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Week 15: I Dare To Say The Regimen Is Working Out~

Posted by birdreem, 20 May 2013 · 697 views

regimen healing hyperpigmentation
I think it's been about 2 weeks as I promised to update about how I'm doing so far (see pics below). I think The Regimen (Daniel Kern's) is working (the 2nd time around, that is---read my first post about this whole "2nd time around" process). 
What do you think? 
Most of what I see in the mirror is hyperpigmentation; sadly, I believe it's going to be a long while until most of that discoloration heals/fades. I do have some breakouts still happening on my jawline and cheeks, but nothing currently on my forehead or chin (hence no photos) and the breakouts are healing much faster than they used to. I'm hoping I'll be lucky and have very minimal actual scarring because when I look at my face at an angle in the light, I don't see too, too much actual damage to my skin; just a lot of discoloration...
 
While I'm bummed it's taking so long for my acne to clear up with DKR, I read another person's "pinned" post about how long it took her to heal and I think I'm in her situation. I'll take it, for I certainly feel much better than I did when I started!
The nicest thing (outside of my cystic acne now healing) is that I've finally gotten over the flakiness phase with BP. No more redness or flaking; yay! I'm following DKR exactly, but I did have to take the dosage ramp-up a lot slower than he recommends due to my frustration with the flakiness and redness and not wanting to overdo it...I do love jojoba oil for sure. 
Well, so far so good (I think), I'll come back in another 2 weeks to give another photo and blog update and ask what you think about the progress...
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Hi,

I don't think you should avoid a dermatologist. I don't think the regimen is working and you need stronger medications. I recommend, 1st. benzaclin, 2nd. retin-a, 3rd. amoxicillin antibiotic for the cysts and topical clindamycin in gel or lotion form. Accutane is also a good option. Typically benzoyl peroxide can only treat mild acne. Your case looks like mine was before I started my own "regimen" of the products I just listed. You are a beautiful woman so I don't want you to take my comments as criticism.Peace!

hi there! thanks for your thoughtful comments; i appreciate them! i'm afraid most of that won't work for me currently since i am still breastfeeding; particularly the chronic antibiotics and accutane, of course. sigh. ;) i had quite bad acne a few years ago when i started using the DKR for BP and it worked very well; i'm seeing tremendous improvement already. my skin is nothing like it was 2 months ago. of course, we'll see if it can clear up as it did before when i first went on DKR back then. i've also tried all those other topicals in the past that you mentioned and they didn't actually work for me when i had very bad acne back then, sadly. 

i'm doing my best with this crazy hormonal/postpartum acne situation and so far i'm clearing up, just very slowly and with a lot of hyperpigmentation...

If you'rebreast feeding that is a game changer for sure. I still thing you could benefit immensely from amoxil or keflex and to my knowledge it is harmless to a breast feeding in fant. I agree that accutane is a big no no. I know its dangerouus to fetuses in terms of serious birth defects. As for the possibility the accutane is excreted in breast milk I am not certain. Ill have to do some research on that. Your acne is severe and cystic nd I think, as a breast feeding mother you should fully disclose that to a dermatologist of your choice and get
Seriouus treatment to the extent possibloe in consiederaation of the fact that you are a new mom. Good luck!

I too am on accutane at 80mg a day, when can I expect to get past the flakey phase. I too have cystic acne especially on my chest/back its really bad! Looks like you're starting to see some results. I'm almost 2 months in and I've heard this is the rough patch and after about 3 months it starts to get progressively better. Should I avoid picking or popping cysts?

I too am on accutane at 80mg a day, when can I expect to get past the flakey phase. I too have cystic acne especially on my chest/back its really bad! Looks like you're starting to see some results. I'm almost 2 months in and I've heard this is the rough patch and after about 3 months it starts to get progressively better. Should I avoid picking or popping cysts?

Hi, mtallia----I wish I had some words of wisdom for you but I'm not on Accutane. I'm using Daniel Kern's Regimen (aka, The Regimen) which involves using Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% in a very specific way. I know there are a TON of bloggers in this Acne.org community though that are using Accutane, though and I'm sure their info would be most helpful!

However, I do wanna say that I personally think you should avoid popping---gosh, I so understand how tempting it is but I think the scarring isn't worth it! And man, are scars bad when you compare picking to not picking. Just let them heal on their own. Even though I'm not on Accutane, my acne as you can see is pretty bad and is getting better---not just due to what I'm doing to treat it, but, in my opinion, also because I haven't been picking and spreading around the bacteria and making my skin sensitive from even more open 'wounds' than there already are. Just try and be patient; I know it's super painful, though. It'll be worth the wait, especially if Accutane truly works out for you!

good luck!