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#3340418 Stopping The Regimen At Some Point?

Posted by Johnny199r on 13 April 2013 - 12:02 PM

I started the regimen at 20. I always thought I'd grow out of acne in my 20's. I turn 30 in two weeks and if I stop the regimen my acne comes roaring back. Some people don't grow out of acne, it looks like I'm in that camp.

#3320106 Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid Or Tea Tree Oil

Posted by Johnny199r on 20 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

My experience:

Benzoyl peroxide:  Gets into the skin and does its thing amazingly well.  2.5% works better than 5% or 10% because it is less irritating but still creates plenty of oxygen to kill the bacteria.  Used precisely within The Regimen it predictably clears up the skin completely within 3-4 months.

Salicylic acid: Doesn't seem to do anything at 2% strength, which is the legal limit in OTC products.  I tried upwards of 15 salicylic acid products since I was a teenager and I would say they are a waste of money.  

Tea tree oil: I have tried tea tree oil in many different strengths, and in several "natural" acne products.  In my personal experience, it does nothing.  While I love the idea of a "natural" acne remedy, tea tree oil most definitely wasn't it for me.

The clear winner:  Benzoyl peroxide.  It's not even a contest honestly.  Benzoyl peroxide works, and the other two do not.

After close to a decade with the regimen, I'm now trying Tea Tree Oil. I was so tired of the dry flakiness which couldn't be fixed by any moisturizer I tried. I was tired of ruining shirts by bleaching them, likewise with my girlfriend's pillow cases. I was tired of not being able to go for a swim in a pool without exiting looking like I had a dry flaky beard. While BP was effective sometimes, I would still get large pimples sometimes, no matter how careful I was being. I would never be clear for more than a week. Plus, towards the end, with BP, my pimples were leaving red marks on my skin.  Add to the fact, the reigmen takes 20-30 mins every morning and night, I just couldn't stand it anymore.

Even if I get a few pimples with tea tree oil, to not have all the excess bs that accompanies the BP reigmen is worth it, in my opinion.

#3304065 Clarus Gave Me A Life.

Posted by Johnny199r on 20 November 2012 - 04:17 PM

Props to you. I'm 29 and have done most of things on your list with no success. I feel like it's time for me to take the plunge.

#3301564 I Wanted To Share With You Guys The Treatment That Cured My Acne Problem

Posted by Johnny199r on 11 November 2012 - 10:28 AM

The problem with antiboitics is that you can only stay on them so long. I've been on tetracycline, minocycline, basically any cycline you can think of for Acne. They didn't really do much for me, plus your body builds up immunity over an exteneded period of time.