If you are not using it, you could try the remover for sensitive skin. I also find it useful to use moisturiser after cleaning too as the cleaner will remove natural oils. Just avoid the eyes themselves. Too much cleaner, even soap, is bad for skin. Except for when removing makeup I seldom use anything more than plain water to rinse my face and mosturise at least a couple of times a day. Luckily I don't have very oily skin though.
Yes, putting too much strain on your face is not good for the skin. The way it worked with me was to put on and take off makeup just once a day. After a while it becomes routine, although still not always perfect lol. If you cannot go out wearing it I suggest a time when you can put on and leave for a while before taking it off. It's all practice but accelerating progress is hard. You could lookout for products that will be easier to remove. For instance, waterproof mascara will always be a problem so not good for temporary practice. Some foundations are the same.
Take care of your skin, it has to last. Stinging is a warning that you are going too far or using the wrong product.
@TransMex You are lightyears ahead of where I was at your age. I remember I couldn’t afford hormones at the time because it required a year of therapy. There was no informed consent like today. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Transitioning to a woman (at least on the exterior) is a process that takes some time. You have that benefit. You’re young with a goal of where you’d like to be.
HRT takes care of much of the body hair. I had a considerable amount of body hair 2 years ago. I thought I’d need to camp out at some business that offered electrolysis because I didn’t think I’d lose it all. Well, fast forward two years and it’s now almost completely gone. Yes, your facial hair will likely need to be removed by electrolysis but we all go through that process. It’s nothing new but HRT does slow down the growth of facial hair quite a bit.
I feel like since I have a pretty masculine face I need to be good at makeup to be able to pass. The one part of my face that gives me a lot of trouble is the eye region -- my eyes twitch a lot and so I usually need to try several times to get a decent look. A few days ago I decided I would just practice eyeliner on repeat to get good at it fast. I did it like 3 or 4 times then my whole eye region started stinging because of the makeup remover and I feel like putting this much strain on my face is not good for my skin. Do any of you have experience with this? What's a good way to practice without harming my own skin with too much with constant wax on wax off?
On my legs and my arms and my face the hair is everywhere. Why? No one will ever love me. I cannot be loved. I am too hideous to ever be loved by anyone. My life is already over so why wait?
I've failed to be a woman or become a woman.
And there's just so much hair. Why? Why am I so hideous? Why was I made to be this monstrous thing? PLease. I was given nothing. I am empty inside. PLease. Why was I made to be the furthest thing to a woman something can possibly be?
I don't know if I'm going to make it to the surgeries, or even the effects of the hormones. I was not given a single ounce of beauty. I was not given a single feminine aspect. Both my face and my body were disfigured by testosterone to be hideous. How can I live like this? No one will ever see me as a woman, because I won't see myself as one and I won't be confident and so I have no future. I don't really want to kill myself or die. What I want is to be a woman. But I can't have that so there must be a point where the pain will beat me and then I'll walk in front of a vehicle. If it's big enough and fast enough it cannot fail. This is what testosterone did to me. It was poison. And it will kill me.
It's not about my specific features or anything it's just that I never ever see a face like mine on women. With the cheeks all drooped and the brow completely coming out of the face. I've not seen a single other woman with a face like mine I must be the most hideous person to believe they can look like a girl. It's just ridiculous. On top of that my face is rather long and there's so many more things on top of all that. I can't believe that I can fix my face with my limited resources there's just no way. I just want to die. I think I really will end up killing myself.
The path forward is rarely clear and often quite mysterious. Often, as we take a moment to stop and look behind us, there is a reflection upon what we once saw as so vital, wondering if we made all the right steps. Accepting that change will be the only constant we can count on and preparing for anything we face along the way will provide an opportunity for us to put our best foot forward regardless of what direction we are headed.
I'm not on HRT yet, but I wonder if any of our Members have experienced some of the side-effects mentioned? Acne, skin issues (sun blisters?), skin darkening? (the changes in hair distribution seem a normal effect)
Its good to know these symptoms I think, specially if just starting HRT or a change in therapy 🤙
Just like @Charlize my AMAB life has been part of my identity for this long, and it brought me to the place I am today. I have no desire to reject that or have it vanish (with a magic wand 🧚♀️)
Great question though, Heather Shay. Everybody's reply is the Correct Answer❣️
Living overseas I am always "absentee", but with mail delays (which I have noticed this year) I am hoping we receive our ballots in time to get them turned around.
Thank you @Charlize! it will be a same day Vote and mail for me this year.
Just finished watching an excellent 45-minute documentary, produced in 2020, from Australia, which explores the
lives of four very different individuals who each have come to know their gender identity as non-binary. It's very
well done, and well worth watching for anyone trying to better understand being non-binary. It's called "Not a Boy, Not a Girl",
and is available for free viewing to anyone with an Amazon Prime account. Recommended!
With best wishes,