I think in my last blog I said that I needed to stop eating chocolate and dairy products...well now I'm really motivated. For the last month, I continued to put cream in my tea, drinking it almost everyday. I haven't had that "mouth" acne for a looooong time, and the last few weeks I've been getting new zits in that area. Ugh. They aren't very deep and go away in a few days, but it reminds me of how my skin was waaay long ago. No wonder I stopped eating dairy! I have to hide the chocolate my fr
Oddly enough, my skin has been looking really good lately. Nowhere near perfect or flawless or even 100% pimple free, but at least in the morning my skin is even-toned and good. Unfortunately, toward the end of the day, it gets oily and sorta red. But who knows, I've been eating spicy foods lately so maybe it's making my skin flush. It seems that when I've applied makeup the last few days, it doesn't necessarily make my skin look better...
Anyways, it's probably been 4-5 months since I've gon
You decide. I feel like I really need to get my mind off of everything that's going on. It's funny how when our skin is looking great, we can somehow forget how to treat it and keep up with our personal regimens. And life gets busy, so skin is sort of on the back burner for me.
There have been minor pimples here there- particularly around my nose- where my upper lip and nostrils meet. But those were just clogged pores that have gone away. Some zits but they are very superficial and go away in
Hey so I thought I would update my blog, even though life is very busy right now.
I just want to say, that ufortunately, I've tasted the effects of what it's like to not do your regimen for a few weeks. Now, two-3 weeks later, my skin has broken out. Not horribly, but enough to show me that... I'm still not in the clear yet of just "not getting acne anymore." People, listen to me- don't just NOT do ANYTHING. Acne has a source (well many) whether its triggered by food, bacteria on your skin,
The last few weeks-months have been amazing. Not particularly skinwise, but life in general. Yes, there have been ups and downs with skin and people in my life passing away, but I'm so excited for the future (even if acne is still in it). I'm incredibly thankful for a caring and compassionate dermatologist who has listened to my concerns and respects my knowledge about my skin. I'm thankful for incredibly supportive and encouraging friends who help me to see my worth. I am even more thankful for
I had family from out of town over this weekend, which meant a lot of yummy food I could not have, like pizza, appetizers, desserts, etc. I made a lemon jello cake for my aunt's birthday with a cream cheese frosting, but was disappointed I couldn't eat it. I couldn't find a gluten free cake mix (now I looked online and they are sold at target....) but I did great and I didn't eat one cracker or dessert or slice of pizza that had wheat! It's been about a month and a half from eliminating all whea
It has been about 2 1/2 months since I started my finacea regimen. I still only use it once a day, but I think I apply a rather liberal amount at night. I have been noticing over the last few weeks, that I seem to have more facial hair...even my forehead! lol I am blond and have very fair skin, so the hair is blond as well. I noticed that my hairline seems to be getting thicker! There are these short hairs that just have kept growing, and I have at least 3 new rows of hair. Around my jawline and
For those men out there- do you find zit cream unattractive? I mean, would you want to lay next to your wife when she has a mask or creams that spot her face? I worry sometimes what my future husband would think if I went to bed with how my face is now lol. Sometimes it's a relief not being married- since I don't have to perform my unsightly nightly routine in front of anyone. But I wonder how I will keep up once I'm married? I seriously hope my skin doesn't go downhill again, because it would b
Happy New Year! Hey yall, so I thought I would update. It seems that once people clear their acne, they drift away from the boards and go on with their lives. This is partially the case with me
I was just calculating my expenses on just over the counter/online skincare (cleansers, treatments, the Regimen, lotions, makeup-remover, shampoo, soap) and makeup products alone from about Novemeber 2010 until now, so a little over a year. I've estimated that I've spent about $1500 dollars just on tr
I'm not sure this blog will get more interesting than the title lol. Warning you guys haha. I can't make them as funny or interesting as Paul
Good thing in my life= pretty much everything. It's not perfect, and there's toxic and negative people who want to infect me with their poison, but I remain unstained. My life's been filled with joy and abundant blessings, and I can't wait to give it all away to others. I'm looking forward to February to spend a week with the most amazing best-friend
That is how I was greeted by some of my friends tonight that I haven't seen since late October. Granted, it was dimmed sorta lighting, but I wanted to cry because I was overwhelmed by their enthusiasm. I've never had so many compliments on my skin in my entire life!
Currently, there's only two active pimples on my cheek. The one on my jawline is almost finally gone it's just sorta peeling now and not even red or discolored. My cheek actually looks very good and there is no more peeling or r
Everywhere else, my skin is clear- almost 100% clear. Some tiny bumps here and there on my chin or jawline, but these disappear. One side of my face looks pretty awesome, even despite the recent red marks. (The old ones have dramatically faded btw). It's probably a combo of the finacea and papaya soap. However, I seem to constantly get these tiny pimples still on my left cheek. Maybe it's because I tend to sleep on that side more? Right now they aren't cysts but tiny pimples...always a cluster i
My friends and family have been telling me the last few months that I've lost weight. Because of previous eating disorders in the past, I don't have a scale in my little house. I don't weigh myself but maybe every 4-6 months, because otherwise I'm afraid my obsession of being thin would start again. If I fit in my clothes I'm happy. Well, the last few months I haven't been fitting in my clothes- they have been a little more "roomy." It's been annoying since I can't wear my pants without a belt o
Life goes on. The pimples are so bad as I feared. At least they weren't genuine cysts so I'm a little less nervous how they will scar or not.
