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Day 24: Flaky And Caky

Okay, this isn't good. My skin is SO flaky! I look like a scaly reptile! The worst part is, I'm clearing incredibly, but I feel like that's because my skin is so dry that nothing can live on my face. It's so dry, I can hardly even smile like a normal person. 3 pumps of moisturizer didn't even work for long. I tried exfoliating with jojoba oil, which was suggested on the boards, but of course it didn't work once I washed my face. This is insane. I don't know what to do! I have to wear

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/26/13

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07/30/13

Day 23: Finally (With Pics)

HOLY RABIES, my skin is responding to the globs of BP. Sorry for the Hotel Transylvania reference, by the way. My friend's infant sister has been watching it about five times each weekend. How she handles it, I don't know. Anyway, I just have to talk about my epiphany. I've read Dan's advice to use more BP countless times, and always acknowledged it but didn't really care, to be honest. I was slowly increasing the BP in my own timely manner for the sake of my sensitive skin. But, let m

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/25/13

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07/26/13

Day 22: Stepping It Up

As mentioned previously, I've now been using the full amount of BP since Monday night. So far, my skin is loving it. I feel like waiting to increase the amount weekly was a smart idea at first, since I needed my skin to slowly adjust to the chemical, but after a while, I was just prolonging my progress. Everything is drying up and shriveling away again, which is so lovely! I feel like makeup will be a lot more successful this weekend Also, I've decided to compromise my impulse to pop wh

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/24/13

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07/25/13

Day 21: Week 3 Progress Pics

Okay, just a heads up, I am EXHAUSTED in these photos. I took them the minute I woke up, not sure why. Try not to be too alarmed. Anyway, yesterday was pretty brutal. I went about the usual day with what I referred to as my "oatmeal face," which was kind of humorous, but also came from a place of grief. My boyfriend reassured me that my whiteheads weren't that bad before I left to go visit my parents, but I was still bummed about it. I knew they were going away, but they could've been a

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/23/13

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07/24/13

Day 20: Staying Positive, Screwing The System

I was battling the idea of posting pictures of how my skin looks with makeup, but decided against it. Not because it looks bad (coverage is nice, we all know that), but because it doesn't matter. This is about conquering acne and being proud of your skin, not showing how to hide yourself. If I could go without makeup every weekend, I would. The problem is that my image is a pretty big part of my job. It's not the most important part, but it's enough to need to look really damn good for the

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/22/13

Day 2: Tomatoes And Minerals

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/04/13

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07/22/13

Day 19: Face, Go Away

I find myself getting more and more frustrated with my acne, and I just want it to stop. I'm so impatient. I wore makeup yesterday, and by the end of the day, my whiteheads were so prominent. It really freaked me out, and I squeezed almost all of them. Bad idea. I know some people do it during the whole Regimen, but I feel like it just makes everything worse, and it makes me really upset. I can also feel a few new bumps on my cheeks (where else). Great. Anyway, enough complaining, especial

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/21/13

Day 18: The Flaky Feat

This morning, I woke up to no new forming pimples, and even better, diminished whiteheads. I was so pleased to see that the popped whiteheads from yesterday healed pretty well, and it doesn't look like they'll be coming back. Thank goodness. The papule near my nose has also shrunk a bit, which is great. I just want to be able to wear makeup today without looking like a bumpy toad. My skin is still extremely dry and flaky, but I'm proud of this progress! This is one of those days on the

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/20/13

Day 17: Keep Pressing On

Jojoba oil is one of my new favorite skin products, seriously. My skin has been much less flaky and irritated because of it. It still burns when I use the moisturizer, but the jojoba has diminished a lot of the redness in my face. I was pretty surprised yesterday to see the difference after work when I looked in the mirror! I've even been putting a bit of it on throughout the day. It's oily, but it gives my olive skin such a lovely golden shine. The Greeks had the right idea with olive oil

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/19/13

Day 16: And We're Back

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/18/13

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07/19/13

Day 15: Oops.

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/17/13

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07/17/13

Day 14: Week Two Progress Pics

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/16/13

Day 13: The Great Purge Wages On

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/15/13

Day 12: Waning Hope

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/14/13

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07/15/13

Day 11: Plateau And Peeling

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!

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/13/13

Day 10: Burns So Good?

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

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/12/13

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07/16/13

Before It Begins...

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. It's insa

lizardanne

lizardanne

07/01/13

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