It has been 5 months (almost) since I started, and since about end of september my skin has pretty much had no breakouts. Even though once in a while I don't do all the regime (say i forget one morning or even a couple of days!) nothing terrible happens. Yes if you forget to do it for a while you might notice one thing or two, depending on what areas you are more prone to get breakouts, but as soon as you return on your regime everything is ok again. so DONT PANIC!
I mentioned prevously that I had to use the jojoba oil for a while cus my skin was extremely dry after the BP, but after some time (maybe a month or so) I didnt have to use it anymore and my skin does NOT flake at all and is not dry (i do use moisturizer though, Neutrogena for mixed skin). I only have some marks on my cheeks but i know those take a while to go, and they are there, but theres not much i can do to rush them. I don't use foundation or powder makeup, only an acne powder from Clinique for "redness solution". Its WONDERFUL! all it does is to reduce redness and even out the skin, it has some medicinal ingredients but other than that its very simple. its a yellowish-greenish powder and its about 40 bucks, but totally worth it!
Regarding some future possible changes in the regime, I found the 2.5% BP Panoxyl aquagel and I might try it, unless someone has had terrible experience with it then i'd appreciate the heads up, I just wanted to use something less concentrated as currently i am on the 5%BP benzagel. Other than that I have not changed my facewash (Avene cleansing gel) or moisturizer. I have the jojoba oil at hand just in case but i dont have any problems with dryness or flakiness AT ALL.
Hope everyone's doing well too!
~over and out
sorry I've been MIA, did some traveling, etc etc. I am now on week 6. I'm glad to say that my skin is essentially breakout free. Only problems I have now is that my skin is still flaky, so sometimes I need to moisturize twice a day. Also, I went ahead and purchased the Jojoba oil and have been using it for a day and a half. So far it makes the moisturizing better, as before I had trouble with the BP and the moisturizer forming residues (nothing major but annoying). Now with the jojoba oil it is easier for my fingers to 'glide' over my skin, thus reducing irritation. Also, trying to see how the redness and marks behave with this. If I didn't have any redness/marks you wouldn't know I had any issues w my skin, but as we all know those things take the longest to go away. Another thing to say is I switched brands for BP (cus the previous one ran out and they dont sell in canada). Now the one I have is more of a clear gel, not as creamy as the white one I used before. So I find it harder to apply on my face without having to use some pressure on my face so the gel 'flows'. So I try to use a little more, just enough so the BP is evenly spread and I try to rub as little as possible. Other than that it hasn't really done anything bad. It's still 5% BP, no luck finding the 2.5%, but if I do I would still switch. My face wash is still Avene and it is working just fine.
So yeah, it's going great for me. Definitely sometimes I wish it didn't take me so much time to do the regime, but it's been worth it. I hope other people are also having good result.
~over and out
Sorry it has been a while. Good news is, skin is looking GREAATT also FEELING good, no more pain, barely any itchyness..except for when I put on the moisturizer right after the BP, and skin is still dry. i did buy the jojoba oil but im not ballsy enough to try it on just yet. but its in there for when i'm ready really happy that this is working out for me. since i started with my face in a pretty damaged state i have no idea what to expect next week. no clue if i will get a break out. major or minor, or none. but i will keep on with the regime. also going to be goin to the sea soon so hopefully the ocean water plus some safe tanning will help hope everyone else is doing well. im finding it harder and harder to be patient and wait for my face to dry after each step >.< but i know its key for this to work, so got to suck it up. so far havent skipped a single day, but once i did forget to do it 12 hrs after i did it in the morning. so big gap there =/ but i still did it at like 2 am! lol.
alright everyrone, best of lucks and keep it positive.
~over and out
It is now 3 full days since I started the Regime and quite honestly I'm happy to say it's helped my situation. The irritation/infection from before is really calming down, much lest clustering, as in almost none left, and the texture is also better. I'm not sure what to expect later on the week but its looking promising only downside is Ive been trying to stay out of the sun but today was tremendously hot/sunny, so I hope nothing is damaged. I did use the SPF moisturizer this morning, but maybe I shouldve put more. Oh wells. Also, towel is getting some de-coloration hahahaha, good thing theyre not expensive or anything, good job BP.
over and out ~
Morning world!!!! Today it's been 3 sessions of the regime, one morning, one night, and another morning fun time of gentle wash/BP/moisturizer. Last night my face was feeling much too dry, so I eventually went for a round 2 of moisturizer. This morning, however, my face was not feeling as bad as previous nights. For a moment I even forgot I had these awful things on my face, not even kidding! (which is a good thing I dare say). I woke up after being in denial for 10 min, went to the shower did the wash etc etc and then when I applied the BP I could feel one side of my face (the least affected one) already FELT better to touch. YAY.Right side is still the worse one of both because thats where the whole show started, but I mean it isn't getting any worse, so no worsening = improving imho. Today is also my first day out in the sunlight since Wednesday night (when I first got sick). So today after putting the regular moisturizer (I use Neutrogena for mixed skin and another one w SPF 15, both non-oily) I will also put another layer of SPF. Not that I'm planning on subathing but I do need to get groceries and run a bunch of errands.. so yeah, I might not update until tomorrow or so because I get to pick up my bf from the airport wooo, so bear with me.
