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Tid bits of my experience on Dan's regimen

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Woah.

Long time no post, bloggyblog, its... uh, day-i-dont-give-a-fuck. Only spot i've had this month was a teeny whitehead, otherwise i've been clear. BP once a day in the morning, i'm thinking of trying to move it to even once every OTHER day, but i dunno yet. Diet-wise, i still consume a fair amount of sugar, but most of it is from sugary fruit, veggies (carrots and whatnot) corn products, and a bit of flour here and there, theres a bit of sugar in the sauces my mom has used to make dinner, but i don't eat much, so i don't worry about it. I've decided i'm sticking to the diet, because i really can't actually EAT straight sugar or bread products anymore without really bad stomach aches (worse than before) so its going to be a life long -diet- of sorts. i feel healthier, i also feel a -bit- more awake, which was always a problem for me (drowsiness, foggy and disoriented often, mind being a bit -slow- throughout the day and sometimes i'd even -black out- kind of, where i can't recall large periods of time, like in the morning or at night) and my body overal feels a lot better, lighter and just happier. anyway, thats all.

SocialAnxiety

SocialAnxiety

02/25/2011

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03/01/2011

 

Day 166

Well, shit, i just realized i ate potatoes the FIRST day, and the pita chips i've been eating with the hummus have sugar added. so i switched to the whole grain crackers my mom bought, and guess what? corn syrup, all up in them. I admit, i almost wanted to drop the diet just because of how ridiculous this is, but i'll make it through, i'll just learn to love raw veggies in hummus i guess. Its not too bad though, i'm doing pretty good i think, only two slip ups so far. And another problem is, i'm usually my families -garbage disposal- and by that, i mean i eat all the food thats about to go bad, but they don't want to throw away, since i stopped eating dairy, we've had massive amounts of moldy cheese, sour milk and other dairy products going bad, which kind of scares me, that means i was pretty much eating the bulk of everything. and a lot of fruit and other foods i can't eat NOW are starting to go bad, and i feel kind of terrible about it. But i feel better! healthier, less... congested in a way. Onto my skin, i'm debating skipping my BP application tonight, but i think i'll cut it in half for a week, and THEN drop it, i'm already using 1 pump with no ill side effects, so i think i can get away with once a day.

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02/04/2011

 

Day 165... I THINK

Don't quote me on the day, i'm too tired to do basic math. Skin is still clear and fine, i'm getting addicted to touching it when i cleanse, it feels like BUTTER, and its really starting to look good, barely notice the red marks, although the scarred pores on my cheeks are starting to show through more, but i really don't care about them, my dad has gigantic pores, and so does my mom, and no one comments on them, so it doesn't matter. Almost two days without sugar, no withdrawal symptoms so far, but i'm still not even sure my mom was serious about the withdrawals, but time will tell. Really starting to get into brown rice and hummus lately though, and its kind of hard to limit my fruit servings, i'm used to eating a big bowl multiple times a day just as a snack, i even dip strawberries in sugar sometimes. :/

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SocialAnxiety

02/02/2011

 

Day 159

Got a painful spot on my cheek, popped it, its gone now. Otherwise skin is perfectly clear and fine. And i never realized how many foods/meals have sugar in them Can't have chicken soup, The broth is made with carrots, there are carrots in the soup itself. Can't have sandwiches, whitebread is a No no. Baked goods, most fruits, cereal, pasta, dairy (even yogurt!) fatty meat. Its kind of insane, the only thing i can really eat are veggies, lean meat, nuts, tortillas, legumes, and one or two fruits. Well, i got myself into this, and i'm going to go through with it.

