Adult Acne is REAL

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Warning! This post will feature unflattering pictures of me. Try not to gag.. Seriously.

I'm sitting here trying to sum up my feelings in one post on my journey, problems, and dealings with adult acne. This has been a sensitive subject for me for the past year and one that has resulted in me sobbing and asking God, "WHY?" on the floor of my bathroom way too many times for me to keep track. I am this close to deleting it and taking down these raw, makeup-less, acne pictures of me off the internet. But, because this is a sensitive subject, I want to share it with you. DEEP BREATH, ELAINE. Okay, here goes..

Left: with make up on but before my acne break-out 1/11/11; Right: makeup-less during the break-out 5/19/11

I've never had a huge problem with acne. I had sensitive, oily skin and some pimples here and there but, overall, I had pretty clear skin. Early last year, I noticed my skin was becoming more and more susceptible to pimples. I would get 10 overnight. Treat them for a week. Watch them slowly fade. Then get 10 more over the next week. Little did I know that this would continue for another year. The problem was I was getting pimples faster than they were healing. I would get a pimple on TOP of a previous pimple. It was an absolute bumpy nightmare. No matter how much makeup I applied would disguise these hideous bumps.

I did some research a few months prior and was getting in the habit of using Paula's Choice so I started using their severe acne line. Looking back now, it didn't help but I kept thinking it was going to work soon, that my skin needed to get used to it. (NO. Wrong idea.) Crying hasn't started yet. I think I was too shocked and/or unaware that this would become a recurring nightmare.

A few months pass and I realize Paula isn't helping. Now I'm starting to panic. Nightly muffled sobs in my bathroom so Chase won't hear me. I'm angry at God for letting this happen to me. What did I do wrong? Why do I have to go through this? Why can't You make it go away? And then I feel guilty about my vanity, for caring so much about my looks. Rinse and repeat...

I went to several dermatologists and doctors about it. Was there something wrong with me inside? Was I sick? No. They all told me I was stressed (I was.) and prescribed me topical medications that also didn't work... By this time, it's been about 4-5 months and my face hadn't changed a bit:  it didn't get worse and it didn't get better.

During this time, my prayers to God have been limited to pleasepleaseplease make this go away, please make my stress go away, please help me to feel pretty again. Every time I looked in the mirror without makeup on just led to another sobfest in which Chase had to coax me out of. Finally, I asked him to give me a priesthood blessing. I couldn't do it by myself anymore. I needed divine inspiration. In this blessing, I was told that this was something I needed to go through so that I would realize my self-worth and self-confidence detached from my physical appearance and that this would all go away soon.. (and other things unrelated to my skin.) When I heard this, all I could do was cry. Soon? I'm pretty sure God and I had different senses of time. Soon to Him could be 10 years. Soon to me was 5 minutes. Okay, maybe a week. I was still comforted in knowing this wasn't permanent, that my face would get better some.day. But, still..

I did more research online. What the best medications were, what the best skin care products were. I started researching Proactiv. I had used it before but it never made an impression on me - probably because I never really needed it. I've been using it for a month now and I can already tell the difference. It is working wonders on my acne and I only have 2 pimples that are in the healing stages right now compared to 27 (I counted once..) What you see below is scars. No more bumps under my makeup! It actually looks redder than it usually does because I had just gotten out of the shower.

2/21/12

So what caused my acne?

Around that time, my mom had given me new Korean skin care products that made me break out a little. I also started a new job with an hour commute one way. (I HATE L.A. TRAFFIC.) I also made a change to my birth control. Stress. These were all things I was able to piece together. I don't know if these factors are for certain or not but I have a hunch it was a combination of multiple things that took a toll on me physically.

While doing research, I learned diet and fitness can affect your skin as well, which is why I've been working out and trying to eat right. I recently omitted milk from my diet. I was never a fan of milk except in my cereal, but when Chase and I lived with his parents a couple summers ago, I got in the habit of drinking milk regularly because that's all his family drinks. I read that cow milk has hormones that could affect you - not everyone - a select few perhaps. I decided to test it and started drinking almond milk. I still eat regular ice cream, yogurt, cheese and use milk when I cook for Chase and me or guests, but I don't eat those dairy products as often as I drink milk. I made this milk shift the same time I started using Proactiv so I can't vouch for its effectiveness. All I know is I'm definitely not going to risk it and switch back to cow milk now.

What products am I using now?

For my skin, I use Proactiv cleanser, toner, advanced blemish treatment (stronger than their regular formula), dark spot correcter (for scars), and green tea moisturizer.

For my makeup, I use Revlon ColorStay in Sand Beige and then Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Foundation Compact in Nude after with a stipling brush over my acne scars. I usually use about a layer each. Then I spritz some NuSkin moisture mist to tackle the dryness that usually follows later in the day when I have makeup on. For some cheek color, I swipe some Bare Escentuals Glee.

