The time seems to be flying by. I'm close to having been on the regimen for a month and a half. I feel as if I've been a little lazy with this blog recently but I'm managing to stick to a new post per week at the very least. So here we go.. status report!
So I was obviously bitching last week about the pimple on my cheek but I made a mountain out of a mole hill. I let it develop and then extracted it harmlessly with a pin. It's all just a little bit PIH'd up right now, but I'm cool with that.
My skin is doing pretty well at the moment. I get the occasional clogged pore and a pimple here and there (I'm convinced from ingrown hairs).. but other than that. All is good!
Unfortunately my house mate wants to head out for a walk so I better cut this short. I shall return and fill in a more comprehensive report shortly.
Hope anyone that is reading this is having a lovely day. Though I expect few people are.
I'm gonna keep this blog post relatively short because it's more of a rant/bitch/moan/complaint.
That ingrown hair from the previous post looks terrible. A big red puss filled mess. The pimple above my lip that is in the middle of passing (looks a little crusty - delightful, right?) I have a date at the weekend and it's offered me a lovely large dose of self-consciousness. Lucky me.
Well, I'm stressing about it all and it aggravates me cause I want awesome clear skin. I'm sure that's the aim for everyone but at 25, I just feel it's about time that happened for me.
Ingrown hairs of the world - I hate you!
So it's official, I have passed my first month on the regimen. A cause for celebration perhaps? I have successfully stuck to something and for the most part, I am seeing results. Cake for everyone (but mostly me)!
I however have been struck with something a little soul crushing. I noticed a new spot forming on my cheek last night, but on closer inspection I realised it was different - it was an ingrown hair.
In the past I had noticed that many of my spots had formed around a single hair but I always assumed it was simply that the hair follicle/pore around that particular hair had clogged and created a pimple. Now I think that they may have all started as ingrown hairs rather than coincidental pimples.
This is all a little depressing because it suggests that I am never going to have perfect and clear skin. The regimen won't be able to prevent hairs ingrowing and the pimples that grow as a result of the infection. I'm pretty fucking gutted about it.
I'll now fill out the rest of this blog entry with far less wallowing.
My skin has improved (despite my facial hair being a massive, massive prick). I still get the occasional pimple but far less frequently than I used to. But I swear, they always seem to form just before I have a party.. I think my skin has become self-aware - and he's a bastard.
I keep getting a recurring pimple just above the left side of my lips. I have figured it's probably from drinking out of glasses - as the rim of the glass always seems to touch this area. The solution? I only drink out of a bottle whilst at work and will have to be more careful in bars (easier said than done) and/or buy drinks that come with a straw (e.g. Jack and coke).
A lot of the PIH is fading now. I'm also finding that the PIH of any new spots that do occur is far less severe and settles down pretty quickly. All in all, things are vastly better than they were.. but I'm just a little upset about this ingrown hair issue because I'm not really sure what I can do to solve it. Even Google offers very little help other than to exfoliate the crap out of my face and to use lots of salicylic acid (which I'd rather not use alongside the regimen).
Anywho.. that is all. Perhaps I'll try and update with some pictures fairly soon.. although I'm not sure I really have any before photos anywhere.
Hello petulant skin.. my familiar friend. So it's been a whole week since my last post and I'm slowly trudging towards my first whole month on the regimen. Exciting times!
My skin has been pretty good on the whole this past week. No new pimples, PIH slowly fading, clogged pores slowly exiting of their own accord and the flakes manageable. However, this morning, I woke up to notice I have 2 small red bumps coming through on my chin. It's always disheartening to be having so much success only to be reminded that there's still a long road ahead of you.
So, I don't really know what's going on. I know this is all part of the process and that the skin can be up and down for the first few months.. my only concern is that I've been drinking a lot lately (drinking away the strains and pressures of work) and eating a lot more cake (there's no reason for so much cake, just that cake is awesome - if you don't like cake, what the fuck is wrong with you!?).
Generally I keep my diet pretty healthy for my skins sake, so this lapse acted as a little bit of a reward but now I'm starting to wonder if it's triggered this small scale break out. I hope not, cause I miss eating what I WANT to eat, not what I SHOULD eat. Cruel, cruel skin.
