Hello guys, especially to Jofo who apparently is following this blog. What a coincidence I happen to log on for the first time since July and here you are. I apologize for the lack of updates. I'll go over what went down since Day 15.
First and foremost, I have still yet to let my face touch water. It's been two consecutive months or 60 days so I do believe this is quite a feat, as everyone who attempted this regimen has washed face during the first month. I plan on not washing until I'm completely healed. I can't stress this enough, one of the main reason some people age so fast, is because of washing. Recently, around three weeks ago, I stopped using shampoo/conditioner and washed whenever I feel like it with just water. I used to have dandruff even right after shampoo. Today, I looked into my hair in the mirror, never in a million years I thought this would happen. My chronic dandruff is gone completely with no trace whatsoever. My scalp no longer itches. My pillow no longer looks like an universe. For the first time in years, I feel normal about my hair and scalp. Do try it if you seem to always have dandruff.
Sorry about the hair thing if you are only interested about the condition of my face. My face feels amazing. It doesn't itch anymore for a long time. Although it's mildly uncomfortable when oil builds up during the course of day, it's nothing compared to the itch I got when the dead skin piled up into a mountain. Speaking of which, I no longer gets the huge dead skin that used to develop rapidly when you first start. Most of the dead skin that piled up fell off. The pores on my nose are no longer clogged and look more normal. The dead skin might have stopped developing all together, or at least slowed down drastically to a very slow rate, we'll have to wait and see. I mean it might be still forming, but appearance wise, even if I look super close to the mirror, I still can't see any. The only down side is the oil is more obvious, because it used to get trapped underneath the dead skin. So I stay away from bright lights. Right now, my face looks 95% dead skin free, the 5% being leftover that will probably fall off in the upcoming days. I'm really convinced that my face is improving. When I wake up in the morning with the oil gone and all, I look 100% normal.
With this kind of progress, I don't think I need a full year to heal. I mean after all, I did tried this regimen before last year so that might have given me a little head start, even though I did somewhat re-damaged my face with washing and other stuff. Just a list of some things I do that I think everyone should aware besides waiting so you guys can perhaps incorporate some you feel appropriate in your regimen.
1.) I eat healthy, you know, plenty of fiber, low high-GI carbs and high low-GI carbs, just an overall balanced diet. Supplements I use are multivitamins and fish oil. I don't think diet can help you a lot, to me it seems like a mental thing. Knowing that you're doing everything in your power to accelerate the healing. Drink a lot of water is always good.
2.) I exercise a lot. I used to do a 20 minutes high intensity cardio 3 times a week. Now I do a medium-to-high intensity cardio for 10 minutes every weekday. I find sweating helps hydrate and balance the skin and the damaged oil glands or whatever you call it. As long as you don't overdo it, I think it helps.
3.) Letting water even just touching your damaged skin area sets you back. When I eat, every once in a while, the sauce or oil or whatever liquid accidentally drips down from my lips. The area that the liquid touched inflames moments later. A thick dead skin develops quickly in response too. So be careful and extra careful when you eat messy food
4.) If you use a commercial toothpaste or one with sodium lauryl sulfate, don't ever let that touch your skin EVER. I got eczema patches on my left arm because of that. Whenever you see toothpaste dried up on your skin, wash or wipe it off immediately. My eczema never heals or at least will take a really long time from what I've been able to understand. I've been using a toothpaste with no SLS for quite some time now. Protect your skin at all cost.
Just to sum everything up. Dead skin forms very slowly or doesn't form at all. Oil is still there. Skin isn't itchy but only mildly uncomfortable. In terms of hydration, if I didn't mention it, skin is no longer tight like when you wash your face with soap, and that was what I felt constantly. I would describe it as not ideal, but not to the point where it's super dehydrated. What did I miss? Well, I guess that's it guys. If you have any question, feel free to post it as a comment and I would gladly answer it. I'll update less now since I'm spending less time on a computer. I'm feeling confident enough to go out and do other things more. I have school coming up on the 20th of this month, which is about 2 weeks away. I think I'm ready because I feel I actually look decent enough. I'm a bit oily and it's obvious. It's still better than having a thick layer of dead skin sitting on your face looking like a infested mess. I think the worst has already been done and I've gotten pass the "outburst" stage and entered the "healing" stage. Hopefully, it keeps improving so I don't have to deal with the dead skin when school starts. It was miserable last year and the humiliation was enough once.
That's all today. Have a good day.
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