I also allow myself one makeup-free day a week for my skin to breathe, as well as washing my brushes weekly.

This works for me right now but I'm sure I'll adopt new products and/or ways later to accommodate my changing skin and body.

What should you do about your own acne?

Do your research! We're all different. What may work for me may not work for you and vice versa. For me it was trial-and-error with skin care products so it may help to keep track of all products you've tried, even the ones that have failed, as well as the date range. It wouldn't be a bad idea to take pictures of your skin to see progress or lack of too. And go see a dermatologist! Keep in mind that not all products they prescribe will work. Most of all, be patient. I'm the most impatient person, says everyone who's met me...ever. Know you are beautiful and you are not defined by your skin.

This post was inspired by this video. I was looking for makeup tips on Youtube on how to cover my acne and I loved how brave this vlogger was. You should also check out her additional tips video. My favorite tips were contouring and highlighting, doing up your eyes, and wearing lipstick.

Whew. I did it. Guess it wasn't that bad.. Now it's your turn.. I would love to know your tips and stories about acne.


UPDATE:  A sum of your advice and suggestions. Please do your research and consult your doctor/dermatologist before deciding on anything!!! We are all different so what may work for someone may not work for you.

Limitations and Elimination

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
H&M shirt, $15 (similar); Forever 21 necklace (similar); Forever 21 maxi dress I turned into a maxi skirt, $5 (similar); Target clog sandals (similar)

I don't know, you guys. This outfit just came to me...after trying on a million things and the process of elimination of jeans (fat day too tight my thighs needed to breathe too many tacos the day before what was the question again?) and knee-length skirts (didn't shave). If I had added any more parameters, I would've gone in to work in leggings and a loose shirt. (Oh, wait..) All in all, this was still a comfy outfit but a notch up than my usual lately. Although, I still can't play ping pong in these shoes without a near-death experience.. Quite a limitation.

Also, a similar outfit with a tied shirt and this maxi skirt.

And don't forget to submit your questions for the Clothed Much team here!!

Meinto Giveaway

Monday, February 27, 2012

There's a new online e-commerce store called Meinto.com that seeks to help brick-and-mortar boutiques sell online. Meinto is all about local fashion and making it available to everyone through their store so you know a majority of the clothes they have are unique and one-of-a-kind. I think this is such a great concept to help brick-and-mortar shops get more business without compromising what they stand for - supporting local fashion and their community. It's the green way!

Lucky for you, they are having a giveaway 'til March 12 on their Facebook page for $1,000* to shop on their site! But only if you're a U.S. resident and at least 21.

And now for the rules...
  1. First, like their Facebook page.
  2. Submit your best video on why you deserve to win this $1,000 giveaway.** Make sure it isn't longer than 90 seconds!!
  3. That's it!
The video with the most votes wins the contest so tell all your friends! Check back on March 12 to see if you won. Good luck!!

*The gift card cannot be substituted, transferred, or redeemed for cash. **By entering this giveaway, you are allowing Meinto.com the rights to your video.

Ask Away!

Saturday, February 25, 2012
image from CEEBEE

I think it's about time for the 3rd annual Q&A. This time it'll be open to current contributors as well! This is your opportunity to ask whatever you want about us, about the blog, so you can get to know us better. SO! If you have a question, ask away in the comments below. Please make sure to specify who the question is for!

Recap of current contributors:

We'll try and get the answers up in the next week or so!! Have a good weekend! XOf;alksdj;fakldf

Mix It Up by Shannon

Friday, February 24, 2012
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Kohl's sweater; Anthropologie skirt; Spanks tights; J.Crew shoes; De Estie jewelry


By now we all know stripes are here to stay. My question for you is do you prefer them in a classic form or is it time to have a little more fun with them? I still like the classic striped shirt if you pair it with a fun color pant or a floral skirt to give it some interest. I'm also loving all the different interpretation of stripes that are out there:  different sizes and colors mixed together. Stripes are still big this spring but I challenge everyone to mix it up a little! Link up your stripey outfits below!

Lazy Meets Office

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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thrifted blazer, $3 (similar); thrifted white t-shirt, $5 (similar); Target sweatpants, $18; Target sandals, $8 (similar)

This post is brought to you by thrifting and Target. I got these sweatpants a couple weeks ago and they're all I've been wearing at home (with a t-shirt, gross! {..or is it?}). Can you tell I've been in a be-as-lazy-as-possible-but-still-look-put-together-with-the-least-amount-of-effort mood lately? Ahem. In fact, I'm so lazy that I wore this to work. I'm 97.4% sure that I wore this all weekend too. But that's the beauty of it all... Add high-heels and a blazer and you can't even tell they're sweatpants!! (Work with me here..)

