Well, I'm still in the home stretch, and it's so exciting! I just have a few things to report: I slept in my makeup twice this week (oops)...The first time, I broke out on my problem cheek, but it was very minor and is practically gone now. The second time, I didn't break out at all, minus a couple of clogged pores from putting heavy face paint on my upper cheeks. Woo! I actually ended up skipping the Regimen enough this week where some days I was only able to do one application of BP. Thankfully (and surprisingly), I was completely fine. I might try to do this after using the Regimen for the full 3-4 months, since it would be a huge time saver. Also, I'd say I'm around 90% clear! Yay! I owe so much to the Regimen. My skin hasn't looked this good and hasn't felt this under-control in ages. Once I can get rid of my hyperpigmentation too, I'll know that this was a complete success. So excited.
I'm 2/3 of the way done with the Regimen! I can't believe how much time has gone by, and I also can't believe how much better my face is. My acne seems to be 90% under control, which is so exciting for me. I really never thought this would happen, and it's such an amazing feeling! I can't believe all of the stress and time I put into this is starting to show such incredible results! Serious props to Dan. Of course, I'm still breaking out, but it feels a lot more normal. I might get a pimple or two here and there, but they go away within 1-2 days or are removed completely with a gentle squeeze. I noticed I'm also getting more pimples where I used to before my acne became problematic (i.e. hairline, nostril, etc.). Could be the birth control stopping the cheek acne, but I know I owe most of this progress to the Regimen. I also still have a ton of hyperpigmentation, which is pretty much all you'll see in these photos. I promise that it doesn't look as intensely red in reality...the AHA has actually been doing wonders on my red marks! They've lightened up a lot. Another thing worth mentioning is that my face is still pretty dry and flaky, but the AHA and jojoba seem to be keeping it manageable...at least, I can wear makeup over it without looking like a scaly, orange creature. I expect this to even out over the next month, we'll see! For all of those just starting the Regimen or who are losing hope, please stick with it. I haven't felt this good about my skin in ages, and you'll feel the same way too!! Woohoo!
I counted last night as my official night on The Regimen...although Dan's products still haven't arrived, I want to start. I dropped the Retin A to stay true to Dan's strategy...Here are my products right now before Dan's come: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser (psh, okay. but hey, it's non-comedogenic) Neutrogena On The Spot Acne Treatment (BP 2.5%) Alba Botanica Even Advanced Night Cream During the day I wear Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25. Waiting for some jojoba oil to arrive for extra moisture too...my skin is so dry! Anyway, I had a flare up last weekend from drinking/smoking I'm pretty sure...and then I overcompensated and used a TON of BP and Retin A to try and fix it. Because that works. But, I've learned my lesson! Since dropping the Retin A my skin has calmed down a lot, and the BP is definitely clearing up my skin better this way, even though it's been one night. AND I accidentally popped a pimple that DEFINITELY wasn't supposed to be while trying to get hair dye off of my face...oops. Might put some tomato on it. Stay classy, Liz P.S. I'm only going to post pictures weekly; I feel like that shows my progress better than posting every day.
