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Finally, a Tinea Versicolor Treatment That Works!

Who has heard of Tinea Versicolor?  Unfortunately, me.  I first remember these ugly little splotches popping up when I was a teenager…most prominent on my back/chest.  While mine is not as severe as these photos I found online, and it sometimes goes away for months and/or years,  it’s just as annoying!!!  For those of you blessed enough not to make Mr. Versicolor’s acquaintance, here’s some info:

Tinea versicolor: Overview

Also called pityriasis versicolor

We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grow out of control, a person can get a skin disease called tinea versicolor.

Your dermatologist may tell you that you have a fungal infection on your skin. Yeast is a type of fungus.

Many people get tinea versicolor. It is one of the most common skin diseases in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. People who live in tropical areas may have tinea versicolor year-round.

Tinea versicolor: Signs and symptoms

The first sign of tinea versicolor is often spots on the skin. The other signs and symptoms are:

  • The spots are lighter (sometimes darker) than the surrounding skin. The color of the spots can be white, pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.
  • The spots can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Spots can be dry and scaly.
  • Skin may itch where the spots appear.
  • Spots become more noticeable as the skin tans. The yeast prevents the skin from tanning.
  • Spots grow slowly.
  • As the yeast grows, the spots can combine and form patches of lighter (or darker) skin.
  • The spots may disappear when the temperature drops and return in the spring or summer when the air gets warm and humid.

 

Fun stuff huh?  Did I go to a dermatologist?  Nope.  I’m a self-diagnoser, and I’m not afraid to admit it because I’m usually correct (90% of the time anyway).  Additionally, I’m more confident in my “diagnoses” because it’s been supported by 2 doctors–I went there for random things (an allergist and a GP for a checkup) and they both noticed, commented, and called it by name.

 

Now to the treatment, man, this crap is hard to get rid of.  It acts up more when I’m hot and sweaty which is a lot since I workout quite a bit, and live a pretty active lifestyle in the super hot Midwest.  The most common treatment is:

Medicine applied to the skin: There are anti-fungal shampoos, soaps, creams, and lotions that can keep the yeast under control. The active ingredient in these medicines is often selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or pyrithione zinc. 

This has been my go-to.  I’ve done Selsuin Blue (yes, the dandruff shampoo, contains selenium sulfide), which consists of letting this shampoo sit on your skin for an allotted amount of time, and then showering it off.  The downfall is that this sometimes burns my skin, and has occasionally left a bit of a scar.  I’ve even done Monistat 7 (no, it’s not just for hoo-has).  All of these treatments are time-consuming and expensive.  I’ve done more things than I can even go into on this blog post.  Some worked but took 5000 years, some didn’t work at all, and some kept it from getting worse.  None of them worked very well.  I was tempted to try anti-fungal pills (which I despise taking and putting weird things into my body) but I was getting desperate.

Anti-fungal pills: A dermatologist may prescribe these pills if the tinea versicolor covers a large area of the body, is thick, or often returns after it is treated. These pills are taken for a short time. But anti-fungal pills can cause unwanted side effects. They can interfere with other medicine that you take. A dermatologist will monitor a patient who takes this medicine.  Umm…no ma’am!

I was honored with the opportunity to try TVT Sensitive from Elk Haven Herbals complimentary in exchange for my honest review.  I had low expectations honestly, but boy did this stuff make my life!

tvt sensitiveI’m not going to lie, when I first received it and opened it, it scared me!  To me, it had a faint bleach smell.  Yes, you heard me, bleach!  I thought, there’s no way in hell I’m putting that on my skin.  Now, let’s keep this in perspective, I have a REALLY sensitive nose.  No, it didn’t smell like bleach super bad, like I was getting ready to wash a load of whites…it was just faint.  And, the ingredients are ALL NATURAL.  But still, I’m a chicken.  So I put this stuff up on my shelf and thought, no way!  I left it for about 2-3 weeks.

