Acne Treatment: How to Clear Severe Allergic Reaction Acne on Face

I cleared my acne and hives in 4 days with these drugstore products.

As someone who loves all food, more specifically food leaning on the unhealthier side of the spectrum, I was pretty devastated and shocked  to find I was allergic to something I had ate. From the corn puff snacks to sashimi, I am still not too sure what exactly caused the hives and allergic reaction acne. Admittedly I had munched on a variety of goods. I am usually not one to let my physical appearance stop me from doing things, but this was the worst my skin has ever been and I needed to find an immediate solution. Whatever the cause of my reaction was, this is how I healed my breakout within a week! MY TOP SKIN CARE EMERGENCY PRODUCTS:

1. CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER

For a couple years now I’ve been using Cetaphil’s Daily Facial Cleanser. I tend to have combination skin and this gentle cleanser does the trick! For someone who wears makeup everyday, this lathering wash removes all of it off easily… That’s why it’s been a staple! Never dries out my skin. https://amzn.to/2St1Edi

2. NEUTROGENA OIL FREE ACNE STRESS TONER

This is especially helpful for treating infection directly, as it targets superficial debris that may lead to clogged pores. This topical treatment toner is quite drying, but does the trick when your body is producing more oil than usual! Whenever it has been an especially long day, I use this toner to deep clean and remove excess oils and dirt that have been building up. Also acts as an exfoliant! Be careful and use this stuff in moderation though, it does tend to dry out your skin. This is what I found most useful for the allergic reaction acne.

3. CLEARASIL VANISHING ACNE TREATMENT

It’s exactly what it is. An acne treatment that dries out pimples throughout the day, reducing the spot if not getting rid of it entirely. The only downside of this cream is that you have to remember to reapply it throughout the day as it dries. https://amzn.to/2Pkk7Xs

4. MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION

Similar to the Clearasil Spot Treatment, the Mario Badescu drying lotion is a little more potent and is an overnight treatment for whiteheads. A gentle dab and rinse the next morning, your pimples are gone! Definitely a lifesaver.

5. TRETINOIN CREAM

This last cream was a true treasure prescribed by my doctor! This topical treatment worked by irritating the first layer of the skin, allowing the cells to grow, divide, and rebuild a new layer. Amazing stuff! If you have trouble with acne and stubborn spots, ask your doctor about this treatment.

MOST IMPORTANTLY…

– Hydrate with lots of green tea and water

– Take antihistamines

With professional medical permission and help, antihistamines do tend to help allergic reactions. Personally, taking Benadryl reduced the swelling but did not get rid of the acne that the reaction left, which is why I resorted to this skincare routine.


And that wraps up my top skincare products that saved my skin after this uncalled for and super unfortunate allergic reaction mess. Good luck, I hope this helps if any of you come across this situation!

As always, thanks for stopping by.

Rachaelle






MY NIGHTLY FAVORITES: SKINCARE PRODUCTS AND VITAMINS

It is well known for the skin to dry out as the winter months approach, and the humidity levels drop. Lately, my skin has been feeling especially dry, leaving a flaky and rough texture around my nose and cheeks. Rather than avoiding this, I’ve adopted this simple routine to ensure my skin stays moisturized and soft in the winter months. Regardless, everyone has varied skin types. This is what works for me!

NIGHT RITUALS GRAPHIC

1. CETAPHIL DAILY FACIAL CLEANSER 

Changing up your face wash is absolutely essential as the seasons change, as the weather shifts from hot to cold. Observe the physical changes in your skin- if your skin tends to build up more oil in the summer, look for an oil free face wash. I absolutely love Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser, which tends to work for all skin types. On the other hand, if your skin tends to flake in the winter, find a cleanser that will re-moisturize your skin. This fall/winter I have been hooked to Cetaphil’s Daily Facial cleanser, because of it’s gentle cleansing capabilities while still removing all of the excess makeup and dirt. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, while not stripping away the natural oils!

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2. GLAM GLOW SUPER MUD CLEARING TREATMENT

Next up, EXFOLIATE! I’ve stressed how important exfoliating is, but I cant express how necessary it is in the dry winter months! Designed for men and women, this mud mask leaves your skin visibly pore-less after one use. I have been using this product 3x a week and noticed a huge improvement in the texture of my forehead and nose, where I have the biggest pores. I have to admit I was gifted this product by my good friend (THANK YOU JIAOJIAO!!), and it’s value is quite pricey, but I would probably buy it again after I hit empty. This mask also does wonders for those massive pimples that you wish could reduce overnight.

 

3. PHILOSOPHY MIRACLE WORKER

The reason why I tend to rave about Philosophy is because of how versatile all of their products are, regarding skin types. Philosophy’s Anti-Wrinkle Miracle Worker has been a favorite of mine this winter due to its ability to thoroughly replenish my skin’s natural moisture, without feeling a heavy layer on my face. This product is meant for managing wrinkles however it is a creamier consistency to use in the winter, as the skin becomes drier.

