I am planning on posting the beginning photos of my journey with acne tomorrow! + I've also decided to share a brief bio. that I had (until now) failed to post! I am 16 I struggle with moderate-severe acne on my face I love to spread positivity, especially when people are having such struggles with something, like acne, and I am able to give them encouragement and empower them to stay happy and give them encouragement! *note* I am definitely not saying that I don't have bad days, sometimes I have really sucky days. I just don't like share those days on social media, unless I am providing advice. This is because It works best for me to deal with problems by thinking about them and pulling out the positive, and then turning that experience into advice. I always try to remind myself to never post, write, or say anything out of anger, frustration, or sadness because my biggest passion is bringing out the good! Messages, comments, questions, and suggestions are very welcomed and I will try my best to respond! (busy schedule) #positivityiskey however I understand it isn't possible for us to stay positive 100% of the time! We're all human!
Before I found this site, I was using a facial scrub (Deep Clean Scrub) from Neutrogena that (once I looked closer at the label) turned out to not even be for acne prevention specifically, but more for exfoliation and anti-shine! I am describing a recent problem I have had in regards to this scrub and why I have switched to a very gentle cleanser. *Keep in mind I had little-to-no knowledge of the proper form of treatment for acne until about a day and a half ago. Apologies regarding any falsities* From what I know now, the little beads, or other exfoliating pieces, in the scrub were basically scratching up my skin... which was kind of scary, especially because I found out that a good 10 seconds is all it takes to give your face a good cleanse which I had been doing for about a minute - and pretty vigorously... The videos that I've watched here have taught me that *irritation = acne* so you need to be as gentle as possible with your skin. From this learning experience, I would like to advise all acne sufferers to avoid these products, as they're pretty much doing more harm than good to the skin. If you are having a similar experience with the dryness, redness, and irritation of our skin, DO NOT USE THESE PRODUCTS! The exfoliating beads, or other exfoliating pieces in a facial cleanser are not necessary in the exfoliating process. I recommend a glycolic acid which I have heard good things about in my research. This can be found in a cream form at most drugstores. In addition, I heard on the news earlier this evening, these scrubbing/exfoliating products, which included the exact face wash I was using, are now outlawed in the U.S. because of the pollution the beads are causing! I hope this helps anyone who is trying to figure out what is causing, or primarily causing, their acne, and always remember #positivityiskey !
I went out and bought a facial cleanser, benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) , and a facial moisturizer. facial cleanser: Clean & Clear essentials; foaming facial cleanser for sensitive skin benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) :Neutrogena: On-The-Spot: Acne Treatment; Vanishing Cream Formula facial moisturizer: Neutrogena; sensitive skin; facial moisturizer Going to start these tonight. I am starting a strict regimen of these products according to the directed use twice daily. I am also increasing my water intake and changing my diet to (slightly) more healthy foods to help clear up my skin from the inside out! #positivityiskey
/Day 1/ will officially start tomorrow when I get some products at the drug store. I am going to try Neutrogena which is what I have been using but I am switching around some the products because of what I have learned! I have been using a face wash scrub that was only irritating my skin more, and didn't contain any salicylic acid, so I'm changing that. I am also currently using the sensitive skin face lotion from Neutrogena which I have liked so I'm going to stick with that. I am, however, looking for a BP treatment cream. Any suggestions for trusty products found at the drug store?
Just joined! I'm glad that I was able to find a resource which provides such extensive treatment plans and tutorials. I am feeling a bit (quite a bit) overwhelmed as of lately with my acne that I've for so long considered a hopeless cause. However, I now have the steps I need to follow in order to get to what I hope is the right solution to tackle this. Just need to stay positive and consistent! #positivityiskey