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#21 Sweetsleep

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 07:47 PM

January 15th 2010

HELP!!
In my last post I was worried about my whitehead breakout, but it's much better now. I still have a couple breakouts but the BP is helping them heal and stay relatively small.

One thing I am worried about is the dryness and flaking. I have dark skin naturally and the BP seems to be "burning" off a layer of my skin. My forehead looks cracked with patches of dark skin flaking off. If BP is a peeling agent, won't it be doing this to every new layer of skin that I get? Sure this top layer may peel off, but then won't the next layer once it's exposed to BP? I am very concerned. Also the area around my mouth is SO dry. Will the AHA help with this once I start it (in 2 weeks) or will it just make it worse? Maybe my moisturizer isn't good enough?? I am using jojoba oil but it doesn't seem to be stopping the dryness anymore.

I just really need some advice...


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 02:25 PM

I usually put more moisturizer whenever my skin is dry and starting to "flake"... so it is fine.. (not using the jojoba oil, since it breaks me out sadly) ... not sure about the peeling/burning of the skin.. so I can't answer that... As for the AHA.. I am on week 5 of BP and I used it yesterday night and it stings a lot + red face lol.. I think I should have waited a bit before using the AHA.. (but the redness is decreasing now) however, it helped with the dryness a bit... but i'm going to stick with the BP for a few months and use the AHA after... =P My skin is sensitive. - also maybe you could decrease the amount of BP that you use around your mouth for a few days?

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 05:50 PM

QUOTE (leakt @ Jan 18 2010, 03:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I usually put more moisturizer whenever my skin is dry and starting to "flake"... so it is fine.. (not using the jojoba oil, since it breaks me out sadly) ... not sure about the peeling/burning of the skin.. so I can't answer that... As for the AHA.. I am on week 5 of BP and I used it yesterday night and it stings a lot + red face lol.. I think I should have waited a bit before using the AHA.. (but the redness is decreasing now) however, it helped with the dryness a bit... but i'm going to stick with the BP for a few months and use the AHA after... =P My skin is sensitive. - also maybe you could decrease the amount of BP that you use around your mouth for a few days?



Leakt, thanks for the advice! I am using a bit less BP around my mouth. I also did a gentle jojoba oil massage before cleansing and that seemed to at least moisturize my face. Hmm, I was hoping to start the AHA after my 4th week on the regimen... At least I will get it and maybe try it at night once and see what happens. I know it will probably sting but I hope it won't be too bad... I really want even skin tone and need the exfoliation properties of AHA!

I am also doing the Chill Out program Dan started for skin picking since I do a LOT of skin picking. It's so frustrating and nerve racking and just plain yucky. I need to stop!
I am now well into week 3 of the Regimen! I still have a couple of nodules on my face but two have healed after weeks. I have some other pimples too but they are healing slowly. So far things are alright. I will post more pics at the end of the week. I really hope all this works for me. ACNE-B-GONE!

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Posted 22 January 2010 - 08:29 AM

January 22nd

4th week of the regimen!! My skin looks good in terms of breakouts. I have a couple small ones but that's it. What I am more concerned about is that it is SOO dry and flaky. eusa_boohoo.gif
The jojoba oil moisturizing helps, I just need to make time for it. My neck is super dry and irritated. I think I should cut back a bit on the BP I am putting on it and increase the moisturizing.

Today I am going to order more supply of Dan's BP and also his AHA! It takes nearly a week to get here so I want to give it time.



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Posted 22 January 2010 - 04:07 PM

PICS AS PROMISED!

Well I am into week 4 of the Regimen. My breakouts are smaller and fewer but my skin is VERY dry and flaky and irritated. Should I cut back on the BP?? I am not sure. You can see in one of the pics that my neck is very flaky and dry. Also my skin is less acne-fied but has a blotchy appearance and some areas are darker than others due to burning and peeling by BP.
Also anything brushing against my jawline or neck is so irritating! Even hair and clothing...

