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  1. 22 entries

    My skin is still so clear!! After chocolate I added whole wheat in the form of Ezekiel bread, whole wheat crackers and whole wheat eggless waffles. No breakouts at all! 

    Next on the list is refined flour. I figured that if whole wheat is fine for me, I've already introduced gluten. The only reason I want to get refined flour out of the way is not because I really want to eat much of it, but because I have a bridal shower coming up that's tea party themed and I really want to be able to eat scones and tea sandwiches without worrying about my skin. 

    So white flour is up next! Let's see how it goes! 


  2. 3 entries
    Overall changes on my body:
    The back pain i was experiencing last week has now been on and off but even without pain ointment, it is by and large manageable and i hope it remains that way or is gone completely. 
    Changes on my skin:
    1. My face is finally dry (if any other part of my skin is also dry, then i have not noticed it) but not in any way uncomfortably so or visible-i would say it has assumed a "normal-face" status. It feels good to finally not blot out a layer of oil (ok, ok, i am exergarring to make a point..;D) from my face in the course of a day.
    2. My lips are as dry as they were last week and not any worse-largely, manageable.
    3. I have more pronounced small papules all over my face but by no means noticeable by other people, only by me (remember i told you i have a "hands-on-my-face-all- the-time-syndrome"?? Yeeer..). I still wont keep my hands off my face and i will still dig the contents of those small papules with my nails  (poor things) and as a result, i have only aggravated hyper-pigmentation on my face (|::shrug:)! Speaking of contents, when i press those "little monsters", i notice what comes out are well formed "dry" small balls of oil (for lack of better words) as opposed to before where the contents would be mhhhh..."fluidy" (forgive the language, :smileys_n_people_115:). That can only mean the drug is drying the oil deep in my skin and pushing it out through my pores as expected. However, i do not have huge pimples that have whiteheads. 

    I have continued with my cleansing-moisturizing-sunscreen routine. For reasons explained above, i have little to show for a change in photos.

    So long............
  3. 3 entries
    1 comment

    So I haven't posted as much the past couple weeks. I haven't seen too much of a change in my skin.
    I currently have 4 large zits on my chin. All white heads. I didn't use to get as many large white heads. I've had a couple cysts pop up in random spots I usually don't get them. The places on my chin have been healing SO slowly! Minimal improvement in a week. I tried mario badescues zit drying lotion  a  couple night ago, it defintiely makes the lesion smaller but causes more dryness (hence the name, duh.) which makes it more difficult to hide with makeup. Using clinique moisturizer (the yellow one, will find the name) on extra dry areas and have even used aquaphor on the tip & bridge of my nose. Aquaphor every 5 mins on my lips.
    Dryness..... yes, lots. My face is overall more dry and less oily
    Mask: Amazonian clay, apple cider vinegar, water, lavender essential oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E oil with jojoba carrier oil. this combo is amaaaazing, its more smooth because of the oil and my face is so much more calm after using it.
    I have an annoying scar on my cheek that I've been putting vitamin e on to possibly help heal it, but mainly to prevent it from getting worse. the vit E in jojoba carrier oil hasnt caused any breakouts like I've read it has others.

    Here are my daily notes I've been trying to keep track of on my phone's notes app. Thursday 3/8
    Less oily
    Skin starting to get dry
    Healing more slowly
    Runny nose
    No bloody noses but getting really bloody boogers....
    PM mask

    Friday 3/9
    AM mask
    Little flare up by my lip
    Place in cheek still not healing uhg
    Little hard not white heads not black heads on chin, won’t come out and if I pick at them they fester up.... what the heck are these?? I’ll get a close up pic

    Saturday 3/10
    Wasn’t feeling well all day so I forgot to take my Asorica. I was sick alllll day from drinking the night before. Threw up from 8am-5pm like it was my job. Lesson learned. Don’t drink more than a couple drinks while on accutane!!!

