9.25.2020

Update on Collaborations




I have updated my Sponsor page for those who want to do collaborations with me.

My blog is not active as it used to be but it still generates traffic the way it did before. I have updated my stats to reflect my new social media accounts and I’m offering ad space again.

I am still very supportive of small business on Etsy like platforms, small bloggers, artists and/or the handmade community. I’m offering $2 monthly ad space for you. I could feature a product in a Cute Finds post for $5 and promote it on my social media throughout the month. I don’t believe in charging small business shops for a single featured post review.


I’ve made changes concerning my collaborations with brands. I’m only going to accept serious inquiries with payments. I've been receiving regular emails from companies that continue to lowball me. $5-$10 for multiple posts with links and ad space for months without ever actually using/knowing anything about the product.





My time and effort must be paid. This is 2020. A single review post will be sponsored and my time/effort compensated at $100 minimum. Ad space is available at $15 per month. No negotiations on quantity or prices. This is absolutely firm. I do not post random, poor quality, back links galore... articles on my blog.

9.13.2020

Fungal Acne: Disclaimer




Hi! I've been receiving emails ever since I shared my "fungal acne" experience. I've posted what I found through research and what has worked for me. I can't explain the science side of it, offer other product recommendations outside of my posts, or help you decide if your skin problems are fungal. 

I'm not a dermatologist or qualified to be giving out advice.

Edit: 9/16/2020
I’m not going to respond to these emails anymore. Thanks for understanding


Please Note:


People can't judge online whether your skin problems are fungal or not. That's up to you by elimination and treatment or through a dermatologist.

Fungal acne isn't acne and will not respond to regular acne treatments. If you suspect you may have it then you need to look at the products you're using and see whether the ingredients are safe. Products like skincare, sunscreen, makeup, facial wipes, shampoo, conditioner, and other hair products.

Use only safe products and your skin should improve once there's nothing to feed the yeast. The bumps usually form clusters, can be itchy, and can worsen by not washing your sweat off after exercise or humid days.

I recommend using one of these products as a mask. 
The shampoos can be used as a facial cleanser and body wash.

1. Head & Shoulders (Pyrithione zinc 1%)
2. Selsun Blue (Selenium Sulfide 1% )
3. Nizoral (Ketoconazole 1%)
4. Dr. Eddie's Happy Cappy (Pyrithione zinc 0.95%)
4. De La Cruz Sulfur. (Sulfur 10%)

Some of these are really harsh if you leave it on too long. Do 1-2 times a week at 5 minutes and work your way up slowly. Drying your skin out too much can cause damage to your skin's barrier and have the fungal acne get worse. Make sure to cleanse, wet the face afterward, and apply moisturizer(s) then seal with vaseline. 

Please do your own research. It's all trial and error :)


6.06.2020

BBG 1 Program Results



I finally finished the 12 week program! 

I prefer to workout fasted otherwise I go through heartburn hell. I was already doing intermittent fasting on and off this year. For this program, I decided to do it more consistently. I've always had issues with bloating and dehydration. I tried to hit 40-64oz of water a day. I broke my fast around noon or 1. I focused on eating more protein this round. I had salmon filets, canned salmon/tuna, fade greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hard-boiled eggs, oatmeal, and beans. I also did lots of canned veggies and some fruits as dessert. My diet wasn't 100% and I didn't track everything. I still ate takeout 2-3 times a week but ate smaller portions of it.

I lost about 7lbs in the first week then every other week had a 1-2lbs loss. The last month I only lost a pound and focused on maintenance. I use a Renpho scale so I can track my weight fluctuations. I was so used to the numbers going up and down... it was actually nice to be at the same weight for weeks.

I followed the program for 2 months and did the 3 resistance days then 2 LISS days. I would do indoor biking for 45-60 minutes. In the 3rd month, I decided to change things up because I got really motivated and bored. I did HIIT intervals on my bike for 20 minutes to replace LISS days. I also added Pilates/Yoga (Fitness Blender) for 20-40 minutes after any workouts whenever I felt like it.





Before at 134.2 lbs:

Bust: 38"
Waist: 30"
Lower belly: 33"
Butt: 39"
Thighs: 22"
Calf: 13.5"
Bicep: 9", 9.5" flexed


After at 123 lbs:

Bust: 35.5"
Waist: 27.5"
Lower belly: 31"
Butt: 37"
Thighs: 20"
Calf: 13"
Bicep: 10", 10.5" flexed



I'm planning to do another round but this time with heavier weights, weighted or banded versions. I'm even considering keeping track of macros just to see what kind of results I could get.


5.27.2020

Retinol for Fungal Acne

I had "fungal acne" for 2 years before knowing what it was and how to treat it.  Last year, I shared my experiences in 2 parts: Fungal Acne Skin and Fungal Acne Products. It's been over a year since and I still use some of the products! I decided to look into retinol because I'm in my late 20's now. I wanted to see if that would help with FA too.

I no longer get bad breakouts especially on my neck, back, or chest. I can't completely avoid that because it thrives off the humidity and sweat.




Differin

I used it every 3 days for the first month. I wet my skin, applied Hada Labo premium lotion and Cerave Healing ointment to the thin areas (corner of eyes, sides of nostrils, and corners of lips). I applied Differin immediately on top. I would apply moisturizer either the same lotion or Hada Labo Gel cream plus a light layer of Cerave healing ointment over it before bed.

I was shocked at how well behaved my skin became. There was a small purge for me but it was nothing terrible. My skin was tolerating it fine. No dry patches or peeling. I eventually stopped applying the extra moisturizers afterward. I still use a buffer before applying it.


Differin Purging


I noticed a difference with texture as soon as 2 weeks. Very soft, smooth, and glowing. Scars were fading faster than usual. I never kept up a skincare routine before. It made me realize how dull and dry my skin was.


Differin results at 2 weeks

Like I mentioned earlier, my skin was tolerating this very well and I started using it every 2 days. I've heard many stories on Reddit about the dryness and peeling.  I eventually stumbled upon Tretinoin. I was interested in trying something for anti-aging purposes. So... I'm actually using both right now.
Tretinon at 0.025%

This is really strong so the routine is different. I wet my skin, use my Hada Labo Premium Lotion and Cerve Healing Ointment on the thin areas. I let this dry completely in about 30 minutes. I apply a very small amount of Tret then wait 30 minutes up to an hour before applying my layers of moisturizers. It really depends if I'm going to bed soon. You can't skip the moisturizers at the end. I've accidentally used a little more than a pea-size amount and became a peeling lizard for 1-2 days.

Clear skin who dis

I've been using retinol for almost 4 months now. 5-6 weeks were just Differin then the rest have been Differin and Tret. I split it up across the week. At least one day in between each application. I do Differin, Tret then back to Differin.

It's obviously not a cure but my skin has become a lot more manageable. I'm careful with the products I use on my skin now. I have more clear skin days than anything else. I still get breakouts occasionally because of the humidity/sweat issue but one application of retinol takes care of it.


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