Hello everyone on acne.org! Oh how I love this site and the kind hearted people who make this place feel like home.
So if you have ever read my previous log know that I have been using BP for the past year with pretty good success. Here is a very short summary of my skin, and DKR regimen.
I began The Regimen July 14, 2012. I had 60+ bloods pimples, cysts, and everything you could think of (if you do not believe me check out my gallery). I saw no results with BP until about 2 months in. After three months I was 100% clear. After about a year on the regimen I stayed 95% clear, however as time went on I began experiencing more irritation and uncomfortable symptoms from the treatment. I began (again) to search for something natural.
I found thyme tincture. It was shown more effective at destroying P. acnes (the bacteria associated with pimple formation) than Benzoyl Peroxide itself! This was pretty astonishing news. I do have to point out that they tested this in petree dishes and not human skin, but it is still very intriguing, at least to me, that a natural herb could be more effective than the most effective over the counter acne treatment without all the horrible side affects most people will get. Here is the link to the study so you can see for yourself:http://www.scienceda...20327215951.htm ( I will find a better link soon)
So since yesterday I began my new regimen with thyme tincture. I use the thyme as a toner, and this is the recipe I follow:
1/4c Thyme (purchase at the spice aisle, or health food store in bulk, which is much CHEAPER)
3/4c Witch Hazel (I use the brand Humphrey's, but any 86% witch hazel and 14% alcohol should work, so no need for name brand. Only make sure there isn't ANY other ingredients in it other than the above two)
(Keep in mind that before thyme I was using three pumps of BP to stay clear, if I used any less I would literally breakout in 12 hours or less)
I mix these two ingredients together into a clean, dry jar and shut tight and let it sit for as long as you can. I mean for a few weeks. I started using mine after 20 minutes of making it, but just realize that it is more effective the longer it is left in the jar. I made two jars just so that I always have another very potent batch ready for when I need it. The 14% alcohol in the witch hazel it what brings out the active ingredient in the thyme that fights and kills the bacteria on the skin. Also the amount of alcohol in the witch hazel isn't much, and will not make you feel nearly as dry as BP. ***Remember to close the jar tight! It will evaporate if left slightly open. This happened to me :/ so just a warning!
I put 3-6 layers back to back of this toner on my face twice daily after cleansing, waiting each layer to dry (which does not take long). This is just to make sure I have enough to effectively kill that bacteria. I usually err on 4-5 layers just to be safe so thyme can penetrate my pores effectively. Best to use a cotton swab. I also put some in a spray bottle and spray during the day, this is just an option though.
I will continue to update my process with this new regimen! Stay tuned everyone!
Edited by thereisalwayshope, 13 September 2013 - 09:15 AM.