My apologies guys for not updating my blog in a while, I've been pretty busy lately. I do have some great news!
As of right now,I have only two active pimples. I don't think everyone knows how much of an improvment that is. At the beginning of summer I had moderate acne. Now I'm not one of those people that have 10 pimples and call it moderate acne....I had acne covering every cm of my forehead. I had acne on my chin, on the sides of my mouth and occasionally on my nose. I would have 2 to 4 painful pimples on my face at all times and got new pimples everyday. It crushed my self esteem as i saw all my friends having clear skin and doing nothing to it, while I was plagued with painful embarassing acne. I'm going to cut some stuff out to not make this as long and boring to some.
I've been on Epiduo for not even three months and I'm almost completely clear. That being said,I still have TONS of acne scars and marks left over that, as acne sufferers know, can take forever to go away.
I honestly thought that Epiduo would do nothing for my acne except irritate it as did all the other topicals I had used. I believe that my routine helped too. I rarely slacked on it. My routine was fairly simple:
-Wash w/Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
-Spot treat any big pimples with Epiduo(depending if my skin doesnt feel too dry that day)
-Apply Aloe Vera(IF no makeup is applied)
-Vani Cream Lite Lotion(IF makeup is applied).....I will be posting later my makeup routine and possibly a video on how i cover my acne
-Wash w/Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser(let face air dry)
-Apply Epiduo on breakout zones(forehead chin and side of mouth)
-Apply Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil heavily...I like to give a my skin a lot of moisture at night
2 to 4 times a week:
-Baking Soda mask(rarely,I don't need it much anymore)
-Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
And thats it! You have to stick to it strictly if you want best results(just like the Acne.org Regimen) I just started using Dermalogicas Daily Microfoliant and can not rave enouigh about this product. Its very gentle and i can use it everyday. I have used it before and loved but i couldn't afford it at the time since it was $50. It comes in powder form. You then add water and it becomes a paster which you massage gently on your face for 1-2 mins. A little goes a LONG way,believe me. I had my last one for 2 years so the price is worth it. Anyone who is looking to improve skin texture, pore size, acne marks and even acne will benefit from this product. I am not being paid to talk about this product.
I could blab on more about all the products I use or how my skin is doing and what I do to keep it clear,but that would get very..very long. Feel free to message me if you have nay questions or need help. My skin is improving everyday and I can't believe I'm almost clear..EEEP! I have so much more confidence. Bleh,I'll just keep talking if I don't stop now. Toodles!
Hey guys. So this is going to be a really quick update,nothing major like my usual posts. If you read in my previous post about the recipe for a face scrub,I will not be doing that today but fairly soon. Thank you
So it's that time of the month...and I've broken out bad. Not as bad as my last period,but still bad. I have 3 under the skin pimples and two big pustules on my cheeks where I never get acne. The cheek ones will go away fast,I know that. But these under the skin pimples hurt. I took some ibuprofen for the pain(and my cramps) and the swelling seems to have gone down. Thank God! I've bumped up my Epiduo use to once in the morning as well as once at night. I've seen no drying or peeling since doing this, but I have only been doing it for two days. I am also trying out Dickson's Witch Hazel, but I think I might quit it till my skin recovers from this breakout as it seems to be drying out my skin. Hmmmm...ice,ibuprofen,Epiduo....ice,ibuprofen,Epiduo. This is how I'll be going through my breakouts,haha. I'll let you know how it works for "that time of the month" breakouts. Toodle loo.
Hey all. Aww,it's good to be home. Spent 4 beautiful days in the sun;innertubing,boating,and swimming. When I'm home I tend to look at my skin ever half hour,obsessing over every pimple,scar and flaw. The house we were staying at, had one bathroom...with one mirror. There was 8 of us total so you can imagine how much its being used. Needless to say,I didn't spend much time in there. I was kept occupied and never really thought about my acne,I found at the end of my trip that my skin was MUCH clearer! Now I'm trying not to look in the mirror as much and have my every thought be plagued by acne. Just enjoy summer (:...wish it would stop raining though!
I have only one under the skin pimple as opposed to 3 or 4 like last week. My only real problem now is pustles, I have at least 4 always. I try to wait for them to dry up but I hate them with a burning passion,so I tend to pop them(I know..horrific) . All of my clogged pores(little flesh colored pimples) are gone! All I need to do now is clear up some pustles and two other stubborn pimples. I'm a little more than two weeks away from using Epiduo for 2months. I never thought my skin could clear this fast!
