♉️ • 24 • Rosacea • KP
Woke Up to Sad News....
Woke up to the surprising news that Cherie will be shutting down. I’m kind of heartbroken to hear this for a number of reasons. The Cherie team and the community they’ve helped create has been extremely kind, warm, and encouraging of me. This is the first platform where I’ve started to feel like people can actually hear me. I made this page because for years I couldn’t find information on my rosacea. I made constant fumbles that harmed my skin and spent so much money on products with no reviews to reference. Cherie changed all of that for me in the span of a few months. My skincare routine has evolved and become so much more precise since getting this app. But also, I’ve been able to share crucial information with people who have my skin type. That was something that was never available to me growing up that I wanted to share with others. I don’t know what to do about this, it’s a huge loss :( I do have an Instagram page where I post reviews of the products I’m using, but Cherie was my primary place for skincare. I mostly use my Instagram for personal posts. If anyone still wants to find information from me, I’m at @themayaelisa on Instagram. If there are any people who would like me to post more about skincare, I would be more than happy to do so, as long as I know there are people who actually want to see it. Today, along with other Cherie creators, I made a Prismpop account under @mayaelisa that I am trying to copy and paste my posts from here to. This will be my primary place to post about skincare moving forward and I would love to see you there 💕 I know this is a huge blow for all the other creators out there, as well as everyone here simply looking for reviews and information that you literally can’t find anywhere else. I’ll miss this app so much 🥺 thanks to everyone who interacted with me, found my posts useful, and made this experience as amazing as it’s been.
Valentine’s Day Favorites 🥰
Happy Valentine’s babyyy! Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or something in between, vday is the perfect day to pamper yourself 💐 Here are some of the beauty products I’ll be using to treat myself today: HERBIVORE - Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub philosophy - Fresh Cream Body Lotion DOLCE&GABBANA - Pour Femme Intense OPI nail polish in “I’m Not Really a Waitress” Colourpop QT Mark Heart Face Stamp Pat McGrath lipstick in “Blow Up”
HERBIVORE-Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub
ROSEN Mud Masks 💕
I’d been looking for an acne-clearing mask that’s safe for my skin for a long time now. A couple months ago, I heard some buzz about an up-and-coming, Black-owned business called ROSEN Skincare, and when I checked out their website I discovered two mud masks that might be perfect for me. Both masks had less than 10 ingredients and were safe for rosacea and sensitive skin—SUPER rare for any mud mask! So I ended up getting both 🥳 Here are my reviews of their Tingling Mud Mask and Charcoal Mask, both of which exceeded my high expectations. ROSEN SKINCARE - Tingling Mud Mask I was so excited by the ingredients in this mask! Tea tree is wonderful for breakouts and zinc oxide is a great ingredient for people with rosacea. The tea tree scent is very strong and makes my eyes water when I start applying it, but I don’t mind. It also dries very quickly (while you’re still applying it) so I learned to get it on my face as quickly as possible. The label doesn’t have a recommended amount of time to leave it on, but I’ve opted for around 10 minutes and that seems to work well for me. After removing it, my face feels noticeably smooth, clean, and a big tingly. Importantly, it doesn’t feel zapped of moisture. This mask has definitely helped with my acne and I can’t wait to repurchase. This is my new staple clay mask. ROSEN SKINCARE - Charcoal Mask This contains tea tree and bentonite clay like the other mask but replaces zinc oxide with activated charcoal to better target excess oils and uneven skin texture. The charcoal also makes it easier to gage how long to leave the mask on, as it fades from a deep black to a cool gray. This has a strong tea tree scent like the other mask but didn’t affect me as much, and it’s also very dry but in a different way. This one is super dense with little moisture so I found it difficult to spread without adding a tiny bit of water to it on the back of my hand. This also helps make removing the mask easier. I’m really impressed with the way this removes all excess oil without drying out the skin. I was so surprised that my skin felt smooth and plump after use, sine it’s definitely a power hitter! This is a must have for people with oily skin types and acne. I would recommend using this 2-3x a week if that’s the case. Overall, both are excellent mud masks, I couldn’t recommend them enough! Personally, I prefer the tingling mud mask. It’s a bit more gentle and I like the zinc oxide as an ingredient. For a more heavy duty solution to excess oil and acne, the charcoal mask is the way to go.
