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#1 xdevochkax

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 04:43 AM

It's been almost a month and half since I re-started The Regimen. Dan's instructions were too fast for my skin's tolerance the first time so I stopped completely, started again in the middle of November, and worked my way up VERY slowly.

I'm currently using between half and a 3/4 pump of BP morning and night- I kind of just eyeball it on my finger and it's been working fine.

My skin isn't irritated, red, or hot at all anymore but I'm still flaking on the apples of my cheeks and around my mouth. It's not severe but it is obvious.

I didn't stick with The Regimen for this long the first time around so I don't know if this is normal.

 

Oh, and I should say that I do exfoliate with jojoba oil about twice a week. It removes the flakes but they just seem to creep back just as they were.


In a nutshell, I've had mild/moderate adult on-set acne which began towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding my beliefs and the previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've tried, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.

Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg every month for 6 months

Current Routine as of mid-May 2015:
Cleanser:  CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (AM & PM)
Toners:  Rosewater or George's Aloe Spray (usually only PM)
Moisturizers:  Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen for Face, SPF 50 (AM) // Argan or Avocado Oil (PM)
Eye Cream:  Rainwater Botanicals Intensive Eye Cream (AM) // Rainwater Botanicals Eye Serum (PM)
Other:
Cleanse with Solo Mio (Foreo Luna dupe) - 3x/week (PM)
Alba Botanica Good & Clean Toxin Release Scrub - 1x/week (PM)
Alba Botanica Good & Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel - 1x/week (PM)


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Posted 29 December 2013 - 09:45 PM

I have been using regimen for 3 months...and still a bit flaking and red sometime...sigh....im wondering if is about the weather..since is extremely dry and cold these days....


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Posted 30 December 2013 - 02:11 AM

I have been using regimen for 3 months...and still a bit flaking and red sometime...sigh....im wondering if is about the weather..since is extremely dry and cold these days....

 

I've been thinking the same thing lately - that I should have bit the bullet and started the regimen sooner since I've already known about it for a long time. I'm thinking maybe if I started it this past summer it might have been a little easier, especially since we have very hot and humid summers where I live. Oh well.

 

The AHA is supposed to help with the flaking. I recently upped by BP though because I feel like I could be seeing better results that I currently am so I'm holding off on ordering that.


In a nutshell, I've had mild/moderate adult on-set acne which began towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding my beliefs and the previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've tried, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.

Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg every month for 6 months

Current Routine as of mid-May 2015:
Cleanser:  CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (AM & PM)
Toners:  Rosewater or George's Aloe Spray (usually only PM)
Moisturizers:  Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen for Face, SPF 50 (AM) // Argan or Avocado Oil (PM)
Eye Cream:  Rainwater Botanicals Intensive Eye Cream (AM) // Rainwater Botanicals Eye Serum (PM)
Other:
Cleanse with Solo Mio (Foreo Luna dupe) - 3x/week (PM)
Alba Botanica Good & Clean Toxin Release Scrub - 1x/week (PM)
Alba Botanica Good & Clean Pore Purifying Mini Peel - 1x/week (PM)


#4 ea1986

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 09:53 PM

I have been using regimen for 3 months...and still a bit flaking and red sometime...sigh....im wondering if is about the weather..since is extremely dry and cold these days....

 

I've been thinking the same thing lately - that I should have bit the bullet and started the regimen sooner since I've already known about it for a long time. I'm thinking maybe if I started it this past summer it might have been a little easier, especially since we have very hot and humid summers where I live. Oh well.

 

The AHA is supposed to help with the flaking. I recently upped by BP though because I feel like I could be seeing better results that I currently am so I'm holding off on ordering that.

I bought Dan's AHA as well,  was told by the instruction that to mix half pump moisturizer with half pump of AHA at the beginning of month 2, BUT it burnt me like hell.....the skin around my mouth was so red and took 2 hours to recover. And until last night, i tried it again because i think it might be helping with me flaking, this time i only put a pea size of AHA to my moisturizer....it burnt a little bit at first...but i have not seen the result yet. 



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:51 AM

 

I have been using regimen for 3 months...and still a bit flaking and red sometime...sigh....im wondering if is about the weather..since is extremely dry and cold these days....

 

I've been thinking the same thing lately - that I should have bit the bullet and started the regimen sooner since I've already known about it for a long time. I'm thinking maybe if I started it this past summer it might have been a little easier, especially since we have very hot and humid summers where I live. Oh well.

 

The AHA is supposed to help with the flaking. I recently upped by BP though because I feel like I could be seeing better results that I currently am so I'm holding off on ordering that.

I bought Dan's AHA as well,  was told by the instruction that to mix half pump moisturizer with half pump of AHA at the beginning of month 2, BUT it burnt me like hell.....the skin around my mouth was so red and took 2 hours to recover. And until last night, i tried it again because i think it might be helping with me flaking, this time i only put a pea size of AHA to my moisturizer....it burnt a little bit at first...but i have not seen the result yet. 

Moisturize first let it dry then AHA then moisturize again. This stops the burning when you put on AHA.

The reason AHA helps with flakes is because you can get the same results as bp but only need to use a thin layer.

Unlike bp were ppl need to use 1 to 2 pumps twice a day. I used to use AHA once a day and was breakout free.

Before AHA. I had to use 2 pumps bp twice a day to be breakout free I had bad flakes on my chin. So nasty, I had to be

going to the bathroom every 5 seconds to see if im flaking. Flakes usually never go away unless jojoba oil helped usually AHA

is the solution. Not only that you'll save so much money. I use to use like less then a quarter pump of AHA for my face. So the bottle does last long.


Edited by markd343, 31 December 2013 - 11:52 AM.


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Posted 11 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

I'm not on the regimen, but I use Dan's AHA and I find it is a little difficult for some people (like me) when you first start using it. It definitely burned for me, and I have very sensitive skin so I had to start off with 1/4 AHA and 3/4 moisturiser. But if you stick with it for about 2-3 weeks (or even less, depends on your skin), you'll see really noticeable results, whether it's on any pigmentation, scars or active acne. I also get dry flaky skin really easily but the AHA always leaves my face feeling really smooth and soft - more than my moisturiser does. 


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AMCetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash, Cetaphil Moisturising Lotion, Cetaphil DermaControl Oil-Absorbing Lotion (SPF30)
PMCetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash, Tactuo (Epiduo), Dan's 10% AHA
ExtrasDiane 35 (since July 2 2013), Borghese Fango Delicato Mud Mask (2x/week), 40% Lactic Acid Peels (2x/week)


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