Hey guys, So, this is it! I've reached the end of my Regimen journey. It's been quite the adventure! After the full 3 suggested months, I'm finally clear. I still have hyperpigmentation issues, but that will also go away. After everything I've been through, I don't mind some temporary red marks. I just can't believe I've come this far. My skin is better than it's ever been on any other treatment I've tried. I would seriously recommend this to anyone with acne. This is the first thing I've tried that works. A few things I've learned while on the Regimen: 1. Patience is key: You will go through hell getting your skin the way you want it to be, and you just have to hang in there. 2. Lose old habits: I had to learn how to stop touching/picking my face, and even stopped wearing makeup for a while. I'm a lot more comfortable with my naked face now. 3. How to listen to your skin: I feel so much more in touch with my skin than ever before; I can usually tell what it can handle and what it can't, and how it'll react to most products. There's so much more, but I feel like those are some of the more important ones. I'm also so grateful to everyone on acne.org and the support I found on this site. It's really been an amazing experience. I plan to keep using the Regimen for the next 3-6 months or so, and then I might try to cut down on BP and see how my skin reacts. I'm also still taking Ortho Tri Cyclen-Lo, which is now a great fit for my skin. I'm also currently using AHA and moisturizer every night, and AHA on its own every other night. I also use it in the morning on my marks. I'm working hard to get a clear complexion! Meanwhile, I ended up finding a great foundation from Cover Fx. It's way better than the Tarte one, which was too orange on my skin. I'd highly recommend it! It's very hydrating. My skin is still a bit flaky, and I was considering switching from Dan's moisturizer to Cetaphil. Anyways, I'll be on here every once in a while. I wish all of you the best of luck! <3 Love, Liz
Yeah, I clumped my weekend together again. I said I wouldn't do that, but clearly I can't live up to that promise. Well, my skin's been clearing pretty nicely. Most of the bumps are going away, or are smaller whiteheads. And that's great! I'm happy about that. The main issue now is that I STILL don't have my acne.org moisturizer, and the Eucerin product feels like it's burning my face! My skin's pretty red and swollen. I'm almost positive it's the lanolin alcohol, which is also clogging my pores a bit (nothing major). I can't change to another moisturizer though, because I don't want to mess with other products. I miss using jojoba, too. The Eucerin creme doesn't mix with it well. So, my skin is extremely dry, flaky, and red. Awesome. But, I feel like I can't really judge how it's doing until I get the moisturizer again. Hopefully soon! I'm almost half-way through this Regimen and I'd like to keep the progress going! Pictures to be posted tomorrow. Also, last night I dreamt that I squeezed a whitehead on my chin, and TONS of sebum came out. SO MUCH SEBUM. It was so satisfying, and gross, and amazing. However, still resisting the urge to pop...for the most part.
I know I said I wouldn't clump my weekend into one mega-post anymore, but I did. I should really bring my computer with me from now on. Anyway, I'm just going to summarize: When I woke up Saturday morning (Day 32), I noticed that my skin was going to break out. Sadness. However, the important part about this was that I noticed I was breaking out in the same areas that were popped last week. I realized I have to stop squeezing whiteheads. Some people's skin can handle it, but mine can't. It just re-explodes. So, this time, I let them be, and the next day (Day 33) the breakout had diminished by about 80%! WOOHOO! Although, this was a little strange, because the biggest mistake of this weekend was that I missed a night of The Regimen. I was out with friends Saturday night, and was too embarrassed to take off my makeup and do The Regimen before we crashed. I really shouldn't care, but sometimes I let my skin control my self-esteem. So, I slept in my makeup. Ouch. There might have been a small breakout on my forehead, but it wasn't anything major. Also, I managed to get up before everyone and do The Regimen in the morning. Phew. Seems like one night isn't that big of a deal, and maybe my skin was a bit thankful. My face was EXTREMELY dry, though. I couldn't wear makeup without it caking or flaking this weekend. I was pretty disappointed about that. My search for a better foundation will continue. So, Sunday night, I returned to my strict use of The Regimen, with continually pleasing results. I also used only AHA after the BP so that my skin could shed some of the flakes it accumulated this weekend, and hopefully the rest of the growing bumps from previous pimples. Today (Day 34) I noticed more improvement, and not popping is definitely the way to go for me. If I don't want my breakouts to come back, I should just let them heal on their own, and not spread the infection. Another thing I didn't consider is that I'm about a week into Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, and I've read about an initial breakout from the new hormones. Could've been that as well! Who knows. The good part is, I'm hanging in there, and hopefully I can stop breaking out weekly. That seems to be the pattern for now, but at least it's healing faster.
