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#1 sorbet

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Posted 17 July 2013 - 03:43 AM

Hello acne log! I hope this is the beginning of a happier time in my life. For me, acne = anxiety, depression and very low self-confidence, so I've decided to start this log to keep me on the right track to getting my skin clear. 
 
Quick background about my skin; I'm currently 21 and when I was a teenager my skin wasn't too bad until I was around 16-17, when I went on antibiotics, which did nothing for my skin. Even then I guess my acne was only mild. 
 
At 17 I went on the pill and my skin was 100% clear, but I went a little crazy so I came off them. So from around 18 onwards I've been battling with my skin. I went on Estelle-35 which is a generic version of Diane-35 (I think) and my skin was awful, the worst it'd ever been. I broke out all over my chin, forehead and cheeks, whereas I'd usually only get pimples on my chin. I'd say while I was on Estelle-35 I had moderate acne. I finally came off it because after six months because I wasn't seeing any improvement.
 
I switched straight away from Estelle-35 to Yaz, which I had success with as a teenager. I've been on Yaz for six months, and for the first few months my skin really improved. However, in my fifth month I started to break out, and it hasn't stopped since. 
 
I also changed makeup and my skincare routine at this time so I think that contributed to my skin getting worse too, and I've now switched to more natural products. 
 
In the past I have generally eaten well, though I do have a weakness for sweet things, especially chocolate and cake! Since I started breaking out I have been pretty strict with myself and I would say I now eat healthily 90% of the time. I also drink around 3 litres of water per day and run a couple of times per week.
 
I'm hoping that in continuing with Yaz and my healthier lifestyle that my skin will finally clear up!

 

Rules;

1. NO PICKING/SQUEEZING!! I think this is one of my biggest problems, as I seem to only get spots recurring in the areas I pick at. I really don't like going out with a load of whiteheads on my face, especially when I'm supposed to be seeing my boyfriend, but I know my skin breaks out 5x worse and gets so inflamed and leaves dark PIH when I do. This is going to be the hardest thing for me, but I know I need to stick to it.

2. Stop obsessing over the condition of my skin - the world isn't going to end if I go out with a couple of spots on my face!!!

3. Only eat sweet things 2-3 times per week (I'm excluding the dark chocolate squares I eat a couple of times a week from this haha).

4. Only eat dairy 2-4 times per week.

5. Exercise for 30 minutes 4-5 times per week 

 

Routine;

morning; Yaz, 500mg spirulina, 1000iu vitamin d
 

morning & night; 
Mirenesse Power Clear D-Blemish Cleansing Gel, Mirenesse Power Clear D-Blemish Hydration Serum
, BP 2.5% as a spot treatment, Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser
night; 500mg spirulina, 25mg zinc

Edited by sorbet, 18 July 2013 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 17 July 2013 - 05:31 AM

You should take a folic acid supplement when you are taking a birth control pill, it depletes the vitamin in the body. My gyno said to take around 1000 mcg while on a birth control pill .



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 07:28 PM

You should take a folic acid supplement when you are taking a birth control pill, it depletes the vitamin in the body. My gyno said to take around 1000 mcg while on a birth control pill .

Ooo, I'll look into folic acid, thankyou melmel87!

 

Day 178
So, because I've been on Yaz for a while, I've decided to start with the days I've been on it so far, rather than starting at day one. 
 
Current condition of my skin;
Having a few major breakouts because I picked at some very deep and painful whiteheads. No cysts (which I hardly ever get anyway), but lots of whiteheads. As usual, PIH and redness on my chin, though not as red as usual because I haven't been picking/squeezing.
 
Forehead; 2 active
Cheeks; 1 active
Chin; (as usual, the worst!), 11 active including 1 cluster of 4 & 1 cluster of 3 (the result of picking ugh), 1 healing, 2 forming
 
Days without picking; 5
 
I'm also happy that I've gone this long on the pill and not had any negative side effects like I had before. The only thing I can think of is that I've lost around 6kg (13 lbs) which is definitely not a negative, though I didn't really have any  weight to lose in the first place.
 
