My Acne Journey

Every since I was 16 I suffered from acne. Acne is something that no one would love to have on their skin. No only does it affect your skin but it affects emotionally. And sometimes emotions can trigger different ways of living. I know how huge acne can be a negative impact. And I’m writing this post because I know that it can be of use to other people who have been suffering with acne for 8 years like me or longer. I know everyone’s skin is different, but I feel like everyone can benefit from this post. I finally found a solution that has definitely helped me become proud of my skin and I wish that you anyone with acne can read and take action and not give up on your skin! I’ve gone nights crying myself to sleep thinking how ugly I am with ugly skin. Gone to work/school and not wanting to go because of my skin and the big cysts on my face that everyone would be starting at..or at least I felt that they were staying at.  And looked away from mirrors because of how horrible and imperfect my skin is. And I’m here to share my knowledge and solution with those who suffer from acne or know of anyone suffering with acne.  Before I continue, I would like to say that if you are suffering from acne…your skin does not define and though you may feel ugly, everyone is beautiful. Your personality and character defines you, don’t let your flaws be your negative focus. Because flaws can also be beautiful.

What I have tried:

I went to dermatologists, skin specialist, skin & laser centers..anything you can think of! Been there, done that. And nothing would ever work. I must have spent over $15,000 over the years in laser treatments, micro derms, skin resurfacing, blue light treatments and nothing would work. I tried eating healthier, exercising right and still had break outs.After so many years, I just told myself that this is it, I will have acne for the rest of my life.

But then I met Kate, an acne specialist!  She sat down with me and taught me things that has literally changed my life and skin! She analyzed my skin and put a skin solution custom to skin and oh my I am so thankful to have learned from Kathy on how acne should be taken care of

I would like to share with you my! acne solution and journey. I don’t have flawless skin yet. But it’s definitely improved. And I know I will soon get there! Kathy studies acne and attends seminars and has had many cases of treated acne cases successfully. She truly is amazing at what she does and is passionate about getting rid of acne. (She’s my angel). Let me share what the main points that have had SIGNIFICANT impacts!

Things you should know and avoid:

1. Diary is a no, no.  If you can’t avoid diary, at least try avoiding foods that are high in milk like Cereal, Coffee, milkshakes!***Very important

2. Greasy foods/Fast foods- Especially anything deep fried!

3. High Sodium Foods- Such as chips, fries, popcorn, seafood (esp shrimp), broccoli (Crazy huh?) etc. ****Very important!!

In addition, I have included this into my routine:

1. Zinc (50 mg) & Omega 3

***Extremely important- Zinc is the natural antibiotic..after a taking this for a month it def. made me see a difference. I take one everyday and it has def help clear my skin! So much better than taking antibotics..antibotics can cause serious liver damage if taking for a very long time!!

2. Sunscreen- Sun can cause some much to damage..Keep in mind any skin with acne is so sensitive!!

3.Ice, ice, ice!- Any big breakouts you should definitely ice. It will relieve swollen areas.

4.Products need to be changed every 2 weeks- Your skin will easily adapt to it..so its important in the beginning to change it up. Because the acne medication will get “Immune” to your skin and no longer make a difference.

Start with a gentle acne wash, (ice for like 2 minutes) and then apply toner, and moisturizer with SPF!

Ice is very important, it allows for the toner to penetrate to the skin.

Summary:

I’m finally glad to say that , huge breakouts are a problem behind me! I still have my scars and have a few breakouts but Kate and I are still working on it. I’ve never been so much comfortable in my own skin.  And after 3 months of treatments with Kathy all my family has said my skin looks amazing!!!! 🙂

I know everyone’s skin is different. But there are definitely things that can help keep your skin healthy.  Follow some of these and below is Kate’s blog about acne that is very insightful and has definetely helped me. And feel free to comment with any questions or advise, I would love to help a fellow acne suffer. Keep checking back for some of my updates and acne tips and solutions.  rockwallacneclinic.com

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Before and after- skin was so bad! I forgot how bad it was!

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Now I'm okay with going to places without makeup :)

Now I’m okay with going to places without makeup 🙂

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Inside My 24th Paint Party!

