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DAY 69: + inspirational video

One of my favorite makeup gurus on Youtube gave a heart to heart about makeup and acne a while back, and I watched it again just now and it really touches me because I've had so many issues with my acne scarred skin and I've had such a history with buying makeup to cover it up. I think I'm on the way to being happy with my skin, but I feel like I still have a bit more to go until I'm actually that comfortable with going makeup free 24/7. As much as I love makeup and makeup artistry as well (I'm

adalyn

adalyn

10/04/10

 

DAY 69

Current Regimen: AM 1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 2. Benprox 5.25% Wash 3. Fougera Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion 1% 4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 5. Makeup/Foundation: Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer (Sand) and Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation (Sunny Beige) 6. Doryx 150mg PM 1. Shills Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil 2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 3. Benprox 5.25% Wash 4. Retin-A Micro 0.04% Gel 5. Cerave Moisturizing Crea

adalyn

adalyn

10/03/10

 

DAY 62: NO FOUNDATION LULZ

Current Regimen: AM 1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 2. Benprox 5.25% Wash 3. Fougera Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion 1% 4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 5. Makeup/Foundation: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation OR Paula Dorf Oil Free Foundation + Physician's Formula Talc Free Mineral Face Powder (and MAC Studio Finish Concealer) 6. Doryx 150mg with breakfast PM 1. Shills Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil 2. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser 3. Benprox 5

adalyn

adalyn

09/26/10

 

DAY 56: (almost) Monthly Update

Current Regimen: AM 1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 2. Benprox 5.25% Wash 3. Fougera Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion 1% 4. La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid 5. Makeup/Foundation: Laura Mercier Oil Free Foundation OR Paula Dorf Oil Free Foundation + Physician's Formula Talc Free Mineral Face Powder (and MAC Studio Finish Concealer) 6. Doryx 150mg with breakfast PM 1. Shills Cherry Blossom Cleansing Oil 2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 3. Benprox 5.2

adalyn

adalyn

09/20/10

 

DAY 27

MY SKIN IS 90% Clear! Except for the picking and the scabbing that is my fault, it's clear! I only have small whiteheads and blackheads under the surface of my skin, but most of the top layer of my skin has peeled off and healed (due to the Retin-A) and my complexion looks more even and bright. Its so AWESOME! I don't even need to wear makeup on top because I'm happy with the way it looks. On top of that my skin has this healthy dewy glow too. My skin is still peeling off in thin

adalyn

adalyn

08/22/10

 

DAY 19

Haven't written in a while. I want to say that my skin's improved. But it hasn't really from the beginning of the week. Maybe its 'cause I accidentally missed my daily dose of doxycycline on Tuesday. If it is, I've already been kicking myself for having done that. I was late for work and forgot to take the pill in the morning. Eck. So my skin basically is the same as the last posting - a lot of acne forming under the skin (you can see the tiny bumps) but other than that my face i

adalyn

adalyn

08/15/10

 

WEEK 2/DAY 14 recap: 'cause it's 1:49am and technically DAY 15

Haven't written in a while! Soooooo here's my skin status: ONLY TWO SMALL SCABS ON MAH FACE! Oh yeah. There used to be tons on the sides of my face from the healing acne. But most of those are gone; only a handful of very tiny blackheads are remaining on the sides of my cheeks and around my chin. My skin is still red from the healed acne/scabbing, but its gone done tremendously. For the first time, my skin looks nearly clear! I'm gonna take pics tomorrow, hopefully find my camera wire

adalyn

adalyn

08/09/10

 

DAY 11: Doxycycline fail

So I forgot to take my Doryx doxycycline pill this morning. I feel like such an idiot. I didn't realize I had forgotten to take it until I was on the bus. EFFFF. It just means my acne is one day behind on getting better. DAMMIT ACK. Not much change in my skin. Like yesterday. Small blackheads are still currently being pushed out of my skin. Not much of a change. I will update every few days or so. Typing the same thing is getting annoying and repetitive. ARGH. So yeah.

adalyn

adalyn

08/05/10

 

DAY 10: Every other day?

Skin Status So I might just start posting less often. When it comes down to it, posting everyday doesn't allow me to see much difference in my skin, and I feel like I repeat what I said the day before because I don't notice the change since the change is so slow. I can tell you right now that my skin still looks pretty much like yesterdays, except for a scab that's forming because I couldn't keep myself from picking (stupid me, I want to bop myself in the head for that). The scabs from t

adalyn

adalyn

08/05/10

 

DAY 9: I took pics...

but I can't show it to you. Giant fail at not being able to find the wire that hooks up my camera to my laptop. Again. Although I took care to take pictures a week apart and compare them - this being from DAY 1. After comparing side by side, it's really incredible how much my skin has gotten better. Because skin takes so long to heal and improve I don't notice the changes because I see my face everyday, but being able to see a huge change after a week is pretty incredible. On D

adalyn

adalyn

08/03/10

 

DAY 8: The purge continues

Yep, that's right! I thought my skin purging will be done soon, but it seems like it's still going. I have a lot of bumps that are still coming to the surface. Despite that, I will repeat that my skin is definitely clearing up 'cause I can tell my face feels smoother instead of bumpy and acne - prone like before. Most of the acne that is purging is on the sides of my face really, so there are a handful of scabs on either side of my face from the acne that has purged and is healing. It's frustrat

adalyn

adalyn

08/02/10

 

