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My "Second Round of the Regimen" Log (Pictures!!)

Hi everyone! I've been lurking around the forums for probably 4-5 years now and just never joined, but I'm starting on a second journey with the Regimen and I need to log my experiences in a place where I won't forget and will be held accountable by it being a public thing. And maybe get a little support too!

I have moderate acne with severe tendencies (cysts!!) and have been getting breakouts since I was 11. I'm an 18 (almost 19) year old female and I started the Regimen for the first time around when I was 14. It cleared me up to almost perfect. But suddenly about two years ago my skin changed and got severely dry, and I hadn't changed anything about my regimen. Crusting and flaking and all kinds of gross. No matter what I did, it wouldn't go away, and AHA only made the flaking worse, even after using it for months. BP, I'm positive, was the culprit for all of this, because I went off of it over three months ago and my skin has been its usual self with almost no dryness whatsoever. Of course, these past three or so months I was on tretinoin .025%, so my skin sucked and I didn't even get to enjoy it. Tretinoin (or Retin-A, as it is commonly known) RUINED my skin. It is and was the worst it has ever been in my life, even while taking 100 mg doxycycline with the Retin-A. I can barely look at my skin in the mirror there is so much new unevenness with hundreds of bumps and scars everywhere.

SO, I'm hoping that taking a break from BP will have been good for our relationship and my skin won't react the way it was. I'm desperate for a change and I want so much for this to work for me this time!

As far as what I've used in the past... everything.

I'll be using:

Pond's Cold Cream (make-up remover and godsend)

Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Dan's BP

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin (trial-running this. I'm having to stop using my precious CeraVe cause BP hates it :( )

... and Neutrogena Oil-free Toner if I ever have to remove excess heavy make-up after washing. Love this stuff. No stinging or dryness!

Make-up:

Almay TLC foundation in Ivory

Almay Line Smoothing Concealer

Physician's Formula Blush & Pressed Powder

Today is Day 3!:

Day 1 and 2 were ITCHY CITY! Now it's mostly just redness city and it just itches every so often. Mostly when I apply moisturizer. Thank goodness I had the foresight to start with only a little BP when I'm used to applying a bucket-load of it, but my skin doesn't remember it anymore. :( I only have little flakes where my breakouts are healing and the usual peeling around my nose. I can't even tell you where I have breakouts. Just everywhere. But they do look better today than they did day 1!!! I am so excited about that! Before Retin-A, my forehead was crystal clear, but now it's gross, so my goal in the next couple of weeks is to get that back!

So far, so good. No crustiness! WIN! Maybe I'll post pictures later today. I'm so scared to, though!

Please, God, don't let BP make my skin die again!

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Okay, here's some pictures of Day 3. So embarrassing... Of course it looks worse with the flash and everything than it does in person. This is after BP, before moisturizer so it isn't SO red. I just applied Neutrogena Sensitive Skin and my face is BURNING! Ow. I don't think it's the moisturizer, though, because every one I've used to try and calm my skin has burned. I think I just have to wait until my skin gets used to BP again.

Here goes...

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2656/dsci0011f.jpg

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/2659/dsci0012k.jpg

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1725/dsci0013k.jpg

My skin before tretinoin...

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8494/photo1th.jpg

and after...

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/581/photo1tj.jpg

And me looking like a normal human being... :):)

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3572/1005015.jpg

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I've been on Retin A Micro for the last 4 months and my skin is so much worse now (went from very mild to moderate)! I thought maybe it was just me but I think this stuff wrecks some people's faces. I'm going to ask my derm to get off of it this week.

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Okay, here's some pictures of Day 3. So embarrassing... Of course it looks worse with the flash and everything than it does in person. This is after BP, before moisturizer so it isn't SO red. I just applied Neutrogena Sensitive Skin and my face is BURNING! Ow. I don't think it's the moisturizer, though, because every one I've used to try and calm my skin has burned. I think I just have to wait until my skin gets used to BP again.

Here goes...

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2656/dsci0011f.jpg

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/2659/dsci0012k.jpg

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1725/dsci0013k.jpg

My skin before tretinoin...

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8494/photo1th.jpg

and after...

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/581/photo1tj.jpg

And me looking like a normal human being... :) :)

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3572/1005015.jpg

Well thats self-esteem crushing, your first pictures look better than i do CLEAR, stupid red marks ruining everything. Hmph.

Anyway, i'm totally going to look into makeup after seeing the last pic, i've always been afraid of using it because i just personally hate the stuff, but if it'll make me look even slightly-normal, i'm all for it until these marks are gone.

