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LAfaceNY

Headed to Harvard College this weekend to visit some brothers from my chapter fraternity, and let me tell you: it got crazy. Usually these weekend end badly for me; I usually pass out and don't realize that I didn't wash my face and apply BP. This weekend, though, I didn't use BP at night at all for 3 nights and I din't break out. My skin looks the same, if not better, than before the weekend!

The point is that I really do believe that the regimen works really deep into the skin and helps regulate the crazy things the skin goes through in our younger years.

Although my skin is not 100% due to the PIH, it is acne free and I KNOW that in 2 months time I will be completely clear. If you would have asked me 4 months ago if I would have wanted a quick fix for my acne or something that would work long term, I would have said quick fix. Now that I SEE these results, I am EXTREMELY glad that I stuck it out.

Thank again, Dan. :(

LAfaceNY

So here I am, more than 3 months after I began the regimen, and I can say that I am pretty much clear. I have a pimple here and there that pop up out of nowhere, but they disappear much more quickly and are less noticeable. I have only two major problems:

DRY SKIN and HYPER-PIGMENTATION!

I feel as if though using a manual exfoliator would help with these, but I could be wrong. I'm scared that if I use an exfoliator it will irritate my skin, and not irritating the skin is one of the main tenets of the Regimen. Also, I fear that it would exacerbate my hyperpigmentation left from old pimples that are slowly fading away. My skin is so close to where I want it to be, and I wish I could just grab an apricot scrub and clear all the dead skin away, but I am cautious.

Anyone have any experience with this? Will using a scrub when you are already clear break you out/worsen the PIH?

Let's just hope it get's better before I do something rash and try the scrub anyway.. :(

LAfaceNY

So it's just under three months and I am glad to say that I am not having anymore breakouts and I have not one pimple on my face!

....that being said...

not all is well. Although the regimen helped in that I don't breakout anymore, I just can't help but feel that the texture and consistency of my skin hasn't improved 100%. Don't get me wrong, I have maybe one acne scar on my forehead, but the texture of it due to the remaining PIH Red Marks are bringing my skin down. What could be causing this? I currently use Dan's AHA+ at least three times a week at bedtime, but it doesn't seem to be helping. These marks continue to plague me and my newly cleared skin.

DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?

LAfaceNY

Hmmmm

Maybe there is something to this regimen thing? I'm currently on week 8 or 9, and my PIH is pretty much gone save for a few spots, my right side is better, and my forehead has one pimple that is almost gone and lasted very little time!

Still need some improvement, especially with PIH, but I think if I keep it up it'll be fine. Somehow I think I'm going to jinx it and a whole new batch will pop up. Let's hope not ;(

LAfaceNY

Tired of it..

Tired of waking up, looking in the mirror, and seeing spots. Will they ever go away?

The Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation seems to be getting worse somehow...how does PIH get worse?! I thought it only got better. I mean, they aren't active pimples!!! How do I get rid of them?

Now my right side of my face is just stagnant, and doesn't seem to be getting any better. My forehead? Ugh. One pimple on the side that won't go away.

The worst part is the flaking, which has been getting unbearable as I've been ramping up the BP to never before heard of levels.

I have an event I'm putting on tonight for NYU, and I don't want to go like this. Sometimes I just don't know anymore. Will I ever be clear? When will this nightmare be over? Pray for me, and I'll pray for anyone that reads this.. :)

LAfaceNY

Rollercoaster

Had a breakout, don't know why. Maybe I've been too harsh and rushed when I put my bp/moisturizer on? All I know is that I got two huge whiteheads on my right side and one on my forehead, and they're making me feel self-conscious.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? They're pretty large, so it'll take a while for them to subside. Until then, the waiting game..

LAfaceNY

and another thing..

how do I get rid of flaking even when using the AHA? I don't want to exfoliate manually because it really irritates the skin but these flakes are keeping my skin from having the smooth complexion I want. HELP!

LAfaceNY

:)

:)

So, out of the blue, my PIH marks decided to start fading. I have no acne on my right side, the one on my forehead is pretty much gone, and the PIH is very minimal. What has changed within the last week and a half? I stopped using AHA every day, and now I use it every other 2 days and just use a normal moisturizer. Flaking is a bit of a concern, but flakes>acne any day of the week! I love the surge of confidence that comes with a clear face. The sun no longer is an enemy, but something I can bask in.

