So it's been like 842849004309 days since I last posted but here's an update on my skin. It's been about six months since the start of using acne.org products, and I have to say it did work. Somewhat. After I ran out of my Regimen kit, I went out and bought the Cetaphil moisturizer and cleanser. Moisturizer was okay, cleanser was just way TOO gentle! It didn't get rid of any of my oil or makeup and I had to wash my face several times. I'm now using Neutrogena Rapid Clear Oil-Eliminating Foaming Cleanser. I love this cleanser! It gets all my makeup off in one shot. However, I would probably suggest sticking to the Regimen cleanser or Cetaphil until your face is free of active acne. The Regimen DID allow me to now have acne-free skin. HOWEVER, because of the "purging" process that is mentioned in several blog posts (basically where you break out like absolute mad in the beginning of the Regimen) I've been left with two cheeks filled with rolling and boxcar scars and serious hyperpigmentation. I do get the occasional zit still here and there, usually around when I'm going to get my period. For the most part, though, my skin is free of active acne. I only use the benzoyl peroxide once a day at night now, after I take a shower. I also don't use as much as Dan suggests. After I ran out of the Regimen treatment, I bought Neutrogena's On-The-Spot Acne Treatment, but this thing is TINY and expensive. It also doesn't glide on like the Regimen treatment does. I've ordered two more of the treatment online, and I think it's a way better bang for your buck. It lasted a really long time. I've been using Obagi (4% Hydroquinone) for my hyperpigmentation, but I don't really see too much of an impact. My face just looks really white now. If you guys have any thoughts/experiences with effective hyperpigmentation or scarring treatment, I would love to know! I've added some pictures of what my skin looks like now. Compared to my previous pictures, this in itself is probably a miracle. left cheek
Well, it's been a month and two weeks since I've started the regimen and I have to say my hopes that were ever so high are shrinking every day. No new changes to my skin since the last update. Scars are more pronounced and white heads still appear. Cystic acne still appear. Blackheads still present. Basically my skin is still the same as when I started the regimen but with the added difficulty of extreme dryness. My face feels like steel wool. When I smile, these horrible wrinkles appear that make me look like I'm at least 45. I'm 19. Hate to be a downer but I'm more depressed than ever. I just don't know what I'm doing wrong. I eat right, I exercise, I drink a ton of water, I avoid anything that is even slightly linked (myth or not) to acne. I don't know. I'm just going to go crawl in a hole and never come out. Toodles.
I've lost my compact mirror ! I guess it's a good thing so I don't obsess over my skin every second of every day but now I'm obsessing over where I've put that darn mirror. But anyways skin update for today:
I have to say my left side is looking remarkably better! Much less redness, and the discoloration that seemed so dark is turning bright pinkish red. The dry "scales" that had formed on my face have more or less disappeared now but my face is still excruciatingly dry. Makeup still looks horrible and I wear less and less every day because it seems to look even worse when I put more on. Eyeliner runs horribly by the end of the day due to the moisturizer... I've started adding 5-8 drops of jojoba oil into the moisturizer and it definitely helps the moisturizer absorb more quickly but doesn't seem to do much else. My right side continues with no progress.... After every whitehead disappears it seems two more appear I don't know why. Is this the purging that I've seen so many mention? My forehead is also extremely dry and a new whitehead appears every other day...but disappears in another day. My nose is looking pretty amazing though, really smooth and pore-less! I'm trying to think of a way to skip the regimen in the morning but I don't think it would be a good idea... I also think my face is extra dry because it's been so damn hot lately ! It was 91 degrees out today. I popped a few zits on my right side again today... I have a major issue with popping zits. However I popped this one zit that has been torturing me for 2 weeks now !!! I have to say I was pretty satisfied, then regretful, then satisfied again. Such an emotional roller coaster. Anyways here's some pictures.
Went back to school today and WOW people were not kidding when they said makeup looks horrible when applying during the initial stages on the regimen. WOW. Really, wow is all I can say because I have never seen makeup look so horrible on my face. First of all, the moisturizer takes an extremely long time to absorb into my skin and just sits on top of my face like yellow goo. Good thing I'm asian and my skin is already yellow. I usually use liquid foundation and set it with Bare Minerals powder and blush, but I decided to nix the liquid so I don't suffocate my skin any longer. My Bare Minerals usually goes on super smooth and leaves my face looking at least somewhat normal, but WOW this morning was a train wreck! If you're one of those people who can go outside without makeup on, do so! (I am not one of those people.) Anyways, as soon as I put the makeup on it immediately clumped up and sat on my face like an awkward fat elephant in a room. I tried desperately to smooth it out but it was just not having it. So, I spent the whole day at school looking like an extremely dry clown. There's my makeup note.