Good luck with the regimen! i will be stalking this log from now on.

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I've been on Retin A Micro for the last 4 months and my skin is so much worse now (went from very mild to moderate)! I thought maybe it was just me but I think this stuff wrecks some people's faces. I'm going to ask my derm to get off of it this week.

That is exactly what happened to me! My acne was really pretty mild before I used it. I was actually CLEAR when I saw my derm. But he was a total yahoo. He even said, "Nice to meet you." when I came for a return visit. He thought my skin had improved when actually I had inflamed cysts all over my face, so he didn't even remember me or that my skin had been clear. If you haven't seen improvement after 4 months, then you should get off of it. That's supposed to be the turning point mark!

Okay, here's some pictures of Day 3. So embarrassing... Of course it looks worse with the flash and everything than it does in person. This is after BP, before moisturizer so it isn't SO red. I just applied Neutrogena Sensitive Skin and my face is BURNING! Ow. I don't think it's the moisturizer, though, because every one I've used to try and calm my skin has burned. I think I just have to wait until my skin gets used to BP again.

Here goes...

http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/2656/dsci0011f.jpg

http://img25.imageshack.us/img25/2659/dsci0012k.jpg

http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/1725/dsci0013k.jpg

My skin before tretinoin...

http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8494/photo1th.jpg

and after...

http://img695.imageshack.us/img695/581/photo1tj.jpg

And me looking like a normal human being... :) :)

http://img833.imageshack.us/img833/3572/1005015.jpg

Well thats self-esteem crushing, your first pictures look better than i do CLEAR, stupid red marks ruining everything. Hmph.

Anyway, i'm totally going to look into makeup after seeing the last pic, i've always been afraid of using it because i just personally hate the stuff, but if it'll make me look even slightly-normal, i'm all for it until these marks are gone.

Good luck with the regimen! i will be stalking this log from now on.

If your skin is clear then I wish I mine was like yours! Mine is FAR FAR FAR from clear! But it does look 100x better than it did a week or so ago on Retin-A. And mind you, that picture was before Retin-A and I photoshopped a couple of monsters off my face haha. If you have the confidence to go without make-up, do it! I wish I could. I feel like a slimeball right now with make-up over all my treatment and stuff.

Day 4:

I don't imagine I'll be updating every single day, but during the first few weeks my skin changes so much that I feel like I have to log it!

My skin has finally gotten to the stage of feeling like I have an awful sunburn. It's not so much all over my face, just around my nose, mouth, and chin. I feel like if I smile or laugh or something my face is going to crack and flake! The rest of my face still itches like crazy, but I'm trying so hard not to touch it! I am a HUGE picker and I'm trying to stop.

I applied Aquaphor around my mouth last night, but I don't think I'll be doing that again... My upper lip area swelled up a little and everywhere I applied it turned bright red and burned for hours. I could NOT sleep. Ughh.

The breakouts on my forehead came to head, so hopefully they'll start shrinking soon. I had a couple of spots on my cheeks do the same. Whiteheads in a few places, but I think that's just leftover stuff coming up from the Retin-A. I had four cysts (two on my cheeks RIGHT next to each other, two on my chin) healing up and they shrunk SIGNIFICANTLY over night. Amazing.

Heal heal heal!

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Day 4 Update:

Turns out my skin did crack and flake from moving my mouth too much! Honestly, it was a relief to have that tight, irritated skin gone. I didn't even care that my make-up was falling off. Sad thing is that now the flakiness is going to be here to stay for a while. :( I knew it would come, but that doesn't make it any more fun!

I used a minimal amount of BP tonight (my old bottle is nearly empty and my new tubes haven't come yet!!) and added 3 drops of jojoba oil to my moisturizer. Jojoba oil has never done much of anything for me, but I figured it's worth a try. I have a whole bottle of it so I might as well use it up.

Mostly whiteheads and healing breakouts still. New whiteheads at the end of the day, but honestly nothing to worry about. My skin looks SOOO SMOOTH compared to how it looked just a week ago. Crazy. I forgot how amazing this stuff can be since it made me so mad for the last couple of years!

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Day 5:

I got my new tubes of Dan's BP today and when I put it on the tip of my finger I realized I have been using WAYYYYY too much BP! I've been having to knock my old bottle against my hand and just used whatever I could get out, but apparently I've been using like, half a finger's length. NO WONDER my face has been hurting, super red, and flaking so bad! I feel so awful for putting my face through that. I think I'm going to back way, way off of the BP and take an extra week to build up again and let my face heal. I'm afraid to skip a treatment, but I think if I just use the recommended starting pea-size amount, I should be okay. Right??

