Mental Health and Wellness

8 Ways that Having Acne can Control your Life (a.k.a living with face gremlins)

I have struggled with acne with over two thirds of my life. That's a long time to deal with a face that has never really fit today's standard of beauty, and it has most definitely been (and continues to be) quite the journey of problem-solving vs. self-acceptance. I write this now, with a sheet mask… Continue reading 8 Ways that Having Acne can Control your Life (a.k.a living with face gremlins)

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Cruelty-Free Beauty and Skin Care

DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

As dedicated as I am to my (complicated) skin care regime, I can't deny that there are times that there are times when my skin needs a pick-me-up, but I'm just not up for much of an effort. Fortunately, for times like this, we have a magical, 1-step, zero effort option that we call sheet… Continue reading DIY Sheet Masks for All Skin Types! (a.k.a skincare boosters using natural ingredients)

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10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

If your skin is anything like mine (as in, after 3 Acutane regimes I'm still dealing with blemishes), there seems to be no end to the factors that cause acne. Even when it seems you're doing everything right, your face is never 100% clear of pimples and zits. You sit back and bitterly think, "This isn't damn… Continue reading 10 Things you Might be Doing that can Worsen your Acne

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Oils for Oily/Acne Prone Skin? (a.k.a why oil isn’t always your enemy)

If you suffer from oily skin like I do, chances are the going narrative you've encountered is to STAY AWAY from products containing oil at all cost. For years, I refused to put anything on my face that did not say 'oil free', since I thought I had more than enough natural oil than I… Continue reading Oils for Oily/Acne Prone Skin? (a.k.a why oil isn’t always your enemy)

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Tackle Blackheads in 3 Steps (a.k.a why nose strips and suction masks don’t work)

We've all been there: buying the nose strips, coating our face in glue and charcoal, eggwhite and toilet paper, or using peel-off suction masks to try and rid our faces of blackheads. I'll admit, there is something satisfying in seeing blackheads and whiteheads come away on those strips; seconds ago, they were stuck in your… Continue reading Tackle Blackheads in 3 Steps (a.k.a why nose strips and suction masks don’t work)

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My (Cruelty-Free) Korean 10-Step Skincare Regime (a.k.a what I discovered about pampering your skin)

Korean skin care has been growing in popularity in North America for quite some time now, and beauty enthusiasts have been eager to investigate the hype. My very first impression on coming it across it for the first time could be summed up in one word: overkill. Surely putting all of these products on your face… Continue reading My (Cruelty-Free) Korean 10-Step Skincare Regime (a.k.a what I discovered about pampering your skin)

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My Experience with Accutane (a.k.a the pros and cons of this intense drug)

I have had acne for about as long as I can remember. When I was ten years old, peers would point out the zits on my face, while theirs had yet to be assaulted by the woe of puberty. For the most part, it was uncomplicated; some annoying cystic acne here and there, oily skin,… Continue reading My Experience with Accutane (a.k.a the pros and cons of this intense drug)