Good morning everyone! I finally decided to go for it and just do the regimen. I ordered it and I wasn't sure if I wanted to start right away with the holidays coming up. I didn't want my face to break out or be red or flaky. Basically I was nervous (still am) that my skin was going to look worse than before I started. I have read so many entrees from people saying the first month is horrible. So yeah, I am skeptical. I don't want my friends and family to see my face a mess but last night I needed to give it a try. So I grew a set and tried it last night. I decided to do a blog instead of have people follow me on a personal regimen log because this seemed more appropriate. So I plan to post updates daily or weekly. It depends on the progress and I will post pictures. First! If you want or need or just have to know some background, PICTURES INCLUDED just click here: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/me-t285014.html
Hopefully that link works. I am not as computer savy as I should be.
Anyway. How I use the regimen. I literally follow Dan's directions. I only splashed water on my face, not rubbing it, I was extremely gentle (although it seems too gentle) I don't wipe, nothing. I used three full pumps of the cleanser which honestly is waaaay too much. I generated a lot by rubbing my hands together and I only used it for the 10 seconds like he says to use. If you are only suppose to use it for 10 seconds, there is a lot you are wasting. I think tonight I will only put two pumps and see what happens. I don't want to waste it especially since shipping alone is $17. Then after 15 minutes I used the tiniest amount of BP. It literally seemed like nothing. Maybe I didn't use enough but there was almost nothing. It said to gently glide it over your entire face. The amount that it recommends is not enough to put on my entire face. Unless I literally am just not using enough. The BP burned slighlty but was barely noticeable. Then I waited another 15 minutes to let that finish drying and set in and then I moisturized. That said to use 3 full pumps, too but again WAY too much. So I will adjust it to what works for me.
My first reaction is my face feels clean. I walked out of my house this morning to clean off my car (stupid upstate New York snow!) and I noticed that the cold air on my face made it feel really good. Not because my skin was burning but because it really felt clean. It was nice. Hopefully that continues. I have used so many products in the past that made my skin feel clean for the first week and after that it felt like it wasn't doing its job and obviously it wasn't since I clearly am not using it anymore. When I woke up this morning my face was a little red on my cheeks like I looked a little flushed. It usually doesn't get red but honestly I am ok with it. They weren't bright red or anything so I wasn't alarmed. I started the regimen at 6:30 this morning and I noticed it was slightly dry but nothing too serious. It is now 9:30 and it feels dry but looking at it, it doesn't look dry at all. So that is good!
One of the things I am worried about is doing it 10-12 hours apart. I get up at 6:30 for work but I really don't want to have to do it at 6:30 tonight because that means I would have to do it at 6:30 tomorrow morning which isn't happening! I like to sleep in on the weekends and who can blame me?! So I am thinking I will do it around 8:30 or 9 tonight and then hopefully wake up tomorrow and do it again around 10. Some people have said they wait 15 hours in between and it is fine so hopefully if I keep it between 12-15 hours, I should be ok. Here is to hoping!! So this is the beginning and my fingers are crossed