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Plan B: 1 Year & 3 Months

My regime was more or less a big success – my plan was always to have flawless skin for my wedding and I did it. Throughout the past 8 months, I have been having really good compliments with how flawless my skin looked (of course, there are pimples here and there occasionally but that didn’t bother me at all). I wasn’t even wearing any make up for 8 months and people all thought I was wearing make up! I was particularly in heaven. My regimen: Morning: BP 5% on the entire face Night: Neostr

bparker58

bparker58

11/23/13

 

6 Months Plus

My skin was all cleared in around November (yes I'm such a horrible blogger. I stopped writing when my skin was at its best stage). Not sure what happened - perhaps I was slowly using smaller amount of bp? My skin is breaking out again recently. My chin and mouth area is the most problematic area. There are about 5 whiteheads (that kinda turned into pimples after my facialist tried to pop them). So yup, my skin is horrible right now. I kinda regret going to my facialist for help. So anyway

bparker58

bparker58

02/25/13

 

2 Months & 23 Days

I went to the spa yesterday and the facialist took out almost all of my whiteheads for me. My face was swollen and red. It's getting a little bit better today but you could still see the red marks lingering on my face. Anyways, it's almost 3 months into the regimen. I think there are some improvements, more or less, from the first month. But again, I am expecting a little bit more progress. My face is still quite oily I think. It gets better, but far from ideal. I know this is a long battle and

bparker58

bparker58

10/28/12

 

2 Months And 15 Days...

After struggling with acne in the past million years, I am actually feeling a bit numb. I went out with a friend yesterday and I haven't seen him for a while. The first thing he said to me was, what happened to you? what's with the acne? I know he was saying it casually and it was probably a nonchalant comment, but to me, it felt like someone just slapped me hard. But surprisingly enough, it didn't totally destroy me. I still went out with him and tried to maintain a positive mindset. The thing

bparker58

bparker58

10/21/12

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02/26/13

 

2 Months And 9 Days... The Initial Break Out?

Waking up every morning noticing 2 pimples, cystic or not, is not a fun activity. I'm thinking if this is "the initial break out"? Still trying to stay optimistic though. I just went out with a friend for a nice dinner. I did not and will not let acne control my life. I don't wanna avoid social gatherings because of my skin anymore. I had a great time and that's all it matters.

bparker58

bparker58

10/15/12

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10/21/12

 

2 Months & 7 Days ... Self-Induced Clearing Phrase 2 & 3

I haven't had time to update my progress in the past few weeks. Life was hectic with a combination of work and social gatherings. I am actually glad that I have been occupied with work. I had less time to think about my acne problem and I actually had more time to enjoy life. But my skin is still horrible I think. So anyways here's my progress so far: My face is generally drier with the combination of things that I have been using. I stopped B5 for almost a week because I am still waiting f

bparker58

bparker58

10/14/12

 

1 Month & 25 Days... Self-Induced Clearing Phrase 1

Okay. I got sick and tired of my skin. It is JUST A LITTLE BIT less oily after taking B5 for almost 2 months. But it stops there. I don't mind having oil on my face as long as I am acne-free but that's not the case. I am breaking out with whiteheads on my cheeks, chin, upper lip and forehead. Okay, that sounds like almost everywhere on my face. Aside from those, I have around 4 persistent cystic acne on my forehead and brow area. They are not going away. Anyways, so after (almost) using AHA

bparker58

bparker58

10/01/12

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10/04/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month & 22 Days

Almost two months and I'm breaking out. There are sooooo many whiteheads on my face right now it's not even funny. On average, I'm getting 2 new inflamed pimples a day. They are mostly from the whiteheads. I'm not sure if my regimen is working or not. Sigh.

bparker58

bparker58

09/28/12

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09/29/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month & 19 Days... What If?

