Tuesday, May 25, 2010

In which I talk about skin issues.

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Dress and shoes Target 2010
Bracelet and earrings hand made in Thailand. both were gifts for separate holidays from Dave. They are dyed stones and have a nice heft to them.
Cami Old Navy

I was taking detail shots and the phone rang. But you can see the earrings so that is all that matters.
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I have been having some seriously skin issues lately. I have had acne since I was a teen but it would be a few here and there and lately I have looked like I am 16 and should see a dermo. I have tried everything over the years, everything. Yup tried that too. I have also been photoshopping like mad lately and using creative concealers. About a week ago is was just BAD. They were extremely painful and I was embarrassed. Dave finally admitted it was bad. (He usually says OH I DON'T SEE ANYTHING) hrmph. He even bought me a zeno. I wash my face, use special non clogging cream, all the right things but it just didn't matter what I did.
Since I couldn't get in to see a dermo for over a month I bought a new kit to try. Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy kit. There are 3 steps to it and I have done all them for 4 days so far and I have seen a HUGE difference. At $19.99 for a two month kit I can't beat that price. RX as so much more. Proactiv too which I have also used. My skin is a bit dry and red right now but I know it will adjust but I can't get over how my clearer it is already. Silly me though FORGOT that it tends to bleach fabrics and ruined our BRAND NEW plum color organic cotton sheets we JUST BOUGHT. You what though for my skin clearing it was worth ruining some pillowcases and a towel. People online always say what a nice complexion I have and it always makes me sad because I didn't. I used good makeup, filters and airbrushing. Now you aren't gonna see any before pictures because TALKING about it is embarrassing enough for me.

OK thoroughly embarrassed now....

But wait I shall embarrass myself more. In 2002 before we got married I made an appointment at Clinique to have them show me how I should do my makeup for my wedding. I remember it was a big wig who had come in for the event and she sat me down took one look at me and said "Oh your skin is awful. Your getting married huh? Well we can slap some concealer on it" Needless to say I left feeling like pond scum. Dave was so upset he called corporate clinique to complain about this "IMPORTANT MAKE UP ARTIST" A week later I was invited to the local counter where one of the regular girls was so sweet and kind to me and Clinique sent me a big gift basket of stuff. Not that you should complain for free stuff but it was nice they cared about what happened to their customers.

28 comments:

spygrl1 said...

Thanks for the info! I might try that Neutrogena kit. My skin started breaking out badly about 18 months ago -- with me, it's totally stress-driven. When work gets really hectic, I get those painful, deep zits. I saw a dermo who gave me a scrip for Differin (which is some version of retinol, I think) and an antibiotic (Clindamycin), which works well for me (and with insurance, the Clindamycin is like $5 -- the Differin is expensive, but I use it sparingly and have made one tube last like a year). Glad that you have found something that is working for you!!

hillary said...

I'm convinced differin made me break out more.

You know I never even thought that the stress in my life might be making it worse. My life is stress city right now.

Lemondrop Marie said...

I've tried everything too, and the bummer is that we as women are just hormonal and things can get really great for a while then freak out- even when you are on oral meds.
I also have sensitive skin to boot. Right now I am trying aqua glycolic on my sister's recommendation and kinda liking it! I would try the Neutrogena you are trying but I can't do salycilic acid and it's in everything!
Love those shoes, so mad I never got a pair~! Can't believe how they sold out and how high they are on eBay. Stupid Target.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

hillary said...

They sold out? They are comfy height wise but the strap is a big ouchie after awhile. Does that make it better?

Mine is sensitive too. urg last week I was COVERED In rashes turns out I am allergic to pantene. I was trying to save money instead of the expensive one that had wheat in it I had been using so dave couldn't use it. Hive city.
So I go and buy my $28 dollar of wheat filled conditoner and tell dave DON'T TOUCH IT. urg.

Heather said...

Stress really affects me as does diet. I've been trying to drink more water lately and more greens. Seems to be helping. I get breakouts on my back and upper neck. When I asked someone about that they told me to wash my hair more often. Can you believe that?!? I complained immediately to the manager - I was told that the employee didn't mean it the way it came out. 1. I wash my hair everyday. 2. I have never shopped at that store again. Idiots.

