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On Dan's Regimen

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My Skin After Twelve Months

It has been nine months since I last blogged. I'm now only using the regimen once a day, mostly because I'm too rushed in the morning before school. I use Dan's cleanser and bp, and Cerave moisturizer (which is excellent, by the way!) My skin has been doing well. It is mostly completely clear, aside from the veeeery slowly fading red marks. They've faded considerably since my last post. I have an even, slightly glowy complexion, which is surprising, considering the amount of poptarts I've been eating recently.... But just recently I started to break out a little because of stress, since it is the end of the school year when everything is most stressful. Now that school is over I am starting to clear up, but I dread the red marks that will stay behind. I got a few pimples on my chin and around my nose. I haven't been doing anything fancy for my skin lately. I haven't used any scrubs or masks or new products for a while. Just AHA, which I discovered has been expired for three months.... sigh.... Instead, I've been focusing on improving other parts of my face and body. I bought Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitestrips which work amazingly and now my teeth are finally white (after suffering all these years of gross yellowed teeth), I've tamed and groomed my eyebrows, I've developed and improved my closet, and I've been taking better care of my nails and hair. A couple of weeks ago I came across a skin and hair line, Yes To Carrots, and I am SO excited to try out their products! I use their shampoo and conditioner and my hair is super glossy and healthy looking. I got an offer where I can spend $35 worth of products for $15, so I'm going to go a little crazy.... I want to try out their sunscreen, because I am in extreme need for some sun protection. Can't wait for that! Anyway, this was just a little update on how my skin is doing with Dan's Regimen.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Ninety-Six

Skin=pretty good. I did the apricot essence face mask and my face itched and was sort of red for a few days after, so I don't think I'll be doing it again. I did the honey lemon face mask and it didn't really do anything. I used AHA (finally!) and YAYY!! I almost forgot about how much I love it! It sort of burned and made my chin really red two days after but right now my skin is glowy and mostly even and two pimples that were emerging went away. On Saturday I'm doing AHA again and I'm going to redo the honey face mask (not going to use lemon this time). I did a naughty thing... I got this pimple right on the inner corner of my eyebrow and it became "ripe" I guess some people would say, so I used the comedone extractor the pop it. It ended up bleeding and looking pretty horrible so I washed it and used 2% sal acid on it. Now it's just this little tiny red dot that I can hardly see which I am uber happy about. Some bad news: I noticed a while ago that I have a ton of clogged pores on my nose that weren't there before. Like a ton. It's pretty gross except you can't see them unless you're five inches from me. I am going to use extra AHA there. Also, I got a (tiny) pimple on my cheek that is just slightly pink and very small. I'm not too worried about it. I think the reason my skin hasn't been completely clear lately is because I've been cutting back on bp... Hmm. I left my cleanser at my dad's house!!! And I don't know when I'll see him again. So I just washed my face for extra long with only water for about two days. But luckily I found a tiny bit of Cetaphil under the sink so I'm going to use that till I run out. After that.... I don't know. Time to get acne.org supplies! I really want to try the new moisturizer and I miss the cleanser (been using cetaphil for a few weeks) and my bp is running low. Goodnight!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Eighty-Nine

I just went shopping and bought a lemon, organic honey, a comedone and blackhead extractor, and Olay refreshing toner. I can't wait to use them! I'm going to wait until the weekend to do masks (I want to do a honey lemon mask, an eggwhite mask (with honey and lemon), and the Korean apricot mask), because I don't want to clean my face three times in one day so I'll do the masks on a day when I'm not wearing makeup. That way I can just quickly splash my face and dry it to get it clean, and then use a mask. I really want to write something else but I've got to go so goodbye!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Eighty-Eight

