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#3384607 Regimen Success! :)

Posted by lizardanne on 24 September 2013 - 12:17 PM

Hey everyone!  :D


I just thought maybe I could boost some morale here and let everyone know that after being on the Regimen for 3 months, I'm clear! This is something that worked amazingly well for me, and I'm so glad I ended up taking the time to go through it.  It's been extremely trying at times, but it was completely worth it.


For all of you who are struggling or who are just starting, hang in there.  This is the most success I've had in treating my skin.  The results are awesome!  Feel free to go to my gallery if you'd like to see my progress.


I also just wanted to thank everyone on this forum who was able to answer all of my ridiculous questions and give me support when I was having a hard time.  I probably wouldn't have stayed with it if it wasn't for you guys.


I still have a little more to go until I reach the complexion I want, but I just wanted to bow down to Dan and the Regimen for a minute.  :)  Also, if anyone has any questions/needs support, feel free to ask.  There are also so many amazing moderators and members on here who will do the same.


Basically, all of your time and effort will be worth it  :D  just stay patient, and you will absolutely see results.


That is all <3

#3377353 I Can't Upload Pics?

Posted by lizardanne on 23 August 2013 - 09:56 AM

Woo it is!! Thanks :)

#3376286 Missing One Night Of Regimen?

Posted by lizardanne on 19 August 2013 - 07:41 PM

Eeeeh, that is a predicament. You should at the very least wash your face.. or use a face cleansing wipe! Then take some BP to go and touch up wherever you're at.


Or you can always speed up the process a bit.. just wash and do the BP and go back to the bathroom whenever to moisturize.


I personally am not on the regimen, how is it working for you??



Ugh I wish I did!  I wasn't able to wash.  My face broke out a little bit, but it's nothing major.  :)  The Regimen is definitely working.  It's been pretty trying mentally, but I can tell that I'm well on my way towards great results!  Definitely try it if you're not currently on a regimen that's working for you.


This is a tricky one! To be honest, if you just do the Regimen again the next morning you should notice very little difference unless you're exceedingly unlucky. However I agree with stephzoars that you should at the very least make sure you cleanse your face one way or another. 

P.S. I only just registered this part of your post, but how on earth does it take you an hour to do the Regimen?! Is this including make-up or something? Just curious! smile.png


This is actually a huge problem I have with the Regimen; it takes so long for me to do!  The BP takes forever to dry...plus I usually wait a good 10 minutes before I apply it.  And if I use AHA to spot treat, that takes even longer to dry before applying BP.  I've been considering getting a fan.

#3375019 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by lizardanne on 15 August 2013 - 10:24 AM

Today I'm feeling quite optimistic. I just found out my acne doesn't show up as badly on camera than it does in front of a mirror. smile.png


I know how that feels!  Whenever I have to be in front of a camera and I feel like people will be able to tell I have acne, I'm usually proved wrong.  Also love my makeup artist though lol  :)  Glad you're feeling optimistic because of it!

#3374718 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by lizardanne on 14 August 2013 - 08:32 AM

Oh man, I've done stuff like that before.  Sometimes it's so hard to just let something be and run its course.  I'm sure you'll be fine.  smile.png  If it comes back at least it'll be smaller, or if the other one surfaces, at least you'll have another chance to treat it properly!  They're both opportunities to learn and move on, no big deal.


By the way,  I do the exact same thing with BP if I've popped something and I get nervous about it.  Slathering = best defense haha.


Thanks lizardanne, it's good to know I'm not the only one who occasionally gives into such stupidity! I'm hoping the BP will stop anything too terrible from happening. At the moment it looks red but not too ridiculously inflamed so I'm trying not to worry about it too much! unsure.png


Yeah, no point stressing about it anymore.  And seriously, I don't know if this is a real thing you can do, but whenever I screw up and drown the popped pimple in BP it shrinks almost 80-90% and forms a scab immediately.  It works surprisingly well I think, but I would like Dan to come out with an official spot treatment.

