Wow, I have really failed this blog. I meant to write an entry every week or so, but with the start of school that quickly went out the window. However, with 2 months under my belt now, I have a much better idea and handling about the regimen. And most importantly, I have SUCCESS!! But I'll get into that later in this post.
I think I'll start by giving a brief overview of the last month and a half. I've been following the regimen as well as possible. I've probably skipped a few days total since I started. 3 weeks in or so I wasn't seeing as much progress as I would've liked. (Patience is a virtue, but sometimes it escapes me. especially when it comes to my skin!) So, I upped the amount of treatment I was using, which is part of the regimen and I also started using the treatment twice a day instead of once at night. This seemed to help clear me up a bit more, but unfortunately my skin (particularly my problem areas) was getting VERY dry. Now this might have been partly my fault..I might have jumped too quickly into the twice a day and larger amount of product, maybe I needed to ease my skin into the treatment more slowly. I tried different things for another week or so, but my skin was still incredibly dry (although definitely clearer). In my previous blog posts I raved about how dewy and moist my face was so when the dryness came along (like every other acne treatment I've tried) I was very disappointed! However, throughout my life I've had a history of sensitive skin. Nothing serious at all, but enough to make me question the twice a day regimen for me. So, I decided to go back to using the treatment once a day. Within a week my skin was back to feeling and looking soft/dewy.
These 2 months have definitely been a roller coaster. Some days I'd feel like I was making progress and others seemed like hopeless hot messes. If this had been Proactiv, or some other questionable acne treatment advertised through an infomercial, I probably would've given up. It was pretty bad. However, I really do appreciate this website and the support system that seems to exist within it. It doesn't force the product down your throat and through other sources (like youtube) I've really heard great things. So, that's part of the reason why I kept up the routine. And I still had product left in my kit, so why not get my money's worth, right?
So, here is the part I've been waiting to talk about. After 2 months of doubting and waiting and discouragement, I am finally finding SUCCESS. My skin is clearer than it's been in I have no idea how long. At least two years if not much longer. Last week I actually stopped wearing foundation makeup, which to me is extremely huge and epic. I remember a month ago or so dreaming of what it would be like to be one of those girls who could get out of bed and walk out the door and look good doing it. Now, I'm not entirely there yet, but the fact that I haven't been using a layer of foundation on my face every morning is a huge step for me. In the past 2 weeks I've been using eye liner+mascara and Prescriptives Illuminating Cream Powder. This particular product is supposed to be worn under foundation. It's translucent and I just feel like it reduces under eye darkness and redness from healing acne. I guess it's like my stepping stone from getting off of foundation. But like I said, It's translucent so there is absolutely no coverage and I don't wear concealer. My skin is still healing everyday and I do tend to get a pimple every other day or so, but they are not deep or painful and tend to go away in a day. Like literally a day..spotted at night and nearly gone in the morning. (so amazing) That's one of the best results I've found within this product. My previous problem area (around my mouth) is better than I have seen it in SO LONG. It's still not perfect, but it's healed significantly and I'm not having massive breakouts anymore. I really wish I had a before picture and a now picture to show off. I really should've done that. I'm so happy with my face.
I could go on and on and I'll definitely keep posting on how my skin evolves. ( I did purchase the AHA+, but I have yet to use it, so maybe I'll try that out and see what happens..) I would like to air out a couple problems that I'm still having trouble with regarding the regimen though. For one, I don't think I wait long enough between cleansing and then applying moisturizer or treatment. I need to work on that, but I am not a very punctual person and thus tend to be rushing in the morning most days. Also, when I do cleanse or apply treatment, I am not light on my finger tips. I'm not rough, but I'm not as gentle as I should be..need to work on that.
All in all, I am SO HAPPY with the progress that I've been witnessing in the past couple weeks. Oh and I totally forgot. One thing that I think is attributing to this success is the fact that I've upped the amount of treatment i'm using. I use about 2 1/4" to 2 1/2" on my index finger. Right now this seems to be the perfect amount. My skin is clear and moist! and .
I'm really hoping people are getting as much out of this regimen as I am! Truly amazing.
Until next time.
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