It's been two weeks since my last post about my transitional phase.
Here's my regimen currently:
La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 XL sunscreen/Eucerin Everyday Protection SPF 30 after I run out of Anthelios
Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash
Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion
Note: I'm also starting to use Sephora Pore Cleansing Pad; its a silicone pad with small fibers that help exfoliate/scrub the face. Using it with a cleanser gives a really good wash and helps remove makeup more effectively. I started using this a week ago.
How's my face look?
My skin's looking really even toned right now. As in, my whole face is one color. Skin color. no redness or anything. Which is really great!
My under the skin acne bumps have reduced tremendously in size. The past two weeks have seen some really huge acne emerge, and those are gone now. However, I still have under the skin bumps, and its still raging with small blackheads all over my forehead, temples and cheeks. It's better, but not gone.
I found Neutrogena's Scrub and Cream Wash to be gentle on the skin - neither stripped my skin of moisture, even though I use them both daily. I also started using Sephora's Pore Cleansing Pad with the cream cleanser, and it's really helped get rid of some stubborn blackheads on the sides of my face. In the shower at night, I basically use the cream cleanser and spread it all over my face, and then using a circular motion, I massage the pad over parts of my face and focus on areas that really need it. The blackheads on the sides of my face have disappeared since I started using this pad.
I'm not completely satisfied with my skin, but I'm happy to say that I'm more comfortable going outside without any face makeup to hide the redness or spots on my face. I'm not too happy with the under the skin bumps, nor am I too happy to see some large pores on my cheeks, but it's loads better than it used to be when I was doing Retin-A.
One thing that I've noticed in the past is that whenever I eat a lot of fruit, especially grapes, oranges, apples, and other juicy fruits, my skin tends to clear up tremendously. Because of that I went on a vegan diet a few months back. I didn't detail what I ate, but I detoxed for about 4-5 days. On days 1 and 2 I ate only apples - about 7-8 a day. On days 3-4 I drank only orange juice - a quart per day. Other than these things, I had tea and water. The next few days I ate salads and stuck mostly to raw vegetables. The result was that my stomach felt a lot better, my skin cleared up alot, and I lost a bit of weight. I was really happy because my skin hadn't been that clear in a while.
I'm also going on a diet again - this time just a vegetarian diet, with a low allowance for animal derived products, and as little dairy as possible, with huge amounts of leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit. I had a blood test done by my doctor when I came back, and the only abnormality present was that high iron was found. Given that I'm East Asian, I was told that even the normal range of iron amounts for American standards were already pretty high for Chinese people, and so my mother suggested that I detox by avoiding meat.
Her theory was that high iron = acne. I'm going to go along with it. I'm tired of western methods, especially after Retin-A wrecked my skin. Maybe eastern traditional and holistic approaches will work for my acne. Also, given my diet, I'm pretty certain that food and digestive health have something to do with acne as well, so I'm trying it out. We'll see how that goes.