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#1 jennb90

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 03:36 PM

Hello All,

I'm new to the regime. I haven't started yet as i am waiting for the cleanser and BP in the mail which will hopefully get to me by the weekend or sometime next week. I thought i would start a log on here to document my process for myself and to also get advice and opinions. I've decided that i'm going to use my own moisturizer. I'm currently using the Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for Combination skin. 

 

Here is a list of the products i'm currently using:

 

CleanserJosie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil

Day Moisturizer - Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF30

Spot treatment - Acne Free Terminator 10 (10% Micro-Benzoyl Peroxide)

Night Moisturizer - Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture Combination Skin

 

Suprisingly the Argan Oil cleanser is making my acne slightly better. Not that its curing it or anything. It also makes my "good skin" look and feel very nice. I am a little scared to start this regime based on some of the logs i have been reading. But i'm also excited at the same time. I just hope my face doesn't break out too bad. 

 

A little history:

I'm 23 now. In high school my acne wasn't very bad at all. I had a couple zits here and there but for the most part i was clear. It wasn't until my first year of college that i started to break out more. Of course i tried all kinds of things from the drugstore. Some things sort of helped but most didn't keep my acne away. Thats when i also started to develop scaring from the acne i was getting. At that point it wasn't too bad. It wasn't until last year that my skin got worse. After i used this one cleanser my face just broke out. I only used the cleanser once. Since then i have tried many things from CVS to Sephora. I have finally realized that my cleanser should just be a cleanser and not have medication in it. I haven't gone to a dermatologist before. Although i have been considering it. I thought i would try Acne.org's regime first as a last try.

 

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So my regime will consist of Dan's cleanser and BP and 2 of he moisturizers i listed above. But i'm kind of hesistant to stop using the cleanser i am currently using. I was thinking of washing my face for example: Monday with the cleanser i use now and then Tuesday use Dan's and then Wednesday us mine and so on. Does anyone thing that will interfere with my skin clearing up? The reason i want to use 2 cleansers is because my face gets use to cleansers and then that don't seem to be as affective. I feel like the Argan Cleanser may help the dryness i will experience later with the regime. Let me know your thoughts on this!

 

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Posted 29 May 2013 - 04:39 PM

I'm wishing you lots of luck! Awesome to see another person giving the Regimen a try. I'm on Week 3 myself. :) I'll be sure to follow your progress! 



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 05:00 PM

Welcome as well!  i am a month into the regimen and have had improvements!  I don't think Dan's cleanser will be a problem as it is a very basic cleanser so there should be no reason to ease into it if you don't want to.  i also use neutrogenia moisturizer but i use the one for sensitive skin.

 

My advice to you is be prepared to break out, maybe even worse but know that this is a good next step before trying a derm (i've been to 6 so far and none have been able to help me).  I would also recommend diet changes just for the heck of it (no dairy and maybe no gluten for 3 months).  Keep posting as there is a group of us that recently just started and we are VERY supportive of each other



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Posted 29 May 2013 - 07:30 PM

Thanks for the replies! I think I will try to cut out dairy. Might be a little harder with the gluten.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 09:20 AM

Hello again, 

Still waiting on my regime delivery.

 

Skin update:

My skin seems to be getting better even though i haven't tried the regime yet. The products i'm using right now i really don't think would prevent acne so i'm still planning on trying out the regime. I have heard that argan oil does help with acne, so i guess its true considering how my face has been doing. I haven't been using the argan oil cleanser for that long really. Before i was using a cleanser by Boscia. Its a black cleanser that has charcoal in it and its all natural. That was clearing up my acne a little bit when i first started using it. But then my face got used to it and the cleanser wasn't clearing up anything. I hate having to change cleansers its really annoying. Another good thing that is happening is my dark spots/acne scars are getting lighter. They only started doing this once i started using the Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil and the Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Moisturizer SPF30. Those 2 are new products to my skincare routine. So i guess this says something. Maybe these products could work for you.

 

A Goal of mine - to stop picking! its going to be so hard.

