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  1. Eurgh...the way my skin felt seriously worried me. Closest I could describe it as is if it had salt on it which doesn't come off when you rub over it. The itching drives me seriously mad too. I haven't read anything about this in the other reviews, but for me..god... It's like that episode of Spongebob where Mr. Krabz is like THE DREADED SQUEAKING OF THE BOOTS except that my skin is the boots and the squeaking is the itching. I can't handle it. The only time I had it this bad before is when I was 11 or so and just started my bad acne. It itches where a spot is forming. So, I washed my face again for the night and applied some magnaminty on the especially bad zits on my chin and a part which was super itchy on my jaw. I tend to leave this stuff on overnight usually, so I will today. If I can wean myself off of BP and move to purely washing/using this mask, I'll be damn happy. My issue is BP is that I have to get it from my doc. I use Duac. I haaaate relying on doctors. Prescriptions are bloody troublesome. Maybe if I could find an OTC one at least, I'd be happy with that. I might try Acnecide. Think I'll go look up reviews of it now. I'll see how I am in the morning. The regimen I was using was fairly good for me to be honest, I just don't like relying on make-up so much. I hate wearing it. Though, I don't look as bad without moisturiser. Maybe if I could find one which is lightweight and leaves my skin looking matte, I could go without it. One thing that came from this is my hair is producing less oil! It still looks oily, and I'll have to wash it tomorrow to prepare for Monday's guests, but, maybe I won't need to wash it as often anymore. Maybe this experiment would have gone better if I used pure water. I might consider getting some bottled stuff to rinse off with.
  2. Day 6 - Relapse

    I might update in the evening but here's what happened. My skin does seem to break out more 'freely' than before, like, they come to a head faster then gtfo fairly fast too. So, today, after last night I do have some whites which came up. However, today is Saturday and on Monday my mother has her bf bringing his friends over for the first time. They'll be sleeping over for the night and I absolutely do not want to be seen by them, especially with my skin being zitty. On Wednesday I also have a dental appointment to fill in some fillings. I can't look shitty then either. Even more important because I'll be in public. Also, the dentist does tend to touch my chin to turn my head *shudder*. So, I relapsed in preparation for those events. I washed my face while in the shower, only to find that my skin felt GRITTY as FUCK. Omg. Only one thing that could be - dead skin. I hadn't touched my face like that since before I stopped washing and my skin usually feels very soft. So I panicked, thinking my pores are becoming blocked as hell. Washing didn't help, so I went and grabbed my Mask of Magnaminty, which generally makes my skin feel soft as hell as well as exfoliates. I didn't leave it on as long as I usually do, something like five minutes while rubbing light circles of it over my skin to fix the gritty feeling. Magna tends to leave a tiny bit of powdery residue so I did soap wash again after that just to make sure I don't get blocked further. It didn't completely fix the gritty feeling, but it's at least half gone. I did read in the reviews of people who washed like every few days and exfoliated once a week or so at first to 'wean' their skin off of chemicals. I think that may be necessary for me also. Hell, I should have done this even slower than that, maybe like cutting to once a day washing, etc.. This grit does make me feel very panicky. Still, I didn't put any products on my face after washing. I've been typing this while my face still dries, which it nearly is now. I just checked the mirror and o.o...the blackheads on my nose have lessened? THIS IS WEIRD? I did notice when washing earlier that where I have large pores, the pores there seems to be pushing out or something? I'm not sure how to word it? Like the pores are turning into tiny spots but not exactly spots? Like teeny short shoots? Barely noticeable but it is to me. They're more like fluffs than spots that need to be fixed.This may be a fluke, as my nose blackheads do tend to appear clearer when wet, but my nose is pretty much dry now..strange. Not washing may not be the answer for me, but not leaving products on does seem to be? It makes sense that pores can't clear if you're constantly putting cream back over them. I did notice this before, that whenever a blackhead fell out, I felt kinda bad because I had to smother the hole left with creams.
  3. Days 4/5

    Day 4 - Had a couple heads which mostly dried out halfway through the day and then completely by day 5 morning. Much faster than I'm used to. Day 5 - I'm having some under the skin red bumps, but they seem to be the type which linger a day or to two then go away without getting any worse. I think that this will happen here. They're barely visible, only to me. I am having some of this along my hairline. I thought the lack of shampoo/conditioner would prevent this from happening. Oh well. It's nothing bad. I did stray from my perfect diet a bit because I couldn't nom till half 5, so I dove into two mini potatoes and sausages. If anything worse happens, it'll probably be from that. I do have a sort of 'hack' to getting away with eating badly, but I don't know what will happen after doing it with this regimen. What I do is eat the bad thing then immediately or asap fill up on healthy food (some rice, fish and veggies) and fruit. It tends to minimize the bad effects quite a bit... if you're fine with becoming a bit porkier, that is. Temporarily. Doesn't aaalways work, and not 100% but certainly helps. Eating well before and after maximizes the good effects, but you'll have to measure quite well how much your belly can actually fit, lmao. Just to ensure the least damage as possible, I did go and get a wet cotton pad and smooth it over my lips then around them after eating that, just so that the grease from it wouldn't linger on me. I splashed water around my mouth for good measure. We'll see how it goes. If the effects are too bad, which I'm actually not feeling, then I'll know it was the food. I do tend to mostly get spots around my mouth in general, and I have heard of how some have fixed this up after changing their toothpaste. Anyone want to recommend a brand which would be good for that? I might look through the reviews later for this. For the record, if anyone's actually reading this, I'm not applying any moisturiser or sun lotion. I've actually never worn sun lotion on my face, maybe once when I was 6. My skin feels pretty normal, others had it oily from this at first but I barely have at all. It's just flaking around my mouth, mostly.
  4. Days 2/3