ROSEN SKINCARE -Charcoal Mask
Silk’e Shampoo & Conditioner Honest Review
I was really excited to try these products out because I’ve been on the hunt for a good clarifying shampoo for a while now. My scalp is oily and has build up, so that’s my first priority, but a nice scent is also preferable. I was using Acure’s Curiously Clarifying Shampoo for a long time (it works reeeally well) but wanted to find a more feminine scent, at a similar price, with similar performance. This Silk’e shampoo is $12, making it pretty affordable, and I was attracted to its cute packaging and branding. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me at all. ☹️ Shampoo The shampoo’s texture is sticky, I’ve never used a shampoo that felt this way. That’s not a problem in itself, but it takes some extra effort to try and lather it up in my hair and scalp. The first day after trying it, though, acne appeared on my scalp and some of it didn’t disappear for over a week. This signaled to me that it was not cleaning my scalp at all. It’s not unheard of for your scalp to adjust when switching to a different shampoo, but this ‘adjustment’ period never ended. My scalp has felt dry but smells oily, and I’ve had noticeably more build up and acne. Usually I’m able to skip a day between washing my hair when I want to, but while using this that’s been impossible because my hair looks and feels too dirty. It definitely hasn’t made my hair softer either, in fact it seems to tangle more easily and I’ve gotten a lot of split ends :( Basically, my scalp has been super unhappy...this has unfortunately done the opposite of what it advertises. Conditioner This honestly works pretty well! It works better for me than other more “natural” conditioners, which I really appreciate because I have long, thick hair. But without wanting the shampoo too, I don’t feel invested in this conditioner and don’t plan on buying it again. Do you guys know of any clarifying shampoos that smell good? I would love some recommendations!
SLEEK'E-Slike Repair Therapy Gift Set
Rosacea: Good Ingredients For Your Skin
Hi! This is my list (so far) of good ingredients for those of us with rosacea. Initially I wanted to provide full descriptions for each ingredient but unfortunately didn’t have enough space, so instead I have them divided up by general category. Don’t forget that everyone’s skin is different, so everything might not work for everyone, but this is a great general list of not only rosacea (and sensitive skin) safe ingredients, but also ones which can help tackle it and tackle redness. This list is always growing, so if you have anything to add or any questions please feel free to leave a comment! Soothing and/or Hydrating Ingredients -Squalane -Aloe -Centella -Licorice root -Chamomile + allantoin -Cucumber -Cica -Oats -Ceramides -Snail mucin Texture and/or Acne Targeting Ingredients -Niacinamide -Sulfur -Tea tree -Peptides -Green tea -Zinc oxide Acids Azelaic acid: helps the skin to renew itself more quickly which reduces acne formation. It also helps to kill the bacteria that cause acne and rosacea. This ingredient is usually prescribed by derms to treat rosacea BHAs: help the skin shed dead cells from the top layer and decreases redness and inflammation. Gentle enough for those with rosacea generally Hyaluronic acid: naturally occurring; attracts and holds on to moisture in skin cells which allows skin to feel more hydrated and plump Oils Rosehip oil: anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties; helps to calm redness, hydrate dry skin, treat scars and burns, brighten skin, and regenerate damaged tissue. Meadowfoam seed oil: acts as an emollient (creates a protective seal over the skin to lock in moisture); balancing hydration Blue tansy oil: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal Argan oil: packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, all of which work to lightly moisturize your skin, soften dry patches, and even reduce acne And please—always wear sunscreen! Make sure it’s a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and not a chemical sunscreen, as chemical sunscreens are too harsh for rosacea. Along with topical ingredients, lifestyle can also heavily influence your skin. To keep your skin healthy and avoid flare-ups, I would recommend drinking lots of water every day, sticking with your skincare routine even when you’re not feeling it, and keeping it simple. I love that Cherie lets you edit your posts after publishing, so I’ll be updating with more ingredients whenever I find others which seem to work well for rosacea and sensitive skin types. I also have a list of ingredients to avoid and rosacea “triggers” which you might find helpful. Feel free to take a look at that, and let me know if you have any questions! ☺️
