I haven’t been in a very healthy state of mind as of recently, mostly just the past few days. I figured that I would get this post done now just because I always feel bad about giving skin updates months after the time has passed. This is the most recent update of my skin, the images I took on September 16th, 2012 and the video I took yesterday, September 30th, 2012.
As you all may or may now know, I recently decided to give up my “all natural” regimen. I was using all natural products through July and August and didn’t feel like it was helping my acne at all. Of course, I had clear weeks but overall I didn’t think my skin liked it all that much. I really had high hopes for all the nice, organic oils but something didn’t sit right with my skin. It was actually working pretty well during July but towards August my skin blew up on me. I think it might have been a bad batch of jojoba oil I ordered – which was weird because I ordered from the same place I ordered my first bottle of jojoba oil. It might have been just that my skin doesn’t like the castor or jojoba oil. Or maybe it was sensitive to the manuka honey. I know it didn’t like that Japanese charcoal soap at all.
So now I’ve been in a limbo of trying to put together a new skincare regimen. I’m still splurging unnecessary money on new products, trying new things and switching out others. Falling back on some oldies and trying to find the “perfect” gentle cleanser and moisturizer. It doesn’t really feel like anything I’m doing is right anymore. It’s like my skin has reached a plateau and it’s never going to get any better.
For this month, I tried to do pictures but the changing weather means that it’s darker in the mornings and earlier in the evenings. I’m either in class, in clinicals or at work when there is still light out so I can’t take any pictures at that time. And yes, I work on weekends too because in addition to my office job during the week, I babysit and nanny on the side. Because of the changing lighting and my decrease in time to edit pictures together, I tried to do a video of my acne as well.
Let me know if you guys prefer the video or not. The only problem with the video is that it’s lower quality – so I’ll still definitely try to include at least one set of HD-pictures of my skin for you all each month.
As you can see, my cheeks are pretty much “the same”. I personally think they might actually be looking better than previously. Unfortunately, I also have some persistent nodules and deep acne lesions on both of my temples as well as in between my eyebrows (not pictured). As disgusting as it sounds, they pop and the pus drains but in a day or so, new lesions crop up. I’m assuming there’s a deeper cyst of pus below the skin because the nodule/lump under the skin in those areas are always larger than the pustule.
My largest problem area right now is the outer areas of my cheeks and my jawline. You can see the redness, the cysts and the pustules all around my jawline and underneath my jaw spreading down to my neck. It hurts an insane amount to even turn my head or tilt my head upwards because the stretching motion pulls on the cysts underneath.
My only saving grace right now is that it’s the fall again and that means scarf season. I’m being very careful to wash my scarves after every day — don’t worry, my collection of scarves is ridiculous enough for me to actually keep this up.
I’ll be making a haul/new regimen post soon, once everything I’ve purchased comes in.