First of all: Hello to anyone who reads this!
Before I begin my journey, I'd like to take a bit of time to give you an idea of my skin background:
Up until early last year, my skin was perfect. I didn't have any blemishes, and the tone was gorgeous (I feel as if I can compliment it now, seeing as how awful my present skin is). Then, my forehead began to break out in closed comedones. The breakout soon traveled to my right cheek, and then to my left cheek. These bumps vary from small surface bumps, to deep hard bumps that last forever (almost like non-inflamed cysts). I tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them. I was on all kinds of 'systems' for acne. Then, I went to the dermatologist, and he prescribed me with my first Retinoid: Differin. This product did nothing for my skin except make it dry and flaky. So, I went back to the derm, and he prescribed me with my second Retinoid: Tazorac. This, I believe, ruined my skin and damaged it even more. It may have gotten rid of a few closed comedones, but not enough to make me feel better about myself. It looked as if I had spent 12 hours in the sun. Awful. Retinoids aren't for me. (I may, in the future, use the Tazorac to reconstruct my small scars.)
I have been off of the Tazorac since March, and my skin has only gotten worse since then. I was left with about four 'scarred pores' and one icepick scar. (I know that this is nothing compared to what some people go through, but it really does make me feel sick and self-conscious.) In desperation, I ordered a few samples of Paula's Choice 2% BHA lotion, and used it almost every night before bed for a week. People began complimenting me on how much clearer my skin looked! I, being the odd person that I am, thought they were only 'being nice' and ignored it. My samples ran out, and my skin broke out even more.
So now, here we are today. My face is red. I just impulsively 'extracted' a couple of closed comedones. And needless to say, I am freaking out that I'm going to scar (because some of these closed comedones were deeper than usual).
Amidst all of this malady, I washed my face with Simple Moisturizing Wash, toned it with Boschia Tonic, steamed it, and applied Paula's Choice 2% BHA Lotion. To moisturize I am only going to apply a thin layer of Aloe Vera gel, and call it a night.
TOP THREE THINGS I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS REGIMEN
- Removal of Closed Comedones and acne breakouts
- Redness relief
- (Hopefully) diminish scarring
I can't wait to share my experience, and I hope that this blog progressively becomes more positive with each update!