Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sephora Haul and ramblings


I was at Sephora the other day. My favourite Giorgio Armani Master Fluid primer ran out and I was torn between buying a replacement or try something new. In the end I decided to try out the Make Up For Ever primer and the HD Loose powder. (My Giorgio Armani Microfil Loose Powder  has been with me for way longer that it should, high time I threw it away.)

I suffered from adult acne through out my adult life. After delivering my son and visiting the dermatologist, I took Diane for quite a few years to control my acne. It did a marvelous job, no more pimples and it controlled my oily face very well. 

Last year I decided to stop using Diane because I didn't think it was wise to continue taking it for too long. I think I stopped around September last year. After a week, I could feel that my face was getting oilier. It didn't faze me much because I just had to tell myself to blot often and get used to it. But by December I was getting really bad pimples around my chin area. They would dry up, go away and new ones would appear. I think February was the worst time for me. I had pimples all around my eye brow area and the chin area just got worst.

It was around this time that I went to Sephora and decided to pick up the Boscia Little Black Book to try out. I was desperate to try anything. I'll let you know how I feel about it.

I forgot how devastating it feels with so many pimples on my face. My face feels heavy with oil and hurts often because of the fresh huge pimples. I was feeling very low and honestly not in the mood to put on makeup. None of my foundations stay on my face for long. My whole face becomes oily after an hour.

I threw the towel in and went back to my doctor for Diane. I just couldn't take it anymore. I'm not sure if I made a wise decision. The thing with taking birth control pills is that I must perform regular breast examinations to check for lumps. Pap smears are a must every year. I'll be honest, I hate Pap Smears because they just feel very uncomfortable but for the sake of my face and health I'm just going to suck it up and do it.

I'm not sure if it is a wise decision on my part. Today I am eating my third pill from the first pack. I can't wait for the oliies to go away and my pimples to settle. Wish me luck.

33 comments:

  1. My loose powder can never be completed but I also didnt throw them away as well, cheapo me.

    Do take care of your health and always go through regular checks. It should be ok with your healthy and active lifestyle too. :)

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    1. Ruby don't keep your loose powder for too long okay. Yup health is very important we don't how important till we get sick.

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  2. I totally understand. I suffered from really bad acne when I was a teen and even in my early 20s the problem kept getting worse. My skin was also EXTREMELY oily. After many derm visits, I decided to go on roaccutane. I started the treatment in October of 2011 and I mean it when I say that it changed my life. My skin became clear, the oil disappeared and it just look normal and healthy. I felt amazing! I stopped my treatment in May of 2012. I was terrified that the acne and oil would come back, but they didn't. Until now. In January of this year I moved from Belgium to Switzerland and all of a sudden my skin is getting oily again and I'm breaking out like crazy. Is it because of the new climate and environment, or because I have been off roaccutane for too long, I don't know, but it is SO depressing... During and after my roaccutane treatment I learned what life is like with normal, clear skin. And I do NOT want to go back to feeling as awful and self-conscious about my skin as I did before the treatment. I don't know what to do. I am trying to be gentle with my skin and I am trying to be patient, hoping that the problem will go away if I just wait long enough. But one thing is for sure, this SUCKS :-(

    Oh my, what a rant... I am sorry, girl, I am hijacking your post here :-) I'm just trying to say that I know how you feel. I wish us BOTH lots of luck! Happy Easter, and cheers to pimple and oil-free faces! XXX

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    1. My dear the worst thing is after the acne subsides we still have to contend with the numerous acne scars they leave behind. So frustrating. When you finally have clear skin, it is heartbreaking to see your face go back to the acne stage again.

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  3. I'm recently trying out La Roche-Posay Effaclar K, Effaclar Duo and using the LRP AI on the acnes. Both the K and Duo are light cream, the former for daily maintenance and the latter to unclog the skin. AI is a pimple/acne cream. The K doesn't seem to have any effect on me. The Duo, however... I've only used it a few days and I thought my face feels smoother and together with the AI my acnes seem to subside faster. Maybe you'd like to check out this range of pdts from LRP? They're not drying on the skin at all.

