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#3368896 Do I Have To Stick To 1X Per Day For The First Week?

Posted by wombat666 on 24 July 2013 - 08:35 PM

Hey everyone, my order of The Regimen just came in today, and it says that during the first week you should only apply it once per day. Well my skin has never been sensitive to anything, at the moment I use 5% BP cream mixed with 1% Clindamycin and at night I use Differin 0.1% and I used Retin A before Differin, and I never had any dryness or itchyness or peeling or anything with these creams. Should I still only use the Regimen once a day for my first week? I'm probably going to use it for my first time tonight instead of waiting until tomorrow morning, would that be ok? 


I think doing the Regimen nightly for the first week is a better idea than daily anyway, because it means less sun irritation as well as less BP run-off if you sweat during the day.

#3367836 Starting The Regimen Day 1 Completed

Posted by wombat666 on 20 July 2013 - 04:26 PM

Keep on trucking. Do you plan to continue the regimen until you get on Accutane. What are some of the problems that you continue to encounter on the regimen. I am almost three months in and I'm still not clear in my problem areas. Doubt I'll ever get there either. But things are manageable.

Thank You! You are amazing! I will definitely do more research!


I want to continue the regimen while I am on accutane, but I read somewhere that you cannot use BP while on accutane…I will have to do more reading.


The problems ??? here they are:


-The HOT summer I live in cause me to breakout….THREE full pumps of BP won't do much to stop the breakouts ---- I may be using four pumps soon if things still don't look to good (Hot humid whether pushes more oil out the skin, thus more bacteria)

-Skin is starting to feel leathery 

-The irritation form using so much BP is causing more breakouts

-I am almost certain BP is making my skin get fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the corners of my mouth

-It is super annoying to put on (I really don't mind this normally, but when I have to use so much BP it takes a long time to sink into my skin)

FOUR pumps? How does that even fit? :o


I don't think I have a small face but I have trouble finding room for 2 pumps... lol

#3367821 Flagg's Regimen Log [Pics]

Posted by wombat666 on 20 July 2013 - 03:00 PM

Thank you both! Really means a lot. smile.png


Day #72:

Well I think the interview went pretty well today, it was with four of my old supervisors and the new director of security so that was a bit overwhelming, kinda felt like being in front of a firing squad, lol...but I think I did okay. I hope I hear back but even if I don't I'm still applying for a bunch of different jobs, don't wanna put all my eggs in one basket just in case.


Skin update: Not much going on. I need to shave really bad but I forgot to get a new pack of razors today, gotta make that a priority tomor. I got a little pimple on my neck but I won't amount to much.


Also just wanted to share a random pic with you guys that I took a few days ago, I finally got my hair cut tongue.png Didn't wanna go too short so I just got the bulk of it lopped off and kept like a medium length.



Lookin' snazzy!


Are you still applying BP once a day?

#3366048 Flagg's Regimen Log [Pics]

Posted by wombat666 on 13 July 2013 - 08:43 AM

The speed with which you saw results is pretty amazing. I'm really hoping it works that fast for me! I mean, I've been on it before, and I've used BP on and off for a while, so I'm hoping this shortens my adjustment period? Fingers crossed!


Also, it's awesome that you could get away with using it only once a day.


EDIT: So when you do it only nightly, which moisturizer do you use? Still the Neutrogena one, or a different one?

#3365325 Time To Start The Regimen

Posted by wombat666 on 10 July 2013 - 10:31 AM

^Thanks wombat smile.png

Ok just need to rant a little here... (still day 8 btw - have a feeling the different time zones could make it confusing)


Does anyone else ever feel 'judged' for using benzoyl peroxide? (Probably just me though...) It's one of the reasons I quit using it last year and why I've been rather hesitant to add it back into my skin care / acne routine. I like a lot of more naturally oriented brands and I think that 'natural' idea is becoming more recognised in different health/beauty circles, so often I'll come across something where the writer (e.g. in a magazine/newspaper column/ facebook posts from a brand I've 'liked' even) is quite against the use of BP. It is a harsh ingredient... I mean it's essentially a bleach right? If it can bleach towels etc (even from just the BP residue on our hands) how is it ok to be using such large amounts of it on our face for such a long amount of time? And there's always been 'controversy' over how safe it is though I think it's widely agreed now that it is safe to use.


