Nervous To Try Regimen, But Want Clear Skin For My Wedding.newbie regimen sensitive skin dermatitis eczema acne moderate mild gluten
Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:33 PM
I'm 26, have dealt with acne for most of my teen/adult life, and only recently discovered this website.
My acne has been mild-moderate for the most part. I thought it was bad during my teens and early 20s, but it really only got "bad" in my mid-20s (around age 22).
Anyway, I'm getting married in May and would really like to have clear skin for the big day. My skin has been such crap over the past few months (despite going gluten free and getting my thyroid hormones in check), so I'm looking at new options --> specifically, the regimen.
I'm a little reticent to try it though, mainly because I have sensitive skin (developed that way over the past 2 years) and have experienced contact dermatitis/eczema around the eyes while using harsh acne products like BP and salycylic acid (SA has always been easier on my skin than BP though). I managed to heal this and other dry patches on my face by using gentler cleansers (including honey, my new favourite) and moisturizing with argan oil. Sooo...whlie my skin is currently "healed", I'm still dealing with breakouts (definitely hormonally linked for me - happens like clockwork every month). And, I'm still nervous about trying BP products because it took so long for things to normalize.
Any thoughts/recommendations on how I can make this work? I was thinking of trying just a teeny tiny bit of BP once a day (before bed) but doing the other steps 2x/day. Of course, I will avoid the eye area completely. Moreover, WILL it work? I still have a hard time believing anything could clear my skin!
Thanks so much!!
Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:31 AM
Starting any new skin regimen before an important event will always carry an element of risk. From personal experience, and what many others experience through following the regimen is that for the first few months your skin will become worse before it starts to clear. And from worse, it could mean worse breakouts, severely dry flaky skin, overall redness and or severely red/dry patches.
Through my own experience, the first 5 weeks were awful. Painfully dry and burning skin, with severe breakouts and flakiness over which makeup looked awful. From 5 weeks onwards though my skin started improving quickly as it became accustomed to the BP and also after I started to incorporate AHA+. I was completely clear within 3 months, but others have continued to struggle for 6 months or longer.
I encourage most people to give the regimen a go, but in your case only you are going to be able to work out if the risk (because of timeframe) is worth the potential benefit.
Good luck with whatever you decide!
After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo. I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month. I can live with that
I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry. In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:53 PM
I personally had (that's such a nice word to use in this context: had. Jamais vous?) what I would describe as moderate acne. I may be the exception, but I was clear in about five weeks. Of course, there are still other things to figure out at that point, such as redness, dryness, and flakiness. Still, I feel that my skin adapted quite quickly to the treatment. Factor that into your risk-reward model for taking the Regimen. As AyeAye said, you are the only one that can make this decision.
But if you want my opinion, I would tell you to do it asap. It will require more attention than one might expect, but if you feel the way that I felt about my acne (again, love that past tense usage. Feels good) it will be worth it for you.
Posted 09 January 2013 - 04:07 PM
I think you're both very right about weighing the risks. And, I think I'm going to go for it
I know my skin well enough at this point to know what it takes to get it back into balance after a reactive episode, so should that happen, I think I have more than enough time to normalize things again.
That being said, I am going to stay positive and keep a close eye on my reactions and adjust my regimen accordingly.
Fingers crossed for a speedy clearing I'm hoping since my acne isn't too bad that it won't take too long. Thanks again!
Edited by hopeful26, 10 January 2013 - 10:00 AM.
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