SocialAnxiety

SocialAnxiety

01/27/2011

 

Day 157

Need to start labeling these with the day i'm on... Uh. I started the first of September. soo.. 157 days all together, I THINK. Whiteheads on my chin dried up after i drained them about... four? times each... persistant little fuckers, the big ass spot on my chin pretty much died within two days of icing, hot compresses, bandaids and neosporin (Thank wynne for the sticky on the severe acne board) so i'm clearish, in a way, i feel another spot on my chin thats a bit sore, but i doubt it'll amount to anything post worthy. I'm really interested in going on a sugar-free diet, because my mom said the withdrawals are worse than heroin withdrawal, so i'm gonna try it just to see what its like. And apparently it can aid in losing weight, which would be nice, since my tummies a bit softer than i'd like, and my ass is bigger than necessary. but overal i just want to experience the whole sugar withdrawal thing, and see if i really DO crave sugar on a daily basis and just don't realize it. And hey, if i like it, i'll stay on it for good, its supposed to be good for your health, so i'm all for it. WILL REPORT BACK WITH UPDATES ON THE DIET LATER. kind of want to wait until feb to start it though, so its even like when i started the Regimen, i'm a bit OCD like that.

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SocialAnxiety

01/26/2011

 

eughhwbf

No matter how many times i SWEAR to stop eating dairy, i always think -Oh, well maybe a spoonful of this, or a small bite of that wont do anything- WRONG. I had two spoonfuls of ice cream the past week, and i have 4 whiteheads on my chin, 1 under my nose, and 1 in the corner of my mouth. Not only that, but i have a full out zit starting to form on my chin as well... Goddamnit. I'd usually attribute it to lowering my BP (1 and 1/8th pumps!) but my skin has been perfectly fine, until yesterday, exactly 1 week after eating ice cream. Sucks man, really sucks. i'm gonna go take some advil and try not to think about it, otherwise imma end up popping them all. Edit: Oh god, i just applied lemon juice after cleansing, because i wanted to see if it would help with my marks, i remember when i used it before, my skin looked so soft and pretty, but the burning was just too much, and it was so sticky. Anyway, i applied my EVOO once it dried, and when i tried to put BP on, it literally MELTED off my face, and dripped into my hands. i still managed to rub it all in, but it was so watery i've never experienced that before, i don't know if its the lemon juice or what, but holy shit that was WEIRD.

SocialAnxiety

SocialAnxiety

01/22/2011

 

Potatoes

Okay its day.... 135? give or take. And my skin is doing great, i have a little sore spot by my nose, but its probably a sign that i'm getting a visit from aunt flow soon, so i'll just start popping aleve and hope it works out for the best. I've lowered my BP to 1 and 1/2 pumps, maybe a bit more, and so far, no breakouts, so i'll keep it at this for another week or two and lower it to 1 and 1/4, then 1, then chill there for awhile, maybe a month, and then start lowering my day dosage, until i'm only applying it at night, if i can get there. It'd be MUCH easier to just slap some BP on at night and be able to sleep in all day... that would definitely make me a happy camper, but if i can't manage that, 1 pump or less is ridiculously easy to apply and it dries in no time, so it wouldn't be too bad. I'm thinking of maybe ordering dan's AHA soon though, maybe it'll help prevent acne even more, but i'm still not sure, i'll get back to you guys on that. Have a happy day!/week!/month!/whatever the hell i'm supposed to say at the end of these things.

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SocialAnxiety

01/15/2011

 

Woops.

So i had a bit of tea a few days ago, and that resulted in two pretty sore spots on my chin, they were ABOUT to come to a head, but i popped them because of how PAINFUL they were, and are healing up nicely now. So all in all, i'm still clear, no more pus in my face/pores, and my red marks are continuing to fade each day. Really happy with my skin, dryness is gone, flakes are gone, no redness, no anything except clear, soft skin and a bit of pigmentation, and some slight scaring across my cheeks (But i've seen people who DONT have acne and have worse scaring, so im cool with it) Yeah, thats all. OH, And Shameless is turning out to be a pretty great series. >.>

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SocialAnxiety

01/10/2011

 

