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Day 6 - Improvement?

Skin Condition
  • Skin redness seems to be minimal like it usually is
  • Lots of acne marks still on my cheeks, no more whiteheads 
  • two small red pimples emereged on my upper lip. Nooo.
  • No whiteheads on my chin 
  • Just like yesterday my skin was quite dry and flakey.
    • Dryness around my pimples 
    • Not as dry around my eyes as yesterday (improvement!)
    • Not as dry around my mouth, But this is still the dryest area of my face
  • my forehead looks relatively smooth and the 1 whitehead is gone
  • The deep "underground" pimple is still hanging around, it seems a little smaller since yesterday and no longer hurts
    • my vicks treatment didnt bring it to a head but still seems to have helped
 
Application
  • This morning
    • I washed my face with warm water and then a my hydrating cerave cleanser
      • i didnt use sulfacleanse like i usually do because of an event tonight and i want to minimize skin flaking
      • I took a warm wet washcloth and GENTLY used circular motions to remove all the dry skin that needed to be shed 
    • I applied a thick layer of moisturizer
    • After that dried I applied another layer of moisturizer in the areas that needed it
    • I iced the underground cystic pimple and the 2 new pimples in 10 minute intervals to decrrease inflammation before tonight (which really reduced the redness)
  • I took my doxycycline
  • I applied some makeup
    • Moisturizer!!
    • A light layer of BB cream on my cheeks
    • A SUPER light dusting of translucent powder (i used a tiny fan brush)
    • No concealer as much as i wanted to because i knew it would look bad on the dry patches
  • Before bed
    • Washed my face with cerave hydrating cleanser
    • waited 20 minutes
    • applied adapelene all over my face
    • waited 5 minutes
    • applied a thick layer of moisturizer
      • Im running out of this particular moisturizer as ive owned it for quite some time. If anyone has suggestions for a hydrating moisturizer that isnt greasy, leave a comment!
 
Feelings/Thoughts/Observations
  • Less dryness than yesterday = steady improvement
    • This could be of the precautions i took yesterday to apply moisturizer BEFORE adapelene (so my skin would be moisturized today)
  • my skin overall is CLEARLY improving, but i do still get new pimples (like today)
  • I want that big pimple under my nostril to leave!!! I made an appointment at the derm to get it injected next thursday (9 days away), so if its still there by then ill get it taken care of (and ill explain the process more) However before bed the pimple was looking pretty small so I might need to cancel my appointment.

Notes
  • If you are interested in seeing the ORIGINAL routine given by my derm initially, go look at my blog description here (click read more).
  • If you guys have questions or advice feel free to comment!


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