Day 1,037: Not much to post about lately. Obviously. I'm still sticking with my Dove Sensitive Skin bar/Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner (with AHA and BHA)/Acne.org BP/(sometimes) Cetaphil moisturizer routine, and it's working fairly well. Yes, I still get some clogged pores, and yes, I still break out sometimes. But, for the most part, my skin's looking good. Right now, I have clogged pores that mirror each other. Just above each eyebrow, and near the crease of each nostril. (Sigh
Day 950: Whelp, I jinxed it. I have a sore pink zit on my forehead. Luckily, my bangs cover it pretty well. But still. Ugh. I just went over my whole face with my toner, and dabbed some BP on the zit. I hope it dies soon. I don't think I'd be doing as well as I have been with my skin if I still had my 8x or 10x or whatever it was magnifying mirror up in the bathroom. I still have a 2x mirror on one side of the mirror on my nightstand, but I try to be careful about only using it for plu
Day 946: I don't know if I've mentioned this before, but I just wanted to say that I realize that my current regimen is no longer The Regimen. I do still use Acne.org BP, and I do use a more generous amount than most other brands recommend. I also still make an effort to be as gentle as I can when I'm washing my face, and keep my cleaning sessions short...ish. But beyond that, I've pretty much strayed from the actual Regimen. Still, I've been sticking to the regimen I outlined in my pr
Day 925:Wow, I'm actually really digging this toner. My skin feels wayyyy smoother, and it's been completely clear for about a week (except for one tiny clogged pore that went away pretty quickly, and the still-fading-but-already-pale-pink mark on my right cheek), which is, like, amazing, considering the past few months.So, generally, my current regimen goes a little something like this:Wake up: --> Swipe Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner over faceMid-day: -->(If I'm not wearing makeup, which
Day 908: Okay. So. The horns didn't get too terrible, but they did leave pink marks. And I'm still struggling with that cluster of clogged pores on my right cheek. I swear, they've been there for months, so I keep picking at them, and they just get redder and redder and more and more splotchy looking. So I've been trying really hard to just apply my AHA to them and leave them alone. And of course I got a new little zit on each cheek near my mouth, and an old zit on my forehead revived.
Day 902: The Kooks: Naive. WTF? Anyway, of course, right after I made that last post, I noticed two little clogged pores on my forehead. Which I had to pick at. Which, of course, made them worse. I look like I'm sprouting teeeeny little horns. Fucking great. (Sigh.)
Day 901: I'm a little bit excited. I haven't had an AHA to use since The Swelling of '09, but now that it's getting colder, my skin is getting dryer (read: flakier), so I though I might look for an alternative to Dan's AHA. I remembered that Wynne had a link in her signature about AHAs or glycolic acid or something, so I checked it out, and decided to pick up a bottle of Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner, which has both AHA and BHA, so I figured I'd give it a shot. Found it at Jewel.
Day 794. Woof. I've been beyond busy with my new (okay, not so new any more) job. I've been stressed out, and my sleep schedule has gone to hell. And, to top it all off, I didn't get my period last month, which pretty much scared the crap out of me. How has this affected my skin? Well, honestly, it hasn't been that bad. I had two zits a while back--one on either cheek, in roughly the same spot. They both healed up, and now I just have very small, very pale pink marks left over.
Day 753: I'm testing the new spot treatment. It has AHA, BHA, and licochalcone in it, so I have to be super careful. I got it in the mail yesterday, and immediately applied a small amount to the inside of my elbow to see if I'd have a negative reaction. There was no redness or anything, so I applied a bit more to the same spot before I went to bed. Still no redness this morning. I think I'll keep applying it to that same spot, twice a day, today and tomorrow, just to be safe. If there'
Day 743: Dear teeny scab from a long-dead cheek zit, Please just heal up and go away. The way you're lingering is obnoxious. If it wasn't for you, my skin would be totally clear. You're fucking everything up, goddamn it. Love, c'est P.S. Okay, you're really not that bad, but still... Go away. And in other news, I'll be starting a job within the next week or so that will require me to wake up at about six thirty in the morning every. single. day. for the rest
Day 736: Aww, phooey. I totally forgot to celebrate my two year Org-iversary. It was on the 2nd. Ah, well... Anywho, I have a party to go to this Saturday at my aunt's house. Pretty much my whole family (on my dad's side) is going to be there, and I haven't seen some of these people in years, so I really want to look good, 'cause I know they all think I'm some kind of weirdo, because I never really visit or stay in touch with any of them, and because I didn't work for a long time.
