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skinnie

Without the tazorac, I started breaking out! Made some (pretty dramatic, given that I've always used the same moisturizer and have now changed...) changes to my regimen. New regimen: 

AM

CeraVe Hydrating Bar

Aveeno Daily moisturizing lotion

Vaseline on cheeks (can't emphasize enough)

thin thin thin layer of BP all over face (pea size) - do NOT USE EXTRA BP ON PIMPLES. 

Gold Bond eczema on any eczema spots  (cuz BP gives me eczema flares)

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42

*cover face with scarf outside

PM
Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad for makeup

Cool compress  
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CeraVe Hydrating Bar + clarisonic

Paula’s Choice AHA Gel

Aveeno Daily moisturizing lotion

 
skinnie

Hair loss

I started losing hair like 3 years ago. (whoa) The thing is-- I'm only 23. It wasn't any sort of pattered loss. My part wasn't getting wider. It was diffuse loss. I noticed it a year after starting tazorac so it's entirely possible that it's not related. Something tells me that it might be though. So, I'm trying to see what happens. I actually have no clue how long I should try this before giving up and going back to taz. Taz really does make my skin look better and it's a lot easier to keep clear on taz (although I'm managing without at the moment.) After, 3 weeks, I can't say for certain that taz is the culprit. I'm not entirely sure how to measure the hair loss. I'm going to give it until June. 

So, I came up with two new routines. I added in bp to control any active spots that might arise  since I won't be on taz. Below are my routines.  I really like to focus on noting how routines make my skin feel. My skin feels soft and well moisturized. It doesn't get oily throughout the day. It feels fairly clear (one tiny active/disappearing pimple). Doesn't feel like there are any clogged pores (I think sometimes skin looks clear but I notice that I'm worried I'll break out soon because of the clogged pores. Or it doesn't look great under makeup. Not the case here. This tends to happen when I use vaseline on top of cerave cream). Make up goes on smoothly though not quite as well without the vaseline underneath. 

My skin doesn't feel parched or dry when I wake up in the morning. 

I am very aware that this routine wouldn't fly in cold/windy chicago right now. I do need that dab of vaseline. So, when I fly back this week, I probably will add vaseline back in (depending on the weather), replacing the cerave during the daytime only. Nighttime if I feel like the extra moisture is needed.
 

March — Changed routine to see if tazorac causing hair to fall out. 

AM
CeraVe Hydrating Bar
Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel

2 pumps CeraVe PM
Vaseline on lower face
BP on emerging spots 
MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42

PM
Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad for makeup
CeraVe Hydrating Bar

2 pumps CeraVe PM
Vaseline

 

March 18th, 2016 - changed b/c in warmer place. Vaseline seems too heavy here. (Got two pimples day after getting off plane)  

 

AM

CeraVe Hydrating Bar

2 pumps CeraVe PM

Cerave Cream - everywhere but forehead

Cool compress

 More CeraVe Cream

MAC Studio Sculpt in NC42

BP on any “upcoming” spots 

 

PM

Garnier Micellar Water on a cotton pad for makeup

CeraVe Hydrating Bar

 Paula's Choice 8% AHA Gel

2 pumps CeraVe PM 

Cerave cream - everywhere but forehead

Cool compress

 More CeraVe Cream

 BP on any “upcoming” spots 

Vaseline on any scaly/extra dry skin

* cool compress only required one time/day but can do two! 

skinnie

Cold compresses

So,  I've started using this technique that doctors use for facial eczema in kids called a cold compress to fight the extremely dry skin that's been plaguing me for the past few weeks despite a two tank heater.  It's magic I swear. You're supposed to use a mix of baby oil and water and dip a towel into that but I've been using just water. I hold the wet towel on my skin for about ten minutes then wash my face and moisturize with CeraVe cream immediately after. It's worked like nothing else. Two times a day has made my skin really smooth and supple. I'm surprised this isn't recommended more widely for dry skin. It's really simple and effective. 

skinnie

First snow

So, it snowed for the first time this past weekend. My apartment is crazy hot because I have no idea how to control the heaters. I also wake up feeling really thirsty and like my skin is hella dry.  I really wish I could control these heaters but they're automatic. -___- I just have my windows open all the time now. I can feel the moisture from outside. I know not even CeraVe will combat these damn heaters, and my humidifier is too small to take on such moisture sapping heaters. We'll see what this winter brings. Clear for the time being...