    Sunday 3/11
    Took my Asorica around 3pm and did a mask (Amazonian clay, acv, water, tea tree, vit E)
    My chin has broken out again where it was beginning to stop. It looks kinda lumpy and I’ve never really noticed that about my skin, however it’s possible I’m just being more critical of it because I’m taking notes on it daily.
    Side effects
    My hands are SO dry and that’s never been an issue before
    I’m getting all these small dry patches randomly on my body... not sure if it’s accutane related but I’m going to call the derm about it if it doesn’t clear up in a week or so
    Joint pain... my knees always pop but now it’s to the point where they hurt if I don’t periodically pop them

    Monday 3/12
    It seems like when one area clears up nicely another flares up. But they’ve been going away quicker. The zits/white heads that is, go away quicker.

    Tuesday 3/13
    I think those weird hard black head like things I was getting are gone. Getting a lot of dryness on the tip of my nose.

  4. 40 entries

    Still sugar and alcohol free. I’ve added a green juice daily (kale beetroot and apple at the moment, which is more red than green, but still good).

    So it’s odd.

    1. My spots are still popping up and still sore, but they are getting smaller. I just get little whiteheads.
    2. My skin-tone is less red and my face is less puffy. I think there was a level of inflammation there that has reduced
    3. I’ve just noticed for the first time in months that my skin, esp on my cheeks, is not so sandpapery anymore. It feels softer, which is really lovely.

    Slow changes. But I suppose I am 43 and have eaten sugar and processed food my whole life, so nothing is going to work overnight.


  5. 34 entries

    So i'm done. I went to the doctor. They said i'm done. it's been six months since i started this, I went through a lot. This was a super hard process honestly. I felt down about myself a lot. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin. But I also still had a blast. I still met people. i had two girlfriends that regardless of what i looked like/was going through, were there for me. I still played shows and wrote and did art like i still will. I think it just goes to show how much power the mind has and how I will never let anything control what I do or if I wake up in the morning. No matter what, I will have strength. At the moment my back is clearing up, finally. Doctor said the pigmentation should go down. My face has some scarring that will also heal as well. I'll probably post some of what my back and face and chest have gone through in terms of change in a bit. But I'm essentially done blogging on this. Honestly, this blog helped me air out this really sensitive issue for me, I'm really grateful for it. Hopefully I give you some insight and hope into your own accutane journey, regardless of whether the end was dire. Enjoy and happy days.

  6. 6 entries

    So I've over came my fear of acne. It's cliche that you receive treatment for it and after a few days progress is shown, but it will never all just pack up and leave. Trust me, I know the feeling. So I've come down to a tiny amount of small pimples mostly under my eyes where the nose bone is, (ha :) nose bone) and just a few on my nose barely noticeable. If you really want it to go away just drink ALOT of water, shower regularly and feel free to add a few vegies to your's not that hard. Try your best to avoid eating alot of sweets. Don't get me wrong, I love sweets and I still cheat a few days and have my fair share of chocolate. But :( , it may cause your acne to flare up or cause other bumps to form and we all know that nobody wants that. Another step is being confident. Don't look down when the guy/girl you like is talking to you. You may offend them. Besides, if they weren't intereste4d in you they wouldn't be talking to you in the first place. So, just be calm and polite and ALWAYS smile. People may start to wonder and say... "They have acne and they're always smiling. I wish I was as happy as they were." You are beautiful and NEVER forget that!!! <3


  7. 3 entries

    Having been diagnosed with PCOS really made me aware of the root causes of my acne. Unfortunately my hormones right now are still F’ed up and my face/skin is freaking out! LIKE FREAAAAKING OUT!!! 

    I was diagnosed with PCOS in 2014, and began birth control. It really did help with keeping acne at bay I tell you that, however several months ago, I decided to let my body rest for a while - and now Acne is wreaking havoc again... i can even feel that my back is also acting up now! (Guess have been super busy with Life as well that’s why I was only able to go back here in this site now)

    I’m back on the pill and finished the 1st pack. Waiting for my (.) and I can definitely vouch that this is why my face is sooo filled with angry cystic acne right now especially in my jawline, chin and even neck! - My Ob gyn said that I might see some improvements starting on the second month of the pill...  i’m also taking supplements to help me with this battle, along with exercise and diet (avoiding dairy, sugar, coffee, gluten (i try) )

    Meanwhile, i just started out with a modified regimen. 

