So, I had originally been updating my progress on my regular site, until a fellow member informed me that there was a specific section for blogs! So, alas, here I am! If you have read my progress thus far, this is probably nothing new to you, but for others out there, here is my personal background:
Hi all , I am a 21 (going to be 22 in August) year old that just graduated college and is getting married on August 27th. I have an awesome fiance, and I am pretty lucky!
(WARNING: this will be long..)
I started getting acne when I was around 12 years old. That is when my period hit as well. Go figure. I got it on my chest pretty bad and my face. After about a year, it calmed down a bit and I just got regular hormonal acne, that was pretty mild, though I hated it of course. At around the age of 15, I was prescribed birth control, due to an ovarian cyst. I can't completely remember the brand, but it had to be strong due to the evil cyst. Well, the cyst went away and so did my acne. Occassionally I would have a cyst every other month or so, but besides that I was golden. Then disaster struck. At the age of 19 I went of birth control, mostly because I didn't need it and it was a nuissance. About 1-2 months after my acquittal from the pill, I began to break out HORRIBLY. Cystic acne on my chest, back, and face. It was awful. I wouldn't leave my room and I was violently depressed. After about 3 or 4 months of this, my derm prescribed Accutane. It worked great. Acne was gone....for 5ish months. Then it came back pretty bad, but not as bad as before. So, I underwent another round of Accutane and was clear for almost 2 years, with the occassional pimple. Even though Accutane demands it, I never went on BC during this time.
About 2 months ago, I went on BC again, for ovarian cysts, protection, etc. I began to break out a little before I even went on the pill, and then kept breaking out my first month on the pill. This was also around my 2 year mark off of Accutane, which my derm told me some people start to break out again. I think it was a mixture of all of these things. I can't go off the pill, and when I do I will wean myself off and be more careful...but for now...I decided I needed to kick acne's butt! So, my last and final option was the DKR regimen.
I am using these products:
Clean & Clear Oil Free Cleanser
And, I have ordered the jojoba oil, btu I'm taking it slow because it frightens me, lol. But, I will let you guys know how that goes.
As for now, here is my status.
RED, three new guys on my forehead, and clogged pores on my cheek. I am just so red and FLAKEY! It's terrible. So terrible that I just want to tear off all of the flakes. I am often not gentle sometimes due to the flakes, which I know I need to work on. I wear hardly any make up right now because it would just flake off, I just use it on marks, not on clogged pores or anything...but once I'm clear I will hopefully put a small amount everywhere (or maybe not use any at all! that would be a miracle, lol). I use Almay foundation and sometimes a timy bit of Clinique concealer.
But, I am mostly just flakey and red...and its summer! Which bums me out and I'm getting married and going to Hawaii on my honeymoon.
I currently have Cetaphil sunblock, and I will probably introduce that when I will be outside a lot. And I will USE hats I notice when I'm outside even just for a bit my skin gets even more red, which sucks, big time.
So, right now I'm going to try and use more jojoba and see how that goes (IAM SO NERVOUS GUYS!!!) but I need the redness and flakiness to STOP! And maybe be thinking about slowly incorporating sunscreen when needed (which is almost everyday..)
I will be putting some photos in my 'Gallery' soon, but if you want to see some now, you can go to my main page and and click on the topic 'Starting the REGIMEN tonight!' (I think is what it's called).
Alright, will update tonight probably!