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#1 harlowefey

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 08:41 PM

Caved and ordered Dan's The Regimen Acne.org, or whatever. Won't lie.. I've been very excited to receive it and have checked the mailbox everyday!

My skin: sensitive, combination (oily t-zone, dry-ish cheeks kind of), mostly a few white heads and black heads on my cheeks. My forehead has been free of acne as long as I stay gluten free (wish my whole face was like my forehead). My right cheek is completely clear except for some hyper pigmentation and the occasional waxy clog. My left cheek and chin area are my problem areas. I have no idea why.

Diet/Lifestyle: Very strict vegetarian. No dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, eggs, rice, white grains or potatoes, oats, sugar, sesame products, cocoa, or chocolate products of any kind, no peanuts. I eat fish once a month or so, so that's why I'm a vegetarian instead of vegan. My whole face has been free of the lumps under the skin and big pimples since I gave up gluten (even during my time of the month, I don't get that "hormonal" acne anymore Posted Image ). I have an extremely healthy diet. I eat lots of avocado oil and flax seed and most of my food is raw. Very balanced diet. I also work out 5-6 times a week at the gym. Oh, and I barely drink. It is summer, so I drink a bit more.. but not every weekend.

Day 1:

Received package in the evening. Took almost a full three weeks to get here, but that's because I paid for the cheapest shipping. xD I'm patient though, so this is not a problem. Cleanser and moisturizer isn't as big as thought they would be, but the BP is HUGGEEE! Watched the videos on the website one more time and read the instructions.

Cleanser: Gentle! And my skin is sensitive, like burn-off-my-face-all-day sensitive! You don't need two full pumps.. I would honestly only use half a pump. Lathers so nicely! Dan must have a big head..

Treatment: I used a full finger since I've been using a different BP product during the day (cheap, grainy crap that's 5%). Stung a bit, but that's typical for me.

Moisturizer: Ummmm.. TWO PUMPS? Half a pump works.. I tried two pumps and I had a lot left over, like a full pump left over. And that was with a whole bunch of excess on my face that I had to wait to soak in! Made my face sting, but it's a good moisturizer. Anything that isn't a oil usually makes my face sting. I usually use Argan oil for a moisturizer or Grapeseed oil.. I think I'll just keep using those.

I'm really happy with the sizes of the product.. because I don't need that much of the cleanser or moisturizer, which is nice. I can't wait to see how this works on my left cheek and chin area. Not posting pics because I'm too much of a pansy, so my logs will be really descriptive to make up for it! Posted Image Also, I might as well throw in that I have an issue with picking my skin, but I've currently resolved that by duct-taping a towel over my mirror in the bathroom, because that's my problem area in the apartment. Hahahaa! So i only use the poorly lit mirrors in the bedroom if I need to see what I'm doing during my routine. Posted Image

Edited by harlowefey, 23 August 2012 - 08:42 PM.

CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

#2 harlowefey

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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:27 AM

Day 3:

Already seeing major improvement. I know most people usually have to wait up to three months, but my skin has always been very quick to heal and changes everyday. I think it might also be that I'm doing Retin-A at night and polysporin on any spots that look like they need a little extra help healing.

Cleanser: I'm finding that I LOVE THE ACNE.ORG REGIMEN KIT overall. I've fallen in love with the cleanser, which lathers up so nicely. But it's drying compared to what I usually use, which is an oil, soap-free cleanser. But I still use the oil one at night. My skin dries up easily.

Treatment: I love the treatment, so much nicer than any other BP I've ever used. That Proactiv treatment crap so runny. Same with AcneFree! And one's you buy at the store are grainy. The only BP I can compare it with is Benzyclin, which I was using before. But you only get 50ml for 65 bucks.. RIP OFF! lol. Dan's BP is very nice and smooth.

Cleanser: I've also fallen in love with the moisturizer, which has stopped making my face sting. I read the ingredients, and there is Jojoba oil in it. I'm a big fan of that oil. Also, the ingredients list ends with: " & a supportive community". Very sweet for Dan to throw that on there.

Yes, my face is freakin' flakey. But when isn't it flakey. I shed like a snake every day almost. I just ignore it.. because I'd rather be flakey and read than covered in acne.

