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My Biggest Mistake With The Regimen

 
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Posted : 05/15/2015 7:53 pm

This "before" picture was taken 5 days after starting the acne.org regimen

I had been having acne flare ups since 2008. Been to numerous dermatologists and different over the counter products but nothing helped. In 2013 I tried acne.org's treatment, and it made my skin clearer within seven (7) weeks. But I was not 100% clear, still had one or two huge pimples, and some minor bumps. Since I was not completely satisfied, I resorted to take oral contraceptives. The medicine made my skin very smooth and clear within weeks! I was so happy!

I took the pill for 13 months, went off it September 2014. By December 2014, acne was coming back one by one. By January and February 2015, my acne got so worse, I decided to try the regimen again. This time, I bought the whole system (bigger pump bottles). I was in a rush to have clear skin hoping to get it within 8 weeks like last time.

Same as what I did in 2013,I started the first week with one pump and continued with just one pump all through out. THAT WAS MY BIGGEST MISTAKE: starting out fast (1 pump instead of pea size). I started with 1 pump because I thought that my face was too big for just a pea size amount, and that maybe, using 1 pump BP will clear ny acne sooner. After all Dan said "when in doubt, use more"

By end of March 2015 my skin was getting somewhat clearer, but my face was so red and dry (scaly/crusty) that even if I had fewer pimples, my skin looked worse. The moisturizer + jojoba oil worked for a while but it was no use on my severely irritated skin. Because of this, I often just use the BP to spot treat my pimples. This method was not effective at all.

Eventually, I began to use a different face wash (salicylic acid based) and stopped using the moisturizer because it felt heavy, I have very oily skin and I live in a hot & humid country.

I decided to completely stop the treatment for 3 days, just washed my face with a cleanser. Then I started again with just a pea size amount of BP. I realized that a pea size was really enough for the whole face! One (1) pump was really too much! With the pea size, my skin did not become irritated, it was not red, puffy or scaly. With this portion, the acne was starting to heal faster, no redness and irritation, and best of all, I got clearer skin within one week.

8 weeks and 2 days after, I still have two stubborn pimples but the rest of my face is calm, smooth and soft.

It has been 12 weeks after I started the regimen, but only after 4 weeks of using the treatment properly (pea size) this is my skin now. As you can see in my "after" photo, I still have 2 stubborn pimples, (others are just scarring). Still not 100% clear, but I am happy :D

Re. Scarring

When I took oral contraceptive in 2013, my skin got clear but my scars were present. To improve skin texture, I used 1mm derma roller of my scars (around once in 3-4 weeks) and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum II (hefty price but it really worked for me). Over time my scars improved greatly.

Fast forward to present day 2015, I gained ice pick and box scars again from the Jan-April breakouts. Been using the derma roller + ANR combination again, (2x a week, started May 2, 2015) and it really improved my scarring. Time heals all wounds (and scars) but the dermaroller greatly helps.

I still use the BP every night except for the derma rolling days. Planning to take collagen supplements as well. Sometimes I use vitamin C serum in the morning (Oz naturals) but oftentimes, I don't have time, or I forget.

That's it so far :)

My acne story. How I cleared my acne.

To those who still have acne, I know the frustrations of waiting, all too well. I guess I started using 1 pump BP because I assumed that it will rush clearing up. Big mistake!!!

With acne, PATIENCE really is a virtue. Start slow, continue the treatment, and don't give up. Be strong. You are beautiful (or handsome :) )

{{ To Dan: thank you very much! I really am happy with the regimen --the BP mostly, and most specially for creating this community.

To other acne.org members: thank you for posting pictures, asking questions, sharing your stories. Often times when I get too impatient, or lose hope, i just read the success stories here or look at the before/after pictures. Really keeps me positive. And it's comforting to know that there are some people who knows EXACTLY how you feel. Because frankly, I'm only the acne-prone one among my friends, work and family, and that"s really really frustrating! }}

Had adult acne since 23, turning 30 this year

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Posted : 05/19/2015 8:51 am

Wow, that was quite an ordeal! Thanks so much for sharing your experience with the Acne.Org Regimen with the community so that others may learn from it. Your story is a perfect example of why it's so important to start slow! Dan's advice of "when in doubt, use more" is only applicable after the skin has fully adjusted to the BP treatment, gotten past the uncomfortable redness/dryness phase. Many find they need 3 pumps from time to time to stay clear. Anyway, good you figured out the problem and got things moving in the right direction again. So many people give up, not realizing that a minor tweak can make all the difference. It can be confusing to know how much BP to use if you've been on the Regimen before, and in the cases of long hiatuses, it's best to start all over as if you were new to the Regimen.

Best wishes for your continued success! :)

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Posted : 05/25/2015 1:42 pm

Hi AM23! Congrats on your beautiful skin :) I also have a problem and I think it's because I started using BP too much too fast. Now I'm in my 3rd month and I'm still breaking out like crazy. Do you know whether it's possible to 'restart' the regimen like you do after 13-14 weeks? If so, shall I still use the moisturizer and cleanser? I'm a bit afraid to leave BP out of my regimen now since I get used to it for 3 months. Any advice?

Thanks in advance :)

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Posted : 05/26/2015 4:28 am

Hi casios!

Is your skin red and/or flaky from using the BP? If yes then that is a good sign that you are using too much BP.

You can rest (just use the cleanesr) for about 3 days then go back using the BP slowly (using pea size).

In ny case, I did not use the moisturizer anymore because my skin did not become dry/flaky from the pea size amount of BP. I realized that pea size is all I need to get the right balance of clearer skin but not red or flaky :) Good luck! Let us know how it turns out.

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Posted : 05/26/2015 9:13 am

Hi AM23, Thanks for your answer! Yes it's red and flaky. And the hyper-pigmentation seems really visible. Whenever I get a breakout it turns really red and painful. I want to try only cleansing as you said, but I'm a bit afraid if I don't moisturize I will get more breakouts. I initially have very oily skin but after using regimen (BP) it started to get very dry. Do you think it's still okay for me to only cleanse without moisturizing? How many times a day should I clean my face?

Oh AM23, one more thing I forgot to mention! I have some active pimples now. Do you think it's a good idea to stop the BP for 3 days now? What was the condition of your face back then when you stopped using BP for 3 days?

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Posted : 05/26/2015 11:40 pm

Hi casios!

Before I started my 3-day break, I have about 10 active pimples and soon-to-be pimples which I only spot treat with the BP. Befrore that, I stopped using the BP all over my face because it made my skin red and dry, that's why I opt to just spot treat the pimples with BP.

Vain as it sounds, I have a "skin diary" on my cellphone, where I document my progress on my phone calendar and take photos with it's cam, to document my progress and see what works or not. Maybe you should have one too? It takes effort but really worth it for me.

It you have dry skin, I recommend that you only stop the treatment for 3 days but continue to use the moisturizer and cleanser. Washing your face 2x a day is enough, morning and evening.

Good Luck :)

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Posted : 05/27/2015 1:33 am

Thanks AM23! I will try it and see how it goes :)

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Posted : 01/23/2023 8:46 am

So if I dermaroll do I not use BP that day? So just wash my face with the facewash and dermaroll afterwards & don't apply anything else to my face after ?

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