Friday Free-For-All – 04/28/17

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My acne has come back with a vengeance since I went off hormonal birth control. The only reason I went on birth control at age 18 was because I had terrible acne that didn’t respond to ANY  over the counter OR prescription meds, and I was desperate. The pill helped some, and I eventually did Accutane, which REALLY helped (and was also AWFUL for me), but I’ve never had what I would consider good skin. The last few years, though, I finally sort of figured out what worked for me and only had occasional breakouts. But now that I’m off the pill, all hell has broken loose again and I don’t know what to do with myself. My self-confidence is in the absolute pits right now. It’s also hard because I’m trying to switch to using more natural, cruelty-free products, and I’ve found those to be much more expensive than run-of-the-mill drugstore products. Ugh.

Ben is currently on spring break and I am positively green with envy. It has been SO HARD this week getting up and going to work while he’s still snoozing away. I know I should just get over it, because this is going to be my life from now on and summer is coming, but it stinks.

I have been something of a social butterfly this week. On Tuesday, I hung out with my friend Stacy who is moving to Albany after this week. On Wednesday, Ben and I went to a dinner party at our friend Erik’s house. Last night, we went out with some of Ben’s coworkers. Tonight, we’re going to a “Fundue” party. And tomorrow, Ben’s aunt Karen is coming up from New York and we’re having family dinner together. While I LOVE seeing our friends and doing fun things, all of this socialization really takes it out of me. I’m looking forward to a quiet, lazy day on Sunday to recuperate.

I bought some Vega Protein and Greens powder and a shaker bottle. Because I live 45 minutes away from my CF box, it makes getting a decent snack in me within the “optimal protein window” pretty difficult. And I’m usually RAVENOUS by the time I make it home, meaning I end up eating too much at dinner. I’m hoping that by mixing up a protein shake to drink on the way home after class, I can curb my overeating and maybe start to lose some of this extra weight I’ve picked up. A girl can dream, right?

The Altra One’s have arrived! I ordered them in 9.5 and 10 because I wasn’t sure which size I needed. I ended up keeping the 10s because I felt good about the extra room. So far, I’ve run a 5k in them. It’s still way to early to tell if I’m happy with them, but the good news is, there was nothing immediately bad about them, as was the case with the Hokas. Fingers crossed!

Have you ever struggled with acne? What products work(ed) for you?

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8 thoughts on “Friday Free-For-All – 04/28/17

  1. Jenn @ Fairest Run of All says:

    Oh my God, I totally feel you on the cruelty-free thing. It’s so hard to find skincare that works! I’ve been using the Shea Moisture African black soap twice a day, plus the Mario Badescu drying lotion and buffering lotion at night. Highly recommend all three – my acne has improved significantly over the last couple weeks I’ve been using this regimen, although time will tell if it’s lasting…

  2. txa1265 says:

    Good luck with the Altras! Really hope that they keep working well for you!

    Lisa suffered from adult cystic acne pretty badly – we got our engagement pictures re-shot because she wasn’t thrilled at how things looked (she needed too much cover-up and it showed poorly in the pictures). It is a real pain … Accutane remains pretty nasty stuff but both our boys were on it for a while – because as you say nothing else worked. But you also have to think priorities … and WHY you are stopping … 🙂 Still sucks, but …

  3. Fallon @ Slacker Runner says:

    Ooof, I recently quit the pill too and have been all over the place since, I can’t tell if I’m coming or going half the time. 😛 I hope the Altra’s work out! I will be trying a pair of Adidas soon and I relaced my Brooks- barefoot is looking better.

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