Alright, so far it's looking good and the pain/itchyness of before is going DOWNNNNN like darth vader falling into darkness....oh wait i guess he's been there for a while. meh.
over and out ~
officially completed my first day...yay!!! Felt like forever to wait for the night wash/BP/moisturizing action to come. i couldnt go out all day because my skin is still irritated from before and i know sun is the last thing i need. definitely the worst part of this is the burning after the moisturizer, and also the wait. definitely had another low point today trying to understand why my reaction to the past treatment occurred THIS particular weekend....but oh wells, i do feel like the texture of the "clusters" is getting better, at least not any worse, and really hope it controls my current issues and get reduction later during the week/next week. but anyways, ive started and that was the hardest part (thus far). i;m very excited for the regime, truly hope i can master it soon so the routine becomes more natural and don't have to use a stopwatch to make sure im not going to fast in the treatment and moisture phases. i also think i might need more moisturizer....skin was soooo dry this time.
hope other people are remaining positive! i sure know its hard to do.
over and out ~
Hello Community! Like most of you, I stumbled into this website during a moment of great desperation and to a point almost depression. Though having issues with skin has been a curse since I was 14, now 7 years later I have gone through a myriad of stages of the never ending man-vs-acne battle (or dudette-vs-acne battle, no gender discrimination here!).
When it started it was BAD, and given as I was innately a very unpopular/misfit at school, you could imagine the devastating consequences this had on my self esteem...it still does to this day. So eventually at 16/17 I saw a dermatologist who prescribed me a face wash (Avene), some pads to remove excess oils (maybe salicylic acid?) and..guess what? BP!! and moisturizer of course. So I did this for about a year and it was amazing, it made me look great by my senior year, so yay (though I always was and remain to be a misfit woo). But then university started, and though my skin was still looking great, the stresses of my program were too much and eventually my skin broke out again, though nothing terrible. So I kept washing my face, using the BP on the affected areas (in small quantities, nothing like the Regime), seemed under control.
And then, at 19, birth control came along (oh yea, btw, i'm a girl ^^) and it was GLORIOUS! Perfect skin (like when I was 17), plus all the lovely side effects of avoiding pregnancy were nice too. So it was great, except for the fact that my family was VERY against this. We're mexican, but I'm in Uni in Canada, so for them this concept of BCP was awful. My mother eventually made me quit for a bit while I spent a summer back home. And who would've guessed, terrible skin came along!!!! It was as bad as when I was 14 (except I think that once you get clear skin and then you lose it it's even worse because you KNOW that you could be looking great). So depression hit again, well i'ts probably not clinical depression, but it felt bad. Also, my life wasn't getting any stress free. I'm taking engineering which is allegedly one of the most stressing programs to be in, and I was about to graduate, and I started dating the most wonderful man in the world and then this happens...ARGHHHHHH Also I should mention I eat super healthy (no I'm not a vegan), work out often (helps relieve stress) have supporting friends around me, and dont smoke and recently been trying to quit drinking completely. So I wondered why is it so hard for a healthy, good intentioned person to get clear skin??? And why is it that dropping BCP is as if you were encouraging acne to come back like orcs in the battle of Helm's Deep?????????? Anyways, it did, so if you're on BCP good for you but make sure you are doing something for your skin NOW before you go off, because we all eventually need to.
Alas, throughout last year (my 4th year in Uni) I was trying so hard to eat healthier, I kept washing my face often, used makeup only when I had to (like big bday parties), used mud masks (really nice btw), and for the entire year I would go from minor breakouts and almost perfect skin to more and more breakouts, then the cycle repeated. ON AND OFF. this is incredibly annoying. I'm sure many of you know the feeling of "yay it's finally leaving, I DID it!!! I'm Freeeee----oh no, wait whats that painful little bump on my cheek?...oh damn Â¬Â¬". fooled ya! thats such a low move Mr. or Mrs. Bacteria. So then my parents sent me this natural (as in its extracted purely from a tree and its made 100% chemical free) topical treatment, which seemed to work wonders on my brother (he was just finishing his teens so had some of that puberty acne goodness) and that was doing o.k. with me. I mean yes I felt it react with my skin, and it did remove things, but it took forever. And recently, as in 2-3 days ago, while I had it on I suddenly got a cold and next day my face is awful! I had (still have I guess) breakouts that were multiplying and redness and even these weird cluster thing formed all around it (probably cus my skin got too irritated). So i dont know if I am allergic to this thing, if I used too much, if it's 'cause I am sick, but either way it's BAD, it HURTSSSS, and it ITCHES. Did I mention my boyfriend gets back tomorrow from our 2 month summer apart and I look like this?! URGH. So yes in desperation I googled around and bumped into Dan's Regime. After reading it a million times, and thinking it through, it made sense. It makes sense that you're just trying to kill bacteria, reduce irritation from contact, and moisturize. I am terrified of going to a Dermatologist here in Canada 'cause most of them (there's 2 in my city) just refer you to laser treatments, and I don't want to do that! BP is something I have used before, it worked, but never did it in this amount. So I'm giving the Regime a shot.
I started this morning with the wash, BP, moisturizeer, all as gentle as I could. It's weird to touch my face like that cause I can feel the bumps and acne and irritation, but it has to begin somewhere right? So I will update later on the week to see if its improving, which I think it will.
Over and out fellas!