Alright, so lots of people have these logs. Although I cannot promise to be extremely diligent when it comes to routine posting, I will try my best, as I ultimately plan to seal this log closed with a kiss from a confident, acne-free face.
I am going to begin with saying that I understand there are going to be people who do not agree with some of the things I say or do. If you take me seriously, youâ€™re a fool. Iâ€™m not a dermatologist, and have never claimed I am nor intend to play it off as one. This is me. These are my thoughts, these are my theories, and these are my results. Take them or leave them, I am not doing this for you; I am doing this for me.
Introduction. Iâ€™m Erin. Iâ€™m 20. My skinâ€™s relatively mild. I had minor issues with it at the beginning of high school, but it wasnâ€™t life-altering -- I barely gave it much thought. I developed an eating disorder after graduation, and my skin cleared.. Once I sought treatment and recovered, everything was back to the usual here-and-there. A year after treatment, my period came back and my skin went to hell. Hormones.. Which is part of the reason I started birth control (OTC) earlier this year. I think it has helped, but now I wish to be totally CLEAR. I am very self-conscious about my skin, and I constantly compare it to everyone I come in contact with.
Iâ€™ve switched up things a LOT since I joined this group last December. Mainly because I was gullible and didnâ€™t know anything other than the fact that I wanted to be clear, and Iâ€™d try anything to get there â€“ Anything from soaking my face in near-boiling water, to scrubbing with crushed aspirin. But thereâ€™s science behind it, thereâ€™s physiology, thereâ€™s facts. What works great for one person may have a completely opposite effect on another. Itâ€™s genes, itâ€™s skin type, itâ€™s lifestyle, itâ€™s hormones.. Thereâ€™s no â€œone and only, sure cureâ€ for acne, as much as we all would hope. Through this log, I hope to find my personalized regimen to successfully keep acne at bay for good, so that I may relax and enjoy life.
From what I understand, I must:
4. Reduce Oil Production
5. Regulate Hormones
You exfoliate to slough dead skin cells and uproot blocked pores. You disinfect and treat the acne. Then you prevent new acne with moisturizing.
3 through 5 are fairly intertwined. When you moisturize, your skin doesnâ€™t produce as much oil to maintain its balance. Oil regulation can be done through Accutane (Unfortunately, I am unable to take it due to Osteoporosis, resulting from my ED), B5 â€“ Which I have been recently looking into, and/or by regulating possible oil production triggering hormones through means such as birth control.
Earlier this week, I began using scrubs with Salicylic Acid, followed by a Benzoyl Peroxide wash, and then moisturizing with Jojoba Oil (By far, the best moisturizer, in my opinion).
I take OTC, along with some random vitamins/supplements. I am considering picking up a bottle of B5 today and throwing that in my regimen, as well. It seems that many people have had success with it.
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