Lauren said...

My chin is my problem area. Whenever I get stressed, I see a flare up. Or when I have been eating really poorly.

I also switched to organic make up, and that seemed to help.

I get that cystic acne, where it's just a big, red, painful bump, with nothing in it to pop out.

I sort of just stopped using all the gunk that I was using, started using natural products, and it kind of got better on its own. I still get flare ups occasionally, but only when I'm seriously stressed.

hillary said...

lauren that is what I have too. It friggin hurts doesn't it!

Natural makeup was one of the worst offenders for me. I got some "mineral" makeup people were oohing about it made me break out.(it did my mom too. She was all rashy within an hour) I tried TWO other brands, breakout. I now don't wear foundation and only concealer where i need it. Seems to not affect me at all because I use it on spots instead of face.
I use makeup forever and YSL touche eclat.

chunkstyle said...

I think it's also the change in humidity/temp here is Boston. I was breaking out like a teenager last week (and a little this week) and ended up trying some aveeno that i've liked in the past. Neutrogena is almost always a good choice :)
I also love that I see your outfit here before I actually see you in person at work haha. Okay back to the spreadsheetin' basement with me...**shoulders pick-axe and trudges downstairs**

Kelly said...

Go Dave! I'm glad he called and complained. I never call and complain about crappy customer service, so I'm not really one to talk, but that girl deserved to get chewed out. I can't believe she said that to you.

Also those shoes are amazing.

Rachel said...

And good for Dave calling Clinique - that comment was totally uncalled for and rude!

Rachel said...

Suffer with the cystic acne too - didn't start until my mid 20's and it's awful. Mine's mostly along the jawline and forehead areas b/c I sit with my face in my hands all the time. I try to stop, but I'll be sitting here working and find that I'm resting my face again. So frustrating.

Murad's acne treatments work pretty good, but very expensive. I also like St. Ives Apricot Scrub but it's a little harsh if you have really sensitive skin.

BEST thing I ever started using is 100% Argan Oil. I could go on about it forever...I like the one by Josie Maran. It helps with redness and clears up breakouts in a day or so. It's really good for soothing the cystic acne bumps - they do seriously hurt. And for healing them if you can't help it and pick at em. Try the $14 .5 oz one first since the big bottle is pricey. I just smooth it on after my toner and before my moisturizer. Big benefit is that it's packed with Vit E/antioxidants and helps smooth fine lines. They've also got a huge bottle of it at Sally's (don't remember brand) for $8

mamichan said...

where on your face are you breaking out? recurring breakouts around tje cheeks/jawline have to do more with hormones/stress.

i know i've already said it, but my deep cystic acne is so much better since i've started acupuncture. i still get 'em sometimes but they aren't as deep or painful and clear up really quickly.

i've been using korres and dermalogica on my face for the last year and i'm now a big believer in those two brands. i also take an herbal supplement, margarite acne pills, for the 2 weeks preceding aunt flo.

Wicked Thrifty said...

well hello there! nice of you to stop by my blog. to be honest i thought you hated me since the snarky grammar blog :) didn't expect to see you back!

i have been getting red spots (i'm already ruddy) and i'm always so DAMN SHINY yet i have dry skin. AUGH!

your sheets sound lovely- maybe you could do some bleach spots on the rest and make it look like an intentional pattern or something :)

hillary said...

I would never of commented on that post if I hated you.

I had a death in my family and my blog reading and commenting suffered greatly.

hillary said...

Rachel. I have the argan stick and didn't discover it had wheat in it until after I slathered it on my lips. I didn't think to check any of their other products after that.




What I am using right now is really working for me but I am saving all these comments in a file in case it stops! Thanks so much everyone!

spygrl1 said...

I just wanted to come back and say this is one of the things I love about your blog -- you share what's going on with you and the people who comment are all positive and helpful!

hillary said...

they are aren't they? I love the dialog. I couldn't do it if it were just one word "awesome" replies. I like to hear people talk especially about things you don't get to hear often. Or someone is gonna tell you that one NUGGET that changes you life. Stuff I wouldn't know if I didn't ASK which I don't IRL.