In those weeks, my versicolor roared…rejecting the outside bike rides my husband and I were taking in 90 degree weather.  It spread from one little friendly spot on my back, to all over my entire back.  No, I didn’t take pics, because I don’t like looking at it nor showing it off. 😦 But trust me, it was bad!  I’m blessed enough to where it doesn’t much spread beyond my back and it’s mostly covered, but I do enjoy wearing tank tops etc and it makes me self-conscience for sure.  I thought, screw it.  What do I have to lose?

I tested it for a day or 2 on a small part of my body.  Then I braved up, and put it all over myself every night before bed as the directions instructed.  I was diligent, I did not miss a day.  A week goes by and it still looks the same.  On that second week, I thought I noticed some SLIGHT improvement. Honey, by week 3, I was a fan!  There was no disputing that this stuff was killing the ugly fungus, and restoring my skin to normal!  After about 5-6 weeks, the versicolor was completely gone!

Needless to say, I am a fan for life!  I will ALWAYS have this stuff in my cabinet, and I’m still using it periodically for maintenance.  It’s all natural, and I experienced no skin irritation or ugly side effects.  The price point isn’t bad (it’s a thin liquid that goes a long way), and truly, for great ,clear skin, isn’t it worth it?

Our Tinea Versicolor Treatment for sensitive skin at Elk Haven Herbals provides the necessary concentration of nitrogenous compounds to eliminate an often incurable tinea infection. By combining the nitrogenous compounds with a base of aloe vera, this product reduces the risk of reaction for those with skin sensitivies. Our eight ounce bottle should last on average two months with daily treatment.

CLICK HERE FOR ELK HAVEN HERBALS

So, do you have Versicolor or know someone that does?  What has been your experience?  Hi-Five, dap, head-nod and a twirl to Fashionably clear skin!

XO,

Meek

Are You Naturally Fly?

Knock Knock?  You guys still there?  Well…Happy New Year folks!  It’s been a minute!  I hope you enjoyed the holidays–I sure did!  The hustle and bustle, the food and the family time!  I’m almost a little sad that it’s over!  But all good things must come to an end so they say….so let’s get down to the business of being fashionable with great skin!!!

I love body butters, I really prefer them over lotion because of the intense moisturizing they provide– I don’t want my black to crack!  This is especially important during the winter, but my skin likes them all year long!

Have you heard of Naturally Fly?  I had such a nice experience with them; for me, great customer service is a must!  I  received some products in exchange for my honest, unbiased, review, and I’m happy to chat with you about them!

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Honey Punch Body Butter contains 100% natural ingredients–you know I’m a sucker for all things natural!

Honey Punch™ unrefined Shea Butter enhanced with Honey. Honey is a natural skin-softening agent, extremely rich with Vitamins A and E. With its natural antibacterial properties, Honey Punch is an all natural moisturizer that fights acne while acting as a natural skin clarifier.

This product made my skin feel great!  I love my skin to have a sheen to it (with the exception of my face), and this product did great in that department.  It soaks into the skin easily, but has the great lasting power of a Shea Butter product.  A little dab goes a long way, so I think this 4oz container will certainly last for a while.

Butttttt, on the down side, I was NOT a fan of the smell.  I found it really overpowering.  I’m not sure how to describe the scent, but it was just Team Too Strong for me, and punched me right in the nose!  With that being said, I’m honestly very picky, and always lean towards lighter scents.  If you like to use skin products that really kick off a smell and have great scented lasting power, this one certainly did, as the smell lasted through several hand-washings.

naturallyfly-sheabutter-midnightmango_4oz_1I also received Midnight Mango, and I’m not a fan of tropical scents.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised, as this one smelled nice!  It’s a very light, sweet scent, and it also feels great on the skin as did the Honey Punch.

Ultra Rich in Vitamins A and E to promote skin hydration! Unrefined Shea Butter enhanced with Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, a natural retinoid. Our blend is the best for all natural skin rejuvenation. Midnight Mango is a natural age-defying body butter with a refreshing tropical scent. Use this body butter for a quick topical burst of Vitamin C.

