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The Regimen; Day 11-13

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As you'll notice from the title, I'm cramming three days' worth of updates into one post. I was deep in hibernation after finals and unwilling to move much for the last day or so and that's why I neglected this blog which I promised myself would be updated daily. Anywho. In my last post, I said that I had broken out quite a bit on my neck and right below my jawline- Basically, as close to the main "face area" as possible. To compensate for this, I started applying benzyol peroxide to about halfway down my neck. Two words- Elephant skin. Pink elephant skin. The benzyol peroxide really did a number on my neck and it itches, man. IT. ITCHES. On the plus side, the pimples that had appeared so enthusiastically, with such high hopes of destroying my face and optimism, are already shriveled up and one Jim Carrey gesture away from flaking off into whatever I'm eating (I know that image was gross. But you have to admit that the flakes be flyin' all over the place without discriminating between food, drink, the air you're sharing with other people, etc). Speaking of flakiness, although I've taken care of most of it by being overzealous with the moisturizer and jojoba oil, my face still has a tough texture. I bet if I were to zoom into my skin with a microscope, I'd have a superb setting for a western film. Makeup: Don't do it. It adds definition, separates, and enhances each individual flake. A good look for your lashes, NOT a good look for your skin. Right now, I'm not obliged to see or be seen by anyone though, so I don't have a problem with going bare. If you're not as fortunate, I'd say ignore the "less is more" regarding moisturizer and obey it regarding makeup.

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Oh man, the first couple of weeks of the Regimen are so trying. I went through the exact same thing you're going through right now! Your skin is going to be a pretty weird texture for a little longer, but try not to get too discouraged. You can use AHA in a few weeks, which makes your skin super smooth and awesome! :D This is just the skin's normal reaction to BP. Also, you're totally right, makeup is nearly impossible at this point. Hang in there, you're doing great!

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I don't use the Regimen but I do use a benzoyl peroxide product. Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide gel. When I first began my regimen my face was sooo dry. After a month or two it got super smooth. The dry skin just gets massaged off when I wash my face. Peace!

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Man, I really hope my skin is as yours and smoothness is reestablished! It does feel rough at the moment without any foreseeable improvement... I just hope it eventually gets on my side :)

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