Well, I freaked out yesterday, but it looks like my skin is back to progressing. Most of the areas that were popped yesterday are either now red marks or smaller whiteheads, which I'm fine with. It could've been worse!
Of course, my skin is also back to its insanely dry, red, and burning routine. Applying the BP is never bad, but for some reason when I put on the 2 pumps of moisturizer (and 5-6 drops of jojoba now ) my skin starts freaking out and stinging like mad. It definitely needs
Last night and this morning might have set me back. It's hard to say for sure, but I'm kind of freaking out.
First, I managed to forget my acne.org cleanser while I was at my boyfriend's house last night. I was pretty upset, and was frantically trying to figure out what to use to wash my face! I had some makeup on that I had tried on earlier in a store, and needed to get it off. Unfortunately, my boyfriend had NOTHING. Not even baby wipes. So, I pulled myself together and used the only
I have to say, I'm having trouble seeing any difference in my skin. There was hope for a while, but now it seems like it's back to the way it always was. Here's Week 2 from the "What To Expect" section on the Regimen page:
1. Further clearing, followed perhaps by a breakout. The breakout clears more quickly than usual. Skin is slightly less red and irritated. Red spots from old acne linger.
2. Clearing, followed by a breakout. Skin is still red, irritated and itchy. Person is conside
Okay. I just need to vent a little here. I apologize in advance.
WHY is my skin doing this? The initial clearing was absolutely a tease. There's this decently-sized red bump on my cheek and whiteheads on both my forehead and cheeks. This is so uncool.
I have to admit that yes, my skin is getting less inflamed and these breakouts will heal like the rest, but goodness this is saddening. Especially without the aid of face makeup.
I can't stop looking at my skin. Look at my photo
So, the flakiness of my skin has improved a bit! It's still pretty dry, though. Not a big deal.
What's been making me upset is that my forehead broke out with a few whiteheads. They're pretty small in size and have been healing fine, but I just wish they weren't there! I'm also getting a couple of small bumps on my cheeks, but they haven't surfaced yet. I'm pretty bummed right now.
I did read that for Week 2 of The Regimen, a breakout can happen. So, I know I'm not doing anything wro
I don't have much time to write, but there's not much to update.
My skin is EXTREMELY dry, and the area around my mouth (not a problem area) is peeling. Pretty weird. There are two whiteheads pushing out of my face, and they should be gone soon like the rest of my breakouts!
Red marks are still pretty apparent. I've had to use a lot of moisturizer throughout the day.
Jojoba, I need you!
I almost forgot to write about my progress today, mostly because nothing exciting happened. However, I do have some things to report.
My face is still really sensitive. Ow. But, the BP is still clearing it up! All of my whiteheads are now just red marks, which I much prefer. I didn't pop them, so hopefully they don't stay long! I've heard things about BP causing hyperpigmentation, but we'll see!
When I use the moisturizer it burns my skin pretty badly, but I won't do anything about i
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,
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 mi
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 a
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 impr
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 loo
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
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 Min
Okay! So far so good. Today's going to be interesting, though.
It's only been two days, but I'm enjoying this. STILL waiting on Dan's products, but the BP's definitely working it's magic, despite my redness/flakes.
I mentioned in my previous post that I accidentally popped a pimple...woops! BUT, I put some tomato juice on it, and today there was minimal redness and absolutely no swelling. Lovely! I was so excited about these results that I made a tomato juice/seed mask this morni
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 joj
Alright. Dan's products come in about a day or two, and I'm ready to start this.
I've tried pretty much everything. I've wasted (or not wasted, because at least I know they don't work!) tons of money on products and procedures that have never made my acne go away. It's only been almost a year, but I know that I shouldn't have to wait that long to have clear skin again. I can do this. I just have to be persistent, and stop torturing my skin with new products and treatments.