Treating KP: Cheap Body Wash vs. Expensive Scrub
I’ve had keratosis pilaris since I was in middle school and always found it embarrassing. I avoided taking off my jacket or anything long sleeved all the way through high school and was self conscious whenever I showed my legs. As an adult, I’ve let that embarrassment go. Not only is it very common, but more importantly there’s no reason why it should dictate the way you dress or inhibit you from being yourself. But that also doesn’t mean you can’t take better care of your skin. There are lots of easy ways to tackle KP—drinking lots of water, physically exfoliating, and applying body lotion every day are cheap and simple ways to take care of your skin. But recently I’ve also become interested in chemical exfoliants, so after doing some research I decided to do an experiment—compare an affordable body wash with an expensive body scrub, both of which claim to tackle KP. FIRST AID BEAUTY - KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA This seems like the holy grail for many of you, but I was hesitant to spend the $28 on it. So instead, I decided to get a travel size just to try it out. Let me tell you—this works really well. After just one use I noticed a difference in my skin. But although I was really impressed with it, I still won’t be repurchasing, simply because of the cost. A $10 travel size had two uses in it, and a regular size by comparison would have 8 uses based on the size (2 oz vs 8 oz). But if you have the money to spend and getting rid of KP is your #1 priority, I would highly recommend this. For those on a budget who’re still curious, I’d recommend the travel size. ALPHA SKIN CARE - Moisturizing Body Wash I’ve never used this brand before, but it popped up immediately when looking for body washes that might tackle KP. I read through lots of reviews, most of which stated it had helped with their KP and body acne. After using almost a full bottle, I can say with confidence that this is an excellent option for people on a budget who are willing to treat KP more gradually. It’s gentle enough for daily use, smells good (the scent is “sea mist”), and can be used with a loofah. Glycolic acid (AHA) effectively works on KP while aloe and vitamin E keep the skin happy and hydrated. I’ve definitely noticed slow but steady results since I started using it. My skin is noticeably smoother, and recently I’ve started using it with a chemically exfoliating lotion as well (results still pending on the lotion). I know for certain that I’ll be repurchasing this. Both of these are great products. I think if you can afford both, you might want to try both, honestly. But if I had to pick one I would stick with Alpha’s body wash! The price and the ease of use are big sells. I like that I can use it every day with a loofah, double it up with an exfoliating lotion, and not have to worry about irritating my skin. Soon I’ll compare an expensive chemically exfoliating lotion with a more affordable option! :)
FIRST AID BEAUTY-KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA
Skincare 101! AHA and Chemical Exfoliation🌟
Hi and welcome! Today we’ll be going over an intro to AHAs, also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acids Water soluble; they won’t clear blackheads or sebum. AHAs exfoliate away dead skin cells on the outer layer of the skin. This helps other products absorb better, and can prevent clogging of pores by reducing dead skin cells / buildup. The higher the percentage does not mean it will be more effective: start low and go slowly. Not all skin can or is meant to tolerate higher percentages. Over-use of AHA, or using the wrong acid strips the skin of natural oils which keeps it hydrated. This impairs it’s ability to regulate sebum, and leads to an over production of oil (and more sebum) to balance skins dehydration, which means more clogged pores / acne. Uses for Face and Body: Hyperpigmentation Reducing appearance of pores, fine lines and surface wrinkles Uneven skin tone / texture on the surface level, keratosis pilaris Dry/dullness How to use: At night <cleanse, tone, exfoliate, tone, serums...