I'll cut to the chase. I NO LONGER HAVE ACNE. - The Regimen will work if you are PERSISTENT AND CONSISTENT!! My skin has been completely clear for around 6 months. I am still completing the regimen every night, of course I miss a few days here and there. Im worried to stop the regimen incase the acne comes back, even though all spots and blackheads have disappeared, i may slowly phase it out and see if my skin copes without the BP.
Day 15, The BP no longer irritates or make my skin itchy at night. All previous spots have cleared, in the last few days only 2 or 3 tiny white pimples have appeared. Overall the redness and scarring is definitely fading, possibly 60% lighter now. Its been just over 2 weeks and I'm very happy with the progress so far. I've began to increase the amount of Duac at night from a pea size amount to a pea and a half size amount. With regards to the whiteheads under the skin, as far as I can tell they have certainly reduced, it seems as if the Duac draws them to the surface more than anything else and then they naturally disappear.
Day 6, My skin is slowly becoming accustom to the BP and isn't as itchy at night after applying the Cetaphil moisturiser. I'm beginning to notice some fading of the red blemishes that covered the majority of my left and right cheeks, probably 15-20% lighter. Some of these areas particularly are starting to peel slightly, I can only notice this after cleansing in the evening though. My skin tends to get a tad greasy towards the evening, as I'm not interfering with my skin the morning to reduce irritation throughout the day. I've had a few new spots pop up, mainly on my jaw line, stupidly I squeezed a few, something I immediately regretted! Nearly a week on the regimen, anxious to see what happens in the next week.
Day 2 My skin hasn't changed much since yesterday, bright red blemishes immediately after applying the duac and still slightly red and inflamed in the morning after having a chance to calm down. To early to tell whether spots have stopped forming or if there's been any improvement. I tried cleansing in the shower rather than the sink, hopefully letting the water do the work and less touching will reduce irritation. Again, very itchy on the areas where I have applied the duac at night, quite hard to resist the temptation to scratch! Looking forward to my skin getting used to the BP!
Day 1: After watching Dan's Regimen Instructions on YouTube countless times over I decided to begin.. I began cleansing the skin using the Cetaphil Gentle Daily Cleanser, I used 2 good pumps as it will not lather up as well as Dan's Cleanser. However after using a bit more cleanser and 20 seconds of rubbing in my hands, I was able to form a nice thick lather. Its worth adding that I'm preforming the Cleansing routine in the sink, as I feel the shower would be too hot for my skin and could cause irritation. After washing off the Cleanser my skin felt v. clean but did not feel dry or flaky like all my previous face cleansers/washes/scrubs had made my skin feel! After waiting 5 minutes i applied the Duac. As Duac is 5% BP as well as a gel, it was impossible to achieve a coverage similar to Dan's guide without using a whole tube! I used a pea size amount and dotted it on my cheeks and jawline (my problem areas). The Gel meant it did not cover as much area as a cream however i thought I'd start slowly and build up like Dan suggested. After 15 minutes i applied the moisturiser, I used a finger tip and a half and dotted it in the same areas as the duac whilst gently applying. As my skin is very sensitive my spots, pimples etc had become very red (at the time of the photo) due to a combination of the Duac and moisturiser. I will admit my cheeks especially where very itchy, the only relief was when i rested my face on my pillow! After waking up in the morning, the initial redness had calmed slightly as it had time to settle during the night. And to be honest looked more like a rash than anything! I will not do anything to my skin until the evening again as I do not want to experience the redness and discomfort during the day, especially whilst being at Uni! I will try and update every few days! Feel free to comment!
So I'm 19 and suffered with blackheads and the odd spot/zit since i was 16. However the last year or so my face has changed dramatically. My problem areas are my cheeks and jawline where a constant cluster of spots has made the area red and inflamed. I've also got a layer of whiteheads underneath the skin on my cheeks adding to the problem. To complicate things further I have VERY sensitive skin and a mild eczema sufferer. After a year of using a variety of products that focus on mechanical cleansing i learnt that i had not been using the correct product or practice to suit my skin. Most face washes i had previously used left my skin extremely dry and tight, I did not moisturise as i thought the skin was "shedding" and if i carried on would eventually reveal new skin underneath, however i soon discovered this was not the case! So this lead me to The Regimen, unfortunately I live in the UK and import taxes and shipping costs mean I cannot use Dan's Acne.org products. I have chosen a few recommended alternatives. Cleanser: Cetaphil Gentle Daily Cleanser Treatment: I was prescribed Duac Gel (5% BP and 1%...............) by my doctor. It is also worth mentioning initially I stupidly went in blind and smeared my face with it every night for 10 days. Often when i applied the Duac my skin was extremely dry from the face wash/ scrub which was made worse by the BP as well as my lack of moisturising! Looking back now it is so obvious why my skin flared up into some sort of rash, which only subsided after I went "caveman" for a few days to allow my skin to recover. Moisturiser: Cetaphil Moisturising Cream. Duac is a once a day product so my plan is to use The Regimen strictly at night when i can apply the Duac. As for the mornings, my skin is very sensitive and even the gentle cleansers can make my skin red. So I will simply was my face with a little water, or even leave it completely until the evening when I cleanse again using The Regimen. Hopefully this will keep my face as calm as possible during the day.