Oh god, OH GOD OH GOD OH GOD

So i just realized i've been on the regimen for 5 months. FIVE. MONTHS. Thats nearly HALF A YEAR. HALF A YEAR. Oh my god, if i hadn't of started the regimen, i'd be sitting here with acne all over my face. i just... i can't believe how long its been, and how FAST it went by, i never used to pay attention to the time, year, days, i'd literally do a double take whenever i looked at a calender, i'm THAT out of touch with reality most of the time, but the regimen is a way to keep track, of the months at least, and i'm just ASTONISHED at how much time has gone by. i used to pretend that years go by slowly, that i have plenty of time to do whatever i wanted, but its all a lie, despite me trying to live each day as it comes, trying to drag out every minute, its all a blur, everything moves too fast to thoroughly think out each decision you're faced with, people make mistakes and have regrets, and when you think about it... 20, 30 years from now isn't that much time at all. Now, don't get me wrong, i'm not going to get off my ass and plan for the future or any of that hoopla, i'm still going to dilude myself into thinking i have plenty of time, and i'll spend my days wasting it up until the very end, but its just a little... scary? not really the word i'm looking for, but its close enough. Oh, and face-wise, i'm doing great, squeezed a few blackheads out, but otherwise i'm cool with my skin.

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SocialAnxiety

01/03/2011

 

Saving private ryan.

Title unrelated. So i think i'm out of the -danger zone- with cerave, my face has been perfectly clear and pretty since those two bumps, hell, i even lower my dose back to two and a half pumps, and my red marks are diminishing DRAMATICALLY. i DID use emu oil for two days, but i got this weird lump on my neck (no where near my face, and i've never EVER gotten a spot on my neck before) so i stopped using it, but it never got on my neck, so i think it was unrelated, so i think i'll just alternatively add in emu oil every couple of weeks for red mark purposes. at this rate, i'll have normal (or what could pass for normal, non acne-ravaged skin in maybe a month or two. SUCK IT ACNE, IN YOUR FACE! inb4 massive breakout.

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SocialAnxiety

01/01/2011

 

Butter.

CURSE YOU BUTTER! CURSE YOU AND YOUR DELICIOUS WAYS, WHY DOTH THOU TASTE SO SCRUMPTIOUS AND BUTTER-Y? WHY DOTH THOU TAUNT ME SO, IN ALL THYN COOKIE RECIPES/BAKED GOOD? WHY DOTH THOU CONTAIN DAIRY? WHAT IS THYN PURPOSE? Yeah, i fucking love butter, and it shows in my skin lately too. Painful ass -spot- on my chin, not even sure if its anything more than a whitehead, but it HURTS, oh my god. Lots of clogged pores purging again, no idea why this seems to happen in waves, but it makes me happy nonetheless. Skin is still otherwise the... same, i noticed i do indeed have a tiny, miniscule amount of scarring on my skin, but that don't bother me a bit, it'll heal up eventually, and if not, i can just call them my battle scars like how pregnant women say that about their stretch marks. Gives my face character. Also i'm SERIOUSLY jonesing for some more sugar cookies, so i'm gonna go make some and break out even more, its totally worth it. Fucking love sugar cookies. Edit: Okay so i felt another whitehead on my cheek out of no where (wasn't there this morning... :/) so i kind of went overboard and popped the fucker, and the one on my chin, hopefully they'll just heal up, since i applied lots of BP to them, and i'll be applying extra tonight, i'm pretty sure it isn't from cerave, and is just from eating all that butter, but if i keep breaking out, or if they get bigger, i'm switching back to IQ derma... AGAIN.

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SocialAnxiety

12/28/2010

 

Nilla wafers (Not related in the slightest)

Still clear. Red marks are beginning to take their tole, but i will ignore them for the most part. Flakes are still under control, dryness is slowly disappearing. Squeezed a few big blackheads out, didn't breakout, hopefully i won't get into the habit of doing that.

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SocialAnxiety

12/27/2010

 

Blogity blog blog.