I guess it just depends on who you're talking to / where you're reading info from...

If I were to talk about BP to someone who is very 'natural skin care / diet for acne' focused, then I'm sure they'd probably be quite against the use of BP. Same with the 'natural' brands I like. Of course they'll be mostly against BP because they have 'natural' products that they want to sell.


When I first joined acne.org I was thinking of quitting BP and doing strict diet changes. I made small diet changes and wasn't very good at sticking to the bigger more restrictive changes (like being gluten free). 


Even though I was so hesitant to be using BP again, at this point I'm glad I've decided to try it again. I can already see positive differences in my skin. I'd already tried more natural products with little or no success. Some helped the general quality of my skin but did nothing for acne (and acne is the main concern). The emotional stress and pain etc of acne was getting worse and worse. I had to do something about it. And I ended up deciding BP was a lot safer than starting BCP or spiro or going back on antibiotics purely for acne. Besides, the regimen has worked for a lot of people!


If using BP is what I need to do to get clear skin, which will make me happier and more confident in general, and be 'free' of many emotional aspects associated with acne, then that's what I'll use - regardless of what other people think of me for using 'such a harsh chemical'

I agree with you - I think each person makes their own choice. It's your skin, your life, do what you want. Most importantly, do whatever gives you peace of mind. Sometimes the strongest acne treatment, even though it might not be the "safest", is the one that lets you rest easiest at night because you KNOW it's tried & true and WORKS. A lot of the "newfangled" holistic treatments are very on/off: work great for some, while doing nothing for others or even making their situation worse. The Regimen, on the other hand, has a very high success rate. Bottom line is, no matter how much flak people give BP, it kills acne and that's that. Whenever I was off BP for a prolonged period, I was always somewhat restless because I felt like any day my acne might return with a vengeance.


By the way, around my mouth / chin has been peeling too! But I don't care, the area around my mouth looks like such crap that it's hard for it to look any worse. tinydan.gif

#3364860 Time To Start The Regimen

Posted by wombat666 on 08 July 2013 - 03:35 PM

I came across this old acne.org video this afternoon. The first minute or so is showing how much BP to use in each week (until reaching the full amount of BP in week 4). Even though it's showing the amounts from the pump bottle, it's good to actually get a visual idea of how much a pump is so I can get a similar dose out of the tube  of BP that I'm using. Personally, I think I'll take it even slower with increasing the dose than what Dan is showing in this video. To me the amount for week two looks like a lot! I think the key thing though is that I use it twice a day and eventually get to the full amount. Like I said earlier, I'll continue with the same amount of BP that I've been using but use it twice a day and, depending on how things go, possibly increase the amount slightly toward the end of the week. 


Just thought I'd post the video link here in case it helps any other regimen newbies if they ever come across this thread tongue.png


Haha I saw that video for the first time not long ago... Informative and funny at the same time.


Dan's own method of application doesn't look "feather-light" to me though... his hands move really fast... but maybe he's just used to the motions, so he can keep it light and fast at the same time? :/

#3355621 I found my ACNE CURE!!!!

Posted by wombat666 on 06 June 2013 - 07:21 PM

I'm trying this right now... started with probiotics last night... Ordered the same brand fiber and probiotic, the fiber hasn't come it yet and probably won't for another week, so right now I'm just eating fiber cereal and taking the probiotic...


One thing I've noticed this evening is that acne seems to be coming up on my forehead, a place that has generally been acne-free for the past year or even more. I also got a large painful cyst on my left temple. If probiotics are the cause, well then... a) that was a fast reaction, since I only started taking them last night and b) I hope it's only an initial breakout, since probiotics are pretty much my last attempt at getting clear. It's all hopeless from here on: I've literally tried everything and exhausted my options.


