Ahh, nothing like the excitement and hope of starting a new acne treatment system.
I've visited Acne.org many times, but it was generally only to the review boards, to see how fellow acne sufferers had rated a newfangled spot destroyer that I was dying to try. It wasn't until two nights ago that I finally poked around the rest of the site and discovered a whole slew of information.
I also delved deeper in to Dan's regimen, and decided to give it a try. I had intended on buying his products, but I was at the drugstore today and was instantly struck with a bout of INSTANT GRATIFICATION symptoms. So, instead of ordering Dan's products online, I bought three that I had read good things about. I have detailed them below, in case anyone is interested.
Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser
Neutrogena "On-the-Spot" Acne Treatment, 2.5%
CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
Sorry to bore you, but I suppose I should include a bit of history about my skin. I began breaking out when I was 12 years old. It got really, really bad from about 7th grade to 10th grade. By my junior year in high school, it had calmed down a little bit, but not enough.
Now I am 21 years old, in my fourth year of college, and still with acne all over my face. Now, I will be the first to admit that my skin is not the worst out there, and it is a million times better than when I was in high school. However, my skin is still a sore spot (HA! pun intended) for me. I feel so completely insecure with my appearance.
There are times when I won't go to class, or I'll call in sick to work because my break out is too bad. I am embarrassed for people to see me. To make myself semi-presentable, I put on make-up. I use Lorac liquid foundation, followed by a powder to set it. And the usual mascara, eyeliner, etc.
My skin is combination. I get black heads, white heads, lumpy spots, oily parts, and dry parts. There is ALWAYS acne on my face. I do not have those days where I am zit free.
Now, earlier tonight, I began my new regimen. I hopped in the shower and slathered on the NEUTROGENA EXTRA GENTLE CLEANSER.
It has a really creamy consistency, almost like a lotion. It spreads well and doesn't really lather, but it felt nice on my skin. It smells a little bit like play-dough to me... but I actually kind of like it. Heh, brings me back to my childhood.
Anyway, when I stepped out of the shower, my skin felt like... well, my skin. Usually cleansers leave me feeling squeaky clean or with tight skin. This cleanser seemed to have removed any last traces of make up without stripping my skin of moisture.
After padding around the bathroom a bit (including nearly breaking my neck when I tripped over the floor mat) I went for the NEUTROGENA "ON-THE-SPOT" ACNE TREATMENT. Normally I would have put it on after a moisturizer, but Dan says to put in on before, so I decided to try it his way. I put a generous amount on my fingers and spread it around.
The spot treatment is meant for, well, just spots. When you spread it over your whole face, it does tend to get a bit sticky. However, after a few moments, it absorbs into the skin and isn't sticky anymore. However, it does give my skin a distinctly more white tinge. It's kind of odd.
After the spot treatment, I reached for the CERAVE. It is a little bit more thin than I am normally used to, but it went on well and didn't have any scent to it.
I sitting on my bed as I write this, and my skin feels a tiny bit sticky. I think I might have gotten too much moisturizer on. I also feel a tiny bit of stinging around my eyes, but I think it is because I wasn't super careful when I applied the BP.
So, that's it for now. I hope to post regular updates. Right now, I might order Dan's BP, just because it looks like it goes on so nicely in his videos... is that right?
I've taken pictures, but I can't find my camera cord... hopefully I can hunt it down and give you guys some visual aids!
Anyway, thanks for reading. Stay lovely!