I really want to do an egg white mask! I was reading the reviews again today and all of them are so positive! I'll do it tomorrow, and then do my regimen like usual. I'll splash my face with warm water and dry it after using jojoba as a makeup remover (I use coverup on my hyperpigmentation). To the egg whites I'll add honey and a few drops of lemon, if I have any. My skin has been sooooo soft lately!! I'm almost positive it's because of a Korean face mask thing I used on Saturday. It's pretty much a wet cotton thing that you let sit on your face for twenty minutes to let all the nutrients and moisturizing ingredients sink into your face. You then take off the cotton thing and gently massage the wet residue into your skin. It is really invigorating and moisturizing... Look up PureDerm Apricot Essence Mask and you can see what it is. I have pretty much the same thing except for a different brand, and I used an aloe one. I also have collagen ones and apricot as well. The apricot ones have licorice root, collagen, and vitamin e. I really really want to use them soon because I bought them two years ago on a trip to Korea and they expire in 2011. So lately I've been wearing e.l.f. blush because I look sort of dead (lack of sleep) and it hasn't broken me out!! Yay! I don't usually break out from makeup and I never do on the part of my cheeks that I use blush on, so I'm hoping it'll stay clear. My self confidence has been pretty high since I've been clear, and my skin isn't flaky (the mask must have exfoliated and moisturized it) so I don't have to worry about that. Hooray! Well I have to go do homework! I hope everyone had a great day! Remember... you are beautiful!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Eighty-Two

I've been on the regimen for almost three months! Yay! It feels like it's been so much longer... I feel like I could do the regimen in my sleep lol*. Since I last updated, I got a really weird pimple on my right cheek right on top of an old red mark. It never developed a head; it was just this strange, smooth red bump. It was bigger than my normal pimples. And it was sore when I touched it. Was it a baby cyst? I've never gotten one and I don't really know what they are exactly. Anyhow, it was stubborn and a LOUD bright red streak thing for a few days and then it just sort of flattened and faded. It didn't even leave a huge red mark which I was dreading. But the red mark from before is still there. I'm clear again now though!!!! Hooray!! Another thing is I tried that jojoba oil rub thingy that is pinned on the message boards. It's supposed to take off flakes and moisturize your skin. But I think I irritated my skin because the next day it was really blotchy, especially around my nose and mouth. I won't do that again. I really need to use my AHA!!!! But I'm sort of scared... Okay scratch that. Really scared. I don't want a red blotchy burning face again! I'm going to force myself to tonight! Eeeek! I really want to get the new acne.org moisturizer!!! The reviews are so good and it sounds deeelicious! But I still have those two bottles of Eucerin... I'm starting to like the Eucerin. I've mastered the art of spreading the thick white cream on my face so you can't even tell I have it on! But the problem is around the middle of the day my face starts to flake around my mouth and between my eyebrows. It looks like face dandruff... But I much rather have that than oily skin. I have to bring the whole bottle to school and the jojoba oil too, so I can sneak into the bathroom and reapply. Haha... Well when something interesting happens I'll update again! Goodbye! *Whenever I write lol I make myself laugh out loud. If you ever see an LOL!!! AHAHAHAHA!!!! that means I'm actually laughing and think it's funny. An lol is more of a genuine smile and a forced laugh. Just an informative little side note that no one probably really cares about... Cause some people write lol and they're actually mad. Crazy people.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Seventy-Four

I am this close to being completely clear: |---| Since I last updated, this is what happened: the pimple I was freaking out over turned into a red mark, I got a pimple on my chin and it also flattened and turned into hyper-pigmentation, I got a red mark on my nose (out of nowhere!), and my face got super blotchy and red from rubbing too much in the shower to get my dead skin off. After a couple days the red blotchiness disappeared. I am extreeeeeeemely happy to say I have NO active acne!!!! YAAAY!!!!!! Only red marks are keeping me from saying I'm clear. An update on my skin: -Soft and smooth -Glowing -Little bit shiny (from jojoba oil) -Few flakes around mouth -Small fading red marks (two on chin, one on nose, three on right cheek, two on forehead, one beneath nose, about six in the same area on left cheek) -Slight, very unnoticeable pink blotchiness on lower right cheek I am currently using: -Cetaphil Cleanser -Acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide -Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion (with two to six drops acne.org jojoba oil) -Acne.org AHA+ once a week (with two to four drops acne.org jojoba oil) I can't say that my hyper-pigmentation is going to go away very fast if I only use AHA once a week, but I'm too scared of getting red from using it too much. I think I'll buy the acne.org moisturizer in two weeks so I can read people's reviews on it. I'm running low on bp too.... I caught another cold yesterday so today I stayed home from school and slept in. Some sort of flu is going around... I hope that isn't what I have! I hope everyone had a great day!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Sixty-Six

