1. What topical products did you try before the regimen?
--- I have tried numerous topicals. Salicylic acid, 10% benzoyl peroxide (not the complete regimen). scrubs, witch hazel, retin-a..etc.
2. You mention these photos were 3 years ago when your acne was at its worst. But right before when you started the regimen, was that how your face looked or was it better compared to the photos that you shown?
--- when I started the regimen I was on Diane 35, a BCP which helped a little bit. It lessened the acne on my forehead and nose, but my jawline and chin were still crowded with cysts.
3. My jawline area is similar to yours. The difference however is i have a lot of cystic pimples in that area. Your jawline in the photo of your left face are more like cysts though i see some cystic pimples. Is that area around your jawline and cheeks called cysts whereas some spots in your face where its a pimple called a cystic pimple? For example would it be correct to say most of your face had lumpy cysts whereas you had not that many cystic pimples?
--- yes, those were mostly cysts on my jawline.
4. I see the regimen you use with the cetaphil cleanser, then dan's bp 2.5 and then the cetaphil moisturizer. Would you say using cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer is a must? Would it be a bad idea to use cerave cleanser or cetaphil moisturizer? What about a cleanser like purpose cleanser? The thing is that feels more like baby shampoo so maybe that won't be effective? Do you think if you use cerave moisturizing lotion, or some other thing like aveeno moisturizing lotion with collaidal oatmeal that might not work? I heard ppl mention olay moisturizer for spf 15 people mentioned. Thus don't take any chances and do cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer?
--- I use cerave as my day time moisturizer because it absorbs well into my skin faster. but for night time moisturizing, i prefer cetaphil. You can use cerave, others have used it successfully yo clear their acne on the regimen. I have no experience with purpose so I couldn't say. I basically just use cetaphil because it works and it doesn't break me out and it is always readily available where I'm from.
5. Did you use any makeup while you were on the regimen?
--- I did use a tinted moisturizer for a while but I have it up until I was clear because with the regimen you tend to get really sensitive skin. to the point where your skin feels like its burning. I started make-up again when my skin got used to the BP already.
6. Did your cystic pimples/acne ever bled when you cleansed your face? I know you are suppose to be gentle washing your face on the regimen.
--- nope. i was very gentle. but i still picked at them though which is the main reason why it bled.
7. You mentioned your acne cleared after 10 weeks. You also mentioned your hyperpigmentation went away. How long did it took for the hyperpigmentation to go away? Because i know benzoyl peroxide makes red marks last longer but the way you talked about hyperpigmention, you said it went away pretty easily. Was it because of the 10 percent aha u used or the jojoba oil? Which do you contribute it more to? Because i would have thought the hyperpigmention you had would take an extremely long time to go away because of the active acne you had in the pictures?
--- AHA definitely helped with the hyper pigmentation. Once my skin was used to the BP, I incorporated AHA in and spot treated my red marks before I put the BP on my face. This worked much faster for me than putting on the AHA after the BP. It takes time, but it eventually does go away. I also use it as a spot treatment for new pimples. They go away much faster without leaving any red marks.
8. My derm recommended me to take solodyn and use epiduo. I dont have insurance and solodyn cost $1000 usd per month and i was told i have to take it for 3 whole months. Problem is i read reviews about it and many say its not worth it and many said it doesn't do much. I dont mind paying 1000 usd per month for it if i know it would work but when reviews say its not so great etc, obviously i dont want to bother with it. Are you familiar with epiduo? It cost $100 per bottle i believe and derm told me to use this. I see its bp 2.5 and 1 percent adalepene. I was told by my derm it would take 3 months for it to show results. Do you think i should go with the epiduo or go with Dan's regimen? The price to me is not a big difference as epiduo might cost max $150 and it last 3 months and dan's bp cost 45 dollars or so for 3 months.
--- I don't have any experience with epiduo. So I couldn't really give you my opinion.
Do you think i should go with dan's regimen or go with the epiduo? I really want to go with dan's regimen after looking at your photos but then again i kinda want to do what my derm says and use epiduo.
--- I say do your research and see which is more doable for you and your lifestyle. The regimen isn't something to get into lightly. It takes patience and determination since in the first few weeks the regimen can be very uncomfortable. It is really up to you.
9. Do you believe the other stuff you did helped your cystic acne? You mentioned you started taking zinc and d3 but that was after this cystic acne cleared up? I used zinc and d3 before and it didn't help at all.
--- I think maybe it did help that I was on the birth control, but really most of it was because of the regimen.
10. The other thing is whenever i had acne i used an aqua glycolic cleanser for my face and washed it pretty harsh for the cystic pimples i use to have. Back then i cleared up my acne this way... it would bleed b/c i wash it hard but it worked for me this way. Now it doesn't work anymore. I also used neutrogena acne defense lotion that has 2 percent salcylic acid for acne i had and it usually helped. But for my cystic pimples, it doesn't do much it seems.
Would you say benzoyl peroxide is the best for these pimples? The thing is i used BP many years ago back when i used the regimen and it didn't work for me. I also didn't do the regimen correctly but back then the reason why i stopped was b/c i heard benzoyl peroxide made red marks last longer. I read that is true when i ask others this which is why i go with salyclic acid as oppose to BP. That is the reason why i refused to use any bp because it made red marks take very long to fade.
Do you think that is untrue since your marks cleared pretty quickly? Basically all i want was an acne cream that cleared pimples but didn't leave any red marks. The salyclic acid 2 percent cream i used worked many years for me when i got pimples but now it isn't that effective anymore.
I'm not a dermatologist so I can't say BP is best, but it worked best for me under the context of the regimen. I have used BP before too and it was harsh and irritating and most probably I gave up too quickly. But with the regimen, and reading more about it, I understood that everything was a process and like any other, it needed time and patience.
Red marks do last longer. Before the regimen, my healed pimple marks went away in two days, Under the regimen it took a few weeks like 2 or 3 to get rid of. But with continuous use, you stop getting acne, so no acne, so red marks.