There are Different Types of Acne? Yep that’s right!

As you may probably guess from the previous blog, I am going to have a series of Skin Care blog. As you recall, I did voice out my frustrations towards having adult acne on my previous blog. I did mention there that I am trying out a few things so I’ll take the storytelling slow. For now, let’s talk about what to do with those annoying zits as first aid.

There had been a lot of products advertised online and on the television. They all promote the feature of removing acne’s fast. I admittedly tried a lot of those even during my teens and I can’t really vouch on all of them. Well, let’s know one thing first. Where do they come from? How do you treat them correctly?

As mentioned before, there are a lot of causes. Also, there are different ways to treat them. Let’s take into account what are the kinds of acne are they this time. Yes, you read it right. They aren’t all the same. Not all those bumps in your face are equally the same. Having said that, it means you may not be able to treat them equally. Sneaky isn’t it?

It can be quite frustrating to know now that you have to go through a lot of trouble just because they aren’t all the same. Just like treating your face depending on what skin type you have, you have to also take this thing into consideration. However, it would be worthwhile for you to do this. It can and may improve your condition if you would know these things. Besides, it wouldn’t hurt to try, isn’t it?

Shall we get started?…

What are the most common types of Acne?

  1. Whiteheads
    These may be one of the top types of acne known to mankind. You may see these as small bumps you can see or feel on your face. They often look like they have something white inside but not considered as pus or dirt. These kinds of acne are formed when your pore gets clogged with sebum and dirt or dead skin cells.However, they seem to always be closed. Unlike the next type, these are quite difficult to remove because there’s no way out for the dirt. Treating them may need to be more extensive due to the fact that they are buried down to your skin. The best option so far is using chemical exfoliation. AHA products would be the best for this.
  2. Blackheads
    Similar to Whiteheads, these type of acne are formed when the pores get clogged up with sebum and other impurities such as dead skin cells and dirt. On this case, the pore remains open. Thus, the impurities are more visible outside which creates a black appearance on the opening. They may seem a bit easier to remove since you can easily pop it out but try not to do so.Try using a proper method because any undesirable force that would be applied to your skin can cause more problems than solutions. Using facial scrubs would be an option for this but I prefer not to use it since the small beads cause me more problems. This is good if you have normal skin. It can also be treated by chemical exfoliation but best to have for this are BHA products.
  3. Papules
    These are commonly seen as small red bumps that are the same size as whiteheads. However, these can be either caused allergies or can be considered as rashes. Some spot correcting lotions or tropical acne treatments can be used for this.
  4. Pustules
    This would be the most common type of severe acne you would see. These are those bigger red bumps with full of pus. Commonly known as zits. This is quite common during our adolescent life. These are acne that we often pop or accidentally burst during your usual cleansing process. However, the best tip for this is to have them covered until they heal. Pimple Patches will be your best friend in this case.
  5. Nodules
    This kind of acne is the hardest to treat. This is the most common one I have nowadays due to my period. These are bigger bumps but does not have heads or pus on top unlike the previous ones mentioned. This is very painful to touch but does not turn red. In fact, they blend into your skin tone and you would just end up feeling them. In this matter, it’s also a sign that your immune system may have lowered down since the cause of this are bacterias.Often times you may need to consult this to a specialist if you cannot wait for it to settle itself down. Often times antibiotics are the best solution for this. That is why you need to have your specialist check so you can get a prescription. These kinds of acne can last more than weeks or months. Can be considered as the most severe. So applying retinoids or any pimple treatments may not have full effect on this since the issue lies way deeper on your skin. Those kinds of treatment can only purge through the skin surface.
  6. Cystic
    The most common form of hormonal acne. You’d often have these when you have your period if you were a girl. These are a more severe form compare to pustules. They are painful and can be found almost anywhere in the body, yikes!But similar to pustules, they can be treatable but take note not to get ahead of yourself popping them as you please. These are more painful and has higher inflammation. They often cause scars once settled down if you force to pop them or treated wrongly. Can also cause your face to get deeper or enlarged pores. Scaring can go severe to the point that it leaves a deep crater on your face. No one would love that right?!

