Today is 6 months, 21 days since I started Dan's Regimen. Here's an update:
-I had my 3rd IUI (w/6 clomid + 2 shots, no trigger shot, using ovulation kit), and I think I might be pregnant. I had a positive test result this morning. I'll take another test tomorrow morning, and then call the doctor to confirm with a blood test. I've only told my husband, obviously, but I'm too excited to contain myself, so here I am .
-I tried applying the benzoyl peroxide only in the mornings,
It's been 4 months, 7 days since I started the regimen. I haven't broken out at all for about 1 month (so I haven't had any pimples tempting me to pick). My face is so clear now, I've stopped wearing makeup as of a week & a half ago. I've used up 4 tubes of hydroquinone 4% and that has gotten rid of most of my acne & non-acne related PIH. I look OK, in terms of complexion, but I'm still noticeably red & shiny by midday (I still also have big pores on my nose and chee
I forgot to mention yesterday: I'm not treating my chest & back anymore with anything because all acne & related problems are gone. This for like the last 1.5 months. I don't even have any PIH on my chest anymore...perfectly healthy and awesome (still some PIH on my upper back, but I have long hair, so no one sees that anyway, so I don't care...it'll fade with time).
As far as my face is concerned, I will continue with Dan's regimen & products religiously forever, for as long as ha
Hello everyone: it's exactly 3 months & 2 days since I started Dan's regimen. Couldn't be happier. My skin's not perfect yet, but has completely gotten back to normal, which for me is big pores confined only to the nose and about 1.5" around the nose area on my cheeks. The rest of my face has miraculously gone back to invisible pores, smooth skin. I went to vacation in Oregon, and the humidity did not affect me. I do however continue to breakout around my period on my chin area, but a little
I've only been using Dan's AHA in liu of moisturizer nightly, and nothing in the daytime because my almay makeup felt like enough, but just this week my skin has been feeling dry, so I'm going to start using Dan's jojoba oil tomorrow morning, under the almay. I'm almost clear enough of the PIH that maybe soon I'll be able to go makeup free -and then I'll use sunblock over the BP. We'll see how it goes
Another update: last week (Day 38) I started using Almay 220 - a shade lighter than 240- becau
Research on pregnancy & Dan's regimen: so far the concensus seems to be that AHAs and azelaic acid creams are the only safe products for both acne and melasma; but just recently it was posted on Acne.org that the FDA has reclassed BP as a category 1 drug, "safe & effective" so BP should be OK too (I confirmed this online...here's the official article link: http://govpulse.us/entries/2010/03/04/2010...drug-facts-form
But I probably will give up the BP if I do get pregnant, and use organi
-from babycenter.com: soy products can cause melasma!!
Some moms-to-be seek out natural ingredients such as soy in their skin-care products, thinking that they're free from harmful effects. But that's not necessarily the case, says Baumann.
While soy-based lotions and facial products are generally safe to use, "Soy can make the 'mask of pregnancy' (dark splotches on facial skin) worse, as can oil of bergamot, which is in many organic products," she says.
Soy has estrogenic effects, which
I woke up with one red bump on my right cheek bone today. I PROMISE THE UNIVERSE, I'M NOT GOING TO TOUCH IT. It's going to be very hard, peoples. I'm just going to put on the BP + AHA tonight instead of the hydroquinone, until it goes away (the other pimple on my left lower cheek I experimented with last week, went away in 2 days with the same treatment & no touching, so I'm hoping for the same thing).
Other than that, my skin is progressing very nicely on Dan's regimen. The pores on my chi
I'm posting a lot today because I don't always have the time, but I want to log systematically everything I'm doing just in case it helps anyone out there (since Dan has helped me so much without even knowing), and for my own record.
