I've been suffering from mild to severe acne from the ages of 25-30 (current). It's really only limited to my forehead area which has caused me tons of anguish, depression and even obsession. I've always had clear skin, even throughout my adolescent years so it's tough for me to face the fact that I now have acne. I've tried everything from going on birth control (Yaz, Tricylcen-Lo, and currently on generic version of Mononessa), getting fancy spa facials totalling up to around $500 +, using different products like Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Murad etc. I wash, moisturize and wear minimal make up but pimples always pop up- even the super red cystic looking ones that make my forehead look disfigured. I came across Acne.Org about 4 years ago, prior to when Dan created his own products. I started following his regimen using Neutrogena's On-The-Spot Treatment twice a day, following the exact format with an oil-free moisturizer and Neutrogen'a s Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser. I started noticing improvement after 3 days and continued on for maybe only a few months until I was completely clear. I even emailed Dan to thank him for everything he's taught me. I contiued to have minimal break-outs here and there over the past 3 years and would put Neutrogena's On the Spot BP cream on but never fully followed the Regimen in full force.
Now it's four years later and I'm back to where I started when this whole time I thought I had fought my acne battle and won. I feel it's time to be serious and to really see the Regimen through if I want to be Acne free. I understand my case isn't as bad as some others but Acne is Acne and I believe we all share similar feelings of insecurity and sadness no matter the severity of it.
Anyhow I've purchased Daniel Kern's Regimen package for $38.44 + tax. I'm on day 2 of officially using his products however I'm approaching about 1 and 1/2 weeks on the Regimen having used Neutrogena's On-The-Spot with 2.5% BP along with Clean & Clears Deep Action Cream Cleanser (Oil Free) and Murads Skin Perfecting Lotion. I started taking photos of my progress for the past 5 days and noticed I'm breaking out a bit more as each day goes on My old scars are resurfacing and reddening again, as predicted by Dan's "what to expect" chart, and a new breakout has formed. Some pimples are healing fast than usual, matter of 2-3 days, while others are staying red and becoming more apparent. I'm trying to look at this treatment as a "wake up call" for my face which is bringing out all the gunk that's stuck in there. Hopefully after this breakout, it'll be well on it's way to healing. I admit that I've picked at my pimples a few times, which I'll try not to do again.
I've posted pictures I took on 3/19 and then on 3/23. You'll notice it's not looking as pretty as it was a few days ago but I'll check back early next week with hopefully positive progress.