Look how red my face is!!

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8446/dsci0019i.jpg

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5528/dsci0022we.jpg

My face is COVERED in red marks. It is so bad. I don't have a single centimeter where there isn't a red mark. However embarrassing these pictures are, I really hope that maybe someone with skin like mine with scarred pores and red marks and breakouts will see them and maybe not feel so alone about it. Cause I sure as heck do!

With make-up before class this morning. No Photoshop!

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/737/dsci0011o.jpg

If I look sleepy, it's because I am. And my stupid forehead breakout is so obvious. But whatever!

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Day 5:

I got my new tubes of Dan's BP today and when I put it on the tip of my finger I realized I have been using WAYYYYY too much BP! I've been having to knock my old bottle against my hand and just used whatever I could get out, but apparently I've been using like, half a finger's length. NO WONDER my face has been hurting, super red, and flaking so bad! I feel so awful for putting my face through that. I think I'm going to back way, way off of the BP and take an extra week to build up again and let my face heal. I'm afraid to skip a treatment, but I think if I just use the recommended starting pea-size amount, I should be okay. Right??

Look how red my face is!!

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8446/dsci0019i.jpg

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5528/dsci0022we.jpg

My face is COVERED in red marks. It is so bad. I don't have a single centimeter where there isn't a red mark. However embarrassing these pictures are, I really hope that maybe someone with skin like mine with scarred pores and red marks and breakouts will see them and maybe not feel so alone about it. Cause I sure as heck do!

With make-up before class this morning. No Photoshop!

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/737/dsci0011o.jpg

If I look sleepy, it's because I am. And my stupid forehead breakout is so obvious. But whatever!

I wish you the best! Just make sure to keep to the three steps and you will clear up!

You might want to consider using BP only once a day for a few days. I know its a scary thought and you wouldn't want to cause a breakout, but your skin is going to have to catch up eventually and you don't want it taking 2 or 3 months to eliminate all the flakiness instead of 2 or 3 weeks! The added irritation of being extremely dry might actually cause a worse breakout than if you let your skin catch up, and your skin will feel tight and dry on top of it! I think I started to fast in the beginning with using it twice a day and I am regretting it now! Its about week 5 now and flakes are still coming through :evil:. Anyway, your looking better already and its only day 5. Keep it up!

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Day 5:

I got my new tubes of Dan's BP today and when I put it on the tip of my finger I realized I have been using WAYYYYY too much BP! I've been having to knock my old bottle against my hand and just used whatever I could get out, but apparently I've been using like, half a finger's length. NO WONDER my face has been hurting, super red, and flaking so bad! I feel so awful for putting my face through that. I think I'm going to back way, way off of the BP and take an extra week to build up again and let my face heal. I'm afraid to skip a treatment, but I think if I just use the recommended starting pea-size amount, I should be okay. Right??

Look how red my face is!!

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/8446/dsci0019i.jpg

http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5528/dsci0022we.jpg

My face is COVERED in red marks. It is so bad. I don't have a single centimeter where there isn't a red mark. However embarrassing these pictures are, I really hope that maybe someone with skin like mine with scarred pores and red marks and breakouts will see them and maybe not feel so alone about it. Cause I sure as heck do!

With make-up before class this morning. No Photoshop!

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/737/dsci0011o.jpg

If I look sleepy, it's because I am. And my stupid forehead breakout is so obvious. But whatever!

I wish you the best! Just make sure to keep to the three steps and you will clear up!

You might want to consider using BP only once a day for a few days. I know its a scary thought and you wouldn't want to cause a breakout, but your skin is going to have to catch up eventually and you don't want it taking 2 or 3 months to eliminate all the flakiness instead of 2 or 3 weeks! The added irritation of being extremely dry might actually cause a worse breakout than if you let your skin catch up, and your skin will feel tight and dry on top of it! I think I started to fast in the beginning with using it twice a day and I am regretting it now! Its about week 5 now and flakes are still coming through :evil:. Anyway, your looking better already and its only day 5. Keep it up!

Thanks so much!!

That's definitely true... I think I may do that... My skin is so ouch-y that I really can't even bear the thought of putting BP on it in the morning! I've coated my skin in Pond's Dry Skin Cream in the hopes that maybe my skin will actually feel somewhat moisturized in the morning. This morning I felt like I hadn't even applied moisturizer when I woke up! Yuck.

