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A daily account of my experience on the regimen.

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Hello friends!

I am so sorry (assuming anyone here was waiting for a follow-up) that I haven't posted in fo'evs!

As I mentioned in my previous (what was that, a thousand years ago?) post, I was moving, starting classes, working, etc.

Anywho. I made a video yesterday about my 'acne story' and I will provide the link below. It includes some updates about how my skin is doing on the regimen.

Until the next post,

Sierra (aka, 'Sunnivita').

Here is el link:

I am in the process of moving and I'll be uploading a video about my progress on the regimen as soon as chaos become relatively non-existant. I'm eight days away from starting fall term and I think my skin is adjusted to the full amount of bp by now (no, I don't feel as calm as that sentence would have you think). I am getting clearer and clearer every day and since there aren't any "bumps" on my skin anymore (just hyperpigmentation), I can achieve a clear look wearing only concealer. I've been on DKR for barely a month and I am already impressed with the results. I believe that as an acne sufferer, I've become hypersensitive to small changes in my skin and although to people who don't suffer from acne, these differences might seem negligible, I really do know that my skin has improved vastly. It is hard for all of us here to view any treatment without skepticism, especially if we've tried 'everything', but I am optimistic about this. It's not just that 'high' period you get from trying something new and having that initial 'faith'- The optimism comes directly from the observations I've seen in the condition of my skin.

I am still waiting for my jojoba oil and AHA. As I've explained before, I've been using coconut oil since running out of jojoba oil, but my plan is to go back to the jojoba because science says it's the best you can use for facial skin, as it mimicks the sebum we produce naturally. There is no such research saying coconut oil is its equivalent, I just use it because I like it and I'm stubborn and more often than I'd like, I read studies selectively. Anywho. There's no way I'll run out of jojoba oil this time as the bottle is 8oz and in oil life that's like- immortality.

I just ordered some jojoba oil and AHA, so that's happening. In other news, I've been using the full amount of benzyol peroxide for about a week now and lemme tell you- The improvement is evident. I swear to Zeus I only have one almost-gone pimple. Okay, this may be tmi for some of you, but it is of relative importance to note that I am on my period and this is the amount of active acne I have. One pimple.

This is unbelievable. It's amazing and wonderful and awesome and all good things! I have hyperpigmentation, of course, but the skin is smooth. Now I'm just waiting for the AHA so that I can see if there is any improvement in the elimination of dead skin cells.

My internet has been a butt lately, but thankfully my university library isn't far. Today, the focus of my update will be all of the rule's I've totally not followed on DKR plus some things I've noticed since starting the full amount of bp. Okay, so I went into this thinking that I would follow every rule and never deviate from Dan's meticulously specific directions. The fact is- Life happened.

Deviation 1:

I don't think I've ever been as gentle as Dan suggests. I don't scrub, but I do rub. Especially in the clear places where I don't break out (the flakes are just too cumbersome, otherwise). Have I broken out horribly as a direct result of doing this? Who knows. The variable isn't controlled enough for me to answer that question. I have broken out, but there were many other things to consider such as the purge, my period breakout, random chance, etc.

Deviation 2:

I ran out of jojoba oil pretty early on because I was using an almost empty 2oz bottle and started using coconut oil (shocked gasps were heard all around). I know. I could've easily gone to a whole foods store and bought some, but the thing is, I wanted to try out the coconut oil. Now, the real shocker. I have not broken out, my flakes are under control, and that red rash I talked about a few posts back is completely gone (that thing lasted SO long). It's amazing, I love coconut oil. I know that the rash I had developed on my neck is gone because of coconut oil. I say this because I had similar ones on my arms way back in the day and they disappeared shortly after I used coconut oil. So... I'm going to be daring here and say that since studies and some amateur observation on my part say that coconut oil is good for irritation, that it has helped my skin in this situation as well.

Deviation 3:

I did the unthinkable and used my Clarisonic. Since I'm not really scrubbing my face or using an exfoliating cleanser, the flakes usually cause some serious clogging of pores (no, this is not due to the coconut oil because I noticed it way before I started using it). I'm really not sure where the "stuff" is coming from, but my pores and the stuff inside them became pretty visible a little after starting DKR. My chin and nose were the most affected areas and since I've never really broken out on those areas, I used my Clarisonic to clean out the gunk. It actually worked and now I feel my face is clean- and I haven't broken out.

Deviation 4:

I skipped a day. Okay, that was totally accidental. I took a "nap" once around 7pm and it quickly became much more than that. Long story short, I woke up next morning and realized that I'd skipped my night routine. I don't think it made a difference, but I'll try not to do that again.