AAAAAAH!!!!!! I am sooooo frustrated!!! The day before school started I got this huge bright red pimple right next to my nose!!! And it's right on top of all of my old red marks so it looks like I have a whole breakout right there! And once it flattens it will just add to my marvelous (NOT!) collection of red marks. Since I've stopped using AHA the red marks have stopped fading. But I used AHA as a moisturizer last night so my face would be glowing today for the first day of school. I used some coverup today on my pimples and red marks so I hope I don't break out more... My face was soooo close to being clear!!! WHY?? WHY????? One pimple can just make me lose all hope... Well that sugar-free diet didn't really work. The night I started it I ate ice cream. I love sugary things so much. And I'm not scared to eat them since I'm thin, but I am wary about my face. I just don't know if I can do it if I try again... Maybe I'll try. Also since I've stopped using AHA, my redness had diminished but my flakes have come back. I'm going to do AHA every three days so I can keep exfoliating, just not constantly. About that whole lotion problem... I went and bought more Eucerin (without AHA). It is "daily replenishing lotion". And so far it's been working pretty well. It doesn't do much for flakes but it doesn't make me shiny or greasy. I'm glad about that. I wonder when Dan's new moisturizer is coming out? Oh! On the message boards I read about making homemade pore strips and the recipe sounds great! This weekend I'm going to try it. School went pretty well. I had classes with a few friends and I wasn't too self conscious with makeup. Yup. That's pretty much all. Till next time!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fifty Nine... Oh no.

I have bad news... I woke up today and did the regimen and my cheeks have been pink all day. Which is a really good thing, don't get me wrong. I love pink cheeks. But... they weren't pink yesterday!!! And I think it's because I'm over exfoliating. And the thing is... I can't stop!!!!! I can't just buy MORE moisturizer and then buy Dan's moisturizer and have three moisturizers in the house at once!!! But I can't keep using that Eucerin moisturizer that has AHA in it twice a day or my skin will burn off or I'll break out or something. And I can't return it since I've had it for a month. Apparently you are more prone to breakouts when you over exfoliate because it gets rid of the protective layer or something like that... So these are my options: 1) keep using the moisturizer with AHA and wait until Dan's new moisturizer is out and then use that instead. As a result I'll waaaayyy over exfoliate, but I won't have two extra moisturizers and I'll get rid of the probability of breaking out from a new one. 2) buy another moisturizer and use that until I can buy Dan's and waste a whole bottle. 3) call Eucerin and ask them what the percentage of AHA is that they use in their products and stop freaking out about this whole thing until I know the solid facts. If the percentage is really low (10% or less) and they don't add a lot of AHA to the lotion then I'm fine using it twice a day, but if the percentage is higher... Well I have to go with option 2. I'll call tomorrow since it is probably too late today. I guess I could try today... Maybe I will. So as of tomorrow I'm going to cut back on sugar big time. No more ice cream, candy, cake, juice, cookies, doughnuts... wow. Now that I'm writing it all down, I don't think I can do it. But I'm going to try at least! I'm still going to have things with some sugar, but not things that ARE sugar. So anyway, that's my goal for the next month. If I've still kept the "diet" up (even though it's for my skin, otherwise I would never give up sugar) after a month, then I will keep going. I hope everyone's having an awesome day!!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fifty-Eight

I think I'm over exfoliating. AHA every night plus moisturizer with AHA in the morning.... It's a little much huh? So I'm going to cut back to using AHA every three days. I will still be using my moisturizer that has AHA in it twice a day.... Maybe I should return it and get Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing Face Cream instead. I wonder if I can return since I've already used it? Well anyhow I can't wait till Dan's new moisturizer is out. I will order that right away! Along with more cleanser since I'm running low. I spent most of today researching over exfoliation (it has got me really worrying) and vitamins/supplements. I have decided I will buy Vitamin D, C, and fish oil supplements which are supposed to be really good. I'm already taking a women's multivitamin too. I read a ton of acne.org reviews on those vitamins and I can't wait to buy them and try them out!!! Guess what? I woke up today and my hair was so glossy and volumous and healthy looking and I just had the nicest confidence boost. If anyone's wondering I use Garnier Fructis (sp?) and I live by it. They are seriously the best hair products I've ever used (and ever will). But anyway, it was such a great thing to wake up to and it made my day! So you know that moisturizer with the AHA I was talking about? The Eucerin one? Well I saw this chart thing with a ton of ingredients that are comedogenic or irritating or both that should not be in any skin products and more than half of the ingredients in that moisturizer were in the chart!!! Another reason to change moisturizers. I'll update again soon! Have a great day everyone!!!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Still Day Fifty-Seven

