My skins got no better, if possible its got worse. Meh.
Ive been thinking back to what I used to do before my skin starting flaring up earlier this year.
There was a girl once that had spots all over the apples of her cheeks, she used to post various pics on a forum I went on and someone asked how her face had gone from being pimpley to relatively clear. Her answer...Savlon cream!
I rememeber reading that and from then on I applied it every morning before my makeup...I cant think for the life of me when or why I stopped using it!! I still got the odd spot but Id take that right now.
So new diet changes and skincare!
NO DAIRY, NO GLUTEN & NO WHEAT!!
I'm still taking my oxytetracycline...theyre not making it any worse so I may aswell see if they need a little longer than 6 weeks to work.
Cleanser: Clinique foaming wash
Toner: Clinique Clarifying Lotion (Im going to be gentler with this)
Skinoren Cream Azelaic acid (Tomorrow will be day 20!)
Wait 10mins and then apply savlon cream all over.
I'll check back in next Saturday and update on progress (There will be progress, positive thinking!!)
Love Jess x
I'm so upset this morning, Ive had an awful breakout, I know have 14 active spots. 14!! From 2 only a few days ago.
Bar two, theyre all on the lower half of my face, big horrible pustules .
I dont know whats done it, apart from the very odd slip up with my diet Ive stuck to everything.
Its just so disheartening to go from nearly no spots to square one, which im back at now. I now have to endure a day in work, facing customers feeling like theyre staring at my skin. Cry.
I might leave reporting in for a week and see where I am then.
Speak to you guys soon x
So I wouldnt exactly say my skin was back to square one but my recent flogging to biscuits alcohol and basic crap has reaked havoc on my face, also it being my time of the month hasnt helped.
The big spot on my right side on my upper cheek by my nose has gone but now I have little ones dotted everywhere apart from my forehead which is completely clear.
Ive had a little look into face mapping which shows why you get spots in different areas and apparently cheeks is down to too much sugar (definitely my case) chin is hormonal so that accounts for my period and forehead is not getting enough fruit and veg, I have been so thats probably why thats so clear!
I think ive been eating too much fruit which means too much sugar, yesterday I ate about 6 clementines and 2 bananas. For the next couple of days i'm going to just eat lots of veg with chicken and see if that helps.
Little setback has upset me but at least I know I can have near enough clear skin when I keep to my diet and that was only from 1-2 weeks of doing it!
Check back in tomorrow x
Morning girls and boys.
I was in a big mood last night and ended up eating hald a pack of rich tea biscuits which have no dairy in them but are full of sugar! And as a result (I'm convinced) ive woken up with 3 new spots along my chin, this could be down to hormones too but still I'm really annoyed with myself for eating them. Thats it now, no more biscuits.
Today i'm in work so i'm going to take a salad and then but some chicken to go with it for my dinner and some fruit and then have some of my dads veg packed stew for my tea!
The thought of eating a biscuit now is actually making me feel rather sick (I hope that continues haha)
Damn the person who put me in a foul mood, stressing me out.
I'm gutted because my skin was looking sooo much better, anyways, onwards and upwards, will be learning from that mistake.
Check in tomorrow, hopefully new spots will have magically disappeared overnight! x
Apologies for not checking in over the past couple of days, ive been a little busy!
So little update on how things are going...I went out on thursday so alcohol was consumed which I know, isnt very healthy, there was also some crisps when I got home too!
But on the up side, still no dairy apart from that tiny rice crispie cake the other day.
My skin is getting better and better! I have one spot that is ruining my almost clear face but Im putting that down to the time of the month for us girls.
Back on my healthy eating today so lots of fruit, salad veg and tuna!
I honestly cant believe how different I am from a couple of weeks ago, I'm actually smiling again. For everyone that is struggling, there is an answer out there for you, and I know its difficult but youve got to believe that!
Everyone have a lovely weekend x
Came back to my university halls today and my flatmates decided to make chocolate and syrup rice crispie cakes, Ive been so good for nearly a week so I let myself have a little treat as a sort of pat on the back.
Back to being all healthy healthy tomorrow.
So skin status: My nose has been clogged for aslong as I can remember so I'm quite glad to see a few small red dots forming to get all the crap out of my skin, same with my forehead actually,nothing major.
Still loving the condition of my skin, so soft and smooth. Only 2 major pimples Id like to bugger off but its been a big big improvement from this time last week!
Ive now also finished uni for christmas so no more extra stresses about assignments and coursework. Time to chill.
Just applied my lemon juice (ouch) and some sudocrem to my healing spots and im all set for a nice sleep and a lovely lie in.
Check in tomorrow, goodnight to all those in the UK x
So another day done yesterday eating nothing but healthy healthy food.
