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I Wish I Could Cut Off My Hands. But Then What Would Put On My Acne Cream?

I wish I could blame my hands for how my face looks. But I know its really my lack of self control. If I would quit picking at my skin I KNOW it would be so much better. But instead of stopping when I say I'm going to, I find myself in front of the mirror, hunting for any and everything I can possibly pick at. Then, when my face is oozing, red and sore, I blame my hands.

Is picking an addiction? I feel like it is. Either that or a mental disorder.huh.png I WANT to stop!!!! If i ever get rid of acne, my scars are going to be so awful I will go out and kill myself. I probably shouldnt say that. neutral.gif

SO...anyways I thought I'd update my "regime" since it's changed quite a bit.


Face on a normal day when no ones going to see me: wash with lerrosett salacylic acid 2%, mist with toner (my creation: witch hazel, a few drops of tea tree oil and lavender oil), sun block _ Neutrogena Pure and Free Liquid daily sunblock SPF 55(the one with Titanium Dioxide 7% and Zinc Oxide 3%), CeraVe lotion, then Clearasil Daily Clear Adult Acne Treatment Cream (tinted) with Sulfer 8% and Resorcinol 2% as a spot treatment.

Face when people are going to see me: wash and tone the same, sunblock and CeraVe, let set. Use primer sometimes, concealer always. Then mineral foundation and what ever eye make I want to wear (if i feel like any at all). I v been expperimenting with green concealers and primers lately. I think it all depends on how much you use. And you have to be careful to blend.

Back (when I remember): AHA cream on scars and any spots I have. Sunscreen on any place that will be seen my the sun (that goes for the rest of my body as well)


Face: Wash with lerroset face wash in shower, get out, sometimes use either lerroset mask that i have keft or the Olay Sulfer mask (14% i think), wash off, tone with toner, sometimes use AHA cream. Jojobia Oil with a few drops of lavender oil, let it soak in, then CeraVe lotion, and spot treat with the the same acne cream again or alittle bit of the sulfer mask. Just depends. I'v also been toying with putting nothing on there....Also i use Nutrogena Naturals makeup remover + cleanser before I use my face wash if i was wearing make up to begine with.

Back: wash with a boby wash containing salacylic acid 2% (I keep atleast 2 brands and switch every two days. I guess I'm scared one will quit working if I use it too long) mist with toner, Aveeno deep hydration cream stuff (its in a jar) then AHA cream on scars and any spots. Sometimes I do the AHA cream fist but I dont know if it really makes a difference.

So yea, thats it. You'd think with all that my face would be better. But maybe all that is keeping it from being like, REALLY BAD. I hope so, I'm trying to be optimistic.

As to diet, I'm going on a liquids diet. Water, tea, coffee, jucies, broth etc. I need to get my daily vitimens back in the mix too. And I'm going to start takin a b12 complex.

As to exercise, I'm trying to fit as much as I can in when I can. I wish I did more. But then again, I also wish I didn't pick my face...and that I didnt have acne to start with....strongsad.gif

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i'm in the same boat as you. i cry every single day because of what i've done to my skin. i hate it. i definitely think it's an addiction. and it's a viscous cycle. seems like when i pick, they multiply. but if i don't pop them, they don't go away! so i can't stop. the only time i stop is when my face is actually clear. but i don't see that happening for a while...

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great tips! thank you so much =) my boyfriend threatens to tape up the mirrors all the time lol. i'm like how am i gonna get ready?

that's a good idea to look at your whole face rather than problem areas. i'll try that! and maybe even try to get ready in 10 minutes haha.

i'm trying to be good and only pop things that are begging to be popped, but even so i'm walking around with some whiteheads on my upper lip because i know if i squeeze them they'll look 10 times worse.

i had a bunch of post it notes up on my mirror basically telling me not to do certain things but i always ignored them. i will write down some of these quotes instead =)

thank you so much!

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aww, i don't know what i'd do without my boyfriend either. he's a great support system =) i was a freaking mess last night because my whole face is horrible. and he was really good with me.

this whole experience has made me realize that in the past when i had very mild acne and would cry over 1 or 2 that i was really over reacting. now i really have something to freak out about. i'm much better at not picking everything on my face because now there's so many and it looks terrible without picking. i only pop them if they're hanging out. and i have one on my forehead that i'd normally hack out, but i'm leaving it alone. whenever this shit clears up i am really going to appreciate my skin more.

i know, everybody tells me to find something else to obsess over. i haven't quite found it yet. i love to read, but when my mind is racing because of my skin, i can't concentrate. someone told me yesterday i should start doing yoga. who knows =P we will get through this soon!

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Thanks for the tips you two!!! I'm def. trying to stop picking. I know it can only help my skin. It sounds like you both are blessed with awesome guys :)

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