#3374710 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by lizardanne on 14 August 2013 - 08:17 AM

Ok so generally my skin is looking a little better today but I did something really stupid this morning. I had a cyst on my forehead that was hurting like a b**** and giving me such a headache so I did possibly the worst thing one can do in this situation and took a pin to it. I know: infection risk, scarring risk, etc. etc. I just couldn't deal with it and wanted it gone.


Anyway it released the pressure a lot and drained it a bit but I think there's another still there under the surface and even my reckless foraging couldn't get any of that fluid to drain out through the surface. It just ended up bleeding for ages and it still hurts a lot but is at least flatter than before.


I whacked a load of Epiduo on it in the hopes this will ward off infection but knowing that I gave in to doing something so stupid and one of the fundamental acne no-nos is making me feel like a total idiot with no self-restraint. Hopefully it will be a lesson learnt and not come with too many bad consequences in the long run unsure.png


Oh man, I've done stuff like that before.  Sometimes it's so hard to just let something be and run its course.  I'm sure you'll be fine.  :)  If it comes back at least it'll be smaller, or if the other one surfaces, at least you'll have another chance to treat it properly!  They're both opportunities to learn and move on, no big deal.


By the way,  I do the exact same thing with BP if I've popped something and I get nervous about it.  Slathering = best defense haha.

#3374529 How Many Times Do You Wash Your Face When You First Start The Regimen?

Posted by lizardanne on 13 August 2013 - 07:33 PM

Just twice!  10-12 hours apart.  Good luck starting the Regimen!! :)

#3373968 Popping This One Or Not? (Pictures)

Posted by lizardanne on 12 August 2013 - 08:12 AM

Don't pop it!  If you remove a pimple that doesn't have a white or yellow head, it'll most likely scar or come back, or spread the infection.  Try your best to treat it, and be patient.  This might sound elementary, but holding ice to it will bring down redness and swelling.  So will tomato juice (lemon juice just irritates).

#3370886 Acne And Anorexia

Posted by lizardanne on 01 August 2013 - 11:23 AM

Hell yes, there is a link.  Before my ED, I never had a problem with acne.  I used to be a purging anorexic for about 2 years.  I've been recovered for 9 months smile.png


I'm really sorry that you're going through this.  It's honestly one of the worst mental disorders.  It's so detrimental to your life, and I'm glad you're ready to recover. <3  You're making a difficult but wonderful and important change in your life.  I think stopping exercise was one of the hardest parts for me, so congrats on getting that far already!


When your period stops, your hormones are off-balance.  Hormones can directly affect acne.  My skin got progressively worse as my eating disorder got stronger, and once I lost my period, I broke out in horrible cystic acne.  I saw a dermatologist and started to treat my skin.  It didn't get noticeably better until I was fully recovered and was incorporating all foods into my diet and getting my regular period again, which didn't happen until about 4 months into my recovery.  I was also vegan when I had my ED, which affected my skin from severe lack of nutrition.  When I reverted to vegetarianism, my skin got a lot better, and I just recently started eating meat again, which I think is also helping.  I also recently stopped seeing a dermatologist and started the Regimen while taking Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo.


I don't think it's your stress.  It might exacerbate your acne, but it's the eating disorder that's really hurting your skin.  It affects every part of your body.  Although I've been ED-free for almost a year, I'm still struggling with acne.  It gets better, although slowly, but keep in mind that full physical recovery from an ED is also very slow.


I know it's scary, and even if I tell you not to, you'll probably be anxious about weight gain.  Just remember that it's all a part of recovery.  I gained weight in really strange places actually, but never an extreme amount.  As long as your work with your nutritionist, it all balances out.   Now, my body is exactly the way it should be, and I love it, and I love my life without anorexia.  Recovery has also made me a much stronger person than I was back then.


Sorry, kind of wrote a lot, but I'm really passionate about these sort of things haha.  I really wish you the best.  As you heal, your skin will, too.  Trust me smile.png


Best of luck, and stay strong <3  If you have any questions about ED-related acne or recovery or anything, please feel free to PM me.

