Hi, Everyone, just a status update on things. The weather has gotten cooler and I think that this is helping my skin. I have been having less breakouts, maybe because of less oil production? My skin is looking quite nice, with the occasional breakout here and there. I have now been doing Dan's regimen about once an evening every week, and this has been enough to help keep my skin clear. I don't think I could get away with this in the summertime, but it seems to be working this season. I consider myself lucky, and I hope that I am not going to jinx myself by reporting on this!
I have recently made a switch to my morning regimen (which I am doing everyday)-- wash my face in the shower using Dan's Cleanser, then shave at the sink with Aveeno shaving cream (the non-comedogenic one). Then I follow-up with a pump and a half of the Eucerin SPF daily moisturizer Dan recommends, mixed with 4-5 drops of jojoba oil and a 1/2 pump of Dan's moisturizer all mixed in my palm and then applied. The Eucerin on its own with just a little jojoba does not soak into my skin too well (leaves it looking white), but I think using a little less and incorporating Dan's moisturizer helps it to soak in.
Most of the time in the evenings I have been skipping washing my face. About once or twice a week I do Dan's regimen with his products as I have most previously posted.
I am still enjoying my shaves using the Trac II/Bump Fighter handle combo. I was going to consider trying a DE razor again, and I had one loaded with a fresh blade and chickened out. The first time back with a DE I usually scrape myself, or nick myself, and I did not want to do that if my current setup is working fine for me. I have been incorporating shaving cream because it is a more comfortable shave than just using Dan's soap. It also is not as close of a shave using shaving cream, but for me this is a good thing because it helps prevent ingrowns for me. One of my wishes is for Dan from Acne.org, and the guy from NancyBoy.com (Eric) to get together and make an awesome non-comedogenic shaving cream. Nancy Boy has some of the best shaving creams on the planet! I think Dan and Eric are both in San Fran. Come one, guys, get your heads together and do this!
Also, I am really waiting for Dan to make a nice SPF moisturizer like probably everyone else. Now that Olay Complete is gone, nothing else is really that great I have tried. I stopped using the Olay Defense because it was so damn expensive. The Eucerin gives you at least double the amount for about the same price I think.
Other than that, I think my overall health has improved some. I worked like a dog the last 5-6 months, did not get good sleep, I was under a lot of stress, and I did not really breakout. I did Dan's regimen about once a week as reported, and was not even washing my face most evenings. I am not recommending this, as this did not even work for me when I was trying to clear my skin. However, I think my skin (and general health) have been doing better from a new breathing technique I am doing called "pranic breathing". This is a special breathing technique that is supposed to raise energy levels, help boost your general health/immune system, and help clear your mind for at least a little bit. I cannot say that this has helped my skin, but since I have been doing this I have not really gotten sick and my skin appearance is improved. I am going to continue this and will report back if my skin stays good along with my general health...
Take care everyone
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