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Day 23: Finally (With Pics)

Posted by lizardanne, 25 July 2013 · 892 views

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HOLY RABIES, my skin is responding to the globs of BP.  Sorry for the Hotel Transylvania reference, by the way.  My friend's infant sister has been watching it about five times each weekend.  How she handles it, I don't know.
 
Anyway, I just have to talk about my epiphany.  I've read Dan's advice to use more BP countless times, and always acknowledged it but didn't really care, to be honest.  I was slowly increasing the BP in my own timely manner for the sake of my sensitive skin.  But, let me just advise you all: If it's been 3-4 weeks, USE AS MUCH BP AS YOUR FACE CAN HANDLE.  YOU'RE JUST PROLONGING YOUR BREAKOUTS IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY.  Don't go crazy, though.  Use a finger's length, but make it a thick line.  Everything on your face will die a painful, itchy, flaky death.  It's so beautiful.  And, it's totally worth the minor discomfort.  That'll go away more easily than your acne, trust me.
 
So, there's still a lot of redness and hyperpigmentation and all of that lovely stuff, but I just need to post these photos I took today.  Compared to week 3, it's amazing (see gallery).  Also, I have no idea what'll be happening by Tuesday (progress pic day) with the new birth control and staying in a hotel and not sleeping and shooting videos and all, so here you have it:
 
 
 
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Is it perfect?  Goodness, no.  But I'm just so happy that the majority of my skin is flat and not angry.  Pretty much all of those marks (minus 1-2 and those small whiteheads on my forehead) are from old acne.  It's great.  I can't wait to start using AHA on those, too.  I might have to kick up the jojoba though, since the area around my mouth is flaking again.  Woops!  I've heard that some people use jojoba to exfoliate the flakes a bit, so I might do that if they're not gone by the time I have to apply makeup.
 
That's all for today.  HAIL TO THE BP.




Looks great! Honestly I use hand sanitizer whenever I get whiteheads and it dries them up either overnight or in about 2 days!

Looks great! Honestly I use hand sanitizer whenever I get whiteheads and it dries them up either overnight or in about 2 days!

 

Thanks :) nice, I guess the alcohol would help a lot!  I plan to use the AHA for spot treatments, can't wait to finally have a whitehead-zapper haha.

I think you need an antibiotic to supplement the BP. Just a thought.

I think you need an antibiotic to supplement the BP. Just a thought.

 

Interesting!  I tried doxycycline a while ago but it didn't do that much.  I'm switching to a better birth control though.  What makes you say I should use an antibiotic?

I have tried doxy in the past and it's true, it never works. I think you should try cephalexin or amoxicillin. I say that because your acne is severe enough to warrant medication. I didn't want to hurt your feelings but I don't think using BP alone is enough for acne that severe. I used to have severe acne also and I also use BP but I have antibiotics also that work really well. I hope that helps. You deserve clear skin.

I have tried doxy in the past and it's true, it never works. I think you should try cephalexin or amoxicillin. I say that because your acne is severe enough to warrant medication. I didn't want to hurt your feelings but I don't think using BP alone is enough for acne that severe. I used to have severe acne also and I also use BP but I have antibiotics also that work really well. I hope that helps. You deserve clear skin.

 

Oh, do you really think it's that severe?  90% of those marks aren't active.

I'm no dermatologist but it does look to me like you need to do more than bp to keep that level of infection under control. There is one large pustule on your left cheek that looks really infected. I just think you should use all the medications that are available to have smooth and clear skin. Good luck whatever you decide to do. Best wishes.

I'm no dermatologist but it does look to me like you need to do more than bp to keep that level of infection under control. There is one large pustule on your left cheek that looks really infected. I just think you should use all the medications that are available to have smooth and clear skin. Good luck whatever you decide to do. Best wishes.

 

Haha it does look deceiving; it wasn't infected in that picture (just a hardened whitehead), although it was before.  How would I choose between cephalexin or amoxicillin, and how long were you on them for?  I'm wary of going on antibiotics for a long period of time, because they usually don't support my lifestyle.  I would also be nervous about their reaction with birth control.