Naturally Fly also has a great selection of other types of body butters as well as salt scrubs I’d be interested in trying.  I would likely love the Super Natural Body Butter which is fragrance-free.  They also have a Fly Daddy Salt Scrub, and as an occasional migraine sufferer, I like to find natural ways to relieve the pain!

Fly Daddy™ As if the Himalayan salt wasn’t enough, the peppermint promotes healthy clear skin with a cooling effect! Get your circulation on and reduce tension headaches at the same time.

So what do you think, would you give this a whirl?  The 2oz travel size body butters are $14.99, and the 40z body butters are $19.99.  They run some really great sales periodically too!  Score!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty Without Cruelty for Christmas

Have you heard of BWC or Beauty Without Cruelty?  I had not.

Beauty Without Cruelty has a full line of cruelty-free, vegetarian skin, body, and hair care products made with the finest natural ingredients and aroma-therapeutic essential oils, and a full line of colour cosmetics to meet the needs of every woman.

Sounds great right?   So, when I was sent a few products for my honest, unbiased review, I was very excited to learn more!

fragrance free lotion BWC Extra Rich Fragrance Free lotion

This is a great product for winter hands!  It lasts through several hand washes and  soaks into the skin well!  It’s thick, which I love, and it’s not greasy (even though I like oil on my skin)!  I wouldn’t use this on my face but it’s really a good one for your hands and body.

 

leave inBWC Leave in Conditioner

For those of us that try to keep as much “gunk” as possible out and off our bodies, this is another nice product addition, as with BWC’s entire product-line!    It’s light, plant-based and uses no synthetic fragrances!  This is a good product for reducing frizz , and for me, a leave-in is a must for added protection against the abuse of styling!

 

tee tree conditionerBWC Rosemary and Tea Tree Mint Conditioner

The tea tree oil gives a nice tingle on the scalp.  Additionally, tea tree oil and rosemary both are supposed to be great for growth!  After using a BWC shampoo, this conditioner is applied to your scalp and hair for 2-5 minutes and then rinsed clean.  I have to be honest, the smell is strong for my senses.  It doesn’t smell bad, but I just found it to be really strong.

 

vitamin c Vitamin C CoQ10 Hand and Body Lotion

CoQ10 is an antioxidant and helps fight aging (who doesn’t want to do that?!).  The list of benefits from Vitamin C as well go on and on and on!  Combine these two together in a lotion, and you’ve got a great combo to keep your skin in tip-top shape!  This lotion is also fairly rich and the smell on this one is strong as well.  However, my preference tends to be towards lighter, fresh scents.

 

 

Will we be fashionable?  What is cool about this company is that they have an extensive page of trial-size items for the cheap-cheap!  This is perfect for the holidays as you’re always on the hunt for stocking-stuffers!   I think it’s also fun to find something outside of the norm that someone else maybe hasn’t heard about.  A purchase from this line would be a good holiday gift for someone who is really into aromatherapy as BWC’s skincare items are rich in botanicals, antioxidants and essential oils.  They also offer some scent-free items for those of us with a sensitive nose!  I would also really like to try some of their makeup items in the future as they offer lip gloss, eye pencils and more.

What are your thoughts about Beauty Without Cruelty, are you familiar with this line?

 

The History of Beauty Without Cruelty

Every once in a while, the human spirit is gripped by such intense passion and commitment that it changes the course of history. Such was the case with Kathleen Long and Lady Dowding, whose love and concern for animals altered the course of cosmetic history forever. What began as the philosophy of one small company eventually effected every major cosmetic house worldwide and set a new standard for consumers and manufacturers alike.

In 1963, Beauty Without Cruelty was founded in England by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization. Its goal was to manufacture and distribute natural, color cosmetics that were NOT tested on animals (as was the norm) and did NOT contain any animal ingredients. The driving force behind the project was Katherine Long, a dedicated, life-long animal welfare activist, a cosmetician, and a vegetarian. Together with Noel Gabriel, Katherine developed the first, full line of cruelty-free color cosmetics.

