Hi friends! I was trying to decide what to talk about today and I figured I would share a pretty huge part of my life that I have been dealing with for the past 6 months. I decided after years of struggling with acne to go on a short-term medication called Isotretinoin (better known as Accutane or Roaccutane). I am going to explain what the medication is and how it has worked wonders for me as you can see in these photos.
I know Accutane has very mixed reviews and opinions in the acne-struggling community. I assume most people have heard of this medication but for those who have not, I will explain in the words of my dermatologist just what it is. Isotretinoin or Accutane is a retinoid, which is basically a concentrated from of vitamin A. It works to dramatically reduce the size of the skin's oil glands by 35-58% and therefore lessens the amount of oil that your body is producing by up to 80%. Since acne bacteria lives in skin oil this reduction of oil also reduces the amount of acne that your body produces. Sorry for the boring medical talk but that is, in a nutshell, how Accutane gets rid of pretty much all of your acne and reduces the chance of it ever coming back as severely as it once was.
I have struggled with mild to severe acne since I was about 15 years old (I am now 20). I told myself that I would NEVER try Accutane because it is known to have so many horrible and possible long-lasting side effects. These possibly include; dry lips (DRY EVERYTHING lol), dizziness, hair loss, headaches, back pain, depression, loss of child if you become pregnant and much more! Sounds pretty scary right? After trying basically every other option to help my acne, nothing was working. So this last October I decided I was OVER IT and wanted to do anything to get rid of my acne. I got on Accutane (which let me say is a long hard process) and saw positive results in about 3 weeks of treatment. The entire treatment for me personally has been 6 months. I have not had a single pimple/zit/whatever you want to call it in about 3 months.
I am now on month 6 and last of my treatment and could not be happier! I did experience hair loss, back pain, nose bleeds, dizziness and dry everything lol, but I would not change a thing because I can now feel confident in my own skin for the first time in years. For anyone else struggling with acne and thinking about trying Accutane I would suggest to do your research and make sure you are ready for the side effects, blood work and constant doctor visits. BUT I would also say that I am a firm believer in this medication now and would recommend it to anyone who wants to be able to feel comfortable in their own skin because that is something that everyone deserves.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far! Leave a comment for any other topics I could touch on in my next post! XOXO
We all have those certain products whether they be makeup, cleaning, skincare, etc. that we have fallen in love with and never want to let go of! I wanted to share some of my holy grail products and explain a little bit about why I love them so much and why you should try them out! Leave a comment letting me know any products that YOU love! I would love to try some of your faves out!
I hope you liked this fun little post. I really do love all of these products, I wouldn't share them if I truly didn't. Please feel free to let me know any products that you love and I will try them out!
Until next time, thanks for reading!
I did a poll on Instagram and a lot of people seemed to be interested in me doing a "tattoo tour" where I show you all of my tattoos and explain what they mean to me. I think that tattoos are an amazing form of art and I figure why not decorate the body that I am stuck in forever with what makes me happy? Keep reading if you are interested and feel free to comment any thoughts or suggestions for new posts!
photo via @nathsegato
1. "La Vie Est Belle"
2. and 3. A lot of love and a beautiful rose
I decided about 7 months after my first tattoo to get a couple more. Only this time I went with one of my best friends in the whole world so that we could get a matching piece! I went with a little rose on my inner arm as well as text on my forearm that reads, "Spread Love". This one is pretty self explanatory. I think it is a good reminder to myself whenever I look down to be positive in this sometimes negative world we live in and to teach others to remind others to spread love as well. This tiny rose has huge value to me because of its feminine power and since I got it done with one of my dearest friends, I will carry that memory forever.
Artist: Alex Mecham at Goodtimes Tattoo in SLC, UT
4. A baby "Om" on Friday the 13th
Now this tattoo has a funny backstory. We've all heard how some shops do $13 tattoos on Friday the 13th right? Well last year I decided it would be fun to go get a tiny tattoo. We get to the tattoo shop (A Wicked Sensation in SLC) and there are a TON of people. So I fill out some forms and wait for my name to be called. About 2.5 hours go by and we're like okay what's the holdup?? So finally I ask and it turns out the lady I requested is extremely popular and people were having her do 3 or 4 tattoos each.. yikes. So long story short we wait another hour and I tell them that I will get it done by whoever if I can just get it over with already! So the owner of the shop ended up doing my small piece and it took her a solid 25 seconds and it was over.. lol. Moral of the story, don't get a tattoo done on Friday the 13th unless you plan to wait 5 hours. Overall however I don't regret it and I really love how it turned out! I have attached an image of the meaning of the Om symbol for those of you who aren't familiar.
5. The Enlightened Lotus
Thanks For Stopping By! -Much Love XOXO
Hello friends! I am going to keep this short and sweet. :) I have been vegetarian for about 6 years now and I frequently get asked questions about what sort of meals I enjoy making. I have put together four recipes below of my favorite go-to vegetarian meals to give you guys some inspiration in the kitchen. I hope you enjoy!
Breakfast of Champions: "Gourmet" Avocado Toast
Benefits: Avocado is loaded with mono-saturated fatty acids and has more potassium than bananas!
Delicious Quinoa Veggie Burger
Benefits: Quinoa is gluten- free, high in protein and contains ALL 9 essential amino acids!
BBQ pulled Jackfruit Sandwich (serves 3-4)
This sandwich goes great with a fresh side of coleslaw!
Benefits: Jackfruit helps to boost the immune system, lower cholesterol, improve digestion and much more!
Meatless Chicken and Veggie Stir Fry
Benefits: One cup of this meatless chicken has 10 grams of protein! Plus with the veggies, you are getting a very healthy meal in just around 20 minutes!
I hope this gives you some inspo for your meat-free days! Let me know if you try any of these in the comments or on my social media!
How to prepare the spray
Enjoy this refreshing & moisturizing spray on your face and body!
Stop using plastic straws and switch to a reusable stainless steel one.