Acne.org 2 months/Face update
Kat De Love
My Current Acne Regimen: Acne.org Clarisonic PMD
ADULT ACNE TREATMENT :: ACNE.ORG | BNF REVIEW
Dear Dan and Acne.org,
I struggled with cystic acne on my face (mainly my chin, but also my chest and back - yuck!) from my early teens until last year when I found acne.org during yet another frantic search for a "cure" after another breakout. I spent over a decade searching for a "cure", slathering on concealer, and hiding from photographers at weddings. I've been following the regimen for a year, and couldn't be more pleased with the results - I rarely have a zit nowadays, and if I do it's usually because I forget to bring my benzyl peroxide with me on a trip. I use the Acne.org benzyl peroxide (you can't find a better, more reasonably priced BP on the internet or in the store), but everything else I use is "drugstore" - Trader Joe's nourish facewash and moisturizer, and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night AHA+.
My "before" picture is from 2009 - my chin was covered with with cysts and I had some on my cheeks and near my hairline. I even had makeup on in that picture (yep, I even wore concealer to work out because I was that self-conscious). My "after" picture was taken at a family gathering last month. I'm not even wearing makeup in that picture (I rarely wear much concealer/foundation now - usually a light foundation like Almay smartshade). I still have some scarring on my face and chest, but it is fading slowly. Not having new outbreaks to contend with has accelerated the healing process.
I knew it was working when my boyfriend told me "Your makeup looks great today. Really natural." and I wasn't wearing any! Please, if you're on the fence, do yourself a favor and give the regimen a try for a few months (you will flake for the first week. Don't worry, it stops.). I wish I had found acne.org ten years ago!!!
I started the regimen in November of 2013. I had acne since I was in 5th grade and it has been out of control since then. I have purchased so many different and products guaranteeing that it will clear up my acne. They didn't work and by the time I was in 7th grade had cystic acne.
The regimen is the only product that helped at all. In the first few months it helped my acne get to a mild stage and since March my skin has been clearing up so well. I have barely any breakouts and if there is, it is not as bad as the breakouts I used to get.
The before photo was in October, the after is May
Thank you acne.org so much!
Belle New Jersey
Two words: Life Saver! I started the Regimen before I went off Yaz (for the 2nd time). The first time I stopped Yaz, I broke out horribly. Scarring, cystic acne mostly on my cheeks and chin. I have officially been off of Yaz for 147 days and no acne at all! I started the Regimen a week before going off the pill (December 2013) and it has made my skin so beautiful. I have been off the pill for 5 months. I hope I can see these results for the rest of my life, or however long I have to deal with acne. Thank you so much for letting us in on your secret!
How I Cleared My Skin + My Current Skin Care Routine
I actually didn't have much of an acne problem until I was in my 20s. I tried various products with decent results, but never lasting improvement. I got to a point where it was really bad - painful, embarrassing - and I starting searching online for something new. I had used BP before as a spot treatment, so when I found Dan's regimen it made sense to me that using it with a more generous application could work. I found that everything Dan said about the regimen is true: it takes 3 months to see real difference and you might feel like quitting but don't do it! The regimen really works! I still have break outs now, but just one or two periodically; acne is no longer a painful condition that daily plagues me. I also love the products that acne.org makes - large quantities for affordable prices made with quality ingredients. These are things I look for in anything I buy and I'm so glad that Dan is conscious of these things with the products he sells.
Whatever you can see in my before picture, increase that by tenfold. It's been zoomed in but the camera didn't put up how bad it really was. My whole right chin was covered in deep bumps. That is with a full face of foundation on that used to just slide off. I'm 28 years old and I've had acne since 14, mostly cystic but all kinds. I've been on the Regimen for 6 months now and I can only wish that I knew about it in high school or college- I could have gotten involved in a lot more and had a better experience. I couldn't look anyone in the eye for more than 2 seconds and I loved when I took my contacts out at night and couldn't see because it felt like other people couldn't see me clear. (silly, i know..) My cysts used to clear and come back, clear and come back, in all the same spots over and over. Years and years of this. It caused a stress in my life that put a strain on my relationships with others.
Well, through these last 6 months on the Regimen, I finally have my face under control. If I do get a small pimple, the next regimen usually FLATTENS it right down! It's an amazing process. You don't even necessarily have to order the kit- I use Olay foaming face wash, acnefree BP, and Walmart brand moisturizer. As long as you find compatible products, it's all about the process and staying gentle, keeping CLEAN towels, etc. I didn't realize how much of my acne problem was cosmetic and hygiene related. Don't let people scare you into thinking there's something wrong with your insides or pressure you into accutane before you give this a chance. If it doesn't work at ALL after following it perfectly for 6 months, then explore your options.
My before picture was the week i got engaged, and although my fiance loves me no matter what, I'll always sort of regret that my skin looked that way that night. But I'm just so happy I actually came out of it and can finally move on from acne.