Hi acne.org community!
Can I just start off by saying that finding this community, this website, and the regimen, is a LONG waited for, answer to my prayers.
Acne has been a horrible issue that has caused a mess of problems for me (emotional, self esteem, anxiety, etc). However, this community, and the regimen, have given me hope and comfort. I pray that each and every person in this community finds a solution for their acne issues and comfort through the many other suffers (and survivors!) on this website.
Let me start out by sharing that my acne before the regimen, was moderately severe. I didn't take any day 1 pictures because I was literally so depressed about my acne condition that I refused to take any pictures. However, I have some pictures on here of day 22 I think...or sometime in the first month. I am beginning my 10th week on the regimen tomorrow and I would love to share my experience with all of you.
Currently, I am 75-80% clear. I am still getting pimples, but they are small and clear quickly. I use to get cystic acne on my jaw line and neck area....I was so embarassed and these zits would hang out for like 2 weeks to a month sometimes! I can very happily report that after I started my 2nd month of the regimen a few weeks ago, they are gone and that area of my face is soft and smoooth! Praise God
The biggest lesson I have learned with the regimen is to BE PATIENT. I've realized that the regimen is a great acne solution for people with moderate and persistent acne, that has not responded to a book full of treatments. It's also great for light acne, or people that only get acne here and there, but it's a lot of work in my opinion if your acne is mild!
I stuck with this treatment because I had faith that with commitment and patience, my acne would clear up slowly but surely. And it has! My face BURNED for a month so bad that I felt like I had a very bad sunburn and I would even cry to my husband saying that my face hurt so bad it was hard to breath. Maybe this was just my experience, but the adjustment period of applying a large amount of BP to my skin was very hard.
I can happily report though that the redness has subsided, and my skin is for the most part, has aclimated to the large amount of BP twice a day.
My advice to anyone starting the regimen is HAVE FAITH. There are side effects...dryness, redness, chapped skin in some areas, flakeness...but will the benefits out way the risks?? I think so!
I have FINALLY found a moisturizer that combates the dryness of BP! Cerave moisturizing lotion. Give it a try, I don't think you will regret it.
Heres some pictures of my progress. For some reason my camera always has a redness to every picture...and my skin is not very red these days.
Thank you for reading this and I hope it has brought encouragment to anyone on the regimen and struggling with the side effects and slow progress.
Blessings of clear skin!
CAMERA MAKES MY FACE APPEAR VERY VERY RED. HOWEVER, MOST OF MY REDNESS HAS SUBSIDED. SORRY ABOUT THE UNCLEAR PICS