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Week 2, day 2?

Boyfriend drew attention to starting date, he said I started earlier than a week ago. To be honest, I'm unsure. Maybe I have 1 or 2 more days added to the week. Will figure this out, somehow. Products atm. Purpose as my cleanser. Neutrogena on the spot as my BP. Dermasil lotion, in little amount. Gets rid of dry skin. And doesn't break me out. Equate Complete in the day. I ordered Dan's, but it hasn't arrived yet. Add-on's Fish oil pills. Zinc. D Multivitamin. Water, water, and more water. Less dairy, more fruits and veggies. Day Story. Bugger on chin is getting flat, as other bugger on forehead, very red buggers, dry skin still, skin looking way better each day! Have a couple post-acne marks/discoloration. For better or worse. Can't speak of any skin negatives today, except that I need to go out to buy on the spot BP. It's so little . Can't wait for Dan's! Skin is getting less dry, two pimples have gone down. Ironically the one on my chin which I was worried about, is going down faster than the other one. Who would have thought? Dan was right, acne would go away faster. Dry lips are getting worse, the neutrogena balls up so terribly. I wake up and it's white peels, and I wait 10 minutes or more, for it to dry. Boyfriend said my skin is looking great, and I can actually believe it. Despite the dry skin, and post blemishes on forehead, jawline, and chin, my skin is a lot smoother. My cheeks are whitehead/bump free/clogged free for the first time in years. I mean it, the skin is flat. . I'm always most insecure about my forehead and chin. Mainly because of the drastic discoloration and acne. I've always broken out more there, than my cheeks. Especially cystic-ly. My cheeks have always just appeared bumpy, clogged and white, with blackheads. Around the corners of my nose, I'd get blackheads and whiteheads. It's like hot spot central, but I realize it can always be much worse. Idea Time. Still wishing I had tried the regimen earlier. Fear. None. Emotional stress. I was so stressed a week ago, etc. Because my cheeks were popping up with the smallest whiteheads last week, and than the two buggers arrived later on that week. And the red blotches were worse, my skin was dry and I was peeling, so I couldn't hide anything with cover up, I had a few papules, etc. That's not even everything I was upset about. But now since it's all going down, and I opened up my eyes to see the positives, I'm ecstatic. My bf has never complimented any regimen I've done, or supported it, and he loves that this one is working and that I'm happy again. And he doesn't lie. I mean, my cheeks haven't been this smooth since we started dating in 08. Nor has my jaw line, or chin (minus flare up). The red marks took days to go down, and they were the whiteheads I was talking about. After they dried out, they left red dots all over my cheeks. But now within the past two days, you can barely notice them. The routine does take a lot of patience, and I've had to be realistic and less upset. I'm making progress fairly quickly, and I should just be happy and thankful. I've been battling my acne for months and years now (on and off). Hopefully I'll gain more stability with this, in the next year.

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04/03/2010

 

Week 2, day 1.

