Today, I am one month deep in some birth control. I hate it, but it was for a completely non-acne related issue, and now I am damned with it for the end of time. Or at least until three packs runs out...
As of now, the terrible chin breakouts I have been having (along my jaw as well) have halted, and my skin is clear of any active acne....!!! I have red marks from my cheek bones down (HALP!!) but as far as my painful itchy nasty acne, I've got nothing!! I have changed my routine up quite a bit, as well so it's mighty hard to know which it was exactly that made this work...
As of now, I am using Biore Complexion Clearing Scrub day and night, along with Neutrogena Triple Action Stress Control toner, and Murad's Skin Perfecting Lotion. Same for day and night. At first when I started the BCP and new face wash routine, my face was so incredibly oily. Minutes after applying makeup, it would slide off and my face has never been oily. I chalk that up to the BCP though. The toner was a bit drying at first, but I did start with only once a day, and now I'm up to twice a day. For reference, I am using Nortrel 1/35, which I believe is generic for Ortho Novum. It seems to be doing great things, and no side effects to report after an entire month's cycle of it. We'll see how things go!
PS: Things (my acne) got really bad after I got off of the regimen, and I feel as though my skin was almost purging out what the BP was supressing! After starting the Salicylic Acid again, I'm not sure if I can go back to full applications of BP. Spot treatment, sure. The tea tree oil worked pretty much the same as the BP, but my husband couldn't tolerate the smell, and after a while neither of us could.
I haven't really much to report, but here goes what I do know:
The redness that I used to have is now gone. I used to have a reddish tint to my skin that was very unbecoming but it seems to have faded. I have fading redmarks, and no active pimples! A cyst/nodule that I had came to a head, for the first time in my life, and I took pride in getting rid of it... That was a few days ago, and there is only the memory left of that. My face isn't dry, isn't oily, it's juuuusst right. I broke out on my forehead a few days ago from using a vitamin E cream, that wasn't labeled non comedogenic (duh) so I discontinued that, and have had no new nothing for about a few days now. I used to have clogged pores beside my nose and cheeks, and the big bumps along my jaw have flattened out and are fading away. My skin's texture used to be so bumpy, and it's smoothing out by the day. All in all, I think it's safe to say that I am doing something right. I'm just anxious to see what happens during my special week when my hormones are relentless. That'll be the true test.
It's been a while since my last post, so here are the details on my progress with my regimen:
I went quite a few days with no new pimples whatsoever, and the old ones weren't coming to a head, and just lingering there... But everything is fading fast now, and this morning I woke up with a little whitehead that is already gone by 10 am. That has never happened to me before, it was quick! i am in love with tea tree oil now, and I am going to keep doing what I'm doing until I don't have to do it anymore! the time it takes me to wash my face now feels normal, and i'm in and out in about 10 minutes. I really think the breakout I woke up with this morning was from the Zinc I am taking, because I usually don't get the little whitehead pimples, I either get the big painful nodules, or cysts. I messed around with a cyst the other night, and nothing happened except it looked like I had a huge growth on the side of my face. I iced it for about 15 minutes, took an an advil, and it was down again in the morning. I have been taking a probiotic AM and PM, Zinc after lunch, and a multi after breakfast. I am seeing good results!
I have yet to try this makeup, but I love the fact that they have samples, (blush and foundation!) and I got some just now, for only $8.00! shipping and all! I was surprised at how cheap it was, I truly hope it isn't a cheap product. Ever since I stopped using Bare Minerals, my skin has cleared immensely, and I am quite happy about that.
I have yet to wake up to a new breakout, but the existing ones I do have are taking their time to fade. I still have a patch of baddies on my jawline, and I can't seem to leave them alone...
I have been takind Acidophilis and Bifidis (sp...) twice a day consistently at 10 am and 10 pm, Zinc after dinner, along with my multivitamin. I have been washing my face with Dan's cleanser, using the Dermalogica sponge cloth, (this thing is great) and tea tree oil mixed with Jojoba Oil on my breakouts. I have good skin other than my jawline, so I don't use product where I don't need it. I have been using Jason Vitamin E moisturizer at night, and Dan's during the day. So far, nothing really dramatically has changed other than I don't have new breakouts to report. This is common though for me, because they tend to come and go in waves. I just hope something is happening!
