Month 2 – CHECK! This month was easier in some ways, but harder in others. For starters, I worked on building up to 30mg two times a day, so doubling my dosage has made some side effects more prominent, but now that my body has had time to become acclimated to the medication, some side effects have faded. So, without further ado, here’s the update on my Accutane journey.
It’s already been one month since I started my Accutane journey. CRAZY! One down… 5 to go. It’s been an adjustment – both in good and bad ways. Although there’s still a long way to go, I’ve made enough progress in just one month that even others are starting to notice. But it does come at a bit of a price – I have a list of side effects I’ve started experiencing, some of them within a week of starting the medication. So for those of you who have been interested to keep up with me during my Accutane journey, here’s month one! Read my initial post about My Decision to Start Accutane to get an idea of my skin/acne treatment history.
Before I get started, I just want to state that this post is not promoting Accutane – it’s a personal decision I made as a result of many years of frustration with my skin and was not a decision I took lightly. Accutane is a serious drug with serious side effects and is not for everyone; speak with your dermatologist about what plan of action is best for you.
Winter is such a wonderful time of the year (because it finally starts to feel like fall in the south). The holidays, post-season football games, the crisp, refreshing air – it doesn’t get better than that! But the down side is that as the air dries up, so does our skin, which can make skincare routines more complicated and intense.
Raise your hand if you’re a little guilty of splurging on beauty products to “treat yo’self.”
Now raise your hand if you’re also a little guilty of spending lots of money on products that weren’t worth the price.
Being a woman can be hard because there’s so much pressure to have perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect clothes… just about perfect anything. And do we really make ourselves feel any better when now we’re flat-out broke after spending money on “great” seeming products that didn’t help like they seemed they would? If you’re looking for an honest review + help finding a certain product, here’s a list of beauty products I have tried, fallen in love with, and can’t get enough of!
It’s annoying, and at one point or another, we’ve all dealt with it.
But then there are those of us who never get a break.
I’m 23-years-old and still find myself breaking out like a 13-year-old… and while I feel like I’ve finally managed to come to terms with my skin and just how it is, there are times when it takes its toll on my self-esteem. And unfortunately, sometimes there is no amount of concealer or foundation that can hide the mountains that so proudly display themselves on my face.
There’s a lot to keep in mind when it comes to learning to cope with your acne. There are all sorts of different ways to try and tackle it physically and a lot of determination when it comes to being intentional with positive self-talk. Truthfully, it took a lot of confidence for me to post the picture I did, even though it’s over 3-years-old – but it’s a good reminder to see how far I’ve come and to see just how much good health and proper treatment can make a difference when it comes to my skin. Continue reading “How to Cope with Chronic Acne: Treatment Tips + Boosting Confidence”
Summer in the south is in full swing. July and August (and a lot of times September… October… and maybe even parts of November) are highly unanticipated as it generally feels we’re going to melt within seconds of stepping out the door; we either find ourselves aggressively avoiding having to step foot outside or spending hours down at the pool or water parks to try and keep cool.
But, even in the heat of the summer, there are some pros and cons to being out in the sun. The most well-known benefit of sunlight is that it’s how we obtain Vitamin D. However, what’s probably in the forefront of our minds is the sunburns, dehydration, heat exhaustion, and the ever-famous skin cancer. Now, don’t get me wrong – these are all valid health concerns that we should be cautious of – but caution should not equal fear or complete avoidance, because we might also be causing some harm to our health, as well. Continue reading “The Best Sunscreens for Sun Protection”