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Hot Days

It was 105* today in my city. What the hell?!

I'm right next to the ocean too. Jeez.

I don't have a lot of time to post an update like I usually would,

but I do have time to show you my progress with the regimen by

way of some pictures. So with that said, here they are:

Face

(I'm wearing a fake monocle and hat...can you tell?)

Back

(See what a month can do?)

So yeah, don't give up. Keep going and keep moving forward.

There was a period about two weeks ago where I over-applied the BP

and had to all but quit the regimen for a day or two while my face broke

out but now I'm up to 2/3rds of a finger which is a great feeling. Also had

a point where my back starting flaking like mad too. But anyway. Just gotta

make sure you keep applying the stuff every evening y'know?

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I'm b-....yeah. That was so 3 weeks ago.

I'm here again, and looking even sexier than

last week. How is that possible you ask me?

It's simple! It's the Regimen! Dan Kern's

Acne.org Regimen, to be specific.

So, let me give you an idea of how my past

few weeks have been going, since I made

that first blog post. Essentially, I've been

following the regimen as strict as I possible

with a few exceptions. There have been days

where I've missed it due to laziness or other

things that oh so tend to happen in life. Not to

say I don't regret those times where I've missed

following the Regimen! Each time it happens

I always make sure to punch myself extra hard

in the gut (I do this often) to get back on track.

I don't beat myself up too hard, however. What's

done is done, right?

The first week was notably easy. I was excited to

get back on the regimen, so doing the regimen

for those first few days was more of a hobby than

a chore. A matter of fact, the first day or two of

my face stinging felt more like relief than actual

pain. You know when you've just got done with

a really good workout and are feeling sore yet good?

Yeah, it was sort of like that. Got back into the

rhythm, learned how to use the body buddy (one

of the BP applicator tools Dan offers on his store) in

a way that reached all the acne prone areas of my

back, and let the good times roll. Yeahhhh.

My second week, started off a little more

interesting. I was quite annoyed with myself

when I missed the first few days due to my

sleep schedule radically shifting. I have a

tendency to get down on myself whenever

I've had success with things in the past yet

can't get back up to that level in the future.

That came up again when I was missing the

Regimen for a few days; My thoughts were

quietly wondering at one point if I truly could

start this habit again! Remarkable, isn't it?

Anyway, no matter those thoughts, I put them

in the back of my mind and focused on taking

more action. At certain points during this week

I would be basically sleepwalking - yet I still

grit my teeth and trudged down my hall into

the bathroom to wash my face, let it dry, put

on BP and moisturize, yet again.

Third week, up until now...

Would have to be the easiest week. This week

I started upping my daily BP dose to 2/3rds of

a finger and have continued to stay at that dose.

I also fell asleep on my couch last night. I gave

myself a healthy dose of self-motivation for that,

you can bet. I wager that some folks get down

on themselves too much too soon instead of trying

to focus on action and simply putting the

medicine on. There are three things in life I'm

thankful for when I feel like crap: my dog, the

sun and acne medicine. And an education. All

three, and now since summer is over, four, I

can count on to force me out of my bed and face

the wonderful day that is calling out "Take ad-

vantage of me!".

School has been quite interesting so far. But this

is a blog about me pursuing skin-perfection. I'll

leave it at that. :(

P.S: Pictures!

My Head

Left Arm

Right Arm

My Back

P.P.S.: This new "Unicomp SpaceSaver" keyboard

I got in the mail last week is very satisfying

to use. I opted for the one without markings on the

keys. :rolleyes:

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3 Years in the Making...

HelllllloooOOOO. I'm baaaAAAACK.

I put emphasis on back, because of all the acne that's been going crazy back there.

Hah.

Look, I need to get this off my BACK...

It keeps coming BACK...

Guess who's back...back again...

Back with Andre' the Giant, Mr. Elephant Tusk...

BACNEEEE.

Enough of the back jokes already! I've been registered here for a few years now

and if there's one thing I've learned about acne and myself it is that we are both

persistent as all hell. My acne is persistent in showing up, and I am persistent in

kicking its rear end with my three sidekicks: Benzoyl Peroxide, Cleanser and Moi-

sturizers. Who ya gunna call? Gh-acne-busters!

So before I tell you why I've decided to spend a good chunk of my time writing

these ridiculously funny and informative blog posts, let me give you a brief history

(ew, I hated History in school!) of my past with Acne.org and how I'm at where

I am today.

Back when I found this site, I was a confused, acne riddled, 16 year old who

happened to find this site through a desperate struggle of wanting (really quite

needing) to rid of the zits that plagued me. Initially I ordered a few products from

Dan (The Man Kern) as well as other "Miracle Creams"â„¢ from other retailers. I've

since ditched the "Miracle Creams"â„¢, but, I digress. Back then Dan didn't even have

Cleansers, nor that wonderful Jojoba Oil and it's fantastic cap. Hell, there was

even a time the only thing he offered was text. Eeeewwwwww, can you believe

that?

As a matter of fact, I think I even have one of the old bottles laying around

here somewhere...let's see....here it is!

With my BP (the Acne.org acronym for Benzoyl Peroxide) in one hand, and

moisturizer in another, I went to work. After what seemed like months (in reality

only about a week and a half) I grew frustrated with my lack of results. Moreso

than that, how much my face STUNG after applying the stuff. I should've thought

about properly allowing my face to get adjusted by using smaller amounts instead

of throwing it on like spackle and hoping the pain went away. Skipping portions of

the regimen Dan stressed needed to be followed perfectly, or even skipping a few

days completely, I felt like crap. Still, I knew I had something that could quite

possibly solve my problems if I only developed it into a daily habit. I definitely knew

the quality of the products I found. Not to say that other store bought products

wouldn't work in substitute, however. The way I saw it at the time, was, if I'm

going to do this "Regimen" I might as well do it right. (While it sounded good it

theory, I didn't quite follow through in practice :)) However, a few months

after my initial experimentation, I decided I was going to take a snails pace

approach and try again. Being patient while still being thorough. I was utterly

shocked one day when, 2 weeks into the regimen, I looked in the mirror and

had the realization of how much better my face and other acne-affected parts of

my body were looking.

Here was my expression.

Fast forward to 2 years later, getting a job at a ski resort and subsequently leaving

after a close encounter with death (don't party too hard, kids!) I realized after my

return to my hometown that I wasn't even needing to do the regimen up there.

What?! Now, being a college student without any money to call my own, (except

perhaps for what I find between the cushions of my couch) sometimes it can be

hard to do ANYTHING consistently, let alone a regimen that requires you to spend

some of the precious, precious pocket change you happen to remember you stuck

in a sock to save up for next week's serving of CSU Tennessee's Famous Taco

Tuesdays. So shortly after my return home, I found myself stuck in front of the

mirror with little red bumps popping up everywhere. Yikes!

Since then, I just started up the regimen again a few days ago, and have decided

that I'm going follow the regimen 100%. Yeah, I said it. 100%. Not 80%, not even

85%. So I'd like to invite you all to experience this journey with me - all it's

pleasures and pains included. Here's my skin currently, as of writing:

My Face

My Back

My Left Arm

and Right Arm

Hopefully we can get the word spread around that I am indeed back, and

this time, with sexy pictures. I have been acne-free before, so you will be seeing

a before and after type of thing here instead of me promising, and failing to deliver.

As what can be seen on a good number of the galleries, others do so frequently.

I'm different, I swear! *sobs*.

Okay, now that the faux tears have stopped flowing over my acne covered face, I

look forward to providing updates to my progress and sharing all the pains and

pleasures that are included with making yourself a better you day after day.

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