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The Clearest I've Ever Been

12 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

Hi everyone! I'm not sure if this is the right forum to be posting this but I wanted to share my regimen in case it's helpful for anyone else. I am gorgeously clear, and very thrilled.


Regimen: Water, Benzoyl peroxide gel, and Zinc oxide sunblock. And that is ALL.


1) Wash face with mineral water only twice a day (Evian Brumisateur mineral water spray).


I recently discovered that I have a sensitivity to nickel, and it got me wondering if I might be sensitive to other metals (or even other substances in tap water.) So I stopped washing my face in the shower and at the sink, and instead began using just the Evian mineral water spray and toweling it off gently. No soap, cleanser, or cream. Guys, it's like night and day. My chin and cheeks aren't constantly red anymore! I am absolutely stunned. Tap water never touches my face now.


2) Apply a thin layer of 10% Benzoyl Peroxide twice a day after washing (Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10: ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%) INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Laureth-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Water.)


Yes, I know that 2.5% is "just as effective"...but even if this is true for 99 people out of 100, I am that 100th person. Let me put it this way: I can slather 10% BP all over my face, even in a thick layer, twice a day, and all I have to show for it is some very mild dryness. My skin apparently loves BP and just inhales it. This stuff is also water soluble, so when I "wash" my face with the spray in the morning, it's completely clean.


3) In the morning only, apply zinc oxide sunblock after BP. (Devita Solar Protective Moisturizer: ACTIVE INGREDIENT: Zinc oxide 19%. INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Aloe barbadensis (certified organic aloe vera gel), Purified Water (aqua), Capric/caprylic triglycerides (derived from coconut oil), Glycerin (vegetable), Hyaluronic acid (vegan source), Glyceryl stearate SE (derived from vegetable oil), Stearic acid, Lecithin phospholipid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Allantoin, Vitis vinifera (grape) seed extract.).


I am surprised that this sunblock isn't more popular. It's the only sunblock I have ever found that goes on smoothly and doesn't seem to irritate my skin. The only caveat is that because it's zinc oxide based you have to apply it generously for it to "work." But it doubles as my moisturizer and I just love it. It also applies best when I rub it between my hands a little and warm it up first.


Also, it's water soluble, so when I "wash" my face in the evening with the mineral water, my face is once again left clean.


Other things:


Diet: Wheat-free, dairy-free, low carb. To translate, I mostly eat meats and vegetables. I also drink lots of water. I started modifying my diet years ago with mixed results. It certainly seemed to "help," in that my acne became less severe and breakouts were less frequent, but I was far from clear.


Behavior: I thought it would be nearly impossible, but I stopped picking at my skin. (21 days and counting.) This has been huge, guys. Absolutely horribly difficult (I have an acne.org blog about how I've been doing, including making lists of reasons not to pick and ultimately bribing myself with Chanel nail polish) but it's totally worth it.


Makeup: I don't use foundation anymore, ever. I have some red marks from breakouts of yore, and I "pinpoint" cover them with a Shiseido concealer pencil if I feel like it. (I use eyeshadow, lipstick, etc. but that pencil is all I ever use on my skin. I don't need anything else!)


Reasons Not To Pick

25 April 2013 - 05:20 PM

I decided a couple of days ago to make a commitment not to pick at my skin anymore. And as I was thinking through how to do that, I wrote down all of the reasons that drive me toward picking at my skin. And then I wrote rebuttals to them. I posted them on my blog, but I wanted to share them here, too. Getting through these last couple of days has been torture, because I have a couple of picked-at spots that are scabbing over and irritating me to no end. So here are the thoughts that drive me to pick, and my reasons for rejecting them, as I would articulate them today. 

  • Clear skin is beautiful, and acne is disgusting--if my face has acne, then I am disgusting
    • Clear skin is pain-free and healthy, but a person's value is not determined by the health of his or her skin. Acne is irritating and can be painful, and it is very hard to get rid of, but this does not make it disgusting. It is just what it is. I can choose to set aside my revulsion, and reserve my energy for other things.
  • Acne is a punishment for not doing everything right
    • I am not perfect, but I do not deserve my acne. No, not even if I choose to have bangs, or eat a cookie, or even if I pick at my face. These things do not make me a bad person, and acne is not a punishment for doing them, even if these things increase my risk of breaking out.
  • It’s not fair that I get acne, because I try so hard
    • It's not fair, but life is not fair. I am still responsible for trying my best. (But this is all I am responsible for. I am not responsible for being perfect, or for the fact that I have acne.)
  • If I leave it alone, it’s never going to get better
    • Yes, it will. It won't get better immediately, or even tomorrow, but it will get better in the long run. I must be patient, and I must make the decision to be patient over and over and over again.
  • If I succeed in picking at it, then it’s better immediately
    • This is an illusion, akin to drinking sea water or paying for something I can't afford using a credit card with a very high interest rate. It's going to cost more in the long run.
  • I deserve to be ashamed of the picked wounds I cause
    • There is no shame in not being perfect. If I picked at my skin, I need to let it go. I can choose to do better, from this moment forward, and this is the only thing I can do .
  • I am destined to pick at my skin
    • No, I'm not. The end.