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SeattleGirl

Ditching my old regimen, adopting a whole new one

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Okay, I'm starting a new regimen since mine obviously isn't working. A brief background: I'm 18, and started getting acne at age 11. I had probably moderate acne from the time I was 11 until I was 14, and when I was 15-16, I had pretty clear skin. But when I was 17 I started getting acne again. I have moderate acne, it's not too bad but it isn't pretty to look at.

Old Regimen:

morning:

wash with Cetaphil Cleanser

moisturize with Aloe Vera Gel

take Loma Lux acne pill

Night:

wash with Cetaphil Cleanser

apply Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringent, let dry

moisturize with Aloe Vera Gel, let dry

weekly: use Biore ultra pore strip

*New* Regimen:

morning:

wash with Puriface Foaming cleanser (my aunt bought it for me at this day spa)

apply ACV toner, let dry

apply Neutrogena Spot Treatment, let dry

moisturize with Aloe Vera Gel

before showering(every other day):

apply Neutrogena Acne Fading Mark Peel for 10 minutes

EDIT: after the first 2 weeks I went to using this only 1-2 times/wk

evening:

wash with Puriface Foaming Cleanser

apply ACV toner, let dry

apply Neutrogena Spot Treatment, let dry

moisturize with Aloe Vera Gel, let dry

weekly(usually do this on Friday or Saturday:

scrub with St Ives medicated scrub

steam face for 10 minutes

apply Biore ultra pore strip + Queen Helene Mint Julep masque on rest of face

* Just to note, I'm aware my new regimen may sound a bit harsh on the skin, but I have oily skin that is not sensitive so this shouldn't be too bad for me. If you have dry skin or sensitive skin, you shouldn't follow my new regimen. Aloe Vera Gel can be very drying to alot of people, but on my oily skin it isn't dry feeling at all, and works very well as a moisturizer for me.

Products:

ACV toner:

First week: 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar and 4 parts distilled water

Second week: 1 part ACV and 3 parts distilled water

Third week: 1 part ACV and 2 parts distilled water

Fourth week and on: 1 part ACV and 1 part distilled water

** 1 part ACV and 1 part water is the ideal pH balance for your skin, but if you use the ACV toner introduce it slowly liek I did or else it might irritate your skin.

Other Notes

If you're wondering about the Loma Lux acne pill, I quit taking it because 1) it didn't seem to make a difference, and 2) It's possible it had some sort of side affect. It's homeopathic and says there are no known side affects, but while on it I'd get this weird pain in my side. The site of the pain was near my appendix, but it was much too dull to be appendicitus. I got this pain off and on just about every day. While on vacation, I forgot to take my acne pills with me, and for that week I didn't get the pain at all. I went back on it when I got home though. The pain returned, and after a couple of weeks I got this very strong pain, it wasn't sharp it was just very painful, and was actually bad enough to make me sick. I felt better within the next few days, and stopped taking my acne pills. That was in late July and I haven't had the pain since. It may not have been the ne pills, but I'm suspicious of it being them so I'm not going to go back on them.

Pictures

I'll try to update with a weekly picture of my progress as well as an update on how my products are working. My pictures are taken after showering, so that's why I have a towel on my head, just in case anyone wonders ;)

Here's an ugly "before" picture of my acne (it isn't that bad but it isn't pretty)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis.../Picture005.jpg

Thanks for reading, feel free to ask questions or make any comments :)

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what's the aloe vera gel? Is it oil-free? Is it possible that it might be clogging your pores?

the aloe vera gel that i'm using is Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel. It's 100% pure, and it doesn't say oil-free or non-comedogenic (doesn't clog pores) on it, but the description of it on the back sort of gives off the impression that it's oil-free and non pore clogging. this is what it says:

"Cooling, soothing gel from nature's miracle plant of the ages. Made from fresh aloe vera leaves. Forms a protective barrier which helps retain moisture and promotes healing. Non-oily, moisturizer provides effective relief from sunburn, minor burns, skin irritations, insect bites, chafing, and itchy, dry skin. Quickly absorbed. Will not stain"

It says non-oily, and it's made from aloe vera leaves, so i'm assuming it's oil-free. and also, since it's main purpose is to help heal he skin, and is quickly absorbed into the skin, it penetrates into the skin and I'm assuming it will not clog pores. Especially since one of it's listed uses is skin irritations. :)

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hey, how did you find Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringent when you used it? and wouldn't the pore strips irritate your skin?