    Day 2, not much difference. I found my skin was still pretty dry and I was still probably overdoing it. I read through many other reviews f this and some just did it once a day and for a few seconds in the shower. Maybe this would help. Day 3, slight breakout. Like, very slight. I believe this may be more emotion-related than anything because I watched The Notebook for the first time ever yesterday and cried like a bitch. I find when tears touch my face, the result isn't great. So I usually cry when on my back so it doesn't go down my face. Random tip, y'all. I've noticed my skin is becoming ITCHYYY. HECK. Not great. I sometimes just water splash it a little when it's itchy and it seems to help, but I guess too much will dry it more. I still barely get much oil. The 'breakout' can hardly be called that, as a couple previous 'bits' have actually gone down a bit. The new thing is slight reddening in areas around my mouth, like pre-forming bits. I'm shocked it's not so much worse, honestly, so this may pass too. It's only a tiny bit.
  5. Day 1

    K so, some background: I've had this crap since I was 11, I'm 24 now. It was extremely bad at 13, then again at 19. Now it's calmer. Every day I've been using 2 creams (BP Duac and tea tree cream), an SA toner, a mask and moisturiser. This keeps my skin fairly clear and eating healthily usually keeps it 99% clear. But my skin without make-up looks so awful. The texture is terrible. It feels soft from the mask I use, but parts of it, like on my chin looks like lumpy porridge T_T and my pores are so huge between my brows that I can't bear to be without make-up there. When I was 19 I tried using 'natural' products, but granted, they weren't the greatest quality, I just grabbed whatever from Holland and Barrett that said natural on it. I ended up so bad that I was scarred for six months. Going back on BP saved it. That's why doing this terrifies me. ------- Body: So, for the past week, I've been slowly easing into water only. I've used it only on my body up until today. My body has actually taken to it really well! It feels healthier and, well, free. I don't get crap as much on my body anymore, but I do get light bits of it on my shoulders/chest/back. I started not washing my chest, only with water, for a couple of days before the rest. It's actually doing very well and I do actually think my chest has cleared to a degree. I never use creams on my body though, so I'm far more terrified for my face. Hair: For the last 3 days, I've tried washing my hair with water only, as I tend to wash my hair just with (crappy and cheap) conditioner which leaves some spots along my hairline. So I knew if I didn't try going natural on my hair too, it would cause problems. I tried a vinegar rinse today on my hair since it was getting waxy build up already. I used two cups water and 4 tablespoons of ACV. My hair's still drying, but it still seems waxy. I tried ACV because I thought it'd fix this. Maybe it'll take more tries as the conditioner I used was greasy af itself. I know there is a transition phase when going this route but..still, erk. Face: Dear god, my face was dry as fuck. It still is, but I suppose I'm more used to it after a couple of hours. Eating was an issue, I felt like I couldn't open my mouth properly due to it being so tight. My skin flaked around my mouth already from this. This is the first day for my face that no creams have been on it all day in years. I generally use a heavy moisturiser, but I didn't realise it helped me this much. This day isn't entirely with water only, but I'm leaving no creams on it. To ease into this, I took a wet cotton pad and smoothed it over my face to get rid of any excess cream, then washed with Dettol soap (harsh, I know, but it's the only thing which I found works for me :/) as I usually do, just once, then mostly left it. When showering, I kept letting the water sprinkle over my face more, then one last time with cold water before getting out. I suppose this is a bit much, but I'll try to cut back to not having too much water touch me. It felt so weird to get out of the shower and putting nothing on. I let my skin air dry. While it was still dry, I passed by my wndow and feeling air on my wet skin felt unreal. It's different to when cream is on. I'm going to try and stick to eating healthy for the time being, although my diet hasn't been the best in recent days, but I want to make sure that any changes are due to the water and not excess sugar. Later tonight, I'll splash some water on me a couple times then sleep, though my face still feels dry enough to not wash yet. I kinda feel like I've lost my damn mind doing this, as my skin isn't even that bad these days, but I really want to see if it can fix it entirely. I don't want to wear make-up anymore.