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Regimen Leaving Big Red Marks

20 April 2013 - 02:03 PM

I was on the regimen for about 8 years. It wasn't a fix but it reduced my acne. I quit the regimen last year as I got fed up with the flakyness and lack of total success. I started it again about 3-4 months ago Not only is the reigmen not having much success on my acne (I am using only approved products and am following directions to the letter) Pimples are leaving big red marks only my face that aren't fading at all. I'm 30 years old. I'm not going out into the sun at all (I live in Northern Canada, it's been about minus 30 during most of this time outside) and if I pop a pimple, I'm not doing it any different than the approved method I did for the 8 years which didnt result in any marks.


When I went off of the regimen for several months last fall my acne didn't disappear, but at least I didn't have any big red marks left behind after pimples.


Not only is it awesome to have a flaky face 24/7 (jojoba oil, different moisturizers, AHA+ all have no effect, my face just can't handle it), but now I have these big red marks left behind after every pimple after never having this experience before.


Does anyone have any suggestions?

Aha Question

30 August 2012 - 08:37 PM

Hi, I've been on the regimen and variations of it for 10 years. As nice as the regimen is, my face still breaks out a bit  when I'm stressed (I'm a lawyer - high stress job) and I usually still have a spot at most times. I started applying AHA to my back this year and noticed it cleared up all my back acne, and didnt really dry it out either.

So my question is, if AHA completely cleared up my back, wouldn't it do the same thing as my face?

I'd love to cut back on the regimen or get rid of it if I had other options (time consuming, makes my skin really flaky, bleaches pillow cases etc).

Anyone here just put a layer of AHA on their face at night?

I found a regimen that works for me after 11 years

08 May 2011 - 05:51 PM

Here's an old post of mine from 2008 on this board:

This is for anyone curious about the regimen and if it actually delivers results

At age 21 in the summer of 2004 I had tried everything under the moon to make my acne go away including minocycline, tetracycline and accutane which i had to stop because it was literally making my lips disappear and turned eating any food into complete embarassment as my lip tissue turned to soup and mush and made it seem like there would be nothing left of my lips if i kept it up, no matter what product I used on my lips, it was just as bad if not worse than acne.

So in the summer of 2004, I tried the Regimen after stumbling on the website. It was the best summer of my life, I didnt get a pimple all summer, and I only applied the regimen once a day. I should note, I was spending all day, everyday outside in the sun during this time.
Then suddenly during the start of October, the acne was back. No matter what I did, it was back, and for the first time ever, I was getting it on my forehead. I followed the regimen and it did nothing.

The acne remained. I started a new job the next summer which was outdoors. I continued on the regimen and had another acne free summer. I then started school, and within a few days of being back, the acne was back, on my forhead as well. No change in my life, nothing to do with eating habits, stress, touching my face, sweat, just I was now indoors instead of outdoors mostly. The acne remained the entire school year.

I worked in a bank the next summer (2006) and was so fed up with the regimen I stopped completely, and as a result my acne was a bit worse. I resumed the Regimen in the fall of 2006 out of desperation, the longest I'd go without some serious acne was maybe 2 weeks at a time. The next summer (2007) I worked inside and aside from a few weeks here or there the acne remained.

Back to school in September of 2007, I was acne free until November. However at the same time I was spending at least 2-3 hours a day in the sun during that time. When november came the Acne returned. It remained until January 2008. I was interning in a prosecuters office as part of my law degree and would be in court everyday for the next 3 months. I was worried, I thought for sure I'd look like an idiot with pimples all of the time. However I was pimple free until April. Not one pimple from January - April. I was using the regimen once at night, and was using Clearasil daily face wash every morning. I have no idea why I was pimple free, absolutely no idea. And then when April came my acne returned even though I was doing the exact same skincare routine and still remaines today. (I'm 25)

A few things about my situation. I only use the regimen once a day. If I use it more than once a day my skin turns all to flakes, no matter what kind of mosturizer I use, even Dan's own official regimen mostuirizer. If i do the regimen twice a day, when i eat or brightly smile, my whole face turns to flakes and is far worse looking than acne is.

I have followed the regimen to the letter. From the routine, to the official products to every bit of advice you ever hear about certain foods, not touching your face, sweat, stress, alcohol, you name i've researched it and tried it never works.

My acne is what I'd describe as moderate. When i get a pimple it's big, not small, it's very noticable, my worst spots are the right and left part 2-3 inches under my mouth like where the bottom of a handle bar mustache would be, those pimples are always enormous and akward and turn into giant whiteheads.

My life sucks, it would be impossible for me to have a girlfriend with my acne, and maybe not even a "Real job" because i still look like im 16 sometimes, actually worse than that. Sometimes you get to the point where you just want to shoot yourself because you know its never going away.

I don't have any advice for anyone, I was just hoping to help anyone who was curious if this regimen really works.

Fast forward to today

I'm in my late twenties. Since last spring I have discovered a routine that has pretty much elimated all my acne. I had acne on my face, back and chest. I use benzaclin twice a day, began using minoclycine daily, but now reduced to every second day. As a moisturizer I use cetaphil - sensitive skin - dry to very dry skin moisturizer. It's the only thing that works for me. From Fall to Spring I sleep with a humidifier every night  and I moisturize my entire face 2-3 times a day during that time of year. Keep in my mind I live in an area where in the winter it gets to -50. I might get a very small pimple once every 2 months that disappears after 2-3 days. I'm very good about not allowing any stress into my life, but if occasionly creeps in, it can cause a pimple.
The last year of my life has been the best year of my life by far. Work is going great, and I've had two hot girlfriends during that time. No longer do I have to stay in because I'm embarrassed about my face. I dont have prescription drug coverage, but the $80 or so I have to pay for the drugs every month or two is well worth it.