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Just another journey
Natural hair chronicles.👩🏽🦱 Based off research & experience I’d say my hair is either high porosity or a mixture of ALL; medium, low & high. Knowing your hair porosity is far more important than the texture(s), when it comes to the health & hair integrity. However, I have multiple textures when its wet. Therefore, I still don’t know exactly how to cater to my whole head just yet & I’ve been natural for years. Protein overload 🚫 Ahhh, I realized recently that almost every product i’ve used had some type of protein in it.😳 My hair is very strong but doesn’t retain moisture like it used to. Consequently, I have to change my entire routine to products that don’t contain any protein or coconut oil. ❗️Knowing the difference between oils that can penetrate & provide strength vs oils that can penetrate & retain moisture is vital❗️ ⚠️Current Routine: Shampoo: SheaMoisture - Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo. I’ll be alternating withKinky-Curly - Come Clean, Natural Moisturizing Shampoofor clarifying. Conditioner: #Aussie - Miracle Coils[products]#[FiveStars] for detangling. Deep Conditioner: AS I AM - Jbco Moisturizing Masque ~ Styling: (not in order) 💆🏽♀️ SheaMoisture - Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler Kinky-Curly - Knot Today, Natural Leave In / Detangler MIELLE - Pomegranate & Honey Leave-In Conditioner #Camille Rose Naturals - Camille Rose Naturals Aloe Whipped Butter Gel[products]#[FiveStars] AS I AM - JBCO Leave-in Conditioner Curls - Brule Whipped Curl Cream Kurlee Belle - Thirsty Kurls Leave In Conditioner[products]#[FiveStars] DIY hair butter for sealing. ~ Ingredients: Shea, 🥭 Mango butter, Cupuacu butter, & Tucuma butter w added oils. (still experimenting) I know my hair care needs some tweaking, if anybody could recommend any products that don’t contain anything that’ll contribute to my problem, please do!
Curls- Brule Whipped Curl Cream
Post acne scarring🥴 Ultimately, “less is more” is why my skin isn’t breaking out daily. No more painful, cystic acne. I got my skin adjusted to the bare minimum.👍🏼 I slowly introduce new products. No acids (Salicylic, Lactic, etc…), no exfoliating, no topicals. This stage of my skin journey is to allow my skin to heal & do what it’s supposed to do without disrupting the healing process. I still provide my skin with the necessary ingredients needed to assist with barrier repair & a healthy biome. Ceramides, Probiotics, Hyaluronic Acid, Colloidal Oatmeal, Niacinamide, Green Tea. * If anybody could recommend any more barrier repair products &/or ingredients i’m all 👂🏼 ✨Self Luv/ Self Care✨ With consistency, comes results💋
Supergoop!-Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40
Just an update... I’m trying to restore the pH of my skin & repair the moisture barrier bc my skin had been overcompensating oil for a while. Then it became very dry, uncomfortable & tight. Currently ~ *NO ACTIVES, NO TOPICALS, NO ACCUTANE* 1) 🌞💧I cleanse with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser Creamy Formula. (Day & Night) Great cleanser, it’s pH balanced! It’s done a great job balancing my skin. After cleansing, my skin feels comfortable. 5/5 2) I use a Aloe & Green Tea toner in the day after cleansing, leaves my skin hydrated👍🏼 Ingredients: Aloe & 🌹 Water Hydrosol, Glycerin, DL Panthenol, Aldenine PBC & Green Tea Extract 🍵 3) Following the toner, I use PAULA'S CHOICE - Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer Ingredients: Glycerin, Squalane (emollient), Ceramide EOP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide AP (skin-replenishing), Ceramide NP & Niacinamide This product leaves my skin dewey, soft & hydrated👌🏼 4) ☀️ Sunscreen: Supergoop! - 100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40 My face usually itches by the end of the day when using this. Any recommendations for mineral sunscreen with good good ingredients are accepted 😇 🌚 At night I cleanse & I’ve been following up with a mask that I leave on overnight. Manuka Honey & Aloe Gel Mask (nightly) 🍯
Supergoop!-100% Mineral Smooth & Poreless Matte Screen SPF 40
So... I went to a dermatologist. The Dr. explained two options to me which are: Clindamycin/ Benzoyl Peroxide Accutane (Isotretinoin) I included a picture of the regime I am strictly going to follow until my next appointment. My skin Is usually very oily but the surface is dry & flaky rn. Hopefully the creamy cleanser improves that! 🤞🏼Wish me luck❕ I have tried clindamycin, in liquid form before & it definitely dried out my oily skins surface... So i’m not new to that but Accutane however, I am new to. ❓Can anybody tell me their experience with this product (Accutane)❓
Ok so at this point...