I went to the spa today for my monthly facial, and decided to see a new skin therapist. She too, suffered from cystic breakouts and acne. I wasn't even in the slightest put off by it. Actually, it was comforting to know that even people with the knowledge and tools still fight this seemingly losing battle. Well, she told me that I had normal to dry skin from the upper lip up, but from there on down was another story. She told me it was definitely hormonal, and told me that the vitamins and supplements I was taking may be enough to stop what acne I have in it's tracks. That was reassuring for sure. She recommended that I keep with a gentle facewash, but instead of washing it off with just water, I should use an antibacterial cloth. I told her about the tea tree oil, and she said if I've seen slight improvements with it, sure. She said she would rather me use a salicylic gel at night only, and just wash and moisturize during the day but try it out. moisturize.
I am going to get some lactic acid peels here within the next few weeks, to try and kill this little patch of baddies I have. once I get everything under control, that's when my therapist told me I would be able to see if the supplements are working. Just to think last night I was ready to make a call to my Derm's house to put me on Accutane..... I don't think I would be able to do that, and I'm glad I didn't take that route. Even she said she wouldn't even think of trying, and plus I would like another child sometime in the next year or so, so I don't want to get on BC.
That's what's going on here, what's going on in your neck of the woods?
I have recently broke out in large painful acne, and one or two cysts under my jaw that are really something to talk about...
I researched the issue, to no avail. I am on a complete trial and error regimen now, and this site is really a good tool for that. I have recently looked into the "do nothing" method, and this is why.
When I was about 17 or so, I started wanting to wash my face. I NEVER ever washed my face, that I can remember. My sister has had terrible acne since she was around 11, but I never did, until I decided to use her Proactiv, her neutrogena, her whatever was on the sink. I remember actually just using soap, sometimes, in the shower before all that and I never broke out. I would get a pimple every now and then, like most girls do, but not like this.
Last night, I washed my face with some Jojoba Oil, rinsed it off with steam and washcloth (gently) and then applied a thin layer with a cotton ball. Then I grab another cotton ball and put one to two drops of Jojoba Oil and 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil (both Jason brand oils) and I dab it along my jawline.
I felt clean, but not over dry or over oily. I woke up this morning and found that my active breakouts were dried/drying up, and as of right now, I only have one active pimple on my whole face. I will post pics to show before and after results. After one application, I am already noticing the difference in my face. I think due to my obsessive nature with fixing things, will never be able to just "do nohting" but compared to what I have been putting my face through over the years, this may as well be nothing.
I also started taking a Probiotic last night, and discontinued Fish Oil because I broke out in the cysts, I'm going to see if fish oil is why. I didn't wake up to ANY new zits this morning, but I have a feeling that coming off of the BP after a few weeks my skin will retaliate soon. I'm not expecting clear skin right away, but I am anxiously awaiting to see what happens in a few days of this. and to top it all off? It's MONDO cheaper, quicker, less irritating, smells odd... and I just down right feel good about doing it. Plus, as an extra added bonus, with steam on my face, my clogged pores are becoming unclogged, as opposed to just sitting in there looking yellow and staring at people. Who knows, I may post tomorrow that this is the worst thing in the world, and cry for help and that I was stupid for doing this, but tomorrow is so far away, I'll think about tomorrow when the time comes....
I just have to say that after I washed my face this morning, it felt amazing. I notice that my pores are purging now, and I can't touch my face without what looks like spaghetti coming out of it. (ew.) I'm going to take that as a really good thing. I have a more natural glow now, not a slick shine masked with some Jojoba oil, and my active acne that I had has dried up immensely. I notice that it is dry though, and I can imagine it's a combo of not finding the right mix of Tea tree oil and coming off of BP without using moisturizer. I had the "matching" inflammations next to my mouth, and the one on the right side was already clear, but the one on my left side was still kicking. Just 10 minutes ago I looked in the mirror, and it was litterally hanging off my face (another big ew.) so I grabbed the tweezers, and away it went. It literally erased my pimple. that was a HUGE issue, as it was right there, and now it's gone. Whether it's the Probiotics, going off of Fish oil, or the tea tree oil, zinc, what have you, I am noticing changes that didn't happen with the BP and I am happy I decided to find a safer and less irritating alternative. I also think this is day 5 or so with no makeup? give or take a day i think.