I'm sorry I haven't posted about the past few days. I didn't have time to access the internet this weekend. I'll just quickly summarize how my skin's been doing: Day 25: Again, flaky skin. Even though I was in a van for about 10 hours, I insisted on wearing makeup the entire day. There were travel videos to worry about and such. I bought Tarte's Maracuja Miracle Foundation the day before, which is a liquid. The woman selling me the product was successful in convincing me that liquid foundation would look better on my face than powder, since my skin is so dry. It's a good foundation, but my flakes were still visible under it. Later that night, when I was finally able to wash my face (about 3:30am), I popped a few pimples that I didn't want to be seen the next day by the camera. It looked pretty horrid but cleared well enough the next day to put on makeup. Day 26: I had to wake up at 6am on Sunday to start getting ready, so I slept for about 2 hours. Great. I also probably shouldn't have done this, but I did the Regimen again (12 hour intervals? NOPE). My skin didn't really seem to care, thankfully. When I got to the makeup artist, my skin was still considerably flaky and red, but she covered everything nicely. My bumps still stood out, of course, but the camera didn't pick them up. My face also started to cake later in the day, but the artist assured me it was because of the powder she used, which made me feel awesome, because my skin wasn't being lame. Day 27: I got back at 7:30am yesterday, with about another 2 hours of sleep . I think I skipped the Regimen Sunday night, because I didn't have time to wash my makeup off before leaving in the van. I ended up wearing my makeup for more than 12 hours. I was pretty concerned about my skin. BUT, when I finally took everything off and washed my face, my skin was actually looking pretty good! It didn't suffer that much at all. I had a couple of new whiteheads around my mouth, but I didn't mind. Maybe my skin needed a break from cleansing and treating. Day 28: Today, I'm back to work, and my skin can finally breathe again. There are still some bumps left over, but they're clearing well. There's a lot of hyperpigmentation, however. I'm waiting for the AHA to arrive so I can start to work on that. The flakiness has gone down considerably. I also start my new birth control today. Woohoo! Sorry I got so behind! Going back to regular posting.
Something crazy happened this morning. I don't really know what it means, but I'm going to go over yesterday first and try to figure out what's going on as you read this. Alright, so yesterday, I managed to get out of my apartment and hang out with an old friend. It had been a while and I was feeling a little sensitive about my skin, so I gave in and put on my tinted moisturizer. It might be because I've been abstaining and have forgotten the way it normally looks on my face, but wow, I really dislike makeup now. Even just the tinted moisturizer annoyed me; it made my pores and pimples stand out even more, especially in the light. I'm also pretty sure that my skin is becoming more sensitive to makeup, and prefers to be without it. Throughout the night, I watched my whiteheads grow in size, I swear. To be fair, this might have been my skin healing and pushing them out, but the makeup was definitely not helping, I can promise that. Anyway, I ended up crashing around 2am. Although I was exhausted beyond belief (I work very early normally so I was pretty sleep-deprived to begin with), I dragged myself to the bathroom to do the Regimen. I couldn't bear the thought of sleeping in that ungodly tinted moisturizer and seeing the consequences of skipping a day of the Regimen. I might have used a little more of the BP by accident, but nothing was dramatically different about my routine. So, when I wake up in the morning, I go to the mirror to wash my face, and BOOM! My skin is about 60% clearer than it was the day before. I'm not complaining, believe me, but...WHAT?! Is this a tease?! I continued with the rest of the morning Regimen, and like yesterday, my face is burning. I'm not sure if this is bad, but I can't cut back down on anything now! My skin is on an acne-murdering spree! It's awesome! Woohoo! I'm worried about irritation, but I still feel like this level of discomfort is normal. I won't pull back unless I actually see any adverse effects. Also, I have a strong suspicion that my sunscreen is what's causing the burning sensation, which is fine. I used the full two pumps of moisturizer today, and I think that'll help with the irritation. I also reapplied the moisturizer once or twice yesterday, which helped calm down a lot of the redness in my skin. Still waiting on that jojoba oil! I can't wait to write about it. Anyway, we'll see what happens with the random clearing of my skin. It might have just been a good night on the Regimen, or it might be working a lot faster than I anticipated! Updates to come. Stay hopeful, and stop wearing makeup. Your skin will thank you, and you're beautiful anyway
Day 8 has proven so far to be quite the challenge. First, let me just say that the Regimen is still awesome. My skin is still progressing quite smoothly and at the proper pace However, my skin is definitely feeling the increased amount of BP, and it seems to be purging like no other. I don't really mean that it's breaking out. It just seems to be screaming, "EVERYTHING ON ME WILL DIE A PAINFUL DEATH." So, what's going on with my skin? Time to investigate: 1. I did have a minor breakout last night, the cause of which I'm still trying to figure out. I have a very red papule on the side of my nose and a growing pimple on the side of my face. And woah, they're smaller than usual, but SO RED. I used some ice to try to calm them down, which helped the swelling but not the redness. 2. The area around my mouth is really flaky. This weirds me out, since that's not a problem area for me, and I generally tend to avoid spreading much BP there because it's very sensitive. 3. Every small problem area on my face appears to be burning in the ninth circle of hell. It's just red. So red. And my whiteheads are still diminishing, but that's because they're melting in the flames. Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. My skin isn't inflamed, but just very red and dry, and the breakout last night kind of bummed me out. Still, I think this is a normal part of the Regimen, especially after increasing the BP. I also have to keep reminding myself that I just started, and my skin needs extra time to get used to things. If further irritation continues, I'll use a bit less BP. We'll see. On the bright side, the jojoba oil is still on its way, which will help out my skin a ton and maybe my tattoo. Cause that's also suffering.