Kelly said...

mamichan - really? I had no idea that stress and hormones affected your jawline more. That's interesting because I've been getting a little string of pimpley bumps on my cheeks and jawline lately and I haven't been able to figure it out (it's not from my cell phone or hands or pillowcase or anything like that).

Clare said...

Oh god, my skin has gotten SO MUCH WORSE since I moved to Chicago. It drives me bonkers. I may have to look into this Neutrogena business.

♥ Kenz ♥ said...

Okay, so I'm going to try this. I would love to see a difference after 4 days. That would be fantastic. I mean, I'm the only 29 year old that still has pimples. My skin doesn't look particularly oily, but I guess it must be...I'll definitely let you know how I feel about this..

hillary said...

Kenz your far from alone! I'm 31 ad get them. My mom is 51 with them. See all the above comments!
I'm glad I posted it kinda helps knowing there are so many of us suffering

Lisa said...

I have periodic acne outbursts. I've been to the dermatologist in the past and that's helped. I've got a decent routine now so it's manageable. I think the key is finding what works for you, and hopefully you will! I've always loved Neutrogena products, so please let me know if it works for you, because I'd be interested in trying it if it does. Also I like that Clinique "apologized" so to speak. It's always nice to hear about a company that cares about customer service/relations.

Moni said...

I've been struggling with acne on and off for almost 15 years (I've been on Accutane twice)! Two things that have really made a difference for me: regular exfoliation with a glycolic acid lotion and daily use of my Clarisonic. These two steps have drastically reduced my acne. I don't get cystic acne, so I don't know if it would work for those.

Heather- Your hair can definitely affect bacne, but how you wash it, not how often. I notice that if I don't wash my body after I wash out conditioner (ie wash hair, apply conditioner, wash body, then rinse conditioner), it can cause bacne due to the conditioner sitting on my skin and clogging my pores. Now I fully rinse out the conditioner before washing my body. If I want to leave in the conditioner a little longer, I rinse my hair while leaning forward under the sink or bathtub tap so that the conditioner doesn't run over my body, then just wash my face. I almost never get bacne now, just by making this small change in my routine.

Heather said...

Moni, Thanks for that hint. I actually don't use conditioner in the shower. I only shampoo my hair. When I get out of the shower the hair goes up in a towel, I slap on some deodrant and then a fitted tee goes on. I towel dry my hair and immediately put it up in a claw thingey while I put on my face cream, SPF, etc. Then I'm upside down and putting on a little leave-in conditioner, styling product and then blowdrying my hair. I try to make sure the tips are never touching my skin because once I've finished styling I immediately get dressed.

I was thinkng about the laundry detergent and dryer sheets I use and whether or not they are impacting the situation...

Rachel said...

Hillary - that's awful about the argan stick, that stuff is usually so great. The oil is supposed to be 100% oil with no additives, so that might be a good option for you.

Moni-Thanks for the glycolic acid lotion info, I'm gonna try that since I'm under mucho stress and breakouts are bad right now.

Heather- It could definitely be your detergent. I changed mine not long ago b/c of that. Try something unscented. The Arm & Hammer unscented made me itch, but the All Free & Clear is pretty good. I've recently switched back to Gain b/c it's just the best detergent period.

It's so great that your readers share all this info instead of just saying how pretty you look every day. One of the reasons I love your blog so much and take time to comment on it. Please keep up the great questions, I think we're all learning we're not alone in these problems!

Lauren said...

I find that going with natural makeup helps with the whole Celiac thing too. I know Celiac is an gastrointestinal thing, but I found that I'm also allergic to wheat products on my skin (allergy testing). SO, usually with natural makeup, I can tell what all of the ingredients are (no 42 letter long checmical words) and not have to worry about getting an allergic reaction all over my face three hours later.

hillary said...

I am not celiac. Dave is. Makeup isn't a problem for me.

Lauren said...

I know. :]
Was just commenting on one of my own issues.