So... my skin is breaking out again. There wasn't a drastic progress in the past month or so and now I am experiencing another round of break out. I am not sure if it's because it is still purging or what. But I have been thinking lately that.. what if I am going to suffer from acne for the rest of my life? I feel like I have been controlled by acne in the past several years. It seriously dictates my mood and I don't like it. I really want to be able to love myself for who I am. So I have been t

bparker58

bparker58

09/25/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month & 17 Days Breaking Out

I have been so busy with work lately. But I guess it really distracted me from focusing too much on my skin. Anyways I have been breaking out here and there fit quite some time already. I just popped around 4 pimples (2 on my left cheek, 1 on chin and 1 on right cheek). There are still a huge cyst on my chin and a huge one coming out on my eyebrow. Aside from the inflamed pimples that I am getting, in still trying to get rid of my whiteheads. They are really hard to get rid of!

bparker58

bparker58

09/23/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month & 10 Days

I wanted to update my progress so badly in the past few days but I had lasik a few days ago and my eyes are SORE and DRY as hell. Anyways, let me just quickly update my progress before I rest my eyes:. My skin is not as oily but I have reduced the dosage to two to three times a day with 5 pills each time. I had really bad diarrhea and I just couldn't continue megadosing. But I am trying to maintain it for as long as I could and see if the side effect will slowly fade away. In terms of

bparker58

bparker58

09/17/12

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09/23/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month + 4 Days

Quick update: I think my skin has worsen a little bit throughout the past 1-2 days. The pimples.. well more like cysts on my upper lip are slowly going away. It's not very inflamed anymore. But I mean you could still tell they are there. I just found a huge pimple on my forehead and a few huge whiteheads here and there around that area. My chin/upper lip is more or less the same because I'm trying not to pick it too often nowadays. My cheek was quite clear but recently I think it's s

bparker58

bparker58

09/12/12

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09/12/12

 

My Plan B: 1 Month & 1 Day

It's been a month since I have been using this regimen. So far, I think there is a slight improvement but I have been expecting to see more from this. My cheeks are (pretty much) cleared. I mean, there are still whiteheads here and there on my cheek but I am not aiming to get a perfect flawless skin anyways. In terms of my chin, the left side is OKAY. BUT the right side is still very problematic. I squeezed around 3 out of 10+ whiteheads on my right chin last night along with this weird bumpy...

bparker58

bparker58

09/09/12

 

My Plan B: Day 31

Work is super busy and I have no time to update but my skin is improving (more or less). The red spots from before are seriously fading away. It could easily be covered by make up and they should be gone in say a week or two. My face is not too oily. There are still oil but it's FINALLY manageable! In terms of the whiteheads, there are still a a lot. It cleared up on my left upper lip but I just got a pimple in that area. My left chin + upper cheek probably have around 20 whiteheads? My problema

bparker58

bparker58

09/06/12

 

My Plan B: Day 29: Healing?

Today was my second day of work. I was so tired yesterday and I couldn't possibly find the time to write down my progress. Anyways, in terms of my skin, it is healing. I mean, the layers of skin on my wounds/red spots are slowly peeling off. In fact, they started to peel yesterday already. Some of the red spots are not quite flat yet. I am not sure if there are some residual dirt or pus inside the wound. In terms of scars, I am pretty much left with a bunch of dark red spots and a few bumps here

bparker58

bparker58

09/04/12

 

My Plan B: Day 27

I went out yesterday and despite my ugly face, I had a great time. I really gotta stop this whole anti-social thing. But I just couldn't help it sometimes. I feel so self conscious about my ugly skin. And I kept thinking that people would notice them. I know I shouldn't let stupid acne control my life. It is seriously ruining my life in many aspects. I am no longer a happy person. I avoid light, mirror, and most importantly, I avoid people. Anyways, enough of my emo talk. My face is still

bparker58

bparker58

09/02/12

 

My Plan B: Day 26 Still Struggling

I had a nervous break down yesterday. I am so stressed out about almost everything in my life. I am starting a new job next week and I don't know what to expect. My face looks like crap and I just can't confront myself. I am going to my own birthday party tonight and I just want to call my friends to cancel it. I don't want to see anyone. I just want to stay home. Sigh I am so messed up. Anyways, let me just do a quickie on my skin to keep track of my progress: Face is still oily but i

bparker58

bparker58

09/01/12

 