BOTTOM LINE:

I love the regimen so far. My forehead, left cheek, and chin are completely clear right now. My left cheek is scabby a bit from some old "actives" and are healing. I have no active pimples anywhere on my face except for one tiny, tiny, tiny, minuscule whitehead on the bottom of my chin. :D This makes me very happy.

Anyway, off to the gym. :)
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

#3 harlowefey

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Posted 05 September 2012 - 09:54 AM

Day 14:

I haven't posted because I've been stupid busy with getting ready for school.. which sucks becuase this log is more for me than anyone else and I really wanted to record my progress day by day for reference.

Anyway, about a few days after 'Day 3' I broke out on my right cheek, which is odd. With three pimples. I believe they were clogged pores from deep under coming to the surface, so at first they just looked like irritating red bumps that never go away, till they came to a head and came out. They are not active at all now, and have faded. On my left side it's another story. I have one spot right by my cheek bone that is my problem area. I keep waking up with one or two little clogged pores that are a white head (that I never even saw coming the night before) so I squeeze them and the blackhead comes out and then thats the end of them, they go away. I think my face might be purging, but it seems to be slowing down. I have UBER sensitive skin, so when I change regimens, my face likes to purge and do whatever-the-fuk.

All-in-all, my face actually looks really clear. Besides the little break out on my right cheek, the marks are almost gone. And my left cheek hasn't looked this good in months.

I think my left cheek is worse than my right! A few months ago I was in Thailand for a month and my hair is parted on my right side so a majority of my hair is on the left. It likes to fall into my face. Anyway, you can imagine the hot, humid climate of Thailand and my hair falling onto my left side of my face while I'm wearing makeup. I think I'm paying for it now.. But I hope it will get over it soon. Anyway, it's looking pretty good.

On another note, I HATE THE LITTLE FINE LINE THAT BP CREATES. I'm serious.. even my Retin-A won't get rid of them. That's why I only do the Regimen in the morning and not at night, because I don't want to become completely reliant on The Regimen, and slowly ween myself off it at some point.

Anyway, I'm super happy with my results. My birthday is this Friday, (turning 21 EEEK!) but I'm not celebrating till the weekend after. Hope my face is clear by then! :) PLEASE WISH ME LUCK! :D

MUCH LOVE!
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

#4 harlowefey

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Posted 09 September 2012 - 11:50 AM

Day 18:

My face is basically clear! :) This makes me really happy. On my left cheek, I have quite a long, scab in a line. Because I picked at 4 whiteheads that had formed there... But I smother it in ploysporin and it disappears in a day or so.

Besides this welcome development, there are a few unwanted ones as well:

1) My face is so goddamn itchy and it feels so goooooodd when I run a wash cloth under hot water and press it to my face before I go about the Regimen. It's amazing. But I HATE IT! Because I want to scratch my face off during the day.

2) MY FACE IS RED. Like uber red.. and only on the places where I put the BP, so it looks a little bizarre. My boyfriend is worried, wondering if this stuff is good for my skin. But I'm keeping faith and I hope the redness subsides soon.

3) My face is so tight from being dry. I have quite a large mouth, I can almost fit my fist in it. But now, I can only open my mouth is a small 'o' while my face tights up and restricts me from even getting a spoon in my mouth. FML!

I'm wondering if anyone else if having these problems.. so I went in looked in the message board. Seems like everyone is.. hahahaha. Anyway, I'm a happy camper. I hope this stuff keeps working. :D
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

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Posted 17 September 2012 - 09:05 AM

Itch-ness, redness and dryness are quite normal.

I'm not as far long in the Regimen as you are, but I've been using Dan's products on/off/then on again for almost 6 months. I've only recently decided that I want to clear my skin, and then perhaps, ween down the dosage for maintenance.

The only thing I can add, if you feel dry, use more moisturiser, or buy the Jojoba oil. A message board member "...Stardust" told me to up my moisturiser to Dan's suggested 2 pumps + Jojoba oil when I reported dryness, itchyness, red/flakyness. It felt SO GREASY the first week of changing to that dosage. But now my face soaks it all up, and it stays soft and dry throughout the day and well into the night.

