This will be used as a journal so I can hopefully motivate myself to stick with the Regimen.
Any words of encouragement would be greatly welcomed. I really really want to stay motivated and stick with the plan.
Here is my history:
I am a 333 year old female and first suffered from acne at age 12. I have had only a few years of clear skin in the past 21 years. I have seen many doctor's and worked with a Dermatologist. I stopped going to the Derm when she said my last step was Accutane and I refused.
In December 2012 I began going to a Medi-Spa in hopes of clearing up my acne, however, it made everything worse. They tried a variety of things which only seemed to make it worse and cause scarring (which I only had a little of in the past).
I tried doing the Regimen a couple weeks ago, but the benzol peroxide caused my skin to get very dry and then I couldn't cover up my acne. I'm a performer and my type of performing requires me to interact with the audience. Although I don't require hiding all of my acne, the dry skin/acne combo made it awful and I had to stop. I think I started a bit too aggressively too. I'm ready to try again though and will be finished all performances in the next three weeks.
What I will share is that I have never let acne interfere with my life. I have always worn very little cover up, that is until this Spring. The Medi Spa has caused so much discolouration and scaring, that I felt very insecure and began wearing cover up daily. I now only use some mineral powder on my face and when I have white heads, I use a cover up stick.
Over the course of twenty years, here is what I have tried.
Over the counter topical medication.
Prescription acne topical cream.
Three different types of antibiotics. (The only one that was very effective was a very heavy dose of Tetracyline when I was in my teens)
Proactive (this caused me the best success as a topical solution)
Two different types of chemical peels
Radio frequency technology (Accent)
Removing all dairy and gluten from diet
Taking supplements to help (zinc, b12 complex, niacin, fish oils, A, C, D, E)
Hormonal testing twice (turned up fine each time)
I'm sure there is more...
Currently, I'm using
Wash -Vivier Skin HEXAM (Gentle Cleanser)
Benzyl - Proactive (might as well use it up)
Cream - Vivier Skin - Redness Solution Complex (with Hexamidine and Peptides)
I have another cream of Vivier that I love (LEXXEL) but it's quite heavy so I think the Regimen would rather me use something lighter.
I have Jojoba oil ready and an 8% AHA when the time comes.
At this point, I have small, insignificant acne on my chin. However, I have cystic acne on my cheeks and chin. I have a lot more acne on the left side of my face. That is the side I sleep on. I change my pillow case often and have no idea why it's so much worse. I have two cystic acne spots on my right side currently and seven on my left.
DAY 1 - woke up to only one new med spot on my right chin. As well, two tiny white heads on my left side. This is the best morning in awhile. I began the Regimen using the above mentioned products.