Hopefully the BP will sort out these 2 pimples quickly and effectively with minor PIH, but something suggests I probably won't be that lucky. But hey! I should remain positive because these are the first pimples I've had in the last week and a half which is a massive step forward. Maybe I'll settle back into eating a little more healthily again to help my skin along. Boring.
I was pretty flakey today so I slapped on a bit of jojoba oil before my BP to try and control things. I just hope my skin doesn't react to the jojoba oil negatively (like I suspect it might have last time) because my face feels a little oily (I've not actually touched it - I can just feel it). My plan is to only really use it the jojoba oil when I genuinely need it.. fingers crossed.
I guess that's all for now. As a recap, 2 pimples coming out to say hello, ready to ruin my weekend and the party I'm going to (girls of London prepare to be disappointed by my appearance). PIH fading and I guess overall my face is looking fairly decent. I'm just super hacked off with those 2 new spots... sadly it's goodbye to booze and cake for a little while.
So, I have a little bit of spare time and figured I'd update this a little and let the world know (and perhaps myself) how my progress is going.
Things are currently pretty positive. For the last few days I've only had 1 or 2 pimples pop up and go away just as quickly and a few clogged pores have purged. I'm not going to foolishly believe that this is it now, clear and flawless skin. I have a long journey ahead and as impatient and anxious as I am to get to the promise land of perfect skin - it's something I can't rush and need to just cross my fingers and hope it works out.
I've read plenty of other peoples blogs and success stories to suggest that I am heading down the right path, so I'm feeling extremely positive and just reading how it has worked out for similar people has boosted my self-confidence by that tiny bit more.
I guess the biggest issue I currently have is that I have a fair bit of PIH.. annoyingly the most visible is above my top lip - it makes me look like some kind of scarred up movie bad guy.. it's fading at a decent pace at least.
I'm doing everything I can to speed up the process of fading this PIH including taking vitamins for the skin and eating food that's great for the skin. I'd like to think it's actually working cause they seem to fade much quicker than they once did.. or maybe the BP magically heals my skin too. I don't know, but I'm gonna stick with it for now.
I'm finding the flakes to be completely aggravating.. they're proper pissing me off. I find I get the most around my mouth and because I like to keep a small level of stubble (yes, I'm that guy), all the flakey skin gets caught up in my mustache/beard and is a real hassle to get out. I'm clearly gonna be pumping out some serious sex appeal with that look. What girl isn't going to like me rocking the dandruff face style?
Sigh.. I'm sure it's just going to take a bit of experimentation to find out the best solution. Little nervous about applying some more jojoba oil, but perhaps I'll give it a spin again soon. Any advice on flake reduction/removal would be appreciated.
Anywho, so to recap. Pimples are down to a minimum, PIH is hopefully fading quickly and flakes are rampant. All in all, I'm in a good place.
Right, the super boring bit about my background is out the way and y'know what, it was pretty damn therapeutic to just put it all down on paper?... screen? Whatever. So, I'm into my 2nd week of the regimen and here is my experience so far..
After waking up every day to discover to my horror that I had 2-3 new pimples had begun growing on my face, I took the plunge into starting the regimen. I was terrified that I would just aggravate the problem and make it worse, but I had nothing else to lose.. I needed to man up and do it.
It seemed like a revelation. Having had new zits every day I suddenly found that the BP had stopped any new ones forming.. after just ONE application. I was jubilant! The only downside was that the BP hurt like a b*tch! A little research suggested this was natural and would subside and that jojoba oil was the solution. I bought some and it worked.. the redness, the flakiness and the pain subsided. This is a piece of cake I thought - it's going to work! I can have perfect skin.
I got a pimple, the first one in a week (which was an impressive record of late). Unfortunately, it wasn't alone and over the next couple of days, a few more began to pop up. Ah sh*t. I guess I was too eager.
