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Day 3 - Clearing Up And Drying Out Thanks To... The Sun?



Happy Monday. That was sarcastic.

So this week I'm volunteering as a camp counselor from 7am to 2pm every day. It's entirely outdoors and I'm directly in the sun basically the entire time. It's at a horse ranch, so it's safe to say that my entire body is coated with a nice layer of dirt by the time I get home. This raises the question: to wash my face, or not to wash it?

I know you should really only wash your face twice a day, morning and night. I totally get that because my skin would probably dry out if I washed more than that, and I feel like it's a waste of product to wash more often than less. But right now (the time between when I get home, totally exhausted and when I finally crawl into the shower or bath), my face just feels dirty. It's gross. I'm not sure what to do here. I'll probably end up rinsing it, but not washing it. Good compromise.

Now, back to the topic of camp. I've been diligently applying my Neutrogena SPF 55 (then a light layer of MAC Studio Fix Powder and some blush, mascara, what-have-you) in the mornings before heading out, and it seems to work well. My face is still pink, but what can I do? There's no time or opportunity to reapply when I'm working, plus my hands are virtually never clean when I'm at the ranch, so I would feel gross touching my face. I know that the doxycycline is supposed to make your skin more sensitive to sun exposure, too, which makes me feel even more concious of my poor, easily-burnt skin.

All of this aside, I discovered something miraculous when I got home: my face looks much more clear now! The actives on my right cheek and jaw have dried out significantly throughout the course of the day--just this morning they were rearing their grotesque white heads at me--and the monster on my left temple is not looking so intimidating anymore. And, to top it all off, I feel like the scarred area on my left cheek will prove to be a lot less dark after I rinse away this dirt to get a better look!

Around the pimples on my right cheek, though, there are little splotches of dry skin. This is odd to me, but I did spot treat last night with some of that Clean and Clear Persagel stuff that's 10% benzoyl peroxide. I only put it on because I had accidentally irritated the breakouts and it was too early in the evening to wash my face, so I just rinsed and applied the BP. I only kept it on fr an hour or two before it got washed off with my nighttime regimen. I'm thinking the flakes will go away after I wash and moisturize tonight with my usual products, since they're all exfoliating and/or super-moisturizing.

Anyway, that's all for today, I reckon. To clear skin!


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