 

4. MEDERMA GEL SCAR TREATMENT 

Following the cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing, I like to apply Mederma’s gel formulated scar treatment to my acne prone areas and scars, old and new. Admittedly, I don’t apply this every night because I don’t enjoy sleeping with too many products on my face, however I have been using this quite frequently after seeing the results. I have had a large patch of acne scars on my left cheek for quite a while now, and decided to try out Mederma after hearing the raging reviews. The main reason why I’ve added this product to my nightly favorites is because it has reduced a majority of the discoloration on my cheeks due to scarring. My scars have not completely vanished, but Mederma has helped a ton!

 

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5. VITAMINS!

The last element to my fall/winter night time rituals has been taking my daily vitamins! These are some of the vitamins I tend to take regularly, however the ones I make sure to never skip out on would be Vitamin D and C! Vitamin D is essential in allowing the body to absorb calcium which leads to healthy bone growth. As for vitamin C, it is important to protect your body from immune system deficiencies during the cold winter months. Stock up!

If you would like a more in depth post about the vitamins I consume daily, leave me a comment!

 

As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle

STUBBORN PIMPLE PROBLEMS

Okay, I lied. I wish I could cure all of our stubborn acne with these few skincare tips, but I am no skin expert. Here is one reason why your pimples won’t budge.


You are neglecting to thoroughly wash and clean these everyday items!

PILLOWCASE

What do we do everyday besides eat and poop? Sleep. While you are out living your life, germs are nesting into your pillow and pillowcase. I know quite a few people who do not wash their pillowcase for months… At least swap it out for a new one! The last thing you want to do after a long, tiring day is to knock out on a makeup covered, germ infested pillow.

TOWEL

Oh, boy. Do I have a story for you. I was visiting my friend’s place not too long ago, just to catch up. I went to use the restroom and washed my hands like the normal hygienic person does. I was stuck in the classic “Where do I wipe my hands” scenario, avoiding my pants to not make it look like I had an accident before I made it to the toilet. Yes, I know you can relate. Nonethelesss, my only sensible option was to wipe my hands on her bath towel. Everything was okay until I got a whiff of my hands… A sour, rotten, wet dog stench reeked from my hands. Does she EVER wash her towel??? And this is what she wipes her face with??? Please, just wash your towel.

GLASSES

I hope I am not the only one when I confess this– but I love cleaning my glasses with a glass cleaner solution before every use. Maybe I just love the smell of glass cleaner. My obsession aside, it is crucial to clean the nose pads and arms of your glasses weekly if not daily. Extra oils that you constantly put back on your face will eventually clog your pores.

EXFOLIATING SPONGE

If you don’t already exfoliate, you need to step up your game! Read my previous post if you want to hear me rave about how important a good exfoliation session is. For those of you who are exfoliation geeks like me, and you use a mineral infused sponge, make sure you are replacing these every 2 weeks to ensure that no buildup is going back into your pores.

As always, thanks for stopping by.

– Rachaelle

THE DAILY: SKINCARE PRODUCTS 

Happy Wednesday! Following my post about tips to healthy skin, I wanted to share my every day skincare products with you. Most of these products are targeted towards those with acne-prone or oily skin, so keep in mind that they might be a little harsh or drying if you have sensitive skin. Tell me about the goodies you use on the daily also! I love reading your comments. 

1. NEUTROGENA: OIL-FREE CLEANSING WIPES

These oil-free makeup wipes are my favorites when it comes to taking off stubborn makeup that has been caked on your face all day. I would definitely say they are catered more towards those who have acne prone skin because they are oil-free and are less likely to clog your pores. Even though I personally love the strong citrus grapefruit scent, I would not recommend these cleansing wipes if you tend to have sensitive to dry skin, since the smell can be a bit potent at times! 

2. GARNIER SKIN ACTIVE: MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER & MAKEUP REMOVER

It is super important to make sure you remove every last bit of makeup, but it is also crucial to be delicate with your eyes! I use this Micellar cleansing water mainly to remove false lashes, eyeshadow, and any stubborn eye makeup. Just drop a few bits onto a round cotton pad, hold it on your eye for a few seconds, and gently wipe away. Gentle yet incredibly effective, this micellar cleansing water does the trick. I use this to remove eyebrow product as well, just to be safe. I don’t want my eyebrows disappearing after years of harsh makeup remover! 

3.  NEUTROGENA: ACNE STRESS CONTROL TRIPLE-ACTION TONER 

Right after washing my face, I love following it up with a toner to really eliminate any excess oil, unclog pores, and overall soothe redness. Most of the products I use are targeted towards acne prone skin, but no matter what your skin type is, it’s always good to finish off the cleansing with a good toner. I have been using this Neutrogena toner for about 3 years now and I find that it really makes my pores feel truly cleansed, because it is an alcohol heavy product. It does tend to dry out your skin a little, but this is part of the whole eliminating acne process. Just follow it up with a quality moisturizer! 

