August 5: Acne:
Yes, it has been a while since I updated. D: Still doing the water only thing, and at the moment I have no inflamed acne, and no flakiness/dead skin. My skin no longer feels dehydrated as well. My biggest issue at the moment are my many, many
small whiteheads/blackheads, and PIH. I'm ordering a couple of things to target these issues and saying goodbye to this regimen. I honestly do not have the patience to wait for these issues to correct themselves. :/ I have a feeling I'll be waiting forever. But I can say that I think using water only has given my skin time to calm down and now I have no more inflamed zits. It's not only the whole idea of using only water, but I've learned a lot about ingredients in skin care products that are inflammatory, overdrying, allergenic, comedogenic, etc. I'm making sure that any products I use in the future have as few ingredients as possible, are pH balanced, and fragrance and paraben free. Especially now that I know I have a possible skin allergy (and not just "sensitive skin" as I'd always believed), I have to be very careful about what I put on my face. I think these are the things that make the biggest difference in how my skin behaves, acne included.Eczema:
I went to see my dermatologist, and he said that my eyelids no longer have "dermatitis", meaning that he doesn't see any inflammation. I told him that it wasn't so much the actual eczema that bothered me, now the hyperpigmentation is the problem. He said that "my fire has been put out, and now I'm left to deal with the ashes" LOL. The ashes being the hyperpigmentation. Sadly, because my skin condition became chronic
(due to lack of proper treatment -_-), I developed the darkness on both my upper and lower eyelids. Apparently this is more likely to happen in people of darker skin tones, such as myself. He says that my body will take it's time and repair itself, and that this could take up to A YEAR, with no treatment. It sucks because even though the swelling has gone down and the flakiness is gone, the hyperpigmentation still makes it look horrible. I literally look like I've been punched in both eyes.
But he says that whatever I've been doing is working, and that I CAN treat my acne/dark spots, but to be VERY careful to avoid my eye area, at least until I get the patch testing and figure out what exactly I'm allergic to. Now that I've gotten the go-ahead from my doctor, I'm totally ready to start fading away these spots. I'm tired of looking like someone drew polkadots all over my face, so over it. I don't think anything is worse than having dark skin and then having even DARKER spots all over your face. Who knows, maybe I'll record that log too, on this thread. C: I've done quite a bit of research and have carefully chosen a handful of products that I hope will finally give me the clear, smooth skin I want so desperately. But all in all, I'm just glad my eczema is slowly clearing up, and I can't wait for November 21 to come so I can get tested!