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Alright! Here goes nothing! I'm trying out this regimen! I just abruptly stopped my derm stuff this morning! No more duac, differin, and ziana! I was on them for about 3 months and saw a very gradual improvement but not the results I wanted. Also, my face was so irritated from the duac in the morning! I really hope this works! Proactive worked for a while, so I'm hoping this regimen will do better! Wish me luck! I'll post tomorrow in regards to day 2.

Day 1:

2 healing pimples on my left cheek, 3 red spots

1 healing pimple on my right cheek

1 active pimple on my right cheek

no pimples on my chin

no pimples on my nose

no pimples on my forehead

mostly my cheeks are the problem area.

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Day 2:

I feel like day 1 was alright. Burned a bit. I didnt use moisturizer last night before bed. I'm going to pick up some jojoba oil today to use with my moisturizer because I hear it helps with red marks and makes skin glow! I just got engaged on Saturday!! Hope for clear skin before the wedding!!!

YAY

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Day 3: pictures

Seems to be working... :) My face feels smoother each day. I'm going to add jojoba oil to my moisturizer today to see if that helps with old marks.

Yay!

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Start of Day 4!

Alright, so I think its going fairly well. I'm using 1/2 a pump of BP right now and adding jojoba oil to my moisturizer. I do not moisturize at night to let the BP really work with no other product. I have a few stubborn white heads, I'm nervous to pop them because I dont want further infection or possible spreading. Hopefully in the next couple days the BP will actually get those to flake off. I do has some flakes, but nothing too uncontrollable.

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Day 5! Happy Turkey Day! Things are progressing nicely. I have had 2 white heads (like comedones ones) that have been there since I started. They aren't budging... should I pop them?

Also, I think adding the jojoba oil is very nice! I think its helping too! I'm only on week one and I'm loving it so far. I'm planning for a breakout this week possibly.

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Here we go! Start of Day 6!

I think it's going alright... the acne that was forming before I started the regimen are starting to surface. I had a painful blemish this morning when I woke up. I popped it because I would rather have a small reddish mark then pain all day long. I did it properly as instructed on this site. As for the smaller ones I popped last night, they should be gone in 2 days or so. My goal is to be clear by May 16th! (Wedding Day!)

Does anyone see any improvement? It's hard to tell on my own!

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Start of day 7...

I put a little extra BP on my trouble left cheek area. I think it helped! Anyways, still pressing on! I hope it is going to keep continuing on upward!

Pics!

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Start of week 2! Day 8!

I feel really good about this regimen, it's definitely clearing me up way better than those derm topicals I was using. I don't itch as much and the redness subsides sort of during the day. The jojoba oil is a MUST! It makes my skin look and feel so much better throughout the day. I still do not moisturize at nighttime. I wake up with many flakes, but I think it will hopefully go away soon enough.

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Day 9:

It's looking better and better each day, but I don't want to get too excited because it's week 2 and I know a breakout is supposed to come, so I'm on my guard!

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Glad to see you're finally giving the regimen a try. Not everyone has a breakout after the 2 week mark but IF you do come across one, don't freak out. They don't last very long when using the regimen. Keep at it!

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Day 10!

I'm still keeping my BP at about 1/2 pump... any more than that I get really red. Hopefully by next week I can move up to a full pump. I had 2 whiteheads this morning. One on my chin right below my lip and an extremely small one on my left cheek. I took care of those... I can't leave whiteheads because they take over 2 weeks to come close to actually going away. When I pop, they go away with the BP in 2-3 days. I'm still using jojoba oil with my moisturizer only in the morning. At night, I am still letting my face flake like crazy. Hopefully, that will stop once I'm completely used to the BP. I'm digging this regimen!

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Day 11!

I hope that "wow..." was a good thing :) I feel good! Each day has a little more improvement! I also want to be honest... I'm still taking doxycyclin 1x at night with my dinner. I was on it before I started DKR and I was too nervous to stop. I was going to wean myself off of it when I got completely clear and hopefully DKR will withstand the side effects. My face feels so much healthier than with the derm stuff. I'm still not moisturizing at night with anything after BP and I wake up with a heap of dry skin and flakes. I use jojoba in the morning with my moisturizer.

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Day 12! Almost to 2 full weeks on this regimen! Hooray! I'm still flaking like crazy! I'm using jojoba oil, but I don't think it's working as good as it should. Does anyone have any other options for flakes? I did order some AHA yesterday, but I'm not going to use it until after 4 weeks, as instructed on the site.

I think it's still doing well. I have a Christmas party to go to tonight and I think I only have 1 real scab that I'm not going to touch today!

More pictures!

Thank you everyone for the support!

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Day 13!

Howdy everybody! Today, I'm looking good! At least I feel like I am! :) I still flake like crazy every morning! It's really not attractive in the morning time! After I wash my face though, those flakes (not all of them) do come off some. Hopefully this next week they will be less and less! My 16oz bottle & AHA shipped yesterday! I'm not going to use the AHA until week 4 though. I even think the jojoba with my moisturizer is helping combat the old red marks too!

Picture time!

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Wow, I can really see a difference from all the pictures. Good luck with the rest, and I'll keep checking to see how your progress is going. :D

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Day 14! 2 weeks today! It has flown by!

I think it's going alright. I think a few pimples are surfacing... but that's expected during this time so I've read. Nothing too crazy! I used jojoba oil to massage some of the dead skin off, I have no clue if that was a good idea or not. I guess we shall find out!

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day 15!

Start of week 3! I got a pimple on my chin yesterday evening. I have a feeling it was a hormonal spot (yep, girl stuff). I'm totally okay with it! It should be healed in 3 days or so.

Other than that, I'm feeling good about this! I'm so surprised at how well it seems to be working out for me. Especially since I have a One Tree Hill (yes, the TV show), Christmas party to go to Sat the 13th. I'm hoping for no real bad breakouts this week! Fingers crossed!

Picture time... you can see the one on my chin I popped. I find that when I pop them they go away much faster!

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day 16--

still going strong! i use jojoba oil with my moisturizer, but I am still really flaky in the morning. hmmm... trying to combat that. either way, looking better each day.

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thanks for all the encouragement!

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