First, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Hayley and I will begin my senior year of college in the fall. Ever since my freshman year, I have struggled with acne. I have spent countless hours glued to the mirror in a deep state of depression and many nights crying to my mom about my inflamed skin. So many seem to disregard the intense psychological effects that acne causes. I have even passed on nights out with good friends and vacations because of my insanely temperamental skin. Not a day goes by where I don't focus on my acne. Such a perspective has caused an extreme amount of stress and left me with a hollow college experience. I have been unable to involve myself in healthy relationships and fully interact with my peers. At this point in my life, I'd like to commit to turning my situation around and live a life of happiness. I have so many positive aspects of my life that I should appreciate and savor. Obsessing about the state of my skin has greatly inhibited my enjoyment and success. Rather than saying, "if only I had clear skin, I could do that, " I am going to dive head first into all opportunities, regardless of my acne. I think this is the start of a new me, a better me. I sincerely want to share my story with those of you who are suffering from the same problems and wish to hear yours as well. I know camaraderie and understanding from fellow victims will add to my defeat of this condition.
Before I begin writing about how Dan's Clear Skin Regimen has helped me, I'd like to give you an overview of all the different remedies I have tried:
When my breakouts began, I made frequent visits to the drug store. I stocked up on every brand, and when I say every, I literally mean it. I have basically used everything including clean & clear, neutrogena, clearisel, oxy 10, and nuxzema. You get the pioint. You name it, I've tried it. Well, unfortunately, my attempts with drug store brands were entirely unsuccessful. My face was red and raw. I was also in a considerable amount of pain. If you even have moderate acne, you know what I mean. I had cystic breakouts all over my face and the skin around my nose and mouth was as red as a tomato. Not a pretty site. It even hurt to eat. With the realization that my myriad of drug store products were not doing the trick, I made an appointment with a dermatologist, actually with the best derm in my city.
The moment I met the doctor, I felt like I was finally going to be healed (that was three years ago). She took one look at me and said, "you poor thing, we can fix this right up, don't you worry!" I wave of relief washed over me. That day, I was given my first of many cortisone shots and a handful of prescriptions. I was prescribed an oral antibiotic known as doryx, tretinoin, and differin gel. I took the doryx every day despite the severe nausea it caused, spread the tretinoin on my sensitive skin each night, and liberally applied differin when I woke up. After a few weeks, I began to see minor improvement, but nothing extraordinary. This began an extensive cycle of dermatologist visits. Within the last few years, I have used so many different prescriptions it is hard to remember them all. However, I do know that not one worked like I wanted it to. The only thing I stayed away from was accutane and I still believe that was a good decision. In my opinion, there are too many risks. I already suffer from a sensitive stomach and I believe accutane would have agreed with me terribly.
When I became fed up with the outcome of all the prescriptions, I decided to switch to a new dermatologist. This time I chose to see a cosmetic dermatologist. I did not care how much I had to spend. I was determined to clear my face. During my appointment, the new derm told me he'd never faced a case of acne that he couldn't fix. While I didn't exactly trust him, my faith in being cured was slightly renewed. I began a series of chemical peels and light treatments. I was also put on alternative prescriptions: a new antibiotic and a topical called finacia. Finally, my face began to clear up, but it was only temporary. After spending about $2,000 on treatment, my acne slowly edged its way back into my life. I was devastated, to say the least. All my efforts were futile. If thousands of dollars didn't fix my face, I thought nothing else could.
Along with my various experiences with dermatologists, I also visited my general practitioner and was put on lo estrin 24 fe for my acne. After two and a half years of being on the pill with no results, I am now pill free. I have also purchased a clarisonic skin brush and a zeno zit zapper. Neither of those products did a thing. Additionally, I have tried the caveman diet (or clear skin diet). That did not work and it includes far too much meat for my taste.
Now, I am turning to Dan's Clear Skin Regimen. Today is my fourth day and I am already beginning to see results. With this blog, I hope to document my journey and, hopefully, my success. I don't have much to say yet, but I will update regularly once I see results.
Thank you for taking the time to read my story and please check back.
Good luck with your skin!