skinnie

Where I am with my skin

Last winter was tough. I made a huge move to a really cold place last year (compared to the sunny, humid South). My skin was not putting up with it. Flakes for days. My skin broke out constantly. They were huge and ugly too. And my skin looked like shit. I was popping every pimple with a needle. Destroying my skin. That's when I decided that enough was enough. My skin could have pimples but it needed to feel healthy and not broken the way dry skin does. I don't remember the changes I made at the time (I tried some really crazy heavy moisturizers, a humidifier, covering my face with a scarf every time I stepped outside, all things I am adopting again since fall is here), but I do know that switching to CeraVe moisturizing cleanser (from my olay foaming) and moisturizing meticulously and even stopping acne treatments was part of it. I started using AHA this summer which is a godsend because it's not as drying as a lot of other treatments. I continue to use tazorac faithfully. Started using my clarisonic again too.  And I started using cerave cream on my cheeks. I need it to keep the dryness at bay. I go a full month or more at a time without any serious pimples now. And when they come, I deal with it like I dealt with yesterday's pimple. I ice it. I use tazorac like normal. And I skip my AHA in the morning and moisturize like crazy with CeraVe cream. And I take ibuprofen every few hours. That seems to do the trick. The pimple is gone today. It's such a relief to have good skin. That looks decent. It's one less thing to worry about in this crazy life of mine. One less thing to be depressed about (struggling with some pretty severe depression). 

skinnie

Fine Tuning Regimen

So, I recently started using the Clarisonic Mia with the acne brush head. It's been extremely helpful; I feel like it's the only reason I can wear foundation on a daily basis now. I use just a little to reduce the appearance of the scars on my cheeks. I feel like I'm really fine-tuning my regimen now. Using Eucerin skin calming daily moisturizing cream before the bp/make-up has also been helping to prevent makeup-related breakouts. I think the mineral oil acts as a barrier for the pigments and silicones that clog my pores easily.

The skin around my mouth has been really dry lately (I wake up to some serious flaking in that area). This is just reminding me that I will have to re-tune my regimen when winter comes around. I'm going to need some serious moisture, but I think CeraVe cream will do the trick. I plan on continuing to layer moisturizers. I think this works extremely well, as different moisturizers use different ingredients to trap moisture. During the winter, the Clarisonic will help to removed dead, dry skin, which means (I hope) at least the dryness won't interfere with the efficacy of my treatments! I think this is one of the reasons that I break out so much more during the winter. Winter is really awful for me, usually, in terms of acne. I hope that I can make it through without serious acne/irritation.

My hair is still falling out, and I haven't figured out why. I've become a little more complacent about it. I have a feeling that it will either stop on its own, or my doctors and I will eventually figure it out.

Recently, I tried to replace CeraVe PM with the Resist Anti-aging Clear Skin Hydrator from Paula's Choice, but I had a suspicion that it gave me a couple of pimples. I think I'm going to continue with my current regimen for at least 3 or 4 weeks before adding something in. At least, that way, I will know whether or not this product is actually efficacious or whether my timing to try the product was just bad. To some extent, of course, using any new product can cause some mild irritation/a breakout until your skin gets used to it. All I know, is that the worst feeling is when you overwhelm yourself with a plethora of new products and two or three weeks later, you are at a loss when you breakout and you don't know what's breaking you out. It's best to take it one product at a time. It's not a sprint!

Nearly two months ago, I started re-using bp and did that for 3-4 weeks before adding in the Clarisonic (even though I had bought it a while ago) and a week later, matchmaster makeup. Then, a bit after that, I added in my Eucerin skin calming cream. Last night, I added PC's skin recovery cream. I think I should wait to add in the RESIST. Actually, I think the Eucerin and Skin Recovery cream were added in too close together, but I've used the Eucerin cream before and I know for a fact that it doesn't break me out. I feel like I'm tweaking and adjusting my regimen. I don't want perfect skin, I just want to stop random breakouts. They're really draining, honestly, because it feels like my skin will start spiraling out of control every time they happen. Also, I want to be able to give my skin antioxidants. (And, I don't want to waste the money I spent on these paula's choice products!)

Share your experiences finding a regimen/tweaking your routine with me!

skinnie

Roiling Emotions...

Today, I woke up with a cheek pimple. Cheek pimples are not the same as forehead or chin pimples. For me, having a cheek pimple is an emotionally tolling experience; on my skin, they are more likely to leave scars, more resistant to treatment, and take longer to go away. So, today I was a bit of a beyotch. I acted like I was PMS-ing. It always results in my spending a few hours surfing the internet looking for something that will shed new light on how I can treat my acne. I decided that it was time to add antioxidants into the mix. My regimen for the past few weeks has been

AM: Olay foaming wash for sensitive skin, oil control treatment from Clean and Clear (it's Salicylic Acid), On-the-spot benzoyl peroxide, CeraVe AM

PM: Olay foaming wash for sensitive skin, CeraVe PM, tazorac.

