So its been a long time since I've updated my blog and a lot of that has to do with the acne.org interfacing that keeps logging me out every time I change the page. Whenever I do get a blog ready to post it, it logs me out, then I have to re write it...a vicious cycle.
What you want to know: How's it working?
I want to preface my response to that question by saying I did get a bit off track from the regimen around the time of week 4. A change in my sleep schedule and meeting a really cute boy sort of made me sleep deprived and less willing to apply bp 2 times a day.
I had some nasty break outs due to that as well as had to re experience "purging" and flakiness from re acclimating to high doses of BP. With all that said...its a couple days before my period and my face is pretty darn clear! I do have some break outs but the inflamed breakouts around my chin have almost disappeared. I have red spots too but all in all my face feels a lot healthier.
Good news! My face seems to have nicely adjusted to BP and at 2/3rd the recommended amount my skin has virtually no redness or flakes. I was pretty surprised that my face adjusted so quickly as I had always thought I had sensitive skin. With other products such as Proactive, I never gave them enough time to get past the irritation faze. Now I realize that maybe I should have give them a longer shot. Although, I find that Dan's Regimen is way more simple and so far pretty dang effective.
As for clearness of skin: During week 2 things weren't as pretty as week one. I think I was experiencing some purging. Yet this week I would say that my face is 80-90% clear of ACTIVE pimples. There are a lot of red marks but when I run my hand over my face when doing the regimen, my face does not feel inflamed like it did a few weeks ago. That is pretty awesome!
So bottom line: so far so good! Only time will tell (eh, hem, especially that "time of the month") how well the Regimen will work in the long run, but I have high hopes. From reading all that Dan has posted about how acne cannot survive in oxygenated skin (or high levels of BP) seems pretty optimistic.
Give it another month or two with consistent success and I will definitely be recommending this product/process to all!
So I've decided to report on a weekly basis because a) I've read too many blogs/message posts that update day to day and its hard to get a big-picture idea of results when you have to sift through so many blog entries and b) it is less nit-picky (I don't want to have a blog that reports each new pimple as they emerge)!
So its day 7 and with careful and sparing application of BP my skin has adjusted very well. The first couple of days were ROUGH with very red/flaky skin but I continued to use the minimum amount (based on DKR dose pictures) and sometimes only applied BP once a day. I took advice from Dan and the message boards to take it slowly and I think its working.
Now when I apply my BP it may sting at first but my skin is no longer cherry red (there is a bit of overall redness in some lights but it is easily covered with jane iredale mineral foundation). My skin is mainly flaky around the mouth and chin (this is where I also apply the most BP because its my problem area). I did experience a few mouth pimples (weird!) and extremely dry lips. I never have dry lips but its something about the cleanser or run off of BP that are making them dry!!!
My eyes are less and less puffy each day but I am still experiencing some swelling.
As with acne and inflammation:
I cannot say SPECIFICALLY that its the regimen but I am fairly certain it is helping but 70% of my inflamed/pustule acne around my chin has gone down. I feel like to some extent the BP is "purging" my pores so now a lot of the inflamed bumps I had before the regimen are now forming into pustules and healing rather quickly. This also makes them VERY tempting to pick at since they are nice dried up flaky pimples . I am guilty of picking a few (even as I type ). Woops. Need to stop that.
My skin is still feeling a bit tight, dull, and caked with products. I want to wait another week or so before I attempt to exfoliate. I think I will try either the jojoba or baby brush method.
Some things that I have changed that could be helping my acne:
-I stopped using bare essentials which has bismuth oxychloride in it (which has been linked to skin reactions and cystic acne)
-Am on my second week of Yasmin birth control pills
-Am taking doxychoride (but really want to stop because of the risk of oral antibiotics)
Bottom line: I think the regimen is really working. I forsee a bit more purging of my pores (which = ugly blemishes) going on in the next couple of weeks. But overall, a STARTLING decrease of inflamed pustules and nodules. A few new random smallllll pimples to date.
Pretty happy over all. Going to steadily increase a bit more of BP to twice a day. Still using all of dan's products PLUS 4-5 drops of jojoba oil in moisturizer (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS).
So I am no my fourthish day of the Regime and my face just is UNCOMFORTABLE. I know this is to be expected as my face is practically a BP virgin. I have decided to do BP once a day for this first week to not over do it like Dan's videos and advice on the message boards say.
Note: I've incorporated drops of jojoba oil in the moisturizer. I also want to try the "baby brush treatment" sometime soon to shluff off all the flakes/dry skin.
As of now:
My skin quality:
-Feels "dirty" from the dry skin and layers of products
-Some pimples I had before the Regimen have dried up
-Inflammation seems to have calmed down a bit
-I notice a few new tiny tiny pimples
Random side affect:
PUFFY SWOLLEN EYES. I am a very tolerant person and want to go into psychology, so please excuse me if you are offended by this comment but I feel like my eyes make me look like I have down syndrome. Seriously.
As of now, I am trying to ice my eyes (eyelids are puffy like a spider bite, my under eyes are equally puffy - although not swollen shut like a serious allergic reaction). Advice from the message boards reinforced keeping BP from the eye area and trying not to get water in/around my eyes as past BP could migrate into the eye area.
