acne update

july/august 2014 skin update

Hi friends! Get ready to look at a bunch of pictures of my goofy face. 

Since my last skin update in April (dang, that’s a long time ago) my skin has been through it’s up and downs. I endured a few weeks of extremely high stress and that definitely took a toll on my skin. I also have included some new skin care products into my daily routine. So let me give you a quick run through on what my skin has been doing and then we’ll be all caught up to the present. 

May. My skin was steadily improving since the last skin update. No major problems. 

June. My skin exploded into about 15 cystic pimples that dwelled under the skin like trolls and caused immense amounts of pain. These cysts were extremely stubborn. I didn’t know what to do about them. I panicked and bought new skin care products which I will review very soon for you! I also moved across the entire country at this time. I was flying back and forth from the West Coast to the East Coast which also stressed out my skin. The dry air in planes wreaks havoc on skin that is already suffering from inflammatory conditions (such as acne). Lastly the climate on the East Coast of Canada is twice as humid as the West Coast. We are talking days that are 100% humidity over here in good ol’ Sydney, NS. The humidity also caused my skin to freak out…major oil production fiasco! All of these changes caused the breakouts but also stalled my ability to heal them. 

July. Armed with new skin care products and knowledge from intense internet research I have started to approach my skin care from a slightly different angle. My skin is beginning to heal. 

August. Here we are at the present! Here are some pics of how my skin looks like now. 

 

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These pictures aren’t the best, nor did I take the time to crop them (sowwy!). However they are pretty true to what I am looking at in the mirror each morning. Apart from the two large pimples on my forehead that magically emerged overnight, the majority of my skin is improving. The hyperpigmentation on my forehead and cheeks is slowly decreasing. They are slightly dusky in colour but have decreased in size immensely. The texture of my skin has changed significantly, in my opinion. I still have a few crater-like scars, but the majority of my skin feels smooth to the touch. 

Thanks for following my acne story. If you are suffering with adult acne please share your story with me in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you! 

march 2014 skin update

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Thirty days ago I started a new skin care regimen. I had been suffering from a breakout that was getting progressively worse over the previous 6 months. I was frustrated. I was desperate. I just wanted something to work! 

I decided to throw out all of my “traditional” acne treatments. No more benzoyl peroxide, no more salicylic acid, no acne cleansers…if it targeted acne-prone skin, I stopped putting it on my face. 

Enter a whole new cleansing routine and a key anti-aging ingredient! 

I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a Clarisonic Mia 2 and Arbonne Intelligence Genius. This dynamic duo has changed my skin completely! I’ll be doing in-depth reviews on each of these products very soon. 

Here are some up close and personal pictures of my bare skin today…
those with sensitive stomachs should tread carefully

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My skin has come a long way in a month. You can see how it used to look here and here. I have less than 5 actual pimples and much of my redness is reduced. Even though the condition of my skin has improved tenfold it still has a long way to go before it’s “normal”. I have hyperpigmentation left over from healing pimples. I also have a few pitted scars.

The Clarisonic and the Arbonne Intelligence Genius have improved all aspects of my skin. I no longer have random dry patches around my mouth and on my nose. The texture of my skin is much smoother. The redness has also decreased. Since beginning this new skin care regimen the hyperpigmentation and scarring that I already had has decreased slightly. I’ve also noticed that any fresh breakouts are healing faster and are not leaving any noticeable hyperpigmentation or scars. 

I finally have hope that one day I’m going to wake up and look in the mirror and see “normal” skin! Even though I’m not there yet, I haven’t felt this hopeful in about a year. It’s a good feeling! 

If you have any questions or advice regarding skin care or acne please leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you. Thanks again for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! xo