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Monday, September 4, 2017
Breakouts suck, right? Especially as an adult. You may find yourself wondering, what it will take to finally have clear skin? Well, fear no more.  After years of trying many products (every product!) - prescriptions and others - I think I finally found a gem in the system (more to come on that soon!)

Let's talk about my skin history. During High School, I experienced what most teenagers experience - bad skin. My acne left marks (dark spots) that would take several months to clear up. It was a constant pattern of acne, dark spot, clear skin, acne, dark spot, clear skin. In order for my skin to become healthy again, I would need to stop the breakouts from occurring to give my skin time to even out. I visited many dermatologists over the years - some good and some who just wanted me to purchase their personal products (scam).

In college, I tried Accutane. This slightly controversial medication had my mom on edge. With a combination of birth control and the medication, my skin cleared up within months. I rarely wore makeup and was feeling less insecure. I no longer had dark spots and my skin was an even tone.

Later, months after taking myself off the medication, I started to break out again. I knew that I did not want to be dependent on medication so I searched for other products to use including every over the counter facial wash you can think of. Over the years I experienced many highs and lows.  I found a correlation between my stress and hormonal levels and my acne. Whenever I was stressed or feeling overwhelmed or it was that time of the month, I'd break out. A lot of products slowed down the breakouts, and it happened a lot less frequently than in my teenage years but it was still happening. How could I get it to completely stop?

My friends would often tease me that my skin looked great but I was still concerned with the one or two pimples I would get a month. Those pimples left marks, scars that took forever to clear so eventually they began to add up.  I tried yet another prescription medication called Spironolactone. Spiro is a great option to clear your skin but after a year of using it, the medication stopped working. It was a temporary fix and I needed something that would work long-term, plus I didn't want to rely on taking prescriptions for the rest of my life.

One day I was Instagram and stumbled across a well-known blogger who suffered from really bad acne. Her skin looked better than I've seen before and I was curious to learn what she has been using. I found a video where she talked about her new skin regimen using I heard about, many times but I thought it was just another internet fad like Flat Tummy Tea, I ignored it. I started to do a lot of research, I read reviews online and watched a lot of YouTube videos and discovered this product really does work. I went online and decided to order just the facial wash. I saw some positive results but nothing amazing. I decided to go back and buy the entire line including an oil, treatment, moisturizer and glycolic - from that point on, no breakouts! It's been four months and not a single one. I almost didn't want to write this for fear I'd jinx myself but hopefully, someone who is suffering from the same issues can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I should also mention in addition to the regimen, I cut dairy and meat significantly from my diet. I haven't completely cut it out of my diet but it's very rare that I'll eat it. I eat a lot of vegetables and grains, and occasionally salmon and shrimp. I only drink almond milk and I love non-dairy ice cream! Delicious. I do love cheese so when I feel like having a cheat day, I do. I do believe that a change in my diet may have also contributed to my lack of breakouts. And, most importantly, I drink LOTS of water.

3 steps of The Regimen:
1: Cleanser
2: Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.5%)
3: Moisturizer

Gently splash your face and neck with warm water from your sink. Or in the shower, allow a gentle stream of warm water from your showerhead to gently splash across your face.

Dispense 2 full pumps (4mL) of Cleanser and generously lather up hands with cleanser. Be vigorous and take the time needed to get a good lather going.

Gently wash problem areas with your bare hands for 10 seconds or less. This may seem different from what you’re used to but do not wash for longer than 10 seconds. Do not use a wash cloth or any other cleansing device, as they are far too irritating compared to bare hands.

Gently splash your face and neck with warm water until the cleanser is rinsed away. Or allow a gentle stream of water from your showerhead to splash across your face until the cleanser is rinsed away. Allow the water to do the work.

Using a soft, absorbent towel, gently pat your skin dry, barely touching your face with the towel. Allow any remaining moisture to evaporate on its own. Never rub or scrub your skin dry.

Wait until your skin is dry.

Wash and dry hands.

Dispense the recommended amount of Treatment (Benzoyl Peroxide - 2.5%) and spread it on your face very gently with your fingers. Carefully avoid the delicate area around the eyes. Do not rub. Just allow your fingers to glide over your skin, spreading it around and letting it absorb on its own. Applying this way may take a couple of minutes. If after 3 minutes, the benzoyl peroxide is not fully absorbed, allow the rest to absorb on its own.

Wait 5-15 minutes for your skin to dry. Do not rinse off the benzoyl peroxide. Once it is applied, you will leave it on the skin.

Wash and dry hands.

Dispense 2 pumps (4mL) of Moisturizer. When in doubt, use more.

Note: If you have oily skin and 2 pumps (4mL) of Moisturizer will not absorb all at once, try applying only 1 pump (2mL), wait for it to dry, and then apply the second pump. The extremely oily skin may only require 1 pump (2mL) of Moisturizer.

Apply Moisturizer very gently with your fingers much like you applied the benzoyl peroxide. Avoid the delicate eye area because the moisturizer can pick up the underlying benzoyl peroxide. Do not rub. Allow your fingers to gently glide over the skin. This should take no longer than 3 minutes. If after 3 minutes, the moisturizer is not fully absorbed, allow the rest to absorb on its own.

When to start with Glycolic Acid: Wait until your skin becomes accustomed to benzoyl peroxide. If you use it sooner than this it may sting badly. When you are ready to use it, you can either replace your nightly moisturizer with AHA+ 2-3 times a week or dispense 1/2 AHA+ and 1/2 Moisturizer into your palm, mix, and apply every evening. You should notice your skin tlooking better and more even-toned and will undoubtedly get some compliments.

It's important to follow exactly how they instruct you to use the product. It's also important to be consistent. You must follow the same process every day, don't ever sleep in your makeup. Be patient, it will take some time but the results will show!

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