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This is is my first forum post, and I have been on the Regimen for (at least) 16 months. I have had such great progress and this stuff has worked wonders on my face. It has gotten rid of acne as well as acne scars. I was prescribed Accutane and took the medication about 3 years ago and while it did completely get rid of my severe acne, the side effects were harsh. I am here to talk about one side effect that is still present, and that is facial redness. Almost like a Rosacea type of effect, but not Rosacea. Cheeks are ALWAYS red and because I am aware of it, whenever I get embarrassed, nervous, or feel pressure I automatically think "Oh boy, please don't let my face get red." (which makes it worse) I am no expert, but I can safely say The Regimen does not help the redness. The moisturizer, while successful for most of my experience with it, has started to leave a dry effect on my face no matter how much I put on. I even have some skin peelings around my face. It then leaves a burning sensation which also leads to irritation and redness. Regardless, the facial redness is something I hope to start putting an end to. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on how to make the redness go away.

So two things I am having major difficulty with:

  1. Moisturizer -------> Leaves an irritable feeling and does not moisturize my face.
  2. Facial redness -------> Almost ALWAYS PRESENT and The Regimen isn't solving this problem.

*(BEFORE YOU ANSWER: Don't answer with comments like "stop using The Regimen", "Go see a Derm", or anything like that. I am well aware of the obvious solutions and I am looking for someone with a deeper and better knowledge for this stuff)

AND REGARDLESS OF YOUR ANSWER THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! banana.gif

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This is is my first forum post, and I have been on the Regimen for (at least) 16 months. I have had such great progress and this stuff has worked wonders on my face. It has gotten rid of acne as well as acne scars. I was prescribed Accutane and took the medication about 3 years ago and while it did completely get rid of my severe acne, the side effects were harsh. I am here to talk about one side effect that is still present, and that is facial redness. Almost like a Rosacea type of effect, but not Rosacea. Cheeks are ALWAYS red and because I am aware of it, whenever I get embarrassed, nervous, or feel pressure I automatically think "Oh boy, please don't let my face get red." (which makes it worse) I am no expert, but I can safely say The Regimen does not help the redness. The moisturizer, while successful for most of my experience with it, has started to leave a dry effect on my face no matter how much I put on. I even have some skin peelings around my face. It then leaves a burning sensation which also leads to irritation and redness. Regardless, the facial redness is something I hope to start putting an end to. I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice on how to make the redness go away.

So two things I am having major difficulty with:

  1. Moisturizer -------> Leaves an irritable feeling and does not moisturize my face.
  2. Facial redness -------> Almost ALWAYS PRESENT and The Regimen isn't solving this problem.

*(BEFORE YOU ANSWER: Don't answer with comments like "stop using The Regimen", "Go see a Derm", or anything like that. I am well aware of the obvious solutions and I am looking for someone with a deeper and better knowledge for this stuff)

AND REGARDLESS OF YOUR ANSWER THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP! banana.gif


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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It maybe time to change moisturisers if you're finding that your skin is still reacting after such a long time following the regimen. Even if you're using all of Dan's products, try switching for a while to see if that helps.

Here is a link that suggests some over the counter products and ingredients to avoid.

http://www.acne.org/supplies-guide.inc.html


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.


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