    Day 1 - Monday 03.19.2018
    Washed with subtitute cleanser Johnson’s baby wash
    Dan’s bp treatment
    Moisturizer - I live in the Philippines and I use Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Moisturizer which is water- based and non-comedogenic (has super few ingredients as well which I love, and this has always been my go to moisturizer)

    We don’t have the regimen readily available here especially before, but I’ve seen some resellers and they will do! - I’m just relieved that somehow they are “available” (althoug almost always sold out fast!)

    I was using the Alba Botanica acnedote when i started breaking out in Feb 20 - but I really wasn’t seeing any difference at all. NSo.... shooting this write up into the black hole. I am really hoping and praying that this will work! IT WILL WORK!!! - Coz i’m at wits end. For the past few days I’ve just been crying and crying to the point where my eyes already hurt, puffed and swollen. 

    Dealing with PCOS, Acne, Bipolar disorder, Panic disorder.... jeeeeezzz. What a PAIN!!!

    ps photo inserted taken when i was crying my eyes out - hence the crying stickers424E3085-4BBD-4C67-838F-F479CF958490.thumb.jpeg.e025736179e4fc9cefdd45723f5d9742.jpeg

  8. 1 entry
    Acne is a common disorder of skin which involves the appearance of pimples on your face, chest, back, shoulders and neck. Mostly, youngsters within the age gap of 15-25 get affected by this disorder. The pores in the skin get blocked and the dirt that is released through the pores start getting collected in the skin which rises into pointed shapes over the skin called pimples.
    Remedies For Acne

    Remedies For Acne

    The disorder is very common and can be treated very easily by cleaning the face properly and keeping the food habits low in oil and fats. There are people who have severe acne complications and it is not enough for them to treat the disorder by only controlling the diet or hygiene. One can Buy Prescription Acne Medication which would be effective in fighting the bacteria which develops on the skin.
    How Acne is Caused?
    The Sebaceous Glands in the skin continuously release an oily liquid called Sebum. This liquid is helpful in keeping the skin lubricated and soft. The oil contains dead cells of the body which are transported through a tube which is connected to the oil glands and the pores known as follicles.
    When there is any blockage because of excess oil release or hair growth on the pore's mouth, the releasing of the Sebum gets affected. The oil released by the glands is not able to come out on the skin's surface and hence starts getting collected under the skin. The walls of the follicles get bacteria deposition on them because of which the oil is not able to come out and causes the skin to produce bulges in various parts of the face, chest, neck and back. These bulges are known as pimples.
    They are raised red spots which have a white center which are developed because of the inflammation or infection in the follicles. The lumps which develop because of follicle blockage under our skin are known as Cysts. The oil releasing pores in the skin should not be confused with the sweat releasing pores which co-exist.
    Medications for treatment Of Acne
    There are online medical stores Where one can Buy Acne Medication Online. One of the most commonly prescribed medication available at online pharmacies is Accutane. This is an oral medication which is available with the generic name Isotretinoin at online pharmacies.
    This drug contains Vitamin A which helps in reducing the amount of oil which is released by oil glands in the skin helping the skin to repair itself quickly. Accutane is prescribed to people suffering from sever Nodular Acne. This is a complimenting medication to other acne anti-biotic medicines which are given before it. This medication is available in varied dosage quantities prescribed according to the level of severeness of Acne.
  9. 1 entry

    First blog post! My skin is oily as usual today, but the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% has helped control oilness around my cheeks and nose. Small whitehead on my chin, but should be gone after a spot treatment. I recently got my wisdom teeth removed, so my face is a bit swelled and there is some post extraction yellow bruising around my mouth. Overall could be worse :)


  10. 13 entries

    Skin still bad.. I think I am going to do next update only if I see some positive improvement..thr is no point is updating the blog with the negative effects.. let's hope I make some positive update soon.

