Waddup! Things are still going great on the regimen! Not too much has changed since last week. I only got one active pimple this whole week and I noticed it yesterday. It was so hard to notice because it's under my chin. Weird! Anyway, still breaking out a little in my back, but still an improvement from 2 weeks ago when it was overflowing with large, painful and itchy whiteheads. Gorgeous! I think my hormonal cycle has the most to do with that. I only use dans cleanser on my back usually when I shower and nothing else. I probably need to be more persistent about that. BP seems to make it worse but it's hard to tell. It definitely doesn't help, I've tried using it consistently before and it def got worse. Here are some pics from tonight, make up free! The big piece of advice I'd give anyone struggling right now is to SIMPLIFY your routine. A lot of routines I see on here have 4 or 5 products twice a day, plus weekly masks, supplements, etc. I use a cleanser, BP , moisturizer and that's it. When you only use one product at a time, you're eliminating several variables that could be sabotaging your success. I know you want to try to fight acne from all angles but if you're still breaking out, how do you know which product is causing it? I also try and touch and rub my face as little as possible. That means letting my face mostly air dry after cleansing, and if I take a shower in the middle of the day, I STILL wait til nighttime to do my routine. I don't cleanse my face 3x that day. Over cleansing will just make my face dry and irritated which equals acne. I hope this was helpful. Unless things change a lot, I'll prob start posting less frequently... Try not to miss me too much!
So I'm attaching a pic in some different lighting than my sexy bathroom. Don't let the mood lighting and wet hair fool you. I am an acne sufferer! Regardless of the shitty photo, rest assured the regimen and Trinessa are still working their magic. I'm being an acne soldier and am disciplined as hell with it. That's why my progress has stuck! Hopeful that I'm not jinxing myself
The 2 month mark is here! 8 weeks! This is a crucial milestone, people. A crossroad of sorts. This is the time I told myself I'd evaluate my progress and decide if I should continue... Well? What do you guys think? Is it worth sticking it out another month? Another 2 months? Forever?!?
Same old same old me here, everybody. Still SO happy w my progress. Did get a few small zits here and there. But SMALL and FEW are the key words here. Never did I think I'd describe my acne that way! Woo hoo for small victories! Although I still have some dark leftover marks and one or 2 active pimples, I seriously am so happy I gave the regimen a chance. And to think of all the stuff I've been trying the last year! However, I'm keeping in mind the many factors involved here, and any of these (and problebly a combo of them all!?) could be the biggest influence: The regimen (Cerave cleanser, bp, moisturizer twice a day. Gentle, minimal application, minimal makeup) Trinessa (just started month 4) birth control pill. Generic for ortho tri cyclen Stress (10 weeks ago I started a new job.. Stress is down at least 50%, love my coworkers, been working out and being outside more) Diet (gluten free, minimal meat and dairy and alcohol, I do notice my skin gets worse when I cheat) So that's that. Yes my improvements are significant, but, like our trusty dermatologists say, there are MANY factors and variables involved with the cause and treatment of acne. One persons HG is not gonna be everyone's. Dan loves to glob on his BP like it's going outa style. My sensitive delicate skin can't handle that much so I stick to 1/3 fingers length on acne prone spots only. Dan loves his moisturizer. I couldn't take that stuff after just 1 week. So clearly although the philosophy behind the regimen can pretty much be applied to everyone, the little steps and ways you get there are unique. Listen to your body and don't fight it. You'll always lose. Til next week , lovers. Oh and PS: I went to a party on Saturday and totally got asked out! So much for tator tots and Netflix cuz this girl is on DA HUNT.