Let's hope this continues. I have to admit I stopped being as gentle as usual but I am realizing it now and I'm going to try to change that. I have to say that in the month and a half using Dan's BP and AHA, my acne has subsided to almost complete clarity. His products are above par and better than anything on the store's shelves. If anyone is considering going on the regimen, make sure you use Dan's products. They have more bang for your buck, are superior in quality, and don't give you any of the lame side-effects from Neutrogena on the spot treatment.

THANKS DAN!

I'll keep everyone posted, and when I am a little bit clearer the pics will come out!

LAfaceNY

Surprise Visitors..

Don't you just hate it when you're putting on your BP, on top of the world because you only have one or two pimples left, and you feel some other sneaky little bastards popping up? Yup, that's what happened to me and now they emerged to become two huge ones on my previously clear right side of my face. So as of now I have three pimples, and normally I wouldn't be so upse about them but one is in the middle of my forehead and the other two erupted like Mt. Vesuvius. ;(

I decided that using Lac-Hydrin in the morning and AHA+ at night might be too harsh on my skin, so now I'm using Olay Beauty Hydrating Fluid (the pink one) every day and supplementing it with AHA+ every few days. Does anyone have any experiences with Olay?

Acne is taking over my social life, causing me not to go out or talk to girls. This seriously sucks. I promised myself I wouldn't let it get in the way of my social life, especially since it isn't THAT severe, but I can't help but feel embarrassed sometimes. That's normal right? Looking in the mirror is also a nightmare. I just want all of this to be over--it feels like a bad nightmare that won't end.

...and the battle continues.

Cheers,

:)

LAfaceNY

Improvement

So it's been a few weeks since I got to New York, and at the start my acne was not that bad, but the PIH marks left behind were horrendous! I started using Dan's BP and that has really helped me stay clearer, and now I only get a few spots every once in a while. As of right now, I have two pimples and I am confident that by the end of the week I will have none--when used diligently, the regimen works wonders.

That being said, my face is far from perfect. Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation is keeping me from being 100%; the severe breakout on my left cheek that I experienced in December left me with various red marks that are very difficult to treat. The AHA+ does not seem to be doing anything too drastic to help me, and even with the AHA+ I am still a little bit dry. I tried exfoliating last night, but it seems to want to stay put. I have no idea how long this will take to fade, but until then my struggle with this disease is far from over.

Cheers, and wish me luck.

:)

LAfaceNY

Why Won't You Die?!

How do I put this into words? GET THE HELL OFF OF MY FACE, YOU BASTARDS! Woke up and overall my face was better; right side is clear as usual, forehead clear except for some Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, and the right side of my face still infested with those persistent marks. I don't know if it is just stubborn red PIH marks or pimples that used to be bigger but became smaller red pimples, but they are persistent! I think they are deep in the skin, and I have a feeling it'll take a few days to clear. I still have hope to be clearer by the time I get to New York, but I don't know if it'll happen. I have been increasingly gentle, though, and I should be receiving Dan's BP tomorrow (hopefully, since it is being shipped from SF and I live in LA--but I leave on Thursday to NY and I forgot they don't ship on MLK day!).

On a better note, I am not embarrassed to leave my room now and I can even go out without one of those inca style hats that cover the sides of your face. Not clear, my skin is looking better, but there is a long way to go. I'll keep praying, being gentle with my skin, and trying to prevent it.

Wish Me Luck!

:)

LAfaceNY

Hope

Surprisingly, my face has been improving. I've decided to just use the AHA+ at night, I have taken steps to be EXTRA gentle, and I am only using as much BP as Dan indicated on his BP page. If I keep this up, maybe maybe maybe my skin will be clear for New York. Three days to go, and only my left side is kinda bad and has active acne. My forehead has one that is healing, and the right side is clear.

LET'S HOPE! :)

P.S. Anyone realize how much of a rollercoaster of emotions Acne is?

LAfaceNY

Better?

