two products have recently came onto the market that are PERFECT for this type of skin (i happen to be cursed with it too)
"Eucerin® DermoPURIFYER Adjunctive Hydrating Care provides the skin with extra moisture and counteracts the drying out effect often associtaed with medicinal acne therapy.
Provides intense hydration
Protects against UV rays with SPF 30
Prevents hyperpigmentation (dark marks) after an inflammed spot
Effectively reduces skin blemishes
Minimizes oil shine with mattifying particles
Provides an ideal base for make-up"
"La Roche Posay EFFACLAR H moisturizes oily skin weakened by drying skin care products.
New ultra-fine texture with a non-greasy, non-sticky finish that compensates for the side effects, either
visible or experienced, of over-drying treatments.
MP-LIPIDS INNOVATION: New generation of lipids to reconstruct skin’s protective barrier in its different dimensions, associated with anti-irritant NIACINAMIDE."
alongside these i'd suggest using a really gentle cleanser too like Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser which is also described as
"• Daily skincare routine to relieve the dryness caused by prescription skincare products"
Assuming youre in the UK so id like to reccomend the best regimen alternatives you can get here which are Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and Cetaphil lotion. You can get them in boots/asda. A tad pricey but they last a long time and are well worth the price considering how much they reduce irritation.
this is exciting!!!!!! i have both of these products and i loved them when i tried them on my face but i wasnt sure if they broke me out at all. will definitely dust the old puppies off and give them another go
whats your skin care routine right now? and what was it on roaccutane? intrigued about the bio oil/cocoa butter. Could start clogging your pores as your oil production returns back to normal hence the small spots around your nose/hairline
your face improved when you stopped everything and just used soap - it didnt last because the soap eventually dried out and irritated your skin, so it all adds up that your skin just does better without any products at all.
Airborne bacteria? thats not how acne works - the bacteria involved is p.acnes which is naturally present in all human skin. Increase in sebum production allows and overgrowth of the normally harmless bacteria.
I can not tell you how reassuring that is to hear!
Speaking from experience, if the regimen works for you, STICK TO IT!!! ive tried stopping or cutting down a few times and I just break out and regret it. People with less oily skin can get away with using the regimen only once a day - i only use it at night on my back acne (non existent now might i add) because my back doesnt get greasy like my face does. My face I have to use it twice a day or ill start to break out within the next few days.
It does take some getting used to, to put it bluntly it feels like you havent washed your face properly but if you gently massage it in to dry skin for about a minute it does remove any face makeup (not sure about eye makeup). When it starts to dry up add a little water, and then rinse
BP is also as effective as BP - lets stick to what we know, because there is a study saying Tea Tree Oil is also as effective as BP but im yet to hear about someone who actually cleared their acne using it. My skin broke out really bad when I tried TTO - I'm not a huge fan of these home remedy type things because they just never work.
@sxdness Your skin will get really really dry when youre on roaccutane so really you shouldnt be using any kind of topical stuff that dries your skin out even more, just let the roaccutane do its thing. Try cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. you can get it in boots or asda and the moisturizer that goes with it is really good too. Its totally non comedogenic and my skin cleared up using that alongside BP so I know it doesnt contribute to acne.
I'm yet to see someone actually clear their acne doing this regimen other than that love vitamin chick (who actually cleared most of her acne before starting it anyway) so ill remain skeptical.
All I read on the caveman regimen logs is "my skin has a healthy glow "it feels so soft and moisturized" but never "my acne is 100% clear or under control".
What I do read, time and time again, is "my skin is covered in clogged pores" which they somehow reason by assuming its their skin "repairing" itself. Then they stop posting in that log and start a new skincare regimen and wish they'd never done it.
Just saying, it sounds like the perfect regimen but its really not all its cracked up to be.
Using a chemical exfoliant in the form of a leave-on lotion such as the Acne.org AHA or Alpha Hydrox Enhance will help you with any hyperpigmentation issues, but in the form of a exfoliating cleanser it isnt on your skin for long enough to have any effect other than irritating the skin.
Is it that Wrights stuff? Its not actually coal tar, that was banned in the UK a while ago (think its prescription only now). The wrights soap is actually tea tree oil based, which is said to help with acne, but the soap itself leaves a waxy residue on your skin and clogs pores.