To be honest, I wouldn't recommend that you compare these pictures to my before pictures. I promise my skin didn't get worse! These are much better quality. In the before pics, you can really only see redness, but my skin was oily and a bit inflamed. Now, it's a lot brighter and my breakouts have decreased in size considerably! Today I also bumped up the amount of BP I use daily; I've been using the same amount as the length of the top section of my pointer finger nightly (my skin was already pretty used to BP to start), and now I'll be using that much in the morning and at night. It's only been a week, so there's a long way to go, but I am happy with my results so far. I'm also glad that I've been getting comfortable not wearing any face makeup. And, of course, my skin is healing much faster because I've gotten rid of it. Here's what Dan says one should expect about a week into the regimen (just for review): "Week 1: Mild improvement. Skin is red, irritated, and itches." Mild improvement has absolutely happened! Also, my skin is obviously quite red. It's slightly irritated; it stings a bit with the moisturizer/sunscreen, but it's very slight. It doesn't itch. My new tattoo, however, that itches. But I won't be putting any BP on that anytime soon.
Yesterday I was anxious about my face's reaction to the insane amount of makeup I had to wear yesterday, but apparently, for no reason. Dan's products continue to amaze me. As soon as I got home, I scrambled to take my makeup off, which the cleanser did effortlessly. I lamented a bit while looking at my clogged pores, but finished the rest of the regimen and went to bed. When I woke up, I was amazed to find that my skin is back to the way it was before! It even still looks like it's improving: it's a lot brighter today. Hail to The Regimen, seriously. My skin luckily has a lot of time to relax this week before covering up again this weekend. I bought Philosophy's Hope In A Jar SPF 30, which is non-comedogenic. Philosophy must realize that they have one of the few non-comedogenic sunscreens on the market, since the tube was about $40. Woah, right? But, it'll last a long time, since I mix it with Dan's moisturizer, which he recommends. I also happen to really like this product, because it doesn't make my skin oily but instead gives it a nice glow Absolutely worth the investment. I guess I'm grateful that the makeup didn't permanently set back my skin's progress, but it also confuses me. I do believe I have acne cosmetica, so it would make sense for my skin to react to a heavy cream foundation, but will I always have this reaction to makeup now? I don't really want to wear foundation daily, which is why I'm working so hard on my skin, but when I have to again for another shoot or show, what do I do? It's also really unsettling to have my bumps show up in photos and videos. Perhaps this is just temporary, and the better my skin gets, the better it'll be able to handle makeup. I also often forget that makeup can make clogged pores stand out; a lot of the time my skin actually looks smoother just left alone! Anyway, I'm posting my one week progress pictures tomorrow. Looking forward to it!
Well, I'm about half-way through my 7th week on the Regimen, and I'm quite pleased! The left side of my face is [almost] completely clear now, and the right side is well on its way. It has 1-2 tiny whiteheads currently. There's a papule on the side of my nose, but it's been shrinking. I still have a while to go before I get completely clear and achieve the complexion I want, but the Regimen is finally starting to work! My skin is now rapidly progressing, and it feels great. Of course, there's still a lot of hyperpigmentation on my face, but I expect the AHA to fade my red marks within 6 months or so. My skin is also still flaky and dry, especially after a night without AHA. I think I might use it more frequently. P.S. Sorry I haven't posted for over a week...It's been hard for me to be consistent with this, but at this point, I might just post weekly anyway.
