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My Skincare Story: Eczema +

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valchemic
Over the years, I’ve dealt with acne and dry skin, but in the more recent years, nothing has affected me, in terms of my skin, like eczema and the resulting infections!!! Staph anyone? From November 2017 to August 2018, I’ve had bouts of the worst flare ups in my life. Let me just say, that period of time has probably been the hardest period of my life: I got into a car accident, I’ve got into a few gut-wrenching emotional fights with people, and the worst thing of all, my father passed away... while I was still finishing university. I had to miss 2 weeks of classes due to my skin condition because it was painful to move when the eczema was on my body from head to toe 🤕 To say that I was under a lot of stress is an understatement. Eczema is still a pretty mysterious health issue to most, but the health community is being very adamant about finding its different root causes. One thing for sure, it’s definitely not just something that appears on your skin “just because.” I believe that my skin was expressing all of the ways I was feeling. Stress literally compromises the skin barrier with stress hormones like cortisol. It was also hard to take care of myself, I began eating a lot of fried foods, so my gut was impacted by “leaky gut” syndrome where I developed many food sensitivities. Finding some of these answers through research, many appointments with various health professionals, and self exploration, I have hope that eczema isn’t something that I’ll have to deal with forever. Though I still deal with some eczema flare ups from time to time, it’s never completely out of control like the ones displayed in the pictures. I’m still finding ways to heal myself, as it isn’t linear, but in the meanwhile my favourite eczema management product is purO3 - Ozonated Olive Oil
(only a 4 ⭐️ because it’s smelly!! I wouldn’t wear this on a date or out n about) Ozonated olive oil is a one-ingredient saviour that has great skin healing properties. It reduces inflammation, kills Staphylococcus aureus infections, and aids in quicker repair of the skin. I start seeing results within days of using it. You can also use this product orally (gum infections), to heal wounds from cuts and bug bites, as spot treatment for acne, etc. It even helps reduce hyperpigmentation scars from eczema and acne!!! 🎉 let’s just say this is my staple, like some would claim coconut oil.
May 31
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heathermOh sis you look gorgeous now! Love your story and am really impressed by how much you've done to deal with eczema! Thanks for your sharing!
Jun. 1·4 likes
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valchemicThank you! Have you experienced eczema?
Jun. 1
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Don’t make this mistake this Halloween 👻
Ok so I now some of y’all are gonna be like “I could have told you this” about my cautionary tale, but really this is an important message, especially since multi-purpose makeup is well-intentionally becoming a thing! Last Halloween, I decided to be a lion(-bear hybrid looking creature) after leaving my Halloween costume for last minute because I wasn’t even sure if we were going out or not. I noticed that a lot of the makeup artists on IG were doing cute animal looks, so I thought “hey that’s simple enough for me to do if I choose to go out!” I might have honestly chosen to go out once I realized how much I wanted to give this makeup look a try. There was just something so enticing about drawing out a more dramatic cat eye in the inner corner & letting my inner kitten out 🤪 painting the whiskers on felt just right! Next I had drawn on my nose - mind you all of this with the same liquid eyeliner I’ve had open since the prior year 🤦🏽‍♀️ and finally came time to draw on the top lip. It was an exciting challenge, filling in every crevice with a fine tip. I felt like a genius using eyeliner to beat my multi-purpose record with not one, or two or three but FOUR different uses. Fast forward through the night (we went to a strip club lol @ small town activity selections) and to the next day... throughout which my lips started feeling sore. As the day progressed, I noticed a formation of two bumps on my inner lips. It was painful to close my mouth, and I had to eat very slowly. Note: I’ve never had mouth herpes or anything like that and I haven’t experienced anything like that since! This lasted for about 5 days. I was going to use polysporin on it or some OTC cold sore treatment, but I’m an alternative girl, so I had to give some healing, antimicrobial purO3 - Ozonated Olive Oil a try. Once I started using it and not immediately swallowing it, the sore bump started diminishing and crusting up 👏🏽 TDLR not all makeup should be used on delicate areas (eg eyes, mouth)  reusable makeup applicators usually end up introducing skin surface bacteria, which proliferate