Update on my skin... My face looks much less scaly now, and the dry flakes of skin are falling off. I'm not going to lie I have been sort of picking at the flakes gently until they peel off. Major mistake made today after I got home though! I washed my face (finally after 10 hours of being out with makeup on) and I just couldn't help myself. I popped about three whiteheads and a slightly bigger zit on my forehead. It was so satisfying, but it left me with a bitter sense of regret afterwards. MUST NOT POP! It's so hard though. Anyways, hopefully will continue to get better. Feeling pretty down about it now that I have to go back to school and work though...... I feel like every time a whitehead disappears another pops back up in its place. The under the surface zits that appeared also have not gone away....they're slightly less painful though I suppose. Will post pictures in another week or so.
Okay so it's been 8 days since I started Dan Kern's Regimen and I thought I was going to go crazy looking at my face in the mirror so I decided to make a blog instead.
I guess a little background on my skin would be beneficial.... I've had acne since I was 13 years old. I am now 19. My face completely exploded with acne when I got into the 7th grade, and I started packing on the foundation when I got into the 8th grade. I always popped my pimples and I couldn't stand walking around with whiteheads everywhere! Things didn't change much as I got into high school, but I started using a liquid foundation with salicylic acid in the 10th grade and my face slowly began to clear up. I probably had the "best" skin in eleventh grade. However, one day in the beginning of my senior year, three huge cystic pimples appeared on my left cheek and I tried popping them with a sterilized needle. That was the worst mistake I ever made in my entire life! The cystic pimples multiplied and kept multiplying until my entire left cheek was covered in them. I can't even begin to count the nights I spent crying because of my acne. It was strange because up until that point my cheeks had been absolutely clear and baby soft! I never worried about my cheeks and constantly wished that the rest of my face could look like them. I spent my entire senior year trying different products, holistic approaches, exercise, vegan diets, etc. etc. but to no avail. I also spent my entire senior year crying and hoping that my right cheek would not have the same fate as my left. Guess what? I entered university and it got even worse. I don't know what caused my face to grow progressively worse over the years! Of course, the people around me have perfect, pore-less skin and constantly tell me variations of the same old "comforting" remarks. I studied abroad last semester and had to live in a dorm room with 5 other girls (also with perfect pore-less skin yay.) That was horrendous. It's like the people around me look at my acne and instantly determine that my face looks like this due to some fault on my part, something I'm not doing enough of, something I'm doing too little of, a lack of self-maintenance. It's frustrating. Anyways, this is getting really long. Fast forward to today: I started dating someone and for SOME REASON my face is the worst it's ever been in my life. In fact, my right cheek is now worse than my left and I hate life right now.
Starting the Regimen:
Okay! So I started the Regimen when I began spring break because I had read the reviews of the initial redness and peeling. Luckily, I was able to get off work for both of my jobs and my boyfriend left for a trip with his family. I literally spent my entire spring break holed up in my room. The first two days I didn't notice anything at all, no redness or drying of any sort. The third and fourth day my face became extremely red, my red marks seemed to become very dark, and several new whiteheads appeared. Two under the surface zits also appeared on my cheeks. One on each side. Yippee. The fifth and sixth day, the redness went down but my face became exceedingly dry, to the point where I couldn't move my mouth or open my eyes very wide. It almost looks like there are scales on my cheeks. The dryness is worst on my cheeks. When I touch my face to cleanse or apply the BP/moisturizer, it feels like I'm touching a brillo pad.... However, the whiteheads that had appeared also went away. They dried up and just fell off! The seventh day, several new whiteheads appeared. Today, my chin looks very good (still some dark marks but no new pimples) and the pores on my nose look smaller. (I could just be fooling myself with blind hope.) I will only take pictures of my cheeks because those are my major problem areas. Also, I have been dying looking for photos of the process and I am sure others are doing the same! I have no qualms about sharing! They're pretty gross though, so be warned. Anyways will update frequently ! Toodles.
Side Note: I am strictly adhering to the Regimen (until I have to start wearing makeup when I go back to school Monday...)
I drink 3 cups of hot green tea a day.
I drink a cup of water with half a lemon squeezed into it twice a day.
I drink around 2 cups of just water a day.
I eat mainly fruits and vegetables along with the occasional poultry or fish dish.
right side. you can see the whiteheads/pustules and the scaliness of skin. extremely painful -_-