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  • Birthday 08/12/1988

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  1. Acne.org Regimen Success Rate Questions

    The thing is you will never know unless you try right? I was on the same boat as you...tried everything and felt pretty hopeless. I finally gave in and tried the regimen and really stuck to the instructions as closely as possible. It worked for me and I have been keeping up with it ever since. I have been clear for almost 4 years now.
  2. I don't think a derm would ask you to do that unless you had something to show them near the area of your tattoo. If the concern is your face, then there should be no disrobing required.
  3. I love my Cerave lotion as an AM moisturizer and my Cetaphil lotion as my PM moisturizer.
  4. Why did it become ineffective do you think? Your skin will not get used to BP. Chances are it might have something to do with using ONLY epiduo. The regimen is really a three step process with a gentle cleanser, a treatment and gentle moisturizer. It is the combination of these three, plus the application process that really works well together.
  5. Struggling with PCOS diet :(

    The key is to meal plan and eating small meals a day. I find that preparation is the best defense against over eating. Also, you don't need to get rid of all the things you love, you just need to find healthier options or have a sensible portion of it. Never let yourself get hungry so always have some snack in you when you are out and about. This is to keep you from making any unhealthy choices. Also, what I found that has helped me is getting a food scale and using it in coordination with an app that tracks my calories (MyFitnessPal). This has been the biggest help in my lifestyle change. I am eating better without feeling deprived.
  6. *inhale* Starting the Regimen..questions?

    1. Try to space your face washing to at least 10 hours apart. So if you do the regimen at noon after you shower, you can do it at 10pm again before bed. Try to find the best possible time you can do it. 2. You don't have to use the acne.org moisturizer. I use my cerave and cetaphil and love it! As long as your Aveeno doesn't break you out and provides enough moisture and works with the treatment then I don't see a reason why you can't continue using it. 3. Most of the time people use the regimen and experience that there face gets worse before it gets better. So just be aware of the side effects of BP and make sure you are fully prepared to combat those for the first couple of weeks/months.
  7. Itchy Neck After Moisturizer

    Could it be that when you apply moisturizer you start at your face and bring it down to your neck? If so, you could be taking some of the BP residue and rubbing it into the skin of your neck. Chances are this would cause the irritation.
  8. Shiny forehead all day

    Over the years I have come to realize some people have different skin types. Normal, oily, dry, combo...etc. It is just how your body is. Over time that could change, or maybe even depending on the season or hormones but a permanent fix is hard to pinpoint. I know Accutane does a lot to control oil glands but then makes your skin extremely dry. I have extremely oily skin but have learned to live with it and just use blotting papers. I figure that in the long run my oily skin is a good thing because I age more gracefully and not have too many wrinkles when I get older.
  9. Need encouragement

    A month is still very early into the regimen. You will experience good days and bad days. However, you have to realize that you spent so much time and effort to do this regimen that you really have to give it a fair shot. I broke out the worst on my 4th and 5th week into the regimen and it almost made me want to give up. But I kept pushing and in the end it was the best decision I made for my skin. Going onto 4 years with this regimen and have been so happy with its results.
  10. 2 questions!

    You should do the regimen after your shower.
  11. Hair came out of pimple?

    Sounds like some kind of ingrown hair. Although it is strange of hair to be on the nose. Make sure you wash your face and apply your preferred spot treatment to it. I recommend benzoyl peroxide 2.5% or an AHA.
  12. Hi, I have been following your posts and had a question for you. You have been using this regimen in the same exact way for 3-4 years? You never tried to ease off of it by using it on alternate days or only at night? 

    1. nicmic62

      nicmic62

      I have not tried to ease of it. There are times when I do only use it once a day, say if I spend the day at the beach, then I only do the regimen at night because I will be under and the sun or in the water anyways.

    2. Aru27

      Aru27

      Ok! Thanks so much!
       

  13. Question

    Cleanse, treat and moisturize. That's it! Once you are done with moisturizer you can go to bed. No need to cleanse anything off until the next time you do the regimen process.
  14. Cetaphil cleanser

    Do you moisturize? I find that even though I have oily skin, my skin will produce more oil if stripped of its moisture. So after I wash and treat my face, I always have moisturizer as a final step. But if you are interested in the Oily Skin Cleanser then you can always try the small bottle and compare how your skin feels on that one.
  15. list your 2 favorite acne.org products

    Definitely go for the BP because the bottles are huge and they are the best bang for your buck. Also get the AHA because it is hard to find any other product like it. Save it for when you are a month into the regimen though. The cleanser, moisturizer and jojoba oil you can all find pretty easily.
  16. Just so you know you can't be on antibiotics for sooo long unless advised by a doctor. Chances are you will build up a resistance to it and then it won't work anymore. Although I can't really comment on weight gain since I was only on minocycline for 3 months.
  17. This is really something you should ask for doctor about. Just as a precaution.
  18. BP Swelling red cyst and pimples

    In the initial stages of the regimen most people's skin will experience breakouts. This is your skin purging and adjusting to the medication. So expect a lot of ups and downs...meaning breakouts, dryness, itching, redness, etc. I was still breaking out during my 4th and 5th week but I didn't stop because I wanted to give the regimen time to work for my skin. Eventually I was right and not stopping was the best decision I have made for my skin. Have been clear now for almost 4 years.
  19. Suffering from Dry Skin? Read.

    Awesome and very informative.
  20. This is very normal. I was breaking out so much during my 4th and 5th week that I almost quit. But do not let the breakouts discourage you. This is more or less a purging period where all the acne underneath is coming out because the BP is working. Keep doing the regimen and sticking to the routine as required.
  21. FLAKING - 2-3 weeks

    Unfortunately we all have to deal with flakes. Some people exfoliate gently with jojoba oil to remove the flakes but for me all you can really do is moisturize. You can add more throughout the day if your skin looks dry. And yes, mix a few drops of jojoba oil to your two pumps of moisturizer and apply it after the BP has dried. Also, I love the cetaphil lotion. I only use it as my night time moisturizer though because my face would look so greasy in the AM if I did that.
  22. It took about 4 months for me for my skin to feel like skin again. Not too much flaking but essentially the texture was very different in the initial stages of the regimen. Around this time I got my moisturizing act together. Cerave in the AM and in the PM was a slathering of Cetaphil lotion plus jojoba oil. I was a greasy mess at night because of that but it definitely helped out my skin in the long run.
  23. acne after 5months again

    I can buy it at drugstores here in Canada. They sell the usual cerave, cetaphil, aveeno type of lotions. You might find it in grocery stores? Yes I do use revlon colorstay. It hides the redness from acne very well, but as for bumps, no foundation can really mask them completely.
  24. Thinking of quitting the regimen

    If you are strapped for money and its hard to get the acne.org products then only get the BP and AHA. The cleanser, moisturizer and jojoba oil you can get elsewhere. I love my cerave and cetaphil moisturizer and I believe they work better for my skin. Cerave in the AM and Cetaphil in the PM. I know makeup is hard to go without but applying a little less would be better. In the long run your skin will thank you for it. And make sure to do the regimen as instructed...two times day with the required dosage and all done very gently. If you want the regimen to work you really have to give it a fair shot.
  25. acne after 5months again

    I am here to try and help so I am glad I can do that for you. I am still taking the pill now but have switched from Diane 35 to Ortho Tri Cyclen which is a lower dose of hormones. The primary reason why I take it is to regulate my period. There was a period of 2 months I believe when I went of birth control and I was extremely glad my skin was still clear with using only The Regimen. This pretty much made it obvious that the regimen really did clear my acne and not just because I was on birth control.