I'm thinking about doing a water detox soon. But drinking only water and eating nothing for 4 days sounds scary. I've had to eat nothing for a whole day this past month for a surgery I was doing, and by the time the surgery was over...I wasn't even hungry. I've done fasts before and I know detoxes are really good to flush out your colon and liver. I heard it helps your acne as well, so thinking about that.
I think I'm going to put a baking soda mask on and take a shower, Ta ta for now! OH p.s: my good friend makes her own skincare line,specifically targeted towards acne(shes suffered from acne her whole life and is in her 30's now). She makes this AMAZING face scrub that works so well for my acne and is definitely clearing me up. I'm not just saying this because were pals. This is the best scrub I've ever used,and its all natural. Makes my skin smooth and reduces redness. She is going to teach me how to make it so next blog post I'll explain the steps if anyone cares to know. Should be fun(: Bye
Hey guys. I wanted to get a post in before I left for Chelan on Wednesday(sunshine here I come! ) Maybe get some color to this pasty face of mine,haha. Hmm on day 34 of Epiduo,very pleased. However,I've had a minor breakout on my forehead. I think its due to the fact that I've been eating more sugar and not following my diet lately. My diet is to eat dairy free,not too much sugar,loads of water and plenty of fresh fruits and VEGETABLES(this ones a struggle). Cutting milk out was easy for me,I drink almond milk. I really suggest giving a no dairy diet a try,it has really helped me. Plus,I think the almond milk tastes better,hehe .
Another thing I've been adding into my routine is doing a baking soda mask INSTEAD of milk of magnesia. M.O.M..to me...only got rid of the surface oils and really did nothing for my acne. I've used both baking soda and M.O.M and baking soda is by far better. It does sting but my skin got used to it after many uses. I only stopped using it because I ran out. I don't use it very often,maybe once a week to cut down on irritation from the Epiduo. I'm using it for a toothpaste too, which seems to be helping my teeth look whiter than with regular toothpaste *ding* pearly whites!
Putting my makeup on the other day,I can see how clear my skin is getting. It takes it from somewhat moderate acne to very very mild. I found a foundation that doesn't break me out AND makes me look flawless...its Physicians Formula Mineral Loose Powder,Mineral Wear. I've tried many department store foundations, but this is my Holy Grail. I do advice wearing a mattifying primer, oil control lotion or translucent powder on-top as this can get oily. I use it with my Givenchy Mister Mat primer and it stays on all day . What I'm most happy about is I don't have to use a lick of liquid foundation...which often looks cakey and feels heavy on.
As for my acne overall, it is getting remarkably better everyday! I get those flesh colored,persistent clogged pores/little pimples on the sides of my chin and right underneath my bottom lip. They are SO...so hard to get rid of. I can now say that almost all of those little bumps(and trust me there were a lot) are almost gone. Epiduo is working wonders for me It's fading my scars, got rid of my blackheads AND you wouldn't even know I used to have ice pick scars all over my forehead. If progress keeps up like this I know I'll be clear my the end of summer or even this month. I wouldn't tell you Epiduo is amazing if it really wasn't ..I tell it how it is. Bleh...this is kinda a long post. Aw well! Pictures are to come soon hopefully. Alright, ta ta for now.
Uhhh,I feel hungover from fourth of July even though I never drank alcohol,haha. I stayed up way to late and got up way to early...but oh well,it was worth it
I wore makeup yesterday,it didn't go on as smooth as I'd like in some places(which were dry from the Epiduo). I use a liquid and powder foundation so I have quite a bit of coverage. But yesterday,I only wore powder foundation! Aw,it feels good to not have to hide underneath globs of makeup. Trying to work towards not having to use any at all...or maybe just a teeny bit .
When I washed my makeup off,there were...as usual...a couple new pimples. I haven't gotten those painful under the skin pimples in a while but sure enough,I had one. I put on a little more than normal amount of Epiduo,as I do when I feel my skin starting to flare up,and the next morning my acne was incredibly clearer! The painful pimple is now a small bump and not even inflamed. My acne is literally getting better every day. Remember my breakout from camping? Yeah that's almost gone. I get dark reddish brown scars after any pimple and Epiduo has faded almost all of the scars from my recent breakout. Also,since my new 'regimen',my lips have never been fuller and more moisturized. I use a combination of aloe vera and jojoba oil,you only need a little bit. Eh,well I hope I'm not forgetting anything. Ta ta for now
Apologies for not posting in a while,I was camping for a week. Which is why I think my skin looks so bad right now!
The right side of my face(which was almost clear) has about 8 pimples on it now. I think this is due to the fact that I barely washed my face while camping AND I was on the dreaded time of the month. *sigh*...Back to square one. But on the bright side,now that I'm back home and off my period my skin is doing a lot better. Epiduo no longer makes my skin flaky or red which makes for one happy girl! The blackheads on my nose are completely gone(idk if that's because of the Epiduo or loads of sun I got). Epiduo has really been helping those painful under the skin pimples in about a day and has been lightening my scars. Yipee!
