This has been a crazy year in skin for me! I went from my worst to the best my skin has looked in years. I know my skin is still healing, but with my continued regimen I pray it only gets better. I'm going to keep it short and sweet & let the pics speak for themselves. Please view my previous posts & tell me what you think. Continue to keep me uplifted!
It's been a long time since I updated you guys! I've added something new to my acne regimen. Here's my new regimen now: (1) Panoxly wash day and night (2) Avar E (day) (3) Epiduo (night) (4) Birth control low dosage (5) Wash with Cuticura soap if I wear makeup So far I've been doing this for about a month and it's been doing pretty good on my skin! I'm really happy but I'm trying not to get overly happy. I want to use it for a while and see how long this will work. I feel so much more confident. It's amazing what clearer skin can do. Look at my pics from tonight. Tell me what you think!
So I've been racking my brain and racking my brain for like 2 months now trying to figure out why my skin is breaking out so much worse post college graduation (May 2013). It just dunned on me, MAYBE it's my detergent. In college I had my own washer & dryer and I bought specific detergent for sensitive skin..,since moving back with my parents, I use whatever detergent they're using on top of washing my clothes with other peoples! Plus I don't wash my pillows every week like I used to. Could that be the reason? This week I'm going to purchase some satin pillow cases & new detergent to see if that'll help. Let me guys know what you think.
I'm having another horrible skin day. It seems as soon as I see a change my bumps reappear! It's extremely frustrating. At this point I'm considering Accutane. I've been reading up on it & watching reviews all day. I'd love to start a treatment, the only thing I'm worried about is the pricing which I heard can be a killer! Feel free to leave any thoughts. Below is a picture of my horrible breakout today.
I'm starting to think sugar or milk triggers my acne. My skin had cleared up dramatically for 3 days last week (Wednesday-Friday). It was looking the best it's looked in A WHILE & I was really excited. I went home that evening & ate some cake & icceream, shortly after I ate it, I noticed tiny bumps reappearing. My bumps are now back & that was only 2 days ago! It's like they never went anywhere how quickly they came back. Now I'm not EXACTLY sure if the sugar is the reason for this, it's just an observation I made. I will be cutting sugary foods out for a while & see how my skin responds. What do you guys think? Feel free to leave comments or suggestions! (Below are pictures of my skin last week, & my skin today. The first set shows my clearer skin last Friday without moisturize or any products. Just as is. The last sets show my skin today. After wash & moisturizer)
My skin is looking a little better today. My "Regimen" still hasn't come but I think I'm going to stick to my routine until April & see if it works first before I switch it up. I just want to be consistent with it (Read last entry for routine info). I'm trying to stop touching in my face but it's REALLY hard. I'm getting better at it. Check out my pics from today below!
This is my first day on Acne.org. I'm going to start off by introducing myself & giving insight on my acne journey. I am in my early 20s. African American woman. I have dry/acne prone skin. I would classify my acne as moderate. I have suffered with acne since I was 15. I never broke out at all up until that point. I am not sure what triggered it but I'm assuming it was puberty. Over the years, my acne has come in gone but for the most part, it has come. I would be clear for a month and then break out for 3. Everyone in my immediate family suffers from some form of acne (mild to severe). I believe my acne is more genetic then it is anything. I did notice when I was on birth control my skin was healthier so I am currently considering getting back on. 2013 & this year has so far been my worst year of skin. I graduated last year & for some reason I noticed a DRAMATIC change in how bad my skin looked post college. I'm not sure if it's the stress or what. I started Epiduo around August/September last year. I had been on Epiduo before when I was about 18 & it helped me A LOT. This time around, it isn't really doing much. At first I did notice a change about 3 months post treatment, but it didn't last long. Right now I feel my skin is at one of the worse it's been in YEARS! It has really put a damper on my self esteem. I feel my skin looks disgusting most days. I am ALWAYS looking at my skin & being self conscious about it. It's one of the main things I think about now. It has gotten really bad & it consumes everything I do daily. I can't help but to think about how bad my skin looks when I go out. Some days I don't even go anywhere because of my skin. I am simply fed up with my acne!!! Right now my regimen includes: (1) Wash with Cuticura soap (day/night) (2) Apply pea-sized amount of epiduo (day/night) (3) Wash with Panoxly day wash (once/twice a week) (4) Wash with Panoxly foaming wash (night...once/twice a week) --I've been doing this for about 2 weeks now Today I purchased the Acne.org starter kit. Whenever it comes, I will be updating you on my week-to-week progress. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to share them here! All negative comments will be blocked =)