Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Quick Acne Clearing Tips

Here are a few things I do when I need to get rid of spots that have surfaced unexpectedly. When I follow these tips, my skin clears up a lot faster.

Use topical treatments
I've used salicylic acid based products in the past, and they are very effective in clearing up spots. I now mostly use azelaic acid, which functions in a similar way to benzoyl peroxide, without the drying after effects. I also find the azelaic acid reduces any redness in spots, and reduces inflammation in a way other products don't. Here is a review of the product I have been using. Azelaic acid also helps with other skin conditions, here's a post on what the latest science says.

Drink more water, and try to get at  least 8 cups a day.

Blending kale, spinach or collards with frozen fruit is an easy easy way to get those nutrients and antioxidants in without feeling like your drinking your front lawn. I always feel like I'm doing something good for my skin (and health) when I drink green juice, and it's great for those who aren't fond of salad.

Cut out dairy
I don't really eat dairy (at least, I try not to but I occasionally slip up, usually when it comes to desserts). Cutting out dairy is how I initially cured my cystic acne. Here are a few posts about the link between acne and dairy:
5 Reasons why Dairy Causes Acne
I gave up Dairy and Became Acne Free

This is especially helpful before a pimple surfaces; if I take this early enough, spots aren't as red and inflamed like they usually would be and sometimes don't even flare up. A lot of people who have acne are actually zinc deficient, and find that once they start supplementing, and then include zinc in their diet, their acne goes away.
Vitamins for Skin: Zinc

These tips help me when my skin isn't looking its best, and eating healthier just makes me feel better in general, so it's a win-win.

xo, Amali

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Biore Triple Action Toner Review

I've had this product in my bathroom for a few years, and it's finally being reviewed. I initially purchased this because my cheeks had started to get a few pimples, and after about two weeks they weren't going away. They were inflamed and I wasn't using a toner at the time, so I grabbed this. I didn't even read the ingredients, which is pretty unusual for me.

  • Oil-Free
  • Non-Comedogenic (won't clog pores)
  • Hypo-Allergenic
  • Dermatologist tested
  • gentle enough for daily use morning and night
  • can help treat and clear blemishes for a deep down clean
  • with an active blemish-fighting ingredient, 
  • this toner effectively cleans skin and penetrates pores to reduce breakouts

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Isopropyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Menthol, Benzophenone-4, Polysorbate 60, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Blue 1

  • cooling feeling (probably due to the menthol)
  • salicylic acid is proven to be effective against acne
  • at first skin feels clean, and not dry
  • helped the smaller zits

  • contains denatured alcohol as the second ingredient, as well as isopropyl alcohol
  • the formula may feel gentle but is very stripping of your skins natural oils
  • skin produces more oil
  • doesn't help acne long term
  • the only 
This didn't magically get rid of my spots at the time. Nor, did it improve the condition of my skin as a toner. I don't recommend it at all, the ingredients are too harsh, there is too much alcohol, and this will end up dehydrating your skin. It cleans my bathroom cabinet doors well though. 

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Photos of Half Moon Bay during Winter

Here are a few photos that I took when my friend and I decided to go on a spontaneous road trip on a Friday evening. It's not the best time for beach (since it's winter!) but we really wanted to catch the sunset. We decided to drive to Half Moon Bay which is only thirty minutes from Melbourne.

It was slightly cloudy when we arrived but it was still nice to walk along the waves to the wharf.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Updated Skincare Routine | Winter

My last skincare routine post was a while ago, and since then, things have changed. My skin is currently combination-dry; it's a windy, rainy winter.

I'm still using the same cleanser. Goodness Everyday Cream Cleanser is a gentle cream cleanser that isn't harsh or stripping. It is something I'm trying to finish off though. While it doesn't make my skin any drier, it doesn't make it any more hydrated. Maybe I'm asking for too much, but I don't think the essential oils right at the end of the ingredient list are helping.

Sometimes I skip this all together, but it's usually rosewater, green tea or chamomile tea. Here's the time  I  used green tea as toner, and when I used chamomile tea. It's either chilled from the fridge or I've made it that morning. No, it's not steaming hot.

I don't necessarily believe in eye creams, but I do occasionally use them. Mostly because it makes a great makeup primer, and I guess because somewhere in the back of my mind, there's this little voice telling me to take care of my skin. It's my mum's voice, okay? 
My friend, who's a makeup artist gave me something she swears by and uses on all her clients. So, I've been using this small pot of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream, and it does work really well under makeup, and plumpens up my skin. I am also trying to finish off an eye cream from Alpha-H (review here). 

This is what has helped my dry skin the most, and has especially helped those stubborn dry patches (chamomile tea healps too).  You can't really tell when your skin is bare, but makeup can accentuate that flakey skin. Bioderma Hydrabio Serum is something I've reviewed and recently purchased in full size. 

I'm now using Thursday Plantation Replenishing Face, which I reviewed here. It's light but works well with the Bioderma serum. It's also made mostly from natural ingredients; the downside is again, the essential oils. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Azclear Azelaic acid Review

I finally found azelaic acid in the pharmacy. I'm still not sure if I couldn't find it because I didn't look hard enough the first time, or because it's actually harder to find in smaller stores.

If you want to know how azelaic acid could benefit you, here's a detailed post. To put it briefly, if you have hyperpigmentation, rosacea, or acne this could help. I've been using it specifically to get rid of some hyperpigmentaion, as well as the occasional hormonal spot.

I've been using azelaic acid for about a month now, which coincided with getting two huge pimples. One was red, inflamed and painful. Not the end of the world, a little annoying, but perfect to test out this gel. I usually spot treat with a salcylic acid based product and while it works, it can sometimes take a while (not always), and the downside is dry, peeling skin. It also does nothing for the acne scars I always seem to get after.

I used Azclear Medicated Lotion which is in a 20% form. The lotion is slightly sticky and reminds me of glue we always used it primary school. Think it was PVA glue? The consistency is close to that, I think it even smells like it...

It's the most effective in calming down redness. It also takes away the "hardness" of a spot, and does help in clearing it up faster. Unlike other exfoliating acids, my skin wasn't dry and didn't peel at all. I think the lotion itself is more likely to peel if you apply too much.

I usually get dark acne scars that take months to go away if I don't use rosehip oil straight away. It doesn't always work though. Using azelaic acid, my spots haven't scarred like they usually do, but are red. They haven't completely disappeared, but they are lighter than they usually would be. The lotion hasn't done much for old scars, they have faded slightly within the last month, but nothing significant.

Tip: I've applied it alone and also below moisturiser. It works the same, but wearing moisturiser is more comfortable.

Some Brands
Ego Azclear Action Lotion - Australia/online
Finacea Gel
Azelex Azelaic Acid
Skinoren Azelaic Acid Cream
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