My Progress Report on the Regimen
I read about the Dan Kern method a few months back and was skeptical with the thought of smearing a thick layer benzoyl peroxide all over my face, or with benzoyl peroxide for that matter. I've been using benzoyl peroxide for years as a spot treatment and it didn't exactly lead to a flawless complexion. But desperate times (see how desperate I was after the jump) called for drastic action. So if thousands of people swore by the Regimen then that was as good a reason for me to try it out as well.
First off, the Acne.org Regimen is a simple, three-step process using inexpensive over-the-counter products. The trick with the Regimen is not in the products used but in the quantity utilized and the religious application of the products twice a day, morning and night.
The Regimen utilizes these three products: (1) mild cleanser, (2) 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and (3) moisturizer. There is no specified brand and the only caveat is that the cleanser and moisturizer must be devoid of skin irritants, so do away with perfume and colorant laden products.
I started with the Regimen about a month ago and religiously documented my skin's daily progress. Here's how the right side of my face looked like on the first day.
See what I meant about desperate times? :(
There was a visible improvement after about two weeks, the blemishes had dried up and were no longer as red by Day 14:
And here's the latest picture, Day 23, which was taken last Sunday (I would have posted a more recent picture if not for the fact that I left my camera at a friend's house :(
My skin is still not as clear as I would like it to be and new zits continue to sprout, but even I have to admit that there's a marked improvement between Day 1 and Day 23 of being on the Regimen. And for that, I want to thank Dan Kern for sharing his method with all of us pimply souls out there. Mabuhay ka!
My Regimen products are: Cetaphil for my cleanser, Panoxyl 2.5%, VMV moisturizer with SPF for dry skin (for day) and Celeteque moisturizer (for night)