I'm beginning to crack and could really eat a huge bar of chocolate! I dont think ive ever lasted this long without a little treat.
Face is looking better again today, spots that were on the left side of my face will be gone in the next couple of days and even though ive had 2 tiny spots appear, one on my chin and one on my forehead i'm still feeling like I'm winning this battle.
One is coming on the underside of my chin but ive put some lemon juice on it so it'll be stopped in its tracks. Have a mentioned how much I love lemon juice? Its amazing. Stings to hell, but amazing.
I havent quite kept up with my lemon water drinking, I probably only has about 1 glass worth yesterday, it makes me gag too much!
I'm not quite sure what it is thats working for me, could be my anti-biotics, could be my diet. I'm going to stick to both just incase.
Fingers crossed for this week! x
Day 4! - No new spots yayyyyy!!
I'm beginning (and hoping) to think that my "purging period" is over. Heres what my face is looking like today:
Right side: 3 minor scabs, no spots!!!
Left side: 3 spots but clearing (I'll come to that in a sec)
Forehead: 3 spots but again all clearing
Chin & Mouth Area: 2 areas of dry sky, no spots!
So last night I got home from work and 2 of the spots of my left side of my face were looking pretty angry, I'd read that lemon juice helps when applied topically and not just when drinking with water, so I thought i'd give it a go. I'm amazed, redness has gone down and spot size is so much smaller! Give it a go!
Still sticking to my regime, bought some soy milk yesterday to have with my cereal, not too fussed but i'll give it another try today. Still no dairy or rubbish food!
My family had a chinese last night but I stayed strong and said no! Very proud of myself.
Anyways...off to work I go, everyone enjoy your Sunday . x
Woke up this morning and everything is looking so much calmer, my spots ive had a little pick at are all healing! Woo!
Ive got a little pustule on my hairline and a tiny tiny one on my left cheek next the where ive picked at another spot. Must stop picking.
I'm beginning to feel a little less stressed out over it. Hopefully by monday all my current spots will have healed with the help of calamine lotion and sudocrem.
Mananged to drink 1.5itres of lemon water yesterday, I squeezed the juice of a whole lemon into it. (It made me gag to drink it but if it helps I really dont care).
Day 3 of no dairy intake, hasnt been too hard so far, not having a cup of tea to warm me up is a bit a pain but there you go.
All I ate yesterday was: brown bread, brown rice, tuna, salad, some veg and lots of fruit.
Still on my anti-biotics, into week 4 so I really should start seeing inprovements in the coming weeks, fingers and toes crossed.
Check back in tomorrow. Everyone have a fab weekend x
So ive woken up this morning with some more spots thrown into the mix. Brilliant! I nearly cried when I got out of the shower, horrible horrible things! I'm still hoping that this is the "purging process" and just an initial breakout, fingers crossed.
On a very little plus side, my spot free skin areas are so soft and the texture and tone is getting alot better.
Today im going to be buying some lemons and drinking some lemon water everyday for the next month.
So so far I'm on: Clinique anti-blemish solutions 3 step (2 weeks in)
Oxytetracycline (4 weeks in)
No dairy (2 days in)
Lemon water everyday (1 day in)
If anyone has got any experiences/info on the initial breakout/purging that would be great.
Everyone have a lovely day. Jess x
Bit of background, from around the beginning of this year my skin has been out of control. I always used to get the odd spot on my face but it never really bothered me, little bit fo concealer and voila. My back and chest were however, a totally different story. From highschool I had acne no my back and chest and this lasted years!
On to today and now: My back and chest are clear! The odd spot on the back of my neck where my hair is but doesnt bother me in the slightest. My face is a different story, Ive been the doctors so many times I need about 2 more hands to count, Ive tried benzoyl peroxide, I ended looking like id been burned!
Here is my current regime:
Mornings: Clinque Anti Blemish 3 step system.
Night: Clinque Anti Blemish 3 step system. I also put calamine lotion on my spots in an attempt to heal and dry the things out.
Ive been on the clinique for 2 weeks now, my skin went amazing during the first week, only about 4 spots which was a major improvement but since then ive broken out ridiculously. Im hoping this is a sign of my pores being cleared out. Fingers crossed ay.
I'm also currently 3.5 weeks into using Oxytetracycline, i'm told it takes from 4-6 weeks to see any effect so fingers crossed in the next couple of weeks something spectacular will happen.
Starting from today I decided that I'm going to go dairy free, no milk cheese butter etc. I'm hoping this will help do the trick!
By 2011 I wouldve been on my anti-biotics for 8 weeks and if I then dont see an improvement my doctor has made an appointment with a specialist.
Aswell as writing to this blog every couple of days to update progress or lack of I will be creating a gallery to show the state of my skin through the next 4 weeks.
Roll on 2011 and hopefully a lovely clear complexion x