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The last week has been much better than when I last posted. First, the jojoba oil I bought from Whole Foods worked like a charm! I also learned this weekend that Trader Joe's carries jojoba oil as well so I bought theirs too. The Whole Foods one only dispensed 6 or so drops at a time and I was getting too oily. The Trader Joe's version lets me tailor how much I need, drop by drop. I've found 3-4 drops is more than enough. Anyway, adding the jojoba oil has made a big difference and helped the flakiness subside. I plan to use it at least 1x a day (probably at night) or 2x a day if I'm really dry. If you've not tried it yet and are experiencing dryness, I HIGHLY recommend you give jojoba oil a shot.

This week, I've had one large new cyst but it's toward the back part of my jawline, almost underneath the edge so not very noticeable. I don't mind it much and felt I've had a few days of peace on the acne front. Of course, as soon as I thought that, I had a little whitehead pop-up with some redness underneath by my mouth. Hopefully that will go away quickly. I have a family reunion this weekend and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for some acne free skin. I've got enough to deal with with the scars.

New minor pimples: 2 (one near my mouth, another by my hairline on my forehead)

New major/cystic pimples: 1 (near my jawline, toward the rear / almost underneath the jaw)

Healing pimples: 2 (the big one on my cheek has flattened, can still feel it but it's much better now... and the one from last week near my jaw / mouth).

A few set-backs since I last wrote. #1) that moderate pimple turned into a cyst yesterday. It came to a head last night but little came out when I tried to pop it. Tried again this morning & had better luck. Exciting because it should flatten out now right? Wrong. This evening, it remains raised in all of its inflamed glory. However frustrated I am, I'm distracted by issue #2) DRYNESS. FLAKINESS. SCALES. out of nowhere, my skin has gone from taught from the BP to full out scaly and flaky. It was so bad that I did not put on any BP this morning. I considered not putting on any this evening too except that I spent most of the day at work googling what to do about my new found scales.

Dealing with #2) Dryness. I came across a post on that talked about massaging the dry skin with jojoba oil. Another post talked about the benefits of adding AHA+ every few days. Exfoliating has not worked at all so I decided to try one of these previously mentioned methods. I was afraid to keep using the BP on such dry, irritated skin. It's not red, but clearly not in a state to respond favorably to the treatment. I tried to buy the jojoba oil at Target but surprisingly did not find it. Apparently most of America has much better skin than I do and is not on the Regimen. Luckily, my friends like you : ) made some great recommendations on where I can pick this stuff up. I tried Whole Foods on one of your suggestions and found it immediately. I read that the organic kind is the best and that's what Whole Foods carried. It smells nice too, added bonus. I came home after work and purchasing, washed my face (gently), mixed some jojoba oil with moisturizer, and let it sit on my skin as a mask of sorts for 1.5 hours. I just washed it off and while I was still dry, I felt my skin was able to handle tonight's BP treatment.

Back to #1) Still Developing Cysts That Refuse to Leave. I don't understand why my pimples get so inflamed, fester, love me so much they refuse to come to a head, and then leave a mark to remind me it was there (I remember, trust me!). I was half joking with my sister the other day that I should really name these things---kind of like how hurricanes are named. They start off as tropical storms, warning signals go off, then they die out or come at me full fury. I think my moderate pimples and cysts deserve their own names. I can at least keep track of them and tell you about the devastation (scars) they leave in their wake. Just like hurricanes, my lovely cysts will have people names and will be named alphabetically in order of appearance.

Agatha (June 15th) - deep cystic & painful, right along my jawline. luckily, somewhat tucked away but very very large. took 3x to pop, lots came from it when it finally gave way. took 2 weeks to fully flatten out.

Bertha (June 24th) - this was/is the unforgettable cyst that formed in the center of my cheek for all to see. became extremely inflamed and was super painful. never came to a head, still has a raised bump almost 3 weeks later.

Caroline (June 24th) - adding insult to injury, Bertha's sister popped up and really made my skin look awful. It took 1.5 weeks to go but is now flat. I cover the mark it left every day with make-up.

Dylan (July 11th) - inflamed and refuses to flatten despite having popped/drained it 2x already

Minor pimples: 1 (excited!)

Moderate pimples: luckily no new ones at this time

Active Cysts: Dylan <sigh>

Healing Cysts: Big Bertha, flat enough to where it doesn't bother me too much but still raised and noticeable

Thanks for listening : ) hope you all have a great week!

Hi everyone,

So I am 10 days into the Regimen. I've experienced a fair amount of dryness, as promised. I haven't tried the jojoba oil because I'm afraid to add oil to my skin, but I have used lots and lots of moisturizer. I've been especially dry on my chin and around my mouth. I've been pretty impressed by Dan's treatment --- it dries clear, is really lightweight, and allows me to put on my make-up after moisturizer without it looking fake or strange.

The big cyst on my right cheek is still there : ( it just won't come to a head which is pretty unusual for me. Usually these things come to a head sooner or later. The good news is that it has subsided considerably. The bad news is that it's still a big honker... very noticeable. I hate avoiding social situations just because of my skin, but I'm dreading going out of town this weekend. All around me are people with perfect skin. I hate feeling sorry for myself when I have so much to be thankful for but sometimes it's just really hard..

Anyway! Here is my breakout summary/status below.

Minor pimples: 2 new (one on forehead, one on cheek); the good news is that i've actually had 2-3 come and go within the last week on their own... i think they were intimidated by the twice daily application of BP. love it!

Moderate pimples: sadly, one underground is starting to surface near my mouth and threatens my weekend with its presence

Severe/cystic: the one on my cheek remains. I did have another one last week that took a while to subside, I can still feel its remnants but it is flat now.

Crossing my fingers that I'll see more improvement and hopefully clearing this week!

Week 1

I wish I could say this is my first blog and that I'm surprised by how badly my skin has been behaving. Unfortunately, acne is all too familiar a story for me. I'm 30/F and have dealt with acne for more than half my life. I've been on Accutane 3x and yet my cystic acne keeps coming back. The most my acne stayed away was for 7-8 years the first time I was on Accutane... but the next two times my acne came back after 2 years. The combination of Retin-A and Duac has helped me stay somewhat clear but it's never a guarantee. I honestly believe the best thing for my acne has been ulta low dose Accutane treatment (which I followed the 3rd time on Accutane) but with all the regulations and requirements around it, I'm not sure it's a viable long-term solution.

These days, both Accutane and Retin-A are off limits to me because my husband and I want to start a family. He prefers that I do not use Retin-A while we are trying to get pregnant. I stopped the Retin-A and there it was. Hello cystic acne. It came back with a vengeance. So embarassing... going to work with huge cysts every day. It's not terrible, only 1 or 2 at a time but they are big and red and scar.

After doing tons of research online, on the verge of tears, I came across many positive reviews for the Regimen. The video reviews convinced me to give it a try. And so, I started this past Monday, July 1st. I'll update this blog once a week and let you know how it goes! Wish me luck : )

# of mild/moderate pimples: 0

# of cysts: 2 (right cheek, 1 is particularly huge and refuses to come to a head or go away)

# of healing pimples: 2

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