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So, my skin is back to normal in terms of moisture. My skin has never been "too oily" or "too dry", ever. That was surely one thing I was blessed with. Like I said, its back to being normal. :( No peeling or irritation. The breakout on my chin is completely gone now. But, I woke up with a pimple on my cheek this morning. But good news! Its almost gone now. ;) I love how much more quickly my body fends off the pimples that I am getting.

Recently, my lower back has been hurting. I don't think it's attributed to the Claravis as much as it is my sudden lack of activity. Thanks to the horrible rain here in California, I can't go play ball out on the pitch. I've been doing a lot of sitting. :/ Also, there is a strange pain in, what I guess would be, my diaphragm. Its not constant, just hurts two or three times randomly throughout the day for about two seconds before going away. This started happening yesterday.

I also have a bit of a headache today. It developed after a meeting this afternoon at around four-thirty. Again, this isn't something I'm going to pin on the medication. I've been prone to have migraines when my hormones go all out of whack.

What I will pin on the Claravis is the minor bloody nose I had earlier this morning. It wasn't much, but it still made me go "Uhh.. what?" The last time I had a bloody nose was when I had taken a soccerball to the face. And before then was.. uhh... never?

My Perfect Whip face-wash came in today. I must say, the reviewers were NOT kidding when they said a little goes a long way! It lathers wonderfully and smells so nice! Also, it didn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. It was just... clean! I still feel clean now. :( I love it already.

Anywho, I'm super exhausted from work+classes+soccer. And my head hurts. Soooo, I'm going to bed now. Goodnight everone!

Oh, and I'm getting Pho tomorrow night! YUMMY!


Eeeep, my skin feels so sensitiiiiive!

My nose is a little dried out and flakey; which I can only assume is a combination of the Claravis and extreme winds here. My nose and the bit around my eyes feels constricted and irritated. It's a bit pink, too. I'm sure my 'gentle' exfoliation treatment with the washcloth probably didn't help that much, either. :/ Boo for lack of self-control!

Anywho, my lips aren't chapped much at all, still. (I loooove Carmex! <3) No new blemishes to report; only red marks from the old ones from a few days ago. That's about all there is to say~!

My new foamy-face-wash-stuff hasn't shown up yet. It should be here by Friday. Since I get paid on Wednesday, I'll be able to order my make-up so I can stop using that drug-store back-up compact. xD Guh, it's horrible.~

But I have a couple questions for anyone reading this! And I'd love to hear your opinions!

1. When you finish washing your face; do you like it to feel clean and tight (for lack of a better word) or fresh and supple? (I really need to get my mind out of the gutter when I come up with adjectives!)

2. What do you use to exfoliate your skin? Product? Routine? How often?

3. What moisturizer do you use? Why do you like it?


The break-out I had last night has cleared up surprisingly quick. At this rate, it'll be completely gone on Thursday, which in itself is exciting. Besides that, things are going pretty chill. It calms my nerves, that's for sure. I was worried that the break-out was just the start of a horrible series of embarrassing blemishes.

After a bit of reading, I found out that the astringent I was using had some bad irritants in it, thanks to It has a lot of useful information on it. The particular one I had just bought a few days ago had some Witch Hazel in it. Plus, the smell made me sick. :(

I also just ordered this face-wash that's been getting a lot of good reviews. It's called the Shiseido Perfect Whip Foam. People say that you don't need much more than about the size of a pea to clean your entire face and neck. As they all say "A little goes a long way". I'm excited to try it out!

Besides the skin-stuff, my classes went well today. They're going to be interesting. :(


Monday, Day Six; Already?

Sooo, I completely broke out on the bottom right side of my mouth/chin today. Its a bit frustrating and it's worse than it normally ever is.

My derm said that, which is often the case, my skin will get worse before it gets better. I also have a feeling my hormones are taking part in this pissing contest with my acne. Lol.

My lips aren't chapped, but they just don't feel moisturized, no matter how much carmex/chapstick I throw on it. I'm drinking tons and tons of water hoping that'll help a little bit. I'm not having a problem with my face getting overly-dry just yet, knock on wood. The only thing I'm even slightly worried about are the corners of my nose getting a tiny bit dry. :(

Again, I haven't noticed anything getting better just yet. But I just keep telling myself that it'll be worth it in the end. I know it will!

... I just wish I didn't have my first day of school tomorrow with a break-out like this. Hopefully, it'll be the last time I have to worry about it!


The First Five Days;

This will be short, since there isn't much to say.

I started back in December with creating a habit of applying chapstick/carmex. I always have something on hand.

I haven't noticed any special changes yet with my skin. If anything, it has kept the usual pimple pop-ups to a minimum. Then again, I have a sneaking suspicion that the reason the pimples haven't popped up is because or hormones. Gotta love it when the body psychs you out before slapping you hardcore. :(

My first pack was completely taken and tossed out. Hopefully I'll begin to notice some changes soon!


The Introduction;

Hey everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read this. This entire blog is going to be dedicated to my struggle with acne. Well.. more so just to document my experiences with "Claravis". Geeze, I have the worst time trying to spell that. I keep having to look back at the box to make sure I'm spelling it right. :( I apologize now if anything I say sounds weird or disgusting; I'm not exactly used to opening myself up like this.

Anyway, a quick oversight of my skin, I guess. I'm currently twenty one and have been struggling with acne since I was a Freshman in High School. I've played soccer since I was four, so I've always had a high exposure to sunlight. My skin reacts to hormonal changes; so I break out badly about a week before my period, but then have no red blemishes for about a week after. The two weeks in between are just.. normal, I guess. I have a mix of black heads with small bumps underneath the skin. They're impossible to get rid of.

I ignored my skin problems as a teenager. My older brother had problems with his skin, but grew out of it by the time he was nineteen. I figured I would be the same. Here I am at twenty-one with the same issue, still. I felt like I had tried everything: the drug-store brands that claim to clear up acne, the skin ID, the Proactive; you name it, I probably tried it. I went to the dermatologist and he prescribed me with some different kind of topical creams that didn't work, either. I was even handed some fatty, pink-pills that worked for about a week before things went south again. After the last three prescriptions, my dermatologist said he would put me on Accutane.

We had a bit of a lengthy discussion about the drug. He told me all of the warnings and what I would need to do in order to be on it. I would have to sign up for this program called iPLEDGE and would have to take the medication for five months, 40mg twice a day. The side affects didn't seem to worry me much; I'm a healthy, active, and (over all) happy person. The most common side effect I heard of was chapped lips. I think I can invest five dollars for three tubes of carmex a month! Luckily, thanks to how insecure I am about my skin, I don't have to worry about getting pregnant.

I guess what sold me out the most about taking Claravis was the idea that my skin could be 'healed'. I'm sure if you're on this site, you know how it feels to struggle and worry about your skin. After so many years, you just kind of feel like Acne is something you're going to have to deal with forever. The idea that I could have clear skin, like.. REALLY clear skin gave me tingles. Thinking about it now is making me so giddy that my eyes are starting to tear up. Anywho. Everything was in order, so in December, the dermo took my blood and signed me up for the iPLEDGE program.

After the month-long waiting period, I now have my prescription in hand. I'm already onto my sixth day of taking the medicine. I would have started this blog earlier, but I hadn't thought about documenting the changes until about thirty minutes ago.

So.. there you go. :( That's all there really is to say about my right now. I didn't even expect it to be that long. My next post will go over my six days on Claravis. From where on out, I'll do daily posts. Make-up-less skin, here I come! <3

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