Thanks for your advice. I'm gonna back off for a bit. :)

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Yeah, good luck! If you're sleepy, that's only adding to the problem too. I don't call it this, of course, but GIRLS call it "beauty sleep" for a reason! It can seem like days' difference after just a good night of sleep.

And I don't know what to tell you, since I've never tried any kind of BP regimen, but Pond's products and especially products with any perfume in them tend to irritate my skin; I even try to avoid the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and all types of alkaline soaps; if I could, I would just keep apple cider vinegar on my face all day long if it didn't make my face so durn red, because for me, keeping acidic is key... at least, for keeping whiteheads off. I look a bit like you at the moment... no active acne, but lots of annoying hyperpigmentation and peeling. I have dry skin, and for the most part have been leaving it alone; not a good idea.

Anyway, I honestly think you look good; not to faun over you, but you have gorgeous eyes, and I think you skin can make a great recovery. It might look uneven, but hyperpigmentation makes it look 10x worse than it really is.

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Yeah, good luck! If you're sleepy, that's only adding to the problem too. I don't call it this, of course, but GIRLS call it "beauty sleep" for a reason! It can seem like days' difference after just a good night of sleep.

And I don't know what to tell you, since I've never tried any kind of BP regimen, but Pond's products and especially products with any perfume in them tend to irritate my skin; I even try to avoid the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and all types of alkaline soaps; if I could, I would just keep apple cider vinegar on my face all day long if it didn't make my face so durn red, because for me, keeping acidic is key... at least, for keeping whiteheads off. I look a bit like you at the moment... no active acne, but lots of annoying hyperpigmentation and peeling. I have dry skin, and for the most part have been leaving it alone; not a good idea.

Anyway, I honestly think you look good; not to faun over you, but you have gorgeous eyes, and I think you skin can make a great recovery. It might look uneven, but hyperpigmentation makes it look 10x worse than it really is.

I actually do sleep plenty! :) I get at least 8 hours almost every night. It's just that I commute 45 minutes both ways in traffic to my university and I have to wake up at 6 AM to do that. It just wears on me waking up in the dark every day. :(

Pond's Cold Cream is a dry skin savior for me, so I'm not sure I could ever let it go haha. But Cetaphil definitely isn't my favorite cleanser... I really want to try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or whatever it is. But I have a big thing of Cetaphil and I plan on using it up. I knew that ACV was good for the skin, but I didn't have a clue that that was because it was acidic. How does that work exactly??

Anyway, thank you SO much for the compliment. :) I definitely wasn't expecting to get one from THOSE pictures haha.

Day 6:

I only applied BP to my forehead this morning and used CeraVe everywhere else. Sadly, it didn't moisturize like I'm used to :(, so I went ahead and used Neutrogena Sensitive Skin on top of that. I think so far I'm impressed with this moisturizer... I didn't expect much because people either love it or hate it. I'm still undecided, though...

Anyway, my skin is about the same. I keep getting these painful basically flesh-colored spots on my forehead, which is not cool because it gives such a bad texture under my make-up. I have a couple of spots on my temples, two healing ones on my cheeks, and then several little breakouts around my chin and jaw. They're pretty small, though. Not bad. I'm definitely not as flaky as yesterday and my skin isn't burning or itching at all, but I noticed this morning that there's a bunch of areas that need to be exfoliated REALLY bad. I need to start using my cold cream in the morning because it takes off the flakes really well.

I don't think I've mentioned this, but I get breakouts on my back and chest. My back more so. I haven't decided what to do about it. I didn't like using AHA on my back and chest and BP is out of the question with my clothes (I'm a Fashion Merchandising major haha). I'm going to have to do a little research during winter while it doesn't matter whether I'm breaking out or not.

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Yeah, good luck! If you're sleepy, that's only adding to the problem too. I don't call it this, of course, but GIRLS call it "beauty sleep" for a reason! It can seem like days' difference after just a good night of sleep.

And I don't know what to tell you, since I've never tried any kind of BP regimen, but Pond's products and especially products with any perfume in them tend to irritate my skin; I even try to avoid the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and all types of alkaline soaps; if I could, I would just keep apple cider vinegar on my face all day long if it didn't make my face so durn red, because for me, keeping acidic is key... at least, for keeping whiteheads off. I look a bit like you at the moment... no active acne, but lots of annoying hyperpigmentation and peeling. I have dry skin, and for the most part have been leaving it alone; not a good idea.

Anyway, I honestly think you look good; not to faun over you, but you have gorgeous eyes, and I think you skin can make a great recovery. It might look uneven, but hyperpigmentation makes it look 10x worse than it really is.

