So, I know I said I'd be doing my best to update this blog...I'm not sure if I said how often, but I definitely didn't mean every 17 days. Time flies when you're having fun.
Ha. Ha. Really though, the past two weeks approximately have been sorta rough. I'm pretty sure it's mostly just me being impatient, but gosh darn it I just want it to work!
What I wanted to do with this blog was to make sure I stay motivated to keep up with the regimen. I want to report good news, not bad news, ya know? And in order to do that, I had to make a lot of changes to kick it up a notch, so hopefully I can kick this acne to the curb. So here is the list I would like to call "The Good".
- using the Regimen twice a day. Within the first few days of using it "correctly" (more BP, ways of application, etc.) I already noticed a difference. My skin felt smoother and the size of blemishes were reducing.
- vitamins. I've started taking a mulitvitamin daily, as well as a D3 suppliment that Dan recomends about every other day. The multivitamin I've used since the first day, but the D3 I just started a few days ago. I've yet to add in zinc and fish oil. Even though I do want this to work, I think making too many changes at once could be too much shock, so I'm taking it slow.
- AHA. I just bought some AHA off the website, and it works ok. I'm only using as a spot treatment right now. It does seem to dry up zits a little, but in a weird way that's kind of too awkward to explain. In any case, it makes me feeling like I'm doing something, so I'm keeping it for now.
- vizualization. I've done this a few times where you sit and just vizualize your skin being clear. I need to keep up with doing it better, but I figure it can't hurt anything (jinx). There's some tips about it on the site somewhere; I'll try to find the link later.
- keeping a journal. Every night I've recording what treatment I used (Regimen, vitamins, AHA, jojoba oil, vizualization, sunlight, scrub), what excercise I did, what food I had, the condition of my skin, other details (make-up, stress level), and my overall thoughts on how it's coming along. I recomend this to anyone. For me, it's kept me in check and really made me think about what I'm doing. It's also made me realize that, even though it's felt like years, it's only been 17 days, and this isn't going to cure itself overnight.
Now, I would like to present a list of "The Bad."
- dryness. I can't say this enough. I increased the amount of BP I used, but I guess maybe too soon. At first, I only had some dryness and peeling around the chin and lower cheek area. Then a little above the nose, and around the temples, and soon I was just dry and peeling everywhere. When I smiled, I could just feel a million flakes of skin showing their glory. I caved and used a scrub several times, but it didn't really help all that much. I've drastically cut down on the amount of BP I use, although grudgingly. I know the BP is vital, and I hate having to tone it down.
- jojoba oil. From what I've read, they think jojoba oil might trick your skin into producing less oil because it has properties similar to skin or something (all I really remember about it was less oil. I'll try to find the link for that too). If that is the case, it may have just been the timing for me. I started adding in jojoba oil right around when the drying occured. I added in about 3 drops the first use, then 4, then 5, and then finally 6. I did notice my skin was less oily, but in turn it was also flaking like crazy. I've decided to just stick with the Regimen moisturizer for now and add in jojoba oil later. ah well
- make - up. I know it's not good, but I feel terrible without it. I haven't used it everyday, but going out with friends I feel the need to. Right now I'm using Covergirl Natureluxe, but I think I'll switch over to Almay soon.
- the occasional zit. Just when one is healing, another will begin to form. It's irritating. I feel like my skin is right on the rim of being descent, and then pop! here's mister red man and his dumbness. With the regimen I've never had more than 4 at a time, usually on 2 or 3, but still, mix that in with the dryness and million other spots of hyperpigmentation and I start to get a little flustered. Ahhhhhhhhhh aoidjafio eiow nf nfao;g;jir riouqo'[afd.
Well, looking at the lists I'm pleased to see that the good is overweighing the bad by one. Let's make it by two next time, self, ok? Ok. Good. We got this. I'll try to check in next week too. Cut the 17 days into 7 days? Yes.
As for now, here is to the ninja.
Let's face it. He's just awesome