Also, how to dress up cropped sweatpants to wear them to work (at least, my work).

Got my new shoes on..

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My first pair of "expensive," "grown-up" heels. I've never spent more than $30 for heels so this was a big purchase. I saw them first on Pinterest a while ago but with a mint heel. The Nordstrom Rack I got these from didn't have the mint ones but I'm not bitter. (Maybe a little..) Kidding, these will match everything, including that clown suit I have in the back of my closet. I already love these like they are my babies. I think my husband may even be a little jealous.


Wanted Shoes also sent me a pair of silver and white oxfords. An unusual color combo and not really "me" but the real me is boring so I thought I'd spice things up a bit in my shoe collection and add some metal. Let's rock.

As new shoes come in, old ones have to go. (Curse you, tiny closet.) Watch my shop for updates!

Your dress is crooked

Monday, February 20, 2012
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thrifted American Eagle denim jacket, $5 (similar); dress via ebay, $17 (similar); Old Navy boots (similar); Michael Kors purse (similar)

Just bought this dress on ebay a couple weeks ago and I haven't been able to stop wearing it since! (I know you can't see it but it's short-sleeved.) It's so comfy and I love the asymmetrical hem. I can also dress it up or down depending on my mood. And we all know it's mostly gonna be dressed down...

Another reason I love this dress? I feel like Super(wo)man when I wear it in the wind.

Dressing for Your Body Type by Katie

Monday, February 20, 2012
This is not a blog post about losing weight or disguising your extra pounds. I am not going to tell you how to lose ten pounds in ten minutes or how to reduce the size of your waist in minutes a day. This is a post about loving your body the way it is now, embracing the shape that you have, and working it to your advantage.

Over at my blog Hems for Her, I show everyday women how I dress. I have run the weight gamut from thin to thick and everything in between. When I got pregnant, I was in the best shape of my life. I had just lost 55 pounds; I was working out 4-5 times a week; I looked great and felt great. After the baby, my body was different. My boobs and belly were bigger; I had no time to work out. I started a stressful job, and the pounds piled on. However, I have grown to love and appreciate my new fuller figure.

The most important part of looking good and feeling good is confidence! That’s the first thing you should put on everyday! If you don’t believe you look good, then how do you expect anyone else to? Rock it and flaunt it! By identifying your body shape and learning what kind of clothing is most flattering, you will have the confidence to feel beautiful and stylish at any size!


First things first:  There’s no such thing as one size fits all! I am going to talk about the four most common body types, but they are not all encompassing; so if you don’t see “your body” among these shapes, don’t be discouraged. Pick the body type that most closely resembles yours and go with that!

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Apples

What they look like:
  • Overall “round” shape
  • Weight appears all over upper body
  • No defined waist, some “love handles”
  • Larger waist and bust
  • Shapely legs
  • Defined shoulders

Goals:
  • Balance larger upper half and slender legs
  • Define your waist
  • Show off great legs

Wear:
  • A-line and asymetrical skirts
  • Body-skimming tunic-length shirts and sweaters
  • Structured jackets and blazers
  • Wide-leg jeans and pants
  • Empire and maxi dresses with lower neckline
  • V-neck and embellished neck tops

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Pears

What they look like:
  • Small busts
  • Defined waists
  • Heavier hips and thighs (“bottom-heavy”)
  • Narrow shoulders, slim arms, defined waist

Goals:
  • Balance slimmer upper body with heavy bottom and legs
  • Add width to shoulders and bust

Wear:
  • Patterned tops
  • Knee-length skirts:  a-line or pencil
  • Wrap tops or dresses
  • Straight leg jeans and pants
  • Pretty details on tops:  ruffles, ruching, cowl neck, etc.

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Bananas

What they look like:
  • Boxy/rectangular shape
  • Very little definition, weight spread evenly between bust, waist, and hips
  • Bust and shoulders same width as hips
  • Small or medium bust
  • Slim legs and arms
  • Flat butt

Goals:
  • Add the illusion of curves
  • Define waistline
  • Show off slim arms and legs

Wear:
  • Flared/boot-cut jeans and pants
  • Tops with details:  ruffles, ruching, etc.
  • Pencil skirts or full skirts
  • Belts or belted tops and jackets
  • Dresses with structure:  full skirts, defined waists

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Hourglass

What they look like:
  • Full bust and full hips
  • Clearly defined waist (at least 8" smaller than bust and hips)
  • May be top or bottom heavy
  • Weight evenly distributed between bust and hips

Goals:
  • Considered “ideal” body shape, but very uncommon
  • Show off shape:  don’t hide it under baggy layers
  • Slim neck and chest area

Wear:
  • Flared/boot-cut pants and jeans
  • V-neck and scoop neck tops (with camisole underneath if you are nervous about cleavage)
  • Halter-style dresses
  • Belted jackets and tops

The Super Comfy Bowl

Thursday, February 16, 2012
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scarf, gift with purchase (similar); Gap dress I cut into a shirt, $8 (similar); pants via sample sale, $1 (similar); thrifted Forever 21 sandals, $8 (similar)

Wore this on Superbowl Sunday a couple weeks ago to a friend's house. Lounging around and eating all day meant comfy, casual clothes so my pajama pants it was! This was sooo comfy. Loved wearing this even if it makes my legs appear shorter than they really are which I didn't think was possible.


