So I've been on The Regimen about a month already. My name is Jessica and I'm a 19 year old (almost 20 in two months!) female who is currently a Sophomore in college in Texas.
A little bit about my acne history:
I can't remember a time when my face was totally clear. I've had very moderate-severe acne ever since I was 12 years old. I tried Proactiv for two years faithfully, but it just made my acne worse! I've tried everything under the sun over the years. I found acne.org when I was looking online one day, and when I went through the message boards and read the posts, I felt like I had finally found people who understood me and what I was going through.
By the time I got older and was able to see a Dermatologist, my acne was the worst it had ever been. I first went to the Dermatologist in 2005 I believe. I had cysts all over my face, along with just regular pimples with blackheads on my nose. She put me on oral antibiotics and prescribed me topical creams and lotions that helped to clear my face a bit, but never really made a noticeable impact. Every time I went back, she would give me something different to try. My face did improve with time, and the cysts (mostly) went away. They still flare up every now and again. Right now I have two on my face.
I also received a chemical peel at her office and that helped to improve my skin texture and overall redness of my face. By this time, I already had scars and hyper-pigmentation marks so even though my acne was clearing up, my face still look pretty bad from all the left-over marks. This was basically the theme all throughout high school for me.
Along with my face I also had cysts/acne on my back and chest. My Dermatologist wanted to put me on Accutane but my mom all but flat out refused because of the side effects.
So, to make a long story short, I've decided to stick with The Regimen because I have nothing left to lose. My face is pretty much the best right now that it has been in years, but I still break-out and gets two cysts or so every month, plus the blackheads on my nose, chin, and forehead.
I haven't been to the Dermatologist in several years because my mom lost her job and her insurance, so it just got too expensive. I wasn't doing much to my face before I decided to use The Regimen except washing it twice a day with cleanser and spot-treating, because I just lost hope that my acne could improve.
The Regimen has given me new hope so I will continue to post on here to record my thoughts and experiences with it.
The first month my face was flaking pretty bad but now it seems to have calmed down a bit as my skin adjusts to the BP. I know that it will get worse before it gets better. I bought the acne.org treatment BP and the AHA so I've been using a normal moisturizer in the morning after the BP and the AHA at night. If I get the AHA on my neck though it starts to itch really badly, and even though I let it dry for more than 15 minutes after I put it on, it seems to clump up. So I may stop using that.
I just ordered the jojoba oil and moisturizer from the site so hopefully I can replace the AHA with those and it will work better.
Only time will tell. I will continue to do The Regimen faithfully and wait : ) I'm pretty patient. It's really interesting to read about everyone's different experiences with The Regimen. Hopefully it goes well for me!