Day 38 | 6th week
Amount of breakouts reducing. Dramatically reduced amount of clogged pores all over my face day by day: if go to a window and face side-on so that the lighting is only hitting one side of my face, my forehead is looking pretty much smooth now. Cheeks still need a bit of work but even my left side of my face is starting to smoother too. Really very happy. Still not joking when I say you can see the bumps 'purge' themselves. Now got hyperpigmentation to sort out but that's coverable so it's ok. Let's hope it only gets better from now on!
Yeah I went through a phase of eating (relatively) healthy: no crisps, no chocolate, no soft drinks and no ice-cream. It's all still in the house though and I snack whenever I'm feeling the slightest bit hungry, especially when revising. So it's a bad habit I need to re-break haha
And thank you very much x
Hey, well if the whole no-washing thing works for you, why don't you stick with it? No need for a whole regime if it doesn't help. Besides, I think it's way better for your skin if you leave it (can't say the same for myself though!)
Differin probably will be able to help with those if they are very small indentations, not sure about large ones however. It's made people more oily too
Wheey! Finally got your Differin! I've been using it for just under a full 6 weeks and it's the best thing I have ever done. I don't know, I've always just put it everywhere but I guess it would work if you just put it on the affected areas. However, you might have some microcomedones that you didn't even know were under the skin surface so I would put it all over just to purge those too. It's certainly happened with me before.
I am very happy with results. Definitely smoother skin, dramatically reduced clogged pores and now that I've been using it for about 6 weeks, I can say that the amount of spots I've had in this whole period was more than I've ever had before? They were small though. But I think I'm finishing up my second breakout period so it's all good. As for hyperpigmentation, I think I'd have to use it for longer to see more of a noticeable difference but it has made my skin tone look a little more even. I think I'll use a specialised treatment for those though, just to speed it up
I don't think you need a whole regime if you're uncomfortable with it. If the Differin makes you a bit dry and flaky, just don't use it that night. But I think you still need to wash your face in the morning just to get the residue off. All those treatments that the derm prescribed you are optional, especially if your face is responding well to not using any products at all tbh
Hey thanks for this reply, really helpful. sounds like its working swimmingly for you! i'm very happy, its good to know its working for you so it can work for me.
ok so an update to my skin from now 21/02/2014 for reference; The whole 'not doing anything' was just masking up problems, it did however even the skin tone out a bit BUT it just made it clog up and i was getting white heads and congestion which cant be good really can it. Furthermore i had a white head on my forehead near the hairline and then a big white head sort of on my right cheek about 5 cm from the mouth.
this brings me onto right now... I washed, exfoliated my forehead and then shaved, and then put a pea sized amount of DIFFERIN 0.1% GEL on my face, not neck as i never have issues there what so ever.
i agree about putting it everywhere, but cheeks and forehead is where i will be applying it. Unless you strongly recommend neck?
you say 'All those treatments that the derm prescribed you are optional, especially if your face is responding well to not using any products at all tbh'
So is it ok to wash it off with just water in the AM?
Is it wise to follow a strict regime i.e the one my derm prescribed? i.e wash > moisturise > sunscreen AM and then in the PM wash moisturise and differin?
tonight i got very down about my skin, its so blotchy and sh*te bumpy etc from these clogged pores and spots etc will it ever look nice?
yeah they are really small indentations, the doc said it would help... who knows... :/
So back on to what just happened now, i have applied differin gel all over my face minus the neck and let it sit, it didnt sting or anything.... i've done nothing else after this... the doctor said to wash it off first week of using it so your skin builds up tolerance to it...
my skin is naturally dry and i wonder if GEL is going to be ok? shall i wash it off for first week of use and use every other night?