My face was an oil flood gate before, but persisting on super-moisturising my face with Dan's dosage, re-trained my face to produce less oil~~~~~~!!!

#6 harlowefey

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 10:21 AM

Itch-ness, redness and dryness are quite normal.

I'm not as far long in the Regimen as you are, but I've been using Dan's products on/off/then on again for almost 6 months. I've only recently decided that I want to clear my skin, and then perhaps, ween down the dosage for maintenance.

The only thing I can add, if you feel dry, use more moisturiser, or buy the Jojoba oil. A message board member "...Stardust" told me to up my moisturiser to Dan's suggested 2 pumps + Jojoba oil when I reported dryness, itchyness, red/flakyness. It felt SO GREASY the first week of changing to that dosage. But now my face soaks it all up, and it stays soft and dry throughout the day and well into the night.

My face was an oil flood gate before, but persisting on super-moisturising my face with Dan's dosage, re-trained my face to produce less oil~~~~~~!!!



Hi!! Wow, someone is reading my log! Thank you for the advice about the moisturizing. I haven't been on here in a while, so since my last post, I've been "Double-moisturizing" like you mentioned. Day and night! And yes, I know what you mean by feeling greasy. Honestly, after the jojoba oil, I cannot get a full two pumps of the moisturzer on my face. Its like rubbing my face with icing, it's too much. But I've noticed such a difference in the texture of my face and how quickly my skin heals every since I've been double moisturizing... I don't think I could live without it now. As for weening on the dosage, I plan to do the same thing. I don't want to rely on these products forever.. but if I have to, I guess I will know soon. I'll do anything for clear skin at this point. How does the on/off work for you? Does it clear your skin, stop using the product, then you break out again and have to use it again? Thank you so much for your support! :D I hope the regimen works out for you..


Day 48:
Wow!! Day 48??? I fail.. I should have been on here much more, relaying my agonizing experience with everyone. Ugh! I'm sorry..

Well, since my last post, I've had to repurchase the kit. I got the big one.. with the 16 oz. cleanser, treatment, and moisturzer. It also came with the AHA and jojoba oil. Love the kit. SOOOO worth the money. Anyway, my skin has been doing much better.. I drank the weekend before last and passed out DRUNK without washing my makeup off.. and it resulted in some pimples that are still healing. The AHA I think is breaking me out too, but besides that there have beeen no adverse effects. I think its making my skin purge. Anyway, as I said above, I've been double moisturizing, which is awesome! My skin totally soaks it up like a sponge, but I'm still shedding like a snake.. Hahahaha :) Jojoba oil just doesn't help with the flakiness my SPF brings out.

I put some BP on my forehead, because of a blackhead I picked and it caused me to purge a bit of my froehead, so now I'm kind of battling one tiny little pink on my forehead that won't budge and it pissing me off. But besides this, most of the redness has subsided from my skin and I don't look like a freak anymore. I haven't broken out with any hormonal acne AT ALL. They all seem like blackheads or white heads coming to the surface and they are at a peak within a day and they are gone so quick. I think my skin is cleaning up 11 years of pimples in my dermis! :) Hahaha...

Anyway, OH I've been eating sushi lately, and the soy sauce is made with wheat but the gluten is supposed to be fermented out during the fermentation process or something? I think maybe it just a bunch of bull and the gluten is still in the soysauce, so now I'm bringing my own gluten free soy sauce for sushi or just not using it at all. No Sushi with fancy sauces, that soy sauce is in everything! I know I'm only a month and a half in, but I'm feeling really positive that things will clear up soon. I think by the end of this week, my face will be adjusted to the AHA (which I'm incorporating in slowly by the way) and my skin will be looking good for halloween. Let's hope so, because I'm going to be a seductive, blood-life-soul-sucking vampire :D

Thanks for reading. xoxoxoxoxoxooxoxox If you are...

