Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tortured by my Dermatologist (over a little sebaceous hyperplasia)

sebaceous hyperplasia painful removal true story
I know this sounds more like a LifeTime movie than a blog post (and maybe it should be), but it's a true story. It happened to me just yesterday and it's still real fresh, as in the wounds are literally still healing and gooey with Aquaphor ointment.

Let me start out by asking a few simple questions. and no this is not a riddle.

A dentist wouldn't pull a tooth without novocaine, 

and an ER doc wouldn't stitch someone up without a shot of lidocaine, 

so why in the heck would a Dermatologist torture me by stabbing a hot electric needle into my face time after time, without anything to numb the pain?! That is a great question. 

*Amazon links are included in this post - Disclosure: as an Amazon associate I receive a small commission on products purchased through our links.

My Torturous Sebaceous Hyperplasia Removal

The more I think about my horrific experience at the Dermatologist yesterday (lets be honest, the torture continues in my brain as I revisit the horrifying experience multiple times a day), the more angry I get.

There are so many ways it could have been done so much better, and to think it was all just over a little removal of sebaceous hyperplasia (bumps on my face caused by plugged, dysfunctional pores).

If you have bumps on your face with a little indentation in the middle, you too might have sebaceous hyperplasia that is generally worse on those with oily skin and gets worse with age (add it to the list). 

Their appearance can sometimes be minimized with skincare products (see my favorite products below) but to make them "go away" you have to have a dermatologist remove them. If you decide to go that route like I did, just make sure you listen to this podcast so your experience is nothing like mine was.

→ Listen Here for all the grizzly details of how I was indeed tortured by my dermatologist

Sebaceous Hyperplasia Helpful Products 

*Amazon links included - Disclosure: as an Amazon associate I receive a small commission on products purchased through our links.

paulas choice serum to reduce appearance of bumps on face
Paula's Choice BHA9 Serum (*Amazon)

I apply this serum every other night just to my nose and sometimes to my forehead where I get sebaceous hyperplasia. Because I have sensitive skin I have to be careful I don't get it on other parts of my face (like my cheeks) but it works great to help the bumps on my face appear a bit smaller and more smooth.

healing ointment for post dermatology procedure
Aquaphor Healing Ointment (*Amazon)

This is what I've been applying to my post-treatment sebaceous hyperplasia areas to help healing. The ointment seals the areas well and keeps them protected for better healing. 


washcloths for sebaceous hyperplasia on face

Fairface Washcloths (not on Amazon)

These are the best and only washcloths I use on my face. The soft flannel is perfect for gentle post-treatment cleansing (when scabs are sturdy - use gently) and great for gentle exfoliation of existing sebaceous hyperplasia areas.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Fall In Love with Wonder Clips: Sewing Hacks

sewing tip: why wonder clips are better than pins
If you like to sew, don't wait to try this popular sewing tip! Did you know it is easier and faster to secure fabric together with clips versus pins? And once you try Wonder Clips, I promise you'll never want to go back to pesky pins again!

This sewing hack is something I wish I had tried YEARS AGO! Once I tried Wonder Clips, I loved them so much that I will never go back to pinning raw edges together again!

Disclaimer: this post includes an Amazon affiliate link. As an Amazon associate I will receive a small commission when you purchase through my link. Thank you for your support!

*These cute & colorful Wonder Clips are the ones I bought (& also a pack of all red clips). These are the perfect substitution for pins! You've got to try these! 

Here are: 

6 Reasons You'll Love Wonder Clips Instead of Pins:

sewing hack use wonder clips instead of pins
1. No more painful pokes! Ouch! We've all had them!

2. No more blood spots that ruin your fabric (yes, it has happened to me!)

3. Save time securing fabric together (it really does take less time to clip raw edges of fabric together with clips versus pins!)

4. No more awkward maneuvers trying to pull pins out of your fabric while it's under your sewing foot, it's as easy as one quick "un"clip prior to going under the presser foot.

