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: Face (I'm wearing a fake monocle and hat...can you tell?) Back (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.S: Pictures! My Head Left Arm Right Arm My Back 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 keys.
HelllllloooOOOO. I'm baaaAAAACK. I put emphasis on back, because of all the acne that's been going crazy back there. Hah. 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... BACNEEEE. 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 that? 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 Face My Back 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.