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As I start my last year of high school, I'm getting serious about saving my face. This documents everything from topical OTC treatments, to prescriptions, to habits, to cosmetics.

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Day 7 - One Week Down!

Woohoo! One week, finished! And that "breakout" on my chin is basically gone, just like I thought. My gnarly spots on my left cheek are starting to heal, and my right cheek is basically just scars now. I have something going on on my forehead with one spot, but I think I'm killing it tonight. Everything is back to smooth sailing! Except for a bit of a sunburn I got from the last day of camp... Anywho, I'm also feeling a bit of a confidence boost, too. At camp, one of the guys I know was being my assistant at my station. We had the kids play with water balloons, and I subsequently ended up soaked basically first thing. I didn't realize until I got home, but my MAC powder probably came off pretty quickly, leaving my skin bare. I can usually deal with bare skin these days, since I'm starting to not be bothered by my appearance as much, but the thing that gives me this confidence is that this guy--the first guy in a long while too see my face without makeup--actually says that I'm pretty and all that fluffy stuff. Funny how as soon as I stop wearing all my makeup, I actually attract someone. Anywho, another short entry today. I'm tired. Camp is exhausting. Time to sleep! To clear skin!
 

Day 6 - ...breakout?

So my right cheek is basically free of active spots, but the scars are definitely still there. My left cheek, however, has decided to give me grief and breakout a tad. I have two spots on my cheek and two on my jaw, but they are monsters. Also, my chin has a few new tiny whiteheads, but those'll probably be gone or nearly gone int he morning. I have some little emerging spots on my nose, and one of those little painful ones right where my nostril meets my face, and that will ideally go away ASAP... As for the doxycycline, I'm feeling confident. I think I'm starting to see some results, especially considering how quickly my right cheek cleared up. I haven't had many other side effects since the last ones I mentioned (aside from feeling a little rumbly in my gut now, an hour after taking it before bed). Combined with my newly-replenished regimne items, my scars are fast fading--especially where I don't seem to break out anymore on my forehead and chin--and the acne is manageable. I'm tired, so I'll end here. Oh wait, I also spot treated with the Mint Julep mask again today. To clear skin!

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08/03/2012

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08/03/2012

 

Day 5 - Still Healing

Again, nothing too exciting happening here--except for the fact that my breakouts are all making very good progress! Looks like the choice to pop yesterday was a good one. I only have a few actives now, a few healing ones, and tons of scars. My active are also all under the skin a ways, so they may end up never seeing the light of day if I can treat them carefully enough. I'm heading out today and will be in the neighborhood of ULTA, Walmart, and Target. I'm going to have to replenish all of my face products, except my sunblock. I'm running on nearly-empty here! Also, I need to eat some Chick-Fil-A. Not the best food for my face, but oh-so-yummy in my tummy. I felt nauseous this morning, but that's done. I think the doxycycline is starting to have some effect on my complexion now, since I don't have as many new breakouts as I usually would have--especially considering how dirty my face has been getting the last few days at camp. I didn't get as much sleep as I was hoping for last night, and I think that my skin would look even better if I had slept more. Someone started texting me just as I got in bed, and then after I'd fallen asleep a good hour after I'd wanted, he called me at midnight and woke me up. But hey, the only thing I could complain about is its affect on my skin... So, I'm thinking that's it for today. I haven't tried any funny business with my face--except that I section-treated my face Monday with Queen Helene Mint Julep Face Mask (I probably did that after I'd written my entry for that day) and that seemed to be beneficial. May do it again this evening and take a nice bath to destress and all that. To clear skin!

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RandomJellyBeans

08/01/2012

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08/03/2012

 

Day 4 - Still Healing

Not much to report today. I felt a bit naseated this morning, but it could have been because I'm not used to waking up at 5:30 in the mornings during summer and I'd gotten little sleep the last couple nights, too. But it also could have been the doxycycline. I don't know. I feel like I'm trying to find side effects that aren't there. I'm under a significant amount of stress now, which is a bit of a change from the earlier part of my summer. I'm realizing that I'm already behind on summer work--some of it was due in June, haha--and only have two weeks until school starts. Also, camp has been very emotionally tolling for several reasons that have nothing to do with acne besides the stress they're causing. So, my right cheek and jaw continue to heal, along with my left temple. I have another new-ish zit on my left cheek, and there was one along my hairline on the right side of my forehead. I went on a proper-popping spree and washed my face. Half the time, when I pop my pimples the correct and hygeinic way, I and up helping to clear the area. The other half of the time, it seems I only make it worse. I'm hoping I didn't make it worse. Yeah, that's basically it for today. Hopefully I'll get a lot of sleep tonight and have a less-stressful day tomorrow. Here's to clear skin!
 

Day 3 - Clearing Up And Drying Out Thanks To... The Sun?

