I've just come across your log! Even though I'm keeping a log myself, I'm sort of slack in checking other people's logs (which I should actually check more because they are helpful to read)!
I'm coming to the end of my third week on the regimen and the dryness is driving me insane! Like you said a couple of posts ago, it's nearly as bad as acne... I think I'll have to cut down a little on the BP / experiment with amounts at some point because the dryness and flakes are crazy!!
Sorry to hear you've had a tough year (same here actually) -hopefully the anti-depressants work well for you.
It sounds like you've had some good success on the regimen though, which is great! I think it was a good idea to give the regimen a good shot before going for accutane. Whether you decide to continue the regimen or start with accutane, - good luck with it all - hopefully you find what works for you!
Also - Have fun on your travels!
(Jealous I'd love to be off traveling the world!)
Nice to know someone is reading! Yes, although my skin still isn't perfect, and it's a daily struggle, my skin is MUCH better off. I think we tend to forget what our skin used to be like, as our standards get higher the clearer we get. At the moment I have two small pimples and I'm still not happy, whereas a 6 months ago I'd kill for just 2!!!
The dryness sucks, you need to cut down and give your skin a day off when it gets real bad and just apply the BP to the actives, otherwise it will peel like a motherf****r, and you'll feel worse! Or just apply it once a day every now and then. Your skin needs a rest! I looked like a snake shedding his skin at one point...
Yes, looking forward to travelling assuming my skin is fine :/ Really hope my derm gives me Accutane next month, though my skin looks quite good so worried as I know when I go travel and can't apply the regimen strictly I'll break out. Will have to beg. Thank you! You can do it too! Good luck!
Another week has passed!
I had two small pimples today; one on my forehead and one under my nose. The reason being (I think) is because I had a shower and cleansed my face, then fell asleep without BP and moisturiser, which usually dries out my skin a bit and therefore I get a break out.
I'm going to drink coffee and stuff a few days before I see the derm to make it as bad as possible so they give me the god damn Accutane, because if I walked in there with 2 pimples they'd laugh at me! It's annoying because although the regimen keeps away 80% of it, I know when I go to Asia I'm going to break out bad as I won't have the time to be applying BP and stuff.. I'll just beg. If not, maybe they have another solution but I'd rather Accutane and possibly never have acne again..!!!
I'm applying a large amount at night, and a fairly large amount in the morning. I have very slight flaking, but nothing like before as I give my skin a rest if needs be, at the cost of maybe a pimple or two. It's probably the best balance I've had since I started, but it isn't totally clear and it seems like everyday I'm on the verge of breaking out, the BP just holds it all back until I miss a day then BAM!
Anyway, will update in a week or so, depending on when I remember. I go to Prague in a month to see my friend I saw in Mexico for a trip for 5 days or so, so very excited for that and hopefully my skin is ok by then. And then a few days after the trip, I see my Derm, so I think I'm just gonna drink coffee 2 days before and watch my face break out haha! Weird how I actually want acne for once in my life, and it's too clear :/
Have a good week everyone! Chin up, life is what you make of it