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Down with Week 1 on Regimen

Well I have ended week 1 and still working on the regimen. Bumps/Cysts continue to go down. I did experience a little flakiness on my jawline where I get a bit of my acne. I just used Jojoba to get the flakiness to go down. I also happened to get a bit of the BP on my neck I assume while sleeping so my neck is dry, but nothing a little moisturizer doesn't fix. Pustules are starting to come through faster where the nodules are. They are coming to a head as 2 or more pustules. Red Marks from old acne still remain. So essentially not ready to go makeup-less, but it does appear to be getting a little better. Regimen Details: AM Cetaphil Cleanser Proactiv BP (waiting for Acne.org order) Cetaphil Moisturizer Mineral Makeup PM Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face Wash (removes Makeup Cetaphil doesn't work that well to remove makeup) Proactiv BP Cetaphil Moisturizer mixed with Jojoba Oil

JustStoic

JustStoic

12/05/2010

 

Better

It has only been three days. I know I won't see much improvement, but I am always checking (a bad habit for pickers like me). The irritation isn't that bad, no worse than the differin and my skin has probably toughened up over the years. Since I am not getting the flakiness associated with BP I am going to up the amount a little. I did notice when I wake up in the morning my face is quite oily or shiny. I do notice my bumps going down, I have quite a few (few as in - above 50) so I know this will take a while. Regimen Details: AM Cetaphil Cleanser Proactiv BP (waiting for Acne.org order) Cetaphil Moisturizer Mineral Makeup PM Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Face Wash (removes Makeup Cetaphil doesn't work that well to remove makeup) Proactiv BP Cetaphil Moisturizer

JustStoic

JustStoic

11/28/2010

 

Another Try

Well I am here and trying to figure out if this regimen will work. I have had acne for over 20 years. I have tried prescriptions equal to everything but Isotrentinoin(Accutane). Isotrentinoin is now what every dermatologist is telling me to use since I have had such bad acne for so long and have also tried numerous things. I have tried Minocycline, Doxycycline, Spironolactone, OCs, Retin-A, Duac, Clindamycin, Differin, Sulfur mask, tea tree oil, OTCs such as Proactiv, Murad, Acne Free, Nutrogena, etc. Yeah if it says it fights Acne I have probably tried it. I am hesitant to try Accutane due to all of the side affects, and while it worked for my sister temporarily it is not something that I am ready to try yet, especially now that I see the lawyer advertisements for lawsuits. So now having always researched using Acne.org I am trying the regimen. I do know that BP does work somewhat for me. I did an acne clinical study for adapalene/BP mixture (now called differin) a few years ago and that worked for me, but not completely clear (it was only 6 mos). In addition, I had to follow strict guidelines from cleanser to moisturizer during the study. My progression pictures were taken in all different colors and I did see improvement but could not say whether it was the adapalene, the BP or the methods used for all. I still wore the same makeup I wear today and still ate the same foods the only difference was how i did things for my morning and night cleansing routine. My Study rules (kind of match the regimen instructions, just different products) No Exfoliation (scrubs)
Used only specific Cetaphil Cleanser and Cetaphil Moisturizer along with the differen.
No additional creams/wrinkle reducers, chemicals etc. Only my Mineral makeup was allowed.
Hence the reason to try the regimen. So time to see what happens, it cant do any worse than what I have already tried over the last 20 years.

JustStoic

JustStoic

11/26/2010

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