So for my 24th birthday party I wanted to do something FUN! I’ve been to Painting with a Twist but I wanted to invite friends over at my house instead of doing at the studio!  So I decided to book Pinot’s Paletette-Park Cities for my party! They do mobile paint parties! There was an instructor showing us how to paint. I picked a downtown Dallas skyline painting-because..well it’s the best city!!! They brought over aprons, brushes, canvas and paint! Everyone was able to pay online for their seat, so it was very affordable!

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For the Decor:

I made some “Thank You” bags for people coming to my party! In them I put, a mini wine bottle, chips and cookie bags! I got the white paper bags from Hobby Lobby and chalk labels from Hobby Lobby as well. I used a metallic permanent marker to label it as “Thank you!”

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For the banner, I actually made it myself. I bought the actual pink banner from Target and then bought some glitter stickers from Hobby Lobby. I wanted to incorporate some white so I just got computer paper and tried cutting it as perfect as I could with the help of my sister (who is a perfectionist).

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In addition, I bought some pink margarita cups from Party City because I rented a frozen margarita machine (def a must). Pink paper straws (Hobby Lobby). Straw Banners (Hobby Lobby)

Plastic Margarita Vase (Party City)

Colored Chocolate (Party City)

Paper Balls (Party City)

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Well how did you think I did?? P.s. If you ever decorate a party, be prepared to become addicted!!

Cake Ball Bouquets

Hey frannies!

I wanted to share the cake ball bouquets that I made for some of my family and friends for this past Valentine’s Day. These are really great for any special occasion, anniversary or just because, especially because they are just so darn tasty, any reason will do!

Call Ball Boquet with Gift Wrap!

Call Ball Boquet with Gift Wrap!

For The Bouquets: 

  • $1 Tin Pails from Target   (Found them in the dollar aisle and the party aisle)
  • Cute Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
  • Clear Gift Wrap (Hobby Lobby or Party City)
  • Cookie Sticks (Hobby Lobby)
  • Sticker Letters (Hobby Lobby)
  • 3″ Styrofoam Balls (Hobby Lobby) 
  • 2 Bags of Red Paper Decorative Gift Shred (Hobby Lobby)

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What You Need For Cake Balls:

  • 1 box of Cake Mix (You can make about 30 cake balls  per cake box, just depends how big or small you want to make them)
  • Ingredients that the Cake Mix calls for
  • Frosting/Icing can ( You only need half of one per cake mix box that you use, otherwise it will be too moist and heavy)
  • Wax Paper

Cake Balls Recipe Instructions:

So once you are done baking the cake as usual…

You want to let it cool for around 5 minutes or so.

Grab a spoon and spread icing on the cake, does not have to be perfect at all!

Once you spread it on, start stirring it with the spoon! Some people usually do it with their hands but I find that the icing mixes better when the cake is warm, it’s easier!

1947380_540476842737104_1501868069_nAfter the cake mix is cool, start grabbing a spoonful of cake and began forming a ball. I knead it (is that the proper word?) in between my hands to form a ball.

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Once you make several balls, put the chocolate chips or white chocolate chips in a small bowl. I usually just like to grab a handful of chocolate chips, otherwise, it will start to get hard quick! Microwave it for  30 seconds or so, or when  you see that it’s melted. Tip:Microwaves are all different in their heat levels, so just check on it!

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Once it’s melted, I usually like to move the cake ball around with a spoon. I find it easier and less messy! Place the chocolate covered cake balls on wax paper, so it does not stick as much as it would on a plate, aluminum, etc.

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Next, if you want sprinkles, sprinkle some before the chocolate gets hard otherwise the sprinkles won’t stick!

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Let the cake pop sit (for at least an hour), before you put the cookie stick in! Just make sure that you go a little less than half way in, otherwise it may fall apart.

If you are making a bouquet, I hot glued the balls into the tin pails so it will stay in place. Then put in the cake balls with the sticks and then added the decorative shreds. Enjoy!

Cake ball bouquet!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

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Hello my fellow lovebirds! Valentine’s Day is coming! Here’s a picture of the gift basket I made for my boyfriend last year. I got the idea from the “Dating Divas”.   I actually used a dishwasher because the items were … Continue reading