overtime, inside of the makeup tubes of lipglosses, eyeliners etc most of us do not follow the expiry date of makeup, so there may be a microbial overgrowth inside expired makeup tubes or formulas that don’t have enough preservatives, so it’s important to be extra careful with delicate areas I used a maybelline liquid eyeliner that’s been discontinued, so that shows you how old mine was 🤦🏽‍♀️ Solutions: use a pencil eyeliner, which can be sharpened OR use a sanitized eyeshadow palette mixed with a gloss or balm for the lips use the tape method by picking up the top layer of the desired colour powder for your lips with a piece of tape, then sanitize the desired colour with a 60%+ alcohol spray and let air dry before using if you have a UV sterilizer machine, even better - you know what to do! #CheriePartner
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valchemic
How I see my pimples away within days! 👋🏽
Acne isn’t a big issue for me like it was when I was a teenager, but I do get the occasional breakout when I’m experiencing various forms of stress, whether it be emotional or physical (food.) So what’s a solution that has worked for me? The following may be used as spot treatments or full-face 1. Use a chemical exfoliant toner sahajan - Balance Toner - contains a bit of salicylic acid - gently sloughs off dead skin cells - quicker cell turnover - evens out texture - brightens blemish spots 2. Use an ozonated olive oil purO3 - Ozonated Olive Oil - kills acne-causing bacteria - aids in repairing broken skin faster than usual - fades fresh scars I love taking this combination of products with me, especially during my travels, as it helps troubleshoot any incoming breakouts and maintain my clear skin!
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My everyday product’s
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🔎Petroleum products in skincare
I figured I would give these slides I made their own post since so many people seemed to find it helpful. ⚠️DISCLAIMER: I’m not a skincare expert. This information is based on my own internet research. It’s easy to find conflicting information about almost any topic or Ingredient, so don’t freak out if you use some of these ingredients. I grew up using all things Vaseline & cheap drugstore products in the house... I think I first had reservations about Vaseline when trying to use it as a lip balm replacement. It didn’t offer anything beyond the illusion of hydration at first, leaving me craving a reapplication. When I learned about what it actually does I understood why. In 2020 there are so many petroleum product free products available at affordable prices, but it’s important to note that these ingredients are still prevalent in so many drugstore skincare products & even in highend products like La Mer crème. Aside from Vaseline brand, it’s uncommon to find information regarding the refinement process of petroleum products in the US, making it harder to know what’s safe... These ingredients are still so prevalent despite the concerns simply due to their very cheap manufacturing costs. They’re also in shampoos, conditioners & body lotions. The use of these ingredients skincare products has been banned in Europe if the full refinement history is not disclosed. Why people use Vaseline: There are 2 different types of moisturizers. Products like essences & serums hydrate the skin without the waxes & emollients that make creams & lotions thick, so they don't clog pores or feel greasy or heavy. This first type adds moisture to the skin & the other stops or “blocks” the natural moisture that your skin produces from being lost to the atmosphere. Due to the large molecule size of Vaseline, it coats of the outer layer of your skin to prevent water loss, but cannot be truly absorbed. (See my last 2 posts to discover an interesting moisturizing product that actually has the same molecular size as our skin particles!) So in theory, Vaseline is used as a skin protectant. Vaseline brand petroleum jelly is purified & refined to a level that the FDA considers non-carcinogenic. Personally I would steer clear of it for lip balm because there are so many other options to hydrate without the consumption risk. 👄I added a slide of a few popular lips balms w/ petrolatum is the 1st ingredient. It’s also important to think about the cleanliness of your Vaseline container. Considering it will trap any bacteria on your skin or wounds under it, what bacteria may already exist in the container? I know for me growing up, the family Vaseline jar in the bathroom was pretty gross. A lot of people still swear by this stuff, just look up “Tyra Vaseline frenzy” on YouTube... but if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, I personally don’t recommend it. Try something like pure vitamin E oil in a dropper to minimize bacteria. It will nourish dry lips & dry skin patches!
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 100% Pure Petroleum Jelly, Original
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