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Month 1

HermioneGranger

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A little background//
I have always had moderate acne, particularly in my T-zone, that is very persistent and unresponsive to most treatment. My skin is oily/combination, but also dries out really easily and is sensitive to harsh products (pretty much a Princess-and-the-Pea situation). I took Accutane when I was 17, and while it helped considerably with my cystic acne for several years, I was never fully clear (i.e. still had clogged pores and blackheads). I am now 22, and it has gotten markedly worse in the past year (likely because I changed birth control options), so my dermatologist suggested I try again, with a more aggressive treatment. For reference, I am about 128 pounds, and am taking 60mg/day for 6 months. 

So far//
I felt pretty good for the first few weeks--my skin was dry, but it was noticeably clearing. My upper back cleared completely almost immediately. However, in the past 10 days or so, I've started breaking out a lot more, particularly on my chin and forehead. I have one cyst right on the edge of my lip, which has been persistent. Blackheads are coming to the surface, which doesn't look great but feels really good--pores that have been clogged for years are being emptied. Otherwise, I'm having a lot of dryness on my scalp, arms, and legs--despite moisturizing daily with coconut oil and only showering a few times a week, my arms are flaking noticeably. I'm really hoping my body readjusts soon. 

Skin regimen// 
Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser (morning and night)
Cerave PM Moisturizer (morning and night)
EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46 (morning)
Organic virgin coconut oil (night, for arms and legs)
Laura Mercier Mineral Makeup (morning, occasionally)
Aquaphor (morning and night, for lips)
Cortibalm (throughout the day, for lips)

Hair regimen//
Neutrogena T-Gel Shampoo
John Freida Sheer Blonde Shampoo (after the T-Gel)
John Freida Sheer Blonde Conditioner
OGX Moroccan Argan Penetrating Oil (morning, for hair)
Organic virgin coconut oil (once a week, hair mask before shower)

I'll plan on updating this every month for the next 6 months, in the hopes of remembering how I'm feeling at each step in the process. Let me know if you have any questions in particular. 


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