Day 726: This post isn't acne-related at all. I'm just excited about my new haircut. Before: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v166/cry...28101207-01.jpg (I hadn't had a hair cut in six months. Can you tell?) After: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v166/cry...010FullBody.jpg The back: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v166/cry...0backofhair.jpg Woooooooooot! : D
Day 723: I'm hesitant to write this, because I know what kind of luck I have, but... Victory is mine! *frenetically knocks on wood* Looks like the combination of fresh BP and extra virgin olive oil has, once again, worked wonders to clear me up and fade my red marks. Booyah! Sheryl's Deck Party, here I come! Now, if only I could afford to cut and dye my hair...
Day 715: Okay. So. After my last post, my face pretty much exploded. No, for real. The whole damn thing puffed up, then got all gross and grainy, then the grainy parts kind of ended up being, like, chock full of teeny-tiny whiteheads, then I peeled like a sonofabitch, and then I was left all broken out. Basically, my face was FUBAR for, like, a week and a half. It sucked. I was miserable. My tube of AHA is now off in some dump somewhere. I don't care where, as long as it's not anywhere
Day 697: Well, I'm going to try to add AHA back into my regimen, but I'm gonna have to be sneaky about it. As a first step, I just applied it all over my face, let it sit for about ten to fifteen minutes, then washed it off. My skin got a little pink while it was on, but quickly changed back to its normal color after I washed. I'll see how my skin is over the next few days, and if I don't notice any negative reactions, I'll do the same next Wednesday. Maybe I'll just stick with doing t
Day 682: Wow, I am such a dummy. I've been breaking out a bit for the past month or so, and I couldn't figure out why. I hadn't changed anything, and I couldn't figure out what the problem could possibly be. Then, one day, I looked at my bottle of BP and realized that I'd had it since last May. It was almost a year old. And it says right on danielkern.com: So I ordered a fresh tube of BP. Well, it came today, so after my shower, I tried out the new stuff. Just a few
Day 666: Well, I've decided to give the AHA another test run. I applied a tiny bit behind my right ear at about 2:05pm. It's now 2:21, and I haven't noticed much of a reaction. It's a little pink, but not the bright, raging pink that it turned last time. And it's not really burning or stinging this time. I just feel a slight tingling sensation. If it doesn't get any worse, I'm not going to bother with washing it off, like I did last time. I'll just leave it on for twenty four hours, an
Day 658: Dear PMS, Thank you so much for the breakout. The bloating, tender breasts, and irritability really would've been enough, but you went above and beyond by giving me not one, not two, but three pimples! You really are too generous. Love forever, c'est P.S. Do you understand sarcasm, PMS? I hope you do. ; )
Day 652: Why do I do this to myself? My skin will be looking great, but then I get all stupid and pull out my 10x magnifying mirror and I pick at my pores. They don't even have to be clogged--in a 10x magnifying mirror every pore looks huge and terrible. So now I've got three red marks on the left side of my lower lip, and two red marks on the left side of my nose from pores that I picked at for no reason. And because they're red, I end up picking at them even more. (Sigh.) Damn i
Day 636: I decided to spot test my SA+ and AHA behind my ears to see if my skin could handle them now, since it's been several months since the last time I tried to use either of them. About ten minutes ago, I put a teeny dab of AHA behind my right ear and a teeny dab of SA+ behind my left ear. A few minutes later, I mentioned what I'd done to my boyfriend, because the AHA was burning a little, and I asked him if it looked red. He said it looked like it might be a little pink, an
Day 635: Damn the dry air in my house! I can't stand how much it dries my skin out. My face, my hands, my feet, my legs... Dry, dry, dry. Thank goodness for jojoba oil. I've been mixing a few drops with my Cetaphil every time I moisturize--which, I'll admit, isn't every day--and I occasionally mix some in with the St. Ives moisturizer I use on my body. I think I just need to stop being such a lazy-butt about moisturizing. I'm sure if I did it every day, things wouldn't be so bad. (Truth be
Day 603: Marks on forehead? All but faded. Cheek monster? Completely smooth, only very slightly pink (it was kind of gross yesterday, because there was a layer of dry, dead skin on it, but that peeled off today, and it's looking much better). Booyah! I'm just going to keep up on the olive oil for the next few days, and then I should be good to go.
Day 601: After two days of periodic icing and covering the my cheek beast with Neosporin and a band-aid, the inflammation has gone down considerably. The area's still pretty pink, but it looks a lot better than it did when I made my last post. The pink marks on my forehead are fading too, now that I've been applying extra virgin olive oil to them on a pretty regular basis. And the spot next to my nose has died down, and a layer of dried skin peeled off, leaving me with a (mostly) flat,
Day 599: I am breaking out like crazy, and I feel so shitty because of it. The spot next to my nose finally died down, but I still have the faintest pink mark there. But, of course, I ended up getting a spot in pretty much the same spot on the other side of my nose. And I have three or four pink marks on my forehead that were just *possibly* clogged pores that I picked at compulsively and made much worse than they were. Ugh. And, because that's not annoying enough, I got the