Clearer skin regimines

For those of you who have had trouble with hyperpigementation, eczema, skin damage or any discoloration of the skin (esp face) I know what it’s like. I suffered with cystic acne at a point in my life which left me with horrible hyperpigmentation on my face, as well as suffered with bacne (back acne) and chest acne thought middle school and my whole high school career. Here’s a list I made a few months back on products I’ve either used or have done extensive research on that had great reviews.

I’m not a medical doctor nor do
I have the ability to vouch for all of these products but if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to my knowledge to help you out :) 
disclaimer: some of these products contain potentially harmful products. I do not condone nor condemn the use of the products listed under “bleaches” but again for any further questions feel free to leave a comment in my ask!

natural exfoliating scrub products: 
Coconut oil 
Raw honey
Brown sugar 

Fading treatments

Plain organic yogurt 
<Every other day> 
Rinse after 15 minutes 
Green tea oil control mask (oily skin)

More fading tips:

(Skin “bleaches”)
Boscia - cleanser 
Wild rose - daily brightener 
Laser free - Peter Thomas 
White mask by Boscia 
Yoko whitening cream and acne cream

Nadinola cream (contains hydroquinoin)

With prescription:
Hydroquinoin -cream 
Tretinoin/retina - peel/gel

clarasonic mia/mia 2
Olay pro x (recommended)
Dermaroller (do research prior!!)
AHA natural chemical peels (^)

Always be sure to use a sun screen SP 40-50 when using products with chemicals and/or exfoliating your skin. It is actually recommended we all use sunscreen despite our skin tone or condition year round! 




I haven’t posted my face in awhile! This is what it currently looks like. It still looks pretty rough and kinda the same but majority of this is hyper pigmentation and scarring with some active breakouts. My oil is finally coming back. I actually really appreciate my oily skin now. It’ll keep me young looking. My lips are still dry though.

Curology seems to be okay so far. It hasn’t given me any new breakouts. The formula feels nice and creamy. It doesn’t burn or dry out my skin. It seems to be working wonders on the hyper pigmentation. It’s only been a week so we’ll see how this goes within the next two weeks. If it doesn’t work after a month. I’ll change my formula.

I’ve been eating sooooo much better. It’s really helped my hernia. I still need to order those vitamins. I’m just happy I don’t keep getting any new breakouts. I really hope that doesn’t change and it just keeps getting better from here.

I also hope my visual snow gets better. Bright lights kill me and I’m sick of seeing constant static 24/7.

But at least I’m not depressed anymore!

Sending good vibes to all my peeps with acne❤❤❤

PIH, PIE and hyperpigmentation

Those marks left behind from acne, whether they’re red, purple or brown, often all get put under the umbrella term of hyperpigmentation. When in fact there is different terminology and different things happening within your skin.

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is related to the brown spots or marks, not red/purple spots. The brown discolorations are caused by an excess production of melanin. Vitamin C, AHAs, Hydroquinone are all great tools for inhibiting melanin which will fade the brown discoloration, but it will not do anything for red or purple scarring. PIH is more common in darker skin types  although it is not limited to any skin type.

Post Inflammatory Erythema (PIE) PIE is in the process of becoming the new terminology used to describe pink to red discoloration after an inflammatory acne lesion. Patients with lighter skin types the postinflammatory dyspigmentation is often not hyperpigmentation, but instead discrete erythematous macules (PIE). Acne may not be the only cause of postinflammatory erythema, as any resolving inflammatory process may have residual erythema.

In my experience AHAs, vitamin C serums, nicinamide, and time are the best healers of PIE


So before treating your skin, identify the issue correctly.

Keeping learning and looking out for your skin! 

samsfavoriteflannel  asked:

Oh look you turned anon off 😅👌🏻 what would be a good hydrating toner that might help get rid of spots or scars from acne?

Hydrating toner for PIH with niacinamide, arbutin, licorice, ferments…

  • Hada Labo Shirojyun Lotion
  • Kikumasamune Sake Skin Lotion High Moisture
  • Innisfree White Tone Up Skin
  • Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleanser Toner
  • Nature Republic Saccharomyces Ferment The First Essence (an FTE, but great for brightening)

anonymous asked:

I want to use vitamin e oil to fade my acne scars and hyperpigmentation but the main ingredient is soybean oil, is that safe to use on sensitive acne prone skin or is it too comedogenic? thanks

I would reconsider; Vitamin E can prevent hyperpigmentation as a strong antioxidant, but it won’t make it go away. Acids and sunscreen are way better, effective methods. And yes, soybean oil may cause you to break out, as it is comedogenic.