So the first pic is last week sometime when I first got up in the morning aka no makeup. The red marks on my cheeks are hyperpigmentation My skin has changed since then- smoother in some parts with scars a little faded, yet more broken out in others. The other one with makeup on is from today. You can still see the two pimples I've been complaining a
So the 2 newer pimples popped tonight. Sounds gross, but I'm gladd because I realized they weren't cysts but just stubborn pimples. I didn't know what to use, so I have some good ol' manuka honey as spot treatment.
I did another sandalwood mask (a sample sent from Pratima), and I really love how smooth my skin is after. Though, I would not recommend this product if you have acne all over. It would probably make it worse...but then better! lol. The only "tingly" sensation I felt was my T-zone
So like always I spoke too soon.
Unfortunately, the three pimples that seemed to be very minor have grown to these rather large pimple/cyst things
They are all on the left side of my face. One is in the area where I really struggled with cysts, and this one looks like it's gonna scar. There's no head...its just big (well...maybe not that big). Then there is one on my jawline that you can't really see. Then that same one that is rather healing and flattening.
A few days ago, I applie
I feel preeettyyy good right now. I don't want to say I'm on top of the world, because the higher you the harder you fall. Tonight, I saw some friends from church...and within an hour, TWO GUYS commented on my skin. One guy has autism (but he's not the antisocial autistic) and said that all that "nasty stuff" on my face was gone. I didn't think he noticed haha when my skin was so terrible, but I said thank you and agreed that I'm glad it's gone. It wasn't embarrassing, until he went on about ho
I haven't updated in a while, or at least don't have much time to. I don't really have anything to update on, besides continual progress! Currently, there is no active acne on my face, but I have one huge volcano on my neck haha. The Finacea gel seems to do really well at getting pimples immediately, no matter how big or inflamed. But I haven't had one on my neck in a looongggg time. I'm wondering if it's caffeine or dairy? The scaring one my cheeks seem to fade as well- and the pimples I get do
So it seems that my skin is faring pretty well, but has been dry. I guess I only moisturize once a day (morning) and don't at night because I don't want it to make the finacea rub off. I think the intake of dairy and wheat has caught up with me. I have about 4 super tiny pimples on my chin and mouth area, and one that has somehow just appeared throughout the day. Not worried about it though. I really believe this is from dairy, since I haven't had a pimple like this in a LOOOONNNNG time. Maybe i
A few days ago, I went to the mall to exchange shiseido sunscreen my mom bought me for my birthday for maybe some eye makeup or something. Since I am very happy with the pratima sunscreen and convinced that dimethicone lotions clog my pores, I didn't want to use it (even though I used to). I wasn't wearing makeup when I went up to the shiseido booth, and was actually feeling really good about my skin. I mean, from a distance my red marks weren't noticeable. So when I was just looking around at t
Hey guys, so there hasn't been much to report about any skin problems....as of yet.... the first pic is from 10/31 with no makeup so just one week ago. I was actually at the allergist office.
I got confused of when I was supposed to start my period, because I missed a few days, then accidentally grabbed an old birth control packet. So I just thought, oh I finished I guess and was waiting to start my period, and then i didn't get it...so I rummaged around and found the packet I was supposed
Wow. I can't believe how good my skin looks.....Sometimes I honestly look in the mirror and remind myself that I'm NOT wearing makeup! My skin looks that great right now.
It's like, all the bumps and pimples just vanished after using finacea for a few days. I guess its been 2 weeks total. It says that it can take much longer like 8 weeks to see effects. I just can't believe it!
I went to an allergist today for a consult for the skin allergy test or blood test. She told me all the differe
Nearly ALL the hormonal zits are gone. Praise the Lord, lol.
The clogged pore on my cheek has finally come to a zit. It seems that I get clogges pores right in the crease of my mouth/cheek where I laugh. I dont really understand. One side of my cheek next to my nose (T-zone) seems to get more clogged pores than the other. I wonder why?
I am very please with my regimen so far, though it's not always consistent. Pretty much I've woken up, rinse face gently with mild cool water, then apply
I'm honestly not sure what day this is of using finacea, since I used it for a few days, stopped a few days, and been using it again for at least a week now. My blogs are really boring lol, but they are really for my own record, and to keep track of what I'm doing and eating and trying to see the pattern of my breakouts. It seems like it really does happen the week before my period, so maybe I should EXTRA avoid foods that will worsen hormone fluctuation.
The redness in my skin seems to leve
My skin continues to improve, though I'm still having super minor zits come up on my cheeks. I think it's from clogged pores that the finacea is just bringing to the surface. I've also used the olay pro-x brush to remove some dead skin, but I've read that it can cause tiny bumps/zits for acne prone people.....Maybe I'll lay off.
The cyst thing on my right cheek is healing and flattening.
All the hormonal zits around my mouth are nearly flat and not noticable. There's not even much of a r