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    1. Nonno, thanks for the recc, I need all the help I can get now.

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    2. Nonno, I went out and bought the LRP stuff, they really feel nice, I am crossing my fingers. Thanks so much babe.

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  4. oh I've tried this primer and I didn't like it
    good luck.. I've been struggling with breakouts since I moved to Portugal and 3 weeks ago I decided to start using liquid gold.. grr it makes my skin so oily though

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    1. Caise, I can't stand the smell of the primer! Don't you just hate oily skin, nothing stays on my face for long. Liquid gold sounds interesting, what are the benefits of it?

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    2. I do hate my oily skin! and it's getting worse grrrrr. I really wish I had dry skin!
      It should reduce enlarged pores (and I can see that!)and help in acne treatment. It also makes skin look brighter. It smells awful;) I bought mine here http://www.beautybay.com/skincare/alphah/g/liquidgold/

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    3. You know the one thing about oil skin is as you age you don't have as many wrinkles.

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  5. *pat pat* I understand how you feel.. I used to have normal skin growing up, which was extremely fortunate I guess, but once I started work, the oil/acne just started sprouting out. It was such a blow to my self-confidence especially as a newbie in a work environment.. My derm says it's likely caused by hormonal changes and put me on antibiotics, which helped while I was on it, but I really didn't want to be on medication long term, so I stopped and now I'm just dealing with it and hoping my hormones stop freaking out..

    Hang in there dear!

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    1. Thanks babe. Yup you shouldn't take antibiotics for too long. Having a face for of pimples does not inspire any confidence at all sigh. Hugs babe we shall overcome.

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  6. Jacq,
    please take care. Health is the most important thing :) Hope that your skin condition will be better dear
    xx Meryl

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    1. Thanks Meryl, yes health is very important. Hopefully in a month my acne will be cleared up, cross fingers.

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  7. Probably hormonal changes. I had incredible skin as a teenager (totally didn't appreciate it) and my skin isn't that bad now but I still get hormonal acne in sync with my period which is pretty shitty. I'm trying to rebalance hormones through supplements, particularly zinc, fish oil and evening primrose oil and red clover tea because I don't want to be on BCP for literally 2 decades. That's the problem with BCP to solve hormonal acne, because it just artificially regulates your hormones, but once you stop it just comes back, and usually worse cos your system is a bit out of whack. It totally sucks though. Giving the supplements a couple months, I'd be happy if it wasn't every single month or fewer cystic pimples came up or they went away faster. But I have learnt not to touch my face at all, haha.

    I like LRP as well. I've tried K and it didn't do anything for me, I use AI which seems to work quite well for me on hormonal cystic acne, and want to try Duo but it's always sold out.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, judging my the number of comments I would say that acne is a hot topic :) I'm definitely going to check out LRP when I get the chance. I hope the supplements are helping you dear, let me know if it works for you. Eating healthily is a great help towards better skin and body too.

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    2. It's actually really comforting and reassuring to see that other people have problems with this too. It just feels so awful to have acne and to see everyone around seemingly have good skin. I think in our mind it seems a lot worse than it is, though. I am on the hunt for a good concealer..

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    3. Rachel, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is a good one! If my spots feel dry, I would pat MAC Moisturecover liquid concealer on first x

      Rena

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    4. Rachel, just to let you know I bought the LRP just a few days back ad am using them now. I like n=how they feel on my skin and I'm crossing my fingers. Thanks for taking the time to recc products for me, I really appreciate it.

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  8. That's the downside of consuming contraceptives, although it differs from person to person. My friend had Yasmin for years, and the acne came back even worst, along with several side-effects. Hope your skin clears up soon!

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    1. Oh no! Joyce, what were the side effects? Thanks for your encouragement my dear I'm crossing my fingers.