 

Another Question:

Since i am applying a 10% benzoyl peroxide as a spot treatment right now, should i stop? I'm just wondering if my skin might react badly to going from that and then all of the suddenly using a 2.5% bp all over my face.



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 05:10 PM

So i thought i'd show what my face looks like before i start the regime. Most of what you see is scaring. Which makes my face look a lot worse then it actually is lol. Most of the red you see aren't active acne its just the aftermath. There are only a couple actives. I hope the pictures show up.

 

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:06 PM

Yay i finally got Dan's products in the mail today! I will update later tonight to let whoever reads this know what i think of trying them for the first time.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

Welcome to the club!! Please be sure to follow the instructions for the regimen to the T and be consistent. You will see results in no time if you stick with it and don't get discouraged... Best of luck and keep us up to date on your progress... :)



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:12 PM

Welcome to the club!! Please be sure to follow the instructions for the regimen to the T and be consistent. You will see results in no time if you stick with it and don't get discouraged... Best of luck and keep us up to date on your progress... smile.png

Thanks!!! I will be sure to update.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:43 PM

I remember how excited I was when I first got Dan's products, haha...gotta love it! Wishing you lots of luck and a smooth start. 



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 07:05 PM

I strongly recommend not using your own moisturizer to begin the regimen. Neutrogena's Oil-free moisturizer is good (I have it too for my oily skin), but you should really stick with the three main products if you want to get clear quicker. Other products may alter your results. Just my opinion.



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 08:29 PM

I remember how excited I was when I first got Dan's products, haha...gotta love it! Wishing you lots of luck and a smooth start. 

Thanks so much. I started following your progress.



I strongly recommend not using your own moisturizer to begin the regimen. Neutrogena's Oil-free moisturizer is good (I have it too for my oily skin), but you should really stick with the three main products if you want to get clear quicker. Other products may alter your results. Just my opinion.

Thanks for the tip.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 08:55 AM

Day 1 (last night)

 

Cleanser - It lathered really well which i was happy about and it didn't have much of a smell to it. To me it smells like a hospital lol or like soap that might be at a hospital. I noticed while i was waiting to put the bp on that my skin didn't feel dry. Normally after washing my face my skin feels pretty dry. So that was nice. 

 

Benzoyl Peroxide - This went on very smoothly which was nice since your suppose to put it on gentle. I tried using a pea size amount (i have the 8oz bp) but i feel like i put too much lol. I can't tell how much is too much. I don't want to start out using too much the first week. hmm.

 

So obviously from only doing this once there isn't any difference in my skin yet. I noticed that my skin felt a little itchy today. But its very minimal. That could just be in my head lol. I found it interesting that in the video on how to do the regime Dan says to us a pea sized amount of the bp only at night for the first week and then the second week increase the amount a little and us day and night. But in another video when he demonstrates how much you use he says the first week you can use the bp morning and night (unless you have sensitive skin). And also in that video i think he says the second week you can go up to a whole finger. Lol so which is it? I'm just going to follow the step by step animation video. Because that one tells you to go slow and i think thats better.

 

Alright i will update later. I was thinking weekly updates instead of daily ones. Unless something interesting happens.



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Posted 06 June 2013 - 10:52 AM

I wish you the best of luck, be gentle and patient that is the key! 



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:21 AM

Day 5

 

Not much has happened these past 5 days. Not that i expected much. My face has burned a little bit after applying bp to my face. One thing that is slightly annoying is that when i'm applying the bp my eyes burn and start to tear up a bit. But that settles down after a couple minutes. I'm not really too worried about it. I'm not putting the bp on my eyes if thats what your wondering. I have been avoiding that area.

 

In terms of my current actives they are starting to go away. Nothing new has popped up. I know this is just a "fake out" lol. Week 2 is near and i'm curious about how many actives will pop up. I've noticed a couple clogged pores on my nose. I keep looking at myself in the mirror. I know i should stop haha. I usually do this in the morning to see if any "magic" has happened over night. Which i know hasn't but i guess i'm just impatient already for my clear skin. I guess we'll see in a couple months or more.