I actually do sleep plenty! :) I get at least 8 hours almost every night. It's just that I commute 45 minutes both ways in traffic to my university and I have to wake up at 6 AM to do that. It just wears on me waking up in the dark every day. :(

Pond's Cold Cream is a dry skin savior for me, so I'm not sure I could ever let it go haha. But Cetaphil definitely isn't my favorite cleanser... I really want to try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or whatever it is. But I have a big thing of Cetaphil and I plan on using it up. I knew that ACV was good for the skin, but I didn't have a clue that that was because it was acidic. How does that work exactly??

Anyway, thank you SO much for the compliment. :) I definitely wasn't expecting to get one from THOSE pictures haha.

Day 6:

I only applied BP to my forehead this morning and used CeraVe everywhere else. Sadly, it didn't moisturize like I'm used to :(, so I went ahead and used Neutrogena Sensitive Skin on top of that. I think so far I'm impressed with this moisturizer... I didn't expect much because people either love it or hate it. I'm still undecided, though...

Anyway, my skin is about the same. I keep getting these painful basically flesh-colored spots on my forehead, which is not cool because it gives such a bad texture under my make-up. I have a couple of spots on my temples, two healing ones on my cheeks, and then several little breakouts around my chin and jaw. They're pretty small, though. Not bad. I'm definitely not as flaky as yesterday and my skin isn't burning or itching at all, but I noticed this morning that there's a bunch of areas that need to be exfoliated REALLY bad. I need to start using my cold cream in the morning because it takes off the flakes really well.

I don't think I've mentioned this, but I get breakouts on my back and chest. My back more so. I haven't decided what to do about it. I didn't like using AHA on my back and chest and BP is out of the question with my clothes (I'm a Fashion Merchandising major haha). I'm going to have to do a little research during winter while it doesn't matter whether I'm breaking out or not.

Which shampoo do you use? i used to break out pretty bad on my back and a little on my chest, but i just scrub it with a loofa covered in Head and shoulders, and its all gone now.

As long as i don't touch it at least, as soon as i touch my back, BOOM. Breakouts.

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Yeah, good luck! If you're sleepy, that's only adding to the problem too. I don't call it this, of course, but GIRLS call it "beauty sleep" for a reason! It can seem like days' difference after just a good night of sleep.

And I don't know what to tell you, since I've never tried any kind of BP regimen, but Pond's products and especially products with any perfume in them tend to irritate my skin; I even try to avoid the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and all types of alkaline soaps; if I could, I would just keep apple cider vinegar on my face all day long if it didn't make my face so durn red, because for me, keeping acidic is key... at least, for keeping whiteheads off. I look a bit like you at the moment... no active acne, but lots of annoying hyperpigmentation and peeling. I have dry skin, and for the most part have been leaving it alone; not a good idea.

Anyway, I honestly think you look good; not to faun over you, but you have gorgeous eyes, and I think you skin can make a great recovery. It might look uneven, but hyperpigmentation makes it look 10x worse than it really is.

I actually do sleep plenty! :) I get at least 8 hours almost every night. It's just that I commute 45 minutes both ways in traffic to my university and I have to wake up at 6 AM to do that. It just wears on me waking up in the dark every day. :(

Pond's Cold Cream is a dry skin savior for me, so I'm not sure I could ever let it go haha. But Cetaphil definitely isn't my favorite cleanser... I really want to try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or whatever it is. But I have a big thing of Cetaphil and I plan on using it up. I knew that ACV was good for the skin, but I didn't have a clue that that was because it was acidic. How does that work exactly??

Anyway, thank you SO much for the compliment. :) I definitely wasn't expecting to get one from THOSE pictures haha.

Day 6:

I only applied BP to my forehead this morning and used CeraVe everywhere else. Sadly, it didn't moisturize like I'm used to :(, so I went ahead and used Neutrogena Sensitive Skin on top of that. I think so far I'm impressed with this moisturizer... I didn't expect much because people either love it or hate it. I'm still undecided, though...

Anyway, my skin is about the same. I keep getting these painful basically flesh-colored spots on my forehead, which is not cool because it gives such a bad texture under my make-up. I have a couple of spots on my temples, two healing ones on my cheeks, and then several little breakouts around my chin and jaw. They're pretty small, though. Not bad. I'm definitely not as flaky as yesterday and my skin isn't burning or itching at all, but I noticed this morning that there's a bunch of areas that need to be exfoliated REALLY bad. I need to start using my cold cream in the morning because it takes off the flakes really well.

