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New Year Regimen

Ok, so unfortunately I started this year off badly with my acne. My acne is officially at its absolute worst. I've never seen it this bad. I don't really know why it's been as bad as its been but I have an idea. In the past month, I've been changing my regimen frequently. It first started with me running out of my organic ACV and having to use a generic store one. I've had it for about a year in my cupboard and started using it. I noticed that my acne wasn't getting any better, so I blamed it on that crap ACV and also on my moisturizer. I feel like the moisturizer I've been using isn't strong enough and I need one that works better. I ended up buying the Neutrogena healthy skin lotion which has alpha hydroxy and vitamins. I thought it would be great because alpha hydroxy is a chemical in ACV. Boy was I wrong. That lotion made my face really bad. It irritated the crap out of it. My face was very dry and super ITCHY! I wanted to use it for at least 4 weeks, but gave up after 1. I couldn't take it anymore! Perhaps the lotion was killing all my old skin and "purging" it but still I couldn't stand it. I since have stopped with ACV and that lotion altogether. Doing this made me realize that the more chemicals I put on my face the worse it gets. Looking back my acne has only gotten worse the more "care" I put into it. 3 years ago when I was hardly paying attention to it, it was CLEAR! I want to slowly start to go back to that. So now I will try what I like to call my "less is more" regimen. This regimen will consist of using: AM: 1. Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser - I will cut what I use in half, so about half a pump 2. Aloe Vera on spots that are really dry, which currently is my cheeks, chin, and neck. This is a step I might skip from time to time. 3. Neutrogena On the Spot on pimples that are very inflamed or growing. This step I might skip as well. 4. Up and Up facial moisturizer on acne areas that are very dry. I will use this especially if I just applied BP cream. 5. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Foundation and Neutrogena Concealer under eyes. I know I shouldn't be applying foundation, but I can't help it! My face looks AWFUL! Evening: 1. Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser 2. Neutrogena On the Spot on acne areas only. I will not place this all over my face. 3. Up and Up facial moisturizer with drops of jojoba oil. I'm debating about adding this to my whole face or just acne prone areas. I may just do acne prone just to experiment I just recently bought jojoba oil and am excited to try it out. I really, really hope it doesn't make my situation worse. I will only apply a little and then maybe increase it a bit once my skin adjusts. I will also stop applying cleanser/body wash to my back and chest area because these suffer from acne as well. Especially my back. I'm excited to see how far this regimen takes me. I can't imagine it making it worse, but perhaps in the meantime it might seeing that my face is used to a lot of BP cream application and it probably got used to alpha hydroxy from the ACV. I will stick with this for 4 weeks! It starts now! I hope in a month's time my face will look a lot better! I also hope the same for my back. Only time will tell. I've read mixed reviews about jojoba oil, so if in 2 weeks it makes my face worse, I'm quitting it. I will only be applying 2 drops of it at night. I don't think this should make my face too bad. Here's hoping!

lissbee

lissbee

01/10/2011

 

My progress thus far

Unfortunately right now my face is at its absolute worst. I have never seen it look so bad. I have never had so many inflamed pimples in my face all at once. In my last post I said that I was just going to try using ACV. It did work for about 3 weeks and I saw a big difference in my acne. A lot of the acne had gone down and my marks looked to be fading. Around the time of my period however, I broke out pretty badly. That discouraged me from using ACV as a primary acne solution. I went back to using BP cream, but I used it with the ACV. My regimen went as follow: 1. Wash face with clean and clear facial cleanser 2. Rub ACV all over face with cotton ball 3. Rub Neutrogena BP cream all over face. 4. Use facial moisturizer. I only did this at night. In the mornings, I would just wash and then apply my makeup. I noticed that my face would become too dry to do this, so I started applying aloe vera and moisturizer before my makeup. I did this for about 2 months. I didn't see any improvement to my face. My face got worse and worse as time progressed. Now it's completely at its worst! I don't know what happened. Yes I'm sure my period contributed to my breakout, but it's never been this bad! I recently changed my ACV in the last 2 weeks and started using a generic store bought one rather than my organic one. Could that have been the problem? Is my face too irritated from everything I've been doing? I can't help but think that is the main cause of my face being this bad. I apply so much to my face, it's no wonder it looks as terrible as it does. For the new year I will apply less to my face. I will continue with my regimen but I will remove ACV altogether. I will only stick with cleanser, bp cream and moisturizer. This will be my new regimen: 1. Wash face with clean and clear foaming facial cleanser. I will try to be more gentle because I've noticed I'm not as gentle as I should be :/ 2. Use BP cream only on existing acne. 3. Use facial moisturizer and I will also be applying this more gently. I'm very tempted to buy jojoba oil to mix with my current moisturizer. When I apply my moisturizer I don't think it does a very good job and my face still feels pretty dry after wards. I'll look into buying one tomorrow. Right now I just feel like wearing a bag over my head, but I can't let my acne discourage me. I'm experimenting right now and I hope that my "less is more" approach works. I can't imagine it making my face worse, because I'll be applying less to it. I'll see how it goes and post pics soon

lissbee

lissbee

12/27/2010

 