I’m certainly seeking professional help with my skin bc this is unbearable... I spoke with an esthetician who said my acne asphyxiated. She did a facial & extractions & this is my face a little over 3 weeks later. I never been so confused & self conscious in my life. Being pessimistic in these circumstances only gets easier.
In case anyone was wondering...
Just an update on my skin. Breaking down my routine is more difficult than it should be bc I’m always trying to achieve overnights results but i’m also a realistic person so Ik it’ll take time to have my glass skin back😔 I’ll include what my skin looks like currently and what it used to look like, just to express the feeling of going from decent skin to skin that is easily reactive & breaks out daily. If anyone has any tips... please help. I’m not sure which direction to go. Thinking ab going to an esthetician but prior to, I think I should seek out a dermatologist.
dermatitis: what it is, types, and how to treat
Dermatitis is the general word referencing to skin inflammation (in Greek, derma- = skin; -itis = inflammation). Symptoms generally are very dry, itchy, red, and cracked skin. Sometimes also swelling and/or blisters can be present. Anyone who suffers from dermatitis knows how uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and self-conscious we become. I have eczema. Despite common symptoms, dermatitis can be subdivided into different types. Depending on the type, it can be flare-ups or long-term, severe or mild. The key is knowing which type of dermatitis you have and then figuring out and tackling the root of the problem. But before we move on, let’s clear up one common misconception: dermatitis of any form is NOT contagious! The cause of your dermatitis is usually related to the type of dermatitis you have. So, let’s go over the types and their causes. One of the most common types of dermatitis is atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema. It can be caused by allergens, but it usually comes from a combination of things such as dry skin, the environment, and possible bacteria or germs as well. It is also often genetic, so, if you think you may have eczema and someone in your family has it too, there’s a good chance you have it as well. In my case, my mother has eczema. Eczema usually comes in waves and flares-up depending on certain triggers, like detergents used, fabrics (wool, for example), excessively dry skin, and even stress. Mine usually flares up during the fall and winter seasons and during periods where I am experiencing more stress. The best way to help control your eczema is to make some changes to your routine and, if your eczema is bad enough, get a prescription for a cream from your doctor. Minor routine changes include using a different type of soap (one that doesn’t leave a film on your skin- try bar soap), patting the area dry and then moisturizing while the skin is still damp, and of course, if you know trigger factors (such as stress), by controlling that. Your doctor might prescribe a thick greasy cream to apply a few times a day, and sometimes also a steroid to help control inflammation. I use my prescription cream after every shower and (luckily) haven’t had to use my steroid one that often. I only went to my doctor AFTER trying over the counter creams as well as little lifestyle changes. You might not even need to see your doctor if it clears up. Another common type of dermatitis is contact dermatitis. This occurs when your skin comes in contact with an irritant or allergen. An example that everyone knows is poison ivy. Other types of allergens might be nickel (often found in jewelry), fragrance and perfumes, and detergents and soaps. That’s why it’s so important to figure out what is causing the irritation! Once you know, you can cut it out of your life completely. Seborrheic dermatitis is also relatively common. This occurs when there is a fungus, specifically yeast, found in the oil glands on the skin (aka sebaceous glands, which secrete sebum- lil name reference there). The best way to treat this form of dermatitis is to use creams or ointments that control inflammation, and also anti-fungal creams if it’s severe enough. For example, dandruff shampoos are a good start, because dandruff is often a symptom of this type of dermatitis. If it gets so bad, you might need to see a doctor about getting a prescription for an antifungal (either topical or oral). Dyshidrotic eczema is another type. The skin cannot ‘protect’ as it should and therefore gets inflamed and creates blisters on parts of the body. Steroids, antihistamines, and draining the blisters are usually used in treatment. I don’t know too much about this type. Cradle cap and diaper rash are also two types of dermatitis, however, they’re (as the name suggests), only relevant to babies. So there you have the most common types of dermatitis! Dermatitis is very common and there’s nothing to be ashamed about! Once you figure out the cause, you can adjust accordingly and carry on with a more comfortable life. Please note, I am not a doctor (yet, hehe). This post was composed using personal experience, research I’ve done, and what I’ve been taught by other physicians. ------------------------ Thank you for giving my post a read! I am new to the platform and am excited to share my thoughts on topics I am passionate about.