So that primer/bb cream disaster that happened last week showed its true colors this week. And those colors were RED AND WHITE. you know those lovely colors when they erupt on your face. It was not cute, boo boo. It all was concentrated on one side of my chin, as you can see from the pic (keep in mind, this is me w eye makeup and some concealer on. Not the normal sexy clean face bathroom shot rawr) Things have calmed down significantly since Sunday/Monday this week. Now it's Thursday and there's really only 2 active pimples left. My only other complaint is that I've noticed my red marks last much longer than They used to. Anyone else notice this too on the regimen? I figure it's because I used to use a retinoid (Ziana) and bp just doesn't help w cell turnover. So red marks kinda suck because it looks like acne but it's not. It's OLD ACNE lol but whatever I'm still not a fan. At least it's easier to cover w makeup. Good news, I'm really noticing improvement in my dryness and skin tone. My skin feels 1,000% more moisturized and balanced. A bit oily, yes, but I think dryness= irritation = acne for muah.. I'm now using a small 1/2 pump Cerave foaming cleanser, a full finger of dans bp, and 2 full pumps of Cerave moisturizer lotion. Twice a day. I also haven't had any new minions pop up on my forehead, the left side on my chin, or the crevice between my chin and my lower lip (where I used to get 90% of my breakouts) so it looks like overall things are improving, it's just hard to keep in mind the big picture sometimes! Also, I got a bad breakout on my back again this week, which was really strange. They were 4 or 5 large whiteheads and they itched like a monkey. Really weird for me - maybe an allergic reaction or bug bites? I dunno but I've had bacne before and it wasn't like this so I hope this clears up and goes back to normal. Trinessa has really cleared up all my body acne in the 2 months I've been taking it so I hope this was just a temporary reaction. ANYWAY. I'm on vacation for the long weekend, let's pray to Jesus I can relax and enjoy it. Maybe meet a cute patriot who can whip up a good bbq for me lol
SOOOooo I mentioned last week that I wanted to try a primer/bb cream, yea? Yea, no... Bad idea. For only 2 days last week I tried the Smashbox primer light. It made my face dry as a dinosoar's ass. Needless to say, I live in the desert and it's over 100 degrees daily right now. PLUS the water in Vegas is super hard and terrible for dry, sensitive skin, like MINE OF COURSE LOLOLOL. So only 2 days of this stuff definitely made me break out. I went back to just my regimen and things are improving, slowly. You'll notice my chin is pretty pissed. But I think I need to come to grips with the fact that moisture is my BFF. I can't wear powder or a lot of makeup like I used to in Boston and California. With 2% humidity and -2% dew point ( ya that's possible, it happened today. It means rain would evaporate before it hits the ground. AWESOME.) I really need to minimize products and OD on moisturizer daily. I also broke out a little on my back the last few days, which I haven't done since before Trinessa. Wierd. Could be a weird body wash I used over the weekend when I was out of town? Who knows but let's hope it's a fluke cuz that's one thing Trinessa really cleared up nicely. Anyway overall things aren't bad and I can deal. The only bummer is that I was supposed to get dinner/drinks w this really cute guy friend of mine visiting town and I lied and bailed on him tonight. Because of my breakout. Honestly ladies and gentlemen this isn't the first time I've lied/bailed because of my skin and it just sucks. I'm 24 and single and it feels like everyone else my age has "grown out of their acne" and they just walk around with flawless skin they don't have to think about. Will that ever be me? I'm starting to prepare myself emotionally for the possibility that no, it'll never me me. Wah wah wah
Hey kids. So I just finished week 3/started week 4. And I'm still pretty pleased w the results of the regimen! As a reminder I'm using 1/3 fingers length of bp twice a day, with dans cleanser and Cerave moisturizer twice a day too. I also just started my 3rd month of the bc pill Trinessa... I try and wear as little makeup as possible. Some Clinique concealer under the eyes and on any zits usually makes me half presentable for a day at work. But I'd like to start trying maybe adding a primer and/or bb cream to even out my skin tone. Any suggestions? It looks like the brand smash box gets good reviews, but I'm just worried about backtracking on all the progress I've made. Most face makeup makes me break out so I usually avoid all powders and foundations. But any recommendations from a similarly plagued individual would be delightful. As for the state of my breakouts, I'm obvi breaking out less. Not 100% but definitely a solid 80%... And the pimples I am getting are smaller and heal quickly. I totally think the whole "gentle" factoid from Dan is spot on. I notice much less redness and oiliness overall, and although I am a bit dry, I'd take that over shine any day. I think it's because I'm not scrubbing or rubbing my face really hard anymore either. The lather from the cleanser does such a great job that when I rinse it off any trace of makeup or flakes is completely gone! Well anyway guys this has been a long one so I'll spare you any more frivolous banter! Cya in a week, dudes. Peace