This post might not be what people want to hear, but diet & exercise really haven't made any difference in the 25 years I've dealt with my problem skin. For most of those years I ate very healthfully but didn't exercise (I was skinny until I turned 27), then fo
According to Paula Begoun's website:
"Benzoyl peroxide negates the effectiveness of most retinoids (i.e., Retin-A, Tazorac) and therefore cannot be used at the same time. To get both benefits, you can use benzoyl peroxide in the morning and the retinoid in the evening. However, Differin (adapalene) has been shown to remain stable and effective when used with benzoyl peroxide (Source: British Journal of Dermatology, Oct. 1998, page 139). "
Just for the record, I've been prescribed Retin-A, te
-I'm copying part of blogger "Duane"'s regimen for future reference (sorry Duane, I hope this is not innapropriate...I'm not sure how to use message boards properly, so I couldn't figure out how to tag your posts...the computer acumen part of my ego is severely damaged)
dessert essence jojoba oil, purpose gentle cleansing wash, paula's choice 1% BHA gel (to unclog pores), acne.org 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel, complex 15 moisturizing lotion"
dessert essence jojob
So my research has revealed that: yes, it is OK to use hydroquinone with AHA, in that order (1st hydroq., then AHA). It should be good for you because the hydroquinone lightens the skin, and the AHA exfoliates. I've already tried it one night, and everything seemed OK.
Two options for when my prescription runs out are:
-Obagi Nuderm (complicated website...don't really know which products to get, but one of them is 4% hydroquinone, which is my prescription strength)
-Palmers Eventone Fade Milk
Here's my latest confession: I picked Friday night, and made it worse, so I spent all weekend at home trying to minimize the damage. People, if you can possibly control yourself, I have now proven to myself beyond any reasonable doubt that picking comedones that are under the skin surface just makes them worse. They get inflamed, infected and then scar worse. Sigh. Now if I could just control myself, I would make my life a lot easier.
Here are the gory details:
-My doryx presc
I'm trying to figure out when to use AHA, and if it's bad in combination with hydroquinone, because I must confess: I haven't been really using any moisturizer since my skin got soft again (on Day 15, I think), but all recommendations say that I should, so I'm hoping the AHA will moisturize + exfoliate + clarify PIH.
(I've only continued using Dan's moisturizer on my neck & chest -which have COMPLETELY healed from any and all acne, thank the gods- but still feel like they need
I cannot believe how well my skin is doing on Dan's regimen & products. Dan, you are the man. I don't know how to thank you. Here's a summary of my progress:
-my pores are 90% back to normal
-I only have 3 healing blemishes right now, that I caused myself because I picked my face last Friday night.
-I have not picked since then (yey...4 days in a row...lets see how long I can go)
-Saturday morning I started massaging my face with jojoba oil after washing, and then cleaning
Per Wynne's advice: apply to lesion at night and cover with bandaid, moisturize with vaseline (ingredient in these antibacterials) to prevent PIH. This after the BP application
Also, take Ibuprofin if inflammed (but I may be allergic, since I'm allergic to aspirin...must find out)
AHA really stung last night, but this morning almost all my blemishes were healed. However, I couldn't resist "cleaning" my clogged pores and scrubbing my flaking skin off, after 3 days of not touching them. We'll see if I break out. So far I think I did aggravate one blemish (it's inflamed now, and it wasn't this morning), but that's the ONLY active blemish on my skin right now. I have 2 healing blemishes left, everything else is just red/brown stains (and even these are fading, although they'r
So far I'm loving this treatment: I can really see tangible progress. Here's what I've done since my last post:
-Friday 5/21 (Day13) I did pick my face (I squeezed all clogged pores and scrbbed all dead skin off), but I don't think I did too much damage
- I did not wear makeup either Saturday or Sunday
- I wore chanel moisturizer on Saturday, but no moisturizer on Sunday because I didn't think the daytime moisturizer helped
-I applied Dan's AHA on Sunday night instead of moi
Hello everyone, this is just going to be a straightforward journal, where I keep track of my progress with the treatment, so please forgive any lack of writing flourishes.
I found acne.org on Sunday 5/9/10 (Mother's Day), when I was feeling really desperate about my skin. I'd just turned 39, was 7 weeks into recovering from surgery (to remove a fybroid and endometriosis), and my skin was worse than ever. I've always had mild/moderate acne, I've tried every treatment, nothing worked permanently,