Today I had a photo shoot, but unfortunately no personal makeup artist. So, I went to Sephora for a walk-in application. I was really bummed about wearing heavy makeup all day, but I knew it had to be done for the camera. I was even more bummed when the artist slathered Murad moisturizer and Kat Von D foundation all over my face (a very heavy foundation that can be used to cover tattoos as well). Don't get me wrong, she was incredible and I loved the way the pictures came out, but when I looked at my face afterwards I could tell my pores were suffering. My diminished whiteheads were also growing. Hopefully this won't do too much damage...once I wash up and use BP it should balance out. I also bought Philosophy Hope In A Jar SPF 30, so no more makeup during the week!!! YAY! This way, I won't feel as badly about having to wear it for shows and such. P.S. I can't wait to wash my face.
Alright, I'm still hanging in here and doing my best to keep everything under control. Last night, I noticed a few of the last buried pimples were surfacing, which I didn't really have a strong opinion on. I was glad they were coming out, but if they got larger, I would pop them in the morning. Well, after applying 1/2 AHA and 1/2 moisturizer last night, they shrank considerably! I did notice that a papule is forming next to a whitehead I popped though...I've spot-treated it with AHA, so we'll see what happens. Two other small bumps appeared on my clearer side towards my jawline, which I'm pretty sure is just hormonal, and they're also shrinking now. Other than that, I'm still very dry, but exfoliating with jojoba in the shower has helped that a bit. I'm waiting all of this out, and remaining as positive as I can! Eep! Since tomorrow is officially the half-way point to 90 days on the Regimen, I shall post with pictures of how my skin's improved the past few days. Woohoo!
Well, after some much needed moisturizer and jojoba, my skin is back on its way. The swelling is completely gone, and the redness has gone down significantly. Also, the popped areas are still healing. They're not completely gone, but they're looking a lot less angry! I did have to exfoliate with jojoba oil this morning, though. I rubbed a good amount of it between my hands and massaged my face with it in the shower. It works better for me when my flakes are wet; they just come right off! Thank goodness. I noticed that there's still some stuff that needs to surface properly, so hopefully that'll happen soon. At this point, most pimples that are ready to go can be removed pretty easily. The hyperpigmentation is once again my biggest concern right now, which I'm grateful for. I should probably wait until I'm completely clear though before I focus on my red marks. I am hoping so much that this is the last cycle of purging. Nothing extremely deep seems to be forming, which is a good sign. However, my 3rd week of Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo started yesterday, which means that I'll be ingesting the highest level of hormones for the week. After that, I take the placebo pills. I'll have to wait and see how it all works out!
MY MOISTURIZER CAME! HUZZAH! I'M SAVED! My face feels so much better, and there's no more flakiness. Thank goodness. That's the only good part. Before you look at these photos, I'm just going to point out that indeed, my face is pretty damaged right now. Yesterday I had SO MANY whiteheads, and I caved and went on a popping spree. I might have even went a little overboard, but the good news is that the swelling is down, and now there are just scabs, which means they're healing! The only issue is that the redness is pretty unsightly. I really do swear that this is progress from last week. Everything was just underneath, and now stuff is coming back up and getting removed or going away. It needs time to heal, but unfortunately my skin didn't have time to do that before I took pictures of it. So, enjoy. When my skin gets to heal a bit more I'll post pictures for my half-way point of the Regimen. Peace.
I used Dan's products for the first time last night and this morning, and all I can say is, wow. I can already tell that these are by far the best products I've ever purchased. Everything does exactly what it's supposed to do! The cleanser is super gentle but removes all of the dirt on my face and tightens my pores. The BP treatment is smooth when applying and SUPER effective without overdrying my face (SO much better than Neutrogena On The Spot), and the moisturizer makes my skin feel super smooth and doesn't make it oily. I am in love. Needless to say, I still have a long way to go, but my skin is really thanking me for this decision. It's already calmed down so much; I can't wait to post progress pics on Tuesday! P.S. I'm still trying to figure out my SPF situation. Right now I've been mixing my tinted moisturizer with Dan's moisturizer, and I like the sheer coverage/extra moisture from it. Also, I have a photoshoot tomorrow, so I'm going to have to wear camera-ready makeup. Ugh. I guess finding a good primer to protect my skin will be the way to go. I'll update on what products I used. Let me know if you guys have used anything for this that didn't make you break out!
