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Month 4: 1st IUI

Weevil

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Hello everyone,

It's been 4 months, 7 days since I started the regimen. I haven't broken out at all for about 1 month (so I haven't had any pimples tempting me to pick). My face is so clear now, I've stopped wearing makeup as of a week & a half ago. I've used up 4 tubes of hydroquinone 4% and that has gotten rid of most of my acne & non-acne related PIH. I look OK, in terms of complexion, but I'm still noticeably red & shiny by midday (I still also have big pores on my nose and cheek area around my nose, but they seem to be getting smaller). So if Almay 0.5% BHA makeup produced a shade that matched my skin tone, I would still use it. It's truly great makeup -aside from Chanel which costs a fortune- the best I've ever tried. It helped prevent breakouts, healed them, concealed them and balanced out my skin. Looked great all day, did not cake or collect in my smile lines, I never looked shiny (not even on my nose!). So why did I stop using it? My skin cleared and calmed down so much (thanks to Dan's regimen), that you could tell the difference between skin tone and makeup under my eyes (I don't wear makeup around my eyes at all...my skin is perfect around my eyes, I wear contacts and I don't need shadows or mascara because I have big almond eyes with long, curly black lashes...I gotta have something good, don't I? :rolleyes:. My husband told me I look yellow under my eyes! I realized this is because the Almay makeup has a red undertone, and I have an olive undertone (I'm of spanish background). None of their colors seem to have an olive undertone, so nothing matches! I'm reluctant to try anything else, because I feel I've tried almost everything else and I don't want to break out. Plus, no makeup saves me 15 min. in the morning. Plus I just don't like the concept of makeup in general (men don't wear it...why do we have to?????)

So I need to find something that will control the shine & redness without breaking me out. I'm going to try Aveeno's 30 spf daily sunblock because it has good reviews on acne.org (not shiny, not white-looking, doesn't break you out, even helps with acne...we'll see). At least until Dan comes up with a sunblock.

I've also switched from Dan's cleanser to Clean & Clear's sensitive skin cleanser. I've been on it for 1 month...so far perfect (cheaper & easier to buy then Dan's).

And I stopped the hydroquinone and the Almay BHA makeup 2 days ago because both ingredients are not recommended for pregnant women, and I had my first IUI yesterday (intrauterine insemination). I'll know in 2 weeks how it goes...keep your fingers crossed for me!

So my regimen is very simple now: Dan's BP in the morning, Dan's AHA at night. we'll see how it goes.

Best of luck to everyone!



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Hey! thanks for sharing this!, It's been 6 months since I started the regimen and I'm really happy with the results! the only thing that's bothering me is the hyperpigmentation, I read that you were using hydroquinone, I'm curious to try it, but I don't know what kind of results I should expect, can you tell me about your experience with it? It'd really help me a lot! thanks and good luck with your results!

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Hey! thanks for sharing this!, It's been 6 months since I started the regimen and I'm really happy with the results! the only thing that's bothering me is the hyperpigmentation, I read that you were using hydroquinone, I'm curious to try it, but I don't know what kind of results I should expect, can you tell me about your experience with it? It'd really help me a lot! thanks and good luck with your results!
Hi there! thanks for reading :- I'm so glad the regimen is working for you too :) Hydroquinone is very effective for most kinds of hyperpigmentation...my doc actually said that it's not so effective for scars, but it has definitely helped my acne PIH. I would definitely wait until your acne is under control, and all you are dealing with is the PIH. You'll start noticing improvement after just 2 weeks, and it completely fades everything away with continued use. You do need a doctor's prescription, and you need to stay away from the sun at all costs (and/or use daily sunblock). My doctor has always prescribed 4%. I've tried the cream, the ointment and the gel versions. These last 4 months because my acne suddenly got so bad, I used the gel, which came with built-in SPF 30, but I only used it at night (so the SPF was kinda unnecessary). It does react with exposure to oxygen, so if you don't use up your tube within a month, it starts turning brown...plus you can't use it at the same time as BP, for the same reason (hence why you should wait until your acne is under control first, and why I use BP in the morning, and hydroquinone at night). The gel is very drying and it stings a bit, but I found it actually helps exfoliate the dry skin flakes that BP generates (they just ball up as you are applying the hydroquinone), and I applied Dan's AHA afterwards as a moisturizer, which was very effective, and also helps with acne & PIH. At the very beginning though (like the 1st week of hydroquinone), the gel was very drying, and the AHA was not enough moisture, so I applied Dan's jojoba oil instead of the AHA. That calmed my skin enough to replace it with AHA after just 1 week.If your acne is sufficiently under control, you might try the cream instead. It's definitely gentler than the gel (I wouldn't recommend the ointment...too greasy and I thought it tended to oxydize faster).And I would stop using it after you PIH is gone, and stick just to the AHA. Hydroquinone is not approved for use in Europe, and that always gives me pause...Good luck!

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Thank you so much for replying! My acne is under control, I just get the ocasional pimple like once a month, but it's just a tiny breakout, so I think I'll give this I try!

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