I'm going to keep at it for maybe two weeks? And if after that the new acne hasn't stopped coming in, then maybe I just have a bad reaction to probiotics. Which would suck so much because I was kind of hoping this would be my cure, seeing as how my acne seems to be almost entirely digestive-related.


EDIT: What I'm really hoping is that it's just detox symptoms...

#3299269 Masturbation / Acne Experiement 2010 // 2011 // 2012 !

Posted by wombat666 on 01 November 2012 - 06:02 AM

I went a month in September without really noticing it. I think if you keep track of the days you only make it worse for yourself.

#3172279 A Slight Change In Diet, Working Better Than The Regimen.

Posted by wombat666 on 24 October 2011 - 06:32 PM

So I'd been on the regimen for over a year and got really frustrated with it. Sure, it cleared me up somewhat, but I still got the occasional cyst. And when I did get cysts, they were deep, huge, messy affairs... I'd never gotten anything like that before the regimen. They stayed for weeks and after they finally disippated, they left behind eternal red marks as painful reminders. Even worse, I never really got over the redness, no matter how much I decreased my dosage. Throughout the day, my face was red, flaky, and oily all at the same time - a really socially debilitating combo.

In the past I'd "tried" a bunch of different supplements, diets and whatnot... but never long enough to really see if they had any effect. A couple weeks ago, on a hunch, I decided to try cutting out milk and most other dairy (except for kefir), processed sugar and most red meat from my diet. I started eating carrots and lettuce with every meal. Other than that, meals are pretty much the same as they were before - cooked vegetables, pasta / rice, chicken, bread... I stopped caffeine intake (I'd usually drink lots of black tea w/milk as well as coffee) and replaced it with green tea / chamomile tea. Speaking of green tea, I've been drinking tons of it for the past three weeks. A cup with every meal, and chamomile tea before bed.

And guess what? Acne situation is better than it's ever been. I've barely applied the regimen these past couple weeks (tried as spot treatment a couple times, but it seemed to only aggravate acne and cause dry skin in that area). My face is still a little dry and red from all the regimen abuse it's gotten this past year... but the real way I can gauge the success of my new diet is by the amount of acne on my back. I used to get painful cysts... these have magically disappeared. No more painful pimples. Usually if I'd get a new one I'd notice instantly (oftentimes I felt it before I saw it), but if any new acne has come up on my back, I can't tell, since it's all so small, invisible and painless. I still have old blemishes but these are healing, and my back is smoother than ever.

I can't tell wherein the success lies, whether it's the absence of milk, sugar, read meat, or the tons of green tea... all I know is, I'm really psyched to have discovered a natural treatment (if not a 100% cure) for my acne after seven or so years of low self-esteem and suffering. I'm starting to look and feel like a whole new person already, and once I've tweaked my eating habits a little more to be even healthier (I still eat red meat sometimes, maybe a little too much sodium, and for all I know I might be missing out on some vitamins), as well as start a new exercise regime and start spending more time outside (sun is something I really shunned on the regimen), I'll be unstoppable.

I really hope my story inspires someone, anyone.

#2926617 Masturbation / Acne Experiement 2010 // 2011 // 2012 !

Posted by wombat666 on 10 August 2010 - 01:49 PM

Hey, I'm going to try this. In the past I thought I've seen a link between acne and masturbation, but I have never really proven it to myself.

Just recently I finished an 8-day streak of no masturbation. However, it wasn't really that effective, since I had 3 wet dreams during the time I was abstaining.

Now I'm starting over from day 1. I'm hoping to avoid wet dreams by waking up earlier, and by not thinking about masturbation during the day. I know it's probably futile to avoid a natural bodily function, but hey, here's hoping  biggrin.gif  ...

Tomorrow will be day 1 since I failed today. I really want to try this to see if it will work, and if it doesn't, then put the beast to sleep forever.

I'm also currently on Doxy and tretinoin cream for acne, as well as Elidel for dermatitis. I've been on 'em since the end of January. They do great things for me, but they're not perfect. Currently, for example, I have like 5-6 red spots on my face. I'm hoping that abstinence will be the finishing touch.