5. If you have larger hands or fingers, or arthritis, it's much easier and less painful to use Wonder Clips versus pins.

6. Wonder Clips secure fabric beautifull, are easy to use and are literally my favorite new sewing accessory of all time!

Don't wait to poke yourself one more time with pesky old pins ha! Once you transition from pins to Wonder Clips, you'll fall in love with them just like I did!


About the Author:

Shannon Sorensen is an experienced seamstress, blogger and business owner.  She has sewn and sold many different types of handmade goods over the years. Shannon is the founder and CEO the popular sewn product based business, Fairface Washcloths for sensitive skin.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

My Rosacea - Sensitive Skin Care Routine

I was diagnosed with rosacea about 14 years ago and I know how tough it can be to find a good skin care routine that supports the unique needs of rosacea and sensitive skin. Some skin care products that claim to be made for sensitive skin or rosacea, can still end up being too harsh and irritating.

Navigating through skin care product trial and error can not only cause emotional stress but stress to the skin as well, and nobody wants that.  

The Best Skin Care Routine for my Rosacea Sensitive Skin

rosacea and sensitive skin care routine guide downloadable
Since launching Fairface Washcloths 13+ years ago, I've received hundreds of messages from customers asking what skin care routine I follow for my rosacea prone sensitive skin. 

Once I found my rosacea - sensitive skin "dream team" skin care routine, I've never looked back. 

In an effort to help all who are struggling to find a good skin care routine for their rosacea and/or sensitive skin, I decided to publish, My Dream Team Skincare Routine for Rosacea & Sensitive Skin, a convenient digital skin care routine guide, complete with step-by-step instructions on: 

-what rosacea treatment I'm using, 

-the skin care products I use and love

-& how and when I use them 

And although each person's skin is different, it's a great place to start and I hope it can help you too!

Pick up your copy of Dream Team Skin Care Routine for Sensitive Skin & Rosacea here thru our Etsy shop!

My Favorite Rosacea - Sensitive Skin Care Routine Products 

Although my digital skin care guide has a lot more details and products, here are 3 of my favorite skin care products for my rosacea-prone sensitive skin that I use in my skin care routine:

*Disclaimer: For Amazon links, as an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission on purchases through our links.

Fairface Washcloths

Fairface Soft Flannel Washcloths are the ONLY washcloths I will ever use on my sensitive face (that's why I created them in the first place)! They are soft and gentle and glide against my skin without tugging or pulling. Traditional washcloths and even baby washcloths are much too harsh on my skin but the soft flannel of Fairface leaves my skin looking and feeling clean and calm. I couldn't live without these! 

Vanicream Gentle Cleanser

Several years ago my dermatologist recommended I try Vanicream Gentle Cleanser and I will never use any other cleanser on my face. The formulation is creamy and gentle to my skin, doesn't have harsh ingredients, and clears away my make-up and sunscreen without feeling the least bit dry or tight. 

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

My skin feels soothed and moisturized with CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. The ceramides keep my skin barrier strengthened and hyaluronic acid helps with hydration. Although it is a little on the thicker side, it never feels heavy or greasy on my skin. I love slathering it on my face every night and morning, and it goes well under SPF.

+ Other Rosacea Digital Guides

I have facial Rosacea, and also deal with dry eyes due to Ocular Rosacea. My Ophthalmologist has given me lots of great tips to soothe my dry eyes, so I wanted to share them with you if you are also suffering from Ocular Rosacea.

ocular rosacea and dry eyes remedies and tips digital guide
Soothing Tips and Remedies for Ocular Rosacea - Instant Digital Download

Our Soothing Tips and Remedies for Ocular Rosacea Digital Eye Care Guide, offers advice and remedies recommended to me by my licensed Ophthalmologist that have really helped reduce my dry eye symptoms and I hope they can help you too!

Pick up your digital copy of Soothing Tips & Remedies for Ocular Rosacea here thru our Etsy shop!

But Rosacea and Sensitive Skin are so much more than just a great skin care routine - it is also about the choices I make every day that keep my skin clearer and more calm. 

