This is Siva, I have come accross your site two months back while searching acne solution. Your website seemed to have been authentic and with accurate info. Thank you guys for this one point stop for all acne sloutions. Mine is Oily skin with acne prone may be APST3. I have develpoed acne dark spots a bit severe thses days due to heavy eating for body buiklding. No bodybuilding supplemts used. So, after reading few reviews i started Starter Regimen. Now i am on second week. There is light improvement dark spots. but few pimples with cyst are coming just above the jaw both sides which are more on right side.
I am using following products for regimen. Sebamed clear face cleansing foam, Kaya Soothing cleansing gel, triacneal, kojivt, suncote gel and Himalaya neem face wash for shaving, Neutragena Oil free moisturizerfor combinations skin (did not use in the regimen as my skin does not look like it have any dryness). After washing face with kaya soothing cleansing gel, my skin seems a bit oily as compared to my previous face wash ‘Nivea for men advanced whitening oil control face wash’ which i stopped using after visiting your website. Is it because my skin is very oily? i am not sure my skin is oily or very oily. I have seen members complaing about dryness in the regimen. but i did n0t observe any dryness on my face in the moring.
Hi Siva, for any active cysts, you can use Metrogyl gel which you can get at medical stores. It is a small tube. It comes in various versions so be sure to get the plain Metrogyl version, not Plus or P Plus etc. Also check out the Regimen Troubleshooting Guide to see if you can get any clues about how to streamline your regimen further.
Since this is your second week on the regimen, oiliness may reduce as time passes. For now, you can start using Sebamed Cleansing Foam twice a day, both morning and evening. In the morning, use Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel, then immediately after that, leave on Sebamed Cleansing Foam for 5 minutes on the face and wash off. This will help with disinfecting as well as reducing oiliness. You’re on the right track Siva, keep at it.
If after a month your skin continues to be very oily and new cysts do not reduce by about 70% at least, then you will have to look into what exactly is going on internally that is causing so much oiliness and hormonal upheaval. A high glycemic diet (a lot of fat) can cause excessive oiliness. Also, too much milk, cheese, ghee that is dairy products have been shown by research to increase hormonal acne. If you are in a position to do so, try the 30 day Milk Challenge here on Acne Mantra. Just type in those words in the search box on the right side to learn more. Many people have tried it and almost everyone could nail their unexplained breakouts on dairy consumption.
Dear AM, Thank you and I will try and update you the status.
OK great, do consider the dairy challenge if you can. There are quite a few guys here who are into body building as well, by the way.
Dear AM, How are you? Quite busy with work, so, could not visit AM. I have completed Starter Regimen 4 weeks and have able to clear much of acne, but few pimple(very small cysts with white) are coming on jaws.
I have few quries.
1. How many months should I go on this Starter Regimen?
2. Tell me if any changes required.
3. I did not like suncote suncreen. can i use lotus safesun matte gel spf 50 instead of suncote?
4. Can I use Triacneal, Sebamed cleansing foam till they finish or is there some course duration like one month or so?
5. I also took Milk challenge for the past two weeks, but not sure why still few pimples are coming. I ate almonds, does almond cause acne?
6. How much time does it take to form a new pimple from the food after we ate it? I would like figure out which foods causing me acne?
7. Is there list of foods that cause acne other than milk products in our website?
8. Sugget me non comedogenic fairness cream to improve skin color, my skin is wheatish in color. my face looks tan as i did not use sunscreen properly till i visit your website.
@siva, When you say heavy eating for body building, what exactly are you eating? Can you elaborate on that? Are you having too much of whey protein? Also note many foods producing heat/ protein without balancing it with cooling foods/water/fruits are likely to cause acne surely. In your case jawline acne indicates it’s kind of relating to hormonal acne. You may be experiencing a surge of androgens & testosterone levels peaking due to heavy weight lifting/body building which in turn can trigger acne.
another point is Triacneal can also cause what one calls as an initital purge or break out of the skin till the time your skin adjusts to it. If you are using it everyday, try using it only on alternate nights & after 3 weeks, use it every night. Also use very sparingly only a pea size amount for entire face.
Thirdly Kojivit is not entirely non comedogenic, if you are still using it, try stopping it for 2 weeks. It could well be the cause for white heads too.
Sunscreen is very crucial to avoid pigmentation. Please use regularly. At this point, you don’t need a fairness cream with so much happening already. Stick to Triacneal, that itself helps in clearing tan & giving an even tone to the skin due to the presence of glycolic acid in it.
