I'm a 23 year-old male who has been on Dan's Regimen (correctly) for about 4.5 weeks. Looks like I've been missing out on this awesome community here at Acne.org, so I decided I'd start contributing with a blog of my own. While the focus obviously needs to be acne-related, I'm probably going to use this as a means to talk about other stuff that's on my mind as well. Please feel free to leave a comment about anything and everything! I'm about to embark on a long life story, and I'd love it if you read it! However, if you don't feel like it, scroll down to the end and read my last few paragraphs. Then leave a comment!
A little background: I've had acne for a long time. I first started breaking out when I was in 8th grade. By the time I was a junior in high school, my acne was at its worst. Cysts all over my face and throat, with a higher concentration in the area around my lips and chin. My dermatologist finally decided to put me on accutane around January of my senior year. I couldn't believe the transformation... Clear skin! As some of you can probably attest, when you've had awful skin for a long time, becoming clear provides you the most euphoric, on-top-of-the-world feeling ever. Having blemish free skin for my senior prom is definitely a top-5 highlight of my high school career. I was a new person by the time I started college that fall--a more sociable, more confident kid who was ready to take on the world.
Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to last. My acne came back, albeit slowly and less severely. Come winter break of my sophomore year, Round 2 of accutane had begun. (I feel the need to pause here and say that while my acne did indeed return, it has never gotten close to being as bad as it was in high school. Whether that can be contributed to accutane or leaving behind the peak years of puberty, I'll never know for sure. Likely it was a combination of both.) I went through the motions again, realizing this time that maybe accutane wasn't an end-all for my acne. After the second round, it eventually came back (again less severely than before) and I decided that I needed to move on to other treatments that would keep the blemishes at bay. Fast-forward to this past summer, when I, during a frustrated Google-ing spree, stumbled upon this website. The process seemed too easy to be true, but the reviews and website itself looked legitimate. I decided to give it a try.
Quote of the day:
If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.
--Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
So here I am 4.5 weeks in. Sort of. Truth be told, I started what I thought was the Regimen a little more than 2 months ago. In the 2 weeks before I discovered it, I had been using AcneFree. When I made the switch, I still had a lot of the AcneFree supplies leftover. In my laziness, I skimmed over Dan’s procedure and just took what I thought were the important points: gently cleanse, treat, and moisturize twice daily. Now, in its entirety, the Regimen is in fact an extremely simple way to treat acne, mostly because it requires only the most basic materials. However, there are a ton of details on the site that shouldn’t be overlooked. For example, the AcneFree BP I was using as my Regimen treatment was not only a liquid, but it was also 3.7%. I believe it had some sort of moisturizing properties that, when combined with my other moisturizer, really clogged my pores just based on the sheer quantity. Long story short, my face was a red mess and I came crawling back to the site to discover my error. I made damn sure from that point forward to be more diligent when it came to the Regimen.
After that mishap, I started using Neutrogena’s On the Spot BP, together with CeraVe moisturizer (Cetaphil Moisturizer worked really well, but I couldn’t stand the greasy look it gave me). I also made the switch from Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser to their Daily Facial Cleanser. The point at which I started using these three things together is now what I consider Day 1 of the Regimen.
I decided that I didn’t really like the cream-based Neutrogena BP since it clashed with the CeraVe and balled up on my face, so just last week I bought Dan’s BP. My first acne question for you all, which I will put in bold as they arise, is this: Should I expect there to be some relapse in the form of a breakout when I switch BP’s? I'd say that my acne isn't too great at the time, and wonder if it has anything to do with the change in BP. I also started using the AHA last week. I've seen a few reviews by people who had their acne get worse before it got better when they started using the AHA, so maybe that is what I'm experiencing right now.
Anyway, I think I need to settle on a particular routine and stop altering what I'm doing.
tl;dr I'm trying to settle into a routine on the Regimen. Patiently awaiting clear skin.
So here I am! I've got tons of questions to ask the community, but I think I've said enough for now. (That's putting it lightly, after re-reading what I just wrote...) I'd love support from the community in the form of tips/hints, reviews, suggestions, and cheery motivation--but it's not all about me. If you are swinging by, tell me about yourself! Your trials and tribulations on the Regimen (or off), your thoughts on a new product or treatment, how your day went--seriously, just tell me something!
Here, I'll start us off: What's your all time favorite band and what, in your mind, is their best song? For me, it's easily Kings of Leon. My favorite song by them changes regularly, but for the time being it is "Pony Up" off the album Come Around Sundown. Oh and if you haven't already, go read The Alchemist. It's a short, fantastic novel/fable that can cheer up just about anyone.
For now, keep on Rocking The Regimen!