My journey with acne has lasted 24 years. I started getting little pimples in my forehead region when I was 10. It was really bad when I'd get one in the middle of my forehead in the fifth grade and the kids would say I had a "Hindu dot" (Actually its a Bindi but thats a fairly rude thing to say either way). Thus began a 24 year long battle of moderate acne, pimples, nodules, cysts, white heads, black heads...
Suddenly I became aware that I had these ugly red bumps on my face and I felt super self conscious.
When I was a teenager I didnt really do much to tackle the problem. I didnt know I could! It wasnt that bad when I was a teenager but as I got older, in my late teens and through out my twenties, it was a moderate problem. I would get some pretty big nasty bumps and even hard nodules. Those were the worst. They were painful as hell and all I wanted to do was get rid of them IMMEDIATELY. I would get them on my chin and sometimes I'd even get a nodule in my eyebrow area. I hate to say it but I would use razor blades (yep) to slice them, I was angry that they were there marring my face. As if I didnt have enough things wrong with my appearance, I had to have acne too?
So I'd use razor blades to slice them open and watch the blood and water come out and they'd shrink and I'd put BP on them. Not really recommended at all. I'm fortunate that didnt cause permanent scarring.
I never got nodular acne very often, thank goodness, but when I did, it would end up a giant scab on my face that seemed to SCREAM out to people "LOOK HERE AND NOT INTO MY EYES".
I've had to endure comments from people like "I think makeup causes acne". YEEAH REALLY? I never wore the stuff until I was AT LEAST 19 and I started getting acne at age 10. So shove that theory up your ass!
I also had to endure my grandmother marching me to the bathroom and insisting I scrub my face because of my awful blackheads. Jeez I was just a kid, I didnt even know what the hell blackheads were!
I also had to endure a thoughtless friend saying "Agh! I got a pimple! Does it make me look ugly?" and my reply was "I dont know, do MINE make me look ugly?" She had ONE and I had dozens of them. Why don't people think before they speak?
Well now I'm 34 and I'm happy to say my acne is more mild now than moderate but as any acne sufferer knows any amount is really too much.
Cover up, concealer and foundation have been my constant companions and to tell you the truth I'd really just love to leave it all behind and feel comfortable and confident enough to go in public without that stuff on.
Very recently I took to purchasing a black head remover. Dont know how Dan feels about these but most of my problems are with black head and very small whiteheads. I felt these can be easily removed with minimal damage with the remover. Yep it did the trick but I Caused some heavy damage to my chin just scraping grease away. The tissues became inflamed, swollen, and oddly enough, like nodular acne, full of water. Oh well its on its way to healing and its about the size of a dime so whatever. I think the black head remover will be too irritating to continue using since I'm rather vicious with it.
I get some small acne on my cheeks, the occasional large zit, but the area around my mouth, and chin is the big problem. I get so many little problems around my mouth area it's ridiculous. Blackheads, white heads, and in that sensitive area you know how excruciating they are! Lately my "regimen" has just been daily washing and BP. I tend to scrub pretty hard but watching Dan's video its plain to me I've been abusing my face, lol.
So today was shopping day and I got some moisturizer and a new tube of BP. I already had facial cleanser at home and hey! It was safe to use according to Dan's rules. Here is what I am using!
Cleanser: PHisoderm (clear liquid) PH clinical for blemish prone
Moisturizer: Nutrogena oil free for sensitive skin (non-clogging)
Moisturizer: Jojoba oil mixed in with nutrogena!
BP: 5% BP by clean and clear. *
*Dan does not recommend using 5% because it will cause more redness and irritation. The reason I am is because I have been using 5% BP for a while and have had nooooo problem with redness and irritation. Yes, its drying, but not really a problem other than that. I cannot use as much as is shown in his video because I have a small tube, but I figured because its 5% I should probably need less????? You'd think... I also cannot find 2.5% here and not in large bottle. Honestly the stuff is really expensive. I wish acne wasn't so expensive! FFFF!
So folks, today was my first day, my practice run at doing Dan's regimen. Hope it works. I will post pictures of how my skin looks now, later.
I gotta admit I HATE using moisturizers though because I never do, as it makes my skin feel gross, wet and oily. Hopefully that jojoba oil I added will keep my own sebum from losing its sh!t all over my face.