Well, hello, I haven't been here in a long long while.
I guess after posting on this website about convincing my parents to allow me to go on this regime, my dad checked out this website and he was pretty skeptical. He wasn't keen on ordering Dan's products considering how we live in Singapore, and the costs are quite high. Instead, during my dad's latest business trip, he managed to get me some Clean and Clear BP 5% and BP 10%. I think I started on the Regime about two weeks ago, and I feel that there is improvement. I wouldn't say there is a drastic one, but it's slowly coming along.
I curse myself that I didn't keep track of when I started the Regime, but let's guess it was on November 2nd. Close enough, I guess, and it fits the time when I was in a pretty down mood about myself. So far I have only tried out Dan's regime on my face, and I'm hoping that once I get that on track, I can try out the bacne regime. I know 10% BP is too harsh on the face, so I think I won't put it to waste and I'll just use it on my back.
Here are the products I use for Dan's Regime on the face (just for self reference, I guess):
Day and Night -
Premier Dead Sea Minerals Cleansing Facial Gel/Himalaya Herbals Purifying Neem Face Wash
Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5% BP (soon to finish and on to Benzac AC 5% BP)
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
As for the back, I think I should get back on the Isotrex (Isotretenoin 0.05%) from Stieffel which I had for a while but stopped after my move back.
As you can see, I'm using 5% BP instead of the recommended 2.5% solely for the reason that it was the only available stuff at the store when I was shopping. My Clean & Clear Persa-Gel is 3/4 done I suppose, so I went to the pharmacy today to buy some new BP. Benzac 2.5% was out of stock so I couldn't try that out, and in the end, instead of wasting a shopping trip, I just bought the 5% one.
The reason why I haven't started the BP regime for the back is because I am worried about fabric bleaching. I have to wear a white shirt uniform for school, but I am worried that my mom will yell at me if she finds some abnormal spots of BP staining on it. That is, if it can be detectable on fully white fabric (I have not tried in fear of the consequences). We all know that Singapore is hot and humid, so wouldn't it be extremely uncomfortable to wear an undershirt under those layers of uniforms? Until those questions are answered for me, I am unsure about starting it. I have left my back to its own devices for a long while now (3 months or so) apart from the gentle cleansing. I don't know how to judge if it's improved or not, but I've been kept covered up and it really wasn't on my mind. I want to get past the hurdle of facial acne before I tackle it, or at least get some of it under control.
Another current worry that just stemmed from me looking at the various facial cleansers I have at my disposal. My mom bought me the Dead Sea Mineral stuff around the time I started the regime, but I never bothered to check the ingredients. My female cousin (who has also had problems with acne during her teenage and now adult years) also gave me the Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Wash some time in August, and I thought that it really improved my skin (before I got the Dead Sea Cleanser, I used it for my face but now it's used on my back). BOTH of these cleansers have got what Dan says isn't good, this Sodium Laureth Sulfate as the 3rd or 4th ingredient. I don't want to throw it away because it's been working well enough, but Dan says it's not too good as it can damage the 'protective barrier' and 'introduce irritation'. What should I do?
Note to self: Start recording face progress