Today is Friday and it's the first time this week I've managed to apply the full regimen in the AM... haha I'm really going to have to work on that... I'm going to have to get up at 5.30am to do the full regimen though... Ugh - I am not a morning person
I'm considering doing the full regimen (AM and PM) only a couple days a week though, and just doing it in the PM on the other days, because I've been surprised by how well my skin has coped. I still have acne but I haven't had any new crazy breakouts (just a few small whiteheads that I can cope with) and the dryness and flakiness has nearly completely gone. Having the flakes pretty much gone is making everything much easier for me to deal with, and the fact that my cheeks are fairly clear also really helps. I find that when my cheeks are clear I can cope with the rest of my acne much better because I know that when I'm directly facing someone or talking to them face to face, the skin around where they're looking (eyes) is relatively clear.
I do still have breakouts that are healing on my chin and jaw and one of the whiteheads that appeared is on the bridge of my nose - so that's annoying and I'm sure people notice that - but it's fairly small. And my skin doesn't really look clear because I have all those pigmentation marks but I'm happy that there is less acne and less bumps on my skin.
I haven't really experienced any burning for a while now. I guess it's because my skin has adjusted but it could also be because I changed how I apply moisturiser. I take a few drops of jojoba oil on my fingers, rub them together and then pat that all over my face gently (I let it sit for a few minutes then apply cetaphil and a few drops of jojoba like normal). I started doing this because it gets rid of the white / chalky finish that the Benzac BP has sometimes when it dries, and also because I feel like it helps when I apply cetaphil because it feels like I'm not moving the BP around so much under the moisturiser. Maybe it's helped with the burning too - created a barrier of some sort? I don't know but I'll keep applying moisturiser like this anyway.
Even though it's been a bad week in terms of me following the regimen, it's been a good week for me in how I'm coping with my acne. I think being back at uni occupies a lot of my time and mind and so I don't have the time to focus on my skin and acne like I normally would. I'm still on this site a lot but not as much as I was when I had a heap of free time on uni break and that also means I'm not researching and googling different skin or acne related things. So that all helps too - the less I focus on acne and my skin, the better I feel and the better I can cope with it all.