After Katherine’s death in 1969, Beauty Without Cruelty almost closed its doors but Lady Dowding, a founding trustee, was determined to keep the company and its purpose alive. Lady Dowding, a warm, open-hearted person, was a charismatic leader and BWC continued to grow and influence others.

In 1978, after tireless efforts, Lady Dowding appointed Joseph Piccioni as managing director of BWC. Joseph had considerable business experience and was dedicated to animal rights. He contributed his expertise, vision, and personal assets to develop BWC into one of the most sought-after cosmetic brands in Great Britain.

In 1989, Beauty Without Cruelty was introduced in the United States. Based on the principles of high quality, fair pricing, and environmental sensitivity, BWC cosmetics quickly became one of the industry’s leading brands. Later that year, a natural skin care line was developed to compliment the color line from England. Its cruelty-free, vegetarian ethic was embraced by American consumers making it one of the most respected and recognized lines in the marketplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another Great Stocking Stuffer for the Health Junkie!

clay

WILL WE BE FASHIONABLE?  Happy Friday beauties!  I’m taking a break from a Freaky Friday post because I have SO many interesting products to talk to you about–this is just one of them (for us organic skin care lovers)!!!

Have you ever heard of the benefits of Bentonite Clay? It is said to remove toxins from the body, as well as give you fab hair and skin!  Here’s an interesting tidbit about it:

Bentonite Clay is a unique clay due to its ability to produce an “electrical charge” when hydrated. Upon contact with fluid, its electrical components change, giving it the ability to absorb toxins. Bentonite is known for its ability to absorb and remove toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals.

So, when I was sent some from Rise ‘n Shine Online in exchange for my honest review, I couldn’t wait to see what was up!

I received the item very quickly, and the first thing I noticed was that this one pound container was HEAVY.  One pound is one pound, but there is a lot of product packed into this container!  It’s completely odorless which I love, and the consistency of the dry product is very fine.  I decided to treat myself to a foot facial, as my tootsies were in tragic and dire need of one!  Don’t judge!

I mixed the Bentonite Clay aka Indian Healing Clay with water, not following a particular recipe, but just until it was a thick paste consistency and applied to my whiny dogs!  I kicked my heals up and let the clay dry for a while.  The clay felt cool, and as it dried I felt tightening on my skin (not uncomfortable-like, just like any other clay mask).  Once I cooked my feet for a while in the clay, I rinsed them off.  I have to say my feet were pretty dang soft!  I followed up with some polish etc–you get the picture– and voila!  They were once again presentable!

What I’m most excited for is try this product on my hair!  As a new hair naturalista, I heard this mask is amazeballs for clarifying and deep-conditioning.

Have you ever used this product?  There seems to be a wide variety of uses, to facials to tone and tighten the skin as well as reduce pore size, hair masks and yes, jacked-up foot facial.  What are your thoughts?  I think this would be a great, unique product for someone really into using organic products!  Let me know what you think!

Rise ‘n Shine Online Indian Healing Clay $19.99 (and even cheaper with Prime, $10.99).

About the Product

  • PREMIUM INGREDIENTS – Made from 100% pure Sodium Bentonite to give you the firmest clay face mask around today.
  • DEEP PORE CLEANSING – Clay makes a great facial mask for shrinking pores, tightening and toning skin, removing impurities, and just making your skin look and feel great. Use for a clay bath or foot soaks to draw out toxins from the skin and through the pores.
  • FREE EBOOK WITH EVERY PURCHASE – Included with every purchase, learn about how to use Sodium Bentonite in our FREE EBOOK Everything You Need to Know about Sodium Bentonite Clay.
  • RECOMMENDED FOR SENSITIVE SKIN – Our clay is Chemical Free, all-Natural and Gentle for use on oily as well sensitive skin types.
  • HANDLE EVERYDAY SKIN CONDITIONS – Sodium Bentonite is known to draw out toxins to help soothe everyday skin conditions such as cuts, insect bites, bee stings, poison ivy and rashes.