee ^^
I really like the characters, the music is also good, dream high 2
 is nowhere near as good but still enough to finish it.
Go Hye Mi changes a lot, and I love the end of episode 8

-SPOILER!-

When Kim Pil Sook (Played by IU, my fave!) loses all of her weight and looks stunning!



Animes I didn't enjoy


School Rumble 


To be honest, I actually liked school rumble, but for some reason, I didn't finish it. It was cute to watch and had some interesting characters, but it could be one of the ones I go back to like OHSC, and I might end up enjoying it. I got about half-way through and decided it would be best to start another for a while.
I will try watching it again in a while, I might enjoy it a second time round!
Also, the theme tune is really catchy. It plays in my head about twice a day.




Chobits

Again, I may come back to this one. I like the story, it's different and interesting, but it just didn't catch my interest and I haven't ended up finishing it. It's not a bad anime, but its just not that interesting to me! I would still recommend trying it though, it does make you think a bit about human relationships as Chi is a robot and the main character kind of likes her and etc.



                
Lucky Star

I don't want to sound mean, but this anime was really boring. I watched the first five episodes and nothing happened! I really didn't like it. I dunno. Maybe something more exciting happens later on, but from what I saw I don't think I'll give it another go.
Sorry if you are a fan!


 Shuffle                                                                      



This was my first ever 'proper' anime series. Before, I'd seen Pokemon, Avatar and the movie Spirited Away and that was it. I decided that anime looked cool and I wanted to know what all the hype was about and started on Shuffle. The first half of the series was ok, it definitely got me interested in anime, but the second half went mental and it was too much for my virginal-anime brain to handle. After this, I stopped with anime for a while, decided it wasn't for me. Then Death Note happened... and I realized I love watching nothing better!






Thanks for reading my anime posts, hope to post again soon!