Generally, all of them can be treated but it should be the right way. Not all of them are to be treated equally. Below are other treatments that you can get over the counter or do at home according to WebMD:

  1. Soap and water
  2. Facial Cleansers
  3. Benzoyl peroxide
  4. Salicylic Acid
  5. Sulfur
  6. Tropical retinol Gel
  7. Alcohol and acetone
  8. Organic medications

For those that need prescription, in case of severe acne:

  1. Antibiotics
  2. Retinoids
  3. Vitamin A Derivatives
  4. Azelic Acid
  5. Oral contraceptives

It is good to know you are aware of these but it is still best to consult a dermatologist on this matter. There are a lot of over the counter treatments but again, you have to know what you should use. Some of this acne can cause permanent scarring which can haunt you for the rest of your life. There are a lot of ways to treat but isn’t it best to prevent them.

Yes, there may be some that are inevitable but it would be great if they are kept in a minimum count. If you stay with your skin care routine religiously then it can surely help you prevent more issues. Neglecting your skin would be the worse mistake you’ll ever do, which I came to realize lately.

In the next coming skin care articles, I will tackle the different products that can be used. Most of them are used by myself. There are a lot of articles on the web that can educate you further about this matter. It is best you take advantage of having internet access for this.

Again, this article is meant to share what I have discovered so far and help you guys decide on your own will. It would be great if you can also share your thoughts on these topics through commenting below. You can also reach out through my Facebook or Instagram. Looking forward to the next article. Till then…

My never-ending Coffee Shop Journey| Ambivert Wallflower

I have been a coffee enthusiast for the longest time. It became more frequent when I started working in the BPO industry. There were times that I had to stay up when the rest of the world is asleep. This type of work shift eventually took a toll on me. It started with a small cup of an original blend of Nescafe. And now, I can’t count in both hands how may coffee brands and shops have I tasted. It got to the extent that coffee itself doesn’t work for me anymore to stay awake. Well, this was the beginning of a never-ending coffee shop journey.

Being addicted to coffee was quite inevitable back then. In return, my taste palette became a bit cautious about the different types and brands of coffee.  Not only that, by visiting different coffee shops made my hobby of observing people more active. I love sitting in a corner and quietly observing people’s behaviour. It amuses me how everyone acts and communicate with each other. It gets me to study human behaviour in an extensive way. Ok, I think that already may creep you out. So going back to coffee shops, in this article, I’ll describe how I see the environment on the top nearby coffee shops I visited here and abroad.

Disclaimer: The following descriptions below are all based on my own opinion and observation. This is not to defame nor endorse any brands or company. This blog is written out of a witty discussion with friends who keep asking me about different coffee shops I visit and what I like and dislike about them.

Starbucks

Nougat latte

Of course, I will make this number one on my list to discuss considering this is the most famous here in the Philippines. If you look at it, it’s always crowded. Especially if it’s near a call centre building during night time. It’s pretty much self-explanatory why. At first, it may look like it’s only for the elites and it has that “socialite” rich environment feel. However, in my point of view, it has become more of for a commoner’s venue or what they call “pang-masa”. Some may not agree with me on this considering the cost of each drink. Not to mention it increase the price every year as well.

The main reason why I said that is because of the fact that it’s always crowded nowadays. One reason probably is because they can get free WIFI access here. It’s human nature to gather or stay in a place where they can get something for free right? If you see people there, most of them are just hogging the free wifi and just socializing. Not to mention the endless boasting in social media, posting selfies and/or with their drinks. Making sure that the mermaid logo is clear. That I may say is the sad side of the situation. However, what I like with Starbucks is it’s staff mostly. I’ve always liked how they communicate with their customers even just a small pep talk can make a difference.

