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#1 Malcolm Cringe

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:53 AM

The DKR has gotten me clear, and I am so thankful for it. Really, I should say that I am ecstatically and enthusiastically thankful for it. And now that I'm in my thirties and am getting older, I'm wanting to start thinking about improving the other aspects of my skin. I use sunscreen every day to avoid premature aging, but skin ages anyway, and I want to do what I can to keep my skin looking as young as I can.

I know that retinols have good anti-aging properties, but they typically are de-activated (simplistically speaking) with BP. I definitely don't want to stop with BP and have my acne come back so I did some research. I found out that Diacneal isn't de-activated by BP. Diacneal is a retinol-based anti-acne product that also has the nice side-effect of smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin texture, like retinols do.

I had used Diacneal on its own before, but it wasn't enough to keep my acne at bay. The DKR is definitely what works for me with my acne. So now I'm embarking on an experiment, modifying this one part of the regimen to see if I can keep the amazing benefits of the DKR while adding another benefit. We'll see. My new regimen is the DKR + Diacneal. I still cleanse with the DKR cleanser. I still put a few drops of jojoba on my freshly cleansed skin. I still apply the DKR BP twice a day in the same amount. But with the BP at night, I add a thin finger of Diacneal. Then I moisturize with Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer. I used to use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion at night, but I figured that it would probably be too irritating to use with the Diacneal.

I am not recommending that anyone follow this regimen, but I thought that some others in my boat (in their thirties, and onward, and still battling acne) might be interested in the thread. I'll let you know how this works for me.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 12:05 PM

hey, good luck!
I have been doing something similar for the same reasons. I've incorporated Green Cream level 6 at night, otherwise keeping the regimen the same. I'm hoping to keep the acne and aging process under control! lol.

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Posted 21 November 2006 - 09:39 AM

Well, it's been a couple of days, and my skin isn't reacting badly to the new product. I've read about the initial breakout that retinoids can produce so I am braced for it. But since the DKR has cleared my skin, I wasn't sure what could be lurking underneath.

Well, I got my answer. A few months ago, I got a spot on my jawline that was kind of like an ingrown hair. It had left a tiny lump that I had forgotten about until yesterday when it became slightly inflamed. But everything else is all good. The BP and Diacneal are playing well together. I know not to expect any of Diacneals benefits for at least a month so right now I'm just charting whether the DKR and Diacneal can play well together for we who are 30+.

So far, so good.

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QUOTE(Brandy @ Nov 20 2006, 10:05 AM) View Post

hey, good luck!
I have been doing something similar for the same reasons. I've incorporated Green Cream level 6 at night, otherwise keeping the regimen the same. I'm hoping to keep the acne and aging process under control! lol.



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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:46 AM

Glad you all are doing this. I also will be trying to add an anti-aging products after a couple more months of the Regimen. (what ever its called now, DKR).

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Posted 27 November 2006 - 11:42 AM

It's been a week, and there are no more Diacneal-related spots, it seems. And my skin is tolerating the combination well, with no irritation at all.

Overall, my skin looks a little, well, plumper. So far so good.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 09:21 AM

Well, at least the initial retinoid break-out is covered by hair. But I haven't had spots like these in quite a while. One of them had a weird histamine reaction around it or something because the skin around the spot puffed up and itched like I had been punched in the face. Or as a friend said, "It looks like you're sucking on a Scotch mint." It was probably two inches in diameter. Thankfully that swelling went down within 24 hours. But I still have five (!) painful nodules, all in my beard on the right side of my face. Isn't my forehead supposed to be my problem area? Anyway, since these spots all came out around the same time, I'm looking forward to them being totally dealt with within a week.

On the other hand, I'm starting to see the smoother-skin benefits on the rest of my face. My skin practically glows, and the fine lines on my forehead are smoothing out a bit.

Pressing on.

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:03 PM

hi, cam > b)
i'm also using bp and diacneal
i just don't use them at the same time
i apply bp in the morning and diacneal at night
is your skin feeling thinner now that u've started using diacneal?

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:07 PM

Zucchini,

No, I haven't noticed that my skin feels thinner. It actually feels plumper. I'd even say juicier, if I were talking about a ripe peach. I've only been using Diacneal for a couple of weeks, though, so maybe that might happen later.