Day 48:

I've decided to add another post along.. an edit really. I realize that I al;ways sound so positive and happy in my posts, which I try to be for my benefit. But I realzie that I'm not being completely honest. My life has been turned upside down my acne. I can't get a job, I can't leave the house, I ignore my friends, sometimes I even refuse to let my boyfriend see my face (who I live with). I know I shouldn't let the acne run my life. But it's only in the last bit that my acne has been this bad and I just can't stand facing people on a day to day basis with a hideous face. I cry to my mom and to my boyfriend whenever I can't handle the strain anymore. I didn't even go to my boyfriends family thanksgiving because I was too embaressed.. It seems like everyone ONE day that I have a clear face, I get another 3 weeks of horrifying skin.

I think I would do anything to have clear skin. I have such an amazing life and support system. I know even with my acne that I'm a beautiful girl. I'm fit and healthy and my boyfriend tells me I'm beautiful all the time. But theres something inside of me that is completely broken when I look in the mirror and I see my skin. I have no self confidience, and I think that my lack of confidence is taking a toll on my relationship with my sweet, loving, caring boyfriend.

Anyway, I needed to get that out. I hope this can be fixed soon. I feel like these are my prime years at 21, and I'm wasting it away sitting inside, absolutely miserable. I wish I could go out everyday and see my friends. I wish I could wear makeup and go to the store without ducking my head and hiding my face. I wish I wasn't scared of natural light, and going to the gym, and people talking to me and making friendly conversation. I know everyone on here probably feels the same.. and that helps a bit that I'm notthe only one..
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 01:10 PM

That was a a great post and I'm sure 90% of us on here feel the same exact way. I never had any acne in highschool maybe 1 or 2 little tiny pimples a month, but for some odd reason got pretty moderate acne when i turned 20ish. I'm with you now, the prime years of my life at 21 in college and all I do is seclude myself from others, and any and all conversation because of acne. I was the most sociable person ever during high-school played sports, always out with friends having fun, going to parties etc. But now that I've developed stupid effing acne I'm a total loner and it sucks. The regimen has helped though and I'm on my way to being clear again it's just somewhat annoying having to rely on a 20 minute process day & night to have clear skin that other people have by doing nothing. The only downside to the regimen besides the time it takes is flaking AND having such a shiny face which i totally hate. But anyway, I appreciate your honesty in the post & hope you continue to see results with the regimen. Goodluck!

Edited by Tommy17, 09 October 2012 - 01:12 PM.


#8 harlowefey

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:15 PM

Hey! Hahaha.. I'm almost embaressed about my venting. But i know I shouldn't be. Thanks for the support! :) Goodluck to you, too.

DAY 50!!!:

WOW!!! 50 days!! :) For some reason, it feels lucky. And you know what?? My skin is CLEAR! My face is clear, and I have a feeling it is going to stay that way. Absolutely beautiful! :) I'm very happy. Besides some redness, itchiness, and flakiness. But I don't give a f***! I can't even notice it when all I see is beautiful, clear, smooth, glowing skin! :) I'm the happiest girl in the world. I'm celebrating this by going out Sunday night with my bestfriend.

AHA: I absolutely love this shit. It's awesome. At first, your skin is kinda like.. stinging and "ow what the EFF is this shit, you'e putting more stuff on me?". But now that I'm like a week and a half into using it, my skin loves it! I wake up the next morning and my face just looks so much better. Scarring for pimples are gone pretty quickly where my skin is concerned, so any stuff left over will only take a few weeks to disapear. But I think this AHA is really speading up the process.

I feel awesome. I feel like the pretty girl I used to be. I'm going to live my life now.. I'm going to go for a walk and be proud of my skin. :D I'm still going to update, of course. BUT IM REALLY HAPPY AND I HOPE EVERYONE READING THIS FINDS INSPIRATION FROM MY LOG. Don't give up.. I really think this stuff works. Nothing has worked this well for me in a long time. I'm the happiest person alive.. ahahahah :) Going for a walk.

Thanks for reading. xoxoxoxoxooxo

UPDATE:

I'm also going to take tons of pics on Sunday night and I'll post them so people can see my skin! :) Too bad I don't have a before picture.
CURRENT REGIMEN

Morning:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+.
3) Double moisturize: Jojoba oil and Acne.org Regimen Moisturizer.

Night:
1) Acne.org Regimen
2) Spot treat with AHA+. Use AHA+ on full face every Tuesday and Thursday night.
3) Double moisturize.