I don't think I've mentioned this, but I get breakouts on my back and chest. My back more so. I haven't decided what to do about it. I didn't like using AHA on my back and chest and BP is out of the question with my clothes (I'm a Fashion Merchandising major haha). I'm going to have to do a little research during winter while it doesn't matter whether I'm breaking out or not.

Which shampoo do you use? i used to break out pretty bad on my back and a little on my chest, but i just scrub it with a loofa covered in Head and shoulders, and its all gone now.

As long as i don't touch it at least, as soon as i touch my back, BOOM. Breakouts.

L'Oreal Everstrong. Head and Shoulders clears bacne?? Haha. Crazy!

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Yeah, good luck! If you're sleepy, that's only adding to the problem too. I don't call it this, of course, but GIRLS call it "beauty sleep" for a reason! It can seem like days' difference after just a good night of sleep.

And I don't know what to tell you, since I've never tried any kind of BP regimen, but Pond's products and especially products with any perfume in them tend to irritate my skin; I even try to avoid the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser, and all types of alkaline soaps; if I could, I would just keep apple cider vinegar on my face all day long if it didn't make my face so durn red, because for me, keeping acidic is key... at least, for keeping whiteheads off. I look a bit like you at the moment... no active acne, but lots of annoying hyperpigmentation and peeling. I have dry skin, and for the most part have been leaving it alone; not a good idea.

Anyway, I honestly think you look good; not to faun over you, but you have gorgeous eyes, and I think you skin can make a great recovery. It might look uneven, but hyperpigmentation makes it look 10x worse than it really is.

I actually do sleep plenty! :) I get at least 8 hours almost every night. It's just that I commute 45 minutes both ways in traffic to my university and I have to wake up at 6 AM to do that. It just wears on me waking up in the dark every day. :(

Pond's Cold Cream is a dry skin savior for me, so I'm not sure I could ever let it go haha. But Cetaphil definitely isn't my favorite cleanser... I really want to try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or whatever it is. But I have a big thing of Cetaphil and I plan on using it up. I knew that ACV was good for the skin, but I didn't have a clue that that was because it was acidic. How does that work exactly??

Anyway, thank you SO much for the compliment. :) I definitely wasn't expecting to get one from THOSE pictures haha.

Day 6:

I only applied BP to my forehead this morning and used CeraVe everywhere else. Sadly, it didn't moisturize like I'm used to :(, so I went ahead and used Neutrogena Sensitive Skin on top of that. I think so far I'm impressed with this moisturizer... I didn't expect much because people either love it or hate it. I'm still undecided, though...

Anyway, my skin is about the same. I keep getting these painful basically flesh-colored spots on my forehead, which is not cool because it gives such a bad texture under my make-up. I have a couple of spots on my temples, two healing ones on my cheeks, and then several little breakouts around my chin and jaw. They're pretty small, though. Not bad. I'm definitely not as flaky as yesterday and my skin isn't burning or itching at all, but I noticed this morning that there's a bunch of areas that need to be exfoliated REALLY bad. I need to start using my cold cream in the morning because it takes off the flakes really well.

I don't think I've mentioned this, but I get breakouts on my back and chest. My back more so. I haven't decided what to do about it. I didn't like using AHA on my back and chest and BP is out of the question with my clothes (I'm a Fashion Merchandising major haha). I'm going to have to do a little research during winter while it doesn't matter whether I'm breaking out or not.

Which shampoo do you use? i used to break out pretty bad on my back and a little on my chest, but i just scrub it with a loofa covered in Head and shoulders, and its all gone now.

As long as i don't touch it at least, as soon as i touch my back, BOOM. Breakouts.

L'Oreal Everstrong. Head and Shoulders clears bacne?? Haha. Crazy!

A little bit. :shrug:

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I actually do sleep plenty! :) I get at least 8 hours almost every night. It's just that I commute 45 minutes both ways in traffic to my university and I have to wake up at 6 AM to do that. It just wears on me waking up in the dark every day. :(

Pond's Cold Cream is a dry skin savior for me, so I'm not sure I could ever let it go haha. But Cetaphil definitely isn't my favorite cleanser... I really want to try the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser or whatever it is. But I have a big thing of Cetaphil and I plan on using it up. I knew that ACV was good for the skin, but I didn't have a clue that that was because it was acidic. How does that work exactly??

Anyway, thank you SO much for the compliment. :) I definitely wasn't expecting to get one from THOSE pictures haha.