Most of the time, when you’re exhausted and want to cool down a little, a small boost of a cold drink would be perfect. Then comes the greeting from the barista and asking you – “How are you today?”. Even it’s just a small and simple question, there are times that it can give a huge difference to one person. On my case, it makes me smile because even if I do not know the person and it may be asked due to his or her duty as a staff, it somewhat makes me happy that at least someone asked me. Unfortunately, it is a rare case now for people, especially those who are close to you to ask this question. The environment here gives a warm feel because of how the staff provide those “happy” hormones with a boost whenever I chug a cup.

In relation to it’s drinks, Starbucks for me has the sweetest tasting blends. Unless you custom your drink to have more shots or buy a bitter blend such as Americano, then you would surely enjoy this if you’re a sweet tooth. Maybe because I’ve been used to its drinks that I end up customizing mine every time I come here except when they have a new blend on the menu. I’d probably recommend the following customed drinks below for you to try out.

  • White Mocha Frappuccino Affogato style with Hazelnut or Toffee nut syrup Blended whip (my custom blend)
  • Basic Black tea with Strawberry Syrup.
  • Cascara Macchiato

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf SM Pampanga

This coffee shop has been quite a competitor of Starbucks for the past time here in Asia. The first time I ever went and ate here was in Malaysia. Yes, I’ve never tried this before I went there. I went to dine breakfast there in the Mid Valley Mall branch because it was closest to my hotel. It was also embarrassing for me back then because the service was totally different in comparison here in the Philippines. Here we go to the cashier and order our drinks. We wait for it in the bar area and probably sit while waiting. Unlike when I dinned in Malaysia, it was really like a restaurant. They give you the menu while you sit and wait for your order. It gets served to you similar to a fine dining restaurant. It was a funny but embarrassing situation for me though. However, the environment was totally different than other coffee shops. After that, I started going to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf more often, especially when it opened a branch near where I live.

Unlike Starbucks, the staff here aren’t as gullible. Although they are very polite and very friendly towards their customers, it doesn’t have that magic that you can get from Starbucks staff. However, what I like in CBTL is its coffee blend. It’s not too sweet nor not too bitter. It’s perfect for my taste palette. I related to that, the taste of its drinks are somewhat tasting much more of a roasted coffee bean rather than a those of other coffee shops I’ve been to.  It gives that authentic coffee bean blend which is rich and pure.

These kinds of blends are what I like the most. Not only that I know it’s a pure grind but also it has a strong flavour to it which helps me calm down and relax. I love all the drinks they serve on their menu. Also, I loved the fact that they made the WiFi access exclusive to its community club members. This prevents people who only go there for the free WiFi and don’t order anything. This is more practical in a sense and it gives way to real paying customers a decent place and seat to stay.

Having this said, this gives the cafe a bit of “elite” mood for some. People think it’s too expensive and only rich people come. On the contrary, for me, this is a nice place to stay when you need to have peace and quiet. It may be inevitable to have a few groups of people making noise but in comparison to other shops, it’s much more peaceful. For me, I like to stay in a place where I can quietly sit and mind my own business. The most common drinks I would probably recommend this shop would be:

  • Coconut Matcha Latte
  • Morrocan Mint Tea
  • Caramel Macchiato

Coffee Project

Coffee Project

The most prominent feature you would see in this place is the ambience. Once you walk in their stores the place is totally different from other coffee shops I have visited. It looked so earthy and you could use every corner of this place for Instagram poses. It’s undeniably attractive to the eyes. The staff feels warm as well when your speaking with them and gives you a warm smile.

Coffee Project gives a sense of peace with a very light feeling. Contrary to CBTL, it would not give you a serious vibe. This gives you a playful thought most probably due to the designs and furniture of the cafe. It may not be as crowded as Starbucks but as I said, it’s decent enough to have a good meet up with a few friends with a delightful vibe.

The cost of the drinks aren’t as expensive as the first two shops, but it is not as low cost as the next two shops I will be featuring. In comparison again with the first two, this shop has more food and pastries to offer. Their menus do not concentrate on drinks alone. So if you feel to chill out with an empty stomach, this place will certainly fill your needs. In all honesty, I have not tried their tea drinks here so the recommended blends below will all be coffee and chocolate blends.