So a few days ago I chipped in the bucks (an extra $20) to get express 2 day shipment of the Regimen product kit. It arrived today this afternoon and I was so pleased.
The products look great and feel great too! I was worried about the smell, but so far so good.
The cleanser: Foams great. I was skeptical about the "10 second or less rule" but 10 seconds really is a sufficient amount of time.
The BP (treatment): This was pretty thick but the little I put on spread easily and absorbed easily.
The moisturizer: I was pretty shocked at how much it called for. Admittedly I skimmed a bit off the top of the "quarter sized" dollop. I know I'll need that much soon.
Overall I was happy with the process. It does take a bit of time but if it works its worth the few mins.
I also started Yasmin yesterday and ramped up my Doxy to 200 mgs.
Made my first appointment with the Derm for later this month. I hope my skin is much much clearer by then. We'll see
I know there's magic workin on my face! Yay!
Hello (if anyone else chooses to read this!),
It's two AM. I've been obsessively looking up acne remedies for the past few hours. It really has become an obsession which started 9 months ago when I began to develop a chronic case of moderate cystic acne. A little background info: I'm a 21 year old college student.
I always thought I had the "blessed" skin gene since besides a case of normal pre-teen break outs, I had fairly clear skin. Unfortunately both my brothers have suffered from cystic acne and I used to wonder at it from afar thinking what that might be like and thanking my lucky stars it wasn't me. Flash forward to spring 2010 when I started to notice a few blemishes on my chin.
I think i exasperated the issue with cosmetics. I bought a tube of concealer thinking "I just want to cover it up. I don't care if it makes it worse because I want instant results." For a couple of weeks I continued with this mindset until, like the self-fulfilling prophesy it was, I had a pretty serious case of chin acne. 9 months later I think back at this moment as the sad beginning of my struggle with acne.
Summer of 2010 I piled on Bare Essentials, steamed my face every night (which I think unless you really REALLY steam it for a long time only encourages the growth of bacteria), washed with a gentle Aveno cleanser-- and ended up with a very VERY blemished chin. Cystic acne was in full blown patches. I believe the make-up made it worse. My skin was pussing it was that bad.
At the time I had a boyfriend and I couldn't imagine how he found me attractive. I would wear make-up at all times and whenever we'd spend the night together I'd wear make up to bed and then when he fell asleep, I'd get up and wash my face so that he wouldn't see my real skin. I know embarrassing. We ended up breaking up but not because of my acne but because I went abroad and we grew apart. He really did a great job at making me feel beautiful.
In September I went abroad to Senegal in West Africa for a semester (3.5 months). At this point I knew I needed to kick the make up habit and I thought this would be a good time to give up make up. I was still dating my boyfriend and didn't plan on any relationships so I thought, "why care? There is no one to impress." It was still pretty hard the first 2 months because without make up my face was noticeably inflamed and the Senegalese, very preoccupied with their own beauty, LOVE to point out your flaws (of course out of concern). My host family and friends would ask me what was wrong with my skin. What was that on my skin? I think because I was white, acne looked even worse. Sometimes I would be angry on the inside. Sometimes I would call my mom in tears and tell her how I couldn't handle having my flaws be the center of conversations.
Yet without make up, and being on a low level dose of antibiotic Doxycycline, at the end of the 3.5 months my skin around my chin had smoothed, little redness, and my cheeks were pretty clear. At this time I would say I had no bad cystic acne. I did have many red marks though from healing acne. Because I was "back home" and it was less humid, less polluted, I thought it would be ok to start using my Bare Minerals. That first week and a half was great because with the extra coverage it was like my skin was perfect again!
Alas, even though I didn't want to admit it I could feel the break outs brewing deep beneath my skin and it could only mean one thing - cystic acne. It was SO hard to stop wearing the make up now that I was back on campus, around friends, possible future boyfriends. It's been a month since I returned from senegal and now I'm left with a face that (although not as bad as before I left) is red, inflamed, cystic, out of control.
I did my research about Bare Essentials and I read that it has one ingredient, Bismuth Oxychloride, that is known to cause skin reactions, especially cystic acne. When I think back about when my skin started to get REALLY bad I was piling on the B.E. mineral foundation. When my skin healed up I wasn't wearing the make up, only taking the antibiotic and cleansing with a mild facial cleanser. I know that a part of the reason my skin is so bad is because of something in the B.E. foundation. From advice of online reviews, I have ordered Jane Iredale's Mineral foundation which doesn't include this nasty nasty ingredient. It is recommended by dermatologists and I hope it can be a temporary solution to hide some of the signs of acne until my face clears up enough that I can go make-up free again. At some point I want to just use a tinted moisturizer.
SO.... Where does this leave me?
I have been impressed with the Regimine and decided to buy the products. My skin is normally pretty sensitive but I've never stuck it through with products like Proactive more than a week because of dry skin. I want to try this for at least a couple of months to see how it works. I might switch cleansers back to what I am using (Clearasil Gentle for Normal to Oily Skin) but still use the BP.
I also want to get on the Yasmin pill because my acne tends to flare around the week before my period. I definitely think my acne is one part hormonal changes and one part make up driven.
Wish me luck and thanks for reading my journey!