Going to try a new method

Ok these past couple of days I've been extremely frustrated with my acne. I felt like just putting a bag over my head because I felt so hideous. I usually have mild to moderate acne but these last days I feel like it's been so many! I've had about 5 big ones on the lower half of my face that were very red! I couldn't pop them either. It was so frustrating because I don't know what I've done wrong! Well, I got so frustrated that I thought what I'm doing right now isn't working and I need to try something new. At first I was going to go with Proactiv but I really didn't want to. I've heard good and bad things about it but mostly I just didn't want my skin to get dependent on it and also I don't want to be forking over te money all the time for that. I was reading on a forum here a post about a young guy who got so frustrated he decided to give up altogether and never wash his face. He said that when he was younger he never dealt with acne because he never washed his face. After a couple days he noticed his face got better. His story resonated with me so much because he was in his early twenties when he wrote that and I'm in my early twenties and I also have never had an acne problem until recently. In high school I never wore makeup and hardly washed my face. I thought, "If it can work for him why can't it work for me?" I'm not going to try his method completely but I'm cutting out BP cream completely. I can't go without wearing makeup because if you read my other post, I'm very insecure about going out without makeup. So my new method that I'm starting this week will consist of washing my face with a very mild cleanser morning and night and at night to rub my face with apple cider vinegar diluted in water before I go to sleep. That will be it. No BP cream at all! Also I might skip out on putting moisturizer on my face. That's a maybe for now. My skin is pretty oily I don't think I need it. The ACV doesn't dry out my face that much. I started this last night and I have to say some of my pimples were smaller in size and lost a bit of redness. Was it a drastic difference? No, but it was a slightly better change. Now it's only been one day. I will be monitoring it as the week goes by. If my acne gets worse then back to BP cream or some other alternative, but if this works and my problem improves then this will be my new method. It will be a definite time and money saver if this works! This whole week will be an experiment to my face. I hope this works. I just feel like I can't take it anymore. I feel so ugly. Now for those that have read this, I don't follow Dan's regimen completely. I never bought his products, but not because I didn't want to but because I don't really have the money to do it all at once and I usually need the cream right away, so I go to the store to buy it. Also I only apply BP cream at night because the BP cream I use leaves a white flakiness that I can't leave the house with. If the ACV method doesn't work then I probably will follow Dan's regimen completely and if that fails too then either time to get Proactive or see a dermatologist. I hope it doesn't get that far though. I'm very excited to see the results as the week goes by. I hope that by the end of the week my acne lessens drastically. Time will only tell. I will write the results next Sunday!

lissbee

lissbee

09/27/2010

 

Dealing with my acne as an adult

I am 23 and for the last 2-3 years I've been dealing with acne. As a teenager I was very lucky to never really have an acne problem. Sure I had a couple here and there, but it was never an issue. After I graduated high school and went to college that's when I started to break out a lot. I'm not sure what it was. Maybe it was hormones or maybe the stress and anxiety of going to college, but it was pretty bad. Although I think it got to its worst when I left school and started working full time. When I started working I realized how beautiful and professional the women were at the office and I thought, "ok time to start wearing makeup and make myself look more acceptable," so I started wearing makeup on a daily basis. I used to rarely wear it when I was a teen and in college, but I just couldn't bear to go to work without it. So I started wearing it and that's when my acne got worse. Now I don't wear much makeup. In fact most people would think I'm not wearing it, but now I wear it just to cover up my acne and acne marks. It's becoming quite an issue. My face and also my back(which I also break out from) look terrible. I can't think that it's entirely to blame on make-up because my back's worse than my face. Also I don't wear too much makeup and I make sure to wear oil-free make up. I don't understand. Is it my diet? I do eat pretty badly but I'm not sure what it is. I've wanted to try Dan's regimen, but I need to wear makeup. I can't go out without it. I already am not that attractive, but without I really feel like an ugly troll Lately what I've been doing is just putting on the BP cream before I go to sleep, but I don't do in the mornings. Maybe I should, but it would just be a long process of adding crap to my face before I leave the house. God I wish my acne would just go away. I hate it so much.

lissbee

lissbee

08/26/2010

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