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An Australian model who had to stop working earlier this year because of her acne has shared the products and dermatologist advice she followed to clear up her skin for good.

Harmony A’Bell, who lives in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire region, uploaded a blog post to her website titled ‘Let’s Talk About Skin’ on August 3, where she opened up about her two-year battle with pimples.   

‘I never had issues with my skin until I turned 19. My first experience of mild acne was in 2018,’ the 21-year-old, who is engaged to NRL rising star Nat Butcher, said.

An Australian model who had to stop working earlier this year because of her acne has shared the products and dermatologist advice she followed to clear up her skin for good

An Australian model who had to stop working earlier this year because of her acne has shared the products and dermatologist advice she followed to clear up her skin for good

Pictured without makeup on June 12, 2020

Pictured with makeup on July 4, with noticeably less congestion

Harmony A’Bell uploaded a blog post to her website titled ‘Let’s Talk About Skin’ on August 3, where she opened up about her two-year battle with pimples (pictured left June 12 and right July 4)

‘I received some professional help from my doctor who put me on some antibiotics. These worked for a while and my skin was back to normal. However, at the start of 2020 the mild acne resurfaced and it continued to worsen.’

Harmony, who has 36,000 Instagram followers, has worked for iconic Australian brands like Kookai and Seafolly, but was forced to stop modelling during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown because of her skin. 

She visited a dermatologist in an effort to heal the angry red dots and was placed on a very low dosage of Roaccutane.

Roaccutane belongs to a group of medicines called retinoids, which are similar to vitamin A, NPS Medicinewise reported.

Harmony, who has 36,000 Instagram followers, has worked for iconic Australian brands like Kookai and Seafolly, but was forced to stop modelling during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown because of her skin

Harmony, who has 36,000 Instagram followers, has worked for iconic Australian brands like Kookai and Seafolly, but was forced to stop modelling during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown because of her skin

She believes a balance of all five areas of her health - physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual - was the key to clearing her skin (pictured on August 3)

She believes a balance of all five areas of her health – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual – was the key to clearing her skin (pictured on August 3)

How did Harmony cure her acne?

* A dermatologist placed her on a low dosage of Roaccutane.

* She uses QV’s gentle cleanser and moisturiser to wash her face.

* A warm wash cloth brings out a ‘head’ on her pimples in order to pop them.

* She covers the sores in tea tree oil. 

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Retinoids work by reducing the amount of the oily substance, known as sebum, made by glands in your skin, reducing bacteria and inflammation and opening clogged pores. 

‘Some mornings I would wake up, look in the mirror, and just cry. I disliked what I saw and I felt helpless as my skin condition was out of my control and everything I was doing wasn’t helping it,’ Harmony wrote. 

‘I believe that seeking medical advice is just as important as the things that I can do for myself. A balance of both is needed! Health care professionals are here to help so it is absolutely necessary to utilise their help.’

She believes a balance of all five areas of her health – physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual – was the key to clearing her skin.

That meant diminishing stress and managing negative self-talk to prevent her emotions from taking over her day-to-day life. 

'Some mornings I would wake up, look in the mirror, and just cry. I disliked what I saw and I felt helpless as my skin condition was out of my control and everything I was doing wasn't helping it,' Harmony wrote

‘Some mornings I would wake up, look in the mirror, and just cry. I disliked what I saw and I felt helpless as my skin condition was out of my control and everything I was doing wasn’t helping it,’ Harmony wrote

When it comes to skincare she’s a big believer in ‘less is more’ and steers clear of a complicated routine.

She uses QV Foaming Cleanser ($19.99) and QV Oil-Free Moisturiser ($12.99), which are available at most supermarkets and chemists.

A hot face washer compressed to an active pimple can help bring the sebum, cells and bacteria to the surface – creating a white ‘head’ – that can then gently be popped.

She rubs a small amount of tea tree oil into the sore after popping it because of the oil’s anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. 

She uses QV Foaming Cleanser ($19.99) and QV Oil-Free Moisturiser ($12.99), which are available at most supermarkets and chemists

She uses QV Foaming Cleanser ($19.99) and QV Oil-Free Moisturiser ($12.99), which are available at most supermarkets and chemists

Harmony’s blog post was met with words of encouragement from her followers, who thanked her for her ‘authenticity’ in addressing a common problem.

‘It is amazing that you use your social media platform for good. I have struggled with acne for the past eight years and it has really taken a toll on my mental health. THANK YOU for sharing with the world that beautiful models like you struggle with the same issues,’ one woman said.

‘Thanks for your willingness to put yourself out there! You’re really brave and strong,’ said another. 

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Teenager bursts into tears when she realises her phone is locked in smartphone ‘jail’ for two days

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A teenage daughter in the US experienced a roller coaster of emotions when she realized she had accidentally locked her phone in smartphone ‘jail’ for two days.

The girl’s brother had locked her phone inside the box for 40 minutes as a joke. 

But when she attempts to get it out, she dramatically increases the time.

A hilarious video filmed in the family kitchen captures her mixed reaction to her own mistake.

