Taking Charge of My Acne (and a cute DIY T-Shirt Headband!)

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Hi, I’m Lacey and I still have acne. (Hi, Lacey!) When I was a teenager I had a pretty bad case of acne, enough to prompt dermatologist visits and have prescribed medication. It has gotten better over the years, but even now at 33 years old, I still get breakouts. They are mainly around my T-zone and jawline, but at this age, I wish it would just stop! Frankly, it’s embarrassing. I am the manager of a team of people, and I am one of the faces of the events I run and to meet a client or direct a team with a big ole zit on my face or dots along my jawline… I’m over it!

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I’m on the constant lookout for a product that will help solve my acne problems (and my medicine cabinet serves as a graveyard for all of the product failures I’ve tried), so you can imagine my excitement when I was able to try Differin® Gel to clear acne with the power of Rx!

Found in your local Target in the Beauty section, Differin® Gel is easily spotted due to its unique packaging in the Facial Care aisle.

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Why was I so excited to try Differin® Gel?

  • Differin® Gel is the first and only prescription strength retinoid now available over the counter for clearing and preventing acne. It’s the newest advancement and ingredient in the OTC acne category in over 30 years!
  • It clears breakouts where they start (deep in the pores), prevents breakouts before they begin, and as a result, restores skin’s texture and tone.
  • Differin® Gel is made for anyone who is suffering from acne.

After I brought the product home to try, I was so eager to use it but realized that I couldn’t find my favorite headband that I use to keep my hair off my face. (It’s got cat ears; it’s adorable.) So I quickly set out to DIY a headband out of Dave’s old t-shirts!

Here’s what you’ll need for your DIY T-shirt headband:

  • Three t-shirts in varying colors. Preferably larger sized shirts to get the most fabric out of them as possible. I used three shirts but you can use more. I would also pick shirts with a bit more give to them. Test the fabric by pulling it – if it feels stretchy, that’s a good one!
  • Sharp scissors.
  • That’s it!

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And here’s what you do!

Take the first of your t-shirts and start cutting from the hemline up to the neckline. I used the back of the t-shirts because I wanted a solid color for each fabric strip, but you could use the front if you want a design.

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Once you reach the neckline, cut two to three inches across the neckline (perpendicular to where you just cut) and then go back down from the neckline to the hemline to finish your strip. When you’re done you should have long strips of fabric from each shirt. Don’t worry if they start to curl inwards, you won’t see it in the end.

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Tie a simple knot at one end of the strips of fabric. This will be where you start a braid for your headband.

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Then start braiding!

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As you’re braiding, you can stretch the fabric out a bit to get more wiggle room out of it all. I simply placed my heavy scissors on top of the knot and pulled from the bottom to get some more give from the fabric.

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Stop the braid about two inches from the end of the fabric. Then remove the knot from the other end of your headband.

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You can knot the ends however you like but I wanted to make sure I had enough fabric for my big head so I individually knotted the strands versus tying them all in a knot together.

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Ta-da! Me in my bare-faced glory, rocking my new t-shirt headband. It took all of 10 minutes to make and is super comfortable and easy to pull over my face before taking off makeup and applying Differin® Gel. I’m really excited to start using this in my skincare regime, and over the next eight weeks, I’ll be taking pictures to share my personal results!

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I wanted to share side profile pictures as well, so you can see how my jawline and even my hairline are affected by acne. What I like already about Differin® Gel is that it’s not meant to be used only as a spot treatment. For great results I apply a thin layer all over my face, once a day, every day, no matter how my skin is looking. And even if I don’t have any noticeable breakouts I still plan to use it to prevent future breakouts! Please use caution when using Differin® Gel with more than one acne treatment or glycolic acid product because this could lead to irritation.
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Stay tuned for my progress!

What does your skincare routine consist of? Do you have a product you swear by to combat acne? Have you made a super cute t-shirt headband yet?

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Comments

  1. That’s such a great idea to use old t-shirts. Perfect for your skincare routine! #client
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  2. I used differin way back when it was prescription. I’m going to look for it in the store! I love the headband diy too!
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