Hi guys! Just checking in. I haven't really been on here for a couple of days since I've been busy with work. I guess I just wanted to give a quick update on my skin and also since I have been on the regimen for a couple of months now...a quick "what I have learned" post.
HERE'S WHAT I'VE LEARNED:
1. Everybodys skin is different. And the same product will react differently to different people not only because of their skin types but also because of their skin sensitivity, or where they live, or because of their lifestyle...etc. In my old posts I have mentioned that I do not currently use any of Dan's products, so my store bought regimen products won't always be the best choice for others. Cleansers and moisturizers were not created equally so be a very conscious regimen user. Listen to your skin but also listen to Dan's instructions.
2. The regimen shouldn't be something you go into lightly. You should be emotionally, physically, financially prepared to go through discomfort and maybe even a little embarrassment when you get into it. A lot of redness, skin shedding and having that hot sun burnt feeling isn't for the weak. I also say financially because let's face it, not all of us have easy access to the right products and sometimes ordering online can take a toll on our wallets.
3. Prevention is better than cure. Or in our case, since acne has no definite cure, prevention is better than something-that-makes-acne-go-away-fast. The regimen has always been advertised as something that controls acne. This isn't a gimmick that they tell you to use for 3 months and it takes your acne away and you don't have to use it anymore. It is a preventative measure to keep your skin as acne free as possible. So it is always a possibility that you still get acne even when being on the regimen.
4. Sometimes being a girl sucks! Yes, there is that time of the month where everything goes haywire and zits just want to come out of our faces. And sadly sometimes even The Regimen can't handle it. Although it has controlled my acne, hormones are just too strong sometimes. But no worries, they do go away quicker being on The Regimen.
5. Sulking won't get you anywhere. I know first hand that we can all get depressed when our skin gets bad. It is painful and embarrassing and you get self conscious and you get bullied and get called bad names and people just look down on you and feel sorry for you. If you continue to dwell on the bad, then you will stay there for a really long time. Just remember that it does get better but you have to make a conscious effort to start. And as hard as it is, you have to lift yourself up during those times when other don't. Surround yourself with the best possible family and friends that have your back.
6. Jojoba oil and AHA are the shit! I was sooooo skeptical about jojoba oil starting the regimen. It didn't make sense to me at all to put oil on an already oily face. I was thinking...what kind of dumb idea is this Dan guy trying to put into my head that it will make my skin nice and soft and will help with clearing my acne. After deciding to give it a try, I should probably put my foot in my mouth. It has done so much good for my skin that I can't get enough of the stuff. Twice a day I put this stuff on with my moisturizer and it has made my skin so much softer, made my face not as shiny looking and it makes my makeup go on much better. As for AHA, well it has been a god send in taking away a lot of they hyper pigmentation left by my acne. I have nothing but LOVE for these products.
7. Makeup looks better on good skin. I bet most of use girls on here have tried so much makeup because we need to find the perfect acne cover-up. When I got clear I just saw the difference and my makeup looked so much better now that I had nothing to hide. Going bare-faced is even better. I am not a total girly girl...so my tomboy self loves that I don't have to spend so much time trying to hide my acne covered face. When I do put on makeup, these days I go very light and it looks 10x better.
8. Patience is a requirement. Clear skin will not happen overnight. The Regimen could help get you there but do not expect miracles to happen. Do not get so anxious that other people have cleared there skin in a month and you haven't. It will always be different but you just need to give things time to do their job. You know how it is...when something is sooooo fucked up, you can't expect things to get better right away...it is a process.
This has somewhat been a lengthy post but if you got to this part it means you actually took your time to read it. Basically just my two cents about being on the regimen. I wish all the new regimen users luck.
In case you haven't seen how bad my acne was, I shall link before and after pics.
And there you go. Have a good day everyone!