Quitting The Regimen... Need Help
Posted 10 June 2012 - 09:47 AM
The worst parts of my face are the parts that I do the regimen on. It's cleared up my chin a lot but every other part of my face has red blotches and feels terrible. Hardly any active pimples and my flaking is under control, but my skin tone and texture is terrible. Aside from that, I'm still getting the odd pimple that seems to never go away and they are just adding on top of each other because the BP seems to slow down the healing process so much.
I'm at my wit's end. I can't take this anymore. I've put so much work and diligence into following the regimen as closely as possible, but the clearest parts of my face are now the parts that I decided to skip the regimen on.
Beyond that, I'm terrified that if I quit the BP now my face is going to freak out and my acne will spiral out of control. I quit the regimen on my forehead a few days ago and my skin texture is slowly recovering, but I'm dealing with a pretty embarrassing breakout right now as a result. The amount of emotional anxiety that the regimen has caused me has now affected me more than the emotional anxiety I got from acne in the first place.
Does anyone have any experience successfully weening off of the regimen without dealing with a horrible breakout? I can't go on with this any longer. My emotions are shot because all I want is clear skin and the regimen has made me MORE self-concious about my skin. I find I'm CONSTANTLY looking in the mirror to see whats going on with my face.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:21 AM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 10:47 AM
Did you go cold turkey or did you slow down treatment and then stop?
Posted 10 June 2012 - 11:47 AM
I would try to cut down to every other day and just moisterize like crazy on the days in between
Posted 10 June 2012 - 01:20 PM
Posted 10 June 2012 - 03:35 PM
The biggest problem is I think that the regimen let acne take control of my life. I'm spending so much time on taking care of my face and thinking about acne now, it's driving me insane. I've come to the conclusion, it's not the acne that's the problem. It's me. I have a self-image problem. I never had that bad of acne in the first place, and now I'm letting it control my life and the way I perceive myself and my life. Well screw this shit, I'm taking back control. Fuck acne, I'm me no matter what red marks are on my face. I'm taking zinc now and going for a blood test to see if I'm deficient in anything and then I'm weening myself off of the regimen.
Did you go cold turkey or did you slow down treatment and then stop?
i cut down to using BP once a day, which was fine. but then eventually i was still getting signs that i might be allergic. the redness and burning etc. so i stopped and just washed, toned, and used clean and clear dual action moisturizer so that i was at least using some form of acne medication. it seemed to do the trick and then i eventually stopped using that and all hell broke loose. so i don't know if it was the fact that i stopped treating, or because it was the 2 month mark of being off the regimen. from what i've read, everybody usually breaks out on their second month of quitting the regimen.
i know what you mean about acne controlling your life. it really sucks. i definitely think the regimen increased my OCD with my skin, but at the same time i learned a lot of important things. i had no idea i was using the wrong kinds of ingredients and scrubbing was causing the problem. so i don't regret the regimen, i just regret over medicating my face.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:55 AM
good idea on doing it slowly. take your time. you shouldn't be too bad since you've only been on BP for such a short amount of time. but still do it cautiously. once you're down to doing it every few days, see how your skin reacts. then try skipping a week and see what happens. keep me posted =)
Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:31 AM
that sux that the regimen hasn't helped you. I have been on it for 2 years now. In those 2 years i have 'quit' for a few weeks at a time (not because i hated it, just because i was too lazy to do the regimen haha). When i stopped the regimen (as in, i stopped using BP all together) the first time, i broke out about 2 weeks later. When i stop the regimen now, I only get miniscule bumps after 2 weeks. So i definitly think it is a process. With your skin texture/tone you could always try getting some mandelic acid. I know lionqueen has a thread on it. I bought some awhile ago and it worked well for me.
While i am clear, i still dont have the best skin texture and tone as i havent used mandelic acid in agesssss. It used to worry me, know i just think...who gives a flying f**k! I realised that the only person who was looking at my skin and judging it was me. And worrying about my skin is too exhausting. I'd rather spend my time doing something that will make me smile, rather than obsessing over something i can't change
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Moisturising Cream (This works really well at keeping flaking skin away!)