Sooo the whiteheads died down, which is great, but i woke up with a painful ass whitehead on my upper lip line, because i DO break out there often, so i have to apply BP basically ON my lips, and i haven't lately because i hate how it feels, but whenever i get spots there, they tend to linger for MONTHS, so i'm going to go back to applying lots of BP there. also upping my BP to three pumps, not sure if its a permanent thing, but i'm keeping it like this until i'm out of the -danger- zone with the new cleanser, if i don't break out in the next month, i'll lower it back to two and a half, and then MAYBE two, to save BP. but not any lower (not until i'm consistently clear for at least six months, then i'll SLOWLY, slowly decrease, like, an eighth of a pump every week) until i'm using one pump or less. Going to try to get birth control as well, to help with that, since BC is supposed to help acne a bit. Got another little -bump- on my chin, but it won't turn into anything, its probably just a pore purging up another clog, i've been getting those a lot lately. Also, i've been drinking goats milk lately, since it doesn't upset my stomach, and doesn't seem to break me out (knock on wood >_>) so thats nice, the taste is a bit... well, exactly how you'd imagine goats milk to taste... goat-y. so that'll take some getting used to. Over and out.

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SocialAnxiety

12/24/2010

 

Ungh

I THINK ceraVe is breaking me out. I have around 5-10 pseudo-whiteheads (By that i mean whiteheads without the... well, white, just pink bumps basically) all over, and those only pop up when i'm about to break out, but i'm giving ceraVe a full trial course, so until i see an ACTUAL pimple, i won't drop it. I pray to GOD its not a breakout though, i LOVE ceraVe, its fucking amazing, my skin feels so soft and supple after using it, and despite the slight burning sensation sometimes, its a beautiful cleanser. i really wish i knew what was in these -gentle skin- cleansers that break me out though! i thought it was the SLS in cetaphil gentle, but cetaphil antibacterial didn't have it and still broke me out... but maybe it was just the fact that its a bar soap, but what could possibly be in ceraVe that would irritate my skin? Its weird, i use eucerin, and theres a handful of -comedogenic- ingridients in there, yet i have no problems with it? i don't change my method of cleansing when i switch cleansers either, and i make sure to get all my dead skin off, so it really couldn't be anything, yet i still break out. I thought maybe it was just something i ate? but without a doubt, whenever i stop using said cleansers, breakouts cease INSTANTLY, literally the next day they're half the size they were and not painful at all. Fucking weird man.

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SocialAnxiety

12/22/2010

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12/25/2010

 

Running out of entry title ideas here!

Still clear, ALMOST had a zit pop up on my cheek, probably caused from PMS, since i forgot to take aleve one night, but it stopped in its tracks after two nights of upping my BP to three pumps, and spot treating with my neutrogena AHA lotion (No idea if it works or not, but having that little blob of white on the zit makes me feel better, i'm a total spot treat-aholic.) Switched to ceraVe hydrating cleanser because i couldn't find dove or any of the others at the store, and i wasn't going to spend 15 minutes digging around, i feel so self conscious in the skin care isle, so far it feels... really nice, not a bit drying whatsoever, so lets hope i don't breakout from it. Also switched shampoos from Head and shoulders classic to Herbal essences long term relationship, since i've never had a scented, girly shampoo before, and it smells amazing, and i'm having my hair down more often, so if i breakout around my temples/forehead, its most likely from the shampoo, but i've never had trouble with that kind of thing before, so its all good. And finally, lately i've been -exfoliating- more often, and by that i mean rubbing all the dead skin off my face until it feels smooth and none come off no matter how hard i rub in the shower, i've been doing this on and off since i started the regimen, and it hasn't broken me out once, but it makes my skin feel clean and normal for once, and not as -soggy-, just wanted to share that bit. That is all (Gotta stop saying that)

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SocialAnxiety

12/20/2010

 

