I've been oddly optimistic about my acne today, which is odd considering I'm in the middle of a breakout. This one may be caused by another irritation prone weekend. Anyway, I'm back again to talk about some stuff that has been on my mind. Again, questions I have are in bold--please respond if you have insight to share!
So let me start off by saying that I might not be as far into the regimen as I previously thought. I'm definitely kicking myself for not documenting my start date better, but I narrowed it down to around September 10. This is the date that I started "The Regimen", meaning it was the date that I began doing the Regimen with the wrong materials. I went on doing this incorrectly for a couple of weeks--at least two, maybe three. I wish I could remember better. Regardless, that would put me at halfway through either week 4 or 5. I'm going to say that it's likely this is week 5.
With this in mind, I have come to better reassure myself that not seeing definite improvements on my face isn't quite a big deal, yet. I'm still breaking out regularly around my mouth and chin--but I THINK the severity has decreased to some extent. I'd really love to see the frequency of these breakouts subside a little; this would indeed provide me confidence that the Regimen will, in fact, end up working for me. For now, I just need to push forward and work hard not to irritate my face too much on the weekends like I have been.
There is good news, however! I'm nearly blemish-free on my throat/neck! I think it's not too soon to say that, in this region, The Regimen has finally started to produce results. There is still a little dryness after application, but the moisturizer generally does a good job of taking care of that. I'm really glad that this area is clearing up, because the acne there was normally very sore and easily irritated. It is obviously secondary to my face in terms of importance, but this has to be a good sign. Or does it? I'm a little worried that I should be seeing the same results at the same time, all over. It scares me to think that this treatment may not cut it for the acne on my face. Then again, they are two separate parts of my body. I'm sure the skin is a little different on my face than it is on my throat. Let me ask y'all: Have you experienced The Regimen, or any topical treatment for that matter, work more quickly on one region of your body than another? Again, feedback would be wonderful!
Lastly, I'd like to mention acne facemapping. I don't know whether this is a trusted science, but it's worth talking about in my opinion. According to facemapping, my acne can be contributed to hormones. Well, no shit, right? But wait: I can't get past the fact that my acne falls almost exclusively into these 11-12 regions. I hardly break out at all right in the center of my chin; it's normally below and to the right and left of my mouth. Also, the description says that the acne in this area can be a little more difficult to treat, since it's not necessarily the easiest thing to balance out hormones. So maybe there is something to this facemapping stuff. What do you think of facemapping? Have any tips for helping balance out your hormones?
So, that's all I have this week. Please give me your feedback!
For now, keep on Rocking the Regimen!
I've got tons of questions about the Regimen! No one answered my last one but I'm just going to keep on throwing them out there. Hopefully someone has an answer for at least one of them! They are in bold if you feel like skipping to them.
This past weekend was awesome for me, but not so much for my face. I probably got around 7-9 total hours of sleep between Friday and Saturday nights (bad), drank entirely too much alcohol (bad), had major physical irritation on my face Saturday (bad), and then got sunburn on Sunday (bad). Anyway, I'm paying the piper this week with a bad breakout--mostly around my mouth and on my chin. It's a little depressing, but for months now I had been looking forward to that weekend, and I'm glad that I was, at the time, relatively clear.
I tried to do a little research on sunburn and its relationship with breakouts, but came up empty handed. I know that some sun exposure can be good for the skin, and I've experienced this plenty of times myself during the summer months. However, getting burnt is never a good idea--especially for me since I'm fair skinned with a genetic history of melanoma. Unfortunately, I haven't always done the best job of protecting myself, as this weekend aptly demonstrates. I think a lot of it has to do with the stereotypical belief in society (and occasionally in me) that says tanner skin is sexier. Still no excuse for me, since I stay tan for at most a week after a sunburn; it's just not worth it. Regardless, my question for you all is this: Does sunburn cause breakouts in and of itself? It's hard for me to put all the blame for this breakout on the sunburn, since I did so many additional things wrong this weekend, too. However, I can't help feeling that I once read something that linked the two. Please, share your personal experiences!
Song of the day:
Quote of the day:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
--Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
On to the Regimen. This is where the bulk of my questions come up. As I said in my last post, I started using Dan's benzoyl peroxide and AHA+ about a week ago. Within the first two or so days of use, my skin cleared a good amount--right in time for my big weekend. It wasn't perfect, but it also wasn't by any means bad. I'm afraid this initial clearing may have caused me to become over-zealous with the AHA+. I use it as a spot treatment, and also as a moisturizer at night. Maybe I should just use the AHA+ once a day for now? At night as a moisturizer? What do you all think? I definitely don't have any crazy adverse reactions to it, and I obviously waited the 4 weeks before starting on it. I'm just worried that I've used too much too quickly, and that it's starting make my skin worse. I have heard that there is a initial period for some people where their acne gets worse. Has anyone else experienced this initial breakout period with the AHA+? Please, I'd LOVE some more information on the AHA+ and your personal experiences with it.
My second big concern has to do with moisturizers. I'd say sometime last week I started noticing that my face had stopped drying up and flaking after I applied BP. Great news, right? Well, I'm a little skeptical. I am still breaking out. I really expected to become completely clear before the flaking stopped. Has anyone heard of cases where the drying stops before the breakouts do? Have you personally experienced this? I'm still really dry on my neck and throat, which is interesting.