Rest of your regimen sounds fine. Stick to just 2 cleansers instead of 3. You could cut out Himalaya neem from your regimen.
Let us know after 2 weeks of trying out this regimen. All the best!
Dear LD, Thank you. I have not used any Whey Protein. Around 3 months back I used to eat 100 g chacolete (Dairy milk, snickers, bournville), 4 eggs(some time i even ate with yolk), 6 banans, chicken twice a week, half leter cream milk with boost, curd rice, sweets/good day biscuits in a day to meet calorie goal of 2500. At that point of time my objective was to gain weight & muscles, so i ate all these with 3 day gym schedule. I gained almost 8 kgs within 1 month from 64 to 72 kgs. I got my desired physique but it pushed into to the hell of Acne. Orelse i would have not been here 🙂 not going to know about the non comodogenic concept, might be blindly using products based on ads. Earlier i used have less acne which was managible by Nivea Face wash. Due to acne my efforts for better looks went in vain 🙁 . Anyway i learned so much about oil skin and acne by visiting your website. I ll mind myself in future 🙂 . I will follow the instructions.
I want to change the suncote sunscreen. Is Bioderma spot sunscreen worth the price?
LD , I am also curious to know about bioderma sunscreen…
Whoa @siva, you really piled up on the wrong food to gain weight!! Anyways, just try following this regimen for a while as stated above.
@parul @siva, Yes switching to Bioderma Spot SPF 50 is certainly a good choice as you have hyper pigmentation. It’s a great product , non – comedogenic & works very well. It will surely protect your skin from getting tanned, from the post acne marks getting darker & in general will help you with fading of tan also to a certain extent. I’ve been using it for a long time & will certainly not substitute it for any other sunscreen.
Dear LD, Thank you, I will buy this Bioderma Sunscreen and give a try. Please tell me from where I can buy this online.
Hi AM & LD, how are you? It’s alomost two months I am on Starter Regimen. Acne is cleared almost. Need to work on dark spots now. Thanks for the regimen. Now I am using Sebamed cleanising foam, kaya skin clinic soothing gel and recently 10 days back I added ahaglow face wash (i saw good results in acne redution) for cleansing purpose and sunscreen bioderma and suncote and triacneal at night time. Suggest me any changes required. I dont want to use kaya soothing cleansing gel after the botttle is finished its so oily and also sebamed cleansing foam. Can I use this AHAGLOW alone for cleansing purpose permantly. Suggest me some non comodogenic fairness cream to improve skin tone.
Hi Siva, congratulations on your clear skin! You’re doing all the right things. If your skin can tolerate using AHAglow twice a day then by all means go ahead, it’s fine to use it. For maintenance, you could use Sebamed Cleansing Foam in the morning and AHAGlow in the evening. You could also reduce the frequency of Triacneal or stop using it altogether if acne is totally under control now. You could add in Kojivit Gel for dark spots.
The matter of acne-safe fairness creams keeps coming up time and again, but we are yet to find a proper fairness cream that is acne-safe for even APST 3. Until then, you could mix a bit of Kojivit Gel with moisturizer (aloe vera gel) at night and apply all over the face. Kojivit contains safe amounts of skin lightening ingredients, and although I recommend it for dark spots, it can also be used as a lightening cream if one wants to. Definitely test first to see that it doesn’t irritate your skin.
Do consider sharing the story of your success with the Starter Regimen as a blog post (example). It will inspire others to get on it and get clear skin too.
Hi Siva, Great,Great, Great to know you’re on the path to clear skin. Just my 2 cents, the oily skin could be due to suncote probably?
I would prefer you to continue with sebamed foam as it can really control the oil & keep acne at check & introduce AHA glow in the evenings when you get back home followed by triacneal. Mornings – Sebamed foam followed by sunscreen.
Rest all perfect!! maybe you could skip the suncote now & use only Bioderma.
For lightening, AM has already suggested Kojivit, perhaps you could wait for another month to get acne cleared completely & then use lightening agents.
Triacneal itself is supposed to lighten spots? Hasn’t it by now?
Have you found any lightening effect with Bioderma Sunscreen itself?
Hi AM & LD, Thank you for advice. I would like to try Avene Very High Protection Emulsion SPF 50+ instead of Bioderma suncreen, what is your view about Avene?