Thought y'all might want to see a selfie w makeup and such. This was me on my way to my lunch break last week. Proof that you can have acne and still be a kick ass human being! Girl power! (Insert British spice girls accent)
What a difference this regimen tweak has made! After the Hiroshima that happened on my chin last week, the dryness and breakouts were only getting angrier. True I thought it was the sunscreen, or my diet... But looking more at the ingredients of Dans moisturizer and the reviews on this site, I started to ponder that maybe my skin just isn't a fan of licorice or oil...? And all in all, this yellow moisturizer just wasn't cutting it in the whole "moisture" department. Even layer after layer, My skin felt like the T. rex from Jurassic World. My old moisturizer was a godsend that my derm recommended years ago. CeraVe moisturizing lotion. now that I've gone back to my long time lover CeraVe moisturizing lotion, my skins looking more like Chris Pratt than the T. rex Literally within 48 hours I felt my skin get more balanced, smooth, and flake free. Nothing else in my routine changed, still doing the cleanser and bp 2x a day. Too bad I ordered the jojoba oil! I'll prob just use it as a makeup remover or shine serum for my hair tho. I'm a baller on a budget and can't be wasting no $20 jojoba oil! I'm about to start week 3 and although obvi I'm not 100% clear, I think I'm on my way. Toodles!
WELLL here's 1 solid week in. I'll go into some detail as to exactly what I did this week, since it seems like that's what people like on here. Ya gotta give the people what they want! Lol ok anyway: Morning: cleanser (10 seconds, good frothy lather mmm) 1/3 finger's length BP 2.5% applied gently, 1 pump moisturizer Evening: same as morning! After the first few days, I saw some great improvement... My skin felt tight, but I wasn't seeing any flakes yet... Breakouts/redness/oiliness were lessened... I thought to myself hmmm perhaps I'm one of the lucky few? Perhaps BP is sparing its wrath on me? HAR! NOT SO! 5 or 6 days in, the flakes and scaliness thundered onto my face like a Game of Thrones dragon's fire. It burnnnnssss!!! I also made some silly mistakes on Saturday. Laying out by the pool with some friends, I slathered on some random neutrogena sunscreen onto my face. Now 2 days later my chin is FULL of whiteheads. Like, ALL at the same time?! That's what makes me think it was the sunscreen (or maybe it was my bad diet I had this weekend) that made everything come up at once, because it's normally not this bad this sudden. Or mayhaps this is the legendary "purge"? As pathetic and horrific as the movie, this purge is hard to watch. As I'm only a week in, I have no judgements for the regimen as a whole so far. I probably won't start to rethink my choices until 8-12 weeks in. If I'm still hosting a block party on my face at that point I might just sulk back to my ziana/aczone and cry. I'm thinking, with the dryness and flaking I'm having right now, I'll take a 24-48 hour break from the BP then start up again just 1x a day. I was too ambitious with my BP, thinking after everything my skin has been through, 2.5% BP would be a walk in the park. Dan, I underestimated you! ALSO I went ahead and ordered that hojohojoba oil today. I didn't order it at first because I wanted to see if I really needed it before I spend another $20. People, things just got real. Don't mess around like I did. Any advice or tips or support would be greatly appreciated! Will answer any questions too! See u in a week. BYEEEEEEEEEE