Also, I realize that Dan really stresses not skipping the moisturizing step. I understand that dry skin can irritate and cause more blemishes... but like I said, my face isn't flaking at all. Is it OK to tone it down when it comes to the amount of moisturizer on my face? Are two full pumps really necessary still?
Anyway, that's my rant for the day. I'm trying to make this a bi-weekly thing, with the occasional extra entry thrown in there on the weekend perhaps.
So how are you all doing?! Tell me about your regimen. It seems like this site can become extremely depressing if you don't allow yourself to stop in and connect with other people every now and then.
For now, keep on Rocking the Regimen!
I'm a 23 year-old male who has been on Dan's Regimen (correctly) for about 4.5 weeks. Looks like I've been missing out on this awesome community here at Acne.org, so I decided I'd start contributing with a blog of my own. While the focus obviously needs to be acne-related, I'm probably going to use this as a means to talk about other stuff that's on my mind as well. Please feel free to leave a comment about anything and everything! I'm about to embark on a long life story, and I'd love it if you read it! However, if you don't feel like it, scroll down to the end and read my last few paragraphs. Then leave a comment!
A little background: I've had acne for a long time. I first started breaking out when I was in 8th grade. By the time I was a junior in high school, my acne was at its worst. Cysts all over my face and throat, with a higher concentration in the area around my lips and chin. My dermatologist finally decided to put me on accutane around January of my senior year. I couldn't believe the transformation... Clear skin! As some of you can probably attest, when you've had awful skin for a long time, becoming clear provides you the most euphoric, on-top-of-the-world feeling ever. Having blemish free skin for my senior prom is definitely a top-5 highlight of my high school career. I was a new person by the time I started college that fall--a more sociable, more confident kid who was ready to take on the world.
Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to last. My acne came back, albeit slowly and less severely. Come winter break of my sophomore year, Round 2 of accutane had begun. (I feel the need to pause here and say that while my acne did indeed return, it has never gotten close to being as bad as it was in high school. Whether that can be contributed to accutane or leaving behind the peak years of puberty, I'll never know for sure. Likely it was a combination of both.) I went through the motions again, realizing this time that maybe accutane wasn't an end-all for my acne. After the second round, it eventually came back (again less severely than before) and I decided that I needed to move on to other treatments that would keep the blemishes at bay. Fast-forward to this past summer, when I, during a frustrated Google-ing spree, stumbled upon this website. The process seemed too easy to be true, but the reviews and website itself looked legitimate. I decided to give it a try.
Quote of the day:
If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.
--Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
So here I am 4.5 weeks in. Sort of. Truth be told, I started what I thought was the Regimen a little more than 2 months ago. In the 2 weeks before I discovered it, I had been using AcneFree. When I made the switch, I still had a lot of the AcneFree supplies leftover. In my laziness, I skimmed over Dan’s procedure and just took what I thought were the important points: gently cleanse, treat, and moisturize twice daily. Now, in its entirety, the Regimen is in fact an extremely simple way to treat acne, mostly because it requires only the most basic materials. However, there are a ton of details on the site that shouldn’t be overlooked. For example, the AcneFree BP I was using as my Regimen treatment was not only a liquid, but it was also 3.7%. I believe it had some sort of moisturizing properties that, when combined with my other moisturizer, really clogged my pores just based on the sheer quantity. Long story short, my face was a red mess and I came crawling back to the site to discover my error. I made damn sure from that point forward to be more diligent when it came to the Regimen.
After that mishap, I started using Neutrogena’s On the Spot BP, together with CeraVe moisturizer (Cetaphil Moisturizer worked really well, but I couldn’t stand the greasy look it gave me). I also made the switch from Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to their Daily Facial Cleanser. The point at which I started using these three things together is now what I consider Day 1 of the Regimen.
I decided that I didn’t really like the cream-based Neutrogena BP since it clashed with the CeraVe and balled up on my face, so just last week I bought Dan’s BP. My first acne question for you all, which I will put in bold as they arise, is this: Should I expect there to be some relapse in the form of a breakout when I switch BP’s? I'd say that my acne isn't too great at the time, and wonder if it has anything to do with the change in BP. I also started using the AHA last week. I've seen a few reviews by people who had their acne get worse before it got better when they started using the AHA, so maybe that is what I'm experiencing right now.
Anyway, I think I need to settle on a particular routine and stop altering what I'm doing.
tl;dr I'm trying to settle into a routine on the Regimen. Patiently awaiting clear skin.
So here I am! I've got tons of questions to ask the community, but I think I've said enough for now. (That's putting it lightly, after re-reading what I just wrote...) I'd love support from the community in the form of tips/hints, reviews, suggestions, and cheery motivation--but it's not all about me. If you are swinging by, tell me about yourself! Your trials and tribulations on the Regimen (or off), your thoughts on a new product or treatment, how your day went--seriously, just tell me something!
Here, I'll start us off: What's your all time favorite band and what, in your mind, is their best song? For me, it's easily Kings of Leon. My favorite song by them changes regularly, but for the time being it is "Pony Up" off the album Come Around Sundown. Oh and if you haven't already, go read The Alchemist. It's a short, fantastic novel/fable that can cheer up just about anyone.
For now, keep on Rocking The Regimen!