I just realized how ridiculous it is to calculate my confidence with points. lol I think I'll abandon that idea... So I am going to do a "water cleanse" which I read about in another person's blog and it sounds awesome. I'm basically going to drink a ton of water and- to put this pleasantly- take many trips to the bathroom. So I'll hydrate and flush out all the toxins and gross stuff in my body! I'll do this for a full week and be done by the time school starts. Speaking of which.... School starts in nine days!!! I want to be completely clear for the first day (which might actually happen). Using AHA every night should fade my red marks at least a little bit by then and the regimen is still clearing me up. Here is how my skin looks and feels: -No flakes -Glowing -Soft and smooth -One pimple (on left cheek) -Three small skin colored bumps (two on left cheek, one between eyebrows) -Several red marks (mostly on left cheek, three on right cheek, few on forehead and above lips) -Light pink blotchiness on chin -Slight, mostly unnoticeable blotchiness on lower right cheek -Weird dime-sized grayish looking bruise thing on right side of forehead and left side of bridge of nose (sort of looks like an unmoving shadow, appeared out of nowhere) What I am using: -Acne.org cleanser (one pump) -Acne.org benzoyl peroxide (one finger's length) -Eucerin fast absorbing lotion plus smoothing essentials (has AHA) as a morning moisturizer (with two drops of acne.org jojoba oil) -Acne.org AHA+ as a nightly moisturizer (with two to four drops of acne. org jojoba oil)

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fifty-Seven

That AHA is seriously a miracle worker!!! I've been using it as a nightly moisturizer for over a week and my skin is sooooo soft!!!!!!! I have only one active pimple and its on my cheek. I have these little baby pimples on my chin and cheek and forehead though. They are so teeny and unnoticeable and skin colored.... for now. I think they will just go away, but you know I sort of doubt it. Well my hyper-pigmentation marks are as noticeable as always. Last night my sister called me Pippy Longstockings because of the red marks on my cheeks. She's so mean, attacking my weakest spot: my skin. It looks like I have ten pimples instead of one because of those marks. They are from pimples I had before I even started the regimen, and they are STILL there!! I wish they would fade already!!!!!! So for my school picture I ended up wearing a dark blue shirt with tiny white polkadots (that looked suspiciously like whiteheads). The picture was horrible. Seriously. I think it was mostly the lighting though. It made me look super shiny AND dull. How is that even possible?? My friend who has beautiful flawless skin looked even more shiny than me in her picture! I am SO doing retakes! That picture lowered my confidence by twenty points. Speaking of which, I'm going to start calculating my skin self confidence by points. My goal is to get up to 100. I think I'll start with -10 points because of the Pippy Longstockings thing last night. But I think it went up 20 because of the softness of my skin today, and how it's glowing from the AHA. So I am at +10 points right now. I'll update again soon! By now you probably know that that means "in a week or so" because of my procrastination... But anyhow! I hope all you reading this are having a great day!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fifty-One!!!

As of today I have been on the regimen for more than half a hundred days! Today is school picture day (I have to go in an hour) and I am NOT looking forward to it. I have a bright red pimple without a head on my cheek and another on my forehead. There is another on my nose with a head, just leering at me. Yay.... I'm surprised I don't have more since my cold got really bad last night and I used a lot of tissues on my nose. My cold is so much better today though! I'm debating on what color of shirt to wear for the picture. Is there a certain color that makes pimples POP (did you catch that pun? hahaha) or makes them less noticeable? Help is really appreciated!!!! I have been using AHA as a nightly moisturizer for two nights now with no sting (except for last night on my raw nose) and I haven't seen any results. There are a few less flakes, yes. But the places that needed exfoliation haven't changed at all. I just have to remind myself to stay patient. Wish me luck on my picture!!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Forty-Nine

