Ok these past couple of days I've been extremely frustrated with my acne. I felt like just putting a bag over my head because I felt so hideous. I usually have mild to moderate acne but these last days I feel like it's been so many! I've had about 5 big ones on the lower half of my face that were very red! I couldn't pop them either. It was so frustrating because I don't know what I've done wrong! Well, I got so frustrated that I thought what I'm doing right now isn't working and I need to try something new. At first I was going to go with Proactiv but I really didn't want to. I've heard good and bad things about it but mostly I just didn't want my skin to get dependent on it and also I don't want to be forking over te money all the time for that.
I was reading on a forum here a post about a young guy who got so frustrated he decided to give up altogether and never wash his face. He said that when he was younger he never dealt with acne because he never washed his face. After a couple days he noticed his face got better. His story resonated with me so much because he was in his early twenties when he wrote that and I'm in my early twenties and I also have never had an acne problem until recently. In high school I never wore makeup and hardly washed my face. I thought, "If it can work for him why can't it work for me?"
I'm not going to try his method completely but I'm cutting out BP cream completely. I can't go without wearing makeup because if you read my other post, I'm very insecure about going out without makeup. So my new method that I'm starting this week will consist of washing my face with a very mild cleanser morning and night and at night to rub my face with apple cider vinegar diluted in water before I go to sleep. That will be it. No BP cream at all! Also I might skip out on putting moisturizer on my face. That's a maybe for now. My skin is pretty oily I don't think I need it. The ACV doesn't dry out my face that much.
I started this last night and I have to say some of my pimples were smaller in size and lost a bit of redness. Was it a drastic difference? No, but it was a slightly better change. Now it's only been one day. I will be monitoring it as the week goes by. If my acne gets worse then back to BP cream or some other alternative, but if this works and my problem improves then this will be my new method. It will be a definite time and money saver if this works! This whole week will be an experiment to my face. I hope this works. I just feel like I can't take it anymore. I feel so ugly.
Now for those that have read this, I don't follow Dan's regimen completely. I never bought his products, but not because I didn't want to but because I don't really have the money to do it all at once and I usually need the cream right away, so I go to the store to buy it. Also I only apply BP cream at night because the BP cream I use leaves a white flakiness that I can't leave the house with. If the ACV method doesn't work then I probably will follow Dan's regimen completely and if that fails too then either time to get Proactive or see a dermatologist. I hope it doesn't get that far though.
I'm very excited to see the results as the week goes by. I hope that by the end of the week my acne lessens drastically. Time will only tell. I will write the results next Sunday!