And look who else it is!! Melissa!!!! Watch for her outfit details soon! (And now you can all see how short-legged and big-butted I really am and how tall and lean Melissa is but we all already knew that.)

What size are you?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Just saw this on Refinery 29 and thought it was too cool not to share even if you already saw it. At What Size Am I?, you put your bust, waist, and hip measurements in and it tells you what store sizes are your closest matches!! Mad props to computer programmer Anna Powell-Smith for this brilliant web app.

In Tangier

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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Anthropologie necklace (similar {I actually like it better..}); secondhand shirt, $1 (similar); vintage culottes, $6 (similar); JCPenney pumps (similar); thrifted bag, $4 (similar)

This look was inspired by Desiree from Thread Ethic. I wore it to my work annual party a couple weeks ago. This year's theme was Tangier Escape with alcohol, gambling (BlackJack anyone?), cigars, and belly dancers. I didn't know what to do amidst all the worldliness. There were also huge snakes a la Britney circa 2001, which was pretty scary!!! cool.

Even though there wasn't a dress code this year (Thank goodness!!), I still wanted to dress up. I haven't been dressing up as much during the week because I have to play ping pong. (Yes, have to. It is not an option. Must. beat. the guys.) So I wore my vintage tiny-waist skants (= skirts + pants), platform heels (definitely not suitable for pong), and red lipstick! ..and apparently a sheet white face?

For my hair, I did a faux bob again. It's a lot easier with my wavy hair so I'll have to do this hair style more often.

Also, what I wore to last year's party.

How to Wear Modest Skirts (Without Looking Frumpy) by Kristine

Monday, February 13, 2012
Living in Japan, I was always in awe of everybody's fashion choices. Everyone looked so kawaii (cute) in their knit sweaters layered over button up shirts with shorts, tights, and heeled boots. I have envied Japanese fashion since I was in junior high school, and seeing it in real life was an absolute dream.

Just one problem:  the fashionable Japanese girls that I admired were very keen on showing A LOT of leg. We're talking short-shorts and mini-skirts galore. And it looked great on them. Somehow, they found a way to balance out the amount of skin they were showing by covering up their top half. (I really saw zero cleavage while I was in Japan, which I very much appreciated.) However, because I was surrounded by these amazingly stylish, beautiful, leggy women, and because I have very high modesty standards when it comes to showing skin, every now and then I would find myself feeling so, so frumpy.  I'd look at myself in my seemingly matronly knee-length skirts in the mirror and just frown.

But then I thought, just because I don't show a lot of skin, doesn't mean my body doesn't look good. Showing skin and being leggy does not automatically equal womanly. Sure, I may not ever be sexy...but I don't want to be seen like that anyway.

Over the years, I have figured out ways to wear modest skirts without looking frumpy. These ways work for me, but I'd love to hear your tips in the comments as well!

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H&M shirt (similar); J.Crew belt (similar); vintage skirt;
Forever 21 shoes (similar)
1. Wear heels.

If you're petite like me (I'm 5'2''.), this is definitely a must. Lengthening your legs is a must to fight the frump, especially when wearing skirts! I'm talking 2'' heels or higher. I can't tell you how I feel when I put on heels after dressing up for the day:  I finally feel complete.
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J.Crew cardigan (similar); J.Crew Factory necklace;
Urban Outfitters top; Crossover skirt from Japan

2. Wear skirts at the waist, not the hip.

Wearing skirts at the waist definitely elongates your bottom half, which is what you want! I also feel as though it creates a very 1950s silhouette, which is very, very feminine. I have some skirts that actually fall at my hip naturally, but I belt them at my waist so they'll stay up. Just a trick of the trade ;)
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Forever 21 hat (similar); Forever 21 top (similar);
Uniqlo skirt; We Love Colors tights; c/o Blowfish
3. Pay attention to where the hemline falls.

Supposedly, just above the knee is the ideal length for making your legs appear longer. I don't necessarily follow this rule, but it's good to keep in mind. For me, I usually wear skirts somewhere around the knee area.

What tips have you got to wear modest skirts without looking frumpy?