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#1 beebark

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 04:33 PM

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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Posted 04 April 2013 - 07:02 PM

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

 

Is the redness really that bad?? I'm a pretty pale person and when I get embarrassed about anything, the redness is pretty apparent. Or even if I start to warm up for my workouts I already get redness on my face. I don't mind it because us pale people like to see a bit of color. I just kind of chalk it out to being pale and having sensitive skin.

 

As for the moisturizer...are you using Dan's moisturizer? Do you use jojoba oil with it? I don't use his, I use a cetaphil lotion and it has been very moisturizng for me. And it doesn't clog my pores either. I have no idea where you live, but if you live in a really cold climate, Dan's moisturizer might not be enough. Try to experiment with adding jojoba oil first. If you have already then try thicker moisturizers that have non-comedogenic ingredients.


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 04 April 2013 - 07:39 PM

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/...-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 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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