Scars are fading though! eusa_dance.gif
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 08:47 AM

January 24th 2010

I just got 4 painful zits in the last 2 days. eusa_boohoo.gif I'm on week 4 of the regimen and I thought my skin should be clearing up more. I have a painful deep one on my chin and one on my temple (seems like those are popular spots). And a couple more. I guess I could determine some triggers that have happened in the past few days:

not enough sleep lately
hanging around my friends house whose dad chain smokes in the house
grievance/stress due to death of a family member
Having a lot more dairy products
drinking decaf coffee more (still have some caffeine in it)

Not sure if the last two things contribute but it's possible. I need to stick to soy milk and no coffee or coffee very rarely if I can.

Patience and positive attitude! Things will clear up smile.gif *trying to stay happy, healthy and positive*

Edited by Sweetsleep, 24 January 2010 - 08:47 AM.


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Posted 25 January 2010 - 11:07 AM

January 25th 2010

So I was worried about the peeling on my face and neck and discolored skin- nearly all of that is gone now and my skin is radiant!

I have been doing those gentle jojoba soil massages and yesterday in the shower after cleansing, pretty much the remaining skin peeled off when I was rubbing my fingers over my face. It wasn't painful at all, just a natural peeling process due to the BP. The skin underneath is healthy and glowing! I'm so glad... what a relief that I hadn't done damage to myself with Dan's powerful BP.

I ordered more regimen supplies (can't wait till I start AHA). I also ordered the Lac-Hydrin 5 Moisturizer from drugstore.com that everyone raves about. I will start using that moisturizer daily with a few drops of jojoba oil if it's too thick and then little by little, add in Dan's AHA.
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:29 PM

January 29th 2010

OK, you want proof of radiant healthy skin? Here it is!! Just WEEK 5 of Dan's regimen. My scars are fading and my skin is used to the BP. Two days ago I got Dan's AHA and put some on over my moisturizer. In TWO days that stuff has made my skin radiant and gorgeous! I used it over my moisturizer so it didn't sting at all. Have been using just a bit and it's definitely the secret ingredient, several people have noticed my complexion. It's smoother to the touch, clear, radiant, like a super model wink.gif
See pics below! The skin on my temples and forehead is a bit crusty still, not sure if I should cut back on the BP there or what. Might stick it out for another month and see if it improves. I also ordered some lotion and will be looking for SPF better than the Olay junk I have now.

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THANK YOU DAN!!
I will post all my progress pics up on another board soon so people can see yet more proof that Dan's regimen really works. He has boosted my confidence so much... I feel very grateful.



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Posted 30 January 2010 - 06:59 PM

I'm so glad things are working for you! Your complexion looks wonderful by the way! I'm really excited to use the AHA now:)

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 07:18 PM

QUOTE (silverangelx @ Jan 30 2010, 08:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm so glad things are working for you! Your complexion looks wonderful by the way! I'm really excited to use the AHA now:)



Thanks! The AHA really did the trick, but I would recommend starting slow because OMG does it STING right after BP. It spreads really well so even a little goes a long way!

I think it's the secret ingredient all the actresses and models use tongue.gif

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 08:15 PM

^ I agree.. It stings a lot...!! I just want to "rip" my face off.. lol! Now I only spot treat. I have used the old AHA+ before and it didn't sting that much, I guess this updated version have some ingredients that does that... Anyway, glad that all is going well!! smile.gif

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Posted 02 February 2010 - 08:34 AM

February 2nd 2010

I almost typed in "January"- sheesh where is the time flying to?

Well a couple of days ago I got a big pimple right on the cheek area under my eye. You know why? I am sure it's because I used blush for a couple of days straight. Not any blush, blush that I realized, has been siting in my makeup bag for 4 years! Eeeee. Of course I looked very cute the days I wore it, but then ... nice big red pimple for the world to see.

