Hi everyone! Thanks again so much for your suggestions!
Yes sleep is so important, and I know my sleep schedule can be a bit all over the place (I am a night owl). However it has been improving slightly lately. Oh and I’ve also recently taken up yoga! I do try to do it everyday, it helps me sleep better actually. I do try not to put too much stuff on my face, I only wear makeup when I’m going out which isn’t very often, and I wash it immediately when I get home. I will look into maybe some simple homemade stuff. I can’t not have my moisturisers though! 🙂 What you said about the prescription companies not actually wanting you to get better is actually so true! And makes a lot of sense. It reminds me of when I first starting investigating my favourite products and realised that my favourite moisturizers (from Lancome and the like), were actually simultaneously making my skin drier, so that if I ever stopped using the product I would think how dry my face was and believe I needed to be on the product forever! It was only when I switched completely to cruelty free/mostly natural products that I ever saw real lasting improvement in my overall skin health. Thanks again for sharing your story!
Oh I’ve actually never heard of that! I will definitely look into trying some of those, since I’m sure my acne is mostly hormonal.
I will look into getting some full strength tea tree for my bad spots. I’m currently using a Tea Tree Toner which seems to be slowly helping, but maybe something less diluted for the bad spots will be helpful.
And funny thing, even though I’m acne prone, I’m not at all oily! In face, my skin leans very dehydrated and a bit dry at times, so I moisturize like mental. Usually a Vitamin E serum, then some sort of oil (Jojoba, Rosehip etc), then if it’s feeling particularly dry or tight, a cream moisturizer at night. This combination, as well as drinking lots of water, has helped my skin go from unsufferably dry and uncomfortable, to pretty supple and plump. But if I ever stopped my routine I have no doubt it would get crap again lol. That’s my one saving grace with this most recent bout of breakouts, when I was younger and using crap drugstore products, I had bad acne AND flaking dry skin so foundation just looked cakey and dull and settled in every fine line, making my otherwise young face look ten years older. I was so miserable! So at least now my skin isn’t as dry and is actually pretty good, so all I have to worry about is the acne…yay for silver linings am I right.
It depends on what the pill is! I’m happy to take like herbal pills daily indefinitely, but I really don’t want to be on a manmade medication long term.
Oh I’ve never actually heard of Green Tea products! You say they are good to stop oil production, does that mean they’re mostly for oily skin? Mine leans dry and dehydrated.
Yes I’ve actually been researching some good Salicilyic Acid washes, I’ve heard they work for my friends. I might as well try it, the B.P is just so so harsh on my skin, it combined with the Retinoid gel I’m using makes my skin feel like it’s being chemically peeled 🙁 So I’m willing to try anything else! I will lok into Paula’s Choice, I have heard of that line, so will do some research 🙂
That’s interesting! I never thought I would be allergic or intolerant to gluten, but then I thought the same thing with dairy. Then the moment I cut it out my skin started being a bit tamer, I was nauseas less often, and now when I have more than a dash of milk in my coffee or something I get really queezy! I have noticed that if I eat a lot of bread I’ll feel very uncomfortably in my belly, but I think that probably has more to do with the complexity of the wheat. Ie. I eat wholewheat pasta without issue. I have been trying to cut out most processed foods, because I notice now that they usually don’t agree with me and leave me feeling crap for days.
I have also found those lifestyle changes to be very helpful! Even though I’m complaining about my acne breakout now, it still is not the worst I’ve ever had (mostly shallow breakouts all across my face rather than the painful cystic acne I used to get), and I attribute a lot of that to my dietary changes and the fact I drink a lot more water than I used to.