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4 Months

Almost 4 months of using Differin, cleansing with Cetaphil 2x a day, never using make up, and stopping my obsession of my skin.. here's what happened! My skin is renewed. I know I still have few blemishes but this is far better from where i started. I feel so thankful with the products i use. Especially, Galderma creator of differin and cetaphil products, for all their life changing innovations. This wasn't an easy journey, i had ups and downs but i powered through despite the recurring seemingly endless breakouts, with the help of people who share their own experiences on here. I am very thankful, i wasn't able to name each one of them but they all inspired me one way or another. In return, i am here to share my own experience. I am now a renewed person after my breakout experience. I learned to love my natural skin. Less is more. I no longer put any make ups except for one, lipstick! I just use the mildest cleanser, Cetaphil! I no longer obsess on my skin like I used to. I put moisturizer on which is also Cetaphil. I'm now a believer of the power of retinoids. Where as before it scares the hell out of me when reading all horror stories about it. But after I experience it myself, i can say that you have to be mentally and emotionally prepared for the roller coaster ride (redness, dryness, breakouts name it) should you use this. Because in the end, after 4 months for me, my skin became super smooth like a baby and the dark spots fade away fast. I will keep updating till i finally achieve my clear skin goal.




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2 months on differin

2 months on my regimen! My skin felt smoother and improved 50 %! My mom even commented on my progress. Though to be honest i still feel insecure, mainly due to hyperpigmentation. Most prominent after face washing, but 1 hour later my face looks dewy and almost close to being clear (i dunno if optical illusion or something). And i still do get 2 or 4 small pimples a week, which resolves within 2 to 3 days with bp (spot treatment) and differin (whole face) ONLY at night. Well thats expected from what ive read from other differin users. Overall, im happier right now than 4 weeks ago. My advice to other differin users, is to use it only at night. True to its claims, it wont make pimples disappear faster if used in the morning. I've experimented on it, i noticed my pimple heal faster if i dont put anything in morning. I allow my skin to breath in the morning, rather than stuffing it with products. Hmm maybe at a microscopic level, the stuffs/oil/pus inside the pimple go out more freely than when you block it with a cream (even how non-comedogenic it is).  Keep your skin regimen simple. You'll be surprised that when you ask people with clear skin, they actually dont put anything at all on their faces. Avoid mirrors, youll be skin obsessed and its not good on your psyche. Good luck





Week 4

End of week 4 update. I've been on differin for 1 month! I still do get break outs, characterized as red papulopustules but they resolve within a week. Some of them grow on previous lesions while others on closed comedones. Some closed comedones do not get inflamed, but just extrude a hard white sebum, like the comedone is pushed upward from underneath the skin.

I don't experience dryness or redness but my skin is super oily! I don't get much peeling except on area around my lower lip. 

Overall, to summarize my 1 month experience with differin i'm still getting breakouts every week. Honestly, for 4 weeks i never get rest period with my breakouts. Im happy though that my face feels smoother. The hyperpigmentation is still there. Some of the closed comedones are gone. I still have blackheads. They say it takes 2-3 months to see a clinically significant effect on differin, so im patiently waiting for that. So far i can say its definitely working however restoring my clear skin will surely take time.

Same regimen.
I will be updating monthly from here onwards





Week 3

End of Week 3. My forehead and cheeks feel smoother.  Hyperpigmentation and some bumps can still be seen and felt. In my honest opinion, my face is better than when i started. Even though my pictures seem otherwise. Honestly, The actual is better than the picture, my camera tends to highlight the pigmentation even further. No filter is used in this picture. 

Im getting tired of minding this pimple though haha! Sometimes, i stare at myself infront of the mirror for long periods of time, noting all the changes. I know that no matter how much i look at it , my face wont magically transform to it once was, a year ago. So best to ignore it, stick with my regimen and let nature takes its course.

Pimples teach me so many things. Like, The simpler the better. I've asked the ones with the best skin, their skin care regimen are the simplest (facewash, mosturizer. Period.) Love your natural skin. Be kind to your skin. Don't put too much chemicals on it. I have picked, used hydrogen peroxide, sulfur, foundation, kojic acid haha! Had i leave my skin in peace, this wouldnt have happen. Well i learned the hard way. 

Educate yourself, what works for others may not work for you. The internet is a great source of information, but not all information will be beneficial. Most are marketing strategies. So best use a product backed up by science, tested with randomized controlled trials. Better yet, consult a board certified dermatologist. Lastly, dont be afraid to go bare face in public. 

The people who accepts you at your worst are the ones worth keeping. Looking at acne on a positive light, acne actually helps you sort these kind of people out





Week 2

2 weeks after using differin, i had major breakouts in my forehead and cheeks. Some of the closed comedones are gone. Now, i have 6 papulopustules on my forehead. The good thing about this is they are usually gone within 3 to 4 days with no scarring, just hyperpigmentation which eventually goes away. I experience a little stinging sensation but only when i touch my face such us washing. No redness or dryness so far. Overall, my experience with my current regimen is tolerable. The breakouts are expected. I am sticking with differin since i have tried almost everything which either did nothing or just worsen my preexisting condition. I am not looking for a quick fix because i believe there is no such thing as that when it comes to acne. Despite what some youtuber claims. I am looking for treatment backed up with real science to restore the clear skin i once had (but failed to take care of). Hence, differin. So patience and more patience!

Current regimen:
1. Differin 0.1 in pm
2. Spot treat with benzac in am
3. Lifestyle change
4. No picking
5. Cetaphil face wash twice a day





Clear skin journey 2016

26 year old female currently managing adult onset moderate acne of 1 year. I had clear skin prior to march of 2015. From there, my acne became persistent first on my chin, then to my cheeks and lastly my forehead. Currently, i have mostly closed comedones and some pigmented papules mostly on my forehead and few on my cheeks.

My current situation stems from frequent pricking, face washing (which leads to rebound oil production), and use of cosmetics. I vow to stop all these bad habits once and for all.

Week 1 update:

Current regimen:
1. Adapalene (differin) 0.1 % once a day before bedtime
2. Cetaphil face wash am and pm
3. Benzac as spot treatment
4. Lifestyle changes: hydration, diet, exercise
5. Hands off my face 

This blog consists of weekly update regarding my skin progress.