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Is acne bacteria contagious? Over a year ago I broke out in small pustules on my face and they spread to my body. It seemed like if I touched one and then touched another part of my body or face, a new pustule would appear there two days later. Then I noticed my husband has them on his face and neck too, and he very rarely had acne before. I've never had this problem before and now it is taking over many of my habits, like I always have to wash my hands after I touch my face and I have to use separate applicator brushes to apply concealer to different affected areas to prevent spreading. Is this common? What can I do about it?

How many times a day is it ok to wash your face? I only wash once a day because I heard that too many times it will cause more oil to be produced. I wash off my makeup in the evening and and rinse my face in morning to remove BP. Should I be washing more?

Thanks for helping!

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Q. Is acne bacteria contagious? Over a year ago I broke out in small pustules on my face and they spread to my body. It seemed like if I touched one and then touched another part of my body or face, a new pustule would appear there two days later. Then I noticed my husband has them on his face and neck too, and he very rarely had acne before. I've never had this problem before and now it is taking over many of my habits, like I always have to wash my hands after I touch my face and I have to use separate applicator brushes to apply concealer to different affected areas to prevent spreading. Is this common? What can I do about it?

A. Research suggests that acne bacteria is not contagious; however, I have read that you can spread bacteria if you squeeze the pustule and rupture the follicle wall down inside the pore. This can be one of the factors in cysts forming.

Q. How many times a day is it ok to wash your face? I only wash once a day because I heard that too many times it will cause more oil to be produced. I wash off my makeup in the evening and and rinse my face in morning to remove BP. Should I be washing more?

A. I tell my clients to wash twice a day – morning and evening. Overwashing your face can really dehydrate your skin and you don't want that - it can stimulate more oil production.

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I have another question. Dan and or the esthetician, can you please recommend me an excellent esthetician in the SF area? I do not drive so it has to be in either Daly City or SF. Thanks!

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A. I do not know of any acne specialist in San Francisco or the Peninsula. Our clinic, Face Reality Acne & Skin Care Clinic is in the East Bay and is close to Bart. We specialize in acne, so if this is your challenge, we would love to help you!


My regimen changed (starting 5/16/09) and I am not a happy camper

AM regimen

Wash face and chest with Kaiser 5% bp wash

Moisturize with face reality skincare cranberry cream

Apply Estee Lauder Future Perfect Eye Cream

Apply make up, blush, finishing powder, MAC moisture cover to dark underyeye circles

Pop a doxycycline

PM regimen

Remove make up with desert esscence jojoba oil using cotton balls

starting evening of May 28, 2009, I wash my face with Face Reality Skincare Sensitive Skin Gel Cleanser at night time only

Apply Differin to face and chest

Wait to dry and moisturize with face reality skincare cranberry cream

Apply Estee Lauder Future Perfect Eye Cream

Pop a doxycycline

Foundation- MAC Studio Tech Foundation in NC20 or MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NW15, apply a MAC blush, apply MAC prep and prime finishing powder

Anyone who has a problem zit thats having a hard time healing, try this and let me know if it helped you. Mix one tablespoon of sea salt with three tablespoons of warm water, apply to a cotton ball or a paper towel. Apply to the zit for ten to fifteen minutes, and then wash it off.


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Q. Can glycolic acid be helpful for closed comedones?

A. Absolutely. I recommend it for homecare for my non-inflamed acne clients in almost all cases.

what about inflamed acne?

i use a 2 % lactic acid moisturiser, but i got inflamed acne

is this ok?

also what do you recommend for people who swim often? as in 4 5 times a week?

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Q. Can glycolic acid be helpful for closed comedones?

A. Absolutely. I recommend it for homecare for my non-inflamed acne clients in almost all cases. What is even better for closed comedomes is Vivant’s Vitamin A proprionate serums – Derma A Gel, Exfol A and Exfol A Forte. Starting off slowly with these products and working up to stronger potencies (along with benzoyl peroxide) as your skin adapts is the key to getting clear

Q.What about inflamed acne?

A. This is a thread that is talking about noninflamed acne – Dan Kern’s Regimen works really well for inflamed acne.

Q. O use a 2 % lactic acid moisturiser, but I’ve got inflamed acne

is this ok?

A.I would check the moisturizer for pore-clogging ingredients http://www.facerealityskincare.com/img/Por...Skin%20Care.pdf

If it doesn't have pore clogging ingredients you should be ok, but I would recommend using benzoyl peroxide at night, not a moisturizer. Check out Dan Kerns Regimen for your acne – you really need to be using benzoyl peroxide to get your acne under control.

Q. Also what do you recommend for people who swim often? as in 4 5 times a week?

A. That’s a tough one – there are some swimming pool disinfectants that can pose a problem for acne-prone skin. I would say do Dan Kern’s Regimen and see if your acne will stay managed. If you are still having a problem, I would put a very thin layer of Vaseline on your face before you swim. Wash it off after swimming.