I'm worried about my face. I'm pretty sure it's irrational, but it's scary to see my acne change almost half-way through the Regimen. It doesn't look as unsightly now, but my skin is SO flaky and red, and these bumps under my face have a pretty smooth, shiny texture, and it's hard to see the pores around them...might be cystic? I have no idea. I want to blame the birth control, but I'm scared to because I have to wait 3 months to see if it'll help or not. Woo. I could be overreacting, though. The fact that my skin isn't exploding in whiteheads every day is pretty fantastic. I'm pretty sure it's adjusting to everything. I also just started AHA, which could be digging super deep stuff out. I need to chill. On the bright side, I'm using Eucerin repair creme as a temporary moisturizer, and that's going well. I'll just have to wait this out and see what happens.
The battles are waging on. I'm going to use the last of my moisturizer today, and then get a replacement one (Eucerin, most likely), because I'm pretty sure the new one won't be here until next week, and I can't survive that long. Always good to have a backup moisturizer, anyway! I've been speculating the state of my skin lately, and I guess it's doing fairly well! There's maybe one whitehead, but still 5-6 bumps underneath. They've decreased in size, thankfully. The problem I'm having is that I just can't understand where they're coming from. Is my acne supposed to be going under my face? Or is this just the last of it coming out? Then, I remembered something: I have no idea what, though. I feel like I've been through this before. I can remember feeling these bumps under my face that would disappear, and thinking, "What's going on here?" I THINK IT'S THE BIRTH CONTROL. I vaguely remember this happening with my first birth control. I think my skin is getting used to the hormones. But honestly, I have no idea. Could be the onset of severe cystic acne. How should I know. Going with the flow here, as usual. The key thing is that whatever these things are, they're diminishing. It's just unsettling that they're there.
So, I'm pretty much out of moisturizer. I've been scraping out whatever I can get from the bottle and putting a ton of jojoba in it. I'm hesitant about getting a temporary moisturizer, but maybe I'll give in. I'm worried about not moisturizing properly with the BP and AHA and all that's attacking my skin right now. Speaking of what's attacking my skin, I can tell that this new birth control is changing my acne a little bit. It's more underneath my skin now, but I'm actually okay with that, because it's not visible, and it doesn't hurt. If it pops out, great, it can leave, and if it doesn't, even better, because it decided not to show up anyway. It's so much better than having an evil, horrid whitehead that stretches to get out of your face, but won't leave for a week. I can dig it. It's still a little disconcerting though...I still have a long way to go in the Regimen, and I have to wait 3 months to see if this birth control helps or not as well. It's a little trying, but oh well. Gotta stick with it.
I just need to say, WOW, my skin was flaky yesterday. I have no idea what happened. I washed my face and flakes came off on my towel! I could've peeled so much of my face off. It was weird, but I suppose it's better to let some layers shed and keep my skin as fresh as possible. Gotta get all of the rest of that buried acne out of there! Speaking of such, I'm very irked by a cluster of bumps under my skin on my problem cheek. The other side of my face is SO much clearer, what's going on with this one? It could be because I sleep on that side, it could be the way I part my hair, it could be deep acne from popping last week, it could be the new birth control, it could be anything. The problem is, I have no idea what, but it's either coming out or reducing anyway, so whatever. There are also some similar bumps on my forehead, but they're not red. This might be a birth control situation. Not sure. When I was younger I would get unnoticeable bumps (unless you felt them) under my skin that never surfaced. No idea what those were. Besides those complaints, however, things are looking pretty good. The difference between Week 3 and Week 5 is immense. I can finally see some improvement in my progress photos! Yay! That's all. Enjoy looking at my face. If anyone knows what is going on with that army of bumps, let me know. Thanks! P.S. One important thing I forgot to mention, I'm running out of moisturizer. It should get here by the end of this week or the beginning of next week. I'm compensating with more jojoba.
I'm pretty sure I've burned my skin. It's nothing major, but it's pink and really sensitive. I know my skin's just trying to get used to the AHA though, so I won't stop. I'm gonna keep trying to find the right amount to use on my skin until it adjusts properly! Especially because it's working! My skin is way smoother, and I can't wait to use makeup for once That's all! Short post via phone since I don't have computer access on weekends. Peace.