And it's been working pretty well... except my skin looks kinda dull by the end of the day (the benzoyl peroxide, I'm assuming). I added in Hydralight Toner from Paula's Choice last week, which I ordered a few months ago, but didn't take with me on my recent international trip. And, I'm thinking about changing out that CeraVe PM for the Resist Clear Skin Hydrator. It seems to work well in conjunction with BP and the lactoperoxidase could help since it's an antibacterial. It also has a stable form of vitamin C. I have two samples. I will use it this week and see if I like it. Paula's Choice has free shipping until September, so this is definitely the time to stock up.

Some people would call it vanity, but I doubt anyone with acne scarring isn't affected by it in some way. It's not that I'm vain, but rather that acne is just...it makes you feel less than your best.

Have I mentioned that I'm also losing my hair o.O They STILL don't know why....

skinnie

Roiling Emotions...

Today, I woke up with a cheek pimple. Cheek pimples are not the same as forehead or chin pimples. For me, having a cheek pimple is an emotionally tolling experience; on my skin, they are more likely to leave scars, more resistant to treatment, and take longer to go away. So, today I was a bit of a beyotch. I acted like I was PMS-ing. It always results in my spending a few hours surfing the internet looking for something that will shed new light on how I can treat my acne. I decided that it was time to add antioxidants into the mix. My regimen for the past few weeks has been

AM: Olay foaming wash for sensitive skin, oil control treatment from Clean and Clear (it's Salicylic Acid), On-the-spot benzoyl peroxide, CeraVe AM

PM: Olay foaming wash for sensitive skin, CeraVe PM, tazorac.

And it's been working pretty well... except my skin looks kinda dull by the end of the day (the benzoyl peroxide, I'm assuming). I added in Hydralight Toner from Paula's Choice last week, which I ordered a few months ago, but didn't take with me on my recent international trip. And, I'm thinking about changing out that CeraVe PM for the Resist Clear Skin Hydrator. It seems to work well in conjunction with BP and the lactoperoxidase could help since it's an antibacterial. It also has a stable form of vitamin C. I have two samples. I will use it this week and see if I like it. Paula's Choice has free shipping until September, so this is definitely the time to stock up.

Some people would call it vanity, but I doubt anyone with acne scarring isn't affected by it in some way. It's not that I'm vain, but rather that acne is just...it makes you feel less than your best.

Have I mentioned that I'm also losing my hair o.O They STILL don't know why....

skinnie

Update

So for the past two days my regimen has been:

Morning:

1. ceraVe cleanser

2. Moisturizer

Afternoon:

1. cerave cleanser

2. AHA from DermE

Evening:

1. cerave cleanser

2. moisturizer

Night:

1. Cerave cleanser

2. Dan's BP 2.5%

3. Moisturizer.

So far so good! My mild resurgence is starting to clear up and my scars are starting to lighten.

That said, I've been procrastinating soooo much. I need to study Biology and do a bunch of other things....

I know that was a quick update; I'll update more extensively when I have time.

For those of you worrying about my washing my face so often--don't worry. Oil is a culprit of acne, and I'm not rubbing so I'm not irritating my skin. Also, it's INSANELY hot and dirty here in India--it's very necessary, I think.

skinnie

Cosmetic Breakout

So, I started this blog on a whim, really. I feel like it might help my skin and others if I keep a constant log.

A little history: I had horrible acne, very inflamed and irritated for about 2 years. The regimen cleared me, but I've been looking for something to rid myself of scars.

So I, stupidly, used DHC's Salicylic Acid Toner which has NaOH in it and made me breakout in cosmetic acne. I'm a stickler about not irritating my skin, because that's what got me into this whole serious acne mess in the first place. I went rapid clear-pad and 10% BP happy a few years ago. I was the bloody Joker with the stuff. I really don't know how I let this slip under my radar. I'm currently giving my skin a break for two days by only washing it with CeraVe foaming facial wash twice a day and frequently applying CeraVe moisturizing lotion. On Sunday night, I'll start using BP again. (Today's saturday morning. I'm on vacation in India.) I'll buy Paula Begoun's SA (and I'm thinking antioxidants) as soon as I get back to the US. (which can't be soon enough. I miss home so much. Mainly because I have two cute little brothers waiting for me.

I hope I'm clear by then. In a way, it's good that this happened, because it gave me an excuse to create this blog! :wacko:

The song I'm listening to as I write this is "Backseat". I love the line: "Damn girl, damn girl you f***ing with the man, girl." I love f***ing with the Man--so rebellious! I'm in college, and rebellion is like the definition of my life. Secretly and subversively, of course. And now, Pitbull's "Give Me Everything". LOVE Pitbull. Makes me wanna dance!

Here's to not letting acne get you down. Ever. It's not worth it! (of course, it's alot better than before...)

Pictures:

The before is in December:

Skin 3 days ago: Photo%20on%202011-06-28%20at%2019.51%20%232.jpg

Skin now: Photo%20on%202011-07-02%20at%2009.33.jpg

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