I'm trying to simplify my regimen and see how that goes.
MORNING:-Wash face with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
-Pat dry w/a clean towel and apply mixture of Aloe Vera gel and Jojoba oil(this has improved my skin a lot)
NIGHT:-Wash face with Cetaphil
-Pat dry and apply Epiduo to acne areas
-Let dry for an hour then apply Aloe and Jojoba
Twice a weak exfoliate with washcloth and once a week a mask(Milk of Magnesia)
Hey all! So just going to give you a quick overview of the days I didnt post about. 4 or 5 days into Epiduo my face was tight and peeling like crazy! My problem areas felt really rashy and rough(not a pretty sight). That lasted about a good 5 days. I wouldnt recommend exfoliating very much during this time because that only made more irritation and my face felt raw. During that time I was using Cetaphil gentle face wash and didnt wear makeup to cut down as much irritation as I could. Ater putting on the Epiduo I would wait an hour before putting on moisturizer, so the topical can really sink in. For moisturizer I made a little mix of aloe vera gel and jojoba oil and massaged that gently into the skin. Id repeat that about 3 times,letting each layer dry first. Moisture is KEY in using this product. When your skin gets dry it produces more oils....BAM,more pimples(but you probably already knew that,haha). Drinking water helps a bundle too.
And now we come to today,day 11. My flakes,dryness,itchyness,rashy skin is completely gone! My skin is more even toned and there is a SIGNIFICANT decrease in my acne overall. My forehead is probably 85% clear,chin 50%,and around my mouth is 90% clear. It is getting better every day. I just recently got one of those red painful under the skin suckers that take a couple days to turn into nasty whiteheads. But I just put Epiduo on at night to it and within 2 days it was completely gone. I am diggin this product! Im putting together a slide show of my acne over the course of using this and I will post it when its done! This was supposed to start working in a month but Im almost clear and it hasnt even been 2 weeks!! My skin is looking so pretty,haha. I have so much more confidence too...holy cow! Got nothing to complain about Alrighty,ta ta for now!
Hey hey hey So this is my fourth day using Epiduo and I have to say,im pretty darn impressed. I only broke out for two days(about 5 whiteheads) but theyre getting smaller everyday. Other than those five whiteheads but acne is probably 75-80% clear! ITS ONLY DAY 4! I hope this continues because its making me really happy,my skin hasnt been this clear in FOREVER!! However,I am feeling the burning/dryness etc. that I keep hearing about. It burns a lot when i put it on at night,I cant put on moisturizer. My skin feels rather tight...not a big fan of that feeling,haha. I also have some flakeys around my chin but I just mix jojoba oil w/my moisturizer in the morning and its really helping! I find that Epiduo has also been improving the texture of my skin! My pores are smaller and my red marks are fading....I cant believe how fast this works. Im so happy Im going to continue using Epiduo and hope the dryness will go away in a couple days. Toodle loo!
Hey everyone So Im on day 3 and Ive already started to breakout,yikes! I have about 5 whiteheads on my forehead and 3 on my chin. Some are pretty painful but ive made sure not to pop them! I havent gotten the stinging and dryness I keep hearing about but when I put on my moisturizer it burns a little,nothing I cant handle. The breakout isnt too bad and my whiteheads seem to be drying out on there own. Ive also seen a decrease in my little flesh colored pimples,so im happy about that . Going to keep using it and staying positive! Toodle loo
Alrighty...a little introduction first. I've been suffering for acne since I was 10,im 15 now and things have slowly gotten worse each year. My acne is moderate and mainly on my forehead,chin and sides of my mouth. Ive always had great confidence but seeing peope with clear skin everyday has taken a toll on me. I OBSESS over my skin,whenever I look in a mirror I examine my skin and see how many new pimples have sprouted up! My derm put me on Doxycycline and Epiduo a couple months ago. The Doxcycline has reduced my acne significantly but I just tossed the Epiduo aside since im not a huge fan on topicals. After hearing good reviews about Epiduo I have decided to give it a shot,BOOYAH! So here it goes...MY EPIDUO LOG
DAY 1- So I washed with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser and applied a thin layer of Epiduo to problem areas and followed up with moisturizer. I didnt get the initiall burning and itchyness every was talking about and I have pretty sensitive skin...hmmmm. Im pretty nervous about the initial breakout too. Some say its pretty bad,but oh well...NO PAIN NO GAIN Now just gonna sit back and pray