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Hey guys! Okay, I know it's been inexcusably long since I updated y'all on my face, mostly because it's been sort of up and down. For a while I had almost nothing to report, my skin has been clearing up pretty steadily, but now it is the week before mother nature's unwelcome gift, so my skin has been acting up more. I've been trying to eat really healthy and stick to my routine really strictly, but it really frustrates me how no matter what I seem to try, I still get mild acne, and some inflamed acne during that time of the month. I just want it to be gone, so I can focus on my pretty bad hyperpigmentation and indented scarring.

And honestly, I don't know what to believe anymore when it comes to curing acne. I hear different things from all sides. The doctors just throw antibiotics and benzoyl peroxide at me or tell me to take Accutane, which I won't touch with a ten foot pole. The blogs I read make me feel guilty for taking even a mild form of antibiotics, telling me I'm ruining my digestive health, or for using benzoyl peroxide, although epiduo is only 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. They tell me that I should be oil cleansing, which scares the crap out of me, or using manuka honey, which is at least 30 bucks a pop, or pure aloe, which in my opinion is hard to find, or that I should be taking like six different kinds of supplements, which also cost a lot of money. The latest that I hear is that I should only be washing my face with water, which doesn't cost money, but seems counterintuitive to me, and scares me.

I don't know who to believe. It's getting quite frustrating. I want to be doing my skincare naturally, but every time I try something like that it backfires, but there's always that nagging doubt that I didn't give it a good enough chance, I should have kept at it longer. But then I think, my face CANNOT handle anymore failed experiments, or it'll turn into one big scar.

Sorry I don't really have any constructive advice or updates today, just kind of spewing my acne thoughts all over the place. If you guys have any thoughts or advice, leave me a comment, I'd love to hear it.

Have a lovely weekend!

Ari :)

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I feel your pain hun. The fact of the matter is that what works for one person may not work for another and everything you read is NOT a guarantee, no matter how natural (ahem....diet) or synthetic (ahem ahem ......accutane) it is. I am on accutane , almost finished and my face is horrible even though accutane was touted as the mother of all cures. I have also done the extreme diet changes with natural skin care and had the worst break out of my life. My point it, don't beat your self up for trying. Stick with your routine for 3-4 months and try not to make changes to it. Epiduo works for some people so stick with it. As for antibiotics, don't stay on it for do long - maybe till you get through the IB with epiduo and then quit. Just don't let anyone make you feel as if your choices are wrong.

Different strokes for different folks.

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