Fidus Large 1 Gallon/128oz Motivational Water Bottle with Time Marker & Straw – amazon.com 22.99Shop Now Before I even get into this update, I need to say this bottle really is leakproof. It has flown across my car, fallen out of my hands, and slipped off every surface in my apartment (I am very clumsy) and yet it has never leaked. When I started this journey, I went into it wanting three things: To feel better, because my allergies had me feeling tired and dehydrated all the time For my skin to clear up To curb my cravings I don’t think I’ll ever quite curb my food cravings, but I will say drinking 128 ounces of water a day makes you feel full for longer – which makes me snack less. I have to be mindful of what I am snacking on, since I am trying to make healthier choices, but I still always kind of want cookies. That might just be me. While the jury is still out on cravings, I can happily say that the first two have been accomplished. I felt better about my overall health after month one. I have more energy and I never wake up feeling sick anymore. Even on my bad allergy days. But my skin was really bad during months one and two. I cried a lot over it. I’m 30, I should not have painful, persistent acne like this! But by month three, I am happy to report my skin has cleared up and I feel pretty confident about it. How much water do you need to drink in a day? Even though this is the third installment in my journey, I feel it is necessary to reiterate how much water you should drink in a day. The most pressing emails I got after publishing the first article were the ones explaining that you don’t need to drink a gallon of water a day. It was never my intention to imply you needed to do it! I chose to do it to go on what you might call a “health journey.” Other readers expressed great concern about it being dangerous to drink this much water. So is it dangerous to drink a gallon of water a day? Not if you’re an active adult. A child should probably never consume 128 ounces of water. How much water you can and should consume in a day has to do with your age, weight, activity level, and overall health. Drinking too much water if you’re on certain common medications, such as Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Tylenol, can be dangerous, since they can cause your body to retain more water than usual. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has calculated that men need 3.7 liters (125 ounces) and women need 2.7 liters (91 ounces) of fluid a day. That being said, adults who are very physically active should consume more water. Drinking a Gallon of Water for a Month vs. Drinking a Gallon of Water for 3 Months On the left: You can see some fading acne scars on my forehead and the sides of my face. On the right: My clear skin (and my parent’s cat) a few days ago. Ana Suarez for Hearst Newspapers As I said at the end of month one, my skin was not looking so hot. I spent all of month two with a breakout that seemed to travel all over my face. The pimples were the deep, under-the-skin kind with whiteheads all around them. After my one-month article was published, I got a flood of emails from others who’ve been on this journey and experienced the same thing. Essentially, I had to push through, keep hydrating, and be patient. My patience (and tender care for my skin) helped me get through! At the time of writing, my skin has been clear for a few weeks. I am vehemently knocking on wood as I write this, so I don’t jinx anything. I had to nurse my skin back to health after the breakouts I experienced, but with a lot of water, patience, and moisturizer, I feel like I can say I have very glowy, dewy skin. On the left: I didn’t take any photos of my skin at it’s worst, because I felt awful. I had deep, under-the-skin pimples, with tons of white heads around them from mid-January to almost the end of February. This photo is some of my worst scars.On the right: My skin on the last day of March, clear and dewy. Ana Suarez for Hearst Newspapers So, if you’re trying this and frustrated, stay patient! I’ve never felt better about my skin than I do right now. If you also had some bad breakouts, I will say I have three CeraVe products I’ve used consistently to help with breakouts and acne scars. Once the breakouts got bad, I incorporated CeraVe Acne cleanser, because it has 4% Benzoyl Peroxide, Hyaluronic Acid, and Niacinamide, which are all excellent for treating acne. I found the wash worked better for me than any topical Benzoyl products I’d previously used. I now use this wash 1x a day in the mornings. I use the CeraVe Moisturizing cream every single day, twice a day, on my entire face and neck. I find it very soothing and hydrating for my skin. And finally, once the breakouts were closed and had begun to turn into acne scars, I started to use CeraVe Retinol. I only use it 2-3x a week, as it is strong and can irritate your skin if you overuse it. CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser – amazon.com 11.97Shop Now CeraVe Moisturizing Cream – amazon.com 16.08Shop Now CeraVe Retinol Serum for Post-Acne Marks and Skin Texture – amazon.com 16.97Shop Now And, for those of you who only want to know about weight loss, since I did get a lot of emails calling me “funny” for not including if I lost weight on this journey, I will say that I’ve lost 18 pounds this year. However, I must say, I started Noom mid-way through my 3-month water journey, which is what I’d attribute 13 of that 18 pounds to. Drinking water didn’t magically make me lose weight but it has been a contributing factor in my overall health journey.