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-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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How beneficial can retinoids (such as Differen cream or Tazorac cream) be in surpressing acne outbreaks, smoothening the skin, and fading redmarks?

For teenagers, is there a way to tell whether your acne is hormonal or not?

To your best knowledge, how does ones diet correlate with their acne?

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Q. How beneficial can retinoids (such as Differen cream or Tazorac cream) be in surpressing acne outbreaks, smoothing the skin, and fading redmarks?

A. Most of my clients have tried the retinoids before they come to me and it didn’t get their acne under control. I really believe that benzoyl peroxide used along with exfoliants (AHAs and BHAs) are the best way to manage acne. Once your acne is under control, the red marks will fade on their own in about 8 to 12 weeks.

Q. For teenagers, is there a way to tell whether your acne is hormonal or not?

A. Hormonal activity is present is acne no matter what your age – hormonal fluctuations cause more oil to be produced by the body. This is only a problem if you have the inherited tendency of acne, which is dead skin cells being shed inside the pore at a much faster rate of speed than “normal†pores. When you have the combination of too many dead skin cells being retained inside the pore along with hormonally–induced oil it activity creates acne problems.

Q. To your best knowledge, how does ones diet correlate with their acne?

A. We tell our clients to watch out for two main food categories: 1. Foods that are high in iodides (salty food which includes fast food, seafood, seaweed, milk and dairy products, organ meats), and; 2. Foods that are high in an androgen hormone (peanuts, peanut butter, peanut oil, shellfish and organ meats). I have personal experience with taking Kelp as a supplement. My skin had been clear for at least two years and I started taking kelp which is extremely high in iodides. In about two weeks, my face broke out horribly - that's when I remembered the iodide connection to acne - a lesson I have never forgotten! (this was before I was an esthetician).

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Someone is already suggesting stuff in pm to me-

But it's always nice to have 2 people telling me things etc!

Here are the links to the pics I wont put them up they are to horrible .

:cry:

left cheek

right cheek and chin

nose...

The Doctor put me on

oxytetracycline tablets about a month ago. Ive been taking 3 a day and also differin gel to put on them.

I have had that thing on my nose for absalutely months the doctor said its formed into a little cyst?? :cry: I have to wait until august 2nd JUST FOR A APPOINTMENT! I cant look at anyone I am struggling so much I cant go running without crossing the road to avoid them I cant look at my family, friends when I go out for hours every day which Ive been stopping doing most of the time.

What can I do I am so upset :( He said the thing on my cheeks are ackney or something, what do you think, and what would be best-reccomend any food etc :cry::cry:

Esthetician's reply to your question

I know that it is extremely upsetting to have acne. And it is equally frustrating that the antibiotics and the Differin that the doctor gave you aren't really clearing up your skin. This is very common - most of our clients have had this same experience. I recommend getting on Dan Kern's Regimen as soon as possible. You can also start icing the big acne pustules that you have. Do this after cleaning, then put Dan Kern's benzoyl peroxide on for the night. It will take a while for your acne to clear but stick with a regimen of benzoyl peroxide and you will get clear.

There is alot of free information on our website that could help you. (www.facerealityskincare.com)

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1) Can anything be done about the appearance of large pores? My cheeks have smooth normal looking skin, but my nose and the sides of my nose have giant looking pores - gives my skin the texture of a golf ball. I'm using Paula's Choice BHA but I swear it's only making them look bigger. Any way to tighten this up?

2) Is there any good way to treat inflamed acne AND blackheads? I think a lot of people here have trouble with both at the same time.

3) I know that after assessing someone's skin you give them a daily regimen to use at home. I think many of us have had the experience of something working great for us for awhile then seemingly it just stops working and the acne comes back. I know that bacteria can become resistant to such things as topical antibiotics, but can your skin become so accustomed to things like BP or SA that even those stop working? I feel like my skin is the type that will always need maintenance to keep it clear, have you had success with people who use the same skin regimen for years and it continues to work for them on a consistent basis?

4) Do you think mineral make-up is a good make-up choice for those with acne prone skin?

Thanks for taking the time to help us out!!

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Q. Can anything be done about the appearance of large pores? My cheeks have smooth normal looking skin, but my nose and the sides of my nose have giant looking pores - gives my skin the texture of a golf ball. I'm using Paula's Choice BHA but I swear it's only making them look bigger. Any way to tighten this up?

A. The pores on your noses are always bigger than the pores on your cheeks and there is no way to change that. If someone tells you that they can “shrink your pores†I would not believe them. The pores that look like blackheads on your nose are not acne – they are sebaceous filiments and are there to stay. Sorry.

