I have been keeping track of my experience with Carley's Clear and Smooth system over the past week.
I have been using my Blackberry notes to write things down here and there, so please ignore the incomplete sentences, spelling and/or grammar!!
Saturday 2/13 (Day 1) - Package arrived in about 2 days! Woo hoo! Used products on Saturday night for the first time in the shower. Love, love, love how it felt on my skin. Soap made face squeaky clean, literally. Skin was instantly smooth and less red after the shower. It's usually red and irritated post showering. First impression, feels amazing but 3 step process seems a bit annoying (have to wash, scrub/treat, then wash again using a clean washcloth). However, it's way faster than the acne.org regimen where you have to wait 15 mins between each application. Plus I just use Viva paper towels for now. Works ok but will have to find some washcloths soon. Used the night cream I got as a sample after the shower. Skin just soaked it right up. I could feel it absorb into my skin rather than sit on it. I love how this smells too. Hubs said it smelled clean and herbal. Much better than regular BP treatments that smell like medicine and stain pillowcases. Happy so far with this product.
Sunday 2/14 (day 2) - Used treatment again in the morning. You're supposed to use it once a day only and I think I wanna do it in the AM since I get tired/lazy at night and shower in the morning too. Skin was smooth and less red after washing. A few bumps were noticably smaller. Makeup looked good after using the lotion. Though I think I need to wait a few minutes before applying makeup after I put on lotion. Throughout day skin FELT kinda greasy/buttery but didn't LOOK as oily as usual. Weird. Maybe its just how supple skin feels? May also have to do with my mineral makeup formula I just changed (matte formula vs. intensive seems LESS drying on skin, weird). Washed my face with the soap in the evening. Face looked good but noticed more black/whiteheads than usual (which is always a better sign than full blown zits) so I started to extract. Got a little worried I would cause breakouts so I forced myself to stop and applied the other free sample of the elderberry mask. Left on for about 20 mins. Liked the mask. The broccoli was a bit weird. And it didn't harden very hard like most clay masks do. But it still seemed to work good. Made my face feel very soft after I washed it off. Followed with soap and nighttime moisturizer.
Monday 2/15 (day 3) - No new breakouts (despite the fact I had some Valentines Day treats, too)!! All bumps are now flat and they seem to have started to scab (a sign of healing?!). Kind of annoying because I want to pick them but I won't!!! Hoping they will heal fast and flake off soon! One tiny raised whitehead under nose. Came out easy, not painful. Skin feels soft and supple (even with the scabbies) not greasy and bumpy. Seeing progress here already after 2 days. Will do treatment in shower. Staying positive.
Tuesday 2/16 (day 4) - Skin still looks good. Woke up with another raised whitehead. It seems like skin is purging a bit. But not purging, irritating and breaking out like facials do to my skin. Good purging. Whiteheads come out easy. Skin feels soft but still a bit buttery. May need to go back to the more drying makeup!
Wednesday 2/17 (day 5) - Nothing crazy or scary happening, which is good! Scab on forehead came off and was healed underneath. Had 2 small bumps that weren't whiteheads on jawline. May be because I didn't wash face before bed and drank some alcohol. Whoops. :/ Scars are still pretty pink. Gonna have to find a way to lighten them naturally I think. Or just wait it out. But no new acne is going to help skin tone a lot. Other than the 2 little bumps, skin is looking good. Gonna do the mask again today (will probably buy the full size mask soon) and go makeup-less while hanging outside at home to get some oxygen in these pores! Update: did the mask in the afternoon while hanging outside with my dog. I love it! It makes my skin soooo smoooooth. I do feel like due to the clay it has in it, it draws out some impurities which is good but also scary. A couple hours after the mask I felt a bump on my chin. It felt like it was gonna be one of those big cystic ones. But I washed it before bed with the soap and applied the nighttime moisturizer to help "heal" it.
Thursday 2/18 (day 6) - I am so happy yet kinda ashamed to say last night was the first night in months, maybe years that I didn't apply tinted moisturizer or makeup before bed. I was always worried I would look like a monster in the morning. Yeah, embarassing!! I also got washcloths yesterday (no more papertowels), lathers much better and helps with washing after doing the treatment. But, regarding the potential goiter on my face I discovered yesterday....soap trick worked!!!! How the hell can a soap dry up a pimple that's on its way to monster size? This is the first time that has happened to me by using any treatment (sulfur, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, BP, alcohol, ACV, clay, etc). I feel like when I applied other treatments the bump would get huge (despite catching it early), dry up, and then scab for a week!! And when you thought the scab was healed and picked it or it flaked off there was a huge gash/scar that was impossible to conceal!! Ugh!! But not with this. It just shrunk the bump and it was barely pink. It is nearly flat!! Yayayay! I am so happy. Only downside, my face STILL feels greasy. Its not sweaty/dirty/oily feeling though, so I am sure its the lotion. So I am gonna write them and see if they have anything a bit lighter. But, man, not having breakouts is ruling right now. Its about to be THAT time of the month of me too and I haven't gotten the usual scary breakout. *knock on wood* Hope I can avoid my monthly cysts!! I am gonna drink more water and make sure to take my hair/skin/nail vitamins. I think those 2 things always help.
Friday 2/19 (Day 7) - face is 95% clear!! 4 blemishes total (blemishes meaning little scabbies). Whitehead under lip I popped is taking forever to heal. The scab doesnt wanna heal or fall off. Other than that, no bumps. Chin is totally flat where the cyst was about to form. Woot! I need to learn to not pick scabs, or wait a bit for them to kinda start to fall off themselves at least. Because then its just a vicious cycle of red marks. I didnt get to use the treatment in the shower today (plumbing issue... gotta love old houses) and I can tell why they recommend doing it in there. Kinda messy, harder to apply and remove, and didn't feel like it got as deep in pores. Hope these few little red marks will heal more over night. Gonna put some neosporin on my lip I think. My lip never heals fast. Note to self: Don't pop lip whiteheads! I also hope I can shower tomorrow. :/ It seems to work best.
Will post another blog entry at the end of week 2!! Things are going great so far! *keeping my fingers crossed*