I wanted to do another update, as I've been doing this regime for four days now. I can tell that my skin is getting a bit dry, but not in a flakey way - more in an itchy way, with lots of very, very, tiny bumps. It's kind of like getting to be the texture of sandpaper, which is generally how my skin reacts to being dried out. I think this is a result of the BP treatment as I knew I was going to experience some drying so I guess I'll have to see if my skin gets used to it! On the flip side, I have noticed clearing in my skin. A few spots were 'brought out' initially after using the BP treatment but I think that's to be expected, from what I've read about other users experience. Those went away fairly quickly and so far I haven't experienced any new spots or breakouts.
So aside from the drying, which is annoying since I wear makeup and it's difficult to apply, I think it's going well so far. I'm not a huge fan of the Cetaphill gentle face wash, as I feel unsure of how well it cleans skin. It doesn't lather (as I mentioned previously), which kind of bugs me since I always feel more clean using products that lather up. It is also kind of drying on my face which I find a bit weird, so I might search for something else from the drugstore. I know Dan has a list on his blog about some good face washes to use so I might give one of those a try! I'm also switching between my two moisturizers to see which one I like best or if I want to get a new one all together. I was suggested a Neutrogena one in the comments of another post so I might just give that one a try and see how it works out!
Anyways, I just wanted to give an update about the products and my experience. I do like the Clean & Clear Persa-Gel, I think it's a good brand and I like the product. When I experienced a small breakout after using it the first time, I used a bit extra on some new spots (after I applied it to my whole face) and they seemed to shrink drastically overnight. It has great reviews on most websites I've checked out so I think it's a good choice for anyone looking for a drugstore benzoyl peroxide, other than Neutrogena 'On-The-Spot' - which I was unable to find in Canadian drugstores.
I will keep updated on the dryness situation and any new products I swap out or in.