I totally feel you about the haircuts. I used to absolutely dread the irritation and the image of my troubled skin in the mirror before I started the Regimen. I hope you find a treatment that works for your skin...the bike riding sounds like an awesome and cathartic way of relieving stress!
I moisturize daily on the Regimen (I just don't use the BP and AHA during the day) but what I do during the day is mix jojoba oil with a very light moisturizer. The one I've found that works best for me is Neutrogena Oil-Free moisturizer for combination skin.
And then at night I do the full Regimen of Dan's BP, AHA, and a thick Cetaphil moisturizer.
A possible option for you would be to use the Regimen only at night instead of twice daily (that's how I currently use the Regimen) it cut down on the dryness tremendously and it allows me to use a heavier moisturizer right before bed.
I understand how you feel. I once quit a job that I worked at for almost four years because of one bad breakout that just affected me such a deep mental level that I felt like I couldn't face the customers/world there anymore. I had been strong for so long and that was like the catalyst that brought it all crashing down. I really regret quitting that job because at that time in my life, it was one of my only social outlets and it really helped me to not feel like such a hermit in the grand scheme of day to day life. Here's my advice: If you feel like the job is toxic and it's adding more stress to your situation, by all means, leave and pursue other options....but also I'd suggest that you sleep on it and give it a few days before you make that decision. You never know, your outlook may change and you might recognize some positive aspects related to the job that you don't want to walk away from just yet.
Just a quick life update: Things are going pretty well for me. I'm still on the Regimen (nightly) and it continues to do a good job of managing my acne. I'll never be 100% acne free but my face looks so much better compared to my bad breakout days. In other news, I've found a creative outlet that I love and I'm having some success with it. I've been writing ever since I was young but in the last year or so I finally buckled down and started to take it seriously. I've now written and self-published a novel (horror fiction) and I'm currently in the process of self-publishing my second novel. Early reviews have been positive and I think I've finally seized on something I love. I'm able to express through my stories those feelings of isolation and hopelessness that I went through during my really bad years, and have my characters persevere through dark moments and face off against insurmountable odds. The entire experience has been so cathartic and I feel like in terms of writing and growing as a writer, this is only the beginning for me.
It sounds like on a pretty average timeline in terms of when you start to see noticeable improvements from the Regimen. My advice would be stick with it and ride it out, you'll be glad you did when you start seeing how great the results are!
Guys my activity around here has dropped off significantly in the past year (mostly due to being really busy) but I'm going to try to get back to a point where I check in at least once every few days. This forum helped me a lot during some rough times and I know how low the constant acne struggle can make someone feel.
A little update on me: I'm still on the Regimen. I use it only during the night and it's been the most effective treatment I have EVER used for my acne aside from a few semi-successful antibiotic treatments from the derm years ago. The Regimen is not a cure...but it definitely helps keep my acne under control and to the point where it's manageable. As I type this I have a pretty big spot on the upper side of my nose (a spot where the BP never goes) and a few small spots along my chin and upper lip. My chin has always been kind of a "hot spot" for me in terms of acne so even on the Regimen I get a fair amount of acne there.
I've had no major side effects to speak of from the Regimen (aside from the occasional itchy area of skin if I use too much BP on a certain section of skin) and I'm interested to hear if some of the people I used to talk to on here are still using the Regimen? How effective has it been for you guys? Any updates?
But yeah, my thoughts are with anyone who is struggling right now...I've been there and I know how hard it is.
It's been too long since I last checked in! Skin is doing really good, still using the Regimen only nightly...I still get a pimple or two but they heal quickly and it's incredibly easy to manage compared to how my skin used to be. Otherwise life is good, work is steady, have made lots of new friends, looking to get a new phone here pretty soon. Still no girlfriend but that's a work in progress...it's mostly due to my shyness because of old emotional scars from acne, but I'm not too worried about it.
Wishing everyone here good days to come skin-wise and in life too!
I agree 100% with Jamie's post here. Based purely on life experience (my own personal life experience) this rings especially true. It's so easy to tell someone "be confident" like it's a switch you're capable of toggling in your head whenever you desire. It's not. You'll notice in this modern day society that an arrogant male who is rude as hell has no problem at all getting a girlfriend. I will never be that person. I don't WANT to be that person. I'm not willing to change myself and betray my personality just because that's what some girls find attractive. Do I want a relationship? Absolutely. Am I going to put on an act and be an asshole to obtain that relationship? Nah. I'll pass.
I'll be honest when I say that I hate modern dating. Everything about it seems flawed to me. We live in an image obsessed world where some of the most negative personality traits are considered "hot" or "sexy."
I have no desire to be a douche bag "alpha male" no matter how sexy or attractive that persona is. It's not me...and even if it means I'll be single for eternity, I really don't give a shit.
Seems like it's been ages since I've checked in...hope all my friends here are doing well! Little update on me: I'm still on the Regimen (only nightly) and it does a great job of controlling my acne. I'm never 100% acne free but I can pretty much bank on not getting huge cysts or clusters of pimples anymore like I used to. As I type this I only have a fairly small pimple on my chin. We're finally starting see some warm weather in my part of the world and I'm SO happy about that...winter is depressing as hell around here and it just makes me feel like a hermit.(I live in WV, mountains everywhere and makes you feel isolated during colder months, lol)
Things are going well at my job. Have a new social circle of friends and we go out on a pretty consistent basis so that's fun, definitely better than hiding away in the house all the time when I'm feeling down. My confidence is up to a level I feel comfortable with, I still have lots of work to do, but I'm getting there.
Been doing a lot of writing lately, catching up on my Walking Dead addiction, and working out as often as I can. Joined a new gym recently (super cheap and great place, very chill environment....I've done weight training at home for years but this expands my horizons even more because there's so much equipment that I don't have access to at home)
Still single unfortunately...I get the occasional flirty smile from girls at work but I'm still a little too shy to capitalize on it and start up conversations with them, and in the dating game we all know the guy is supposed to chase the girl otherwise nothing ever happens...so I'm trying to work on that too, but it takes time. I'm at a point where I'm not terribly concerned about it, if I meet a girl and we hit it off then that's awesome...but I'm not gonna stress about it because other aspects of my life are going well and I've got a lot to be thankful for.
Skin is doing pretty well right now. Have one large spot on my chin that is starting to diminish. I realized what my Regimen issue was...I was using expired BP! I just got so into the routine of the Regimen that I didn't even think about BP having an expiration date, but after noticing that I was getting more breakouts than usual I checked and I think that's the reason. Got some fresh BP now and seems my skin is starting to get back to a calmer state.
I'm getting so tired of winter though, it's just fuel for depression...I'll be so glad when spring and summer gets here so that I can get out and do things.
Also I've implemented a new body bar into my routine to combat some shoulder acne, it's the Basis body bar and it's super cheap and seems to be doing the trick.