so i have been able to go every other day without showering because my oil production is slow. I am also using a lot of moisturizer to keep my skin from chapping. i still have blackheads all over, and the biore strips i bought were pretty much useless. any pimples are mostly on my forehead and lower right chin, though they are showing up and disappearing quickly.
despite the blackheads and minor blemishes, my skin seems to be looking better in general. I am wearing far less makeup, and i feel more confident than in a long time.