Today, I feel good. I do not know if it is because of all the vegetables and healthy protein, oils I ate or the long bike ride to the post office, but I feel good. I have to say that I am pleased that the cystic acne I had on my left cheek has drastically reduced. I no longer have huge bumps and the redness, tenderness has subsided. All that remains are the dark marks and a bit of scarring. Great... Anyway, I have just one new cystic type of pimple on that same left cheek and other zits seem to be maturing and healing. This is what I have been doing so far:
wash with Cetaphil for normal to oily skin
tone w/ organic acv/water mixture
apply Paula's choice salicylic acid 2% treatment
Olay moisturizing sunscreen for sensitive skin spf 15 (I add a few drops of jojoba oil)
supplements: one 40mg Zinc pill
wash with Cetaphil
tone w/ acv/water mixture
apply PC salcylic acid treatment
Moisturize with Dan's moisturizer and jojoba oil
2x a week I use a mask with sulphur from acnefree or raw honey mixed with cinnamon
1x a week I use 20% salcylic acid treatment ( I leave on for one minute and rinse.)
I realize that this might be a bit excessive, but I cannot afford to get one more zit, because I scar so easily.
I decided that I have to use make-up and I ordered Tarte amazonian clay concealer and a bb moisturizer with sunscreen. I might leave a review after I tried them out for some time.
Overall, my skin texture has improved. I no longer have any zits in my chin area, except for one that popped up but is clearing up really fast. My problem areas remain my cheeks and in between my brows, which is my oily zone. So, my plan is to keep using things like salicylic acid to clear up my pores. And, even with just the acv/water mixture I have noticed an improvement in my skin tone and size of my pores, which is nice.
I remain hopeful and I really believe that a better diet and more exercise might really help me get my acne under control.
I will keep y'all posted on my progress and I highly recommend you check out Stephanie Lange (a youtuber and makeup artist) for tips on covering acne.