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Posted 12 September 2013 - 12:27 AM

So, I have terrible acne. I have tried so many products, and nothing works for me. I decided to tray BCP because I'm really desperate. 

 

However, as I was browsing the Net for reviews and possible BCP side effects, I came across a video on YouTube about a regimen that she tried because it was recommended to her through a video response.

 

After watching the video, I came across this site. So now, I'm going to follow The Regimen by using alternative products because honestly, if I will have Dan's products shipped here in the Philippines, I would probably spend all my savings.

 

Here are the products that I will use:

 

Johnson's Head-to-toe Baby Wash

BenzAc 5% (I asked the pharmacist about any 2.5% BP, but apparently, all 2.5% BPs have been phased out)

CELETEQUE DermoScience™ Hydration Facial Moisturizer

 

Any comments or tips about these products? Please do reply. Thank you!



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 01:17 AM

Benzac 2.5% is still available in Australia.  Perhaps try a different pharmacy to see if they can order it in?

 

Good luck with the Regimen.  Its tough but the rewards are great.


After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo.  I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month.  I can live with that :)

I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry.  In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 01:29 AM

Hello fellow Filipino! Kamusta? I also started the regimen using store bought products and got clear so I think I can help you out a bit with this.

 

First of all, the Benzac 5%....it's terrible. I started using that when I began the regimen and two weeks in my face felt like it was on fire. And I know our pharmacies don't sell 2.5% but I know of someone on sulit.com.ph who sells Benzac at 2.5%. He's an honest guy and was able deliver good products. Just search benzac 2.5% on the site and he will be the first to pop-up. I know Dan says you can use 5%, but I highly recommend the 2.5%. Save yourself the agony.

 

The cleanser you want to use, I have experience with, but I've seen a few people on the board who like that.

 

And as for your moisturizer, I've tried Celeteque out and what I liked about it was that it was a moisturizer with SPF and it didn't break me out. The downside is, it didn't moisturize my face enough. In the beginning stages of the regimen, you face will really experience a lot of dryness and celeteque didn't really help with that. I suggest getting another kind of moisturizer and maybe mixing in a bit of the celeteque for your SPF purposes.



Benzac 2.5% is still available in Australia.  Perhaps try a different pharmacy to see if they can order it in?

 

Good luck with the Regimen.  Its tough but the rewards are great.

 

No such luck AyeAye. All the pharmacies nationwide over hear don't sell the 2.5%. They always say it's phased out, which I don't really understand since you guys can still get it. I got my Benzac from a guy who got his stock from the Middle East.

 

Oh the effort we must go through to get clear skin. Haha. :)


Edited by nicmic62, 12 September 2013 - 01:26 AM.

Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + Neutrogena Moisture with SPF 15 + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
 
Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
 
Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25 (for redness)
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20 (for mattefying)
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff (for even skin tone)
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)
- Medication: Diane 35
                     Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
                         Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
 
And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png
 
This is my Regimen journey. --- http://www.acne.org/...gimenwith-pics/

 

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. --- http://www.acne.org/...he-philippines/


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:17 AM

Hello fellow Filipino! Kamusta? I also started the regimen using store bought products and got clear so I think I can help you out a bit with this.

 

First of all, the Benzac 5%....it's terrible. I started using that when I began the regimen and two weeks in my face felt like it was on fire. And I know our pharmacies don't sell 2.5% but I know of someone on sulit.com.ph who sells Benzac at 2.5%. He's an honest guy and was able deliver good products. Just search benzac 2.5% on the site and he will be the first to pop-up. I know Dan says you can use 5%, but I highly recommend the 2.5%. Save yourself the agony.

 

The cleanser you want to use, I have experience with, but I've seen a few people on the board who like that.

 

And as for your moisturizer, I've tried Celeteque out and what I liked about it was that it was a moisturizer with SPF and it didn't break me out. The downside is, it didn't moisturize my face enough. In the beginning stages of the regimen, you face will really experience a lot of dryness and celeteque didn't really help with that. I suggest getting another kind of moisturizer and maybe mixing in a bit of the celeteque for your SPF purposes.



Benzac 2.5% is still available in Australia.  Perhaps try a different pharmacy to see if they can order it in?

 

Good luck with the Regimen.  Its tough but the rewards are great.

 

No such luck AyeAye. All the pharmacies nationwide over hear don't sell the 2.5%. They always say it's phased out, which I don't really understand since you guys can still get it. I got my Benzac from a guy who got his stock from the Middle East.

 

Oh the effort we must go through to get clear skin. Haha. smile.png

Hi there!

 

Yes, I called Mercury Drug, and they said that 2.5% is "phased-out".

 

According to the derma who I consulted with before, 5% is okay as long as you apply it once a day or every other night. I don't know though if this will work with the regimen.

 

I'll look for the online seller later. Thank you! 



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:22 AM

5% could work out okay if you were spot treatment. But I really don't recommend it with the regimen. With how hot and humid our country can be, I didn't agree with the 5%.

 

He is easy to find on sulit. Try and buy in bulk if you can so you can save on shippined. I used to buy about 4-5 boxes at a time and that would last me 2 and a half months.


Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + Neutrogena Moisture with SPF 15 + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
 
Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
 
Extras:
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25 (for redness)
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20 (for mattefying)
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff (for even skin tone)
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)
- Medication: Diane 35
                     Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
                         Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
 
And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png
 
This is my Regimen journey. --- http://www.acne.org/...gimenwith-pics/

 

Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. --- http://www.acne.org/...he-philippines/


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:31 AM

5% could work out okay if you were spot treatment. But I really don't recommend it with the regimen. With how hot and humid our country can be, I didn't agree with the 5%.

 

He is easy to find on sulit. Try and buy in bulk if you can so you can save on shippined. I used to buy about 4-5 boxes at a time and that would last me 2 and a half months.

Saw him. Will order tomorrow. Thanks for the info! Here's to hoping my acne will clear up. :D






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