  11. 11 entries

    I continue to be cyst free! Since going off of Dianne 35 birth control 2 months ago I have noticed a couple of things; I am sweating more than I was and the odor is more potent however, my emotions are also much more stable and I've lost some weight. I also went up to 30mg a day about a month ago and I did notice a tiny push of black heads and a tiny back break out of little pimples. On 30mgs I have noticed lips are very dry and I got the cut in the side of my lips that is difficult to heal, it's been close to a month and I am hoping it doesn't last the remainder of my time on accutane. Speaking of which, I have approx 3 and 1/2 months left! Pretty excited and a little scared as I'm happily getting used to waking up and not freaking out about the day's new spots. Other side effects are quite dry eyes, a hand rash and joint pain again as I did the last time I upped my dose. 

  12. 3 entries
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    I wanna preface this with this is all my opinion

    So we all see acne as this negative thing and lets be honest it really is, nobody is happy about having it but when it comes to a silver lining I personally can say for myself that there has been one.

    First we can start with one that I think we all have. I think as acne suffers we all have developed an empathetic trait especially to this suffering from acne since we obviously walked a day in their shoes (or still currently are). I think that is great to have as a good person in the world since their are shitty people all over. Just knowing that there are people out there who don't care, and know all the facts and don't give dumb advice like "wash your face more" is very empowering and gives people the feeling they're not alone. This will as well translate to other personal issues aside from acne and having empathy will only benefit the suffers.

    Now having acne pushes us all to try anything and everything in an attempt to be clear faced. I like many spent hours online checking out every theory to cure myself, including going plant-based. Many of us have done it and either tried it for a bit, kept it going for a longer period of time or just stick with it to this day. I am one of those people who have stuck with it and this is a silver lining for me. I think I am the healthiest I ever been and am just so self-aware of what I am putting in my body (calories, ingredients, macro / micro nutrients). I exercise for my job regularly and do things to control stress levels like meditation and or yoga. I personally think that a plant based diet is the healthiest diet out there and you may think what you want but that is just my opinion from the research I have done on the subject. I am just very happy to be healthy and healthier then most of the people around me (early 20's, most still living off that university diet). I'd recommend anyone to try a plant-based diet for acne since it did help clear some things up but to each their own. 

    So if you're feeling down about the way your skin is looking which I can say I have done a lot, try and spin the situation around and come up with something positive and help your situation out because it isn't fun to dwell on this negativity and just feel depressed, a gleam of positive thoughts even if just for a moment is worth it.

  13. 4 entries

    So I am writing this blog mostly to remind myself that these products dont work for me.
    Neutrogena glycolic acid moisturizer with SPF 15 gave me lots of new pimples, the worst!
    Ponds dry skin cream clogged my pores.

    Makeup Forever powder foundation, Bareminerals Pro Foundation gave me pimples as well...

  14. 14 entries

    So it's been a week since I have taken my last tablet. My dryness is starting to subside, and I think my eyes are feeling a little less teary/dry.  

    I still have some spots on my bum/underneath, which I'm not happy with, and I have one on the back of my left shoulder, but that doesn't seem to have erupted to the usual standard which is good.  I know the medication will stay in my system for another few weeks so I do hope that it all goes away and leaves me alone forever.  If not, I will be back to let you know!!me.jpg

    Now to move on to those pesky wrinkles!!

    Love and peace xx


  15. 2 entries
  16. 11 entries

    Week 5 update.
    (from 15th Feb - 2nd March)

    I have decided to to start blogging weekly or every 2 weeks depending on the changes in my skin. 
    Firstly I had my month 2 review with my dermatologist on Thursday 22nd Feb. She was really happy with how skin has reacted to the accutane and also that my mood had not been affected. She increased my dose from 40mg per day to 70mg per day. I collected my prescription today (2nd march) so will start my increased dose tomorrow.

