skin progress

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! 

april 2014 skin update

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Hi friends! I’m a few days late on my April skin update, but I did take these pictures on the very last day of April, so technically it still counts.

As you can see my skin has improved even more over this past month. You can check out my March skin update here to compare.

My cheeks have maybe 3 pimples in total. There is still hyperpigmentation and redness present, but I feel like each of these problems has improved since my last update. Hyperpigmentation takes a really long time to resolve so I am trying to be as patient as I can. As for the redness, I am trying to be as gentle with my skin as possible in order to reduce any irritation. I’m not using any harsh cleansers or soap on my face, I moisturize morning and night, and I’m using a buttload of SPF on my face…that’s right, a buttload. Since the sun has started peaking out I have upped it to an SPF of 30 or greater every day.

My forehead is going a little cray…I think I’m experiencing a bit of a PMS/hormonal breakout because I have 4 giant pimples on my head. They are the deep, painful type. Not quite a cyst, but definitely cyst-like. I think it’s probably going to take two or more weeks for these suckers to vacate the premises…ugh! Due to the fact that my forehead is acting up I’ve added some benzoyl peroxide back into my skin care routine. I’m only using a 2.5% concentration, and I’m only putting it on my forehead. I use a small dot of the Neutrogena On-The-Spot Acne Treatment and then spread it all over my forehead. Then I put my nighttime moisturizer on.

Here’s a lovely picture of my forehead…Please ask small children to leave the room before scrolling down.
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My sincerest apologies.

I will be posting a full skin care routine that includes all of the products I use. For those that are wondering, I am still using my Clarisonic Mia 2 and the Arbonne Intelligence Genius.

Thanks for checking in with The Beauty Remedy! Please leave any comments or questions below, I love hearing from you! 🙂