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day 80!

Woke up with a little more flakes than usual. blah. Still doing well acne-wise though. Nothing to report pimple wise, which is pretty incredible. Still pink tinted.. even though a girl yesterday asked me how I got so tan? Maybe it looks like a tan and not a flush face? I was thinking of switching my cleanser... not sure which one though. I saw that Dove makes a gentle exfoliating cleanser... anyone tried it and liked it? I need something to help exfoliate some dead skin. I read some stuff about it and it seemed like it was gentle enough to not irritate.

Still using the AHA as a spot treatment only. If I use a lot of it in one area, that area flakes more than others.

Again, I appreciate everyone who reads this log, makes me feel good hearing that I'm encouraging people.

Oh, and I went to a laser hair removal consult and the lady said I couldn't start if I was taking anything medication wise that makes you sensitive to sun. Then she said, are you sure you need to take anything? I don't see ANY acne! lol

Wow, haven't gotten a compliment like that in a loooooong time!!! My fiance says my face is looking much better too! I hope it all continues!!

Let's do this! Fighting acne, redness, and flakiness!

Pictures for day 80.

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day 81

Stilllllll going...

Things are still looking good. I did have 1 clogged pore on my right upper cheek (may be due to the aloe vera) and I pushed it out last night. No biggie. I also had a close comedone on my right cheek closer to my ear... I've had it since before I started and last night it felt like it was rdy. Oops. ha, nope. It will heal. My bad :(

Still look flush to me. And... some flaking as usual.

I did buy Dove Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, but I'm too nervous to use it. Anyone used it? How did it work? Also, I'm almost out of complex 15. I can't decide if I'm going to still with it as my moisturizer or maybe change to cetaphil moisturizing lotion. I hear that does well. I just don't want anything that will make my face more red than it is.

pictures

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day 82 of goodness

Howdy! Happy Thursday! Happy Day 82!

Still doing well...same as yesterday...

I'm going to Chicago tomorrow - Monday, so I won't be able to update in that time. Hope everyone can bare it :) jk

Thanks for reading everyone!

Day 82 on Dan's Reg!

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day 81

Stilllllll going...

Things are still looking good. I did have 1 clogged pore on my right upper cheek (may be due to the aloe vera) and I pushed it out last night. No biggie. I also had a close comedone on my right cheek closer to my ear... I've had it since before I started and last night it felt like it was rdy. Oops. ha, nope. It will heal. My bad :(

Still look flush to me. And... some flaking as usual.

I did buy Dove Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, but I'm too nervous to use it. Anyone used it? How did it work? Also, I'm almost out of complex 15. I can't decide if I'm going to still with it as my moisturizer or maybe change to cetaphil moisturizing lotion. I hear that does well. I just don't want anything that will make my face more red than it is.

pictures

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo224.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo225.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo226.jpg

Your skin is improving day by day! The AHA is really making your skin even in tone. I looked up The Daily Exfoliating Cleanser on drugstore.com, because I never used it. It got four stars and was reviewed by 26 people. Here is the link if you want it : http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp...amp;catid=21462

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Hey Tara! Haven't read your log for a while and wow!!! Your skin's getting even better!!!!! It's close to flawless now!!!!!

The Regimen's working wonders for me too :) I'm soooooo happy!!!!!!!!!!

Keep it up!!!!!!!!!! xx

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day 86.

I'm back from my vacation. I had a blast in Chicago! It was super cold though! :) Anyways, I cut back on BP to about a nickel sized amount to see if the redness subsides. I started this on Friday. I think the redness has gone down and I haven't broken out any more than the normal. Although, I'm still flaking which is weird to me being I have lessened the amount so much.

I'm going to use the Dove Exfoliating Cleanser tonight to see how it works and what my flakes do in the morning. I'm hoping it doesn't break me out. :) fingers crossed!

I will have pictures of day 87 tomorrow.

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day 87.

hellooo! So I used the Dove Exfoliating Facial Cleanser last night and this morning! It really feels good on my face and I feel refreshed afterwards. For some reason, I think the redness has gone down a bit with this cleanser. I'll keep you updated on that this week. It didn't completely take care of the flakes, but it did lessen them a little bit.

Here are pictures from day 87!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo230.jpg

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awesome! how is that cleanser? are there beads in it, and are they gentle? I'm running low on my exfoliator, and was thinking about switching. Just make sure you don't overdo it on scrubbing...i always get excited on how smooth my face feels afterwards, so I always scrub extra hard the next time lol.

Last question...how long did it take for your red marks to go away? That's basically what I'm still battling against. I use the AHA, and that's supposed to help, but it's not fast enough!

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awesome! how is that cleanser? are there beads in it, and are they gentle? I'm running low on my exfoliator, and was thinking about switching. Just make sure you don't overdo it on scrubbing...i always get excited on how smooth my face feels afterwards, so I always scrub extra hard the next time lol.