Well I went to my week long camp with a very flaky face and an almost empty bottle of Eucerin moisturizer, a new bottle of Eucerin sunscreen (that I discovered too late did not moisturize my skin at all) and all of my acne.org products. I did not have a lot of time at all to do the regimen so I got by doing it uber fast and not very gently. Plus halfway through the week my moisturizer was gone so I used a friend's. Bleh. The week was pretty horrible skin-wise. I got a pimple on my chin (completely gone now), a couple on my forehead and on my cheeks. I skipped bp only once in the whole trip though. As soon as I got back I bought a bottle of fast-absorbing Eucerin moisturizer with AHA. I will buy the acne.org moisturizer when the new one comes out and for now I will use this and my acne.org AHA every other night. Last night I skipped the regimen because I was uber tired and went to sleep really early. I didn't even wash my face... More bad news: I'm catching a cold. My nose is running like crazy as I type this and I'm sneezing every ten seconds. No joke. Can't wait to go to bed.... Good news!!!!! I am making use of the last two weeks of my summer and I am livening up my social life!! Today I arranged a double sleep over with the friend I blogged about earlier for tomorrow, and trip to the mall with another friend for next week, and a trip downtown with another friend in a week. I invited another friend to do something but she hasn't gotten back to me yet. Yay for facebook and phones! Here is how my face looks right now: -flakes around nose and mouth -smallish pimple on cheek and corner of nose -a few litttle bumps in between eyebrows -red spots on cheeks and between eyebrows -chapped lips -in desperate need of exfoliation So pretty much the only things that really bother me right now are my red spots and my scaly, exfoliation-needing spots. The pimples I know will go away pretty soon and the bumps aren't too noticeable (hopefully the AHA smoothes them out!) and my chapped lips are easily mendable with petroleum jelly. I think if I hadn't gone to that overnight camp I would be way more clear- if not completely clear- by now. Well, off I go to take a shower! I really hope my face looks better tomorrow when my friend comes over!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Thirty-Seven

I spoke too soon. There is a teeny bump on my chin that could be a start of a pimple (loading up on bp today!) and I went into one of those super bright grocery store lights and I could clearly see a lot of red marks that I thought in dim light I thought were faded. Plus there is another start of a pimple on my forehead and the other two haven't completely faded. I'm pretty sure they will leave red marks. On the bright side, I am officially using the full amount of bp every day, twice a day! With no burning, only minimal blotchiness, but a whole bunch of shine. I am scared to reduce the amount of jojoba I'm using in case of burning and flakiness. The areas around my lips are flaking as well as on some parts of my chin and eyebrows. I really need to order the moisturizer today! I want it to come in time for an overnight one week summer camp in the sun that I'm starting on Monday. The camp worries me because we will only be allowed very short showers, not enough bathroom time for the regimen, and I don't think there are any mirrors. I will have to work around this... Maybe I can quickly wash my face in the morning either in the shower or sink, apply bp right after, wait ten minutes while we are doing other stuff, excuse myself to the bathroom, and moisturize. At night we will probably have time to sit around and talk so I will wash my face after we all brush our teeth, then do the regimen right there. It will just look normal, like I am putting two kinds of night lotion on (except the labels might give it away). I have an idea! I could use moisturizing sunscreen instead of my moisturizer in the mornings so I can do it right in front of people. They will probably be using sunscreen too. That's what I'll do! Thank goodness I have this blog to write all my thoughts down in and sort them out. You know what's weird is I feel comfortable writing embarrassing things about my face and personal life in this blog because I feel like no one reads it. There are always plenty of views but most of them are probably just people glancing at it. And there are never any comments or anything (at least not lately). I doubt anyone is following this blog too, which is actually a bit depressing... ahaha. I'll update again soon!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Thirty-Five