My Plan B: Day 25

My Plan B to get rid of oily skin & whiteheads: Oral supplements: 1) Megadose vitamin B5 to reduce the oil (5 pills each and 4 times per day) Skincare routine: Day: 1) La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Night: 1) Neostrata gel plus AHA 15% each night (overnight) 2) La Roche-Posay Effaclar mat Diet: 1) No beef (on this diet for over a year now) 2) Low sugar diet 3) Low dairy diet 4) 8 cups of water (tea) each day Progress so far: Improvement - Oily skin, y

bparker58

bparker58

08/31/12

 

My Plan B: Day 24

I had the courage to remove most of my whiteheads and blackheads with a needle. I've never had this many HUGE blackheads in my entire life. Anyways, my face looks like crap right now because I just removed the whiteheads that are on the surface of my skin. Aside from those ones, I couldn't do anything with that huge pimple that I was talking about. I am suspecting that it's a cyst. I'll give it some time and see how it goes. In terms of oil reduction, I mean, my face is still greasy at noo

bparker58

bparker58

08/30/12

 

My Plan B: Day 22/23 - Nevermind

Edit: my analysis: by looking at the trend, I think the oil reduction improved by around 2nd week, which was last week. My skin suddenly became really bad by around week 3. I'm getting pimples here and there and the whiteheads (not the tiny hard ones from the first 2 weeks) but the new ones are getting inflamed. And it's weird becuz I have the tendency to pick my pimple/whiteheads. The ones that I did turned into a slightly red watery pus. Some disappeared after a few days and they feel somewhat

bparker58

bparker58

08/29/12

 

My Plan B: Day 21 (Week 3)

I have been megadosing B5 for 3 weeks now. So far, I do see a reduction in terms of my oil production. There are still a number of persistent whiteheads here and there but I no longer get a whole lot everyday now. Gel plus is making my skin super soft but again, I need to clear the surfaced whiteheads and blackheads almost everyday. I guess I am pleasant with the progress so far. I could go out without make up for almost a week now and yes, there are still imperfections and I'm still not looking

bparker58

bparker58

08/28/12

 

My Plan B: Day 16

I added effaclar k to my regimen today. My face, in terms of its oil production, improved a lot. I just added effaclar k today. I am going to apply it in the morning with gel plus and effaclar matte at night. I will see how it goes from now on but the pimple underneath my nose is slowly going away. In terms of whiteheads, there are a few persistent ones on my chin and I'm suspecting a pimple forming on my eyebrow.

bparker58

bparker58

08/23/12

 

Plan B: Day 14

On the 14th day of my treatment.. I have found a truly AMAZING PRODUCT to combat my sebrum production. I know it's too premature to say this now but le roche posay effaclar mat is the best moisturizer that I have ever used in my life!! I rarely say this and give feedback on a particular product especially after using it for one day. But I woke up this morning with a matte face- no oil at all! I'm not sure if it's because B5 finally decided to kick in or what but the result is truly amazing. I me

bparker58

bparker58

08/21/12

 

My Plan B: Day 13

My Plan B to get rid of oily skin & whiteheads: 1) Neostrata gel plus AHA 15% each night (overnight) 2) Back to my megadose vitamin B5 to reduce the oil (5 pills each and 4 times per day 3) Drink more or less 8 cups of water per day 4) Moisturize with La Roche-Poscay Effaclar Mat A quick update: So, I have a huge pustule on my upper lip/nose area after I tried to pop it. Obviously. I failed. That thing hurts like crap right now. Anyways, aside from that, I still have some w

bparker58

bparker58

08/20/12

 

My Plan B: Day 12

I swear I have OCD when it comes to my skin. I hate having these imperfections on my skin. They are driving me crazy so.. I did it again. I popped my whiteheads yesterday with a needle and some of which obviously inflamed and became pimples (pustules). So... I look like crap right now. I originally dated my best friend but I became the same old anti-social me. I just wanted to stay home today so I made up a lame excuse for bailing out on her. Honestly, the psychological impact that acne causes c

bparker58

bparker58

08/19/12

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