So, I got so fed up with my dry skin that I decided to slather Vaseline all over my face. That's right, you heard it right: Vaseline.
Im extremely happy because my skin no longer feels like it's burning off. Now, here comes the greatest test of them all: will it help my skin or break me out? Well, I've done my research.
Vaseline can not break you out (apparently). I guess it acts as a "barrier", so if you have dirt and oil in your skin before hand, that will break you out. I made sure to cleanse my face well with cetaphil's gentle cleanser. I then took a cotton ball and wet it, added 3 drops of tea tree oil, wet it a little bit again, and then applied that all over my face. I added a little extra in my problem areas. I then applied some argan oil and put the Vaseline over top of it. I'll be going to sleep and I pray I don't wake up with terrible skin.
I wore it almost all day today and didn't have any problems. So, we shall see!
I am feeling so sad. My skin is dry, cracked, and it hurts. It makes me want to take the BP and throw it away. I feel like it's destroying my skin. Like its stripping it of anything good it had left in it. I want to stop using it, but I'm afraid of what may happen.
Before I started the regimen, my acne was getting progressively worse. The regimen stopped it in its tracks and even made it a lot better...until recently. I slowly started implementing the routine twice a day, and my skin is so dry it hurts. I've broken out again (not as bad as the first time, but who knows if it will continue to get worse). My skin is flaky and cracked, and when I put the moisturizer on, at first, it burned so bad. I then put on some argan oil (organic 100%) and it's helping sooth it a little, but I can still see the flakes.
I'm so disgusted with my skin. Honestly, I don't even recognize myself. Please, I'm open to suggestions.
PS: I'm thinking about going the natural route, but I'm afraid to stop the BP. I have 100% tea tree oil; I hear it's supposed to be good. I don't know though, honestly. I'm at a loss.
(pictures below the dry skin isn't visible. This is after the argan oil application. I usually don't have that pinkish-red undertone, but my skin still stings slightly. Also, the camera quality isn't that great, note that it doesn't look as bad in pictures)
Should I stop the regimen? Push through? Try something new? See a derm?
Well, I didn't use the BP this morning because I feared it would dry out my skin. I used it tonight, though, and my skin does burn slightly It's nothing unbearable, but it definitely is uncomfortable. I just want my skin to clear up and look the way it used to. Honestly, it got worse today, and I'm feeling really down. I don't feel like myself.
I'm getting the jojoba oil tomorrow, and I pray it helps with the dry skin. I'm not giving up on the acne.org regimen; I have faith in it. I've seen so many success stories, and I know some had to use it a few months before their skin cleared completely. Perhaps I'm one of those people?
I'm going to start eating healthier (lots of greens) and drinking tons of water. I hope that helps, too.
I would like to start of by saying that my acne by no means is bad. It used to be pretty moderate, but I've been using the regimen for about three/four months now and it's been helping. I was originally just using it once a day, but recently I decided to slowly implement using it twice daily. Boy, does my skin burn.
My skin is slightly pink, which is normal. I know I need to get used to using it twice daily. However, I'm surprised by how badly my eyelids burn seeing as the bp stays completley away from them. They are pretty red, but there is no dry, flaky skin. Still, they burn. I feel bad for them. I'm sorry eyelids, it's nothing personal.
Also, I decided to start keeping track because my skin was pretty clear until I started using the regimen twice daily. Now, I've been breaking out. I'm not sure if my skin is going through a "purging" stage, so that's why I'm going to stick with it. I'm going to buy myself jojoba oil in hopes that it helps with my dry skin (my skin is already sensitve/dry to begin with). This regimen is my last hope. I desperately need it to work.
(Pictures below are from tonight, after the use of the regimen. My chin has it the wrost at the moment.)
PS: I went throughout highschool and freshman year of college with nearly perfect skin. That's why it's hitting me hard. Good luck to you in your acne journey!