I haven't noticed any sensitivity or adaptation to using the Diacneal, other than the darned initial break-out.

Cam >B)

QUOTE(tikvica @ Dec 4 2006, 02:03 PM) View Post

hi, cam > b)
i'm also using bp and diacneal
i just don't use them at the same time
i apply bp in the morning and diacneal at night
is your skin feeling thinner now that u've started using diacneal?


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Posted 04 December 2006 - 04:08 PM

ooooooooooooh, juicy plump skin! wink.gif

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 09:48 AM

Well, I haven't had any new spots since the initial break-out. I'm actually really happy with how the DKR is playing with the Diacneal. I'm able to keep the inflammatory acne under control while improving the overall texture of my skin.

I was thinking that I would get spots on my forehead from the Diacneal initial break-out, but there is nothing there (so far) so I think I'm safe there.

The nodules (!) under my beard (one on my right chin and four along my right jawline) are slowly shrinking, and I'm thinking that they should be gone within a week or so. I can really see the skin turnover in that area in particular. The layers of skin over the spots are peeling. But only those areas are peeling, and I'm experiencing no dryness at all.

Again, I can't say enough how thankful I am for this site. I just wish that it had been available when I was a teenager. I've since pointed my niece here, though. She was lucky enough to inherit the family "curse" as well. Thanks, dad. wink.gif

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 11:10 AM

The spots are shrinking rapidly, and I'd almost say that two of them are no longer "active". But my spots have been odd since starting the Diacneal so I'll hold off on "de-activating" them.

My skin feels so soft that I just want to keep touching it. I'm nearly 32, and I was starting to see lines around my eyes and on my forehead. They are a little smoother after the first couple of weeks. It's hard work, keeping up with a younger boyfriend.

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Posted 07 December 2006 - 09:14 AM

QUOTE(Malcolm Cringe @ Dec 4 2006, 11:07 PM) View Post

Zucchini,




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Posted 07 December 2006 - 12:43 PM

I asked the Almighty Google.

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QUOTE(Malcolm Cringe @ Dec 4 2006, 11:07 PM) View Post

Zucchini,




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Posted 08 December 2006 - 05:08 AM

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Posted 08 December 2006 - 09:19 AM

More slow progress. None of the spots are coming to a head, but as the layers of skin come off, the spots get smaller. It's unfortunate how big a couple of them were or else they might be gone already. At least they're no longer painful.

I still haven't gotten any other spots, other than those five from the initial breakout. That's darn good news. And my skin is smoother and more radiant by the day. Pressing on.

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Posted 10 December 2006 - 11:51 PM

wait a second, don't the bp and retinol product cancel each other out??

i know green cream and bp can't be worn together, which is what i've been using...

if diacneal can be used with bp, i'm in.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 09:20 AM

You're right: most retinols are canceled out by BP (not vice versa). Diacneal is an exception. I'm not sure why. Here's a study.

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QUOTE(onyxraven @ Dec 10 2006, 09:51 PM) View Post
wait a second, don't the bp and retinol product cancel each other out??

i know green cream and bp can't be worn together, which is what i've been using...

if diacneal can be used with bp, i'm in.



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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:15 PM

The Diacneal spots I've gotten have been weird. They haven't really come to a head, but I can see some gunk below the surface. So I, ahem, deal with them, but it took forever for them to get to that state. And the ones that haven't had any gunk are still a bit hard, but luckily I have plump skin so they're not that noticeable. Unfortunately, these have left some pretty red-looking marks, which isn't very common for me. I'm not against some judicious use of well-blended concealer to disguise those spots.

I had one small spot on my forehead, but that was gone within a day. So I guess that I technically have no active spots, but the spots I had have made their lasting presence known. But with the accelerated skin cycle of the Diacneal, I expect my skin to be smooth and flawless again soon. My boyfriend said that my face felt like a baby's butt. Except for the scruff, that is.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 12:34 PM

QUOTE(Malcolm Cringe @ Dec 11 2006, 12:15 PM) View Post
my face felt like a baby's butt. Except for the scruff, that is.

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lol.gif This comment gave me a chuckle! yea, I never saw a scruffy baby's butt! lol. lol.gif

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:32 AM

Still going well. No new spots. No adverse reactions. I'm noticing each night that the skin on the old lumpy spots is peeling off. I guess that's the accelerated skin cycle doing its bit.

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