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!
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!
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
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..