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hi guys...just wanted to introduce myself. my name is chrissy, i'm 28, and i've had acne for about 14 years. i think it might have gotten worse with age. basically i have tiny white bumps all over my face (it's the worst on my cheeks and jawline) and also get regular pimples and very occasionally large cysts (i can only think of a few times i have gotten a cyst, i think). i have super sensitive skin, so even if i look "reasonably" clear with makeup, underneath that i have a bunch of red scars. i guess sometimes you can't really tell, unless you look at me up close, but my face is literally COVERED with tiny and not so tiny, under the skin bumps. i haven't left the house without makeup in 14 years. sometimes people even comment on how much makeup i wear, which really hurts, because obviously i don't enjoy having to wear a mask on my face every day just to go out in public. i've tried everything except accutane, literally everything, and i recently started spironolactone today, but i am pretty terrified. i heard the initial breakout is pretty terrible...i don't really know what to expect.

i've been to so many doctors, tried topical creams, antibiotics, lasers, vitamins, oils-you name it...nothing has helped. i don't expect this to help either. i guess i've pretty much gotten used to the fact that i will have acne for the rest of my life and will have to hide my face constantly. i just want some relief. my self-esteem is in the toilet...whenever someone tells me i'm pretty all i can think of is "ARE YOU BLIND?!" i thought by age 28, i'd have better things to worry about than how i looked, but nothing has changed.

anyway, after that super depressing introduction, here are a few non-terrible things about myself: i live in NYC, i LOVE cats (i have two that i rescued personally), and horses. i'm a pecetarian, wannabe vegan and i LOVE to cook. i work at a magazine, even though i love run-on sentences and not using capitalization.

hoping to gain some faith and meet some like-minded people. i've been stalking these message boards since 2008, but only finally gained the courage to post today.

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Hi Chrissy, my name is Nicole and like you I have suffered from acne for many many many years. I think it started when I was 13 or 14. I am 24 now and just about a month ago, I gave Dan's regimen a chance before thinking of getting into Accutane. I hope you give Dan's regimen a try because it has greatly helped my acne just a little over a month into it. I don't use exactly his products, but store bought ones with more or less the same ingredients.

I have tried the BCP, Antibiotics, Spiro and yes they helped...for a little while. I have also tried benzoyl peroxide before but never in the way Dan suggested...following his video turorials has helped get me clear. I hope it can do the same for you.

Good luck! :)


Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Lotion/Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20

The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Power

Smashbox Photoset Pressed Power in Light
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fuide in Cashew

- Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)

- Eyecream: Clinique All About Eyes
- Medication: Diane 35
Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013

And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png

This is my Regimen journey. ---

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. ---

This is my two year update on The Regimen and the products I have used ---


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hoping to gain some faith and meet some like-minded people.

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Hi Chrissy, my name is Nicole and like you I have suffered from acne for many many many years. I think it started when I was 13 or 14. I am 24 now and just about a month ago, I gave Dan's regimen a chance before thinking of getting into Accutane. I hope you give Dan's regimen a try because it has greatly helped my acne just a little over a month into it. I don't use exactly his products, but store bought ones with more or less the same ingredients.

I have tried the BCP, Antibiotics, Spiro and yes they helped...for a little while. I have also tried benzoyl peroxide before but never in the way Dan suggested...following his video turorials has helped get me clear. I hope it can do the same for you.

Good luck! smile.png

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Hi Chrissy, my name is Nicole and like you I have suffered from acne for many many many years. I think it started when I was 13 or 14. I am 24 now and just about a month ago, I gave Dan's regimen a chance before thinking of getting into Accutane. I hope you give Dan's regimen a try because it has greatly helped my acne just a little over a month into it. I don't use exactly his products, but store bought ones with more or less the same ingredients.

I have tried the BCP, Antibiotics, Spiro and yes they helped...for a little while. I have also tried benzoyl peroxide before but never in the way Dan suggested...following his video turorials has helped get me clear. I hope it can do the same for you.

Good luck! smile.png

Thank you! I was just put on a regimen by my derm doc, so...i'm hoping that will help me a little, but if not, i'll try Dan's regimen. Did you find spiro gave you a horrible initial breakout? i'm really nervous about that...


Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Lotion/Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil

Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20

The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Power

Smashbox Photoset Pressed Power in Light
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fuide in Cashew

- Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)

- Eyecream: Clinique All About Eyes
- Medication: Diane 35
Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013

And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png

This is my Regimen journey. ---

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. ---

This is my two year update on The Regimen and the products I have used ---


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hey chrissy, totally feel your pain. I'm 24 and I've had acne for about 9 years now. My skin is super sensitive too so that plays into it. I've been to the derm so many times over the years that I feel like I'm a walking guinea pig for every antibiotic and topical cream that has ever been invented. I completely understand what you mean about the compliments things, too. I've actually had girls tell me I'm "cute" before and the first thought that pops into my head is "IS THIS CHICK BLIND AND/OR CRAZY?" because it just doesn't make sense to me when all I see is a scarred up beast-man when I look into a mirror. tongue.png

btw, I also love cats, and run-on sentences are the best thing ever because they run on for a long time and you don't have to worry about periods and commas and that kind of shit and it is great fun to play around with those kind of sentences *takes breath* biggrin.png

but yes, welcome to the forums. great community here (I frequent the emotional affects section mostly to vent) and I'm sure you'll fit right in. good luck with spiro, I know there's one girl on this site who swears by it and has had great success in documenting her improvements/progress and stuff.


Daily Regimen:
-Clean and Clear Foaming Cleanser
-Dan's 2.5% BP
-Jojoba oil as moisturizer

Nightly Regimen:
-Clean and Clear Foaming Cleanser
-Dan's 2.5% BP
-Cetaphil moisturizer + a few drops of Jojoba oil

My Regimen Log:








 


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hi guys...just wanted to introduce myself. my name is chrissy, i'm 28, and i've had acne for about 14 years. i think it might have gotten worse with age. basically i have tiny white bumps all over my face (it's the worst on my cheeks and jawline) and also get regular pimples and very occasionally large cysts (i can only think of a few times i have gotten a cyst, i think). i have super sensitive skin, so even if i look "reasonably" clear with makeup, underneath that i have a bunch of red scars. i guess sometimes you can't really tell, unless you look at me up close, but my face is literally COVERED with tiny and not so tiny, under the skin bumps. i haven't left the house without makeup in 14 years. sometimes people even comment on how much makeup i wear, which really hurts, because obviously i don't enjoy having to wear a mask on my face every day just to go out in public. i've tried everything except accutane, literally everything, and i recently started spironolactone today, but i am pretty terrified. i heard the initial breakout is pretty terrible...i don't really know what to expect.

i've been to so many doctors, tried topical creams, antibiotics, lasers, vitamins, oils-you name it...nothing has helped. i don't expect this to help either. i guess i've pretty much gotten used to the fact that i will have acne for the rest of my life and will have to hide my face constantly. i just want some relief. my self-esteem is in the toilet...whenever someone tells me i'm pretty all i can think of is "ARE YOU BLIND?!" i thought by age 28, i'd have better things to worry about than how i looked, but nothing has changed.

anyway, after that super depressing introduction, here are a few non-terrible things about myself: i live in NYC, i LOVE cats (i have two that i rescued personally), and horses. i'm a pecetarian, wannabe vegan and i LOVE to cook. i work at a magazine, even though i love run-on sentences and not using capitalization.

hoping to gain some faith and meet some like-minded people. i've been stalking these message boards since 2008, but only finally gained the courage to post today.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Hey Chrissy, sorry to hear of your plight. I'm nearly 24 and have been suffering since I was 14, initially severe teenage acne, but now, adult acne. These bumps you speak of - are they mainly on your jaw line and under your chin? Also, is your diet high in sugars??? Han x.

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>Hey Chrissy, sorry to hear of your plight. I'm nearly 24 and have been suffering since I was 14, initially severe teenage acne, but now, adult acne. These bumps you speak of - are they mainly on your jaw line and under your chin? Also, is your diet high in sugars??? Han x.

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It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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i've tried everything except accutane, literally everything


80%-20% Alkaline forming vs Acid forming Diet

`Organic~
I don't consume:
*Dairy
*Whole grains
*Refined sugars
*Table salt
*Vegetable oils
*Processed/Fast foods
*Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
As well as the pesticides/herbicides that come with them

My philosophy: Less externally, more internally

Even taking long hot showers in chemically treated tap water is too harsh for acne prone skin

(And that's without a face wash)

This site is absolutely loaded with info on curing acne internally


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i've tried everything except accutane, literally everything

Including...a diet overhaul? Including blood/liver cleansing? Taking vitamins on top of a crap diet won't do any good. There are so many ways to help yourself via what you consume/don't consume

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Start waterfasting. Then to fix your leaky gut (all acne is caused by this) try probiotics and become a vegan. Also avoid dairy, gluten and all unnatural foods. Acne is just a symptom of bad eating and can be corrected once you get on the right track.

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Start waterfasting. Then to fix your leaky gut (all acne is caused by this) try probiotics and become a vegan. Also avoid dairy, gluten and all unnatural foods. Acne is just a symptom of bad eating and can be corrected once you get on the right track.

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