Finished week 1 yesterday, decided to state week two, everyday (I'd forget at the end of weeks most likely). Products atm. Purpose as my cleanser. Neutrogena on the spot as my BP. Dermasil lotion, in little amount. Gets rid of dry skin. And doesn't break me out. I ordered Dan's, but it hasn't arrived yet. Add-on's Fish oil pills. Zinc. D Multivitamin. Water, water, and more water. Less dairy, more fruits and veggies. Day Story. Reduced papule, dry skin but not as bad, less redness, dry lips and under eye area. For better or worse. Woke up to find out zit on chin was not cystic, but a massive flare up from a papule. No head still, but definitely not cystic. Prior to going to bed, took clean cotton swab with tea tree oil and applied it to supposed cystic pimple. I read on here by another blog, that it would reduce swelling. Can't say I get papules too often, I'm more along the line of blackheads, some whiteheads on occasion, cysts fairly often (1 or 2), and clogged pores. But nonetheless, tea tree oil reduced swelling of pimple. Skin is still smooth, but pigmentation from past always bothers me (left chin has some, cheeks has some, and left forehead is bad). Especially a discoloration on the left side of my forehead, from a old cystic pimple. That has yet to even completely vanish, smoothly. Skin is still exceptionally flat along cheeks, jaw line, nose corners, and chin. Less clogged pores, and blackheads have gone down. Forehead is taking longer, because I had more visible acne there. Dry, and some what red blotches lay on forehead. Under eye skin is getting dry, although I don't apply BP there. Applied eye cream last night, and slightly less dry now. Using a lot more lip balm as well (I think the bp gets on my lips while I'm sleeping, because it balls up slightly). Less make-up is playing a part too, even though it's almay. Over all, haven't found any negatives yet with the regimen. It's truly working, slowly. Idea Time. Still on the fence about seeing a dermatologist, went online to find a new one that is covered by my insurance. In the end, most likely will for precaution reasons. Can't believe I didn't try this regimen earlier, possibly would have saved me months of anguish. Fear. Discoloration will never fade, because I feel like I'm always playing catch up. One goes, a whole group goes, and another one comes. BIG TIME. Emotional stress. A little less today, now that zit on chin and forehead are going down slowly. Was told by mother that I should just let my skin heal naturally , does she not know what acne is? I've tried the whole natural approach, no acne medications and etc, it was a disaster. Even though my skin is bad now, it would never be as bad as when I tried that last summer (tons of blackheads & whiteheads, and four cystic zits on forehead, luckily I never picked but wore a hat for two months to cover swelling). Bf has said the same, but neither of them has had acne. Once and awhile they might get a little pimple, but rarely. Both are lucky. Thankfully, my brother understands because he suffered with acne around my age.

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04/02/2010

 

Week 1.

Regimen facts for light (haven't been light for awhile now) to moderately severe acne, First week. Products atm. Purpose as my cleanser. Neutrogena on the spot as my BP. Dermasil lotion, in little amount. Gets rid of dry skin. And doesn't break me out. I ordered Dan's, but it hasn't arrived yet. Add-on's Fish oil pills. Zinc. D Multivitamin. Water, water, and more water. Less dairy, more fruits and veggies. Week story. Experienced dry skin, few red marks, purge like symptoms. For better or worse. This can go 50/50. My skin is a lot smoother , I have less blackheads, experienced barely there whiteheads, and gained two cystic pimples. Progress, cheeks, nose, chin, forehead. Whiteheads were gone within a day, and when I say small, I mean small. Thus, I feel it might have been a purge of my pores. Red marks took a few days to go down, but now they are very faint. BP cleared a clogged pore (?) that I had above my lip for months. Glad to see bump no longer exists. The worse, those two cystic pimples I earned. One, has gone down significantly. While the other one on my chin, is red and angry looking. Hurts terribly, as well. The better, smoother complexion, little clogged pores, problem areas breaking down. So all in all, my only negatives were the cystic pimples and tender skin. Idea Time. I'm going to continue the regimen, but see my dermatologist to see what's up. Maybe I need a prescribed medication, internally or externally. But I feel like I might be disappointed since I'm not a severe patient, as usual. Duac gel, zoderm, benzaclin, and expensive cleansers... just to name a few. Duac worked the best with my moderate acne, but my doctor never prescribed it again. And even when I do speak, I immediately get cut off. Maybe it's time I see a new doc? But regardless I'm going to see one as a precaution, and if it's not something else, I'm sticking to this, unless I'm listened to. Fear. Maybe I shouldn't see the doctor, and just stick to this because it's working. But said cystic zit on chin, is causing much anguish to find miracle that probably doesn't work or would never be given to me. Should mention, month prior I had two that I'm still recovering from. Emotional stress. I'm about a 5 or 6 at the moment. My boyfriend just doesn't understand, and he's made a few unnecessary comments about my regimen. Pimple on chin is bad, not even cover up could hide the redness. Have stayed in the past few days. And have felt defeated the past few months on and off. Decided to take plastic storage tub, and fill it with past disappointments. Inside sits clean&clear, Clearasil, burt's bees, Neutrogena acne stress stuff, mint julep, sulfur stuff, etc. What a waste of $$$

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04/01/2010

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