I understand that in order to instill legitimacy, there must be a certain amount of rigidity. That being said, I also know that subjectivity is such a human trait that every experience is vulnerable to it. I am not in any way suggesting that because I have not suffered because of my deviations from DKR that you will have the same experience. I am simply putting it out there that if you make a mistake or two or tweak your regimen in any way that you're probably not done for.

The Good News!

Other than one pimple on my cheek, my face feels very smooth. Of course I still have hyperpigmentation, but if I close my eyes and ignore that part, I know that the regimen is working. The dryness is pretty much gone, and I can wear concealer now with great results. Also, I started using the full amount of bp two days ago and I swear my skin is reacting totally fine. I don't know if the coconut oil is doing its calming thing, but my skin isn't even red. I am happy :).

Since last I wrote, I let you guys know that I started using about half a finger's length more of benzyol peroxide than usual, so I am using 3/4 of the ideal amount, which would be two finger's length. *I guess I was never really precise in describing what "a finger's length actually means", so here goes. I ordered the 8oz treatment so it doesn't come with the pump. Those of you that have the pump know that the amount you're working up to is two pumps. I sort of very freely assumed that the amount used to cover two fingers would be the equivalent of two pumps (that assumption is most very likely flawed). Of course I realize that the differences between finger lengths between individuals and the fingers themselves must be taken into account and that this crude measurement system may not work for everyone. Just for reference, the length of my fingers are as follows: Index finger, 6.6cm or 2.6in; Middle finger, 7.7cm or 3in. Let's just say that this form of monitoring the amount of bp you'll be applying is supremely personalized. Unless you end up buying the treatment version that comes with the pump dispenser. In that case, the measurements will be legit and much simpler.

So now that that's cleared up, I can explain how this small increase affected my skin. The redness is back, my friends. I had not commented on this fact before, but every time, since I began using the products, right after I applied the moisturizer, my skin would sting. I've been dismissing it as normal, and rationalized it by assuming that it was caused by some sort of reaction between the bp and the moisturizer. Note that I always allow each layer to dry completely and I am strict on this matter, so I'm confused as to what is the cause. I had also assumed that the redness was caused by that irritation. Anywho. Before adding the extra half-pump*, my skin had been rid of the redness for about a week- It was just dry. Today, the morning after applying more bp, I woke up with a red face. I know that my skin will adjust in the next couple of days but I just wanted to comment on these happenings to relay the importance of allowing time for adjustment. If you have something coming up (like the beginning of the new school year), this allowance of time will prevent you from going through an I-want-to-skip-class period.

I know that all the blogs on this site are from very personal experiences and that we can never give someone a precise idea of what they themselves can experience on DKR, but as always, the hope is that someone out there will benefit from our observations. Good luck to all of you! :)

Yeah, If Dr. Who episodes weren't so long, and I so inclined to watch them, I'd be a much more productive blogger. There really isn't much to say today, so I forgive myself and deem my Dr. watching a noble and deeply enjoyable pastime. The Regimen happenings of the day are as follows: I really want to be adjusted to the full amount of benzyol peroxide by the time classes start (about 20 days from now- YIKES!), so last night, I upped the amount of bp I'm using by half a finger's length. The goal is to get to two full fingers' length of bp in about 10 days. My skin doesn't look worse as a result and the dryness hasn't really increased, so I'm a happy camper. Almost all the active pimples on my face (about 3) are now fully dry, so I'm hoping that I will be one of those people who stop breaking out altogether within one month. That said, I'm hoping that the encouragement I'm getting from fellow bloggers proves to be more than genuine good will and that this rough skin issue I'm having will soon disipate. I'm also looking forward to starting on the AHA in a few weeks. Today is officially my 14th day on The Regimen, so let's say... 14 more days? :)

As you'll notice from the title, I'm cramming three days' worth of updates into one post. I was deep in hibernation after finals and unwilling to move much for the last day or so and that's why I neglected this blog which I promised myself would be updated daily. Anywho. In my last post, I said that I had broken out quite a bit on my neck and right below my jawline- Basically, as close to the main "face area" as possible. To compensate for this, I started applying benzyol peroxide to about halfway down my neck. Two words- Elephant skin. Pink elephant skin. The benzyol peroxide really did a number on my neck and it itches, man. IT. ITCHES. On the plus side, the pimples that had appeared so enthusiastically, with such high hopes of destroying my face and optimism, are already shriveled up and one Jim Carrey gesture away from flaking off into whatever I'm eating (I know that image was gross. But you have to admit that the flakes be flyin' all over the place without discriminating between food, drink, the air you're sharing with other people, etc). Speaking of flakiness, although I've taken care of most of it by being overzealous with the moisturizer and jojoba oil, my face still has a tough texture. I bet if I were to zoom into my skin with a microscope, I'd have a superb setting for a western film. Makeup: Don't do it. It adds definition, separates, and enhances each individual flake. A good look for your lashes, NOT a good look for your skin. Right now, I'm not obliged to see or be seen by anyone though, so I don't have a problem with going bare. If you're not as fortunate, I'd say ignore the "less is more" regarding moisturizer and obey it regarding makeup.

