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I have tried so many things and thought to myself 'What the heck' and decided to try an au natural approach

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Day 3 in No Washing Experiment

Just so you know, the reason that day 1,2 and 3 have all been posted within a couple of minutes of each other is because they are from a written diary that i began writing when i started this experiment. Today really is the third day however and things are looking up. Skin has still been oily. ALL pimples seem to have just dried up and become 'scab like'. They are less red but there are still just as many of them ( i would say, after counting half the pimples on my forehead which came to 45, that i have at least 100 pimples on my face. Small ones, but still lots of them. ) It is mainly my forehead now that is oily, the oil on my cheeks, chin and nose seem to have died down a bit. The whiteheads that popped up on my second day are now no longer whiteheads - not sure where the puss has gone though.. instead they seemed to have dried up and become scabby like the others. So quick???? A spot that was coming on my chin yesterday and that normally would have erupted into a huge whitehead by now seems to have shrunk and seems (touch wood) to be going on its own. The pimple i squeezed on the first day is now only a 'pinprick' sized dot instead of the red, inflamed, re-infected mess it would normally be by now if i was still washing and using products. Fingers crossed

HollyAndSpots

HollyAndSpots

07/24/2011

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07/31/2011

 

Day 2 in No Washing Experiment

Second day... Skin is still as oily as yesterday but slightly less red. The spot i popped yesterday has already healed, whereas before when i was washing, the mark would have been red, inflamed and probably would have filled up with puss again and stayed there for ages. Fighting the urge still to not wash as soon as i wake up. Looks revolting.. Spots are becoming itchy as if they are healing themselves?? Guess i'll find out tomorrow! Fingers crossed!

HollyAndSpots

HollyAndSpots

07/24/2011

 

Day 1 in No Washing Experiment

The first day of not washing my face was horrible. My face was so so oily!!! I had to really fight the urge to wash it. My spots were red, inflamed and unsightly. I feel dirty! I have had a few whiteheads pop up since last night. Already beginning to think this might not be a good idea.... I popped a pimple today.... I'm not one of those obsessive pickers thank goodness, but this little bugger was just sitting there and i couldn't stop myself. That is one bad thing about leaving your skin oily - you notice a hell of a lot more wrong with it. Probably because you look in the mirror more ( thinking "what the hell are you doing???" ) Fingers crossed it gets better by tomorrow.....

HollyAndSpots

HollyAndSpots

07/24/2011

 

Introduction to experiment and to me

My name is Holly. I'm 18. I have acne. Admittedly, my acne ( luckily ) is only mild/moderate. I can only imagine what my life would be like if my acne was to become severe. People who cope with severe acne must be so much stronger than me. Even with mild/moderate acne i find it hard to look people in the face. It can be a lonely world, being an acne sufferer. Most days i just want to hide away. I saw this one young girl today, her head held high, no makeup on and her face looked red raw with acne - yet here i am, staring at my shoes because i have several clumps of spots on my face. My acne started April last year. Up until my 17th birthday I had been 99% blemish/pimple free. I never gave my skin a second thought. I never realised how lucky i had been with my skin until now. The strength of people who have been acne sufferers since they were 11 amazes me, it truly does. How i believe my acne started is by me 'over irritating my face'... Last April I modelling for my friends photography A level. I was unbelievably confident then, i didn't have a care in the world. However, about a week after i finished the photo shoot, i began to get a spot on my chin. It was one of those stubborn ones that never comes to a head. A friend suggested i steamed it to draw out the puss... Problem was, that i went on the thought that 'More is better'... I steamed my face for 20 minutes a night every night for 2 weeks. The first couple of days my skin felt great. The stubborn spot came to a head and popped and I should have thought to myself "Right, thats enough now.." Instead i continued to steam my face every night, adding all sorts to the boiling water, thinking it would do my skin good. I heard that mint was good. And lemon. And lavender. And cinnamon. And nutmeg. And vinegar. And tea. And ginger. And garlic. You could say i made myself a cocktail and steamed my face with it 20 minutes a night for 2 weeks. I thought it would be a good idea... After 2 weeks, my skin was so so red. I had broken veins around my nose and i began to notice that i was getting bumps on my cheeks. I stopped steaming my face, but i think the damage had already been done. I bought myself a spot facewash, thinking that it would get rid of them. I washed my face at least 3 times a day - again, thinking 'More is better'. My skin began to get awful. I heard if you rubbed garlic onto your spots that they would go away. So i did this every night for a week. It only made my skin worse. I was so desperate to get rid of these few spots on my cheeks that i polluted my skin with every remedy i heard of. After a month, my cheeks were constantly red and had pustules all over them. I stopped leaving the house and became so self conscious. I hated my face. I have been struggling with my face for just over a year now and gradually it is getting better. I think i must have traumatised my skin. And now i am paying the price for it. Last august i decided i would go to the doctor. I have extremely sensitive skin so me and my doctor decided harsh chemical treatments would do me no good. I have tried every wash under the sun. Every cream. I've tried just using water - this only made my skin very red, dry and sore. I've changed diets, tons of exercise. And now its come to this. The point at which i am beyond fed up. My whole life revolves around my skin. What i eat, what i do, where i go. I spend all this money on products only for them not to work. I spend all this time preening and fussing with my face and not getting results. So i thought to myself, "enough is enough." I decided then and there that i would leave my skin alone - completely. No cleansing. No toning. No products. Nothing. My mum and grandmother have always had perfect skin. I asked them what they did, how did they never get bad skin? What did they use? They told me that they never used anything. No soap, washes, creams. They washed with water every couple of days and that was it. So far, i am the only person in our family who has acne and they have all done the same thing - just washed with water every couple of days. "what about the oil?????" I said. My mum just replied with the most sensible answer i have heard from anyone. She told me that the oil your face secretes helps to create what is called and acid mantle which protects your face against bacteria. Why wash off your body's natural oil only to replace it with a chemical, man made moisturizer. She told me to let my body take care of itself. So that it what i am doing. Leaving my skin to let it heal and calm down on its own. I have no idea if it will work or make my face worse. All i know is that what i am doing now isn't helping, so i might as well try it. What harm can it do? Right? I will be doing this experiment for a whole month - only washing my face when i shower, but not using soap or anything else and writing a daily diary to keep track on my progress ( or maybe not progress - we'll see! ) Fingers crossed. xx Holly

HollyAndSpots

HollyAndSpots

07/24/2011

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