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hey, how did you find Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringent when you used it? and wouldn't the pore strips irritate your skin?

Do you mean where I got it or how i liked it? I found the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringment at Target. I liked it, I could definitely tell a difference in my pores and they felt alot cleaner. The only reason I stopped using it was because I wanted an astringent that I could use daily. Ths one made my skin pretty dry if I used it daily. It has glycolic acid in it, which is nice because it does get rid of the blackheads, but it can be quite drying. I wouldn;t recommend it for dry or sensitive skin.

And the pore strips didn't irritate my skin. I don't have sensitive skin, so it doesn't get irritated very often. And my skin, especially my nose, is oily so I don't think they stripped too much oil off.

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hey, how did you find Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringent when you used it? and wouldn't the pore strips irritate your skin?

Do you mean where I got it or how i liked it? I found the Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating astringment at Target. I liked it, I could definitely tell a difference in my pores and they felt alot cleaner. The only reason I stopped using it was because I wanted an astringent that I could use daily. Ths one made my skin pretty dry if I used it daily. It has glycolic acid in it, which is nice because it does get rid of the blackheads, but it can be quite drying. I wouldn;t recommend it for dry or sensitive skin.

And the pore strips didn't irritate my skin. I don't have sensitive skin, so it doesn't get irritated very often. And my skin, especially my nose, is oily so I don't think they stripped too much oil off.

haha yea, i wanted to know how you liked it. (= glad it pretty much worked out for you. so, have you got a good astringent now?

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I know astringents are different from toners, I just get them mixed up. I think one of them has alcohol and one doesn't...? I could be wrong. But either way, I'm using diluted Apple Cider Vinegar as a(n) toner/astringent (not exactly sure which)

Update with Pics

I took a picture last Sunday October 23rd but didn't have a chance to upload and post it (had a pre-calc exam to study for this week) I'm going to take a new picture every sunday from now on, so I'll probably post a new picture every Sunday night or Monday.

Oct. 15 (before): http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis.../Picture005.jpg

Oct. 23: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/Acne2.jpg

I think it looks like it's improving. By the way, I originally posted that I was going to use the PuriFace spot treatment, but like the second day of my new regimen I decided to just stick with the Neutrogena, because the PuriFace one my aunt got me, I like it but it's such a small bottle and is quite pricey, so I decided to just use the Neutrogena spot treatment, after the ACV and before the Aloe Vera gel.

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My acne has improved quite a bit this week, if you look at the first picture and the 4th you'll see it's quite dramatic, although I still have some redness. I think this is due to my Apple Cider Vinegar toner/astringent. I've pretty much used everything else in my current regimen before and haven't seen much improvement, but this regimen is the first time I've ever used ACD toner.

The last picture is a bit blurry, but you can still see the improvement.

Pictures

Oct. 15 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...y173/pic005.jpg

Oct. 23 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne2.jpg

Oct.30 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne3.jpg

Nov.6 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne4.jpg

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I've now completed 4 weeks of my new regimen. I have to say that I'm VERY happy with the Apple Cider Vinegar. I wish I'd have started using it years ago! Most of my bumps are gone, but I still have redness and red marks. I'm guessing these will go away eventually though, or at least i'm hoping they will.

Oct. 15: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis.../Picture005.jpg

Oct. 23: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/Acne2.jpg

Oct. 30: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne3.jpg

Nov. 6: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne4.jpg

Nov. 13: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v481/pis...ly173/acne5.jpg

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