Can I just say that the acne.org regimen takes committment, perseverence, and patience. These are the most important lessons I have learned over the past month. It was also quite a rollercoaster ride...my skin was dry, red, irritated...and STILL breaking out all month long. Currently, I have about 7 active pimples (all small) at the moment. I typically have between 10-12...and I've most definitely had up to 20-22 at a time. I HATE ACNE. It's so awful. So I can empathize completely with everyone on this site. I wish with all my heart that I could snap my fingers and no one would ever have to deal with acne again. I would never wish it upon anyone...it's a life ruiner and it honestly gets in the way of people following their dreams and having confidence in themselves. Thank goodness for treatments like the acne.org regimen, accutane for some people, and other medications/ herbal supplements/diets that help to put acne to rest.
I am happy with my results at 1 month of the regimen...but I am looking forward to more and more progress. I have LOTS of scaring and hyperpigmentation. The regimen is helping to fade it nicely (especially since it helps you get less and less acne and takes away imflammation in my experience).
Those of you who are considering the regimen...make sure you are committed to the long term goal. But I definitely think that it is worth it. Just know that it takes time...be patient. I know it is incredibly hard. And Dan is right, being gentle with your skin is key. I have learned that if my skin gets too dry, I break out more or the acne I have gets exasterbated...so I make sure to apply TONS of the acne.org moisterizer...especially at night. I don't care if I'm greasy, when you are putting that my benzoyl peroxide on your face you have to moisterize a ton. Also, stay away from sugary foods during the process. Trying going without gluten and dairy and see if theres any difference. For me, neither dairy or gluten affect my acne...but sugar does majorly! So I've cut it out a lot the past week or so. Fruit is not always good either...I'm a huge fruit eating but now I will only eat berries (Low gylcemic index) and apples. Try doing a sugar fast though if you think sugar might be making your breakouts worse and see. But from my experience, no food causes my acne...it only makes it worse. I inherited acne genetics...always had it to a certain degree since I hit puberty (I'm 24 now). My skin went crazy this past year...at some points, my acne was moderate to severe...most of the time moderate. Now it's probably mild to moderate thanks to the regimen. But I'm hoping in the next few months it will be mild to light.
Anyway, feel free to send me any questions. I'm here to support others through the process in anyway that I can.
Good luck and check out the regimen!
Attached are pics of my month 1 progress....I would say acne is about 25% improved.