Happy Monday. That was sarcastic. So this week I'm volunteering as a camp counselor from 7am to 2pm every day. It's entirely outdoors and I'm directly in the sun basically the entire time. It's at a horse ranch, so it's safe to say that my entire body is coated with a nice layer of dirt by the time I get home. This raises the question: to wash my face, or not to wash it? I know you should really only wash your face twice a day, morning and night. I totally get that because my skin would probably dry out if I washed more than that, and I feel like it's a waste of product to wash more often than less. But right now (the time between when I get home, totally exhausted and when I finally crawl into the shower or bath), my face just feels dirty. It's gross. I'm not sure what to do here. I'll probably end up rinsing it, but not washing it. Good compromise. Now, back to the topic of camp. I've been diligently applying my Neutrogena SPF 55 (then a light layer of MAC Studio Fix Powder and some blush, mascara, what-have-you) in the mornings before heading out, and it seems to work well. My face is still pink, but what can I do? There's no time or opportunity to reapply when I'm working, plus my hands are virtually never clean when I'm at the ranch, so I would feel gross touching my face. I know that the doxycycline is supposed to make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, too, which makes me feel even more concious of my poor, easily-burnt skin. All of this aside, I discovered something miraculous when I got home: my face looks much more clear now! The actives on my right cheek and jaw have dried out significantly throughout the course of the day--just this morning they were rearing their grotesque white heads at me--and the monster on my left temple is not looking so intimidating anymore. And, to top it all off, I feel like the scarred area on my left cheek will prove to be a lot less dark after I rinse away this dirt to get a better look! Around the pimples on my right cheek, though, there are little splotches of dry skin. This is odd to me, but I did spot treat last night with some of that Clean and Clear Persagel stuff that's 10% benzoyl peroxide. I only put it on because I had accidentally irritated the breakouts and it was too early in the evening to wash my face, so I just rinsed and applied the BP. I only kept it on fr an hour or two before it got washed off with my nighttime regimen. I'm thinking the flakes will go away after I wash and moisturize tonight with my usual products, since they're all exfoliating and/or super-moisturizing. Anyway, that's all for today, I reckon. To clear skin!
 

Day 2 - Breaking Out & My Current Regimen

Well, I hate to say it, but my right cheek isn't looking to great. I have several little active whiteheads and a blackhead--which is odd, because I never used to get blackheads. On the bright side, the left side of my face is looking much better, save one random pimple that decided to appear sometime yesterday evening. The Neutrogena All-In-One Acne Control Facial Treatment... ...has proven quite effective at reducing the look of dark marks, but mainly the ones that are more recent. It also does a decent job of combating the actual pimples as they form and heal. I like it because it's moisturizing and it works. Here's my current, detailed regimen: AM Wash face gently in warm water with Neutrogena All-In-One Acne Control Daily Scrub (without actually scrubbing!)
Pat dry
Apply thin layer of Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-In-1 Hydrating Treatment all over face, focusing on problem areas
Let dry
Apply even layer of The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
Let dry
Apply generous amount of Neutrogena Clear Skin Sunscreen (SPF 55)
Then, if I wear makeup, I just lightly swirl some mineral makeup (recently it's been the ULTA brand) all over, then put on a bit of random blush, followed by my mascara. PM If wearing makeup, lightly remove with Equate Facial Cleansing Cloth
Rinse face with warm water
Wash with Neutrogena All-In-One Acne Control Daily Scrub
Pat dry
Apply thick layer of Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-In-1 Hydrating Treatment all over face, again focusing on problem areas
Let dry
Apply Neutrogena All-In-One Acne Control Facial Treatment on active spots and excessively dark marks, then gently massage into skin
Let dry
Apply generous layer of The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Day Cream
Let dry
And that's everything. I'm heading out to the beach now, and I'm armed with my SPF 55 and a new, big floppy sun hat to protect my face. I've recently started to feel very dizzy and/or lightedhead at random times, and I'm pretty sure I can thank the doxycycline for that. I'm just glad I'm not stricken with nausea. To clearer skin!

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07/29/2012

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07/30/2012

 

Day 1 - Introduction

Hey, thanks for clicking on my blog. So I won't waste time. I'm Emily. I'm a 17-year-old girl from Southern California. I've had acne since I was 11, but it wasn't very bad until I was 14 or 15. Since then, it's been a downward spiral. I've tried everything from the drugstore. All sorts of salycilic acid products and some benzoyl peroxide products. Nothing was really working. In the meantime, I was shoving makeup down my pores. I was washing my face every morning and evening, and I applied my makeup in as hygenic a manner as I could, but I didn't know that the stuff I was using was breaking me out. So, this summer, I decided to whip my skin into shape as best I could. I stopped wearing face makeup--and when I did wear some, it was only a bit of mineral makeup or powder--and, as this website has shown me, started being gentle with my skin. The first three pictures below (when I'm wearing gray) are from about a month ago, when I first started using Neutrogena All-In-One products and stopped with the makeup. The next three (when I'm in the green) were taken today. A few days ago, I went to my family doctor and finally got a prescription for my acne. She prescribed a topical 5% benoyl peroxide and antibiotic treament. I can't remember its name because when we got to the pharmacy, we found out it was $300 for a little tube and my insurance won't cover it (it wouldn't cover my $200 inhaler, either). So we called back, and she prescribed me doxycycline instead. Today will be my third day taking 100mg of doxycycline at night before bed. Also, this is probably unrelated to the doxy, but I'm experiencing a breakout on the right side of my face near my jaw that wasn't there just earlier yesterday. It sucks because, with just reducing my makeup and changing face washes/treatment, I had gotten down to having only one active spot. So, I'll be posting here what goes on with my face. If the doxycycline ends up not doing anything, and some of the other prescriptions don't do anything, I'm considering starting The Regimen from this site. Also, I may catalogue some of my stress levels as I begin my senior year of high school. I'm sure I'll end up with a few stress-related breakouts at some point. Like when I realize I have two weeks to read eight substantial books for AP English before school starts. Anywho. Onward, to clear skin! Wow those are fat pictures.

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RandomJellyBeans

07/28/2012

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07/29/2012

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