Captions on the video posted on TikTok explain that the girl’s dad got a ‘phone jail’ for his birthday.

A ‘phone jail’ is similar to a safe but is operated by a timer, that only releases whats inside after a delegated period of time.  

The timer is operated by turning the dial on the lid to choose the desired ‘jail’ time.  

A hilarious video of a teenager in the US captures her mixed reaction her brother locks her phone inside a smartphone 'jail' for 40 minutes

The teen, desperate to get her phone back, attempts to open the 'jail' by turning the dial

A hilarious video of a teenager in the US captures her mixed reaction her brother locks her phone inside a smartphone ‘jail’ for 40 minutes

The teen’s brother, spotting an opportunity for a prank, locked his sister’s phone inside the ‘jail’ for 40 minutes.

However, the girl, desperate to get her phone back, attempted to open the ‘jail’ by turning the dial – unknowingly dramatically increasing the timer. 

She takes another look at the ‘jail’ and sees the time displayed on the digital screen which reads: ‘2 days, 3 hours, 39 minutes, 50 seconds.’ 

She unknowingly increases the timer to two days, 39 minutes and 50 seconds

Her siblings gather round both shocked and laughing at the situation

The teen, desperate to get her phone back, attempts to open the ‘jail’ by turning the dial – unknowingly dramatically increasing the timer to two days, 39 minutes and 50 seconds

Realising her mistake she exclaims: ‘What? It’s two days? This is not funny.’

Her siblings gather round laughing at the situation and her bother defends himself saying: ‘I put it in there for 40 minutes.’ 

It appears the teen can see the funny side of her mistake as she starts laughs. 

But then breaks down again as she faces the prospect of an unintentional two-day phone detox.

She realises her mistake and briefly sees the funny side

She begins to cry again as she faces the prospect of an unintentional two-day phone detox

She realises her mistake and bursts into tears. She briefly sees the funny side until she begins to cry again as she faces the prospect of an unintentional two-day phone detox

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Moment one-punch killer, 21, revs his off-road bike minutes before he fatally attacked peacemaker

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This is the moment a killer revs his off-road bike just minutes before he fatally attacked a peacemaker who asked him to stop dangerously riding in front of children.  

James Rowley, 21, was this week jailed for nine years having brutally assaulted Joe Higgins, 41, in front of horrified youngsters in Coventry after he was spotted tearing across grassland on a stolen scrambler on March 17.

The victim had approached the biker menace and ‘politely’ asked him to stop his nuisance riding over fears for the safety of young children playing outside.

James Rowley, 21, pictured, brutally attacked Joe Higgins, 41, in front of horrified youngsters after he was spotted tearing across grassland on a stolen scrambler on March 17

James Rowley, 21, pictured, brutally attacked Joe Higgins, 41, in front of horrified youngsters after he was spotted tearing across grassland on a stolen scrambler on March 17

The victim, pictured, had approached the biker menace and 'politely' asked him to stop his nuisance riding over fears for the safety of young children playing outside

The victim, pictured, had approached the biker menace and ‘politely’ asked him to stop his nuisance riding over fears for the safety of young children playing outside

But Rowley proceeded to rev the bike’s engine – with the spinning wheels showering Mr Higgins with dirt – before he floored the care manager with a single punch.

Mr Higgins, who had just returned home from celebrating St Patrick’s Day, suffered a serious head injury and died the following day in hospital.

Following the attack, Rowley picked up the victim’s St Patrick’s Day hat ‘as a trophy’ and was spotted dancing around while wearing it in the street.

The former warehouse worker was then heard laughing and he sped away on the bike from the scene in Jubilee Crescent, Coventry.

Rowley handed himself in to West Midlands Police on March 20 after detectives launched a murder enquiry.

He originally claimed Mr Higgins approached in an aggressive manner shouting ‘I’m gonna do you’ and suggested he only threw a punch in self-defence.

And in police interview he described himself as a dad and the ‘softest, nicest guy you ever come across’.

However, witnesses earlier described seeing Rowley, of Radford, Coventry, speeding through residential streets, jumping red lights and mounting pavements.

At one point he got into a heated argument with a motorist after nearly causing a crash at traffic lights.

Rowley also has a record of violence – including assaulting his own mum when he was 14 where he grabbed her by the throat, slapped her and later told police ‘she needs a bullet between her eyes’.

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Witnesses earlier described seeing Rowley, of Radford, Coventry, speeding through residential streets, jumping red lights and mounting pavements

At one point he got into a heated argument with a motorist after nearly causing a crash at traffic lights

At one point he got into a heated argument with a motorist after nearly causing a crash at traffic lights

Mobile phone footage of James Rowley doing donuts on the grass before being confronted

Mobile phone footage of James Rowley doing donuts on the grass before being confronted

CCTV and social media footage also showed him dangerously running through red lights, loudly revving his engine and performing ‘donuts’ on a piece of grassland.

Rowley later changed his account in the face of damning evidence and went on to admit manslaughter and dangerous driving.

He was jailed for nine years at Warwick Crown Court on Monday.

Detective Inspector Jim Colclough described Mr Higgins’ death as tragic and senseless following the case.