I wanted to share everything I have learned over the years that has helped my skin so much, so I created a new Lifestyle Guide for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin. It includes all the habits that have made such a difference to my skin. It's everything I wish I had known a long time ago that really helps keep my rosacea and sensitive skin clear and calm.

rosacea and sensitive skin clear skin tips e-guide
Clearer Skin: Lifestyle Habits my Skin Can't Live Without for Rosacea and Sensitive Skin - Instant Digital Download

In this Clear Skin Guide, I share with you all the best lifestyle habits that have made the biggest impact on my sensitive, rosacea-prone skin, to help you keep your sensitive skin and rosacea clearer and more calm too.

Pick up your digital copy of Soothing Tips & Remedies for Ocular Rosacea here thru our Etsy shop!

Any questions? Leave me a comment below and I'll answer it personally!

About the Author: Shannon Sorensen is the Founder and CEO of Fairface, maker of the Fairface Washcloths, the best washcloths for sensitive skin. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Do DIY Whiteboard Cleaners Work?

white board cleaners DIY
I'll admit, I'm not the best at cleaning my whiteboard regularly. In fact, my latest "brain dump" has been sitting on my whiteboard for 2 years. Cringe.

According to Polyvision, the best way to maintain the cleanliness of your white board is to clean it regularly with white board cleaner. Oops.

Since I didn't have any white board cleaner on hand, I tried out several DIY Whiteboard Cleaners to see if I could get my 2 year old marker off without leaving anything behind. Here's what happened:

DIY Whiteboard Cleaners Test

*I used a soft microfiber cloth with each mixture

1. Water + 1 tsp White Vinegar

 = Fail 

2. Water + Rubbing Alcohol

 = Fail

3. Hydrogen Peroxide only

= Fail  

4. Windex only 

= Success!

While this technically isn't a DIY recipe, it is a household cleaner that most people have, versus whiteboard cleaner that not everyone has on hand. 

I used Windex all over my whiteboard and it took off all the most recent (2 year old) text. 

However, it didn't take off the ghost lines that have been there for years (those marker lines you can still see faintly after cleaning your whiteboard). 

5. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol only 

= Success! 

*Rubbing Alcohol is the ONLY thing that removed the "ghost lines" that have been there for years! I didn't use this all over my whiteboard because I was afraid it might damage the glossy finish, but it didn't. I still would recommend only using rubbing alcohol on the most stubborn stains.

cleaning white boards with DIY cleaners before and after

DIY Whiteboard Cleaner Winners

Disclaimer: I have included convenient links to each product. As an Amazon Associate I earn a small commission for each sale purchased through my links. Thanks for your support!

use windex to clean whiteboards
The Best DIY Whiteboard Cleaner

Windex (which isn't so much DIY, as it is more of just a household item for other things)

Buy it here: Windex

erase whiteboard ghost lines with rubbing alcohol
The Best DIY Whiteboard Cleaner for Ghost lines

70% Isopropyl Alcohol (aka Rubbing Alcohol)

Buy it here: 70% Isopropyl Alcohol

use microfiber cloths to clean whiteboards

The Best Whiteboard Microfiber Cloths

Buy it here: Microfiber Cloths Set

best cleaner for white boards Expo

Buy here: The Best Actual Whiteboard Cleaner (that you should be using  every week)

Watch me get this 2 year old stubborn writing off my whiteboard!

Shannon Sorensen is the creative force and blogger behind Shannon Sews

You can watch her Youtube videos, follow her on Instagram and 

She is also the founder and CEO of Fairface Washcloths, a popular sensitive skin care line of washcloths, and hosts the Fairface Podcast and Cut, Sew, Grow Podcast on Apple podcasts.

She is currently working on a program to help others find success with their own sewn products with her upcoming course line Cut, Sew, Grow.

You can follow her on Instagram @FairfaceWashcloths, @CutSewGrow and @ShannonSorensenDesigns 

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