HI everyone! I'd like to post about how my acne battle is going.
I've not used the thyme tincture for about 2 weeks now besides as a spot treatment. I was getting a severely dry face to the point where I was itching intensely at night and actually making my existing spots worse. I think it was a combination of visiting a dry climate (Western U.S.) and the alcohol in the tincture.
I think what I really liked about the tincture was that it calmed my red marks a lot and sped up my healing time. But I've since found a much better way to combat my red marks. I've been using the Olay Pro-X spinning brush 2x a day and using Paula's Choice 5% AHA every night and it's really improving the look of my red marks. I've also cut down on the amount that I pick my face (I believe I have a form of dermatillomania where I can't "just stop" picking my face....). My red marks are the worst part of my acne because they make me look like I have a ton more active spots than I actually do. I'm using Cetaphil's antibacterial bar soap with the spinning brush and Cetaphil's Restoraderm moisturizer for eczema. I bought the moisturizer because of how itchy my face was, but now that my face isn't itchy I still like it as a daily/nightly moisturizer.
I do want to say that I got an under-the-skin pimple (more of a nodule than a cyst) beside my nose about 2 1/2 weeks ago and instead of popping it--which is what I wanted to do-- I soaked it with my tincture and then put some AHA on it for two nights in a row. It was gone-- no red mark--- in two days. Kinda awesome. I'm thinking about getting some 100% witch hazel and using it as a calming toner.
I'm sorry that I wasn't able to use the tincture as long as I intended. This post was long, but I figured I might as well let you guys know what's been working for me. The biggest thing is NOT picking my face. For any ladies reading, I think that Beyaz has helped me in terms of cystic, jawline and chin acne. I haven't had a real cyst in two months (OMG--that's amazing for me...) and I'm on my third pack of the birth control. I'm going to basic training in February and I'd like my skin to not be a disaster area so that I can feel okay without makeup on during those 2 months. It looks as though I may actually reach that goal. I will post pictures when I get there! Let me know if you have any questions!
It's great that the Beyaz is working for you!
For a non-alcohol witch hazel toner I'd like to recommend Thayer's brand. I think it is really great, and they contain aloe vera which is good. The rose one smells fantastic. I think they do a lavender one too which would be nice for nighttime.
I'm pretty sure I already asked you this before in another thread, but I forget what you said and I wanted to be completely sure. Which version of the Paula's Choice AHA are you using? Is it the Resist line one? Is it gel or liquid? I'm thinking I may get it when I get my next pay cheque.
yes, I'm using the 5% Daily AHA from the Resist line every night before bedtime. Two pumps for my whole face. It's kind of a lotion-y feel, rather than a gel OR a liquid. It comes out as sort of a gold/light orange color and feels like a moisturizer going on. Thanks for the recommendation on the witch hazel! I think I'll look into it!