So I have a theory that my acne has a really bad case of separation anxiety. Also, I think that there are some real superheroes among them who keep trying to fight the bp by setting up camps on the outskirts of my face, vigilantly awaiting any chance to ambush. I say this because I've been getting some painful singles on my neck and one just manifested on the very edge of my face, close to my right ear (a real brave'un). Like- out of nowhere! Must be a ninja... The new pimples are not visible, because they're underneath my jaw, but I think this marks the beginning of "the purge". It's as if my acne were a population and my face the only populated city in the universe of my body. The usual hang-out spots are danger zones for p.acnes, now that benzyol peroxide's moved in. So now, some attached locals are just hanging out on the the edges of my face in hopes that I'll forget to apply benzyol peroxide some day. I have a feeling that I'll be one of those people who'll have to stay on the regimen for an indefinite amount of time. Right now, I've just decided to deal with the issue by applying bp as far down my neck as possible. Hopefully this will discourage the brave ones from trying to save their kind. Superheroes are good, but can you imagine the pimple version of The Hulk? :o

Night Routine:

So I found the solution to the extremely uncomfortable skin problem. Someone somewhere (thank you so much, Sir/Madam) mentioned that exfoliating with jojoba oil before the treatment step was a good way of keeping dry skin at bay, however I was a bit worried that doing that would influence the effectiveness of the benzoyl peroxide afterward. Instead, I used a very generous amount of jojoba oil and massaged it into my skin before doing the cleanser step. I let the jojoba oil do its thang for about 10 minutes and then proceeded as usual. I also really went to town with the moisturizing step, again sleeping face up to prevent myself from rubbing it off into my pillows. Woke up the next morning and BAM- (*angels singing*) I found the cure to itchiness and flakes. Don't get me wrong, I still have dry skin, but I found that drenching your skin in moisturizer at night really improves the condition of your skin in the morning and cures the itchiness almost completely. I was at a point the last few days where I thought the itchiness was going to eventually discourage me from continuing with the regimen.


On another topic: Sunscreen. With much hesitation, I'm obliged to go outside on a daily basis excepting weekends (although I suspect I won't get away with that for as long as I'd like to). I've always been a fan of sunscreen, so I'm used to applying it and I think I have a good suggestion for anyone out there looking for a good sunscreen. Before I started the regimen, I came across a really good sunscreen: Total Block by Fallene in SPF 65. I personally prefer a sunblock with high SPF and the ones suggested on this site are all too low for my taste. The reason I think Total Block would be an ideal sunscreen for people on the regimen is because it uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, both physical sunscreens, which are much better for your skin than chemical ones. Also, Total Block is really moisturizing (you'll have to let it dry for a bit) and although I bought the one that dries clear, you can purchase the tinted version which allows you to customize your own color (the pigment and sunblock come separately, so you can mix your shades yourself). So, there you go: Physical sunscreen, high SPF, moisturizing for 'dem flakes, and available in a tinted version (for those of you not wanting to deal with the issue of makeup).

Here is a link to amazon if you would like to look at reviews or purchase it:

Coconut Oil:

When I purchased Dan's three step system, I did not buy the jojoba oil because I already had some. Wrong move. I assumed that since it was oil, I wouldn't be using that much and that the 1oz I had left in a bottle I bought a while back would last me. Never have I been so wrong. Long story short, I have a few drops left and I'm panicking. Jojoba oil has been the cure to the horrible dry skin I was having in the past few days. My question is: Can I use coconut oil on my face? I LOVE coconut oil and it loves me back. I've been using Barlean's Extra Virgin Coconut Oil for oil pulling and moisturizing my skin after showers for some time now and it has been so good to me, I have pledged exclusivity. However, I don't want to put any pressure on our relationship by expecting it to get along with my facial skin as well. What's the word on coconut oil and acne-prone skin? I've done some research, but I suppose since this is an acne community, there would be better answers here.

The horribleness of "the flaky period" is upon me in full force. My skin is really hard to ignore and I've been seriously considering how much scraping off my skin would hurt for the last few hours. I've never really scraped off my skin, so I can't really decide whether the pain would be greater than the itchiness (I'm also afraid that at this point, I would prefer the pain). I am really piling on the moisturizer and jojoba oil, but there seems to be no escape. My eyes itch, I think from the proximity to benzyol peroxide (they water without any warning at all and feel gritty). I'm afraid to go on-campus in case my flaked-off skin/pink-watery-eyes should provoke speculation about the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. Really. I've been haunting the message boards here trying to find some solution and some people are still complaining about dryness 23 days in, 46 days in... I can definitely see why some people quit altogether. I've committed to the regimen though, so I know I still have a long way to go. Man. I'm panicking about the time I'll have to live like this. Keep reminding myself that acne is worse than dryness (relativity has been playing an active role in many aspects of my life lately). Plus I AM curious to see whether the regimen works. I've got three days until summer classes end and one month-ish until regular term begins. I'd like to be rid of this uncomfortableness by then (fingers crossed).