How To Cover Under-Eye Dark Circles

I hope you find my tutorial on ’How To Cover Dark Circles’ helpful.
Remember, there is no miracle cure. You either have to ACCEPT that you will see makeup under your eyes - but at least it’s not a dark circle. OR, ACCEPT that if you use lighter products that aren’t as heavy on the skin, you won’t get as much coverage - meaning you may still see some darkening around the eyes.

This tutorial will, however, show you the best tips in order to prevent too much product build up, prevent creasing, and show you how to make your under-eye concealer last as long as possible. 

Here are my product recommendations for both medium to full coverage: 
Concealer base: (Peach to Orange) 
* Kryolan Dermacolor Camouflage Creme
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor
* Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Palette
UK: http://bit.ly/22Mvh9S
US: http://bit.ly/1MG0JOP
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector
UK: http://bit.ly/1VMziXj
US: http://bit.ly/1Rc4JuY
* Nars Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1MpGGBQ
US: http://bit.ly/1HCQwnn
* Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1ISOTTw
US: http://www.charlottetilbury.com/us/magic-foundation-sign-up
Concealer to brighten:
* Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
UK: http://bit.ly/1TjkKg8
US: http://bit.ly/1NReJD9
* Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
UK: http://bit.ly/1ZPKJj7
US: http://bit.ly/1Rc4UX7
Setting Powder:
* Kryolan Dermacolor Fixing Powder
UK: https://uk.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor/make-up-setting
US: https://us.kryolan.com/product-lines/dermacolor/make-up-setting

Concealer base: (Peach to Orange)
* Illamasqua Cream Pigment
UK: http://bit.ly/1OpU13m
US: http://www.illamasqua.com/androgen-cream-pigment/ (Androgen)
* MAC Pro Correct & Conceal palette
UK: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/157/23772/Products/Face/Concealer/PRO-Conceal-and-Correct-PaletteMedium/index.tmpl
US: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13844/23772/Products/Makeup/Face/Concealer/MAC-Studio-Conceal-and-Correct-Palette-Medium
* Bobbi Brown Longwear Foundation
UK: http://bit.ly/1JZzImd
US: http://bit.ly/1ISPLqY
* Loreal True Match Foundation
Concealer to brighten:
* Loreal True Match Concealer
* MAC Pro Correct & Conceal palette
UK: http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/157/23772/Products/Face/Concealer/PRO-Conceal-and-Correct-PaletteMedium/index.tmpl
US: http://www.maccosmetics.com/product/13844/23772/Products/Makeup/Face/Concealer/MAC-Studio-Conceal-and-Correct-Palette-Medium

Here is my ‘Before & After’ - I am fortunate enough not to have dark circles, but I know many people do. So I painted on these dark circles with an alcohol activated paint which is waterproof.
This was the perfect way for me to show you how to cover discolouration without the product moving underneath the makeup. It meant it was as true to life as anyone else’s dark circles. 

Let me know how you get on. 


This is how you do the #dontjudgemechallenge ladies and gentlemen.

Putting someone else down to boost your confidence is not cool. Acne, scars, glasses, unibrows, mustaches, double chins, etc aren’t ugly. People picking on others insecurities is ugly. The point of this tag is to embrace our real beauty, but how are we suppose to love ourselves if we keep telling each other that specific characteristics makes us ugly? I get it. It was a joke, but for me it wasn’t funny. We are all so beautiful. Yes, even the people that made videos mocking “ugly” people. Let’s cut the BS, fuck the beauty standards, and try working on spreading more positivity towards each other. I know we are capable of it. Anyway, I had to talk myself into doing this for a long time so please be nice.

Oh Tumeric! How I love you soo much!

Soo  I biggest insecurity for the longest time was my face. Not really my  face more like my chin. Like on my mom’s side of the family all the woman have hair on their chin. My cousin Robin’s skin  looks terrible because  she tweezed like crazy so she experienced hyper-pigmentation and even hair on her chin. You’d think I would’ve learn but in 10th grade as soon a   saw one hair I had to pick it.My mom warned me to leave alone but she was a constant tweezer too so I didn’t listen. Years later the damage was done

I became extremely self conscious and went nowhere without a shit ton of foundation on but recently I became a pagan and a naturalist. My new spiritual path lead me to my great grandma Ruby’s old herb books and her spell  books. In her back to eden book she had a hand written note about using turmeric as a skin  lightener and hair remover. So naturally I googled stuff and then started rubbing curry and turmeric all over my face.