NOOOOO MAKEUP! woot. I feel naked and exposed, and to be honest, I kinda like it
No new breakouts since yesterday, but they are def there still. Bummer. Wanna hear something hilarious? I have to re-take my drivers written test, (Hawaii to MN) and I'm gonna get my pic taken lookin a little rough. I will not wear makeup, for I am mad at it, and will not give it the time of day. So, in turn, I will have what looks like Chickenpox in my license. On the positive side, at least I still have my head, right? right??
I woke up with a patch of dry skin under my nose and around the corners, but I did ramp up the dosage last night. I'm to 3/4th's the full amount now, starting last night, lol. I am still on a sunscreen search, for the Eucerine I bought stings like hell. Maybe it's a combo of sunscreen/BP, but it's on the recommendations list, and I will not stray!
I only have pimples along my jaw now, as opposed to on my cheeks and sides of face. That's a plus, I just can't raise my head to expose my vulnerability, lol. My husband says even Superman had a weakness, and I took that as a compliment.
Good day to you all!
I woke up this mornig with highly aggrevated acne, and more awesome new nodules along the jaw and under my chin. They came with no sign of coming, I wish they would at least call, first...
I am dumping BM as I said in my other post, as I think I am having a reaction to the Bismuth in the products. I had a revelation this morning, and it's all thanks to this site that I self diagnosed myself with a form of acne cosmetica. I was analyzing my situation last night, and saw that I do indeed have the little white bumps albeit they are small and hardly noticable, I am wondering if the prolonged use of this stuff (2 + years) can create the issue I have now. I also started reading Paula's book "don't go to the cosmetic counter without me" (or something like that) and man, I was so unkind to my skin in the past. I picked it up at Barnes and Nobles while letting my son play at the trainset they have and I wish like hell I would have bought it now...
I used Murad for half a year, and found out that it has irritants in it, my Dermalogica precleanse has WAY harsh ingredients in it, the makeup I was using was terrible, and the masks I used to use pre-regimen were so awful for me! She compared the clarifying mask from Murad to something awful that i wish I could remember because it was hilarious, but I think I'm going to buy that damn book now. If nothing else, it's a wonderful reference.
Needless to say, I need to make some changes still! Like Dan says, I need to tweek some things.
P.S. I think I am in love with Dan? anyone else feeling this? <3 Have a wonderous day, all.
Today is my elusive visit from Auntie Rose day, which would explain quite a bit of my pain and suffering the past few days.
The appearance of my overall skin is delicious, with of course the beakouts on the jawline and hyperpigmentation. Those aside I am pleased with the results I am getting. Since my last entry, I have made some changes or tweaks in my regimen. Here they are:
AM: Jojoba Oil massage
Cleanse with Acne.Org
Apply a thin Jojoba layer
Appy Acne.org BP (I'm using a little more now)
Moisturize with Acne.org with 4 drops Jojoba Oil
(I am going to leave my pricey Bare Minerals behind, and start using Almay, and recently bought Eucerine SPF 30 ((on recommendations list)) and I'm going to start mixing that with Jojoba Oil on the days I'll be spending outside a lot)
I take 3 chewable Omega 3 supplements a day, I got them from GMC (60 for 19.99, got second one half off) and they are almost like an orange starburst, really yummy. I just popped my first 50 mg Zinc supplement, (Finest Natural) with some lunch (100 caplets for 4.95, buy one get one free at Walgreens) and I am expecting wonderous things!
PM routine is exactly the same as morning routine, aside from I use more Jojoba Oil in my moisturizer.
I have been seeing results, (i think) slowly but surely. My acne hasn't been lingering as long, and the pimples that never formed a head before are now starting to. Which unfortunately is a bad thing for me, because now all I can think about is popping the damn things.
My self esteem is starting to show face again, and I am making eye contact again, which is what I think I miss the most about my "acne free" former self. I apologize for my previous few posts, I am a cynic by blood, and sometimes I can't stop it! But I am loving this regimen, long story short, I just have temp mood swings sometimes. I am a mother of a two year old, be patient with me if you are reading! (are you reading?)
