Alyssa, you look great!!! I'm excited for you to try the AHA, looking forward to hearing your results. I bought an AHA for my boys to use (Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free AHA-gets good reviews on here) but so far they haven't tried it. Maybe next week, since they'll be off from school for xmas break and they won't go nuts if their skin looks red and crappy for a few days. Since it's a lightweight gel they may mix it w their moisturizer. That's probably a good way to ease into it. Right now my boys are looking good, but they always seem to have that one pimple somewhere on their face that crops up-wish they could get to the point of no pimples at all! Hopefully soon!!!
Thanks girl, that means a lot to me I'm very nervous about the AHA! I think I might use it on a day I don't have work...so It looks like it will be sometime next week!!! I just am scared my skin might get irritated and I don't want to work 8 hour shifts this week with an inflamed face...so i'll wait till my shorter shifts later in the week
That's a great idea for your sons, do it while no one can see if their skin gets aggrivated. I think I'd do the moisturizer too, maybe. I know what you mean, as soon as I'm almost clear, one pops up. I'm like WHAAAAT heheh.
WEEK 4 DAY 6&7:
Today was good. Stressed out because of my math final tomorrow /: so I think that's a big reason as to why I have a breakout cyst on my chin. UGH. Oh well, I know it is from stress and me studying by putting my hand on my chin *slap that habit please* but since that is like the only really active pimple, I'm okay with that...for now.
and here are the pictures.
They are not amazing differences, but I'm going to add the AHA in tomorrow night. Hoping next weeks pictures show better progress!
Most of the marks you see are red marks. /: and the right side is the after.
Looking good Alyssa! I always get new pimples when I'm stressed out. I have tons of examples lol...
I continuously got pimples throughout grads school cuz I was working two jobs while being a fulltime student and working one overnight shift every week but my acne that time was just moderate and I used BP now and then which helped.
Then I started breaking out madly when I started my job after grads school, I think that was due to combination of new environment and stress. I went to a derm and was told I was having severe acne. antibiotics and retin-a calmed that down with about half a year treatment. But the acne came back after I stopped taking antibiotics...it wasn't as bad as before taking antibiotics but it was still very problematic. I used many OTC stuff but nothing really helped. I got more stressed out and more new pimples came out.
Then I got a new job in great new york area and I moved up here. Between my old job and my new job, I took two months vacation to travel around and visit friends and family. My face was 90% clear at the time I finished my vacation. I wasn't taking any pills or using BP but I used facial masks. My face was clear for about three months after I started my new job. Somehow something triggered and new pimples started coming out and won't stop. More and more...first my cheek, then around my mouth, then forehead (after using BP)..thinking back, there could be many reasons that triggered it...weather was changing that time - getting colder and dryer and I wasn't applying any moisturizer..I traveled a lot during that time..I ate a lot of sweet stuff those days..I was starting my own business and was working very late every night (till 4am and woke up before 8am) after my fulltime job, that was stressful..and when I got new pimples, I couldn't stop picking them...All of those added up together resulted in a mad breakout. I can only blame myself. But lessons learned, I'm trying to have a healthier life style. Even if it didn't help with my acne, it helps with my body in the long run.
Right now, there are still many active pimples on my forehead and some on my cheek and around my mouth area. I got four pimples on my left cheek the other day but they became ripe so fast (like within two days) and I was able to pop them, now they are gone, left with red marks of course. I'm happy that the new pimples are going away much faster.
I guess I wrote too much already lol...I'm glad that I can come back here everyday to see how everyone is doing and motivate myself. Tomorrow is the last work day of the year for me yay! I hope everyone is having an amazing holiday season!
Oh wow that is a lot to take in . I'm sorry that your face just broke out like that. I can't imagine being clear for three months and then having it come back...that would be so heart wrenching. You are strong... sometimes when we move to a new place our bodies have to adjust and sometimes there are things out of our control that mess with our faces (smog, wind etc) but the fact that you keep pushing no matter what is thrown at you is very inspirational!
I know what you mean though, when I get a pimple now, it gets ripe as you say, within the next day and then heals as soon as I lather the BP over it. I'm quite amazed of how fast the BP mask (i think of it as a mask since we are lathering it all over face) dries up and heals the acne so quickly.
Are you suffering with dry skin right now?? Just curious because I still have it and want it to go away already!!!
and yes happy holiday!!!!!
Your latest progress pictures look great. I'm almost on week four of the regimen. How are you finding red marks and dryness? The redness of my skin is killing me! Are you up to full fingers length of BP?
Why hello there
Yes, I am at a full finger length of BP. My skin is still VERY dry, I can't put foundation on, so I just put concealer (which i didn't think i could pull off but since my face is clearer i am finally free of foundation!!!!!! (liquid makeup)
The red marks are the same, they don't really seem to be going away, maybe they get a TAD lighter, but if I break out on that spot again, the redness comes back. The AHA is supposed to be used for the red marks, not the BP so I don't expect results on them until I incorporate the AHA...Which will be sometime this week. Eventually lol.
We are on the same week, around it anyways. Is your skin looking better? I hope so!