My skin is currently clear and has been for the last six months Hopefully it stays this way.......
Current Skincare Routine for my acne and redness
cleanser (dosn't really matter what kind..i used clean and clear foaming cleanser for awhile but recently switched to biore combination skin cleanser because clean and clear was starting to sting my face)
Eucerin Redness Relief Perfecting Lotion
Epiduo (has made a world of difference!)
Mario Badescu Control Cream on the red areas of my cheek (awesome for redness! swear by it!)
Like I said this has been working really well for me so far! the acne.org regimen reduced my acne but did not completely clear me. Once I started using the epiduo I was consistently clear within a month or two. Would highly suggest this regimen if you have responded well to BP or differin since epiduo is a combination of the two. Hopefully the results last longer than a year since most of my acne solutions have usually only lasted me 6mo to a year
Sorry..im really bad at keeping up with blogs..I have't really updated because my skin really hasn't seemed that much different during the past month. Buttt....My skin seems better today! I've gone two or three days with clear skin (except the smallest whitehead forming). I suspect this will not last long...expecting a breakout around my nose because there are a bunch of congested pores on the sides of my nose (ugh i hate those type of zits the most ). Fingers crossed that my skin will keep getting better.
Posted another picture. It still looks rough but the good thing is that those are all just scars and no active pimples . In my first picture the red spots were almost all active pimples yuckk.
oh and i suck at taking vitamins. That lasted a whole three days.
yay no zits today! maybe i'm actually making process but I find that whenever I get excited about my skin clearing up a big ugly zit shows up shortly after.....one step forward two steps back. O well, at least I'm taking a step forward and not only backwards
Today I have had two small white heads..and I have just discovered another small pimple that is about to turn into a white head. Annoying. But I am very thankful that it is not turning into a larger pimple! I tried the AHA again last night and I avoided the areas that looked like they were about to give rise to pimples (I can usually tell where I will get a zit because I have little bumps under the skin) and it amazes me how much it helps with the flakiness. I also loaded on the the jojoba oil.
I have also successfully taken my vitamins two days in a row Lets see how long I can keep this up. When i was on antibiotics I was very diligent about taking them because I knew that they helped. Since I really have no idea wether or not they will do anything it is hard for me to be consistent with them :\ O well...its only fair to give them a trial.
My skin has been really dry and flaky this last week. AHA helped take care of some of the flakiness but I feel like it continuously broke me out...either that or my skin just sucks...its hard to tell if it was actually the AHA. I want to use it again but I don't feel like breaking out more than I already am :\
I recently saw a youtube video (http://youtu.be/2sF1Ky1jcYE) on vitamin supplements that have helped someone's acne. I have heard of using vitamin supplements before (and I have tried it somewhat) but I am always overwhelmed by all the different supplements to take. I am also usually not diligent enough to take them everyday because I usually forget if I have already taken them, and then I then just choose not to take them in fear of overdosing ha. The guy in the video is currently taking 9 supplements and he has also given the top five vitamins that he suggests.
These are the vitamins, dosages, and breakdown of the supplements he is taking are
* Fish Oil 1200 mg x 2â€¨ (helps with hormonal acne, supplies omega-3 fatty acids)
*Zinc Picolinate 50 mgâ€¨ (proven to help reduce acne)
Magnesium Malate 1250 mg (helps hormonal)â€¨
Alpha Lipoic Acid 600 mg (very strong antioxâ€¨idant)
**Vitamin A 10,000 IU (*10,000 is the upper limit by the way*)
Vitamin C 500mg
â€¨**Vitamin D3 2000 IUâ€¨ (makes skin "luminous" and "keep acne at bay")
*Niacin 500mg (start with 250mg because you develop a "flush") reduces inflammation and helps circulation
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) 500 mg (helps with oily skin)
* Part of the top three he suggested
** Part of the top five he suggested
I thought I would start off slowly. Right now I already own Zinc (50mg), Vitamin A (8,000 IU), and Natural Fish Oil (1000 mg), Niacin (500mg), and a women's multivitamin. I figured I would start with those and slowly increase the vitamins I take.
It is best to obtain these vitamins from food sources, but sometimes that is not always practical. I eat healthy (maybe a little to much sugar I have a sweet tooth) but even while eating healthy I find myself to be deprived of vitamins that may help fight acne. I figure it's worth a shot and it can't hurt as long as I am careful not to overdose on a vitamin.
Hello world. So i figured I needed a place to channel all of my emotions and find a place where I can vent since it does not help to do it in my personal life I am currently week seven of the acne.org regimen. I had a very bad break out week two of this regimen...and it has improved since that break out...but it has not really improved since before I started the regimen I dont know if this regimen is really doing anything. I feel like the dryness counteracts any good it might be doing. Might as well blog so I can at the very least track my progress. Have a good night everyone