  • Vietnamese Latte
  • Vanilla Macadamia Frappe

J.CO Doughnuts

JCo

I am not a sweet tooth. Pastries and baked goods aren’t really my thing. I may be a plus sized girl but I certainly ain’t addicted to chocolates. Yes, it’s very ironic, isn’t it? It does not mean that I hate it either. I can tolerate as much as I can but I am used to taking such food in a very minimal amount. Generally speaking, there are a lot of different reasons why people get fat, which I would be discussing in a different article though.

The reason why I mentioned that is because, for a doughnut shop, J.Co Doughnuts produce doughnuts that aren’t too sweet nor too strong in taste. Unlike the most common doughnut shops and stalls, the doughnuts here are just right to my taste. Yes, I know we’re talking about coffee shops here, but bear with me a little. We’ll get there soon.

The coffee and other drinks here are just right for the taste as well. However, their “hot” blends are not that so hot when served. Maybe I got used to other coffee shops that serve smoking hot coffee and teas. The brighter side of this though is you can finish your cup faster. Wait, isn’t that a way to avoid camping customers? I mean if you get to finish your cup early, your notion is you would leave early. Hmm, interesting thought…

Anyway, I find this shop very accessible to everyone. The cost of the drinks are not too expensive and they have a decent ambience. It may seem similar to CBTL but I find J.Co’s types of furniture more comfortable than CBTL. Although, because of this though, there seem to be more people who come here. It seems it’s a similar feel with Starbucks. It’s one of the “pang-masa” types of coffee shops in my opinion. This is a good thing for the business since it’s going to give them more sales. Not to mention the once in a while doughnut sales.

When it comes to their blends, I find them quite unique, especially their cold drinks. They may look the same even some of the names are not that unique to hear but upon tasting it surely will leave you with a distinctive reaction. I do not say that they have the best blends nor do I say they have the worse. I just find them significantly different which makes your taste buds feel sober from the usual caffeine intake. If I have to recommend, it would be the following drinks which I often match up with their Original Glaze, Salami sandwich or Al Capone.

  • Jcoccino (both iced or hot)
  • Any of their Affogato Series

 

There are still a lot of new and old coffee shops around us and we all have that favourite of ours. I am not an expert when it comes to coffee and tea but I can sure say I’m an enthusiast. Most of the time the blends I take are those that are quite strong and bitter. Mainly because if the drink is sweet, I’d feel sleepy.

Coffee was like blood to me when I was in the call centre industry. Especially, if I had a night or double shift. It is very difficult to stay up at night since we were never created that way. We are supposed to be sleeping during the night. However, there are times that the coffee we drink taste all the same for us. No matter how strong or sweet the blend is. What gives us a sense of loyalty to these shops is what can linger to us in the end. It may be the ambience or the staff.

There are more notable Cafes and coffee shops I visited before while travelling that you may want to try yourself.

In every travel I do, I tend to find a unique cafe I can try and visit. Sometimes due to inevitable circumstances, I fail to do so. Every one of us has a nice small outside haven we enjoy. I guess for me it’s coffee shops. Not only due to the ambience but the aroma of the coffee as well as stimulates my brain. There are times that I go in a slump and get a writer’s block. I tend to try visiting one of the shops I mentioned above to get a headstart. It can be troublesome for people to do so, but I guess that’s just being me.

Probably next time, I’ll go feature teas. What do you think? Comment below or visit my Facebook or Instagram and let me know your thoughts. You can also do a quick message to me here on my blog site. Till then, this Ambivert Wallflower will be roaming around for more shops.

How Adult Acne haunted an Ambivert Wallflower!

I should be continuing a few blog drafts I started in a while but I end up skipping them and writing this one instead. I guess it’s more of me getting it out on my thoughts and write it down instead. I can come back to those anyway. While writing this article, I am in the process of experimenting on my own. Whatever results I would come up, I’ll share it with you in the next few months. For now, let me just share what I have discovered while researching this topic. I am in my mid-30s and I am still unable to believe fully that I can still get worked up with what they call Adult Acne.
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