I decided to start my blog at Acne.org because for the past three months or so, I've been dealing with the worst acne of my life. I think it's mostly hormonal and stress-related, as it's concentrated on my chin and jawline, although lately it's moved up to my cheeks. I work in retail, and my acne has gotten so bad that last week, a regular customer commented on it, suggesting a regimen that he claims works for him. I know he meant well, but he didn't realize what a sensitive issue it is. And this week, my face looks even worse. But breakouts are nothing new to me. I've been battling acne since I was sixteen years old, but back then it was the occasional zit or three. It wasn't until I was an adult, out of school and working, that I developed chronic adult acne. I'm 41 now, and my skin looks as bad as those "before" photos in a ProActiv Solution infomercial. I've tried everything from prescription oral and topical medications, including Accutane, as well as high-end and drugstore brand acne products. Nothing has brought relief. I've recently discovered Dan's website (thank you Dan!), and I purchased his BP gel. Now I'm trying out various mild cleansers and moisturizers to use with it. So this blog will track my progress in the battle with acne, as well as what products work and don't work for me. I'm also interested to see what other acne.org bloggers are using.
Oh, and the regimen my customer suggested? Washing the face with Dial white deodorant soap, followed by Neutrogena Acne body wash, and then Oxy Wash. Talk about harsh. But I was so desperate that I actually bought a bar of the Dial, knowing that you should never wash your face with deodorant body soap. And sure enough, it burned when I washed with it, and then my acne itched for the rest of the evening. So here's the soap I've decided to use with Dan's regimen:
Cleanser: Caswell-Massey Castille Soap (handmade 100% olive oil) - an all-natural, mild, fragrance-free soap in bar form. It's very gentle.
followed by Dan's BP cream, followed by:
Moisturizer: California Baby Calendula Diaper Rash Cream - also good for adults with sensitive skin, for use on face and body. I figured because calendula is very healing, it will help with the redness and might be anti-inflammatory.
Of course, these products are subject to change if I don't see progress. Also, I have a tendency to get impatient and switch products after using them for a short time because I get frustrated by the continued recurrence of pimples. But I know it's necessary to give any regimen time to work, so I'll try to stick with this one, unless I read about a more effective one on another acne.org blog!