I tend to overdo stuff. Over-think, over-talk, over-write, over-listen to favorite songs, and over-do. My transition from "a pea-sized amount" of benzyol peroxide to a full finger's length amount was not subtle, which is why I may be dealing with the hellish condition my skin is in now. Anywho. It's too late to go back now and I won't reduce the amount of benzyol peroxide I'm using because I've read that it will only increase the duration of "flaky period" (really, that phrase should be followed by a Danny Elfman composition). And man, does that phrase need to be more all-encompasing. Flakiness is really only a minor side-effect, horrible only because it's so visibly offensive. The dryness/itchiness/tightness/roughness are the real culprits. I feel as if there is a huge rash covering my face and I'm terrified that when I'm asleep, my body will indulge in a full-out itching episode. I had to go to campus this morning because I had an exam and homework to turn in. I swear it was physically painful. However, I was too numb from staying up all night studying to be fully attentive to my skin's condition. Before going to bed, I applied a LOT of moisturizer infused with jojoba oil. Hopefully tomorrow my skin will be in a better condition.

Last night I really drenched my skin in jojoba oil before going to bed and slept face up for as long as I was aware of my body's position. I think that the foresight of last night really helped my skin's condition this morning- It felt a lot more comfortable immediately after waking up. That being said, after the morning regimen, my skin continued to get dry throughout the day and I finally saw the notorious flakes I'd been dreading. I also got two new pimples, one right in the middle of what used to be the soft underside of my neck and another in the hollow of my left cheek (the latter place is normal for me). Not looking forward to tomorrow's skin condition.

My skin today was extremely uncomfortable. It's not yet flaking but it is cracked, dry, and almost unbearibly itchy. My skin feels like it is covered with one huge rash. It is the weekend, so I did not go outside. Neither do I plan to as my skin is not eye-friendly. I have not increased the amount of benzyol peroxide, still using the amount used to cover my index finger. I'm really becoming fond of the jojoba oil though because it really adds moisturizing power to Dan's formula. I'm dreading tomorrow because I know the itchiness cannot subside after having just begun.

I went ahead and used a full finger's length of benzyol peroxide morning and night. Perhaps I went too fast, but it's done now. The condition of my skin today was as follows: Skin feels rough and the dryness is definitely kicking in, especially around my eyes and mouth. I'm not seeing any flaking yet, but the dryness is causing the very surface of my facial skin to be tight and move unnaturally when I contort my expression. I'm pretty sure that this tightness is what precedes the flaking period.

My skin finally started to feel a little dry today, not uncomfortable in any way, just a mild tightness all over my face which was taken care of with a few drops of jojoba oil. I also got two new pimples in places I normally don't break out, inside my eyebrow and above my lip. I know that there is supposed to be a "purging period", so I'm not worried. Plus I'm used to breaking out. I used the amount of benzyol peroxide used to cover the entire length of my index finger during my night application. I'll use the same amount in the morning if my skin is not overly dry.

I didn't feel or see any difference in my skin this morning and I wasn't expecting to either. However, since my skin was not overly dry from the benzyol peroxide I used last night, I went ahead and used the same amount (see Day 1) as yesterday both morning and night.

So excited to finally try out the regimen. I ordered the cleanser, treatment, and moisturizer from (I already have some jojoba oil) and I just finished washing, cleansing, and treating my skin. Because I've only applied the system once, I can't really talk about the effectiveness yet. I can however, talk about everything else. The time it takes to finish with the entire process is around 40 minutes. I'm thinking that I'll have to take that time into consideration when I do the regimen in the mornings before class. I have a feeling I'll have to become very deft at this if I ever want the regimen to feel natural in my daily routine. Non of the products leave residue on the skin which is very relieving to find out (I've bought benzyol peroxide from drugstores before and all the brands I've tried never really sink into the skin. Instead, they sit on top and when you apply anything else over it, it peels off sort of like glue does from your fingers when it dries). None of the products leave a lingering smell and they seem to compliment each other well. The amount of benzyol peroxide I used today was the amount it takes to cover the tip of my index finger. If my skin seems alright tomorrow morning, I will use this amount both morning and night.

P.S: I am currently on my 8th day of the regimen and have kept a daily log about my progress. Today, I am transferring everything to this blog. I'll continue to update here.

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