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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 bei

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

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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 o

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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 wo

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 woul

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 rece

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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 app

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