#3370824 What Are These? Clogged Pores? Whiteheads? How Can I Get Rid Of Them? Please...

Posted by lizardanne on 01 August 2013 - 07:03 AM

Hmm yeah, those just look like clogged pores to me.  I think since they haven't gone away on their own yet, Retin A would do the trick.  Try Tretinoin or a drugstore product.  I also wonder if even a simple weekly exfoliation or a visit to a specialist for an extraction would work?

#3370606 When To Cleanse Face When I'm Going To Gym

Posted by lizardanne on 31 July 2013 - 10:58 AM

What's your regimen?  Most regimens (especially the acne.org one) require you to wash your face no more than twice a day.  It's actually also proven that sweat does not promote breakouts, so you shouldn't feel the need to wash your face twice during the first part of the day.  You can just wash it in the shower after your exercise.


Usually, without the gym, I wake up, wash my face with warm water, cleanse my face, wash it off with cold water, towel my face, put on the cream "Pharmaceris T Sebostatic SPF20" which is a pretty good one and pretty expensive and works well for me. And then the same procedure before going to sleep.


Okay! I'm glad that works for you :)  there's no harm in just rinsing the sweat off your face if you exercise/go to the sauna in between treatments.  You don't want to over-irritate your skin.

#3370301 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by lizardanne on 30 July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Well I was feeling more positive for most of the day. My skin is clearing up a bit with all the treatments I'm using and getting flatter and smoother everyday but it still looks absolutely horrific in the mirror because most of it is covered in really bad hyperpigmentation along with all the active stuff.

Unfortunately I made the mistake of watching a romantic film on the TV this evening and it reminded me how it's going to be totally impossible for anybody to ever love me with a face like mine. I'm destined to be alone my whole life. Now I'm sitting in my room crying in front of a computer like a pathetic little loser. When will this cycle of misery ever end?!!


Aw, I'm the same way.  My skin is slowly clearing but BP has left so many marks on my face, it's ridiculous.  I've stopped wearing makeup every day, too.  Some days are really challenging.  Just remember that you're not alone, and you're beautiful :) You can pull through.  When you get the results you want you'll be so glad you did!  It just takes time and patience.

#3368187 What The Hell Happened? Suicidal Now...

Posted by lizardanne on 22 July 2013 - 08:22 AM

This is a good example as to why we need to stop messing with our skin too much. 


Us acne-prone people tend to panic when we break out, buy some chemical cocktail OTC and slather it on our face - then we pay for the consequences.


I know my skin would look so much better if I just left it well alone years ago when I got those first few acne breakouts. 


SO TRUE.  I started breaking out when I was 16, like most people.  I went crazy on my face though, because when I went to get a facial the specialist told me there was something wrong with my skin and convinced me to buy some horribly irritating products.  I also started using some hardcore face makeup, and it just went downhill from there, until 2 years later when it finally exploded.  We have to be so careful!


Also, people have some really good suggestions for you on here, but I would really recommend the Regimen, or advice from a dermatologist, although the Regimen will probably save you money, and it should work on your skin.  It's for all types of acne and all skin types.

#3366814 Finally Starting The Regimen!

Posted by lizardanne on 16 July 2013 - 07:56 AM

Hey!  This is really interesting!  I'm only 14 days into the Regimen so it's helpful to read about everyone's progress so far.  Gives me hope! <3  Has the quality of either of your complexions improved at all, even if you're still breaking out?

#3363091 How ya feelin' about your acne today?

Posted by lizardanne on 01 July 2013 - 12:43 PM

I'm trying to hang in here!  My skin is in this weird limbo where it gets better and then acts up again...trying to find the connection, but looking forward to getting Dan's Regimen this week! :)


Only hard part is keeping up appearances.  I'm a performer and I really can't stand the thought of people being able to see the bumps on my face under the stage lights...it bothers me so much.  UGH.