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#1 burtsbee

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

It's been about 3 weeks since I started the regimen and I'm currently still breaking out, which is okay while I'm still being patient with the clearing up process. 

However, I'm having issues with severe itchiness and my face BURNS when I apply benzyl peroxide now..

I upped the dosage a little, but starting cutting down because of the serve itchiness and burning on my face. 

Should I add in jojoba oil to decrease the itchiness and burning?

Also, I can see that my acne is flattening out, but is it alright if the areas were my acne is flattening out are turning into red and purple-y blotches? I'm not sure if this is just alot of hyperpigmentation, but it's just extremely red and blotchy on my skin. 



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:18 AM

All of those problems you're having are completely normal. Just keep it going and it should eventually subside. Definitely start using the jojoba oil though! It's a godsend for people on the regimen with dry/irritated skin. Good luck! :)



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

Thank you for your response! I will be going out to buy jojoba oil today to calm the redness! My skin is not even really on the severely dry side during this regimen..I'm not sure if the jojoba oil will help with the itchiness, but I'm hoping so!



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 02:56 PM

I'm also about 3 weeks in, and I'm experiencing what you are. I'm still getting pimples here and there, but they are not the huge ones I was dealing with beforehand. All the other pimples are flattening out and now I have lots of dark spots. But I'd rather have the dark spots than lots of active pimples that's for sure. I started using jojoba oil right away with the regimen. My face was so flaky and it really helped. Last week I noticed that my face was getting less dry and flaky and didn't burn. Now into week 3 it's starting again, I'm guessing because I'm upping the bp dosage, so I'm going to take it easy on that and just take my time.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:06 PM

When I started the regimen I used the full BP amount prescribed by Dan's it was such a wrong move on my part because I should have taken it slow with the BP. My skin was dry and red and itchy and I felt like everytime I put on moisturizer my face was gonna burn of. I stuck to it though and eventually around the 4th week the dryness started diminishing. I still had cystic acne, but that was about the time they started going away.

 

Jojoba oil works wonders! I got it a week into a regimen and it definitely helps. Also, don't be afraid to apply moisturizer throughout the day when you are feeling dry and itchy. At night you can double the amount too. I don't really mind looking so greasy because I'm just going to bed.


Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + Neutrogena Moisture with SPF 15 + 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 Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
 
Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25 (for redness)
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20 (for mattefying)
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff (for even skin tone)
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)
- 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. --- http://www.acne.org/...gimenwith-pics/

 

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. --- http://www.acne.org/...he-philippines/


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:28 PM

Yes unfortunately the very red patches are completely normal (and not hyper-pigmentation), but it does fade in time and sometimes quite suddenly. .  I didn't find that the jojoba oil helped with the redness, only the flakiness, but its still a good product to introduce.

 

I've always thought that Step 1 of the Regimen should be "take yourself off to a deserted island for 1 month so you can get through the worst of the red, dry burning itchy skin stage without having to deal with the outside world'. :)


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 smile.png

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.


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Posted 21 March 2013 - 11:02 PM

Thank you for all the responses! I'm glad that I'm not the only experiencing the red patches and burning skin.

and I'm glad the red patches are normal. Hopefully I can get through this itchy, red patches, and burning phase soon....



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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

You'll be breaking out for three more weeks I'm afraid. You'll have to read the post I made bellow to find out why:

 

http://www.acne.org/...ith-the-regime/

 

Hang in there! :)


08/20/13: Acne is gone!! Success thread here ---> http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/333646-milk-free-diet-cleared-my-cystic-acne-and/ 

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My Regimen: Dairy, Sugar, Caffeine, and *mostly* Gluten FREE Diet.

My Previous Regimen Here: http://www.acne.org/...6-years-try-it/
My FAQ's Are Written Here: http://www.acne.org/...t-day-and-faqs/

My Experiences with Dan's Regimen: http://www.acne.org/...t-acne-regimen/