I took a couple days off for my skin to calm down post sunburn. best. decision. ever! I now feel like my skin is now acting like it should be at the beginning stages of BP (still not the most awesome but definitely a few steps up from the misery it was) my skin isn't really flaky anymore. just pretty rough, like sandpaper. the redness is subsiding from previous acne. Little mini whiteheads will pop up on my cheeks, a few a day, but those I can handle. Pretty sure the BP is pulling up all the old dirt under my skin and getting rid of it now, making some small acne in the process... but whatever it needs to do to clear it on up! another note of interest... I haven't worn makeup for a week! and I've realized that I really don't need it. I'll put concealer around my eyes since I have naturally dark circles around the eyes (Thanks, Mom) and some mascara and I'm good to go. Soooo much easier and less stress! anyway... things are looking up! I'm now just anxious for the BP and my skin to be comfortable with each other.. this sandpaper feeling is getting old real fast.
my sunburn has royally screwed me over. why does the sun here have to be so darn hot? I am forming things that look somewhat like acne scars on my dry, sunburned cheeks. and no, I did not have acne there before. so they aren't literally acne scars. They kind of worried me. I am quitting the regimen for right now, I need to get my skin healed from this sunburn. I'll sure I will start back up with the regimen after my skin has calmed down. Tonight I rubbed vasaline over my whole face and gently rubbed it off, taking some dead skin with it. Then I gently cleansed it with purpose gentle cleansing soap. Afterwards I moisturized with aloe vera after sun lotion. I'm hoping this does not clog my pores and cause a breakout.
whew. I made it through the day. The swelling on my eyes went down but my cheeks are still relatively swollen. It's fun, let me tell ya.... but my face was SO dry today. I guess today was day 1 of my flakiness yall have been talking about. It was so bad, my cheeks looked like they had wrinkles. I went a bit crazy with my moisturizer tonight and my Jojoba oil tonight and lessened my BP a bit. I work all day tomorrow and I'd really rather not have flakes falling off if I can avoid it at all cost. I'll have to bring my lotion with me to work, I feel like... anyway. I noticed tonight that my red marks from old breakouts are lessening. So that's awesome! I hope all this pays off... this is no fun so far. I will never take for granted clear, flawless skin again.
Here's my story.... growing up my skin was fine. my nickname given to me from my mom was "peaches" due to my skin. sure, I had the occasional pimple during High School, but nothing drastic. [Enter college here....] my skin went absolutely crazy. I was breaking out and I didn't know what to do. It got so bad I decided to start Accutane. I was on it for 8 months [of hell] but it worked! I was completely clear and off Accutane starting in July 2010. I stayed amazingly clear until about April 2011 when I moved from a dry climate to the East Coast humidity. My skin was screwed. I was SO frustrated. I started trying product after product with no success. The only time my face seemed to clear up was for a few days when humidity lessened. That was my answer, I knew then my face was acting up due to the humidity. However, I also knew that I would be living in this humid climate for a long long time. I needed to find a way to work around these breakouts. [Enter DKR here...] I started the Regimen just 3 days ago. It was going fine, no big complaints. Until yesterday... I went to the beach for an hour or so, lathered in sunscreen.... when BAM! I got moderately burned (darn you heat wave!) Well now doing DKR is burning my face and it's very very painful. I woke up this morning to swollen eyes and cheeks. awesome. I am unsure if this is an allergic reaction or a side effect from my sun exposure. I can already feel today being a loooong day with my face looking like a blue berry....
I hope this passes and I can get my clear skin back with the Regimen. I hope when my bottles are empty and if my skin is cleared to go back to a gentle regimen routine. We'll see...
here's the beginning of my journey.