It was 105* today in my city. What the hell?!
I'm right next to the ocean too. Jeez.
I don't have a lot of time to post an update like I usually would,
but I do have time to show you my progress with the regimen by
way of some pictures. So with that said, here they are:
(I'm wearing a fake monocle and hat...can you tell?)
(See what a month can do?)
So yeah, don't give up. Keep going and keep moving forward.
There was a period about two weeks ago where I over-applied the BP
and had to all but quit the regimen for a day or two while my face broke
out but now I'm up to 2/3rds of a finger which is a great feeling. Also had
a point where my back starting flaking like mad too. But anyway. Just gotta
make sure you keep applying the stuff every evening y'know?
I'm b-....yeah. That was so 3 weeks ago.
I'm here again, and looking even sexier than
last week. How is that possible you ask me?
It's simple! It's the Regimen! Dan Kern's
Acne.org Regimen, to be specific.
So, let me give you an idea of how my past
few weeks have been going, since I made
that first blog post. Essentially, I've been
following the regimen as strict as I possible
with a few exceptions. There have been days
where I've missed it due to laziness or other
things that oh so tend to happen in life. Not to
say I don't regret those times where I've missed
following the Regimen! Each time it happens
I always make sure to punch myself extra hard
in the gut (I do this often) to get back on track.
I don't beat myself up too hard, however. What's
done is done, right?
The first week was notably easy. I was excited to
get back on the regimen, so doing the regimen
for those first few days was more of a hobby than
a chore. A matter of fact, the first day or two of
my face stinging felt more like relief than actual
pain. You know when you've just got done with
a really good workout and are feeling sore yet good?
Yeah, it was sort of like that. Got back into the
rhythm, learned how to use the body buddy (one
of the BP applicator tools Dan offers on his store) in
a way that reached all the acne prone areas of my
back, and let the good times roll. Yeahhhh.
My second week, started off a little more
interesting. I was quite annoyed with myself
when I missed the first few days due to my
sleep schedule radically shifting. I have a
tendency to get down on myself whenever
I've had success with things in the past yet
can't get back up to that level in the future.
That came up again when I was missing the
Regimen for a few days; My thoughts were
quietly wondering at one point if I truly could
start this habit again! Remarkable, isn't it?
Anyway, no matter those thoughts, I put them
in the back of my mind and focused on taking
more action. At certain points during this week
I would be basically sleepwalking - yet I still
grit my teeth and trudged down my hall into
the bathroom to wash my face, let it dry, put
on BP and moisturize, yet again.
Third week, up until now...
Would have to be the easiest week. This week
I started upping my daily BP dose to 2/3rds of
a finger and have continued to stay at that dose.
I also fell asleep on my couch last night. I gave
myself a healthy dose of self-motivation for that,
you can bet. I wager that some folks get down
on themselves too much too soon instead of trying
to focus on action and simply putting the
medicine on. There are three things in life I'm
thankful for when I feel like crap: my dog, the
sun and acne medicine. And an education. All
three, and now since summer is over, four, I
can count on to force me out of my bed and face
the wonderful day that is calling out "Take ad-
vantage of me!".
School has been quite interesting so far. But this
is a blog about me pursuing skin-perfection. I'll
leave it at that.
P.P.S.: This new "Unicomp SpaceSaver" keyboard
I got in the mail last week is very satisfying
to use. I opted for the one without markings on the
HelllllloooOOOO. I'm baaaAAAACK.
I put emphasis on back, because of all the acne that's been going crazy back there.
Look, I need to get this off my BACK...
It keeps coming BACK...
Guess who's back...back again...
Back with Andre' the Giant, Mr. Elephant Tusk...
Enough of the back jokes already! I've been registered here for a few years now
and if there's one thing I've learned about acne and myself it is that we are both
persistent as all hell. My acne is persistent in showing up, and I am persistent in
kicking its rear end with my three sidekicks: Benzoyl Peroxide, Cleanser and Moi-
sturizers. Who ya gunna call? Gh-acne-busters!
So before I tell you why I've decided to spend a good chunk of my time writing
these ridiculously funny and informative blog posts, let me give you a brief history
(ew, I hated History in school!) of my past with Acne.org and how I'm at where
I am today.
Back when I found this site, I was a confused, acne riddled, 16 year old who
happened to find this site through a desperate struggle of wanting (really quite
needing) to rid of the zits that plagued me. Initially I ordered a few products from
Dan (The Man Kern) as well as other "Miracle Creams"â„¢ from other retailers. I've
since ditched the "Miracle Creams"â„¢, but, I digress. Back then Dan didn't even have
Cleansers, nor that wonderful Jojoba Oil and it's fantastic cap. Hell, there was
even a time the only thing he offered was text. Eeeewwwwww, can you believe
As a matter of fact, I think I even have one of the old bottles laying around
here somewhere...let's see....here it is!
With my BP (the Acne.org acronym for Benzoyl Peroxide) in one hand, and
moisturizer in another, I went to work. After what seemed like months (in reality
only about a week and a half) I grew frustrated with my lack of results. Moreso
than that, how much my face STUNG after applying the stuff. I should've thought
about properly allowing my face to get adjusted by using smaller amounts instead
of throwing it on like spackle and hoping the pain went away. Skipping portions of
the regimen Dan stressed needed to be followed perfectly, or even skipping a few
days completely, I felt like crap. Still, I knew I had something that could quite
possibly solve my problems if I only developed it into a daily habit. I definitely knew
the quality of the products I found. Not to say that other store bought products
wouldn't work in substitute, however. The way I saw it at the time, was, if I'm
going to do this "Regimen" I might as well do it right. (While it sounded good it
theory, I didn't quite follow through in practice ) However, a few months
after my initial experimentation, I decided I was going to take a snails pace
approach and try again. Being patient while still being thorough. I was utterly
shocked one day when, 2 weeks into the regimen, I looked in the mirror and
had the realization of how much better my face and other acne-affected parts of
my body were looking.
Here was my expression.
Fast forward to 2 years later, getting a job at a ski resort and subsequently leaving
after a close encounter with death (don't party too hard, kids!) I realized after my
return to my hometown that I wasn't even needing to do the regimen up there.
What?! Now, being a college student without any money to call my own, (except
perhaps for what I find between the cushions of my couch) sometimes it can be
hard to do ANYTHING consistently, let alone a regimen that requires you to spend
some of the precious, precious pocket change you happen to remember you stuck
in a sock to save up for next week's serving of CSU Tennessee's Famous Taco
Tuesdays. So shortly after my return home, I found myself stuck in front of the
mirror with little red bumps popping up everywhere. Yikes!
Since then, I just started up the regimen again a few days ago, and have decided
that I'm going follow the regimen 100%. Yeah, I said it. 100%. Not 80%, not even
85%. So I'd like to invite you all to experience this journey with me - all it's
pleasures and pains included. Here's my skin currently, as of writing:
My Left Arm
and Right Arm
Hopefully we can get the word spread around that I am indeed back, and
this time, with sexy pictures. I have been acne-free before, so you will be seeing
a before and after type of thing here instead of me promising, and failing to deliver.
As what can be seen on a good number of the galleries, others do so frequently.
I'm different, I swear! *sobs*.
Okay, now that the faux tears have stopped flowing over my acne covered face, I
look forward to providing updates to my progress and sharing all the pains and
pleasures that are included with making yourself a better you day after day.