It worked which was good since I smelled like curry nd my grandma was cursing me out for using her curry on my face instead  of  on goat.

This  is on 11/12/2013 I had been wearing a turmeric  mask everyday for two weeks.

You see the visible improvement Its been slow but consistent. No overnight miracles.

now I need my acne to go away but this is a picture I took today after washing my face. 1/24/14My skin is soft like butter but that’s probably the coconut oil.

Skin Care Talk: Fading Acne Scars and Hyperpigmentation

As if dealing with Acne isn’t already traumatizing and hard enough, once they’re gone, we’re left to deal with hyperpigmentation marks and scars! I dealt with a huge acne outbreak about half a year ago and I was ecstatic to see it go, except when I realized that those pesky marks were actually sticking around for a while. So to continue being a good skin obsessed and a super informed beauty product consumer I researched like a mad woman and tried a few different things. 

Lancome Bright Expert: is one of my favourites even to this day. This is a product designed to even out skin tone by gently brightening any marks and areas. This isn’t a spot treatment, it’s meant to be applied all over the face. I found that within 3-4 weeks of using this, my marks were fading fast! I still use this because even though I don’t have acne issues and hyperpigmentation to deal with anymore, it’s helping me with any uneveness and redness in my skin. It’s a pretty thin lotion consistency and absorbs fast. Use a tiny bit for the whole face! It’s expensive so make it last. 

Lancome Genifique Serum: I first used this about a year ago and saw an improvement in my skin’s tone and texture. It was also the very first serum I’ve ever tried so when I was done with my first bottle, I went and tried other serums like Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair and Kiehl’s. Well Estee Lauder did nothing for my skin and Kiehl’s burned my skin due to lavender and other essential oils that didn’t agree with my skin. When you look at the ingredient list for Lancome’s Genifique, you notice that there isn’t a single active ingredient like AHA or BHA. But somehow it works. It makes my skin brighter, more even and I actually feel confident enough to go make up free after using this. The effects go away as soon as you stop using this and it’s pretty expensive so try a sample first. 

Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Moisturizer: Well it doesn’t have to be Peter Thomas Roth’s glycolic moisturizer. I’ve used Neostrata (from Shoppers) and I’ve had good results with that as well. As long as glycolic acid is present, the moisturizer is going to work hard over night to shed any unwanted dead skin cells to reveal the pretty healthy smooth skin underneath. If you have never used glycolic or salicylic acid before, I suggest you try Neostrata’s Smoothing Cream in level 1. It only contains 6% glycolic which means it’s going to be gentle and by the time you’re finished with the jar, your skin is going to be used to gentle chemical exfoliating and will be able to tolerate a higher concentration. This most definitely is a super performing ingredient and is my best friend in dealing with hyperpigmentation caused by acne! 

Sunscreen: MUST USE A GOOD SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY TO FADE DARK SPOTS AND HYPERPIGMENTATION. When I was in my teens, I never cared about skincare nor did I care about protecting my skin from the sun. Well I do now and so should everyone. Sun damage causes our skin to become older, leathery, spotty and all kinds of no thank you’s. If you’re trying to face spots and marks on your face and don’t wear sunscreen, you may as well just throw everything else away because nothing is going to work unless you protect your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. I always wear SPF 50 and above because I don’t want photoaging (I’m serious!). Sure I don’t have a sexy Victoria’s Secret tan but I also look a few years younger than my age and I don’t have any spots and wrinkles all thanks to daily sunscreen wearing. 

Other stuff to consider when dealing with acne scars and hyperpigmentation: 

Vitamin C: They come in various forms- serums being the most popular but you can just use pure fresh lemon juice and apply to your skin all over (don’t forget to wash off after about 10-15 minutes). Vitamin C in lemon juice is known for its lightening properties! Alternatively, If you want some natural looking highlights but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars at a salon or use sun-in to turn your hair into straw, you can liberally apply lemon juice to strands you want to lighten and sit out in the sun (don’t forget to wear sunscreen! :) 

Hydroquinone: is another super effective ingredient in fading away unwanted marks and spots. I personally haven’t used it only because I felt that the combination of my serum and gycolic acide cream were working well enough for me but beauty and skin junkies swear by this magic ingredient. Skin care makers like Murad, Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Brandt all make some kind of acne spot fading products with this ingredient. 

