Well, I'm finally starting The Acne.org Regimen tonight. I'm going to go out and buy the store bought alternative products this afternoon. I really wanted to start off by using Dan's BP and I wanted to get the AHA+ too, but I can't afford the shipping. Hopefully I'll be able to get the acne.org brand products at some stage, but for now I'll be using alternatives. I've seen some people here have had really amazing results using store bought alternatives so hopefully I'll see great results using them too!
So... now I tell you about me and my 'acne story' right?
There's nothing different to tell really. I'm female, 20 years old and from Australia. I've had acne since I was about 12 or 13 years old. At first it was mild but has become more moderate, at times I'd say severe, as I've gotten older. I do think some of my acne is hormonally driven, so I wonder if the regimen will be able to help with that... oh well, it's definitely worth a try anyway!
Like everyone else, I've tried everything - all the over the counter stuff, (proactive, clinique, neutrogena, clarins, clearisil, clean and clear etc) and I've also used prescriptions too - Duac gel with antibiotics (Bactrim at one stage, then Doxycycline at another). The only time I've been clear in all the years I've had acne was when I took those antibiotics - but it only lasted for about a month after I stopped.
I've also used a process similar to the regimen before - cetaphil cleanser, Benzac BP (or Duac) and Cetaphil moisturiser. This did help control my acne but never completely cleared it. I guess that's because I only used a small amount of BP and only applied it at night. So hopefully following The Regimen exactly really makes a difference and does clear my skin!
I was about to start birth control or spiro for my acne, but the side effects worried me and I decided I should really try one last topical approach (the regimen) before starting either of them.
Part of me is worried about the redness and dryness and flakiness associated with the regimen but at the same time I'm pretty excited and hopeful to start using this regimen that has been shown to work so well for others!
I'll upload what will hopefully end up being the 'before' photos of a regimen success story later today.