Wellness

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

My skincare routine for combination skin (hormonal & fungal acne-prone)

As you may know, I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne ever since I got my IUD. And in the past year, I’ve tried so many products to try and tame the hot mess that is my face, mostly to no avail.

But I’m happy to report that although my skin isn’t completely clear, I actually have a better relationship with my skin than ever before. Desperate to figure out how to return to the good old days of clear skin, I’ve been forced to get to know my skin better. I’ve learned what triggers my acne and what the condition of my skin says about my general health. And I’m much more mindful of what I put on my face as well as what I put in my body.

Here’s the lowdown on my current skincare routine! In conjunction with eating less sugar and dairy, I’ve found that my skin is generally happier (and clearer!!) with this routine. In case you’d like to try out any of these products, I’ve included some discount codes/links at the bottom of the post!

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Cultivating self love and care / what I’ve learned from Black feminists and social justice

Happy Valentine’s Day! Amid all the hubbub about romantic love, I want to talk about one of the most important, yet neglected loves of our lives: self love.

People have been talking about self love and self care a lot lately, and much like the growing popularity of progressive movements like feminism, it’s been a mixed bag. On one hand, loving and caring for ourselves is so, so important and these discussions have brought issues of mental health to the forefront. On the other hand, I’ve seen “self love” misused as a marketing ploy to get consumers to “treat yourself,” often completely missing the radical and political roots of self love and care.

I want to take a closer, more critical look at the concepts of self love and self care, and how we can incorporate loving and caring practices into our own lives.

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Good for the earth, good for your vagina: A sustainable menstrual hygiene guide

Traditional menstrual products are often full of toxins, not to mention huge contributors to landfill waste. Luckily, there are tons of sustainable, toxin-free alternatives. Turns out that what’s good for the environment is also good for your vagina!

Happy six months! (with my IUD)

Happy six months! (with my IUD)

As promised, I’m checking in six months after getting my Mirena. This is the third part of my IUD series (read part one, about the procedure, and part two, about the initial side effects).

learning to love my body: a lifetime work-in-progress

learning to love my body: a lifetime work-in-progress

I’m sharing the story of my relationship with my body, and what has helped me love being in my own skin, in hopes that this will resonate with some of you and that we can support each other in our own journeys towards body peace.

DEFEATING hormonal acne 101

DEFEATING hormonal acne 101

I went off the birth control pill and got a hormonal IUD (Mirena) in early January (read more about the procedure and the side effects). And WOW, did my skin take me through a pimply and emotional rollercoaster.

IUDid not know about these not-so-fun side effects

IUDid not know about these not-so-fun side effects

This is part two of my IUD series, about the weird side effects I’ve gotten from sticking a hormone-carrying foreign object into my body.

getting an IUD / the not-so-gory details

getting an IUD / the not-so-gory details

This is the first of a multi-post series on my love-hate relationship with my IUD. Let’s start from the beginning: why I got the darn thing and what the heck getting an IUD was like.