Hi everyone! So here I am, starting a brand new regimen that I plan to STICK TO for 60 days, and I plan to be clear by the end of it, whether my skin likes it or not.
To give you an overview of what my skin is like: My acne is very mild, consisting mostly of pustules, and other small pimples, as well as some blackheads. I get breakouts around ovulation time, and the week before menstruation, as well as one or two pimples in between. Chocolate breaks me out BIG TIME, and i think I might well be allergic to it. If I consume lots of sugar, I get acne on my forehead. If I consume lots of dairy, I get acne on my cheeks and jawline (hormonal). Most of the time, I get pimples on my lower cheeks, and on the area of my cheeks next to my nose, as well as on my chin and jawline. I also scar easily and have some light red marks on my lower cheeks and jawline. I usually have about 3-4 pimples on my face at a time, which actually don't look bad, but I have a bit of a problem that makes things much... much worse:
CSP (Compulsive Skin Picking) - I can't stand imperfections, and I get obsessive and perfectionistic about anything I see on my skin. The "easiest" way to end this would be to just not have acne anymore, but I know I must practise self control and end it before my acne ends, so that I know I've conquered =D
So, what I know breaks me out:
Hormones (chin, jawline and cheeks)
What I'm going to do about it:
I will not eat any chocolate for the next 60 days.
I am going to eat as little sugar as possible.
I am going to eat as little dairy as possible.
I am going to eat as little refined and highly salted foods as possible, including crisps, cookies etc.
I am only going to drink rooibos tea, water, and occasionally (if I go out) fresh fruit juice.
I am going to take 500mg no flush Niacin (inositol hex.) every evening after dinner for the next 60 days.
I am going to take zinc 15mg every morning for the next 60 days.
I am going to take Vitex every morning on an empty stomach forthe next 60 days.
I am going to wash my face gently for a few minutes every morning and evening with Benzac AC 5% wash, and moisturize with Cetaphil moisturizing lotion as needed.
I am going to spot treat any pimples with tea tree oil/10% BP.
I am going to stop picking. End of story!
I am also, to the best of my ability, for the next 60 days, going to log what I eat here every day, as well as the status of my skin, and how no-picking is going. I hope that this will show me what is causing my acne, and that it will give me the ability to be clear.
Why? Because in 60 days, my long distance boyfriend is coming to visit me for the most epic holiday of our lives, for the first time in nearly 2 years, and I want to be clear and confident when he comes. =)
Wish me luck!
Skin status: Today, I have one active/picked pimple on my cheek next to my nose. It is about 1cm in diameter, and pinking, swollen, and slightly painful to the touch. I have a small healing scab on my jawline, and I have one healing light pink mark on my forehead from a blemish I messed with about a week ago. I also have 6-7 light marks on both my forehead and cheeks/jawline from small previous pimples.
What I've eaten today:
This morning I took my vitex, and my zinc, and I had fruit salad for breakfast. I later had 1 mug of rooibos tea, and took 200mg of my dad's flush Niacin, since mine hasn't arrived yet. I had a flush which was quite fun, lol. I will only have a salad with tomato, cucumber, pickles, olives, and apple cider vinegar dressing for lunch, and I will have couscous with a tomato sauce, along with some stir fry vegetables for dinner.