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CookieJ

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An Alternative To The Regimen (Success)

03 August 2014 - 10:14 AM

I'm posting this for those of you on here who have either had:

1) no success with the regimen.

2) had success with the regimen, but do not like the quality of your skin, or still have redness/inflammation, and so on.

3) had success with the regimen, but do not like the idea of using BP in the long term, even inspite of there being no "evidence" to suggest that long term use may be harmful.

My experience with the regimen

-It got me 95-100% clear of acne, which is better than <50%, but I still had poor quality skin, redness/inflammation, and so on.

-And of course, as soon as I stopped using BP or tried to taper off, my acne/inflammation would come back in full force within a few days, or a week or so if lucky.

-I eventually came to the point where I wasn't comfortable with using BP every day for the rest of my life, and did not like how bad my skin looked inspite of being 95%+ clear.

Before I reveal my own regimen, I want to describe my skin type. For the most part I have slightly dry skin (though not to the degree where you can see that it's dry, and definitely not eczema-dry). If I wash my face frequently, my skin's oil production goes out of wack and is all over the place, so my skin can often be dry but sometimes oily, depending on the time of day and how frequently I wash my face (no matter how carefully or how much I moisturise). My acne in the past would best be described as moderate-severe and the inflammatory type.

I've been doing my own regimen for quite a while now, and my skin is 95-100% clear (like it was with BP) AND the quality of my skin is basically restored back to normal. Inflammation/redness has dropped considerably. And most importantly, I don't have to "depend" on BP to stay clear, something I've hated the idea of for the longest time.

My alternative regimen

-I wash my face and neck every 3-4 days (yes, you heard it, 3-4 days). Even if I'm exercising/sweating (which I often am), I still wait 3-4 days. If I'm sweating, I'll gently wipe it off with a cloth/towel, but that's all.

-I moisturise my whole face and neck 3x per day (when I wake up, half way through the day, and just before I sleep). I personally use a cheap vaseline moisturiser.

-Other than this, I make sure I don't touch my face at all.

 

That's all there is to it. Most people, and definitely including myself beforehand, will be thinking that every 3-4 days is not enough, or is unhygienic etc. etc. But in my experience it's been the total opposite and a life-saver. I can't really convince people through words, though, because most of us have pre-existing beliefs in society about how frequently we should wash etc. All you can do is genuinely try it out.

I can safely confirm, at least in my case (and possibly in the case of quite a handful of acne sufferers), that washing the face twice (hell, even once in my experience) a day is way too much.

Also, this is not related to the possibility that I could've been washing too harshly or not moisturising before I started this new regimen, because it's not - I've always been OCD-careful about this stuff, and to no avail. In fact, I can say with high confidence that I'll start breaking out again (and approach moderate/severe breakouts within a few weeks) if I restart washing my face 2x a day, EVEN IF I'm washing OCD-carefully as well as moisturising generously afterwards.

I feel like, this whole time I've been using BP (over a year in a row at one point), I've been going against my skin's natural health and oil levels.

It really is a miracle that my skin is equally as clear now as it was when using BP to the max, but without that leathery/low-quality, red/inflamed/sunburnt look. I was so close to resorting to antibiotics, but am glad I didn't now.

For those who have not much else to try, I'd recommend you put aside these cookie-cutter general recommendations of "wash 2x per day with a light cleanser blah blah" and give this, or something similar, a genuine shot! smile.png