A lot has happened in the last three days. I lost my Eucerin somewhere among the huge mess in the house we're moving out of (what's up with me and losing lotion??), so I had to use body lotion (the brand was vaseline) on my face... Urg. I am sure that is the cause of the worsening redness of the two annoying pimples on my forehead. The got a lot redder and a little more enflamed. I found my Eucerin last night though so yay! Also, I had to model for this lady who wanted to paint me with oil paints for an art festival on Friday, so I wore coverup on my pimples just in case someone I knew saw me at the festival. So that probably didn't help... Anyway, they are less red and calming down now. I have been doing the regimen very diligently since my last post! Well, except for that whole lotion thing. But there has been no skipping and I have been very gentle AND I'm almost completely at a whole finger!!! Just a teeny bit more and I will not have to increase the bp anymore! I think I will be at the full amount by tomorrow night. Also, I randomly got this pimple on my collarbone. And that's super strange because I hardly ever get pimples anywhere but my face. It was really red, but small. I used bp and AHA on it. It was my first time using AHA. I don't know if it's helping, but the pimple seems to be going away. I have amazing news! I was looking in the mirror today, examining my skin (as usual) and I noticed that all my red marks are almost completely faded!!! There are only two small ones next to my nose. And my complexion is much better than just a few days ago. All blotchiness and unusual redness is gone, as well as most of my flakes and the brown scaly under-eye flakes. That made me so happy! I have no pimples except for the two on my forehead and that weird one on my collarbone, so I think I will be completely clear by next week! YAYYY!!!!!!! This is how far I've come: About to start the regimen: pimples on my forehead, chin, nose, and next to my nose (under my eyes), no cysts, but many little red, very unattractive pimples, and red marks from previous pimples. Now: two pimples on my forehead, two red marks, a few flakes. YESSS!!!!!!! Oh, and I called my friend today and we actually talked and she was nice and happy AND AND AND AND.... she invited my to sleep over!!!! YESSS again!!!! But I declined since I don't look very good today (hair is a bit of a mess and I look sleep-deprived) and I want to surprise her with a completely clear face. Except it wont be much of a surprise since she doesn't see my pimples very often since they are usually disguised with concealer. But I won't look weird with slightly off colored coverup and I won't be self-conscious. I can't wait!!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Thirty-Two

I have officially completed one month on the regimen! I'm back from a week at the beach! I completely slacked on the regimen during that week. I didn't use jojoba oil because I didn't want to look all shiny and oily, which made my face sting, which made me decide to skip bp for a day, which made me go back to square one. On the last day at the beach, I lost my moisturizer, so I'm back to using greasy Eucerin. Yay. Not. But that's okay because I haven't seen anybody since the beach so I don't have to be embarrassed. Since then, I've ramped back up to three fourths a finger of bp with only minor burning. I'm exactly the same as I was when I last blogged as far as the amount of bp I am using is. I really have to get up to one full finger soon! I also have to order more acne.org moisturizer and my cleanser is running out.... Also, I just got two tiny pimples on my forehead which isn't surprising considering my slacking, but depressing all the same. They are not noticeable and I hope they will go away soon. Well, my friend finally contacted me the day before yesterday via facebook messages. Thanks for calling.... More news! I am moving!!! Into a two floor apartment with my sister and mom. It has two and a half bathrooms, which I am super happy about. I really love it! We are spending the next week moving everything in. It's not too far from where I live now. It will be a fresh start. I can't wait till I am all settled in! I will try my best to be diligent with blogging, but with the move and all it might be hard. I forgot to mention... Going to the beach didn't give me a tan. Oh, and the light brown flakish scales are back.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Still Day 21: Ranting

On a completely irrelevant and slightly negative note.... I am so annoyed at one of my friends! I used to (note the "used to") spend so much time with her; she was practically my sister. But lately she has been having an "I'm way too cool for you" attitude. A couple of weeks ago we were chatting on fb and all she said was "ok" or "cool" or "i don't know" to everything I said! It was insanely annoying. So I haven't chatted with her since, and I don't want to either. We usually talk on the phone every two days or everyday, but she's only called me twice since the fb thing, and we talked for two minutes. I have had to do all the calling and talking. She just listens and interrupts about something totally irrelevant to what I'm saying. Or she says "just a minute" and is gone for five minutes talking to her sister or mom in the background or eating or making food. I have started to hate talking to her. She just annoys me to death now. I'm just going to not call her or contact her in any way for two weeks. If she wants to talk to me, she'll have to do it herself. She hasn't even seen my haircut! We haven't hung out FOR EVER and she doesn't want to anyway. For example I called her yesterday asking if she wanted to come over and she said "My mom isn't here right now... I'll call you back." But she used to never even ask her mom, since the answer was almost always yes. And why couldn't she ask her dad? And the most annoying part is she hasn't even called me back!!!!!!!!!! Here is my plan: Stick with the regimen precisely and get myself completely clear and flawless with AHA (after getting used to bp), get a tan at the beach, build up my confidence and poise, keep my hair beautiful and short and new, maybe lose a little weight (I don't need it, but if I want to have the swimsuit model body, I'll have to actually exercise since I rely on my fast metabolism to keep me slim), paint my nails a bold, bright color (I hardly paint my nails) and go shopping for uber cute clothes. Then when (if) we ever hang out again or when school starts again, I will be a new, polished, confident, fresh summer beauty! And I won't care if she ever thought she was too cool for me. Yay! Sounds like a good plan to me! Even if she drops her sudden attitude before summer ends I'm still fulfilling my goals because I should anyway.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Twenty-One