DAY 7: Week One recap

Recap! I've been on this regimen for a week! In comparison to DAY 0, a good amount of my scabs are gone, save for the new ones that came up on the sides of my face from acne that has purged. I still have small blackheads everywhere, but much fewer in comparison. My face feels a lot smoother instead of bumpy. My complexion has definitely brightened, and I would say that my redness from post acne marks has definitely toned down a good amount. I still do have acne, and I still do get that 1-

adalyn

adalyn

08/02/10

 

DAY 6: IT BURNS

So I just came home and washed my face with Cetaphil and my Benprox- the usual. This time washing my face with Benprox burned even when I didn't leave it on for long. Since I was going back out tonight I put on my Clindamycin Phosphate lotion and my La Roche Posay sunscreen. Needless to say, the sunscreen BURNED. OMG IT BURNED. I think my skin's starting to get sensitive from all the meds and the topicals I'm using. My sunscreen's never burned my face before... So the blackheads and whitehe

adalyn

adalyn

07/31/10

 

DAY 5: On the bright side...

Oh yeah. My teeth are WHITE. I just took of my Crest Whitestrips (Pro Effects) and my teeth are shiny. I've only used it for five days, and used it once every day. Want white teeth? I recommend it. At this rate, my teeth will be so bright and blindingly white that people will be so completely overwhelmed my white glowing smile that they won't even seen my bad acne. Ohhh yeah.

adalyn

adalyn

07/31/10

 

DAY 5: Pizza time

Pizza Face My acne is purging right now, so while all of the acne is coming to the surface, a good amount become inflamed. Right now, My face just looks red, but upon closer examination you would see all of the blackheads and whiteheads, and some red spots for inflamed acne, on top of the red acne scars. I basically look like I'm breaking out pretty badly. I'm trying my best to keep my mind off the condition of my face right now. I know that if I look at the mirror I'm going to start

adalyn

adalyn

07/31/10

 

DAY 4: THE PURGE HAS BEGUN... + some makeup rants

The purge! The purge! 'member when I said my skin felt bumpier yesterday? Yeaah. Much more bumpier today, and I can actually start seeing the blackheads and whiteheads emerging. I also woke up with two zits that had come to a head. My bacne, which is mostly pretty light, also felt bumpy too. So yeah, I'm pretty sure my skin is starting to purge all my acne. Otherwise my skin is pretty good - my scabs are almost nonexistent except for two. Plus my giant zit from yesterday has calmed dow

adalyn

adalyn

07/30/10

 

DAY 3: EW.

My blackheads are either diminishing or emerging and coming to a head. Grosss. Anyway, my big zit from DAY 1 spawned another one - on the other side of my forehead, on my hairline. This particular new zit hurts when I press on it. Unfortunately, I know for certain its gonna scab over when it heals. My scabs are diminishing though, so my skin looks more even toned (aside from the redness caused by post acne hyperpigmenation). Much better than looking like have black spots on my face. My fac

adalyn

adalyn

07/29/10

 

DAY 2: + whitestrips!

Soooo... not much of a change. However, my redness seems to have gone down a bit from yesterday, and my scabs are slowly starting to disappear. I don't feel any new acne forming, but I do tend to have the acne that sits in my skin and makes my skin bumpy. My acne barely ever comes to a head but when it does, it oozes and scabs over. Ugh. Scabs are pretty much the same, though a good amount seem to be nearing the final stage of healing - when it's about to fall off on its own. Which is nice

adalyn

adalyn

07/27/10

 

DAY 1

So I've just finished my PM routine and took some pics of my face. Then I couldn't find the cord to connect my camera to my comp. Giant heap of fail right there. Current Skin Status So anyway, my skin really doesn't look that different from when I started. The only remarks I would make is that one of the giant scabs I had on my cheek has now peeled off, leaving a giant shiny pink mark - and adding to the large number of healing red marks I already have on my face. I have so many red m

adalyn

adalyn

07/27/10

 

DAY 0

Pre-regimen status! Forehead: 5-6 small scabs; one painful inflamed whitehead, many small bumpy blackheads, red pigmentation Left Cheek: 3-4 large scabs, 7-ish small scabs/red spots, and many tiny raised blackheads and whiteheads scattered along the side of my face starting from the temple, along the jaw, and to the chin Right Cheek: 3 medium scabs, red hyperpigmentation spread throughout cheek, many small raised blackheads and whiteheads scattered all over cheek; cluster of blackhead

adalyn

adalyn

07/25/10

 

My Acne History

When I was 12, I started getting acne - mostly on the T-zone with a lot of whiteheads, blackheads, and a few big cystic acne. It was bad enough that my sister joked and called it a constellation on my forehead. It was kind of funny, but it was bad enough to be described that way. Since then, I've tried this stuff between the ages of 12-17: - Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, Oil Free Acne Wash, Liquid Neutrogena - they left my skin dried out - Clean & Clear salicylic acid 2% g

adalyn

adalyn

07/25/10

 

Intro: New anti-acne regimen!

Hey all! I thought I'd start a blog to track my progress on fighting acne. So... here goes! I'm Adalyn. I'm 20 and since I was 12, I've had moderate to serious acne (a LOT of whiteheads and blackheads plus the occasional one cystic zit). My new dermatologist just put me on a completely new anti-acne regimen that I will start with tomorrow, and I'm going to log that new regimen here. My skin tends to be combination/dry side and a tad bit sensitive. Here are the Rx meds that she put

adalyn

adalyn

07/25/10

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