4. PHILOSOPHY: RENEWED HOPE IN A JAR

Honestly, I am so excited to rave about this next product. I sampled this product a couple years ago and finally decided to splurge on the full size. Philosophy consistently creates unique and quality skincare products that ensure healthy and glowing skin. Hope in a Jar is by far my favorite high end moisturizer yet. With a triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids, this moisturizer blends out fine lines and shrinks visible pores. Aside from this, the formula is a light, whipped consistency which allows your skin to easily soak it all up. Unlike most facial moisturizers, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar does not feel like an oily layer on your face. It leaves your skin glowing and baby smooth! I would definitely recommend this product to all skin types if you love having smooth and wrinkle free skin. 

5. AVEENO SMART ESSENTIALS: ANTI-FATIGUE EYE ROLLER

Aveeno tends to have great skincare products for reasonable prices, so I thought I would include this under eye roll on! I wouldn’t say this instantly removes under eye puffiness, but it does feel super cooling if you happen to wake up with swollen bags under your eyes. I am not totally in love with this under eye roller, so let me know if you have any suggestions! Nonetheless, this anti-fatigue eye roller definitely helped me after those nights spent crying over grades… Wait what? 

6. MARIO BADESCU DRYING LOTION

I have to admit it, this stuff seriously smells toxic. But it works! I would have to say that this spot treatment does the trick when you want to get rid of stubborn white heads. The salicylic acid and calamine are quick drying ingredients which help shrink your spots overnight. The only thing that holds me back from using it is the smell, which is similar to tea tree oil. I’m not a fan. But if you are, then take the risk and buy this drying lotion! It helps instantly reduce the size of your spots and is meant for all skin types. 

7. TRETINOIN TOPICAL CREAM 0.025%

I had this acne topical cream prescribed by my doctor a few months ago, but it has definitely helped speed the process of eliminating my acne overall. This is a daily, overnight treatment that dries your pores and spots over a period of 2 months. Light peeling occurs, but usually this helps get rid of dark scars and blemishes from previous pimples. This is one of the scary acne products that is said to “make your acne worse before it gets better,” but honestly I did not experience this at all. Personally, it has helped calm my acne and reduce the amount of whiteheads and oil overall. 

***It depends on your skin type! Always speak to your doctor first before diving into serious skincare products. 

8. OLIVELLA MINT LIP ROLL ON

Mint flavored lip products are my favorite! This hydrating lip roll on moisturizers your lips and leaves them feeling refreshed and tingly… but in a good way! Olivella uses 100% natural Italian olive oil in their products, which slows down aging and hydrates your skin. The benefits of olive oil are endless. Hop on this olive oil fad for timeless skin. 

9. CHAPSTICK: SPEARMINT

Let me just tell you, I have no idea why this flavor is so hard to find. Mint lip balms and moisturizers are my favorite because they leave your lips feeling refreshed and tingly! However, it seriously upsets me that this edition is being discontinued…  

10. BURT’S BEES: MILK & HONEY BODY LOTION

Everyone has their go-to body lotion and this is my pick! Burt’s Bees products are natural and applicable to all skin types, which is rare to find! I have super dry and crusty legs, knees, and elbows; luckily, this creamy milk and honey formula helps soothe my dry skin. It is clinically proven to moisturize up to 24 hours and is open to all skin types since it is 98.9% natural. This is one of those light weight moisturizers that your skin is able to quickly absorb. On the plus side, it’s 100% natural fragrance is mildly sweet! Definitely give this lotion a try, or any Burt’s Bees product in general. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle 

My Tips to HEALTHY skin

So you want clear skin… 

Healthy, glowing skin doesn’t come easy. No, I don’t have flawless, baby smooth skin, but this is because I have yet to find a suitable skin care routine. Regardless, I’m interested in knowing your top skin care tips, so I’ll share mine first! 

1. KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE

I am still testing out new skin care products, those that really hydrate my skin in the long run. So I do break out quite a bit, since I am always interested in new products. Keep in mind, everyone has different skin types. A luxury face serum might help your friend achieve that dewy, acne free look, but it might totally break you out! Everyone is made different. I suggest speaking to your doctor or dermatologist, or even doing some research on Google to find out your skin type! 

2. HYDRATE! 

Drink lots of water. This is something I really need to work on this year. Sounds so simple, but we often forget to drink water throughout the day as we get caught up in our busy lives. Plus you need to cleanse out the toxins and flush everything out of your system! Including that Taco Bell from last night. 

3. EXFOLIATE 

The most of us often neglect this step, but I find it incredibly important to exfoliate your face every week! Especially if you tend to wear makeup daily. Gunk tends to build up in your pores, therefore you need to scrub it all away! Exfoliating with a round facial sponge also helps to remove dead skin, leaving your face baby soft and brand new.

There you have it! Those are my 3 top secret tips to healthy skin. Like I said, I don’t have clear skin, but I’m certainly trying! Remember that everyone has different skin types. It just takes time to figure out what works best for you. At the end of the day…acne, pimples, blackheads, zits– it is natural! As long as you are taking steps to care for your body, both physically and mentally, you should be on the road to healthy skin. Don’t forget to exfoliate! Good luck. 

As always, thanks for stopping by. 

– Rachaelle