It's been exactly three weeks since I started the regimen! Yay! I forgot to mention last night that all my brownish flakes have officially disappeared, forever hopefully (knock on wood). I don't know if I ever wrote about it, but about a week ago I started to notice tiny brown scale-like flakes underneath my eyes, near my nose. They weren't flaky flakes, like they wouldn't peel. They just looked like flakes. Anyhow, they weren't too noticeable because they were only a shade darker than the rest of my skin, but at a certain angle it looked really gross and scaly. But they are gone now! On the not so bright side, I think I might have acne cosmetica (which I read about on Dan's blog) on my nose. There are all these little tiny bumps that fit his description and they are quite annoying. I used to always use cream cover up on my nose and that's probably the cause. I stopped for the regimen though. I hope they go away soon. My face is still blotchy (mostly on my cheeks and chin) but I think it will probably fade in a few weeks. Also, this morning I discovered a mysterious red mark on my nose that isn't quite a pimple, just a weird red blemish thing. I used only four drops of jojoba this morning, just to experiment with shininess. My face isn't burning or flaking yet, but it's still shiny. You know how Dan says jojoba controls shininess by mimicking the skin's oil bla bla bla? Well I think that is total bs, considering how shiny my face has become since the regimen. But I'll stick with jojoba anyway.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Twenty

Hey everyone! So I don't think I'll be able to update for a while after the day after tomorrow because I'm spending a week at the beach and I don't know if the cabin will have wi-fi. Speaking of which, I am so scared!!! All that sun might give me a sunburn which will absolutely ruin my face. Should I replace my moisturizer for Olay complete for sensitive skin sfp15? Or should I just add it as another step to the morning regimen? Advice would be very appreciated!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Nineteen

Almost to the three week mark!! I really can't wait to start the AHA; the bp hasn't been helping my complexion. Just one more week and I can start! I've only gotten two teensy, unnoticable pimples since I started the regimen, which is super awesome. I'm still following pretty closely to the What To Expect Page. All my red marks are still there which is super annoying, but I'm hoping they'll go away soon, preferably by the time school starts. I am verrrry slowly increasing my amount of bp because I hate the burn when I go too fast. One thing that has been driving me nuts is how shiny the jojoba oil makes me look. My grandma asked if she should turn the air conditioning on because she thought I was sweating. I never sweat. Only when I am extremely nervous or it is super hot or after intense exercise. But if I use less than five drops, my skin becomes flaky... I'd rather have shiny skin than flakiness though. I just wish there was a perfect amount of drops so I don't look oily, and I don't look flaky. Oh well. At least I don't have to worry too much since I don't have school. I'll update again soon! P.S. Is anyone following my blog? Just wondering. P.S.S. I got a haircut! It is about three inches above my shoulders; I'll attach pics later. See ya!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fifteen

I skipped the regimen last night!!! AAAGH!! I wanted to have twelve hours in between my regimens (because that was one of my goals) so I went to bed at eleven, setting my alarm clock for 1:00 am. I slept right through it!!!!!! So trying to do one goal completely ruined another. Sigh... Oh well. I have to plow forward!!! On the bright side, I've hardly touched my face (except to apply eye makeup), I exercised for an hour, and I drank a little water. Not quite nine cups, but I'll drink a ton right before bed. This doesn't have to do with the regimen at all but do any of you use e.l.f makeup? I bought some and it just came in the mail! So all day today I've been experimenting with eye makeup! No face makeup on the regimen for me. I used plum eyeliner, and pink and purple shimmery eyeshadow. And mascara of course. I think it turned out really well! The sparkles really light up my eyes. To bad I didn't go anywhere today... My goal for tomorrow is to go on the computer for only twenty minutes. Wish me luck! I'll probably either do a really short update or not do any at all tomorrow. So see you the day after!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Fourteen