Lately, there’s been such a huge interest in fading dark spots and there’s been quite a few products that’s been launched specifically to target them. I think as long as you see some tried- tested and true ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin C, hydroquinone, they’re worth a try. As for the Lancome Bright Expert and Genifique Serums, I love them but cannot figure out why they are so effective due to lack of any highly effective active ingredients. They’re expensive and the ingredient list looks pretty standard- no actives, and some even contain silicon. But there’s also glowing reviews online for how effective they are! I’m not a chemist or a dermatologist so I can’t theorize on why but I think it is safe to assume that a prestige brand is always going to have solid scientific research and testing behind every product on their roster and you just have to try it to see for yourself. 

Try these remedies, products and tips and say goodbye to stupid acne marks! 

Julia Sharing :) 

"She's pretty for a dark skinned girl."

Our skin is the largest organ on our body. We have 22 square feet of skin & it’s 8 pounds heavy! We’re in a long term relationship with our skin, whether we like it or not. Some of us constantly wish it was this way or that way. Well, it’s not going to be any other way. We’re born with an X amount of melanin in our bodies, which should be embraced not rebuked!

Women come in varying amounts of melanin. Some of us are light skinned, others of us are *drum roll please* dark skinned! The skin tone associated with stereotypes such as inferiority, uncleanliness, & ugliness. This isn’t a racial rant whatsoever, but dark skin girls have been dodging bullets from family members, friends, men, & others we simply come in contact with. In a way, I feel it does humble us, but it still doesn’t make it okay for others to discredit us.

“Ooh she’s/ you’re pretty for a dark skinned girl”. Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard that from anyone in your life! -RAISES BOTH HANDS- I’ve heard it so many times that I feel the need to raise both hands. What this phrase implies is… “Hi I’m totally judging you based on your skin color, and you’re pretty decent compared to other females in the same skin tone family as you.” This is basically what it means, and it’s typically a slap in the face. Like would it have killed you to say, “Ooh she’s/ you’re so pretty -period-” ?!

I believe females are beautiful creatures regardless of the amount of melanin they are blessed with. I’m not saying light skinned females have things easier, but I’m saying its a renown/ recurring issue dark skin females have to battle. It’s easy to discourage a dark skinned female from purchasing harmful skin bleach or undergoing expensive/ risky skin treatments. BUT…

Has anyone ever tried to go to the root of the problem that drove her to such an extent that she’s willing to compromise her health and well being? I bet you didn’t know her grandma always told her “You better learn how to cook and go to school to get any man you can get”. I bet you didn’t know her mother told her “Don’t go outside to play you’re gonna get darker!” I bet you didn’t know those girls at the playground that bullied her saying “How are you so dark? Did your mom leave you in an oven?” I bet you didn’t know that teenage boy that joked around with his friends saying “Eww her? I’m not into dark females like that man! Stop sending her messages from my phone.” I bet you didn’t know that older lady at the make up counter said “It’s so hard fitting a foundation color on a dark skinned girl. Just buy two foundations and mix them dear”.

This was a small scenario of a few taunts a dark skinned female has to endure on a daily basis. These small taunts and emotional abuse from males cause dark skinned females to resort to extreme measures. We’re damaged from society’s labels, prejudice, & discrimination. This makes us want to jump through hoops and loops to reduce the amount of melanin in our bodies. We know the dangers of hydroquinone, and we’re smart enough to read the fine print. Yet, we’re willing to disregard it in hopes that we’ll be just a tad prettier and tad lighter than our original skin color.

I want to reach out to my dark/ light skinned females and let you know that… You’re beautiful. You’re worth it & you’re loved.

If you know a dark skinned female who’s going through insecurities with her skin let her know that she needs to embrace her melanin. It’s easier said than done, but speak positivity in her/your life. When we actually start looking for alternatives to appear lighter you know we’ve been damaged by society. Know that your melanin is a blessing and not a curse. Love it cause that 22 square foot organ isn’t going anywhere! xoxo JeSuisFaux xoxo

Originally posted by hustleinatrap


Day 93: Guys, can we just talk about how much better my skin has gotten? I can’t even explain how grateful I am to accutane for this improvement. I have no acne on my back or chest anymore, and virtually no acne on my face. This is the best my skin has been in years and I’m so happy. The first line of pictures were taken before I even started accutane (but I had been on minocycline for 2 months) and it’s hard to imagine that my skin used to look that way. If you’re really struggling with acne please consider this medication, I know the side affects seem bad, but before I started this I was so sad. I started missing tons of school, staying home always, and not talking to anyone. As strange as it sounds acne became a huge problem and sort of took over my life and I hope nobody else has to go through that. Good luck to everyone!