I also tend to get breakouts near my temple area and along the side of my face where the hairline is. I have realized this is probably due to my hair rubbing on my face and my hair products are not non-comedogenic. I'm cutting out one of the products I use on my hair (I use two cause my hair is crazy curly) and seeing if just one is enough and safe. I will also use a few drops of jojoba oil in my hair to lessen frizz since I know that works well.

Other than that, things are going well!




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Posted 08 February 2010 - 05:08 PM

February 8th 2010


So yeah, that breakout on my cheek has gotten bigger, and I got 2 more large ones since then. Things were going so well, I don't know what is going on. Two of them are where I used that blush so maybe that's it. AHA makes my complexion soft but does not really help with spot treatment. It's disappointing...
Also I still have "crusty" darkish looking skin along my temples and sides of my cheeks. Not sure why?

I am still in week 5 of the regimen though so I will just keep going with it.
Going going going!

Also we recently got blasted with a snowstorm, 2 feet of snow. Just dug ourselves out, but another storm is on the way...




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Posted 18 February 2010 - 09:39 AM

February 19th 2010

Finally an update!

So the regimen is going well for me. I have some old marks from recent pimples but seem relatively clear. My skin is looking much less scarred for sure and my complexion clearer.

I found 2 things to be extremely important in Dan's Regimen, these really make the regimen work:

1. be extremely gentle when applying BP or anything rubbing your face. Fingertips gliding over face only.

2. Allow the BP to dry a full 20-25 minutes after application before applying moisturizer. This gives the BP a chance to penetrate and start working.

Of course now I am experimenting with sunscreens so I hope this doesn't kill my complexion again. Currently I am using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunblock SPF 30.
It goes on great and I used it in place of my Lac Hydrin-Five moisturizer. I am going to use the sunscreen for a week every morning and will update again soon with pics.



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Posted 26 February 2010 - 09:20 AM

February 26 2010

I am completing WEEK 8 of the regimen today. The update is as such:

my complexion looks great.
I still get breakouts.
I am having my period this week (sorry if that is TMI for some) and I got 5 new breakouts. Some have come to a head and I have been able to pop, but some are just siting there. It's really annoying and for a couple of days before my hormones started acting up I actually had clear skin. This seems to be a pattern- clear skin for 2 days and then breakouts lingering on my face for a week, leaving behind scars for another week or two. I am not sure the regimen is helping prevent the formation of new breakouts...

Of course I am going to keep going with the regimen- I have all the supplies and it helps my complexion so there is no reason not to keep going. Also for some people it didnt work for many months so... we'll see.

I have noticed that these breakouts occur in the same places over and over, mainly on the periphery of my face like jawline, temples, near the sides of my face. And all these people are either where my hair brushes against my face or my clothes/collars. They also occur when my hormones are acting up. Sigh, SO many factors. I get so discouraged sometimes...


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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:28 PM

March 17th 2010

I know I haven't updated in a while. I am still getting a bad pimple popping up now and then, even though I have been on the regimen for nearly 11 weeks (this is the 11th week) I am still getting pimples. They happen one or two at a time, then when those heal or I pop them, another ones starts forming somewhere else so that I am never quite free of them. They are also lasting a loooong time plus they are big nodules that get all bulbous on my face. I dont get it and I am sick of it. Why do I always have one pimple on my face at all times that takes forever to go away and looks all nasty right there on my cheek and leaves a scar for a month?!

I hate it, I hate acne. It makes me feel really ugly especially when I know everyone is staring at that one giant pus filled spot under my eye rather than seeing me as a whole. Sure I dont have horrible acne like some people, but it just sits on my face like a wart and attracts attention. Yeah, yeah, I'll stick with the regimen.




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Posted 19 March 2010 - 07:21 PM

Yeah, stick with the regimen smile.gif and don't "pop your pimple"! or try not to... It won't do good.

