A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
23-year-old guy living in LA. All my friends have outgrown their acne. My face just seems to be getting worse!
I was using CTRL Acne System for about 6 weeks (the MALE formula) and all it did was break me out badly (especially on my forehead). I never really struggled with acne until I graduated from college. I'm 23 now and for the past six months especially my face has not been clear. I guess I have adult acne...great.
I decided I should finally give Dan's Regimen a shot since I come on his site all the time for tips/information. I ordered the Starter Kit, plus Jojoba Oil and AHA+ and started the regimen as outlined on the site.
Cleanser: It is nice and mild and lathers well. Still getting used to only leaving it on for 10 seconds and barely touching my face. I am also VERY tempted to use a scrub, especially on the blackheads on my nose (that seemed to have gotten worse since starting The Regimen). Overall, though, the cleanser seems to work fine and doesn't leave my face feeling tight or dry.
BP: For the first two days I though I was immune to the dreaded flakey skin I've red about ad nauseum on the site. Then on Day 3 I woke up to the worst dry skin I've ever had, mostly around my mouth and cheeks (and I'm only using a small amount like it says to do for the first few weeks). I have also broken out like crazy on my forehead (it's always been my problem area) and my chin (I hardly ever break out there so that was sort of upsetting). It's gotten so bad that I had to cancel on a bunch of my friends this weekend. I literally cannot leave the house looking like this. Ugh. I hope this is just the "purging phase" and I hope it ends fast!
Moisturizer: I really hate having a greasy face. I notice that my T-Zone area gets really bad if I use even the slightest bit of moisturizer. For the first few days I slathered on as much of the stuff as I could because I was so scared of drying/flaking. By the end of the week I focuses primarily on my cheeks, chin, and mouth area and have seen an improvement. For stray flakes on my forehead (especially around my eyebrows) I use the Jojoba oil. It's oily for a while but it goes away pretty fast. I still am pretty shiny, though...
AHA+: The site says not to use this until Week 4, so I have just been using it as a spot treatment, but I think I might have to stop. Every (and I mean EVERY) time I have used it on a blemish (especially ones that are just starting to form) I wake up the next day to find a big gross whitehead. I read conflicting things on this site about AHA+ and have come to the conclusion that I am either in a purging phase for this product OR it just doesn't work with my skin. I stopped using the AHA+ as a spot treatment, but still really really want to have some sort of spot treatment I can use. The past two nights I've used St. Helenes Mint Julep Mask (it has zinc and sulfur in it and has never irritated me in the past). So far the zits I've used it on have been drying out and fading, but I still have like 4 active whiteheads that I'm convinced the AHA+ has something to do with.
OVERALL: I am optimistic that this product will work. I have used BP in the past and found it worked pretty well, but was overly drying and I never could stick with it long enough to see any real results. Despite the sudden breakout on my forehead and chin (which I'm pretty sure is just my skin adjusting to the product) I just have a feeling this is going to help.
- Does anybody have an alternative to the AHA+ that they recommend as a spot treatment?
- I know it's different person to person, but how long did you experience purging/breakouts? I can handle 2-3 weeks, but I don't think my self-esteem can take looking like this for much longer!