I have come a long way over the past several months. It used to take me a couple hours to fall asleep, no matter what time I went to bed. I'd wake up up to a dozen times throughout the night, sometimes for a minute, sometimes for an hour. I'd wake up about 6 or 7 hours after going to bed, wide awake, but then be tired all day. Here's how I fixed it:
-Try to base your sleep schedule around the rising and setting of the sun as much as possible. I wake up at before 8 am and go to bed between 10 and 11 pm. Close enough for me.
-Put a dark curtain over any windows in your room. This made a huge difference. Also unplug or cover up any small lights from electronics. I just switch off the power bar that controls most of the things with little lights on 'em.
-Wear earplugs if you're a light sleeper or noise bothers you.
-Start winding down a couple hours before you want to go to bed. Turn off computer and tv screens, turn the lights off or down, just try to relax. Read a book.
-Don't eat anything after dinner if you can help it. Certainly not any sooner than 3 hours before bed.
I now fall asleep within 10-15 minutes of laying down and only wake up once or twice during the night and it's very brief, I barely remember in the morning. I get 8-10 hours of sleep and have energy most of the day.
I used low pressure for a couple years out of a similar fear. A couple months ago I started using high pressure and my skin is no longer oily and new pimples are rare. Just dealing with old marks now. This might have been caused by something else, not the high pressure, but I'm pretty sure the shower pressure was at least a large factor.
I stopped taking Vitamin C because I read about how almost all ascorbic acid comes from the same source in the States, and is derived from genetically modified corn. Also that ascorbic acid is only one component of Vitamin C and taking just it throws off the balance and confuses the body.
I've also been using high pressure, warm to hot water directly on my face in the shower for a minute or more every day.
My skin is looking better and better every day. Still needs improvement though.
My aloe spray came in the mail today. Sprayed it all over my face and within seconds my face was red (to the point it was almost purple), tight and stinging. It went down after a couple hours. I took a prednisone pill (which I was just prescribed for poison ivy) shortly after the redness happened, so it may have been what saved me. Do you think I'm allergic to the stuff or could this be normal? I've never applied aloe before but I've used hand soaps and sanitizers with aloe in it with no reaction. Part of me thinks it was just attacking the bacteria in my face. It dried it right out and a lot of zits flaked off.
Feeling good. Lots of my spots cleared up in time for this outdoor concert today. I owe it all to running high pressure shower water over my face. I always thought that would just irritate my skin but it's only helped it.
I bought some organic, vegetarian, blablabla, all that good stuff Fenugreek tea bags (48 to start) and Aloe Vera spray (two 8 oz bottles) to start, from Swanson Vitamins online. Pretty cheap! I should be started next week, I'll keep this thread updated with my results.
But so is intermittent fasting; not eating for several hours after waking up and stopping a while before bed. Which I do, and since then my skin's gotten better and my bloated, potbelly-looking stomach as gone down drastically.
Every once in a while, usually in the shower, sometimes not, I'll just feel my face for once. Instead of being terrified of touching it, I'll feel around it with my hands, gently but not too gently, remembering what it's like to not care about touching it. Connect to it, you know? Feels like hugging someone I haven't seen in a long time. I don't use face wash so my hands never normally touch my face except to itch it for a brief second (which comes with a LOT of trepidation and anxiety). But when I do this, I just feel so relaxed. Tonight as I did it I found myself repeating, "my face is not a foreign object, my face is not a foreign object", over and over again in my head. It's damn-well therapeutic.
Hey dude, I looked at your profile and your skin looks practically perfect. Totally regular, above-average skin for a guy your age. Trust me. Do not wear makeup. Stop looking in the mirror and enjoy life. You may have had bad acne in the past but it's gone. It's over with. Be happy.
Good luck! I only use water normally, and I try to do a week or so of no water or washing whatsoever every once in a while. It's hard to find so much time alone with nowhere I need to be. Doing it right now actually, and my skin looks amazing. One (barely) active pimple, no oiliness, forehead congestion is fading.