I'm still going to take it as a supplement. I've just given up applying it to my face. A week of Tea Tree Oil has been pretty good at keeping whiteheads from forming-- but my non-inflammed acne is as bad as ever
It could be worse. I could have blackheads and be bleaching everything I own.
I think I'll stick to this for the time being- perhaps working Nizoral in a few times a week to see if that improves things.
In closing; I don't think I would suggest breaking open A capsules and applying them to the skin. It doesn't really hurt, per se, but I found it didn't really do much, aside from reducing redness a bit, either.
November 15th, 2010. My new regimen is Nizoral shampoo twice a week (applied to skin, allowed to sit five minutes then rinsed off) and Equate blackhead scrub every night in the shower. I apply a little lotion with 5% TTO day and night.
My face looks so much better than it did. Manual exfoliation isn't for everyone, but I'm having great results with it.
Still having skin-picking issues, and I think that will be the true battle with my skin.
The non-inflammed acne seems to be steadily getting worse. This, naturally, is leading me to pick at my face more, which in turn is probably making more clogged pores.
I'm feeling very frustrated today.
Perhaps the Vitamin A isn't as stellar as I thought? I still feel I must note my face is markedly less red, even with the comedones. I had heard anecdotal reports, but never realized what bad red-marks BP causes.
Truly, I don't want to go back to BP, but this doesn't seem to be working for me, either.
I have some Tea Tree Oil I may try on my face instead, while taking a vitamin A capsule internally every other day. TTO didn't give me great results last time-- but I was also picking at my face, so trying it now with my (granted, hit and miss) 'hands off' policy maybe I'll see an improvement?
I've been 'punishing' myself when I pick at my face by not applying foundation the following day. If I'm going to have red marks-- then by gosh everyone is going to see them.
Naturally, it's pretty upsetting to me. --but if it wasn't then it would hardly be a punishment, right?
Over the past week I have lost all of my active pustules. This is good news, I'm not sure if it is because I laid off touching my face or the vitamin A.
Unfortunately, when I go to look in the mirror I now have a sea of blackheads and pebbles staring back at me. I suppose I never noticed them before (or, rather, I did, but they never stuck around very long.) I can't help but find this very discouraging-- and I must admit I backslid a bit and went at a few blackheads on my chin with an estheticians tool.
Now instead of a few barely noticeable black bumps I have a crop of little deep red pinmarks. When will I learn?!
I must remain positive! Even if I backtracked a little, I've still made progress, right?
This Saturday will mark exactly one week since I vowed to stop touching my face, and four days of the Vitamin A regimen.
Both the immense amount of support I gain from reading other people's blogs and the lack of examples on this website to illustrate what I'm doing specifically have lead me to make my own blog to chronicle my journey.
I am going to post some photos of my skin tonight after I've removed my makeup, so I'll have a reference, still, these won't be totally accurate. This week alone has seen great improvements in my complexion. (The texture of my skin still remains god-awful, at this point.) --EDIT: I took some photos, but just couldn't bring myself to post them.--
The vaguely fishy smell of the oil has been the toughest thing to get over. I spread most of it on my face after I get out of the shower, and swallow what little is left inside the gelcap (I think saying 1,000 I.U. would be generous) so I'm not worried about the detrimental effects of too much vitamin A at this point. It feels sticky, but not terribly unpleasant. I imagine it is something like vitamin E oil, as both often use soy as a carrier.
Hey, sticky beats "Holy crap I just bleached the collar of my shirt!" any day.
At this point it is keeping new break outs at bay at least as well as the BP was, but I will have to wait a few weeks more to make a full assessment. I plan to continue until I run out of capsules. If I take one every other day and use one on my face every night it should last about two months, probably more, as I don't plan to take them that often. I think I get plenty of internal vitamin A from fruits and vegetables in my diet.
If this doesn't work I'm going to look into purchasing some topical Tretinoin. My insurance does not cover dermatologists, so I may attempt to obtain some from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy, if anyone could give me some tips concerning that I would greatly appreciate it. (I know it isn't the ideal situation-- but I had to purchase a health plan from the college I am attending (neither of my jobs offer benefits) and it doesn't cover much save on-campus doctors visits and accidents.)
After having used BP with limited success (first Proactive for a year or two during middle school, and over the past year Dan's stuff) I have decided that the benefits do not outweigh the negatives. Namely:
I hate bleaching everything my face comes into contact with (clothes, hair, sheets, boyfriend.) Despite exercising much care, the occasional mishap seems unaviodable.
The cost is too high. I am struggling to pay my way through college-- and two jobs is just barely allowing me to scrape by without coughing up twenty dollars a month on facial care.
I believe that the BP is drying out my skin more than I'm comfortable with
So I have decided to switch to a regimen of washing my face with Dan's cleanser at night and applying the contents of a Vitamin A gel capsule to my face. In the morning I will wash my face with Dan's cleanser, apply AHA+ lotion and tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.
In tandem with this I have vowed to finally kick my face-picking habit, which has gotten steadily worse, and I believe is in part due to stress.
Wish me luck!