I have been on the regimen for about 4 months now... and I still have some random pimple here and there... and I like you said... it takes forever (many months) to go away eusa_snooty.gif and I have a few red marks on my cheeks.. been there for a while (well, since the last 4 months). Just have to wait! They will fade in time... But I prefer to improve them so exfoliating would be good. The AHA+ doesn't seems to help much in fading them.. kind of irritated my skin. I am going to try the Cure Natural Aqua Gel soon (Japan top selling product and many people are "raving" about it) It is supposed to exfoliate the skin in a more gentler way. The jojoba oil is okay to remove dead skin, but not enough... oh, also, I notice that the jojoba oil kind of "slip" on my skin... so it brings the bp near my eyes... and on my neck.. I got these little red dots .. =/ I'm gonna use less..

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Posted 26 March 2010 - 07:49 PM

QUOTE (leakt @ Mar 19 2010, 08:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, stick with the regimen smile.gif and don't "pop your pimple"! or try not to... It won't do good.

I have been on the regimen for about 4 months now... and I still have some random pimple here and there... and I like you said... it takes forever (many months) to go away eusa_snooty.gif and I have a few red marks on my cheeks.. been there for a while (well, since the last 4 months). Just have to wait! They will fade in time... But I prefer to improve them so exfoliating would be good. The AHA+ doesn't seems to help much in fading them.. kind of irritated my skin. I am going to try the Cure Natural Aqua Gel soon (Japan top selling product and many people are "raving" about it) It is supposed to exfoliate the skin in a more gentler way. The jojoba oil is okay to remove dead skin, but not enough... oh, also, I notice that the jojoba oil kind of "slip" on my skin... so it brings the bp near my eyes... and on my neck.. I got these little red dots .. =/ I'm gonna use less..

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March 26th 2010

So I dont have any new pimples. Just old red marks from old ones. I really hope it stays that way. Also it's "that time of month" so usually around this time I get new pimples. I hope no more will show up...

Will update again soon. Hopefully with pics.

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 09:37 AM

April 1st 2010


HAPPY APRIL FOOLS!

I'm so happy, I have no new breakouts, well a tiny one near my ear but nothing huge and scary. My skin has been clear for about 2 weeks now. However this scar on my cheek is taking a really long time to heal. Normally would heal in a week but it's taking ages now ... I'm a bit worried it won't go away before my big date but I hope it does. I have a big date lined up for 3 weeks from now, haha.

Also once I finished Dan's BP in a tube, I started using the bottle with pump. I realized that I am only using HALF the amount of BP recommended (one pump each morning and evening) instead of two full pumps. Soooo... I'm going to stick with that since it's working. Why use more BP if I have to? I thought I was using the full amount from the tube (one thick fingers length) but I wasn't... Cool! eusa_dance.gif

I heard the Olay Sensitive Skin SPF30 (or is it 15?) moisturizer is being re-introduced in April. I am going to try to order some since its sunny spring and hitting around 70 degrees.



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Posted 12 April 2010 - 02:47 PM

April 12th 2010

I can't believe it's mid-April already.... ! I have been on the Regimen since January 1st and my face looks nice. Still a couple of scars but they are fading. I tried to exfoliate all the dead skin on my face with a soft washcloth and promptly ended up with one small breakout near my mouth which has been there for days just hurting. Can't see it too much but it's there- a little bump which hurts a bit when I touch it. I hope it doesn't leave another scar and goes away soon.
The scar on my cheek is still very visible.

Good news is that I got a sunscreen that is working well. Actually I just got samples and have been using is about 4 days now. It's called EltaMD SPF 45 (with no oil). I have a few very tiny breakouts, more like clogged pores, around my eye sockets and I just noticed them today. I hope they don't get bigger or more in number and I hope that they aren't due to the sunscreen! I love to be out in the sun but using BP is making me very photosensitive. I get sunburned so quickly eusa_boohoo.gif

So yeah, will update as things move along.