Makeup - I only wear loose powder during the day, I'm not a big makeup person.
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
I use this in the shower and then use the following products after I've towel dried my face
Acne org BP
Wait 15 minutes
Acne org moisturiser (And sometimes I mix an Aloe Vera Gel in with the acne org moisturiser)
I am 100% clear!!
Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:55 AM
Maybe if you lower your dose of Bp, and use things like aloe vera or a different moisturizer, it could help solve part of the problem. An optimistic attitude definitely helps a lot.
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 11:07 AM
Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:01 AM
but.. sometimes we have to feel good inside first. and be patient with it as well. and i have put all my faith here with the regimen. and it says anyways, within 3months. if it doesnt work for me then i can have a refund right? but still. im really really really hoping that my face will get better after finishing it.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:02 PM
Since I started taking zinc and a multivitamin I haven't had one single zit appear on my face. I'm hopeful for the future, and not worrying so much about my skin already. There are some dark spots on my forehead from damage from the BP, even though I haven't applied any in over a week now. The wrinkle that the BP created is still there as well despite me constantly moisturizing my forehead. It's probably gonna take a few weeks for it to get back to completely normal. We'll see! Going outside to get my vitamin D now, I'll check back soon
Edited by Aiden1187, 13 June 2012 - 12:02 PM.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 02:22 PM
Posted 13 June 2012 - 07:06 PM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:52 PM
I dunno... the breakout isn't even that bad but I'm really freaking out about it. They're the moooost miniscule zits you've ever seen, but of course they're all I can see. Trying to relax right now... I've gotta really important exam I need to study for tomorrow. It's just so frustrating to see the same pattern of acne come back after so long.. especially with my forehead looking like it is from the damage from BP. Oh well. Soldier on I guess. I go on vacation Sunday so I'm particularly worried about having my face clear for that, but it doesn't look like it will be at this point. Grrr i fucking hate acne! just go away I'm 22 years old ffs!
Posted 14 June 2012 - 09:12 PM
Posted 16 June 2012 - 12:35 AM
alright i'm gonna make another post. I'm finding this to be a good emotional vent! Those zits that I was talking about earlier... I used some AHA on them (not dan's, another product with 8%), and they all either came to a head or disappeared completely! I think this AHA is gonna be my ace in the whole over these coming weeks. The one's that came to a head I was very careful with and lanced with a sterilized pin. One was extracted beautifully, but the other one started to bleed after popping and I didn't want to go any further. There's still a little hard spot inside there, but hopefully it just recedes back in! Haha okay, maybe too much information.
I let my beard grow waaay out past where I usually let it because I was studying so much for that exam and never made time to shave, and I think having so much hair on my face irritated my skin. There's some redness here and there that almost looks like a rash, but it's not raised at all. Not too noticeable so it's not a big deal though!
The zinc... it's strange. I know it's too early to tell, but I reduced my dosage a couple days and I broke out exactly on both of those days. When I take the full dose everything seems fine... probably just a coincidence, but I'll let you know otherwise. I'm leaving to mexico in two days! Hopefully my skin looks good for then Overall I'm feeling like a 6.5-7 out of 10 on my skin right now. Definitely the biggest blight on my self-confidence, but the internal healing continues! Fuck acne!
edit: just looked over some pictures of moderate-severe acne on other parts of the site to put everything in perspective. Definitely feeling like a solid 7 out of 10 now lol! I hate being so self-conscious about my skin, I doubt anyone notices but me =/
Edited by Aiden1187, 16 June 2012 - 12:37 AM.
Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:46 AM
I understand you might be upset over the lack of desired results, but at this point, I feel like our skin is still adjusting to the large amount (if you're going with the full dosage). I think it will get better!
Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:05 PM
BP definitely works to clear acne, but for me the negative side effects aren't worth the trouble. Applying for almost 30 minutes twice a day, looking greasy at work in the morning, and then flaking all afternoon, having a uneven complexion, redness, tightness, my skin feeling horrible. Screw that. It works, but I'll find my own way.