Yeah; your skin has an acidic mantle, and keeping its acidic balance is important for healthy, toned skin. But just as important as applying acid to the outer layers is keeping a healthy digestive tract. I really shouldn't get into it, but foods and food build ups in the colon will make your skin and its oils more or less acidic.

Of course, the extent to which medical professionals actually understand the human body is pathetic; most of their work covers shallow, tentative experimental correlations (which is the reason I'm not going to detail how to keep a healthy digestive tract :P), so with acne and plenty of other problems, don't expect a consistent medical explanation. For me, it's guesswork; getting into a good, healthy cycle.

Who knows though; I've seen people make amazing transformations on Dan's regimen alone, and I don't understand it. I've never considered trying it in the first place.

And yeah, H&S is great for bacne. It works best when applied daily in the shower. But, be careful; it dries out your skin to such an extent that it can cause stretch marks (it did for me), so moisturize too! Nizoral supposedly has a similar effect to H&S; it contains an antifungal.

And don't worry about the way you look too much; skin is one of the last things I gauge someone by.

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Day 7:

Wow! It's already been a week! Such an improvement from when I was on tretinoin and doxycycline. I have several active spots still, but they aren't ENORMO like before. And I have spots that are now just red and ready to heal.

I gave my skin a break yesterday and it feels and looks so much better, so I'm going ahead with treatment normally. The only thing weird is that every day I feel like I'm rubbing off a whole layer of skin with my cold cream. And I'm not even trying to exfoliate! My skin is shedding sooo much of itself it's crazy. I don't remember it doing this much before. I'd always get a few flakes off, but not tons and tons like now. It's not like it's a bad thing, though. I feel like the more skin that comes off, maybe the faster my red marks will go away haha.

I'm off to finish baking my pumpkin and cream cheese muffins. Yum!

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Day 9:

Just a quick update!

I had kind of a bad breakout pop up yesterday and this morning, but I'm not too worried about it... Nothing I can't handle after the last few months without BP!

Trying to increase my dosage little by little to get these dudes cleared up. So far my skin is hardly irritated at all. I'm not even flaking anymore. Weird!

I've been reading how much people have been worried about BP and aging. Though it might concern me, I'd rather be clear and stop scarring now and have a few extra lines than keep breaking out and damaging my skin more and more and still be unhappy.

Besides... if the wrinkles really bothered me that much someday, I'd probably just get botox.

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Day 9:

Just a quick update!

I had kind of a bad breakout pop up yesterday and this morning, but I'm not too worried about it... Nothing I can't handle after the last few months without BP!

Trying to increase my dosage little by little to get these dudes cleared up. So far my skin is hardly irritated at all. I'm not even flaking anymore. Weird!

I've been reading how much people have been worried about BP and aging. Though it might concern me, I'd rather be clear and stop scarring now and have a few extra lines than keep breaking out and damaging my skin more and more and still be unhappy.

Besides... if the wrinkles really bothered me that much someday, I'd probably just get botox.

i really never understood why people are so freaked out about aging and a couple lines.

i've always had -lines- under my eyes, and they'd get really -crinkly- whenever i smiled, even when i was like six, and it never bothered me, but i see tons of posts of people freaking out over it, thinking BP caused it... its just a couple lines, really, you won't die.

Besides, even if BP DID, somehow cause premature aging, we moisturize way more than regular people, so if anything, we're keeping our skin moisturized which should PREVENT aging and wrinkles, so go figure.

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Day 9:

Just a quick update!

I had kind of a bad breakout pop up yesterday and this morning, but I'm not too worried about it... Nothing I can't handle after the last few months without BP!

Trying to increase my dosage little by little to get these dudes cleared up. So far my skin is hardly irritated at all. I'm not even flaking anymore. Weird!

I've been reading how much people have been worried about BP and aging. Though it might concern me, I'd rather be clear and stop scarring now and have a few extra lines than keep breaking out and damaging my skin more and more and still be unhappy.

Besides... if the wrinkles really bothered me that much someday, I'd probably just get botox.

i really never understood why people are so freaked out about aging and a couple lines.

i've always had -lines- under my eyes, and they'd get really -crinkly- whenever i smiled, even when i was like six, and it never bothered me, but i see tons of posts of people freaking out over it, thinking BP caused it... its just a couple lines, really, you won't die.

Besides, even if BP DID, somehow cause premature aging, we moisturize way more than regular people, so if anything, we're keeping our skin moisturized which should PREVENT aging and wrinkles, so go figure.

Seriously. I've always had kind of crinkly eyes and I like 'em! I have little tiny lines on my forehead, too, because I'm really expressive and I use my eyebrows a lot haha.