The pimples maintained a pretty steady pace and I started to stress that it might have been caused by the jojoba oil - so I cut it out quicker than a coupon in an old folks home. In reality, it was probably the fact that my boss was away for the week and I was put in charge of my department. The fashion industry is a stressful place to be even when you're not in charge of 20 people - so this was probably not an ideal circumstance for me especially as I believe much of my acne to be hormonal).
Sadly, the worst part is that I was hosting a party this past weekend and my skin almost seemed to be waiting in anticipation. Ready to spring up just in time for it. Acne, you are a cruel, cruel beast.
Anyway, I'm just about to head into week 3 and all the pimples from the weekend have essentially gone and left some lovely blemishes (rather that than active acne pimples though - be positive you clown!).
I guess I'm not sure if this return to improvement was a case of purging, cutting out the jojoba oil, stress... but I'm going to be cautious during week 3. I imagine I will experiment with the jojoba oil again and monitor it closely (maybe restrict the usage to every other day) and hope that my skin can start to climb that mountain again.
If anyone ever does read this (without ridiculous levels of boredom setting them into acute rigamortis), perhaps you might be kind enough to give some advice on jojoba oil application. Is it better to apply it before you use your BP or use it mixed in with the moisturiser as suggested by DK?
Have a lovely day.
So, I have decided that keeping this blog might be a useful way for me to follow the progress of the regimen and will hopefully keep me motivated and enthusiastic. This first post is likely to be your standard (and dull) affair of me whining about my history with those bumpy little friends that we call acne. So here we go!
I'm currently 25 years old and if I'm perfectly honest, my skin is fairly decent (at least in comparison to many people I've come across on here). I guess you could class my skin issue as being moderate for the most part.. but anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. Lets get to the beginning...
I remember being about 14 and having perfect skin. I took it for granted in a big way. I would eat what I wanted, sleep only a few hours most nights and shamefully didn't even feel I needed to wash my face most nights cause y'know - my skin was flawless. A couple of years later I started to get pimples, much like every other teenager and didn't worry too much about it. That's what happens when you're 16 right?
Another year or so later, they were starting to bother me because I would pop my pimples (obviously a big no no you fool) and I found I constantly had a face full of blemishes. I saw my GP and he prescribed me some topical antibiotic stuff which did nothing.
My skin followed in this patchy nature until I was about 18-19 and then cleared up in a reasonable way. I'd deal with a few zits (maybe 5-10 a month) and occasionally a break out here and there. It was manageable and I was coming to the end of my teens so of course I knew I'd grow out of it soon enough. Oh the optimism - oh past self, if only you knew! So innocent, so naive.
A couple of years into university my face started to flare up more regularly and luckily for me, I had a very understanding American girlfriend at the time who was like some kind of skin guru. She encouraged me to drink more water and introduced me to a few products (e.g. cetaphil cleanser which she brought back to the UK from the US, Avene, etc). My skin perked up immediately and I found myself back into a cycle of pretty clear skin apart from the occasional pimple (once a week maybe).
A few days after my 25th birthday I noticed a pimple coming through on my cheek. I thought very little of it because it was just business as usual. I hadn't been using any kind of potions or lotions on my face so I decided to get one I'd used in the past (it contained 10% BP and tea tree - I had no idea about these things at this point) My face did NOT like it. I broke out terribly and the pimple on my cheek came to head at about the size of a pea.
This forced me to experiment with all kinds of skin lotions, moisturisers, washing my face regularly, etc and obviously it just got worse and worse - I was miserable. I saw my GP and got a new topical antibiotic which happy days, cleared me up in about 2 weeks. Fleeting happiness again as this ceased work about a month later - the problem returned. Joy!
I was miserable once again. I felt embarrassed to chat to people at work, my self-confidence whilst dating was rock bottom, I just felt so helpless and worried it would continue to get worse. In a desperate internet search, I came across this site and tried a lot of stuff on it (diet change, multi-vitamins, facial steams, etc) and nothing worked. After a few months of experimenting and getting no solid results I took a deep breath and decided that I should give the DKR a go. Bought some of DK's hopefully magic BP and I am now 2 weeks in. Let the logging begin!
Wish me luck! (Not that anyone is ever gonna read this - ever)