Day # 35 (week 5)
So i am the end of my 5th week on the regimen and my skin has taken 3 steps back. I am flaking bad to the point that i have to moisturize several times a day and my skin is really tight. I was thinking that maybe i should order AHA to help with this but i don't think i can deal with the additional breakouts at this point.
Acne is increasing and pimples i am getting are bigger than they were during most of my accutane course. Most of this is happening on my chin/mouth are too which sucks. Pimples are inflamed, red and don't usually have a whitehead. I am also getting them in a cluster formation. It started on the right side of my face and now that that has been clearing up, it is now starting up on the left side. I now have around 4 active pimples on my left mouth area and quite a few under the skin pimples on the lower left side of my face.
I know it's only been 5 weeks but it's discouraging when many users report that 6 weeks is when they notice more consistent improvement. I hate how i look and feel right now. Hoping next week will be better.
Hey Sasch Im really sorry your dealing with the new breakouts and flakiness and stuff, it truly is a nightmare sometimes...well what we perceive as one! I remember when I used BP years ago from the doctor, I wasn't on a regime as such just used that at night after washing with an anti-bacterial fragrant free soap, and I do remember having alot of dryness, but after a while my skin basically just accomodated to it. I tell you that stuff did work like a charm when used properly and kept me clear for a while.
I personally don't think an AHA would be a good idea right now, since you are still breaking out from the regimen, perhaps after a couple more months maybe? Or when the breakouts are much less harsh? Im not that good wot well informed about that stuff though. Currently I am taking a BHA and I use it right now ever third evening before I put of my Azelaic Acid cream. I have read BHA'a are good for like congested and bumby skin and helps unclog INSIDE the actual pore and allows BETTER penetration of like acne treatments - so I would advise that first if you were thinking about the BHA/AHA routes, but maybe not right now.
Im so proud though that you are keeping your "eye on the prize" so to speak and being patient with it. I have that, patience...but it can quickly diminish like a bolt of lightening when I become discouraged. I think the trick is to not let breakouts be discouraging, but more an action that is necessary through the healing process of acne. I think our skin is genuienly meant to get a bit worse before it gets better. I know that saying "worse before it gets better" get so so sooo friggin' old everytime I hear it, but its partly true. Its like a sprain or deep bruise, it gets worse (sorer) before it heals and the itch like crazy when Ive had a sprain before its healed.
Your healing. And you will be healed. Its just going to take some time sweet cheeks but be brave and be bold and don't let it bring you down.
You know, I travelled all the way to Aberdeen yesterday for an interview thing, and right now my skin is bad. Really quite bad. But I just let those thoughts go and never looked in any mirrors apart from in the morning when washing my face. I laughed a hell of alot, talked to people (even asked random people for directions), and even flirted with a cute guy who reciprocated the flirting
Basically I appeared confident and it seems confidence is better than being worried about our skin all the time. Being comfortable with you and how you carry yourself is much much more corageous that feeling deflated and shy and "hiding" our appearance from the world.
(total went on a rant there) keep us posted with your progress Sasch, just give it time