Waddup acne peeps. SOOO This is where I started when I began Dan's Regimen. This blog is as much for me as anything, as this is the first time I've officially documented progress with any product. If people read it, grewl, if not, fine, at least I can see my progression after some time and actually see how far (or not far!) I've come... As you can see, most of my breakouts are around my chin/jaw and a tiny bit on my forehead lately. I know my acne isn't severe, but this is actually a time it didn't look that bad. It's mostly pustules that pop up for me, (inflamed red pimples with a fun white hat!) I've developed a habit of NOT popping them, as ready as they might look. I've noticed when I used to pop or scrub the white heads off, it would bleed, scab, then a white head (or 3) would pop right back up a few days/weeks later. So at this point I just let them go til they dry up and flake off on their own. Everyone around me at work just gets to say hi to my 6 or 7 friends on my face every day. DEAL WITH IT. I purchased Dan's cleanser, treatment and moisturizer 8oz each. This is ALL I'm using right now. I'm also 1.5 months into the bc pill Trinessa (which could also be playing a factor in all this! So sexy!) my GP put me on this after I was having spotting/cramping. She also said it should help w acne. We shall see! After the Differen 3% reaked havoc on my skin, I went back to aczone/ziana for about 7-10 days and my skin def calmed down a lot. But I just hate the oiliness and redness that these products give me and am hoping that this regimen can give me clear and normal human loooking skin. Feelin hopeful and excited! Also nervous and scared from all the reviews saying you go through a flake from hell before it actually works. But hey, I was one big flake for 2 years so it's nothing I ain't done before! If clear skin is on the other side of 2-3 weeks of lizardness, I'll take it. Flawless face here I come! <3
Isn't that what we tell all the dermatologists who we see, now? "Sooo, it all started when..." blah blah blah. So my story sounds a lot like what I've already heard so many times on this site. I'm 25, female, and have battled acne on and off since middle school. In high school, proactiv controlled it somewhat so that it was manageable. But my freshman year in college my periods went crazy, I got ovarian cysts, and my skin opened up a can of whop ass on me. Proactiv was no match for the big, deep, dry, gnarly bumps that appeared on my chin. The first dermatologist I saw gave me products he made/sells himself. A retinol (comparable to retin-A), a sulfer soap and buffing sponge, and 5% BP. Needless to say this daily regimen tore my already angry, irritated skin to shreads. This whole debacle went on for about 2 years, then when I came back from studying abroad, my skin was worse than ever. The derm wanted me to try accutane, but my parents were against it and wanted to get a second opinion. I was in tears. The word accutane, I associated with the worst of the worst cases of acne - a last resort. I didn't think mine was that bad at all but it was definitely ruining my life. So the second-opinion dermatologist said I am absolutely NOT an accutane patient. She said my skin is just WAY too sensitive to be using the products I was using. She also said I had perioral dermatitis (a bacterial infection around the mouth that looks like acne). She gave me finacea, oracea (doxycycline) and told me to buy cera ve products. About 5 months after that I was finally clear! It was amazing! I even stopped taking the anti biotic after 6 months and I stayed clear. I stayed clear for almost a year, then, trying to switch to a generic birth control to save money (beyaz to loryna), my skin went insane again. Even after I switched back to my name brand, my skin never got better 9 months later. Back to the derm I went! She gave me ziana (tretinoin and clindamicyn) and aczone and doxycycline again. This worked pretty well. But these products made my skin extremely oily and red all the time. And I think I was having some bad side effects from the doxy (stomach problems, depression)... But I wasn't breaking out much anymore so I tried to go back to finacea again since that worked so well before. This time, not so much! After 8 weeks of breaking out on that, I found an old tube of differen 3% that my brother uses. His skin is pretty clear so I thought I'd give that a try for 8 weeks. Another BIG mistake. My skin was dryer and redder than ever with angry breakouts on top of that. Lovely! Desperate for answers and tired of failed attempts with pretty much everything, including prescriptions and OTC, I started diving into acne.org. I had seen Dan's products on this page before, but since I'd used so many things I figured it wouldn't work for me. But at this point, I figured, what's another $40 after the hundreds (maybe thousands?) I had spent on prescriptions over the last 6 years? So I went ahead and ordered the suckers and have been using them a solid week. If you actually read all that, I'm both thankful and feel sorry for you because you sat through that whole sob story! Maybe you can relate to this nonsense and I can shed some support/insight/inspiration/laughs from this whole thing. Keep in touch w/ my entries to see how my Acne.org Regimen story goes week by week! PEACE AND BLESSIN'S.