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Randall Flagg

Member Since 23 May 2012
Offline Last Active Feb 03 2015 06:27 PM

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Dating & Relationship Advice

25 November 2013 - 02:34 AM

I’d like to get some advice from female perspectives here (guys can chime in too) about how to get back into the dating scene after years of being shackled by the struggle with acne and all the emotional crap that goes along with it.


Just to preface here, I’m a 25 year old guy and I’ve been single for about five months now. I’ve finally reached a stage in my life where I have my acne under control thanks to Dan’s Regimen…and I’m comfortable enough to at least TRY to meet new people and develop a lasting relationship with a girl. A little backstory: I’ve had girlfriends in the past, but I’ve always dealt with the insecurity that comes along with acne so most of all my former girlfriends made the first move and pursued me (I have no idea why, I looked terrible and acne-scarred but for whatever reason they showed interest in me)


Basically I want to reach that point where I’m confident enough to go after a girl that I find interesting and be bold enough to make that initial contact…but I’m not 100% free of that old familiar approach anxiety. I still have those nagging fears that I had when my breakouts were at their worst where I convinced myself that a girl wouldn’t even give me the time of day if I talked to her…and I’d be doing her a favor if I didn’t approach her or bother her at all.


It’s crazy to even think about this because even though I’m free from breakouts right now I feel like the GHOST of those old breakouts is still always with me, haunting me and reminding me of my lowest points in life.


So some questions for the people on this forum.


Are you in a relationship? Any advice on how you maintain that relationship and keep it healthy and thriving? How did you get over the anxiety/insecurity that comes with acne when just getting to know your partner?


And for the single people on the forum…do you date? Do you approach the girls or guys you’re interested in, and if so, how do you get over that fear of rejection?


Any and all advice is appreciated!

Redness Beneath Eyes

11 June 2013 - 12:43 PM

So I've noticed sometimes when I wake up I'll see little reddish areas directly beneath my eyes, almost looks like I got punched in the eyes or something. Has anyone else experienced this?


I'm trying to figure out what the cause could be...I'm incredibly careful about not getting BP into ANY sensitive area around my eyes, and I'm just as careful when I apply moisturizer too. I notice this only happens when I go to sleep and wake up the next day (the redness gradually fades over the course of the day) so I'm wondering if maybe some BP is left on my pillow cases and irritating my eyes while I sleep or something? (I try to to change pillow cases pretty often to keep them clean, but I don't change them daily)


Any ideas on what this could be? 

Flagg's Regimen Log [Pics]

06 May 2013 - 11:27 PM

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! :]



Photo Deletion

16 April 2013 - 04:54 PM

I'd like to delete all of my pictures, but each time time I try to delete my album I get an error message about the Acne.org database. Can anyone give me some insight into this?


Not looking to delete my account, just looking to delete my photos.

Clay Mask

07 November 2012 - 10:59 PM

I've been reading about the benefits of clay masks, and I was hoping to get a little more information from the knowledgeable folks on this site who have experience using them. How effective is a clay mask? What's are some that you would recommend?

I've even heard that you can get ingestible clay to help with acne.

This is all new to me because I've never used a clay mask in the battle against acne, so it's something I figure might be worth a try. Any advice would help.