So in the past month I have had around 5 pimples. Which is amazing as I use to get atleast one new pimple a day. It all really happen when I saw the Olay regenerist line on sale at the local supermarket. I thought about all the harsh chemicals I'm putting on my face and how irratated it must be. So i decided to care for my skin and give it some extra TLC for a while as I was previously scrubbing, picking, touching, changing products every two seconds. So I bought Olay regenerist night cream and Olay complete moisturzer with SP15. Here is my new routin:
Morning: Cetaphil cleanser for dry and sensitive skin
Olay complete moisturizer SP15
Apply make-up(if I'm going out)
Night: Cetaphil cleanser for dry and sensitive skin
Proactiv repairing lotion to any new pimples that are forming ONLY
Olay Regenerist night cream
I decided to stick with the exact routin. No changing ANYTHING.
I also stopped looking in the mirror so much and stopping thinking about it. Also stopped coming on this website everyday. So this meant I stopped picking and touching my face.
So the results are really amazing.. I still have so much acne scarring it's crazy but it's better then gross cysts all over my face..
Well I did end up going off differin for a week due to my skin breaking out like crazy. Well I didn't use any chemicals what so ever during that period. My skin started to look even more like crap. Black heads were becoming more noticeable. I went to the doctor and told him things aren't working for me. He looked at my skin and was shocked and described my acne as "severe" I was shocked by this. I knew my acne was bad but didn't consider it "Severe" He told me I should go on Roaccutane. I said no.. I have depression that runs in my family and I seem to be the only generation that hasn't got this yet. So I told him, I will continue with the differin for the whole 12 weeks and if things aren't better, I will return. So I got home and decided to get serious. I have been eating a really strict diet of fruits and veggies. I have been taking Fish oil capsules and Vitamin E tablets. I have been using differin every night and guess what guys? My acne is clearing =) I have mainly acne scars at the moment and just one active pimples on my face right now. No longer hurts to lay down on my pillow at night. I'm happy and I hope this continues to improve =)
Officially had enough of differin. My face is WRECKED!! Seriously OVER IT!! My face is scarred, red, sore and gross. Decided to take a rest from chemicals. All I'm going to wash my face with for a few days is warm water. then move to cleansing with Cetaphil cleanser and see how that goes. I never use to have pimples and all i use to put on my skin was moisturizer. See how I go. Got to be better then how I'm feeling now.
Well today is the most improvement I have seen since I started using these products. I currently have only one cystic pimple on my cheek but A HELL OF ALOT OF SCARS everywhere!!! So, I have my fingers crossed that this a sign of only good things to come. I could wake up tomorrow with a crap load of pimples everywhere. Still have my closed comedones... =( I have one more Doryx tablet left. Thinking I'll go without and see how things go without them, I don't really think they are doing much to be honest.
I'm going to start using my differin and a topical Eurythromycin (eryacne) 2%. I need something to heal the acne that differin is purging out of my skin. Used it just once so far and I have noticed the redness has gone down =)
Today my boyfriend actually turned around to me and said, I don't want to be rude or anything but I think the stuff you put on your face is making your skin a million times worse. Massive self esteem killer!!! Thinking I need to fix up my diet.
So three weeks is up... I currently have no inflammed pimples on my face. I have ALOT of scars though and still have my closed comedones. I have some major redness going on. Like I'm sun burnt big time but I use sunscreen everyday. I still want to try retin-a!!
Hmm.. So I notice the redness is finally going away. =) I have a very sore and red under the skin cystic pimple on my chin at the moment. I hate it. My chin looks HUGE!! I wish my acne will PLEASE go away!!
Woke up today with chest acne developing!! WTF!! I have never in my 24 years of life have ever had chest acne. I have 10 zits developing in one day. As for my face, Well nothing new to report. Drying is really just around my nose and above my top lip now. I'm starting to think my acne is hormonal.. My doctor does not seem to agree.. Perhaps I need a second opinion.
Today my skin isn't as red as it was yesterday. Which I'm so happy about. I have lots of closed comedones all over my cheeks and they are getting more and more inflamed as the days go by. Perhaps this is them clearing up. I don't know but they look so awful. I'm going to start alternating my days using differin.. Read somewhere that redness is a bad reaction and you should spread the days apart until your skin gets use to it. See how it goes. On the nights that I'm not going to use differin, Ill be using clean and clear rapid spot clearing cream... which contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid products have work pretty well for me in the past. See how it goes huh?
Today has been such a bad day!! I started peeling today. My skin is to blotchy and gross. I can't look at anyone in the face without thinking that they are looking at my awful skin. I'm also very paranoid because I work in the sun all day and I know how sensitive it makes your skin when it comes to the sun. I was thinking about using it has a spot treatment and putting it on my whole face when I know I have the following day off. I don't know. I can't make up my mind..
Today I woke up with little tiny white heads all over my nose. I have never gotten white heads on my nose. I have only had black heads there. Perhaps this is them being unclogged. I hope so but my skin looks so awful today. Seriously I am so glad I'm a girl because make-up is a god send!!
I think I'm going to skip applying differin tonight and exfoliate and put a mud mask on.
The mud mask was expensive as. so I want to use it and it has to be left on over night.
Writing a blog is great. Don't really have anyone to talk to about this, so it helps. even if no one is reading this.
Ok, so it's day 13 of being on differin + Doxyciline.
Not sure if it's the weather and my lack of wearing lip balm yesterday but my lips are hurting and very red and sore. This isn't a common thing for me. Not sure if this is because of the differin or not. I haven't been putting it anywhere near my lips though.
It's my first weekend off in months and I find myself wanting to stay in tonight as my acne is so bad. My friends have always seen me as the girl who has never had acne and now it's all over my face.
The closed comedones on my cheeks seem a million times worse today.
I thought Differin could help them and not make them worse. I can't believe I have to got through this for so many for weeks to come. My skin is red and Oily. I was expecting my skin to get dry.. But I have no dryness at all. Well except my lips.
Blah!! I'll keep this up ofcourse. I just feel pretty down right now.