Awesome

Definitely was the cetaphil, i'm completely clear again. But the journey to finding a usable, cheap cleanser that wont break me out is still on, and i have a feeling its going to be a bumpy road (Er, face) but i wont give up! Next on my list of things to try IS. Dove Purpose Neutrogena CeraVe CeraVe at the bottom because its 14 dollars for a bottle of cleanser at my walmart, thats just ridiculous, but i guess its better than 30 dollars if nothing else works. Any who, i'm removing the olive oil from my morning moisturizer because my flakes are basically non-existent now, so i don't have to -rub- them off with moisturizer anymore, and cetaphil lotion absorbs much better and doesn't leave me greasy at ALL when i use it by itself. Going to look into a new AHA lotion soon, eucerin is a bit... well, okay, its VERY greasy, and leaves my face stark white after i apply it, separates on my skin, and just looks very un-appealing, usually this would be okay, but since my friends are coming to visit for the first time for christmas, i prefer to not look like a goopy ghost at night around them. Red marks still living it up on my face if anyone cares to know, but i'm cool with them chillin' in the hot tub that is my face for the time being, i ain't in no hurry for them to get up and go, they aren't puss filled lesions, so they can stay as long as they like. that is all.

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12/14/2010

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12/18/2010

 

Cetaphil?

So i have another whitehead on my chin, one on my jaw, and another spot RIGHT next to the one on my cheek (which hasn't healed yet, i might add) It doesn't make sense at all! i stopped drinking caffine, i'm sleeping loads, and i'm not even stressed, and yet i'm still getting spots? i'm thinking it HAS to be the cetaphil bar i switched to recently, i mean, theres nothing else to blame it on, so i'm changing back to my purifying cleanser tonight, and if i keep breaking out, i'll just say its natural, but if i clear up, well, then i'm fucked cleanser-wise, i can't expect my mom to spend 30 dollars on a cleanser ON TOP of spending 50 dollars on the BP, and 10+ on the moisturizers i use, its ridiculous. thats like 80 dollars worth of shit every couple months, i mean, maybe its worth it, but what if i can't get a hold of it in the future? what do i do? deal with the breakouts? God this is so retarded.

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12/10/2010

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12/14/2010

 

Derp.

Am i the only one who reads accutane logs whenever i feel depressed about my skin? I dunno if that makes me shallow or a bad person or something, but i always feel thankful that my skin isn't anywhere near bad enough to go on accutane, and i also feel a sense of respect for people who manage to go through severe acne/cystic acne with a smile on their face and a good attitude. It also keeps me from picking, my barely-noticable blackheads seem impossible to ignore? seeing someone with ACTUAL acne kind of puts everything in perspective. I've noticed some of my red marks seem to be fading nicely, or maybe thats just me imagining things, also my face has a slight reddish tinge to it i never noticed until i got out of the shower and looked in the mirror for once (Red face, STARK WHITE BODY OH GOD) but its cool, i can deal yo. Also, i'm trying out something a little different with my regimen, instead of waiting 10-20 minutes after cleansing to apply oil and BP, I just apply it right after cleansing (Not literally right after, but once my face isn't damp any more instead of waiting for it to turn BONE DRY AND FLAKY AS SHIT) Seems to help the flakes that pop up several hours later, but its only been a day, and i'm mostly just doing it to save time in the morning so i can get back to bed (I require ridiculous amounts of sleep just to function like a normal person, 12+ hours) DOHO and the spot on my cheek is definitely a spot, i keep freaking out whenever i look in the mirror expecting a massive breakout.

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SocialAnxiety

12/08/2010

 

Derp.

Am i the only one who reads accutane logs whenever i feel depressed about my skin? I dunno if that makes me shallow or a bad person or something, but i always feel thankful that my skin isn't anywhere near bad enough to go on accutane, and i also feel a sense of respect for people who manage to go through severe acne/cystic acne with a smile on their face and a good attitude. It also keeps me from picking, my barely-noticable blackheads seem impossible to ignore? seeing someone with ACTUAL acne kind of puts everything in perspective. I've noticed some of my red marks seem to be fading nicely, or maybe thats just me imagining things, also my face has a slight reddish tinge to it i never noticed until i got out of the shower and looked in the mirror for once (Red face, STARK WHITE BODY OH GOD) but its cool, i can deal yo. Also, i'm trying out something a little different with my regimen, instead of waiting 10-20 minutes after cleansing to apply oil and BP, I just apply it right after cleansing (Not literally right after, but once my face isn't damp any more instead of waiting for it to turn BONE DRY AND FLAKY AS SHIT) Seems to help the flakes that pop up several hours later, but its only been a day, and i'm mostly just doing it to save time in the morning so i can get back to bed (I require ridiculous amounts of sleep just to function like a normal person, 12+ hours) DOHO and the spot on my cheek is definitely a spot, i keep freaking out whenever i look in the mirror expecting a massive breakout.