Hey guys! Sorry that I haven't updated for a whole week, but it's been crazy over here. So pretty much all that's happened is I went up to two thirds of a finger overnight (stupid me!) and my face burned like crazy. So I slowed back down a little bit. Then for some reason I couldn't do the regimen (I can't remember why) for a whole day, which was a horrible mistake. So now I'm pretty much back to square one, because the blotchiness is back. The burning is gone though! Yay! The pimple on my nose is back. It has a horribly taunting head, but I'm leaving it alone. Lately I have been really slacking on the regimen. I need to fix that! I've been doing the regimen at really irregular times. I've also been forgetting that I'm in the middle of the regimen, and have an hour between each thing (cleansing, bp, moisturizing). My goal is to stop doing that, and bring my devotion back!! I'm at two thirds of a finger now. Pretty good process, I have to say. More goals: -Drink three glasses of water in the morning -Drink four at night -Drink two inbetween. -Go outside for an hour at least a day -Don't touch face -Exercise for an hour at least a day -Use a whole finger of bp by the end of week three. See you soon! I'm going to try to update every day again, now that I'm not too busy.

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Seven

No stinging again today! And this morning I used a ton of bp. I went from a third of a finger to half a finger! I'm not too flaky (yay!) and no new pimples (double yay!). Well actually there is a mysterious, large, red bump on my neck, but I'm not sure if it's a pimple or a mosquito bite. It doesn't itch, but I have never ever ever gotten a single blemish on my neck before. Just to be safe, I put some benzoyl peroxide on it. I just remembered something that happened this morning. I was completely zoned out and spacey while I was doing the regimen, so I completely forgot to apply bp and I just moisturized. With jojoba oil and everything. I realized that after rubbing all the moisturizer in. Stupid right? So I just waited fifteen minutes and applied bp. I waited for about thirty minutes and moisturized again. I seriously need to pay more attention.... I've used the acne.org moisturizer!!! Yay! It's absolutely fabulous. It absorbs super fast, goes on easily, doesn't leave a greasy look (only a healthy shine), and feels great! I looove it! After using it with about five drops of jojoba, my face looks radiant and completely empty of flakes! I am soooo happy with this product! My face isn't red and french fry greasy at all. I could seriously go on for hours just praising it. Even more good news: My old blemishes are fading! And the blotchiness is gone! Hooray! I'm just dreading the possible breakout in Week Two. I am also scared I might breakout because of stress, because lately I have been uber stressed and irritated. I've been feeling as if it's my "time of the month" right now! But it's nowhere near at all. I hope the bp stops any breakout. I'll report back tomorrow. 'Till then! P.S. I just realized that we've hit the One Week mark!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Six

Today Dan's moisturizer arrived!! But I haven't had the chance to use it in the regimen yet, since I had already done the morning regimen when it came. I can't wait for tonight to use it! I used some on my hands and it is so thin and ungreasy and it absorbs so well. Goodbye greasy Eucerin!! My face didn't sting this morning in the regimen again, so I'm hoping the stinging is permanently gone. Some bad news: I accidentally popped the pimple on my nose while scratching it. It was pretty gross and I cleaned it. I hope it doesn't get infected.... Another piece of bad news is I am still only using a third of a finger on the regimen and it is almost the end of week one. I should have one whole finger by week two! I will apply more than usual tonight, maybe half a finger. The areas around my mouth are really dry, so I have been putting more moisturizer on there throughout the day as they start to flake. The right-hand section of my chin is really dry, almost leathery! I am hoping it will smooth out soon. Till next time! P.S. I just checked and the blog has exactly 200 views!! Yay!

Pearls

Pearls

 

Day Five

Yay! I am so happy today!! Guess why? Because my face hardly burned yesterday when I was doing the regimen. It burned a little more at night, but it wasn't so bad. And today was amazing!! It didn't burn AT ALL in the morning regimen, and I didn't get red! But I did wake up really flaky and dry... That went away when I moisturized with jojoba though. And I just finished the evening regimen, and my face just barely stung. It didn't hurt at all. I am soooo happy! My face is still blotchy, but not as much. I've only gotten one pimple since I started the regimen. It had a head, but I'm not going to pop it. It is right at the corner of my nose. My pimples look less red, but other than that, my acne pretty much looks the same. I am dreading when it will purge.... Oh, and sorry that I forgot to blog again last night, I got distracted... Well, I'll be back tomorrow! I forgot to mention something! I went outside today! In public! I saw my friend, and I wasn't embarrassed about my face too much. Wahooo! Now I'm going for real... see ya!

Pearls

Pearls

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