So I'll start with a little background. I'm a 22 year old girl living in Japan. Since I was in high school, I can never remember having clear skin. There has always been a pimple or two on my chin or around my nose, and red marks from old acne, but nothing I couldn't hide with makeup. In the past few months though, it got to be the worst ever. I had around 8 or 9 large, painful pimples on my chin, and it was very difficult to hide them with makeup. I lost pretty much all of my self-confidence. I hated looking in mirrors. I looked down when I talked to people. I hated going outside and seeing people. I wouldn't even let my boyfriend look at me without makeup on. I was at a really low point, and I tried some Japanese acne medicine from the drugstore for the first time but it didn't seem to prevent new pimples from forming (although it did sooth the old ones). I got desperate and remembered Dan's regimen that I had read about on the Internet some time ago, and finally ordered it.
By the time I received the starter kit, my terrible flare-up seemed to be winding down. I didn't really have any big, problem pimples, and my makeup was going on smoothly again. But, I was still determined to start the regimen to prevent future breakouts once and for all (hopefully). I started on August 4th, 2008.
Today is August 6th. I have used the regimen for 2 and half days. So far, my impressions of Dan's products are good. I really like the cleanser and the BP gel, although it's hard for me to tell how much BP to use. I've been going with half a pump, because I read that the full dosage is 2 pumps, so if I up it each week by half a pump then I'll reach the full dosage in 4 weeks, right? The moisturizer is kind of iffy for me though. My skin feels smooth and soft after the BP, but once I put the moisturizer on it gets sticky and looks oily. I try to use just a little bit to prevent that feeling. I guess I could try a different moisturizer, like the one I was using before the regimen. However, it's difficult for me to read ingredients on Japanese products, so I wouldn't be able to tell if it works with the regimen or not. I think I will stick with Dan's moisturizer for now to keep to the regimen exactly and eliminate variables.
I've used BP before, and in the past it made my skin a little dry and red but nothing major. My cheeks just started turning reddish and feeling a little tingly today.
I think I'm already seeing results though. A small whitehead formed yesterday, but it's completely gone today. I think my red marks might be fainter too. I've read a lot of positive reviews of Dan's products, so just using the products makes me feel better about my skin. And hopefully, feeling good about myself will help make my skin clearer too.
I know that pimples start forming 2 weeks before they surface, so I'm hoping I don't experience another flare-up in the next couple weeks. If I do get new pimples, I will try my very very best not to pop them. I did a really good job about staying away from my face when I was on vacation in Tokyo last week, and I think that's why my skin calmed down a lot in the time it took to ship the starter kit to me.
Oh yeah, my boyfriend noticed Dan's products in my bathroom and asked me about them, but I was too embarrassed to explain that it's acne medication. Luckily he can't understand English that well, so maybe he won't be able to tell what it is.
So that's it for now.