My 3 Step Miracle
I started getting blemishes around age 13/14 ish. Just small normal whiteheads and the few blackheads. I hadn't been washing my face up to that point, but when I started noticing pimples I bought my first cleanser, St. Ives Naturally Clear Blemish Fighting Apricot Wash. I paired it up with a couple more Naturally Clear line items, and started my regimen of exfoliating, cleansing and moisturizing. I thought Salycilic Acid was my best friend.
It didn't seem to get worse at first, but gradually my little whiteheads started getting bigger, under the skin, and eventually transformed into cystic acne. I was horrified, and in my desperation to find a cure I did many big no no's. I exfoliated every day, sometimes twice a day. I washed my face with my hands, I constantly switched cleansers, moisturizers, face masks, etc. It was a nightmare, and I eventually had to go to the Dermatologist. This was also around the time I started wearing makeup to conceal my blemishes. I was so embarassed. Taking my makeup off in front of a Derm, having her all up in my face and so close to my skin. I was put on antibiotics, Benzaclin and Tazorac. I didn't get any side effects from the pills, but the Taz made my face so red and so dry.
Eventually the regimen did work, and my face was okay for awhile. But then my destructive cycle came back around. I got a bad breakout, and in my frantic need to clear it up I started trying this and that and overloading my skin. Back to the derm. I was put on more antibiotics and another cream. By this time I was 16ish.
After my face cleared for a second time and stayed clear for awhile I was 17ish and had started a new regimen. I found out my face did NOT like Salycilic Acid of any kind, and definitely didn't like BP. I had started using Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, using some store bought toner and a store bought Aloe Vera for moisturizer. My skin wasn't perfect, but it wasn't horrible. I didn't have to wear as much makeup anymore.
For the 3rd and last time it happened again. I got a breakout, strayed from my regimen, overload. This time I refused to go back to the Derm. Not only did it take months for what they prescribe to work, it was so very expensive. I went on a warpath of trying this and that and more of this. I'd make routine trips to Wal Mart to try this supplement and that oil. My face was like a battlezone. Scars, bumps, redness. I'd dread every morning having to put on makeup and face school. Sometimes I'd even cry because of how upset I was.
PRODUCTS I'VE TRIED:
Almost EVERY St. Ives Product
ALL sorts of BP ( Yes, including Dan's )
Face Chemical Peel @ Derm ( NEVER again, ouch! )
Neutrogena On the Spot
Clean & Clear Foaming Cleanser
Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer
Clean & Clear Sensitive Skin Astringent
Every face mask ever
Alpha Hydrox ( the brand )
The Body Shop products
Tea Tree Oil
Naturally Made Soap from Health Food stores
Dial Body Wash
Enough supplements to open my own store
( You get the point )
After loads of trial and error ( and I mean loads ) I fell into the right path. I told myself that this was MY fault for straying from what worked in the first place. My poor skin was just reacting to my bad treatment of it. I kept on with Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. My grandmother bought me a Clarisonic ( which I use to this day, it's a life saver ). I started using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner, and I had continued using my Wal Mart brand Aloe Vera as a moisturizer. It took a while, but my face thanked me for the soft and gentle regimen. My face has been clear since then ( roughly 2 years ago ). And now I only deal with the occasional whitehead or the one super small cyst when I get super stressed or the like ( and even then it isn't even noticeable ).
MORNING & NIGHT:
with Cetaphil Daily ( "Oily" if you're in Canada ) Facial Cleanser w/ a Clarisonic Brush ( Use the Sensitive Skin brush )
with a mixture of 1/2 water and 1/2 Spectrum ( NOT Bragg's ) Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar ( use a more diluted solution to begin with and work up to half and half )
with either just plain Wal Mart bought Aloe Vera in a pump bottle ( for sun burns ), or a Cetaphil Moisture cream for dry winters.
And that's it. I eat healthy, but not overly healthy. I only take a Multivitamin and a Vitamin D ( when I remember ). I don't have an exercise routine I do religiously. I wear a dab of concealer here and there if I need it, and some mascara. C: ( sometimes I even fall asleep with the concealer on accidentally ). And most importantly I'm really happy with myself.
I feel that my biggest downfall was stressing every time I broke out horribly. Instead of waiting for it to go down with my current regimen I piled everything I could on my face. That and all the pretty packaging kind of drew me in >.< Maybe I should spice up my Cetaphil bottle.
Good luck if any wish to try the Regimen. And if you do, tell me how it works for you! If you have questions feel free to ask.
Edited by ForQuestions, 24 July 2012 - 11:20 AM.