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Day 13:

I hope everyone that celebrates it had a great Thanksgiving yesterday! I did for sure. :)

My skin is basically the same as it was a few days ago, but it seems like it's still improving. It's hard to explain. I have a honkin' RED RED RED spot between my eyebrows. WORST PLACE EVER. I have tiny little spots on my cheeks. I normally break out really bad there so that's an improvement. Mostly where I'm getting the majority of my break outs is along my jawline and hairline. It's really weird...

Anyway, my skin is really flakey around my mouth. Expected. Also at the edge of my jaw by my ears. My little fine lines, especially on my forehead, are more pronounced. I think I need a stronger nighttime moisturizer...

EDIT: Forgot to mention that I'm starting Head and Shoulders on my back and chest. Hope this works!!

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Day 15:

So it's been 2 weeks and 1 day! Woo!

Picture update! I really don't see much of a difference yet, but we're gettin' there! Only a couple of noticeable spots, as you can see.

http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/6894/dsci0009a.jpg

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/288/dsci0010rl.jpg (This is not my good side.)

http://img508.imageshack.us/img508/6240/dsci0011x.jpg (Straight on isn't good for me either haha. Round face curse.)

SCRATCH THAT. Just looked at first pictures. BIG DIFFERENCE.

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Hey girl...I just wanted to thank you for posting your pictures. I'm definitely not that brave! My face looks just like yours, and I know how embarassing and frustrating it is! I too am trying the regimen for the second time...my face was so dry before, but after seeing my face after quitting the regimen about two months ago, I've decided I have to try again because dry and clear was so much better than covered in painful cystic acne and ugly breakouts and scars. I wish you the best of luck!!

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You are so pretty... and I'm totally jealous of your brows! Btw, my derm said to stop with the retin a micro and use differin instead. My skin is already looking a bit better. Damn retin a, what a waste of time.

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Hey girl...I just wanted to thank you for posting your pictures. I'm definitely not that brave! My face looks just like yours, and I know how embarassing and frustrating it is! I too am trying the regimen for the second time...my face was so dry before, but after seeing my face after quitting the regimen about two months ago, I've decided I have to try again because dry and clear was so much better than covered in painful cystic acne and ugly breakouts and scars. I wish you the best of luck!!

Thank you so much! It's good to know someone else is and has gone through what I'm dealing with! I definitely agree that the dryness was better than the breakouts!!

You are so pretty... and I'm totally jealous of your brows! Btw, my derm said to stop with the retin a micro and use differin instead. My skin is already looking a bit better. Damn retin a, what a waste of time.

Oh, you're too sweet. :) :) You are too!!

That's good. I hope that Differin works better for you SOON!

Day 17:

BREAKOUTS on my cheekbones and forehead. Sigh. Whatever. I ramped up the BP and they seem to be going away quickly. I think Pond's Dry Skin Cream is the culprit. I'm sensitive to oils (like, I think even jojoba oil breaks me out a little). The cold cream doesn't bother me, though, since I wash it off completely.

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Day 29:

Almost a month!

I thought I'd update since I have a second away from studying for finals.

I had a really bad breakout this past week, which is finally going away. Three cysts on my chin, two underneath my right eye, a small little patch of spots on my left cheekbone near my hair and another patch on the upper half of my forehead. No fun. I also ate millions and millions of chocolate-y, sugary things over the past week and I oughta be getting a hormonal breakout here pretty soon, so I'm expecting another awful cyst-fest sometime in the next couple of weeks. Awesome. I really have to stop eating dairy and sugar. Those things SERIOUSLY set my skin off. I've also just been generally stressed lately, so that never helps.

I'm using the full amount of BP now, I believe. My skin is really dry, but a little tiny bit of jojoba oil has been helping with flakes a lot. Much more than before. And I looooove my Neutrogena Sensitive Skin moisturizer. I use three pumps of it, so a bottle is only lasting me about a month, but I think it's worth it. I just bought CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser and I like it much better than Cetaphil. So far, anyway. I'm hoping that maybe I can incorporate AHA into my regimen soon. I used a pea-sized amount yesterday to see what would happen and it didn't sting at all. I think I'll keep working it up like that every couple of days and see what happens. I really need some help regenerating my skin to hopefully improve my red marks and scars. Maybe it will even help with my scarred pores? A little?

Anyway, I'm hoping to have a GOOD picture update soon. I didn't want to take pictures the last few days because the two halves of my face looked like before and after pictures! The right side was awful, awful, awful and the left was basically clear. Yuck.

Anyway, happy holidays!

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