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PYE Week 7 and PIH February 26, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,PIH,Routine,Skin — trntm @ 11:22 pm

Not much to update. The PYE challenge is going well, did a simple bun this week. Nothing new, no new styles or products or routines, just staying with what works. My PIH has been improving, been using AMBI and cocoa butter cream. Also the makeup has kept my hands out of my face, plus being stuck on the couch sick also helps 😛



PYE Week 4 Check Up & PIH February 5, 2012

Filed under: Challenge,Hair,PIH,Routine,Skin — trntm @ 8:38 pm

Week 4! One month down, two more to go! 1/3 of the way through the challenge!!!

Pretty much the same as Week 3-braided multipony, sealed with conditioner, rosemary spritz daily or every other day. I’m not doing a length check until the end of the challenge to minimize breakage from stretching/heat. The rosemary spray is awesome, don’t know why I stopped doing it…o, I remember, I wouldn’t use the whole batch and then I’d get mold in the bottle-gotta love no preservatives 😛 Well, my hair loves that it’s back, I don’t even have to rinse my scalp as often, just spray daily and no more itch 🙂

For my PIH, I have been wearing makeup in public, which keeps my hands away from my face and the next goal is to start a backing soda & lemon facial scrub. I am trying to do more natural treatments of the acne and PIH and there is hope that if I can keep my hands away from my face and picking my scars (I know, gross) everything will fade away successfully. ow do I know that? Thanks to my nostril pimple-LOL! I got a pimple on my lower nostril where the nose meets the mouth area, it’s a hard to read place and getting a pimple there was really odd. It left the usually dark spot (bummer) but it faded really quickly, maybe four weeks. Mostly because it’s so inconvient that my fingers and hands don’t go there. So now I need to find ways to keep my hands away from my face and skin, which is a never ending battle. Any tips?


Skin Goals January 6, 2012

Filed under: PIH — trntm @ 6:50 pm

Teenage acne never really left me, then an experiment with biotin made it worse and to top things off left me with dark spots, postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, or PIH. I finally got to the point where I am over it and want to work intensively on the issue.

I recently read a quote about it takes 21 days to form a habit, so I want to take three weeks and document my journey to notice the results. I tend not to see results unless I am documenting it via photos or length checks or some other form of evaluation.

The routine would be to increase water intake, decrease face touching and picking, consistently use AMBI facial cleansers and moisturizer as well as a prescribed medication that lightens the skin a bit. The funny thing about my PIH is that up close the spots look like they’re fading, yet when I back away from the mirror they are more prominent. Eh, perhaps it’s because I’m focusing on it so much.

Ok, my skin routine would be

1-no touching the face

2-exofoliate in the shower daily or every other day

3-use facial cleanser at night before bed

4-use moisturizer and medication after washing face in the morning

5-increase fluid intake to at least three tall thermos daily or unsweetened herbal tea or water.