FredTheBelgian, it seems to me that the point of this forum is to share information and to encourage others. What is the point of you coming on here and simply criticizing or discounting other people's experiences? We all know that what works for one person may not work for another, but if one suggests a remedy it may well be worth trying for another person. None of us on here are doctors or dermatologists (you either I guess due to the nature of your comments) so we should be free to make suggestions and discuss our experiences without requiring formal documentation or citing medical studies!!
If paigems found a solution then who the heck are you to say it isn't so? You are way off base.
It seems like it can be different for everyone. For my daughter it didn't really get worse in the first 3 months, but it didn't improve at all ie. really NO difference what so ever so she almost gave up. Then just after the 3 month mark she started to see gradual improvement. She has been on it for 5 months now and is about 90% clear and hoping it continues. She has also cut out drinking milk which may be a factor in her skin clearing too (hard to know really!).
My daughter's dermatologist told her not to use her clarisonic if she had any blemishes at all because it will further irritate her skin and can just spread the bacteria around which you don't really want. Mind you she has sensitive skin so if you don't perhaps it would be ok for you. However the general rule seems to be to be as gentle with your skin as possible. Personally I am not a fan of the clarisonic if you have acne, but that is just my opinion.
I agree that you are a very kind person to respond to rocky0067, I was hoping everyone would ignore him and he would go and rant somewhere else. Generous of you to pay attention to him. Interesting he would join an acne forum just to spout off on this thread!
I must agree with Morgo K and I don't think that this a good moisturizer to use if you have acne prone skin and are using benzoyl peroxide. It contains several ingredients that could be a problem and irritate your skin (mainly the alcohol(s) and the perfume).
I'm sure the pharmacist meant well but I don't think it is a good choice.
I am not on the Regimen but my daughter has been on it for 3 months and is seeing a lot of improvement now. So hang in there.
The Cerave moisturizers are supposed to be non-comedogenic, however it seems that no matter if they are some people still break out from non-comedogenic products! The PM moisturizer is not as thick as the AM moisturizer maybe because the AM moisturizer has sunscreen in it (not sure?).
If you want a website where you can check out the ratings of all sorts and brands of skin products you could take a look at www.paulaschoice.com . Their ratings seem quite fair. I always check it out if I am looking for a new product.
AmberSue - you can get almond milk that is unsweetened which is the best. (The flavoured ones usually are sweetened). Fyi the unsweetened ones are about 40 calories per cup and the sweetened ones are about 120 calories per cup) Also try coconut milk (unsweetened) it is really good!
I use a moisturizer made by CeraVe which I really like but I'm not sure you can get it where you live.
You could take a look at www.paulaschoice.com for ratings on all brands of moisturizers. Their ratings are pretty fair and they tell you which ingredients are likely to irritate. Like everyhting else it seems to be trial and error with moisturizers as one one person likes another doesn't!
I'm not sure where you live but I know of a couple of products you could look into if you want to try the herbal route to balance out your hormones.
One is called Estrosmart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe (available in Canada). It takes a few months to work but is helpful for a number of hormonal issues including acne. (my daughter and I have been taking them for about a year now). Lorna has a website and a really good book about women and hormones.
The other one I have not tried but it is available on line and is called Fem balance by Vitanica. It seems to get a high rating by people who have used it.
From what I know it takes at least a few months for your body to adjust after going off birth control pills perhaps more.
Try and be gentle on your skin because if you use products that are too harsh your skin may compensate by producing more oil (frustrating I know). The Regimen does work but will likely take 2-3 months to see results.
Try and not get too down about it even though it may be hard. Your skin does not define you.
I agree. How can doing something to take care of yourself be called 'a waste of time'? If you don't place any value on taking care of your skin then don't do it. But don't criticize or belittle people who do.
I don't think that Brandy was criticizing your method she was simply stating that people get the best results if they follow the regimen pretty precisely. If you are getting results from doing it your way then good for you. It seems like you are the one who is being argumentative.