I might have gone a bit overboard on the AHA. I feel like there's no proper instruction on how much to use! I read somewhere to use 1/2 AHA and 1/2 moisturizer...does that mean one pump of moisturizer and one pump's worth of AHA? Because I did that. And oh man, that was a lot of AHA. My face BURNED so badly. I wasn't sure what to do, so I just dealt with it. Luckily, in the morning, nothing terrible had happened, but my skin is pretty red and sore today. It looks like a minor sunburn. Hopefully I can feel out how much AHA I should really be using with my moisturizer...but anyone please feel free to tell me! I've also been pretty sensitive lately about my hyperpigmentation marks. They're very apparent, and from a distance it almost looks like I have severe acne because my spots are just so red! A couple of users on the forums reminded me that I'm probably noticing my red marks more because there's less active acne, which I realized is accurate. Living under fluorescent lighting doesn't really help, either. There are still a few tiny whiteheads on my cheeks, but they're practically falling off of my face, and not inflamed at all. Feeling grateful for this progress so far, and I need to keep reminding myself that I'm only 1/3 way there. Meanwhile, I'm going to submerge my face into a bucket of ice. Just kidding. But seriously, I would.
Dan's products have arrived! I'm so excited! I can't wait to update on how they feel/work out, but first, I have some news from yesterday: SO, I had full coverage for my performance last night. I used Bare Minerals powder, and quite honestly, I've decided that I hate the way it looks on my face. I have very oily skin, and Bare Minerals has no problem showing that. I wasn't sure why a powder would make skin oily at first; maybe because I didn't use the matte formula? Anyway, Bare Minerals has also always accentuated the large pores on the apples of my cheeks. For me, powder-based makeup also seems to make my breakouts stand out more, especially in the light. I was really self-conscious about that last night. I decided to do some research, especially because I was afraid of breaking out today because of the makeup, and LOOK WHAT I FOUND: Bare Minerals Foundation has Bismuth Oxychloride listed as the first inactive ingredient. This ingredient is HIGHLY comedogenic, and is known to cause cystic acne. Insane, right?! I feel so cheated by Bare Minerals now, especially because when I first tried the product (acne-free), I was in love with its easy and flawless coverage. But, I'm starting to suspect that it was the cause of my acne. Unbelievable. I never realized how careful one with sensitive skin has to be with makeup. Nevertheless, I looked into my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer as well, and found that it has a mild comedogenic ingredient. I wonder if I should just give up on makeup altogether, or deal with it. I used to use Clinique foundation, but I don't know if that's non-comedogenic, since their website doesn't list their ingredients. Because I like the coverage/SPF, I think I'll try mixing the tinted moisturizer with Dan's moisturizer in the morning. We'll see how that goes. Stay safe, fellow makeup users. P.S. I was so frustrated with my whiteheads last night that I squeezed 'em out...gross. I know you're not supposed to do that, but these were simply not going away, and the BP cleaned them up pretty well! Just have to try not to do that often.
I realized today how amazing it is that I don't care about my face anymore. Well, I do, but not as much as I used to. It's quite a relief. For instance, I was running late to work this morning while doing the Regimen (so time consuming), so I slathered on my moisturizer and jojoba and walked outside, a greasy mess. And I couldn't have cared less. The Regimen seems to have worn me out emotionally; I can't be bothered to worry about what others are thinking about my skin. It's great. I have my days, but as I've said before, it's the good ones that make the trials of the Regimen worth it. Pressing forward, my purge has subsided, thank goodness. My skin seems to be clearing a lot faster now, and the flakiness isn't as bad as it was a few days ago. There's still a ton of redness and hyperpigmentation, but that's why I started using AHA last night. So far, I'm really liking this product. It's only been one night, but it totally works. I mixed it in with my moisturizer, which is what I'll do for this week. If my skin can handle it, I'll mix it in with the moisturizer and use it alone a couple of nights each week. After applying it, my face was stinging for a while, but it wasn't anything extreme. The smell was a bit unsettling (sort of like rum), but it faded quickly. When I woke up in the morning, I noticed that most of my flakes were completely gone! My skin was also a lot smoother. A bunch of small bumps became whiteheads, which will make them easier to remove. AHA seemed to exfoliate my skin really well, and it didn't dry it out like most chemicals do! Yay! Excited to continue My skin is slowly progressing, and it feels wonderful.