    Over the last couple of weeks the biggest change in my skin is the dryness, all of a sudden the oil production just seems to have stopped. Literally overnight I noticed one day when driving home from work when looking in the mirror that my face wasn't shining like a mirror! Also that my makeup had not moved, usually by the end of the day at work my makeup has broken down and looks awful because of the oil my skin as produced, but no more! 

    My lips!! Oh my god I cant keep them moisturised enough, they are starting to peel and seem to be dry no matter how much I apply product to them. My hair also is not getting half as greasy as it was, usually I would only get 2 days maximum from a hair wash and have to use loads of dry shampoo between washes. But now its very different, I had my hair done on a Saturday and didn't have to wash it until the following Wednesday! 

    I had my period 2 weeks ago and I thought it was lighter than usual, not sure if this was anything to do with the medication or not. During my period I had a couple of very small pimples pop up on my face, I have been excessively moisturising as my skin is so dry, so I'm not sure what was the cause of those. 

    I have one small spot on my chin and one on the side of my nose today, which appeared yesterday, I thought that this morning they would have followed the usual pattern of my skin and got a lot bigger but they haven't, if anything they have gotten smaller. 

    Overall still very happy with my progress, will be interesting to see how my skin reacts to the higher dosage! 

  17. 6 entries

    So my insurance didn't pay for Doxycycline but it did pay for Minocycline which is the same exact thing pretty much. I've been on it for 6 weeks now, my doctor gave me a 3 month supply and she said by the end of it my skin should be significantly clearer, that it would help my active acne and my lesions, so far it's not going so well. My skin texture is smoother but I'm still getting big painful pimples, she told me I wouldn't have a "purge" phase while on this. And everytime a pimple leaves a deep pink scar is left behind, my face has NEVER scarred like this. At this point I just feel hopeless, my self confidence is the lowest it's EVER been. I can't get back in until April so I really don't know what to do. I feel like my last hope is Accutane, I've never had cystic acne until now and I feel like that would be the only thing to get rid of it. I remember when I NEVER wore makeup, now I have to wear it everyday to feel comfortable. I know they say beauty is skin deep but I'm just so sad. I'll keep updated if anything changes. 

  18. 7 entries

    ~3 month Update(104 days)


    Ok I just finished writing this and it's SUPER long so I apologize in advance lol but I felt I had so many updates and things to report :)


    Okay so it's been about 3 months and a week. I haven't updated in awhile because things have been starting to look up and I honestly didn't wanna jinx it lol. When I last posted I was in an awful place. My skin was just so bad and not getting better whatsoever. I was on 100mg spiro and 100mg doxycycline. After about 2/2.5 weeks of that nothing really changed and the cysts were continuing to pop up pretty much every day. I feel like I know my skin fairly well and decided to add another 50 spiro everyday so I'd be taking 150mg of the spiro and 100mg doxy. (I know not smart to do without consulting my derm but I wasn't seeing her for awhile and I just knew I needed a higher dose) Anyways after about a week or two of upping to 150 all my really bad cysts started to dry up and kind of flatten out if that makes sense lol. What I also noticed was I wasn't really getting any new ones. I'm not sure if it was the doxy that has caused this shift or the upped dosage but I think it's a little bit of both. I had a couple great days where I barely had any raised bumps on my face. I currently have a few pimples but they aren't like what I had been getting constantly. And I'm pretty sure they aren't really hormonal but more so from not washing my makeup off fully and eating really unhealthy/drinking this weekend. My face feels so much smoother where there isn't any active pimples. My whole left cheek is pretty much al smooth aside from two small raised bumps that are slowly diasappearing. My right is where my bad habits this weekend seemed to show.  There's about  three raised bumps I can feel. One kind of big one that's still trying to heal on my chin from a previous bad breakout and the others are not bad at all compared to what I have been dealing with the last couple months. I am by noooo means where I want to be and my skin still looks pretty awful. Most of the marks though are scars now and just really dark spots that I have to start working on but at least I can cover most of it up pretty good with makeup. I feel way less depressed and don't feel the need to constantly hide in my bed and cry because the state of my face now is so much more manageable with makeup and I don't feel gross going in public now because like I said my face is mostly smooth aside from a couple active bumps so they don't look gross under foundation at this point really. 