I want to wear a paper bag over my face. My skin is so rough, broken out, and I can't even wear makeup to hide it right now. I look oily due to excessive moisturizing, and if I didn't moisturize, some may mistake me for a crocodile. I have rough flaky skin, and acne to boot. I know that this is supposed to happen, but damn. I went grocery shopping today, and I felt my face getting so hot because I could feel everyone's eyes on my situation. I am a cranky mess at home now, too. I feel so selfish, and my husband just doesn't get it. I try to explain and his response is "Well, just don't worry about it" easier said than done, my love...
I want to pour acid on my face, maybe that will cure my disguisting acne.
I haven't been on the regimen for a full two weeks yet, but I can't wait until a month is up so I can get in close with some AHA. Accutane is not in the picture for me whatsoever, regardless of what my derm says due to the fact I have a healthy sex life, and I don't want to be on BC due to the whole "knock my hormones out of whack" deal. (from experience, not assumption) My worse fear would be to go on Accutane, and become pregnant. Point being, I want to keep my sex life and I don't want to have to worry about conceiving while on a harsh medication. NOT saying that all women on accutane are careless, I AM saying that I don't tolerate BC very well, or else I would have been on Accutane months ago.
That said, I am feeling low. I have terrible skin right now, full of clogged pores, breakouts and cysts/nodules. Back to where we started, if not worse.
I am starting to think I may need to start upping the dose? but my face is so dry I don't know if I can tolerate it right now....
I woke up SO dry this morning. My neck right under my jaw is SO dry, it's irritated and rough. I never used to put BP there, (duh, that's where my breakouts are?) and I started to just recently after my "aha" moment, and MAN. My neck hates me right now. I look like a crack addict, just the look I was going for! It's 95 degrees out, can I pull off a turtleneck?
I'm starting to get some baddies under my jaw, I have about 3, but I don't know if they are going to go down like the others did, :crosses fingers: I hope so. I still have some massive redness, I am starting to wonder if I am using too much BP. I know to expect it while I am starting, but everyone is different.
So happy. Simple, and to the point.
I woke up this morning with some dryness around the sides of my eyes, and areas that didn't peel before so I think that is the thicker portion of my skin? sure. I have no "acne" redness anymore, I just look and sometimes feel a little sunburnt. I can deal with that, and I think the color looks good on me, lol. I had a baby whitehead on my chin today, but that's all I have to report as far as breakouts go. I had a cluster of three marks that appeared to be ready to show face any day, but they are actually going down rather than coming out! That's my good news of the day. My makeup application time has almost gone down by half the time it used to take, and everyone in my home is happy about that. No more concealer, just a light dusting of some Bare minerals foundation, Mascara, and I'm out! I don't even use blush right now, or the mineral veil because the Jojoba Oil gives my face a natural looking "glow" and I don't want my face to look powdery. I am so happy with the results, I can't stress how important following through with this regimen really is! It has changed my life, and I must say that is no exaggeration. Much Love.
I have been hearing OVER and over on this site how people cannot get over the flaky red hump of this journey, and I can relate; to an extent.
Prior to getting Dan's products, I used my worst enemy Persa Gel, and I almost completely gave up this whole battle against acne. Once I ordered the products, got my goods and used them correctly and twice a day, I had no flaking after a while. I have dryness, tightness and redness, but not to the point where I'm going to give up by any means. I don't know if I am doing something differently, or if some people aren't as tolerant, but I felt compelled to step by step my regimen for those who may still be on this site and reading around for stories or suggestions.