Last question...how long did it take for your red marks to go away? That's basically what I'm still battling against. I use the AHA, and that's supposed to help, but it's not fast enough!

So far I've used the cleanser 3 times. I like the way it feels afterwards and it definitely isn't too harsh. The beads in it do help, but not anymore than something without the beads. I'm waiting to see if I break out because of it. I noticed my face didn't look as red today. I'm wondering if Dan's cleanser has something in it that made my face turn red. weird.

I still have red marks and dark hyperpigmentation on my cheeks from before I started the regimen and the birth control I was trying screwed me way up. I'm sure those will fade slowly. I use the AHA as a spot treatment for these areas and it seems the skin flakes in those places more often then the rest of my face. I'm wondering if the AHA turns the skin over faster so it just flakes off? I can still see the marks and red spots in the morning. I'm not sure how long it takes for older spots to fade. I know that the newer ones go away a lot faster because of it.

I am at about 3 months now and I'm still fine tuning. It seems like my acne is just blackheads/clogged pores now. I do look a lot better than before though so I'm not complaining. Just combating the redness and flakes now. If this cleanser doesn't work, I may try another until something works well enough for me.

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day 88!

Feeling and looking good! I'm digging the new cleanser I'm using so far, but then again, it's only been 4 washes. It definitely gets some more flakes off with every wash. I still woke up with dry skin and a few flakes. I do moisturize with Complex 15 still. I do like it, but I'm not sure if it's working as well as it could.

I read good things about Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion... I may try that eventually. I can only change 1 aspect at a time to see how my skin reacts. I think the redness is starting to actually subside.

I'm starting to think it was Dan's cleanser. Has anyone else had these same reactions to it?

My face also feels smoother after using the Dove Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser.

Here are pics for day 88. Two more 2 go to reach 3 months!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo233.jpg

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day 89

Hello! Happy Thursday! Day 89! Wow, tomorrow is 90 days! That is so crazy! I have 86 days until my wedding!! I look so much better!! :) I think the new Dove Cleanser I'm using has taken care of most the of the redness. That is great! Still have a bit of flakes in the morning though! :(

I did have a clogged pore on my right cheek I messed with last night. My fault, should go away with the AHA in 2 days or so.

Other than that, I think I'm doing well. Still waiting to see what effects this new cleanser and a nickel sized amount of BP 2x a day is going...

It has been about a week since I started using less BP. I think I've had about the same amount of acne as using more but my face isn't as red and irritated.

Here are the pics!

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day 90!

Whew! Made it to 3 months!! :) It has been a high and low 3 months, but definitely worth it!!! I'm so happy how far my face has come in a short 3 months!

I hope this log has come as encouragement to folks and helping you guys stick it out! I'll continue posting until I feel like my acne is no longer really coming. I'm not 100% yet! About 98% I would say with some red marks and dark spots still going away.

Here is my current regimen...

-wash with Dove's Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (I've found this helps with flakes and redness). Dan's cleanser must have had something in it to cause the red reaction

-a nickel-sized amount of BP

-moisturize with Complex 15 + 4-5 drops of jojoba oil

Same thing at night, except, I use AHA as a spot treatment over the BP on the spots/red marks/dark areas

Pictures from day 90!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo239.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo240.jpg

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day 90!

Whew! Made it to 3 months!! :) It has been a high and low 3 months, but definitely worth it!!! I'm so happy how far my face has come in a short 3 months!

I hope this log has come as encouragement to folks and helping you guys stick it out! I'll continue posting until I feel like my acne is no longer really coming. I'm not 100% yet! About 98% I would say with some red marks and dark spots still going away.

Here is my current regimen...

-wash with Dove's Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (I've found this helps with flakes and redness). Dan's cleanser must have had something in it to cause the red reaction

-a nickel-sized amount of BP

-moisturize with Complex 15 + 4-5 drops of jojoba oil

Same thing at night, except, I use AHA as a spot treatment over the BP on the spots/red marks/dark areas

Pictures from day 90!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo239.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo240.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo241.jpg

Really your skin is looking seriously beautiful!!! I'm seriously thinking about trying the Complex 15, but I'm going to wait until I'm completely out of my other moisturizer.

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day 91

I can see some under the skin white heads on my cheeks when I stretch the skin out. I'm not sure if they are going to erupt or go back down. It could be the cleanser I'm using. It's such a toss up, its helping with redness and flakes, but I may be breaking out. Argh. Acne is annoying.

Maybe I should just go back to Proactive, it worked better than Dan's regimen. It has been 3 months and I look at my old pictures on Proactive and I think I looked better. I know everyone hear thinks I look great, but I still think I could look better. I'm wondering since I'm already basically clear except for a few places, proactive probably wont make me worse before improving. I'm thinking the toner in Proactive will help even out skin tone.

Has anyone switched from Dans to Proactive and had good results?