    Anywaysssss, I had a dermatologist appointment today and I told her how I started to add a 50mg and it really seemed to be helping along with the doxycycline. So I'm going to stay doing the 150mg of spironolactone and she wants to up my dosage of doxycycline to 150mg - she had this whole explanation about how it's different or something then what iv been taking and should really help but we talked about so many different things I don't even remember her exact wording. So I'll be taking 150mg doxycycline now which my skin responds really well to so I'm really excited for it to improve even more than it has in the last few weeks. I'm also going to start taking my doxycycline at night as opposed to with the 150mg spiro in the morning. Taking all of that at once is just way too much for my body to handle. I have to eat a huge breakfast and lay down a lot taking all of it at once and it just makes me so out of it and not feeling great for the rest of the morning/day. I know I should've been splitting it up since the beginning but I had started out doing it all at the same time and since I was seeing a silver lining finally I didn't wanna mess with what I was doing. So tomorrow I'm going to pickup my new doxycycline prescription which actually won't be ready till after 3pm which is good so I'll be forced to take it at night and get into that habit lol. 

    Last but not least for my update, I was prescribed a new topical which is mostly to help my scarring and dark spots so that's a good sign that we are starting to work on that since it seems like I'm getting less active pimples. (Fingers crossed). 

    It's called Tazarotene cream(.1%). I'm only going to use it once or twice a week o start because I don't know how my skin will react and I'm pretty sure she said it can be extremely drying and peely- something I hate cause that looks so bad under makeup. If anyone has used this PLEASE tell me your experience. I've been trying to read up on it and I'm seeing a lot of mixed reviews. A lot are saying it gets worse first and I'm like uhhhh??? I JUST went through the whole it gets worse before it gets better for months with spiro so like if that's the case no freakin thanks. Still some reviews are super positive. I think I'll just use it as a spot cream on dark scars for now ? My derm said I could do that. And maybe on some of the lingering pimples. I really don't know what to make of it so any insight would be awesome! 

    Oh also at my appointment she mentioned Aczone which I'm suppose to still be using? However I felt like it wasn't doing anything because I was still constantly breaking out so it just felt kind of pointless. I used a moisturizer instead every night and even during the day that has benzoyl peroxide in it and I think it's been one of the main things to help my skin. I'm not 100% positive because it could be a mix of many things finally helping but I think it works way better than the Aczone. However she told me Aczone can help with dark spots as well so I'm like do I start that back up again now that my skin has calmed down somewhat ? So again if anyone has experience with Aczone or Tazarotene I would love to hear what you think!! 

    Okay I think that's finally it for this months update. I'm going to continue 150mg spiro in the morning and the 150mg doxycycline before bed. As for the topicals I think I'll try out the Tazarotene in small dosages maybe once or twice a week and kind of ease into it because if it's gonna be another initial breakout before it gets better it ain't for me lol. If you've made it this far thanks for reading my super obnoxious long update! I hope my next update will be even more positive than this one! Here's to clear happy skin :)

  19. 9 entries
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    this is probably one of the worst moments in my life. I got many cysts up on my face. I am scared. It is the return of my nightmare again. I can't even look myself in the mirror. I hate my scars, my redness. Acne keeps coming up without reasons. I am totally depressed. I want to cry out loud and claim that I want to sjrremder myself to acne. I have been fighting it for many many years. It has never been better. I have spent hundred thousand baht to clear myself but it never work. All dermatologists remedies didn't help me. It hurt me so bad. I am hurt. I want it to stop coming up. Why does it keeps poping on my face and always comes with redness. I haven't done anything bad to my face or did I? I have been using the same product for a year now. T T . Sorry for this unhelpful entry, but I need to let it out. I can't keep this anymore. 