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SocialAnxiety

12/08/2010

 

I just... i don't even know anymore.

I think one of the clogs on my cheek turned into a zit. i keep pressing on it, but it doesn't FEEL like it hurts, but who knows. Kind of lost as to whats causing these consistent spots, i'm thinking caffine perhaps? i've still been drinking lots of tea, and i REALLY need to stop that. Maybe its still stress, its not as bad as before, but its still there, so i'll try to mellow out a little more. and i'm going back to taking naps in the middle of the day, so hopefully it isnt sleep. I just wish my skin would clear up, and STAY clear from now on. i guess The regimen prevents breakouts from food, sleep and stress for everyone else except me :/ But thats okay, i'll honestly do anything for clear skin, even if it kills me. (Not literally of course >_>)

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12/06/2010

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12/06/2010

 

Oompa... Loompa. doopity dee.

So no new spots to speak of (YET!) and that one on my lip took FOREVER to heal (the scab came off JUST this morning) and i'm really getting pissed off at all these lip zits, they bother me more than anything (Besides eyebrow spots and forehead spots) And my cheeks seem to be purging (ie lots of clogs coming out) so i'm happy about that (Kind of... Clogs coming out = me rubbing and scratching at them which = redness which looks like spots and freaks me out) i've been desperately resisting the urge to find some tweezers and pluck them out -_-'' And after i got out of the bath a few minutes ago, i rubbed my neck down with a towel pretty hard (I never breakout there. EVER, and if i dont -exfoilate- it often, i get FUCKTONS of flakes) and it left the towel... orange. Oompaloompaitis anyone?

SocialAnxiety

SocialAnxiety

12/06/2010

 

-Insert witty post title here-

Feel another whitehead about to pop up under my bottom lip. Its funny, these spots shouldn't even be considered spots, its just a little white dot on my skin, its never even red until it pops, and then it scabs, and goes away. Anyway, i think these are actually from STRESS, i never notice when i'm under stress, but apparently i am, since theres nothing else contributing to it, and i should be completely clear right now, at least i should be from past experience. The only thing i'm doing differently is fighting with my mom, being upset with my boyfriend, not sleeping enough... and thats about it, so i'll try to fix that. Also, tomorrows my little brothers birthday! (hes turning 12) and i couldn't eat cake :/ i'm a little bummed out, but i'll be over it by tomorrow (If i don't cave and steal some... GOD HELP ME) Thats all.

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SocialAnxiety

12/03/2010

 

Oh skin, you so crazy.

The spot under my nose popped (Er, the top peeled off and i pinched out the little nugget of pus or whatever its called) and it scabbed over, the scab peeled off a day later, and now its just a wee little red mark. The marks on my upper lip, between my eyebrows, and jaw seem to heal the fastest, but they don't really DISAPPEAR like they do in other spots, they kind of just stick around as little brown freckle-looking fuckers, but its cool, i can live with that. The spot on my temple is still a bit sore, but it never came to a head, and is turning a nice brown color now, so it'll be completely faded in a month or so (hopefully) No new breakouts (Yet!) but fingers crossed, if i have to deal with a SMALL breakout every week or two, i can, i'll just have to stop getting so used to being clear, so i stop FREAKING THE HELL OUT whenever i feel a spot.

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SocialAnxiety

12/01/2010

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12/01/2010

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