I'm also going through a really stressful time at the moment due to possibly having two serious medical conditions, which I'm having a load of tests for at the moment. Ugh. I'm trying my best to keep calm/not to cry and get myself worked up because I know stress is a major thing in causing my acne. I've taken a few weeks off work and am thinking of changing my uni to part-time rather than full-time because I'm just so tired and I want to sleep all the time. Exercise is also a problem at the moment because I'm so tired, so I'm hoping to walk for around 30 minutes 3-4 times a week rather than run.
 

 

Sorry for the photo guys, yeeuck. I'm only going to be posting photos on my chin because that's pretty much my only problem area.


Edited by sorbet, 18 July 2013 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 06:27 PM

Day 179

Current condition of my skin;
Breakouts from picking are calming down and starting to go away - finally. They came back in the same place; they'd scab up, the scab would fall off, and there would be new whiteheads underneath. This happened four times. If this wasn't a lesson in not squeezing then I don't know what is. A clogged pore has decided to become an inflamed pimple, I hate this kind, they bloody hurt. I usually pop them 'cos they get really painful, but they always come back worse, so this time I'm leaving it.
 
Forehead; 2 healing
Cheeks; 1 active
Chin; 8 active, 3 healing
 
Days without picking; 6
 
 
I'm already stressing out about seeing my boyfriend at the weekend because I know I will have a couple of whiteheads on my chin now that I've implemented my no picking rule. I hate him seeing me with spots on my face. BUT I KNOW IF I DON'T PICK IT'LL HELP ME IN THE LONG RUN. I'm trying to think positive, so I'm thinking that I'll do my makeup and hair really nice so all the focus won't be on my chin. I can do this.


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Posted 20 July 2013 - 08:22 PM

Day 181

Current condition of my skin;

Breakouts from picking are nearly all gone. It's taken more than a week for them to heal. Skin is less red and inflamed. Mum commented that my skin looked better yesterday, yay!

 

Forehead; clear

Cheeks; clear

Chin; 2 active, 3 healing

 

Days without picking; 0 (god damn) 

 

I panicked yesterday when I felt another clogged pore becoming a pimple and I squeezed it before it was ready, even though I knew full well that it'd just come back. And it's back today. I haven't touched it since yesterday which I'm pretty proud of. I've resigned myself to that fact that I will be seeing my boyfriend with a whitehead on my chin today, which is making me nervous. BUT at the same time I'm not going to worry about it too much. One pimple is not going to make him run for the hills, especially if it's covered with a bit of mineral makeup. I'm going to make my eyes look super pretty with some pink and brown eyeshadow and heaps of mascara, AND I'M GOING TO THINK POSITIVE. Every negative thought is going to be replaced by a positive one. Forgot about that damn whitehead, it'll be gone in a few days!

 

I also picked the one on my cheek, but I don't feel as guilty about that one because it was ready. But I still picked. I did less damage than usual though, which is a good thing.

 

 


Edited by sorbet, 20 July 2013 - 08:30 PM.


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Posted 24 July 2013 - 10:04 PM

Day 185

Current condition of my skin;

Lots of clogged pores seem to be purging at the moment - great… I've had maybe three or four spots form in the past week that were the result of some err… irritation from the weekend, but the rest are clogged pores that have become inflamed whiteheads, which mine always do. Despite the spots, the overall skin tone of my chin is looking in better condition, probably because I've been trying my best not to pick.

 

Forehead; clear

Cheeks; clear

Chin; 7 active, 3 forming, 5 healing

 

Days without picking; 5

 

I've seen my boyfriend twice with a whitehead or two on my chin, along with a few painful bumps, and I have to say I don't think he cared - yay! This is a massive step for me, and I have to say I do feel a lot more relaxed about my skin knowing that there's no pressure for me to be picking/squeezing at my spots before I see him to make myself look better. 