  20. 4 entries

    Here are current pictures of my bare skin. I’m trying to keep positive because I can see improvement but it’s definitely not flawless like so many other reviews I’ve read. Maybe my expectations are crazy but I seriously want my skin to not have any blemishes. I am still getting under the skin zits on my forehead that do not go away unless I pop them. Then I’m left with terrible scabs, as you can see in the pic. And I still have these deep blackheads or something down on my chin that will not purge.





  21. 4 entries

    I tend to forget to update regularly haha but it’s now day 20 and the joint pain... oh my word it’s been killing me. Well it’s not actually that bad, it’s just noticeable and annoying. I can feel when I’m about to experience joint pain and it doesn’t last long but it’s definitely unpleasant. I think I’ve been getting dry lips, I’m not sure because I’ve always used lip balm even when I didn’t have dry lips but lately I’ve noticed the lip balm sinking in instead of sitting on top of my lips. I’ve also gotten dry skin which is AMAZING I know that’s probably weird to hear but I have very oily skin so this is good. When it’s hot outside my skin doesn’t get oily anymore which is a great thing. But the downside is all the flakes. Moisturiser can only do so much and I’m not keen to buy a new moisturiser (broke life) so I’m dealing with it. Last thing - cystic acne breakouts. Not enjoying it. It’s painful and looks awful but it’ll be gone soon hopefully. The quality of my skin fluctuates so it’s not always terrible but there are definitely days I’d prefer to lock myself in my room and go nowhere. Almost 3 weeks and it’s surprisingly quite normal apart from the joint pain and the cystic acne pain.

  22. 2 entries

    Earlier I posted a blog about the joys of using no water. However, I missed a vital water-included step. Yup, I’m a massive hypocrite. My bad. But hear me out!

    One of my experiments from way back when was mixing equal parts salt and water and washing my face with it. While it was ok, at the time it only mildly helped. However I’ve found that putting some in a spray bottle and using it here-and-there can also work wonders. One of my favourite tricks is during a nice hot shower/bath/facial steaming, I’ll spray a good amount of the saltwater mix on my face and gently rub it in whilst my pores are open. I’ll just leave it on, then dab my face dry when I’m done. If I’m in more of a rush, on a day when I’m going makeup-free, I’ll spray some on a cotton pad and wipe it all across my face, leaving on for a good few hours. While it may sting, I’ve learned stinging=good! 

    I dont do do this everyday as it can be a bit harsh on my stupidly sensitive skin, usually I go for 3 times a week. I’ve really noticed that it helps dry up any current spots, and acts as a natural gentle disinfectant. While it’s recommended you use sea salt, I confess I’ve cheated a few times and used common table salt which gives me just as good results. Oh I do love natural (and more importantly) cheap skin saviours!! 

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    Friday February 23, 2018.  Today is day 17 of treatment.  This past week I feel like I've noticed more of an effect.  My lips are significantly drier than normal, it's not just the winter air.  But so far if I keep up with aquaphor and lip balm that is enough to keep my lips happy.  I've also noticed the skin on my face getting drier.  Around the corners of my nose almost got to the point of peeling before I realized I need to be applying moisturizer more.  So obviously the oiliness I mentioned last week is has passed.  Also I noticed the back of my hands felt really grainy when I washed my hands this week and it took me a while to realize it's due to dryness.  It hasn't cracked or peeled yet and it doesn't even look dry.  It just feels sorta rough.  If it progresses I start paying attention to moisturizing them better.  My skin is looking pretty clear.  I had one huge pimple earlier this week.  A really deep painful one on my nose which is an unusual place, but after popping it it cleared up in just a day or so.  Overall things are still going well, so far I am pleased.



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    So..I think it might have been my moisturiser that was making my skin break out, I have stopped using it and my face seems to of calmed down. I still have the horrible under the skin spots and a lot of redness.