I wanted to go ahead and get this started guys, even though I'm not technically on the Regimen just yet (my BP is scheduled to arrive at the post office tomorrow) but I am already using my cleanser and moisturizer for the time being. To give you all some background on me, I'm a 24 year old male and I've had acne since age 16. It started off moderate, but later on I started to develop bigger stuff like cysts and that seems to be the kind of acne I get these days, like "mini-cysts" I call them because they're not huge, but they are very noticeable and annoying and they take FOREVER...to heal.
I've tried just about every treatment there is to try (aside from Accutane) and I've been going consistently to a dermatologist for several years now. He usually prescribes me a new antibiotic course and topical cream to try, but it never gets me completely clear and I still get breakouts while on those treatments. In the past few months I've been taking Bactrim and using Epiduo to spot treat with, but it doesn't help me much. I've been on almost all the typical antibiotics to treat acne and I've built up an immunity to most of them, like Tetracycline, Minocycline, and a few others. So yeah, that approach isn't working for me anymore (the Tetracycline worked WONDERS clearing me up the first year I used it when I was 18, but ever since then the antibiotics seems way less effective) so I'm gonna turn my focus onto following the Regimen as religiously as possible to see if it can clear my skin.
To give you guys an idea of what my skin looks like now: My forehead is pretty clear, my cheeks are pretty clear (aside from scarring) and my problem area right now is around my mouth and my chin. I have a brand new red cyst in the middle of my chin, and I have a healing cyst that is taking forever to go away on the side of my chin, and I've got a few little whiteheads in that area too. I've got a medium-sized blemish near the corner of my mouth, and there's a healing blemish right in the middle of my nose (AWK....WARD lol)
Plus I've noticed lately a few super tiny pimples on my forehead, but they're almost not noticeable at all so I don't really count them.
Here are the products I'll be using while on the Regimen:
-Cleanser: Clean & Clear Foaming Cleanser for sensitive skin (I've been using this already for about two months, and just by itself it's improved my skin vastly. I was stupid for a long time and I went with that "only wash your face with water" method and that contributed to my breakouts, so just introducing a cleanser has been a godsend for my skin)
-BP: Dan's 2.5% BP (arriving tomorrow)
-Moisturizer: Cetaphil moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin. I've used this at various points over the years, it's always worked pretty well for me.
-100% Jojoba oil: Picked this up yesterday to mix with my moisturizer. Seems like really good stuff, but I'll really test how effective it is when I start applying the BP regularly.
So yeah, that's the general overview for me, guys. My first official "update" will be tomorrow when I get my BP, but I wanted to go ahead and get my log started ahead of time. I plan to update pretty often because I'm big on details, so I'll definitely keep you guys informed about my progress.
Good luck to everyone else who is trying the Regimen right now! :]