> (a hydrating toner) Starting only use once a week. For everyone, not more than three times a week with one day in between uses. Always listen to your skin! If skin feels tight, lower usage. Something around 5% is great for beginners and those with sensitive skin: EASE INTO IT and always remember to patch test. I apply to dry skin (applying to damp skin increases sensitivity!) & let the aha sit until it dries. I a lways use SPF in the morning as chemical exfoliation sensitizes skin, even though the product is used at night. This is because it’s exposing new more sensitive skin by helping shed old cells! Protecting them= protecting collagen. AHA can be used alternating with BHAs or in a combo product Remember: be cautious if using retinoids or retinol, generally not advised COMMON AHAS aka Chemical Exfoliants Glycolic acid: Smallest AHA molecule. Helps with penetrating skin and pores, can go deeper than other AHAs. Makes it the most beneficial for anti-aging and re-texturizing as it stimulates collagen production Lactic acid: A bigger AHA molecule, it’s more surface level / gentler & can’t penetrate as deep. Ideal for sensitive skin Mandelic, Malic, Tartaric acid: Used with other exfoliants to increase effectiveness. Mandelic can be used alone to help with enlarged pores Antioxidants— Vitamin C (ascorbic / citric acid) / Ferulic: Acid is the name, but the goal is brightening with minimal exfoliation. This is done by inhibiting pigment production and protecting against free radical/ sun & photo-damage which all encourage melanin (pigment) production. They also protect collagen. Use in morning, AHA at night They won’t reverse signs of aging or replace sunscreen are but beneficial under sunscreen as they work to protect cells and collagen from breaking down due to pollution and sun exposure. It’s best to keep these products in a dark place, as they can lose potency over time when exposed to light/air. The best products will come in dark bottles!
TOPICALS-Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel
Nail Care Hacks EVERYONE Should Know
This quarantine is too long. When was the last time you got your manicure? It’s actually very easy to do it at home by yourself and it safes a lot of $$$. Here is my at home STEP BY STEP Manicure Prep. The perfect nails are always based on the perfect nail foundation. All the tools are accessible at drugstore or even dollar stores. You want to start with a clean nail first. Once the nails are completely clean. You can roughly cut or buff the edges. The next step is to push the cuticles back and trim them. I like to use this metal tool. And a cuticle trimmer. REVLON - Expert Nail Groomer REVLON - Gold Series Titanium Toenail Nipper *TIP* One thing to notice here is that you want to make sure that your nails are damp. So either soak them in warm water like what they did in the salon. And apply a layer of softener. picture polish - Cuticle Wipe Out Or you can also do it when you get out of the shower when you cuticles are nice and soft. That’s the easiest time to trim your cuticles. I normally use this push to gently push back my cuticles you may not be able to get a clean nail right away but we will buff leftover off later so no worries at this point. This process should not hurt at all. If you find this process painful, you are either pushing your cuticles too far they are not soft enough. Then you can use your trim to cut off those pieces. Next you’ll need a nail file. Im using a medium 100/180 grit. ORLY - Black Board Medium 180 Grit Based on your preferences on nail shapes ( square or round) to smooth up the edges by filing back and forth. I personally like square but rounded on the edges. When you are working on the side, make sure they are evenly filed and symmetric. Try to avoid sharp edges. And stop when you are happy with the shape and length. Next tool I will be using is a Buffing Block with 3 different grid sides. I would buff off the sharp edges and buff on the top to smooth it out. This step also helps the paint stay longer. Finish up by brushing off the dust.
