Ok so my skin is drying out and starting to flake...but not much redness yet. Knock on wood. I have loads of under the skin bumps all over my cheeks, which was the main reason I wanted to go on the regime, and they are still there. ANNOYING. Does anyone else have that type of acne and did the regime work on you? Plus I have now got a few big spots, which is unusual as my skin is mainly just loads of tiny ones. But Im hoping thats because I'm 'purging' or whatever they call it.
Well I was praying for a miracle but it doesnt look like I'm one of those lucky people whose skin cleared up in a week on the regime :/ but I suppose Im not even using a full finger of BP yet so cant really expect astounding results. Massively just need to keep patient. but I'm so impatient its unbelievable...clear skin now pleeeeeeeease. I wish there was a magic pill I could take and I would have clear flawless skin in the morning. Ahh well here's hoping.
So...its been a while! Basically, I went to the doctor and was prescribed Zineryt. Which was AMAZING...for three months :/ and now my skin is going down hill again.
So I've decided to jump on Dan's regime band waggon again, but I'm going to go really really slowly to avoid redness and peeling as much as possible. Has anyone actually been able to avoid irritation by going slowly (using tiny amounts of BP to start with and slowly ramping up) or is irritation inevitable because its BP?
Im going to stick to it, and I hope that by writing this blog I will be more likely to give it a go properly and not stop half way through. Fingers crossed. This is day one, I am using only Dan's products...and have used a pea sized ammount of BP and will only use it once today and for the next few days. Here we go...
These last few weeks have been really up and down. Basically, my skin absolutely HATED Panoxyl, but i dont think it was entirely Panoxyl's fault...I kind of attacked my skin with it all guns blazing. Yes, I probably shouldn't have used so much, and yes I probably shouldnt have started with 5% BP (because thats all I could get hold of). Initially my skin seemed to improve over 3 days, but I think the redness of the spots was blending in with the very red itchyness of the rest of my face...so the spots were some how less noticeable but not actually improved.
Well by Christmas day by face was a MESS! To say the least. Actually couldnt face my family on Christmas morning, which resulted in possibly the worst Christmas I have ever had. Anyway. I won't dwell on that. Bascially, the panoxyl had made my face extremely dry, very red and super itchy...so that when I smiled my face cracked and split. Plus, I was still having break outs.
I know this was mainly my fault, as I have never had this reaction to BP before...I used too much, too strong. But Dan's BP hadnt arrived, so I was making do.
After this facial atrocity, I decided to just calm my face down with products from Lush (fresh farmacy, followed by tea tree toner then vanishing cream) until Dans products arrived. Well the Lush products did an AMAZING job, so much so that when Dan's products did arrive, I was considering not using them.
But, I have started using Dan's products TODAY (exciting!!!!) because I know from previous use of both Lush products and Dan's, that in the end BP gives me the clearest skin. Although, I do love that the Lush products are natural...tough decisions. It's so frustrating knowing that using a natural method (such as the Lush products) and having a healthy diet, maybe even cutting out dairy/wheat/soy could eventually lead to clear skin. But to be honest, I don't have the pacience or the desire to cut food groups out of my diet and use natural remedies in the hope that they might clear my skin in 6 months. I applaud those who do and find success.
As for me, I will be using Dan's products and hoping I have the same success I had with them over a year ago. All I'm worried about is the long term effect of using BP...what are people's opinion on this? I have heard that's its safety rating is unclassified and that many believe the free radicals it produces can lead to cancer! I was just wondering how people who currently use the regimine feel about this? Are there any people reading this who have used the products for a long period of time?
Anyway, I just hope that with age my skin will clear then one day (soon) I wont need any form of acne treatment. In the mean time, I hope your acne journey is progressing in the right direction. Chin up
So...like everyone on here I am constantly attempting to clear my skin. I won't go into details about how frustrating my battle with acne has been because frankly, everyone on here has a pretty similar story and completely understands the anxieties which come with being an acne sufferer. I will give a bit of background detail though, about the history of how I have tried and sometimes succeeded at clearing my acne because I think that would be more useful.
I have had spots since the age of 15 but I would say that my proper uncontrollable acne flair ups started at 17, I think they are hormone related because it all really started after I began taking the pill. I was able to control the acne with Clearasil which worked almost immediately and stayed effective for a year. I had pretty clear skin for a WHOLE year and was loving it...but sadly, it didnt last. After that year I stopped wearing makeup to see if that had an effect and tried ALOT of herbal stuff because I felt that something was wrong with me internally so the only cure would have to involve some kind of 'cleansing' of my body. Unfortunately, a detox and £100 spent on supplements later, I still had acne...so moved onto the next thing.
By this point I'm 20, so as you can imagine I was extremely determined to clear my acne as it was affecting my sociability at university. Just before Christmas 2010 I started Dan's regime...I began using store bought products such as Clean and clear cleansing wash and OXY on the spot BP. But these didnt seemed to be working very well, they were deffinetly sort of working but the OXY cream was a nightmare to apply as it never properly sunk into my face. So eventually Dan's products arrived (I live in the UK so they took a while to get here) and I began using those. After 3 weeks I had completely clear skin. A-MA-ZING!!! Was an awesome year and I could really tell the difference that having clear skin had on my personality and generaly outlook on life; I even met my current boyfriend and we moved in together.
Then I had the bright idea to stop using the regimen, I was worried about the long term effects of using such a harsh product on my face. Also, I had started to get one or two spots a month and convinced myself that my face was becoming immune to the BP in the same way it had with clearasil. So I tried products from dermalogica and Lush. Both worked well and although I was getting more spots then I ever had on the regime, I felt that my skin was in better condition. However, I was never fully happy with my skin because nothing gave me clear skin like BP had. So I kept searching and trying new things.
Well...everything pretty much went down hill I'm sorry to say. At this point, my skin is worse then it has ever been. I have acne all over my face instead of on concentrated patches...gone are the days when I had a few spots. I look back and CANNOT believe that even though I only used to have a few spots when I was using Dermalogica/Lush products, i still wasnt happy with my skin. I think that all my experiments with different face products have led me to this point; I tried an organice facial wash and moisturiser which I think ruined my skin because it was too heavy.
So I'm 21, nearly 22, and back to square one...maybe even a step before square one if that's even possible. I will upload pics on here at the end of the month. So...once again I have ordered Dans products. I thought "screw it, I would rather have dry skin than spotty skin", Im currently using Panoxyl 2.5, Simple cleanser and Oil of Olay moisturiser until Dans kit arrives. I can deffinitely see a change in my skin...its drying out and pretty red after 3 days of using the regime. Maybe my skin will remember it's old friend BP and sort itself out quicker...heres hoping.
Its Christmas so I don't really want to be seeing my family with such aggravated skin...but what can be done. I will try to maintain Christmas cheer because my mum always says that a miserable face is more noticable than a spotty face. I hope she's right. To anyone who is reading this...chin up Merry Christmas xxx