In the morning:
Before I get in the shower, I use Dermalogica precleanse. (what it does: takes care of make-up, flakes, and even mascara. With dry hands, you pour a little pool in your hand and gently glide it over the skin. I do it in little circles all over my face, and when I feel like I got all of the debris on my skin "unstuck" I rinse my hands off, and with the wet hands I go back and work it back around a bit to turn the oil into a milky liquid, and I just repeat until the product is off my face. I DO NOT SCRUB) After the precleanse, I hop in the shower, do my thing... and lastly before I get out I only use one pump cleanser, lather it up, and again with the little soft circles I put the cleanser all over for ten or less seconds (yes, I count the seconds...) and then I rinse with cool/warm water. And then I dry my face first with a clean towel, and get my jammies on. After about 5 or so minutes, I take a cotton round and put a little bit of Jojoba Oil on it and put it under my eyes, (dab it) on my eyelid, and on my lips. I wait about 5 more minutes, and I move onto 2.5% BP. (dan's) I use about 2/3 finger length right now )it may be more than I should at this point but I see no irritation or side effects and this is my second day using that much, so I will continue.) I take the BP as directed and put a spot on the forehead, cheekbones, (not eye area) nose, upper lip, middle of chin, and under my jawline. (that's my problem area) I start bottom to top, slowly moving it around to work it's magic. after I'm done and it's dry (about 10-15 minutes) I take one pump moisturizer and about 3 drops Jojoba oil and I am done for the night. I don't go to bed right away, (laying sticky face on pillow just doesn't sit well with me..)
As for my night routine, it goes about the same with some tweeks. After the precleanse and cleanse, I wait two or so minutes, apply the Jojoba Oil on a cotton round ALL OVER my face rather than just the eyes and lips, then I wait 15 minutes to apply BP. When I moisturize, I don't use Jojoba Oil in the mix.
That's that! nothing more, nothing less!
And my progress thus far is astronomical. No blackheads, no cystic acne under the jaw, just fading redmarks from what once was. I have a baby pimple right next to my nose on my right side, but that's the only active one for now. I still have the baddies brewing under the skin on my chin on the right side, but still no word as to when they're coming, so still waiting.I'm wondering if this signifies purging?? We shall see.
AHHHH!!! I am so happy with how my skin just is right now. Today when I woke up, I took a glance at where it is now and just smiled. That's right, I smiled! Granted I have breakouts under my jawline still, but rather than being hot and itchy they are just there, and barely. Most days (pre-regimen days) I would wake up mess with them, try to squeeze the life out of them, only to make matters worse. I know that miracles don't happen overnight, or in my case so far, 5 days, but I have already seen immense changes in my overall skin's appearance, and the new pimples I do get don't leave a massive red mark once they leave.
I don't mess with the bumps under my skin anymore unless they turn white (White is alright!) and then they pop and leave within two or so days. I have no blackheads to report, and I give the credit to my precleanse for that. No flakes today, just a little redness beside my nose where I had a massive cluster of little whiteheads that joined together to form one monster pimple (much like a TRANSFORMER!) which of course I popped once it turned white, and man.... That's all I'll say about that just in case you are eating breakfast or something while reading this. I have no new pimples to report as of now, but the ones I did have are packing up shop and heading out. I can feel three under my skin, but I'll worry about those when the time comes.
I feel like I can go today without any make up and not feel like I'm being stared at, so I think I am going to test this theory. later all!!
Well, my experience thus far with this regimen (or as it's known in my house "How Ally got her groove back") has been pretty damn good so far. I love the way my face looks and feels, and my overall outlook on the day has been shifted. I feel brighter, happier, and my days are just filled with hope rather than self loathing.
Right now, I am using a precleanse that I cannot stress enough, does wonders for the flaking!!! I am in NO way shape or form a spokesperson, or have anything to gain from this, but I want to spread the word of this product because of what it does. It removes ALL makeup, (even the eye makeup!) it rubs all the flakes away, and while you massage it into the skin, you are also improving circulation! The smell is fantastic, it's like a lemon-y citrus smell, and I loveeee it.
As of now, I think it's my fourth day. I have had some major peeling, and my skin has some rough patches, and feels extremely similar to the way my skin would feel the day after a peel. It has progressively softened, and I'm thankful for that. I have a long road ahead of me still, but I see some light as of right now.
