Of course, the moment that I post an update about how my skin is the best it's been in months, I then end up with a series of pimples worse than before I started my new skin care routine. *Sigh* This is exactly what the struggle with acne is about. I'm being honest here... my skin is bad right now. To the point where I don't even want to leave the house this weekend and even my concealer isn't strong enough to cover my spots.
Friday morning I woke up to a patch of several large, painful pimples on one area of my chin. By Friday night, they were swollen and even worse. In my frustration, I did one of those acne no-nos and I picked and poked and squeezed at them. Of course, this made them even worse.
However, I'm not losing hope and I'm not going to let this get me down. I went back to the acne.org website and reread all the steps to see where I had gone wrong and it all started making sense. First, I hadn't been being nearly as gentle while applying the benzoyl peroxide as I should have been. Second and most importantly, I had been applying my moisturizer very roughly in that particular area of my chin because I was having some really dry skin there and wanted to really work in the moisturizer there. Now I realize that the extra rubbing probably irritated my skin, leading to the breakout.
So I'm going to let the acne take its course and I am now following the acne.org Regimen to the letter, exactly as it is recommended, using only the products that are recommended. More importantly, I am going to treat my pretty face with the kindness and gentleness that it deserves and hope that it shows its appreciation by clearing up and looking lovely again.