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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:03 PM

Day 186

Current condition of my skin;

Only one clogged pore came to a head today, and it isn't painful or inflamed... yet. Four large painful spots on the left side of my chin, I hope they calm down soon.

 

Forehead; clear

Cheeks; clear

Chin; 6 active, 6 healing

 

Days without picking; 6

 

I've decided to simplify my skin care routine and really cut down on any products that have comedogenic ingredients as I don't remember having so many clogged pores in the past. I checked the ingredients of the acne serum I was using and it had butylene glycol in it, so I've decided to stop using it for a while to see if it makes a difference. I'm currently using (2x per day):

 

- Mirenesse Power Clear Cleanser

- Benzac AC 2.5%

- Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser (I think this moisturiser is really helping with my redness/PIH too, as some marks on my cheeks have lightened quite a lot in the past week)

 

I've found a really effective spot treatment too. I dab on some tea tree oil onto any active spots, let it dry, and then dot on some Pro Activ Refining Mask (pretty much the only Pro Activ product that doesn't burn my face off). I then leave this for 30 mins to 1 hour (I find any longer makes my skin dry, and it becomes hard to get the mask off without ripping the spots off underneath if the mask sets too hard). This works particularly well for non-inflamed pustules, which dry up within 1-2 days when I do this. I find I can do this 4-5 times a week without drying my skin out.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 07:14 PM

Day 189

Current condition of my skin;

Lots of red marks left over from the breakouts, ugh. Every spot I get leaves a red mark that lasts weeks or months, even if I don't touch it. My chin is definitely looking calmer since I've stopped picking though.

 

Forehead; clear

Cheeks; clear

Chin; 3 active, 4 healing

 

Days without picking; 9 (woo!)

 

 

I've decided to cut down massively on my BP usage this week to see if it makes any difference. BP is only for emergencies (i.e. needing to dry out a pimple quickly)!! I can't say that my skin is any better since using it as a spot treatment, though it does dry whiteheads quickly, I've just noticed my skin gets ridiculously dry and red, and I think this could be contributing to my breakouts because these dry patches last for days after I stop using it on that spot (I seem to get clogged pores around these areas which then leads to more whiteheads).

 

I'm incorporating more Botani products back into my daily routine as I think these products are really good for my skin. So my routine, for this week at least:

 

morning;

Mirenesse Power Clear Cleanser

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel (only on active/scabbed pimples)

Botani Rescue Acne Cream (on active/scabbed/healing pimples and on red spots left over)

Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser

 

night;

Botani Purify Facial Cleanser

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Medicated Gel (only on active/scabbed pimples)

Botani Rescue Acne Cream (on active/scabbed/healing pimples and on red spots left over)

Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser

 

I've started taking 2000mg fish oil per day, mainly because we have two massive tubs in the house and I've heard it can be good for acne and joints. I also haven't been able to exercise for about a month because I haven't been very well and I've just been too tired to do much. I'm starting again, trying to do it every second day. I'm starting from the very beginning again too, doing Couch to 10k. I used to hate exercising, but now when I don't do it I really miss it. Hopefully this will have a difference on my skin too.



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Posted 02 August 2013 - 06:23 PM

Day 194

Forehead; clear

Cheeks; clear

Chin; 3 active, 6 healing, 1 forming

 

Days without picking; 1

 

Sigh. Had a bad couple of skin days. I was clear for 2-3 days, which was amazing, but I broke out with about 6 new whiteheads within a day. I was upset and annoyed because my boyfriend had invited me to sleep at his for the first time and I didn't want to have all those yucky whiteheads on my face, so I picked them all. To be honest, it did make me feel better (I usually feel bad afterwards) because I'd rather him see me with a few red marks and scabs on my face than whiteheads. And he saw me without makeup and didn't say anything or act differently, which is a good thing.

 

Along with it being that time of the month, I ate a massive amount of sweet stuff in the days leading up to my breakout, so I'm cutting all sugary foods out to see if it makes a difference. If I want something sweet, I think a square of two or dark chocolate may be the way to go!






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