Post # 32
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Yaz can take several months to start working, and things can get worse before they get better. It completely cleared up my hormonal acne after 4 months and it hasn’t come back since! So stick with it… it should help soon.
I used ProActiv for a while and it worked pretty well too. I second trying the Clarisonic brush.
I also used UV rays (tanning) as a periodic skin treatment to help clear the bacteria that causes acne. It doesn’t work quite as well with hormonal acne though.
Post # 33
has anyone ever used the oil cleansing method? its a method where you massage a mix of 25% castor oil (cleansing agent) with 75% EVOO or jojoba oil (mimics sebum and moisturizes) into your face, and then do a series of steams to cleanse your pores. ive read a lot of raves about it from acne-sufferers, but the thought of putting oil on my skin makes me cringe…
ive always consider myself to have oily acne prone skin. but the more and more i use products – prescription, over the counter, proactive, etc. – the more i think removing the oil and drying my skin is stripping it of all the good stuff it needs to glow and be healthy and i end up with dryiness, irritation, AND oiliness!
during the years i had clear skin (early 20s), i did very little to my skin and only used 1 or 2 products. at this point, my skin looks pretty washed out and uneven, and even when its oily/shiny, i often have dry patches or peeling in different areas. i think all the drying and stripping is making it over-produce oil…
i want an approach that will heal my skin and allow it to be healthy on its own. i really shouldnt be trying anything new just one month before my wedding huh? i just wish there was something that could work before my wedding…
Post # 34
Putting oil on your face is not as bad as it souds. And when you think about what happens when you mix oil and water, it totally makes sense as to why oil might be good.
I have used used both Yonka and DHL, which both use this idea of oil cleansing. My skin felt great with both programs, nice and moist as with lot of anti acne programs I end up with dry skin.
Extractions and microdermabrasion are much more effective with moist skin.
I do believe you have the right idea about using very few things on your face. After the microtreatments, I just wash and moisturize. The mositurizer I now use (skinceuticals) has won me over and it has oils in it.
I don’t know what the answer is for perfect skin all the time, but I think I am getting better at understanding what works for me. Microderm seems to make my daily skin care routine much easier.
I really wish you the best and CONGRATULATIONS!!! your wedding is just around the corner.
Perhaps what you really need is stress relief. Get a massage and relax, you are loved for you, and as far as the wedding day goes, most brides wear a fair bit of make-up. Easy for me to say not to worry so much about the program now, but maybe after the wedding stress dies dow you can focus on finding a program that works for you. And when you do, please post.
Post # 35
thanks for the encouragement mizunoheaven!
its all such a delicate balance – drinking enough water, eating the right foods, getting enough sleep, exercising, AND using the right products. i guess its best to focus on the bigger picture as im finding out what works for me.
Post # 37
I wanted to add—in addition to all the great advice you’ve received about acne treatments (and I totally feel ya there!), talk with your photographer about retouching too. I’m not talking about extensive work on every photo, but if there are a few photos you love, you can have him or her zap any errant zits completely! So no matter how bad your skin might decide to look on that day, there’s no need for you to ever fear looking back and hating all your photos.
I hope it looks great though! At the end of it, your happiness will shine through anything your skin will throw at you 🙂
Post # 38
This should make us all relax and feel a little better. Perhaps this will eliminate some stress and therefore some breakouts.