I know it's only been one day since starting Dan's regime with drugstore products, but I wanted to give some of my 'first impressions' and let you know how it's going so far - in case anyone is looking to start it! Also looking for a good non-greasy moisturizer suggestion so please feel free to share any you have found in the comments!
Here is my routine so far:
NIGHT: I wash my face gently with Cetaphil, pat dry with towel, then let my skin dry (5 min). I next put on the benzoyl peroxide and again wait for it to dry (15 min). Finally I gently rub in my moisturizer (I wait just a bit, then head to bed).
MORNING: (I leave the Benzoyl Peroxide out of my regime in the morning as I have sensitive skin. I'm a fair skinned redhead so I'm going to start out with just a nighttime application and see how my skin takes to it. I believe it was recommended in a few videos I watched about the regime, that if you have sensitive skin that you might be better off sticking to one application daily.)
I was my face with Cetaphil, pat dry with a towel, and then apply a mixture of my Clinique moisturizer and the Impruv moisturizer.
As I said in my first blog post, I'm using Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 5 (5% BP). I've found it to be pretty good although it is a bit difficult to spread. I'm using the amount that Dan suggests to start with, which is just under one third of a fingers length of product. I think it's enough but I guess because it is a bit thick, it takes a bit of work to gently rub it into the skin. I haven't experienced any drying with the BP, which I guess I can attribute to the moisturizers I am using, as well as the fact that I've just begun the regime.
I do like the 'Impruv' moisturizer, however I find it a tad bit 'greasy' feeling after a while. I find it hard to get a moisturizer that moisturizes WITHOUT that sticky, greasy feeling.
The Cetaphil face wash is nice, although I was a bit surprised by the fact that it doesn't lather! I'm use to a face wash that immediately works into a nice lather, because I find it takes less work to clean your skin (also less irritation). I'm getting use to it! I can get over the fact that it doesn't lather if I like it after a while of use.
Overall I think it's going well so far! I woke up and felt like things were looking a bit more under control, though I know it's early. The whole reason I wanted to start this regime again is because I have never found anything that works better at treating my acne prone skin, than benzoyl peroxide. Drying is my main concern of BP, so I hope my skin doesn't become a flaky mess!
I will be sure to share any updates!