Phew, it’s been quite a weekend! I’m about to run off to package up things readers bought during my skincare sale to benefit the ACLU (everything sold out! thank you all so much!!!) and then work on a new review. Woo! If you’re looking for more skincare that benefits the ACLU, check out a special auction of D*cksauce, the special Snailcast version of Shark Sauce (*no dicks were harmed in the making of the product) on eBay.
While browsing Vuty Design this week I found the A’pieu Hole Cleaner, a cleaner meant for ears and navels. I…I don’t even know, man. ahhahahahahaha I feel like this is the skincare product for our times. lol
Weight loss and hormonal acne
True story: I rarely have hormonal breakouts that come out of nowhere these days. I still have troubled skin, but it’s mostly due to all the shit that’s trapped in my pores coming out (and omg there’s still so much down in there) thanks to the full court press exfoliation I do with acids like my fav BHA, the lactic acids I’m testing, and my Curology prescription.
I take spearmint capsules religiously, two per day to block androgen receptors (I explain why in my last routine post). BUT it seems like my acne control ramped up pretty remarkably in the past nine months or so. Wtf?
First, I should explain how my acne seems to work. Everything seems to be caused by stickier-than-usual natural oils and skin that doesn’t exfoliate efficiently. That produces loads of clogs below the surface. It’s apparently a side-effect of a hormonal imbalance; in my case, my dermatologist thought that I was a woman making too many androgens (male sex hormones). We all make them, but I guess I was making too many. Despite having a routine that could take paint off bricks, I even have what seems like milia stuck in pores on my forehead, weird as that sounds. When I was at Silver Mirror Facial Bar, my esthetician mentioned this and said that some of the clogs she was working on extracting were super old.
The first clue that something had changed was when I checked my hormone test results. My Curology derm said I should get them tested due to taking spearmint capsules just as a precaution. I asked my doctor to check during my annual exam. It turned out that I’m perfectly middle of the road, dead normal.
The second clue was the condition of my skin. I have plenty of zits, but they emerge in places where I have closed comedones, those bumps that indicate below-the-surface clogs. Depending on my method of exfoliation, the zits surface fairly undramatically or as a cluster of inflamed clogs (this is really a nightmare). But once they come up and get clobbered by my acids n’ things, the bumps are gone and my march toward completely smooth, clear skin continues.
What I don’t tend to have are unexplained blemishes or even PMS/period zits that don’t originate from existing clogs. For the most part, clogs seem to be coming UP, but not forming anew. My routine is pretty awesome, but wtf, even a flawless routine can’t always overcome the mandate of fucked up hormones.
I hear people sometimes talk about how food choices, especially sugar, can trigger blemishes. Maybe that’s the case for you. As someone who has enjoyed a ton of sugar (I mean a TON) in the past and occasionally still does gobble it up when I fall off the healthy eating wagon, but mainly sticks to a fairly lower-carb, low-sugar diet now, I can tell you that I’m fairly certain that sugar and simple carbs don’t contribute to my acne or lack thereof.
What I suspect is that the increasing clearness of my skin aside from surfacing clogs may be related to losing 55 pounds over the last nine-ish months. While talking to my doctor at my latest check-up, I asked if dropping the pounds could have contributed to less hormonal acne and she was clear: she said that extra fat can produce androgens and a type of estrogen that works differently than regular estrogen, which can contribute to acne. Damn.
This is a tricky aspect of skincare to talk about for a million reasons. We shouldn’t assume that all hormonal acne is caused by excess fat. I wouldn’t want someone to read this post and think that it’s a signal that it’s time for fat shaming on skincare forums. No, not at all. Offering people unsolicited advice about weight is not only considered rude in many countries, it’s also a good way to get defenestrated. And you don’t want to be defenestrated.
My main reasons for mentioning the role weight loss may have played in helping my skin is 1) this is a blog devoted to telling the whole story and 2) a lot of people are probably struggling to keep New Year’s resolutions right now regarding healthier eating and exercise. As someone who fails with weight loss ALL. THE. FUCKING. TIME. (seriously, my weight tracking chart zigs and zags) and has some deep skepticism regarding the lastingness of weight loss, I sort of wish I’d known this awhile ago; it would have convinced me to hop back up faster after falling off.
The Lipstick League – week of 1.23.16
Question of the Week: Which fragrance have you been wearing the most this winter?
I’ve been wearing Farmacia SS. Annunziata dal 1561’s Vaniglia Del Madagascar this winter after buying a whole bottle in my Luckyscent haul. It starts a bit medicinal and then it becomes creamy and kind of amber-y. What I like is that it’s not sickly sweet or anything like baked goods.
EauMG – My blog’s focus is usually perfume, but I’m addicted to all things beauty! Here’s my Favorite Makeup & Beauty Products of 2016.
fanserviced-b – This week I tried a fancy Austrian low-pH facial cleanser and broke down whether it’s worth the luxury pricetag.
Gouldylox – Forget those $45 lip palettes. Save your moolah and check out these playfully delicious must-haves from Glamour Dolls. (Hint: They are under $5 each!)
My Beauty Bunny – I think I’m in love! Kevin Murphy is quickly becoming my all time favorite haircare line. Check my review of the products here.
Nouveau Cheap – What’s on my radar these days that I can’t wait to buy? These new Oil Scrubs from St. Ives.
Phyrra – Is your primer right for your foundation? Ever have your foundation ball up on your face or not meld with your skin? I show you How to Tell if You’re Using the Best Foundation and Primer combination, plus fix issues!
Prime Beauty – gives us a history lesson on Troll Dolls and the new and colorful PürCosmetics Dreamworks Troll Palette!
we heart this – brings you the ultimate IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Buying Guide, a must-have for It girls!
Beauty Junkies Unite – Amber wants your skin to glow, so she’s giving you the opportunity to win 5 Pixi Beauty products that make skin look amazing. Head on over and enter the giveaway!
Blushing Noir – If you ever wanted your Maybelline Eye Shadows to be single you’re in for a real treat! Check out swatches, a full review and eye look of the stunning Maybelline Expertwear Eye Shadow shades.
Clumps of Mascara – Healthy skin over pretty makeup, am I right? These skincare and bodycare lovelies have been keeping me right all season long.
(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)
EauMG is Currently Craving: Smooth, radiant skin. My dull, wintery, stressed-out skin is craving this blend of effective acids and antioxidants in Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial.
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