ORLY-Black Board Medium 180 Grit
What is the point of toner? From an esthetician
Toner is not pointless! It balances the pH of the skin, helping to make you not so oily or not so dry. It brings moisture to the surface of the skin. It can be calming and soothing to the skin. A lot of times treatment toners are too much and not bad correctly so they end up drying you out and they can counter interact with your treatment products and be way too much for the skin. This is way I recommend a basic hydrating toner for all, keep the treatment separate. Yes there are good treatment toners but you really have to look at the ingredients and make sure you aren’t going to over do it with the rest of your routine. O and here’s your daily reminder that witch hazel isn’t a toner and it’s terrible and super drying and stripping to the skin! No one should use it on their face. Products mentioned: HERITAGE STORE - Rosewater Spray Heritage store rose water mist An amazing, easy to use mist that is hydrating, soothing and balanced the pH of the skin. Subtle rose sent but nothing overpowering because it’s natural rose water. Mad Hippie - Hydrating Nutrient Mist Mad hippie hydrating nutrient mist If you don’t like rose or want a different option try this one! With 18 actives (not acids) this is great for hydrating and has photo aging benefits as well as balancing the pH of the skin.
Mad Hippie-Hydrating Nutrient Mist
What is Azelaic Acid and What it Does for Skin
Hey Beauty’s 🙋🏽♀️ I broke out last week as I unintentionally “slugged” a small pimple with LUCAS' PAPAW REMEDIES - Lucas' Papaw Ointment Lip Balm I use it as my lip balm and without thinking or cleansing, put some on the pimple. 🤦🏽♀️ long story short, I have a minor break out on my cheek but I found my slugging product. 😉 So I was looking for an acne treatment as I don’t usually suffer from acne. After 45 years on the planet 🌍 I realised I only break out when I menstruate 🩸 and probably get a pimple three times a year. I have mature combination skin. So having found Azelaic Acid works for rosacea and acne I thought I’d shine a little spotlight on an underrated ingredient. 😁 What is Azelaic Acid? Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid found in grains such as barley, wheat, and rye. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it effective in the treatment of skin conditions like acne and rosacea. The acid can prevent future outbreaks and clean bacteria from your pores that cause acne. 😃 Its beneficial for your skin and increasingly popular but often "overlooked" and "under-the-radar," according to medical experts. Its typically the lab-engineered form that’s used in skin care products, owing to its being more stable and effective. Research on topical azelaic acid is for prescription-strength formulas with 15%-20% concentrations although 10% is known to be effective for acne and rosacea. Combining azelaic acid with other ingredients is much more effective than when used alone. Common side effects 🧚♀️ Burning, stinging, or tingling of the skin dryness, itching, peeling, or redness of the skin Less common 🧚♀️ Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin. - Drugs.com I’m a fan of The Ordinary and picked up The Ordinary - Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%. If you have any other recommendations for products with azelaic acid, drop a word or two below. 😁 Or if you can recommend another treatment that would be awesome. Have a great day and let me know if this was useful. Jade ☺️
The Ordinary-Azelaic Acid Suspension 10%
Which face oils should you use?
Oils are made up of lipids and fatty molecules. Each has a unique ratio of molecule types, but two commonly found fatty acids in oils are oleic acid and linoleic acid. Just like how oils have a unique ratio, skin also has its own unique ratio of oils and it has been shown that certain skin types have more of one type of fatty acid than others. Oils can be confusing to navigate because there are so many different kinds, and you might think an oil is the last ingredient you need especially if you already have oily or acne-prone skin! However, oils can also be very helpful, especially as a last step after hydrating and moisturizing products because the oils seal the moisture in. Oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid) is thicker and is naturally produced by our body so it is considered a non-essential fatty acid because our body can make it when it is needed. Linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) is thinner and cannot be product by our body so it is considered an essential fatty acid because our body can not make it when it is needed so we have to get it from other sources like through diet and topical products. Oily acne-prone skin typically has more oleic acid and less linoleic acid. Dry skin typically has less oleic acid and more linoleic acid. By incorporating in an oil, you might be able to help balance out the ratio of fatty acids in your skin by focusing on oils that have more of the type your skin lacks. Remember that even if you have oily or dry skin, everyone is unique and the examples I’ve listed may not work for you! Experiment and try out different ones to see what works best with your routine and skin. #CheriePartner