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day 91

I can see some under the skin white heads on my cheeks when I stretch the skin out. I'm not sure if they are going to erupt or go back down. It could be the cleanser I'm using. It's such a toss up, its helping with redness and flakes, but I may be breaking out. Argh. Acne is annoying.

Maybe I should just go back to Proactive, it worked better than Dan's regimen. It has been 3 months and I look at my old pictures on Proactive and I think I looked better. I know everyone hear thinks I look great, but I still think I could look better. I'm wondering since I'm already basically clear except for a few places, proactive probably wont make me worse before improving. I'm thinking the toner in Proactive will help even out skin tone.

Has anyone switched from Dans to Proactive and had good results?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo243.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo244.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo245.jpg

I've also just realized that where I'm breaking out with the white bumps under the skin is the only place that I have been spot treating with AHA. I wonder if that is the cause of the bumps? I know when I was using it on my whole face at night, my skin wasn't improving as much as when I got off it and started just using it as a spot treatment. I'm going to discontinue using that as a spot treatment to see what happens. Has anyone had this experience with Dan's AHA? I know his cleanser was turning my face really red, I'm wondering if there is something in his AHA that is causing the bumps? If it weren't for those little bumps I now have, I would be 99% clear!! I hope they go away in the next couple of days without the AHA. I know the AHA is supposed to help with dark/red marks, but if it's breaking me out, I would rather let time heal those spots.

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day 92.

I had a picking fest last night. oops. Definitely shows :( I hope it all heals this week. I may have irritated my face with the Dove cleanser because I was rubbing pretty hard to try and exfoliate. I'm wondering if maybe that is the cause of the clogged pores. I'm going to make sure that I lather in my hands then gently wash for under 10 seconds. I did that this morning and my face doesn't look as red.

Hm... who knows. I'll keep up with the Dove Cleanser for the time being to see how just gently cleansing works out.

day 92 pictures :(

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i've only been on for 6 weeks, but i'm finding that for me it's a delicate balance. i'm using about 3/4 to one pump BP at night, and 1/2 to 3/4 pump in the morning. when i use more, the it gets much more flaky and more red. right now i'm red, but it looks tan, so it's not awful.

congrats on the 3 months! i did a quick peek back to your first pictures. wow! what a difference!

it sounds like the AHA is not working for you. maybe dropping it and continuing to use less BP will work for you.

good luck whatever you do!

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day 93.

still moving along with the regimen. I'm making sure that I lather the Dove's Cleanser in my hands and then gently wash my face like Dan does in his videos. I think it's working better and isn't irritating. I'm giving it this week to decide if I will continue using it or not. My face isn't as red, but is still a little red, also, I still wake up with flakes. I'm going to have Purpose Gentle Cleanser on hand for the big switch when I'm rdy.

Grrr... the area I picked at the other night is already starting to heal over. I'm not going to peel off the scab like I normally do. I'm going to try and be good and wait for it to fall off on its own. Don't want any more red marks or scars.

day 93 pictures.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo249.jpg

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Well, tonight I bought Purpose Gentle Cleanser to see if that helps me. The Dove cleanser was definitely clogging pores. I'm still working on healing the scab on my left cheek. Had to pop a whitehead above the scab too!

Such a big mistake switching to that Dove Cleanser. I'm really hoping the purpose cleanser helps get my face back to normal. I had a lot of gross blackheads to clean up.

I still don't know what to do. I've come such a long way since starting the regimen and I don't want to stop, but I don't like a red, flakey, pimply face either. I'm over 3 months now... should it still be this way?

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day 94.

Still feeling the same... the Purpose cleanser does feel better on my skin though. So I guess we will see if it helps with redness, flakiness, and effectiveness of the BP.

I don't even know who reads this anymore...

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day 94.

Still feeling the same... the Purpose cleanser does feel better on my skin though. So I guess we will see if it helps with redness, flakiness, and effectiveness of the BP.

I don't even know who reads this anymore...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo252.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v72/tarafsu/Photo253.jpg

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I've only heard good things about the purpose cleanser, so hopefully you will only experience good things. :D

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Does the purpose cleanser wash off makeup well? I'm trying to find a good cheap one. I've used Neutrogena Fresh Cleansing Foam (or something like that) and Alpha Hydrox's Nourishing Cleanser, but would love to find a cheap one. The St. Ives Makeup remover is horrible by the way.

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day 94.

Still feeling the same... the Purpose cleanser does feel better on my skin though. So I guess we will see if it helps with redness, flakiness, and effectiveness of the BP.

I don't even know who reads this anymore...

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I just joined today and read your log, and i have to say that you have dramatically improved since the beginning. I know when you look at youself everyday, its hard to see this dramatic change, but trust me, keep it up. I was just wondering what your diet is like and if your taking any supplements, like zinc, vitamin A, beta carotene (which is better than Vitamin A), vitamin B6, or flaxseed oil? they might help, since acne is not just an external thing...

Ultimately, you have inspired me to order this stuff and start my own regimen. Thanks, and good luck!! stay positive.

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