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DAY 105: Repurging Period

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Current Regimen

AM

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Fougera Clindamycin Phosphate 1% Lotion

La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 60 Sunscreen

Doryx Doxycycline 150mg

PM

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Benprox 5.25% benzoyl peroxide wash

Retin A Micro 0.04% tretinoin gel

CeraVe Cream

Skin Status

Lots of small blackheads, bumps, and small acne on my cheeks, forehead, and especially my chin. I have a lot of scabs in my chin area from where inflamed acne erupted. There's a lot of small red post acne pigmentation on my face - it's everywhere! So my face looks red in general.

Meh.

So today is the sixth day back on doxycycline. I took it for a month, then stopped taking it for a month because I couldn't get the medication until a few days ago. Since I've started taking it, I've had 3-4 giant painful acne that hurts when you lightly press them, although they're slowly deflating and almost gone now.

There hasn't been much change in my skin from the last time I posted, except that I'm breaking out even more. Maybe since starting doxycycline again, my skin is starting to purge out all the acne again. If so, I'm optimistic - I can't wait for the day when my skin is smooth and bump free again.

I'm such a makeup junkie.

Within the past few days, I've ordered makeup from Alima Pure, Sephora, and E.L.F. Cosmetics. I think I go on shopping sprees like this when I'm not too happy with my skin. Ah well...

I'm actually trying out some mineral foundations, which will be less harsh on my skin, and easier to apply and remove since I'm breaking out again. The foundations I ordered have rave reviews on MakeupAlley.com, which is pretty much the ultimate place to find decent reviews on a lot of cosmetics. I actually haven't had really good results with mineral foundations in the past, but I think after researching a bit I want to try them again. I didn't really try out recommended brands for sensitive acne prone skin to begin with. My past mineral foundations/powders include BareMinerals, L'Oreal's Bare Naturale, Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Face Powder, and MAC Mineralize Natural, which all have broken me out, some more than others. Hopefully something will click with the new ones I got.

From Alima Pure I ordered mineral loose powder foundation samples (Satin Matte Foundation). I've heard great reviews about them here on Acne.org and MakeupAlley.com. The ingredients don't contain talc or bismuth oxychloride, which are known as possible irritants for those with acne prone and sensitive skin. (Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI 77947) Mica (CI 77019). May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499). Nothing more.) There's over 65 shades to choose from as well as creating your own custom blend. The way you choose your shade is to order a few shades in sample jars, try them out, and then order the full size sample or request a custom blend of shades. Given that the full size is only $20 and a GIANT jar of powder, it's really economical. I'll review them when I get a chance, and I might order the full size if I like it.

From Sephora I ordered Laura Mercier's Mineral Flawless Face Kit. This mineral foundation has high ratings on MakeupAlley and is also recommended by quite a lot of beauty bloggers. It does contain Bismuth Oxychloride. (Ingredients:Ingredients: Pearl Powder. (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)) However, since it's been so highly rated, I'm willing to give it a try. If I don't like the mineral foundation, I'm just going to use everything else in the kit instead.

From ELF I didn't order any face products. (It's too cheap to convince me to buy any of their face stuff) BUT I did get powder brushes for applying mineral foundation. I got the Studio Face Kabuki Brush and Studio Powder Brush, which is actually a dense flat top brush. I'll see how these work out on the aforementioned mineral makeup to come (although I'm getting a brush in the Laura Mercier Kit. Well, it doesn't hurt to have a few extra powder brushes).

Anyway, cheers for now. Hopefully the next time I blog my skin will have cleared up a bit.



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