:D

Went out last night, had a great time, and when I got home I remembered to do the regimen (although I was a bit tipsy so I don't think I was that gentle). I think that perhaps the most serious difficulty for me in regards to the regimen is gentleness; I don't have (and won't be getting until Wednesday) Dan's BP. The On the Spot Neutrogena does the job, but it dries up way too quickly and balls up, making me have to press down on my face harder so it'll absorb. Also, I hate how much time it takes for me to do the regimen; I find myself going too fast sometimes, which means that I'm not being gentle enough. By far, being gentle is the biggest difficulty.

My face is a little bit better, although I am seeing some flakes that give my skin a less that smooth appearance. I am starting to use the Lac-Hydrin again as a normal moisturizer instead of always using the AHA+ so hopefully that'll get rid of it. Tonight, I will TRY MY HARDEST to be gentle.

Wish me luck! :)

LAfaceNY

Improvement

I woke up today and as usual looked into the mirror as soon as I got out of bed. First reaction? Still horrible: the pimple on my forehead that somehow popped last night re-erupted, the left side of my face saw little improvement, and the right side was clear as usual. Did everything gently this morning, but on the advice of Dan I stopped using the AHA+ as a morning/night moisturizer, and this morning I went back to the Lac-Hydrin 5. I hope that too much AHA+ (Lac-Hydrin is a weaker Lactic Acid while the AHA+ is a stronger glycolic acid) won't be the death of me (and hopefully it will be for my acne).

I took a nap in the afternoon, and so far my skin has been better (or at least it looked better when I woke up). Going to a party tonight and a birthday party after, and I'm dreading going out with this face. Makeup maybe? ughh I would feel so weird if I wore makeup.

Guess I'll just have to pray that tomorrow everything is better and that tonight I don't get so wasted that I pass out and forget to do the regimen (as has happened many a times and it has set a 'reset' on my progress). Until Tomorrow!

:)

LAfaceNY

Waiting...

It's the night of the 3rd day writing this blog, and when I woke up this morning my reaction was that my face was getting worse. For some reason I don't know if my reaction to the AHA+ has been all too amazing, and I definitely think I have been using WAY too much BP. Some of the pimples that I have came to a head and became whiteheads, and I just can't take this anymore. Additionally, one popped up on my jawline. Oh god.

Hopefully this is all taken care of before New York; acne might have affected my social life here in Los Angeles, but there is no way I'm letting it get the best of me in New York City.

Let's pray that when I wake up all will be better.

:)

LAfaceNY

Desperation

:)

So I leave back to New York for school in a week, and I am desperate to get clear. My AHA+ came in the mail yesterday, and I must say that I like it. The viscosity is a tad bit less than I thought it'd be, but overall it goes on smooth, stings minimally (possible from my use of Lac-Hydrin), and does not smell as bad as I was expecting.

I woke up this morning and found little to no changes. I know it takes a while, but it is depressing to wake up and expect clarity and finding nothing. The right side of my face is clear, my forehead is clear as well except for some PIH, but my left side has is the one that is causing problems. No new ones form, but the OLD ones won't go away!

I have been changing my pillowcases 3x a week, I washed my face very gently today (although it could have been gentler), and applied everything gently.

Let's hope the regimen get's me clear by thursday of next week, I want to party the second I land in the city!

LAfaceNY

New Beginnings..

Came back to LA from studying a semester in Spain, and I don't know whether it was the 2 days of not sleeping or the crazy layover I had in Amsterdam, but I broke out horrendously. I am still trying to recover from it, but the acne is so persistent; this is ridiculous.

About a week ago I started the regimen, and here is what I use:

Wash: Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser

Medicate: Neutrogena On The Spot Treatment (2.5%)

Moisturize: Lac-Hydrin 5

All are non-comedogenic, and have agreed with my skin. My skin was at the threshhold of clear a few days ago, but like always it seems like one day can set you back weeks. I was in the hot tub for a while, sweating, and I think some of the gel from my hair got on my skin or something. Either way now about 4 pimples have formed and some older smaller ones seem to have gotten darker.

I'll update every day and hopefully this gets better. I'm trying to stay optimistic, but the regimen is difficult to stay on religiously. Most problems I encounter are how much BP to use and gentleness.

Until Tomorrow! :)

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