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Pics of my reducing hirsutism progress so far!


Ok! Here are some pics of my progress thus far trying to manage my hirsutism!

Keep in mind this is from me epilating with a Panasonic epilator, (not tweezing), using eflornithine hydrochloride cream 2x a day (the brand name is Vaniqa), birth control Beyaz, Spironolactone (when I could get it; doctor has been a little stubborn lately!) Inositol, Vitex (or chasteberry), fenugreek, washing my face daily with an liquid soap made of african black soap and using a mild glycolic cream, two salicylic chemical peels, two homemade turmeric and cucumber facial peels.

I did very little waxing or tweezing on my face but I did post one before and after results of my sugar wax of my bikini line.

I must say I think my face is clearing up! I had very dark marks under my neck and side burns but it’s really trying to clear up.

The pics are in chronological order from mid August 2012 to today, September 25, 2012.

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My neck in early to mid August
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My neck and sideburn mid August
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my neck today! Sept. 25th, 2012. It’s is a wee bit blurry, but it is lighter that’s for sure!
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My side burns today, Sept. 25, 2012
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My other sideburn today, Sept. 25, 2012

So as you can see, I am definitely making some noteworthy progress clearing my skin up! I am not totally satisfied with my neck just yet but it’s an improvement for sure! I mostly credit the lack of a tweezer to my face, cleaning and the peels, though I am sure all my routine and medications played a part in slowing the growth as well as clearing my skin!

Improving, but still a work in progress! Thanks for reading!

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Progress Thus Far!


So I have been doing my regimen faithfully for a couple of weeks now and the hair is growing much slower.

I cannot say it’s gone completely, and it probably never will be, but it is certainly way slower in growth.

No other changes yet. My moods are normal, but I have not gotten a period yet since starting birth control some months ago. But that may be an issue with my body regulating to birth control. I have not been on it in YEARS!

My hand epilator, made by Panasonic, helps tremendously cut down on my tweezing. It’s the Panasonic Wet/Dry epliator that you can use on wet or dry skin. Even though it’s advertised for the body I use it for my face. I typically wax my body hairs. It is not completely painless, I will admit, but it gets the job done very well!Image
I will probably stick to waxing my body hair, especially my bikini line and abdomen. That epilator on tender hairs like that I simply cannot tough it out!

My next step is to find a chemical peel to remove these scars from my face and bikini line. I have heard from a few online chats that salicylic acid peels work good for scars that got some years on them. I have been using a fading night cream with glycolic acid in it on my bikini every night and it seems to be drying up the scars, but I cannot tell if they are fading just yet.

For my own personal calculation knowing how old many of my scars are, I think I will start with a salicylic peel at 20%.

Yes I will post before and afters like always! I will be purchasing the acid sometime this coming week so be on the look out for that.

Thanks for reading!

DIY blemish removing tonic for ingrown hair and acne scars


Hello All!

So after buying my glycolic acid toner for my dark spots on my face and bikini line after YEARS of shaving and tweezing and ingrowns and mild acne, I decided to delve a little more into glycolic and salicylic acid and found out both are derived from natural extracts…as I suspected!

Glycolic acid is derived from sugar cane and salicylic acid is from tree bark, willow tree bark to be precise.

I make my own soaps and body washes and just happened to get a shipment of willow tree bark in the mail and a bell went off in my head!

Instead of spending $30-$50 bucks in ULTA (as much as I love them) on acids, just make my own tonic! I almost wanted to say DUH to myself!!!!

The more acidic the extract the better for scar removal because it essentially dries the skin layers up, including the damaged ones, to allow healthy cells to grow clearer skin. Almost what chemical acidic peels do.

The only problem is it dries your skin out making you feel and look like a damn slab of dusty sand paper!

And my skin does just that! Dries out very easily with acid tonics.

So I decided to mix my own acid toner, while incorporating some moisturizing agents in it too.

These are the ingredients I used and why:

  1. Lemon Juice (50%) – well known natural treatment for blemishes and it’s worked for me in the past
  2. Willow Tree Bark (30%) – where salicylic acid comes from, used in commercial chemical peels and products for blemishes
  3. Water – (10%)
  4. Tea Tree oil (1%) – great antioxidant and antiseptic
  5. Hempseed Oil (3%) – anti inflammatory, great for dry skin, does smell kinda funky but I like it!
  6. Jojoba Oil (2%) – Heavy in Vitamin E
  7. Vegetable Glycerin (1%) – excellent at retaining moisture
  8. White Vinegar/Apple Cider Vinegar (1%) – natural ingredient to reduce blemishes
  9. Lavender Oil (1%) – it just smells pretty and I read on several blogs on the internet that it has properties to battle blemishes and scars too.

I just made it today and used it immediately, even though I should have washed my face first. Just in using it, it certainly is not as drying as the commercial glycolic toner I use.

But I certainly am going to be using it for a while before I will see results as with most products.

This is what it looks like after mixing and shaking it up! The Hemp is what makes it green but the lavender makes it smell nice!

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I plan on using this religiously after washing my problem areas. Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading!

Treatment options for dark spots from years of shaving, tweezing, ingrowns, zits….UGH!


So after some research, I have decided that the best route to go to get rid of the years-old dark spot is glycolic acid.

Someone on a Facebook group page posted this link explaining various types of chemical peels and acids designed for skin problems like acne, stretch marks and hyperpigmentation/dark spots.

The website is called “Makeup Artist’s Choice.” They discuss glycolic acid, mandelic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, and TCA (trichloro acetic acid), which appears to be the most intense one for blemishes.

If glycolic acid does work for my next move will be TCA.

They explain the differences between well used acids in products to ease up dark spots and prevention of them.

I just purchased a night time gel with glycolic acid and hydroquione in it. It is made by Reviva Labs. Looking at the products on Amazon, it appears to have great reviews so I look forward to it WORKING! I also purchased a glycoic acid toner.

I really look forward to using the night gel because it’s when I take the rest of my medications.

Some other more organic means with potential to lightening dark spots include African Black Soap, aloe vera, lemon juice, willow tree bark extract and tea tree oil. I use raw lemon juice on my skin myself and it seems to dry up newer blemishes, pimples and scars very well.