Today I don't really have anything funny to say.
But I may just have something helpful to say.
Thirty kicked my ass.
I always thought that was kind of a myth. But it wasn't. My shoulder started to ache, I had to get my arm pit ultrasounded because it grew a weird lump.
I was convinced I had armpit cancer. But I didn't. It just turns out that my children are massive beasts and I carry them in my right arm, which caused the tendon/ligament/something-I'm-not-sure-what to bulge weirdly underneath my arm.
I've only been thirty for a month and half...
About a month before I turned thirty I had the worst bout of hormonal acne since I don't even remember when.
And it kept coming back every month!
I stay at home with my kids, so I almost never wear makeup, and my hair is almost always in a pony tail.
Working that look depends on one thing: Clear skin.
Or else you just look ugly.
U-G-L-Y- You ain't got no alibi.
I didn't have no alibi. So I had to find some answers. And pronto.
I turned to the interwebs. I found out that hormonal acne is a bitch and you have to hit her on the head with a shovel until she's dead. Also she most commonly appears on your chin.
Through some research I found a regimen that cleared up my skin. So I hope it will clear up yours if you are struggling with the same thing. Because there is nothing worse than feeling like an ugly pile.
It just makes you want to wear stained shirts and fat pants and spoon Kraft 4-Cheese Mexican Blend into your mouth as you lean over your kitchen sink.
Not saying I know what that's like.
Hormonal Acne Assassins
1. Fish Oil:
Through some research I found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil really help your skin. They are anti-inflammatory and help keep the right balance of oil on your skin. There is a lot of science behind it, so I'll let you google it if you want to know more. Ya crazy scientist.
I have been taking fish oil for some time now, but I just made sure I was a little more diligent about taking it every day.
2. Indole Plus Dietary Supplement:
Since the root of hormonal acne is, you guessed it, hormones I set out to see if there were any natural ways I could help regulate my hormones. I had heard interesting things about a supplement called Maca that some women use throughout menopause to ease symptoms. It helps balance out hormones. I visited my local natural health store, and the man there blew my hair back with knowledge. Seriously. He was dropping some organic chemistry on me, physiology, you name it. Ten more minutes in that place and I would have come out with a doctorate. Turns out the thing in Maca that helps balance hormones is this (which you can just buy in supplement form):
Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is one of the major anticancer substances found in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale. I'm going to boil it down for you very simply but it helps metabolize harmful 'extra' estrogens in the body. It is currently being researched as a particularly helpful substance in reducing the rates of breast and cervical cancer.
Once again, I'll let you do your own research, but it's crazy good for you.
There were 60 capsules in that bottle. The smart, crunchy man told me one pill would probably be sufficient for me, although you can take two capsules a day if needed.
The bottle was $40. That will last me two months. I suppose you could always just increase your dietary intake of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale.
But let's be serious.
Ain't nobody got time for that. I'm too busy eating Cheese Its and drinking diet coke.
3. Last, but not least:
iS Clinical Active Serum:
I had read about this serum on multiple beauty blogs (I know! Gasp. I read beauty blogs. And fashion blogs! You would never know. It's like my nap time crack.) This particular serum is for aging and acne prone skin. I had heard amaze-balls things about it. Although it did make me particularly sad that my skin now falls into the catagories "aging" and "acne prone," I hear the first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.
So there it is.
Now this is a one ounce bottle and it was $128.00.
Pick your jaw up off the floor. I realize it is expensive. But this bottle will last me easily over six months. That is an estimate. It comes with a dropper and you use very little. I use 2 drops each (nightly) on my forehead, cheeks and chin.
I had read that it took a little while to see results, and I would agree. It wasn't over night, but I did get results.
I love it. I feel like it has evened the tone and condition of my skin, and helped clear it.
I bought mine online at Dermstore.com because it is a nice, reputable online retailer of high end beauty products. You can probably find it cheaper on Amazon. Dermstore does some great freebies with big purchases too, and many times free shipping. So keep your eyes peeled. I managed free shipping and about $30 in free gifts!
I started this regimen about a month ago and I did not break out during my last cycle.
It's okay, don't fight it, we're best friends now.
So don't wait! Go out and get your pretty back.
**I was not compensated for reviewing these items. I did not get them for free. Just ask my husband. I just really like them a lot.