 

One thing i'm curious about.

I have read some logs on here of people talking about the flaking. Which i know about, but some are saying skin is like sloughing off of their face lol. Is this an exaggeration? They just make it seem like sheets of dead skin is just hanging off of their face haha. I should hope it wouldn't be that bad.



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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:31 AM

Day 7

 

Well it is officially a week since i started the regime. So for the first week not too much happened. I got a couple actives. I think maybe 4. But most are going away quickly. My chin and around my mouth has gotten a little flaky. My eyes still burn when i put the bp on. But other then that nothing major really. So tomorrow i will start putting the bp on twice a day and up the amount as well.  I'm just now thinking that maybe i have been using too little an amount of bp. I wouldn't say that the 4 actives i got was a break out. Because i didn't get them all at the same time. But i guess we'll see what happens this second week since its suppose to be the worst



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 11:53 AM

Week 2 (Day 8)

 

So Today is the day i start using the bp morning and night. I have already  done so this morning. My face feels like it was burning a little longer then usual but nothing too bad. I've noticed that i'm flaking a little more around my mouth and on my chin. The current actives that i have are slowly going down. Right now i have 5 actives on my face. 

 

Forehead - 2

Nose - 0

Right Cheek - 1

Left Cheek - 1

Left Temple - 1

Right Temple - 0

Chin - 0

 

They are all taking their sweet old time going away but its happening. One really annoying thing that happens once in a blue moon is getting an active in my ear. Those hurt! lol I decided to put some bp on it and see what happens. I'm trying really hard not to pick. I do catch myself touching my face. But i'm trying to remember to touch with the back of my hand. My face has gotten a little itchy so thats why i'm doing that. Hopefully i can keep going with the no picking thing. I don't want to create anymore scares then i already have. Right now things seem to just be normal. I don't have more acne than i normally do and i don't have any less. I'm sure that will change this week. But i'm excited about being clear.

 

Oh on another note. My mother is recommending me go to a dermatologist. I told her i would rather not go on some sort of retinoid. I'm on a regimen right now you know lol. I really want to see what happens with this before trying other things. It seems like this happens often. My sister has played a big part in trying to help me figure out what might work for my skin to make it better. I found this site on my own. But in the past every time my sister finds something she thinks might help i start using a new product and ditching the old one. Which means i end up using all these products and switching way too often. I have given things time before, but not the amount of time i'm going to be giving this regimen. She has already tried to get me to use some other product lol. I might end up seeing a derm anyway. I'm not sure. I guess it would be good to go to see what they say about my skin and what they might think the problem with it is. But i really don't want them to give me a treatment.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:12 PM

You're doing great so far, keep it up! In terms of retinoids, I've tried just about every single one that a derm can prescribe, lol...they work okay but it's just a spot treatment method so I find it WAYYYY less effective than the Regimen. The great thing about the Regimen is your focusing on your whole face to prevent pimples from forming instead of using a retinoid to heal preexisting pimples quicker.



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Posted 13 June 2013 - 10:45 PM

You're doing great so far, keep it up! In terms of retinoids, I've tried just about every single one that a derm can prescribe, lol...they work okay but it's just a spot treatment method so I find it WAYYYY less effective than the Regimen. The great thing about the Regimen is your focusing on your whole face to prevent pimples from forming instead of using a retinoid to heal preexisting pimples quicker.

 

Thanks! Yeah, you know i've just read a lot about peoples experiences with retinoids and a lot of people seem to not have success with them. I'm sure there are people out there who use them and they work great for them but i'm a bit iffy about them. Anyways i'm glad i found Dan's regimen and hopefully i have great success with it as most have.



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 04:50 PM

Day 9

 

Damnit i picked my skin today!!! eusa_wall.gif

 

Not much to say today except that my skin is burning a bit more after i apply the bp. I get a little pink on my cheeks next to my nose as well but thats it. And i only burn in certain areas of my face. Its only my chin, under my nose and the sides of my nose on my cheeks area. I'm glad i don't look red. Maybe thats because of my skin tone?