Hey, so I thought I would just update since it's been about a month since my last post and I said I would try and do monthly updates as I hate when people just stop blogs and no one knows how they got on in the end..not that this is the end, I'll keep updating every month. Four months of Dianette and Differin.
As far as active acne goes, pretty much none (touch wood) since my last update, apart from a blocked pore sort of spot, only way I can describe it as it wasn't red or inflamed and I could really only feel it, not see it and it wasn't deep under my skin...I did pick at it...bad! I don't usually do that but it ended up a bit red for a couple of days and that is it now going away. I'm still finding the marks and scarring tough sometimes, but the longer I go without a breakout the more comfortable and gentle I am being with my skin. My red marks are fading nicely, just hoping that the scarring evens out a bit, it's really not that bad, just a few marks I can only see it when I tilt the mirror right under my skin under the light..I need to be more kind to myself, but I think everyone is their own worse critic. I'd say I've noticed a big change in the texture of my skin this month, everything is calming down and looks more normal, the redness is less and my skin feels very soft. My routine has changed a bit, but one thing that hasn't is the differin every night and my dianette bcp. I now use a cream cleanser mostly, a gentle lactic acid cleanser once or twice a week and an arbonne moisturiser, I also dot a tiny amount of BP on my forehead and nose, I mean tiny, but it makes a big difference to those little stuborn blocked pores that only I could really see. Once I have cleansed I apply the differin to my cheeks (outside of my cheeks, near my nose is too sensitive) and chin, then a dot of BP on my forehead and nose. I wait half and hour then moisturiser, in the morning I just cleanse and moisturise.
Well that is me at month four, I am getting my confidence back a little bit and when I look in the mirror I can see me again. I'll keep going with this routine and keep you posted on my progress, I hope you're all doing well.