It would seem that my skin responds the most to one simple rule; Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
And maybe also: chill yo' sh*t out!
After many weeks of trial and error, my acne appears to be subsiding. I believe the following are to thank for this improvement:
Egg White Masks
ONCE a week
. To use these masks once a day (like I was for several months) dries out the skin considerably and throws off the balance of the skin's regenerative and moisturizing functions. In turn, the acne comes back. With INFREQUENT use, the egg white masks are a boost to the skin. The rest of the work I leave to...
. Pure and natural Glycerine soap that foams and gently cleanses skin. No added chemicals or harmful, skin-drying ingredients. I am currently using a brand of glycerine soap called Clearly Natural, which is enriched with vegatable glycerine, aloe and Vitamin E as well as Tea Tree Oil, a known disinfectant. The TTO in this soap, however, is low in quantity, which is good for the skin as the oil can be extremely irritating.
Clarisonic Skin Care System
. In essence, a very fancy facial brush that uses sonic vibrations or some nonsense to dislodge dirt and oil deep in the pores for a deeper clean. Although there are many naysayers of this product (some would claim it is a glorified brush) I have noticed significant improvement since using it. My skin, however, is going through a purging process with it, and thus tinier (but far more manageable) bumps are appearing.
a.k.a. Excellent Glycerine Moisturizing Lotion. As recommended by Paula Begoun and my facialist, this glycerine based moisturizer helps retain moisture and nourish skin. I love love love it!
So there you have it! SUCH a simple regimen, and my skin is improving. I find that allowing my skin the gentlest of ingredients and procedures nourishes it to perfection. The fancy sonic brush doesn't hurt either
Sticking to a glycerine heavy regimen and boosting once a week with egg whites or other assorted facials seems to keep the bigger acne at bay. Of course, only time will tell. As you can see, this is all trial and error. Next, I'm thinking about introducing Queen Helene's Mint Julep Facial Masque to my once a week skin boost, to see how acne fares with that. I will remember, of course, that too much of a good thing (aka too many acne-fighting ingredients) will cause my skin to become very irritated, and thus produce more acne, and so this mint mask will need to be used sparingly!
Not only that, but I feel I need to take a break with the tea tree oil. That business simply seems to be tweaking my skin out and weakening it in times of stress. No good!