From bacne (acne on your back) to buttne (acne on your backside - yep, it's a thing) body spots can be pretty rubbish to deal with. Even worse? When the warm weather makes an appearance, your playsuits come out of hibernation and suddenly you're showing off a little more flesh than usual. How To Get Rid Of Back Acne Swap Out Your Current Body Wash That ultra-creamy, coconut-scented shower gel may feel seriously luxe, but if it doesn't contain zit-zapping ingredients such as salicylic acid (a BHA that exfoliates the skin's surface layer and unblocks pores of sebum and dead skin), glycolic acid (an AHA that dissolves the upper layer of dead skin cells to prevent spots and to blur red marks left behind by acne), and lactic acid (also an AHA with the same skin-smoothing, spot-preventing credentials as glycolic acid, just a little gentler on skin), then it might not be doing your body acne any good. Acids like these prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking your pores. Use a non-comedogenic body lotion You don't have to give up the moisturiser to keep breakouts at arms length - just make sure you choose the right one - that means ditching the unctuous, oily creams. In layman’s terms, “non-comedogenic” simply means non-pore-clogging. This is important when choosing products that stay on your skin all day or night, such as body lotion. When applied to your chest, non-comedogenic body lotion can help hydrate the skin without causing acne. Some lotions even contain small amounts of salicylic acid to get rid of preexisting breakouts. You may also want to avoid fragrances that can irritate your skin. Try spot treatments Spot treatments can help chest acne breakouts by shrinking pimples and healing the underlying inflammation. Over-the-counter (OTC) spot treatments abound, and most of these contain either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. Of these two ingredients, salicylic acid is preferable because benzoyl peroxide is a notorious for bleaching clothing. There’s a risk of toxicity when salicylic acid is applied to large areas, so make sure you limit it to spot treatments when using it in the chest area. You can also consider some of the following home and natural remedies. Before applying any remedy on your chest, try a patch test to make sure it doesn’t cause any negative reaction. Choose a small spot on your arm and wait 24 hours to see if any rash or irritation develops. Cinnamon and honey Cinnamon and honey can potentially create a powerful acne-fighter when applied to the chest. Cinnamon has antimicrobial capabilities, and raw honey can work as a bacteria-fighting agent. Together, these can reduce bacteria and inflammation that lead to acne. These are safe to use weekly or as needed for new blemishes. To whip this up, mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon with 2 tablespoons of raw honey until it forms a paste. You can apply the mask all over your chest and rinse off after 30 minutes, or you can use it as an overnight spot treatment. Mud or charcoal If you’d rather use a natural treatment that’s already made in a bottle, consider a mask that’s made of mud or charcoal. These can work as all-over treatments or they can be used on a few spots on your chest. Both mud and charcoal fight acne by drawing out impurities. These ingredients may also soften your skin at the same time. One example is the Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask. Use once a week for best results.
Murad-Acne Body Wash
STOP THE ITCH IN A PROTECTIVE STYLE
We’ve all been there. That itch in a protective style can be one of the most annoying things to deal with! Luckily, there are solutions THAT WORK. The first is good old apple cider vinegar! What can’t apple cider vinegar do?!? But seriously, it works wonders if you are allergic to the substance that most hair companies use to coat the hair. That coating they use is a known ALKALINE irritant, meaning that it has a high ph that doesn’t mix well with the low ph of our scalp. The reason why ACV works to fix this is because it is acidic (with a low ph) and combats the high ph of the coating on your braiding hair! BRAGG - Organic Apple Cider Vinegar The second and third product solutions are for solving itch that is unrelated to the hair you are using. Your hair just might by DRY, or growing FUNGAL DANDRUFF if you aren’t washing it frequently. Any product with tea tree oil like this one from Essations can reduce fungal dandruff because tea tree oil has ANTI BACTERIAL properties and can kill the scalp fungus that is causing dandruff leading to that ITCH! If you scalp is dry you can use any oil- tea tree works great, or grease! Good old Blue Magic Grease, used after spraying your hair with water to lock in that moisture, works wonders for dry scalp that could be the cause of your itch!
BRAGG-Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
7 Tips For Repairing Your Damaged Skin Barrier
Our skin is our body’s largest organ, but it is also one of the most vulnerable. Our skin’s barrier serves as a protective layer to keep it healthy and moisturized, but when that is damaged, it can result in an uncomfortable and uneven skin texture. Here’s how to determine whether or not your skin barrier has been damaged and how you can fix it.
5 ingredients to avoid if you’re sensitive to skin irritation
Sensitive skin is an unfortunate issue many of us have to deal with, which can be not only uncomfortable physically but also affect our self-confidence. When our skin is irritated it becomes a red, burning, and itchy mess and can make you more prone to breakouts. There are so many factors that can cause irritation to your skin such as sun exposure, cold weather, and certain skincare products that contain triggering ingredients.