Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:36 AM
Background info: I am fourteen years old and have been battling acne for what seems like forever (but really at the MOST probably 2 years). I pick my acne to the point that they've become hyperpigmentation scars. I avg about 7 hours of sleep a day. I usually eat somewhat healthily, but I tend to overeat junk food for periods of time on holiday breaks and weekends.. like now. It's in my stupid genes to get stupid acne. It's probably the most frustrating thing I've had to deal with. I wouldn't say my acne is too bad, but it's definitely not a pretty sight. I usually have at least 3-5 pimples on my face at one time. Most of the time, the pimples are disgusting and big. My biggest problem would probably be my scars! I pick sooooo much.
All I want is clear skin! Is that too much to ask for?! So on to the journal part. Today I asked my dad to buy me the Purpose Gentle Wash because I decided to go gentle on my skin recently. Unfortunately, he came back with Oxy Maximum Strength Face Wash & Spot Treatment, but I checked the reviews and they seem pretty good! I washed my face with the wash, applied Cetaphil moisturizer, and then finihed with the spot treatment. I know one of my biggest problems is being consistent with the products I use, so I'm going to try to actually stick to this one! Also! Tomorrow--well today since it's already 2 am-- I'm going to an amusement park with some of my family, and I have to wake up at 5! Hopefully this lack of sleep won't ruin my face too much.. I really need to get back to a good sleep schedule! Well, I hope all turns out well. I really just want beautiful skin. Good night.
Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:29 AM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:42 AM
Hahaha I just realized how dramatic and stupid I sound, but whatever! Also!!! I think my face looked good yesterday after 2 hours of sleep bc of the Cetaphil moisturizer because this morning when using Clean & Clear dual action my face did not look as nice as it did before.
Posted 01 January 2013 - 05:56 PM
Keep up with the with the Oxy and Cetaphil, both products seem to have pretty good reviews. I've used both, and I'm rather fond of the Oxy Cleansing Pads for stubborn pimples, even though it was very harsh for my skin.
I know it's hard to not pick (I do it all the time and trust me, the scars are not worth it!) but try and consciously think about your face all day. Not to the point where it becomes obsessive, but to where you realize if you're touching your face, someone else is touching your face, etc. If you do pop a pimple, disinfect it right away and then leave it alone. No use causing damage to a problem already.
A good way to stop picking is to occupy your hands. I tend to begin writing when I want to pick. It seems to calm down the anxiety I feel and it's a great way to release any anger I feel towards my skin or anything else, too!
I might add that drinking water is fantastic for, well, everything. I, myself, drink 12 cups of water daily, but that's just me going overboard. Try and drink at least 8 cups a day, if you can. It'll help flush out toxins and may just keep your skin clear.
I also drink a large amount of tea a day. Green tea is especially good for the skin because of the antioxidants it has. Ginger tea - which I picked up the other day and love - is also great! If you have a tea strainer, maybe go to a nearby tea shop and pick up some rooibos tea. Any flavor works perfectly, and I've heard it has more antioxidants than green tea!
All in all, just keep your head held high. Sure, you may have acne, but couldn't it be worse? If you just be kind and gentle to your skin, it'll pay you back. Your hormones are probably just changing, which is quite normal for your age. I'm 16, and I still have moderate acne even though I try my best to do everything possible for my skin. Hang in there, you're clearly not alone!
Remember to try and wash twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night, it helps clean oils off your face that can gather in the day and when you sleep. Also, even though you may think your skin is crazy oily, always apply moisturizer, which it sounds like you're doing, so good for you!
Good luck on your clean skin journey!
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