I don't know if it was the Jojoba oil, the BP, the moisturizer,... what did it, i'm not sure that matters. I washed my face this morning with DKR products, (minus the Jojoba Oil, that was from GNC) and waited a bit to apply make up. When I looked at my skin, it just looked fantastic! Like, I have never seen it the way it was this morning. I have acne scars on my cheeks from months ago, and still breakouts under my jawline and whatnot but that aside (lol) the appearance just looked radiant. Maybe I was mistaking my fear of BP for fear of success? hm. The thing that really got me was when i went to give my son a bath this afternoon I passed the mirror and was going to apply some moisturizer to my flaky laugh lines, and there were no flakes. NO FLAKES. Is that the Jojoba Oil's doing, or was this just a fluke, or not enough BP? I suppose only time will tell. As for greasy, I have had no issues today as far as greasy goes, and I have gone outside in my hot truck carrying my heavy son and went grocery shopping. After all that, still, my face looks 100% better than it did the day before I used the DKR products. what a rollercoaster of emotions, eh?
Back periodically, or whenever I feel the need to vent, or express joy!
YAY! I finally got my products in the mail to start the DKR properly, and wow. I fell in love at first rinse. I really do feel confident about this regimen, and I honestly can say that it just feels GOOD. I woke up this morning with tight tight skin, but only slight flaking, which I can deal with. As for the initial redness, it's everywhere as soon as I am finished with the last application of moisturizer (and 4 drops Jojoba oil)
All in all, I have nothing to lose but my acne. I am hopeful, and look forward to documenting the results.
So... I've been using Persa Gel in place of 2.5%. I know that's not the regimen, but it's what I'm working with for now.
After I washed my face in the shower tonight for about 5 seconds, (on off, right?) I walked out and my sister in law was over and brought Pizza! So i was excited, sat right down in towel and all, while I let my face dry. She literally couldn't keep her eyes off me, and I was getting slightly creeped out... I was on the fence of really flattered and really creeped out, so I retreated to the bathroom to finish my newly found routine. WELL lemme tell you, I now understood what she was gawking at. The skin on my face was trying to run away. It looked like I took a box of mashed potato flakes, and threw it onto my wet face. It was horrible... I decided to push forth and apply my persa gel, and then after I waited the 15 minutes I applied the moisturizer. well, after I was all said and done and ready to snuggle up with my kitty and shark week before joining my hubby in the bed, I noticed hot, hot, hot burning bumps under my skin beneath my skin! Awesome. If this is what I have to look forward to? I will need a LOT of encouragement. ALOT.
I have been using Purpose gentle cleanser, Persa gel, and Dermalogica's active moist for the past few days. I must say, I hate the way my skin looks now more than ever... My jawline looks bad, but the way my entire FACE feels makes me want to completely shut myself out. I have late onset acne, so I didn't experience any as a teen. I had the flawless, desired face that I now only dream of, (or look at EVERYDAY on my husband's face...) and I don't know what happened or where I went wrong. My face gets so hot, itchy, oily, then dry, and the overall feel of it is just uneven and almost rough. I lived in Hawaii for about 4 years, so I am curious if the climate had much to do with it? but now in MN, my face is dry most of the time. dry skin, with acne? wonderful combo, it looks great let me tell ya. ENOUGH ranting, sorry...
So after I wash with purpose, I follow dan's regimen, but I use persa gel right now while I wait for the shipment of his products. I HATE PERSA GEL. I hate the way it feels, smells, dries, you name it. My pores are gigantic now, and my face is constantly hot and flaking. It's red everywhere, and burns after application. I barely use enough to evenly coat my skin, and am very gentle while applying, but I don't know if it's jsut the higher percentage of BP, or if all BP will be like this for me? Well, only time will tell, I will post more pics and keep everyone posted on my experience with DKR.
I am 22 years old, and have acne since I was about 19 or so. PLEASE don't consider me a "I have a blackhead next to my nose" type sufferer... I have cysts, nodules, papules pustules, blackheads, whiteheads, redheads, blueheads, etc... You name it, I probably have it on my face right now. I have combo/sensitive skin, so I am hesitant to trying BP, as I have always only used Salicylic acid; to no avail... BUT I have tried Proactiv once before, and it killed my face, so I attempted Murad, and all it did was drain my wallet. I have been to derm's, endocrinologists, gyno's, blah blah... So instead of sulking and waiting for magic, I decided to dabble around the internet for the miracle I was asking for, and I came here. I am anxious, as I am before every new product. I feel this is promising, due to the high reviews and Dan's adorable confidence to back it. All in all, I'm so ready for this after so many disappointments....