/ Monday, April 18, 2011 /
Like I've always noted, time and time again, I hate zits.

I always get them at the most inopportune moments. i.e. just before a date, a formal, when I'm going to visit family friends, etc. Usually it happens **around that time of the month**, ladies - u totally understand! XD


I usually get zits in my t-zone or on my cheeks. They show up on my skin like little red dots, making an "acne mask" that looks kinda...well, stupid, pitiful, etc.

Are you someone who gets acne at random times?

I have a regiment, that, although sounds kinda weird, works, at least on me.
The ingredients are really cheap (trust me, I'm a poor college student, I know how hard budget hits can be!), and they are very easy to make or buy. A lot of the stuff that I use can be found around the home as well.

Me (cartoon sense?):

My acne regiment:
1. Wash face with Biore Steam Activated Cleanser
This cleanser is available for $6 at Target, and there are frequently sales and coupons so you might even be able to get one for $3 or $4!

2. DIY Acne toner - I've already talked about this in a previous post, but in case you guys can't find it here it is.
a. Witch hazel, 2 oz
Witch Hazel: Cheap WalMart Generic (Aaron Brands) http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?ltr=W&t=112482
This was $1.50 at Wal-Mart; you can also get it for $1.77 (~$2) at Target as well. The bottle is actually 16 oz of stuff so you can use it for quite awhile.

b. Aloe vera gel, ~1/2 tsp
 CVS 100% Pure Aloe Vera Gelhttp://tinyurl.com/4xlak9z
This you can use for A LONG time, and it was only $3. You can also use it for sunburns, face masks, etc.

c. Matcha - a pinch
This is kind of expensive, but I got 1/2 pound of it for $22 off the internet (Amazon). You can also use it to make teas, ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, etc etc etc. It has so many benefits for your health - speeding up metabolism, containing catechins that prevent cancer, etc etc etc. Of course you don't have to add it if you don't want to. After all, it is DIY!

You can currently get it here:
Green tea powder, Amazon.com (~$36)

d. Aspirin - uncoated, generic
Mix it all up into a small bottle (~4 ounces), adding in first 10 tablets of aspirin, then 1/2 of the witch hazel, then the matcha, and the aloe vera. Then, add the rest of the witch hazel, and shake it up!!!

When using it, first shake it up. Then, apply with a cotton ball or pad. There will be little aspirin granules on your face, but they can be removed with another cotton pad/ball or a makeup brush (face brush, complexion brush, kabuki brush, etc).

3. Clean & Clear Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer, SPF 15

This was $5 online, http://tinyurl.com/3p87mb6. So useful, and contains SPF as well!

Evening routine:
1. Biore Steam Activated Cleanser
2. DIY acne toner
3. Jergen's Sensitive Skin Relief Lotion

I got this at Target for $5, and trust me, it lasts FOREVER. I use mine on my entire body - hands, arms, legs, face, etc - and the bottle lasted for an entire year. 21 ounces in this bottle! It works really well =D

4. Once a week, use apple cider vinegar for spot treatment, applying with a Q-tip:

This you can get probably somewhere around the house! Or you can get it for around $1 at any supermarket, Target, Wal-Mart, whatever. Very useful for other purposes as well - cooking, cleaning, etc etc etc.

Be sure to use the DIY toner after the vinegar because the vinegar is very stinging though; alternatively you could dilute the vinegar with water to soften it and make it less harsh on your skin =D

Hopefully this will help out!!! Trust me, there's a lot of science that's involved in this, but I won't bother you guys with it since this is really the solution. (No worries, I do know the science - I'm a bio major lolz) Alternatively you could look up the science behind it via googling or something, if you really wanted to find out.


That's it for now.... ttyl!
<3, chynagrl


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