He said: ‘Joe grew up in the area and didn’t like people disrespecting his community.

‘Witnesses describe him approaching Rowley politely; he wanted to convey his concerns for the danger he posed to people.

‘Some witnesses described seeing Rowley laughing and dancing in the victim’s hat after the fatal punch.

‘Rowley’s violence was witnessed by several children in the street.

‘He lay low for two days before handing himself in. The judge said he spent the time ‘planning the lies he was to tell the police in interview’.

‘But we had already gathered testimonies from independent witnesses, plus seized CCTV and social media video showing Rowley’s dangerous riding and the assault.

‘My sympathies remain with Mr Higgins’ friends and family.’

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French veterans who landed at the beach on D-Day have expressed their anger at an ‘immersive’ memorial that will offer live re-enactments to guests.  

Hubert Faure, 106, and Léon Gautier, 97, echoed public outcry as they criticised the proposed tourist attraction in Normandy as a commercialised spectacle.

The Homage to the Heroes memorial, which was initially announced in January, is set open in time for the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion in 2024.

The creators of the project are currently searching for a 35-hectare site near the historical beaches which could accommodate 600,000 visitors per year. 

It is thought that they will introduce mobile grandstands on rails to transport spectators through re-enacted battle scenes.

Hubert Faure

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French veterans Hubert Faure, 106, and Léon Gautier, 97, echoed public outcry as they criticised the proposed tourist attraction in Normandy as a ‘Disney-type’ spectacle

Gautier and Faure were former soldiers of the Kieffer commando which served in the Second World War under Captain Philippe Keiffer of the Free French Navy.

It was the only uniformed French soldier unit to participate in the embarkment with the allies on June 6, 1944, during which almost 10,000 soldiers were killed or injured.

Gautier previously told AFP: ‘I am against the project.’

An appeal against the memorial, published in Le Monde, has since been signed by 154 descendants of those in the Kieffer commando.  

The families said that they were ‘deeply shocked’ by the commercial proposal on the site where thousands gave their lives in the battle against Nazi occupation.

It said: ‘The memory [of the historical event] cannot in any case be shared in a way that is dramatic, festive or commercial.’

‘This runs against the message transmitted by our fathers and grandfathers when they showed great modesty and solemnity when talking about the fighting. 

‘Their message never sought to make us “relive” these events.’  

The Homage to the Heroes memorial is set to be opened in time for the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion in 2024. Pictured: Troops take positions on Sword Beach after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches in north-western France on D-Day on June 6, 1944

The Homage to the Heroes memorial is set to be opened in time for the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion in 2024. Pictured: Troops take positions on Sword Beach after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches in north-western France on D-Day on June 6, 1944

Hervé Morin, president of Normandy and a former defence minister, is set to open the park if it is given the go ahead.

He joined other MPs and local authorities who dismissed the criticism of the proposed attracted as uninformed. 

‘There has never been any question of a theme park. We have taken all the necessary precautions to guarantee the ethical dimension,’ he said according to The Times.

Mr Morian had initially estimated that the attraction would cost €100million (£92million) but promoters have predicted it will be much lower and argued that it will boost the economy as well as creating new jobs in the area. 

The project – proposed by television producer Stéphane Gateau, musical producer Roberto Ciurleo, and promoter Régis Lefèbvre – also has the support of British military historian Sir Antony Beevor. 

Mr Lefèbvre denied the experience would be a ‘theme park’ and said: ‘It will be a 50-minute living documentary mixing archive imagery, immersive techniques and living paintings.’  

He added that there will be ‘no carousels’ and ‘no commercial areas’, although an onsite shop is planned ‘as in all museums’.

Every year an average of five million tourists visit the Normandy battlefields.  

The elite bands of brothers who were the first troops into Normandy on D-Day

Operation Overlord saw some 156,000 Allied troops landing in Normandy on June 6, 1944.

It is thought as many as 4,400 were killed in an operation Winston Churchill described as ‘undoubtedly the most complicated and difficult that has ever taken place’.

The assault was conducted in two phases: an airborne landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France commencing at 6.30am.

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing. Some 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. 

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing. Some 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved. 

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing. Some 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000 ships were involved.

The landings took place along a 50-mile stretch of the Normandy coast divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword.

The assault was chaotic with boats arriving at the wrong point and others getting into difficulties in the water.

Destruction in the northern French town of Carentan after the invasion in June 1944

Destruction in the northern French town of Carentan after the invasion in June 1944

Troops managed only to gain a small foothold on the beach – but they built on their initial breakthrough in the coming days and a harbour was opened at Omaha.

They met strong resistance from the German forces who were stationed at strongpoints along the coastline.

Approximately 10,000 allies were injured or killed, inlcuding 6,603 American, of which 2,499 were fatal.

Between 4,000 and 9,000 German troops were killed – and it proved the pivotal moment of the war, in the allied forces’ favour.

The first wave of troops from the US Army takes cover under the fire of Nazi guns in 1944

The first wave of troops from the US Army takes cover under the fire of Nazi guns in 1944

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