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  9. Hi Jacq, have u heard of DRx? Their clinic is at Tong building, next to Paragon. I suffered acnes after giving birth to my gal six years ago and my frd recommended me to visit them. Aft a few visit my acnes cleared up (without mediations). I stopped seeing the doc and used their skincare for a while. Now I only go to their facial for maintenance. U can consider and give it a try. Take care!

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    1. Hi Rabokki, thank you for taking your time to leave me a comment. I had exactly the same problem as you, my acne got worse during and after pregnancy. Thanks for the recc, I'll check it out.

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  10. Thanks Rachel, now I definitely will go see the LRP products. I hope the supplements are working out for you babe, let me know if it works out for you. I know I need to get better and more healthily too.

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  11. Saw last Saturday LRP Effaclar Duo on 20% discount at Guardian Pharmacy. Watson seems to be having a sale too at the moment but I'm not sure if LRP is on sale.

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  12. Aww Jacqueline I'm so sorry to hear that :( I don't have similar experience to share, but when I feel painful zits popping up (usually around that time of the month) I slather a good dose of La Roche Posay Effaclar K on. It usually makes them go away! I also use that as a serum for my T-zone to keep the blackheads away.

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    1. Thank you Sunny, I went out and got me some LRP products to try out today, I cant wait to use them.

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  13. Hi Jac,

    I know how you feel. I breakout here and there and only a handful of days that I am completely clear. I have tiny ice pick scars around my cheeks and nose. However, I am not compatible with Accutane, and I have decided not to take any birth control pills because I am feeling bloated all the time, and there is a history of cancer in my family.

    I am not very oily, just oily and dehydrated. I only break out mostly around my chin but with a good foundation (I rotate between Shu Uemura Nobara stick, Chanel Perfection Lumiere and conceal with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage) and I am almost flawless.

    I found out recently that dairy products contribute to acne (we do need oily food sometimes). I am a loyal Mario Badescu customer, have you tried their range? They are effective and healing at the same time (not drying like most other brands) And on a weekly basis, I do a balance of drying mask and a hydrating mask.

    That's how I manage my acne (almost last 20s and still breaking out)
    I have the Boscia Luminizing Mask, what do you think of it? I like how clean my skin feels afterwards. But on some days if my skin feels sensitive, this mask stings my skin.

    You are not alone Jac, we are here for you xx

    Rena

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    1. Hey Rena, thank you for your encouragement, it really means a lot to me. The Boscia Mask stings my eyes even though I don't apply it near my eye area. I haven't tried Mario Badescu products but I have heard of it. I just bought LRP products to try so I'll give that a go first and see what happens. Oh no diary products? I love my milk and ice cream.
      I love the Chanel Perfection Lumiere too but with my super oily skin it still doesn't last. I'm back on Diane and have seen that the oil production has reduced. I never really bothered with concealers though, I only used them for my lip area and under eyes. I had a MA teach me to mix 1/3 concealer with foundation for my cheek area. I do that when I have wedding dinners to attend but that's about it.

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  14. Jacq, I saw this post and couldn't help myself not to share the acne problems I got few years ago. It was so bad!! went to few dermatologists, ate different kind of medicines (I did take birth pill control as well) and also had lots of painful facials - none of that worked :( Anyway long story short, my acne's totally gone after taking Roaccutane. It also worked for my sister. My dermatologist suggested me to use Cetaphil cleanser for acne and prone skin. Worth to try Jacq :) and yes you are not alone and I'm sure the acnes will go away!! Take care dear :)
    xx Monica

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    1. Hey Monica, thank you for sharing your experience with me. I am glad you managed to solve your acne problem. I'm int my second month of taking Diana (bc pills) it has controlled the oil problem but I still see one or two pimples popping out. Thankfully not as bad as earlier. I am going to wait it out and hope that in another month or two it will calm down. I will have a look at Cetaphil. Thanks for the recc.

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