Q. Is there any good way to treat inflamed acne AND blackheads? I think a lot of people here have trouble with both at the same time.

A. Yes, this is Grade III type of acne – I give my clients the strongest exfoliant (AHA or BHA) that their skin can tolerate and have them use that every other morning for the first two weeks. I also give them at least a 5% benzoyl peroxide to use (and use the timetable listed in my noninflamed acne regimen thread). I would probably switch them to a 10% benzoyl peroxide once their skin has acclimated to the 5%.

Q. I know that after assessing someone's skin you give them a daily regimen to use at home. I think many of us have had the experience of something working great for us for awhile then seemingly it just stops working and the acne comes back. I know that bacteria can become resistant to such things as topical antibiotics, but can your skin become so accustomed to things like BP or SA that even those stop working? I feel like my skin is the type that will always need maintenance to keep it clear, have you had success with people who use the same skin regimen for years and it continues to work for them on a consistent basis?

A. Yes, the skin does adapt to products so one does have to change their regimen. We change our clients’ homecare every two weeks for the first three months while we’re getting their acne under control. Then we put them on a maintenance home care regimen. If they start to break out again after a few months, we strengthen their home care by either giving them stronger products or having them use their products more often.

Q.Do you think mineral make-up is a good make-up choice for those with acne prone skin?

A.Yes, I think that mineral make-up is great for acne prone skin.

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Could you tell me what you know about Jojoba oil? How beneficial is it exactly? I considered using this at night by itself as my moisturizer, I read a lot about it on here and how well it moisturizes dry skin. Even Dan included it in his moisturizer. I hear its not comedogenic whatsoever, apparently it rates in at 0 on the comedogenic chart. Is any of that true? Thank you for any info

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Sorry, I actually don’t know that much about jojoba oil, but it is not on the list of comedogenic ingredients.

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Hello

Until I read of the regimin for non-inflammed acne I never realised that it was what I was suffering from. Now I realise that I've been using the wrong products and will see about following this new regimin. I've also visted the website mentioned but the section on pore clogging ingredients seems to be down. Can the list be printed here? I know that lanolin blocks my pores and I cut this out 18 months ago when I realised that strong moisturisers where a large factor in blocking my pores (I have had very dry skin since I was young) and that many strong moisturisers had lanolin in. So I'm looking to see what other products I should avoid figuring if one does it the rest will

Many thanks

Esthetician's reply to your question

It is back up on our website (www.facerealityskincare.com) - we were in the midst of updating it when you tried before. Lanolin is definitely pore clogging. Just be warned that alot of products will actually say "non pore clogging" on the label or advertisment and will have pore-clogging ingredients in them. Buyer beware!! Good luck.

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A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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Hello

I am using these two products and I was wondering if I should be even using them and what they are:

1. I am using a moisturizing lotion containing 2% natural colloidal oatmeal and I was wondering what it is and if I should be using it.

2. After applying BP and before applying that moisturizer I apply something call RA lotion and I was wondering what it is and if I should be using it.

I should also say that they are both made in Australia by some medical group which I'm guessing is name RX M.D.

Esthetician's reply to your questions

Q. I am using a moisturizing lotion containing 2% natural colloidal oatmeal and I was wondering what it is and if I should be using it.

A. Sorry I’m not that familiar with colloidal oatmeal except that it can be very soothing to the skin.

Q. After applying BP and before applying that moisturizer I apply something call RA lotion and I was wondering what it is and if I should be using it.

A. Sorry, I don’t know what RA lotion is.

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what is your opinion on this product?link

you can look at the ingredients too. i have oily skin/ clogged blackhead small white head prone skin.

Esthetician's reply to your question

It looks ok to me, but a mask alone will never get your acne under control.


the real question is do u hate yourself because of your acne or the person you became because of it.


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Hi, Im 17 and have most of my acne cleared up by using the B-5 regime and works great although theres still one problem I have and that is If i try and let my facial hair grow up for a bit, like say a months worth of not shaving it seems to cause weird bumbs underneath the skin, you cannot see it but only feel it. Then after about a day i shave these bumps disappear, but I would like to know what these bumbs might be. the bumbs are bigger than a normal pimple but arnt compared to nodules, so what are your thoughts on what it can be? Oh and in general how come when growing out facial hair i seem to get a little more pimples than usual from the first few weeks of shaving, is it due to the fact of growing facial hair out increases the sebum?

Esthetician's reply to your questions

I’ve never encountered what you are talking about. When you shave you may be getting shaving irritation. I tell my male clients to shave in the direction of the hair growth so they don’t irritate their skin. You can also try using a single-edge razor instead of a double or triple-edge razor. I don’t think that you increase the sebum by shaving.

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Hi there,can you explain why i get these tiny white bumps under skin that are there for gaes,then suddenly becoe red angry pimples months later,having not been touched?

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Sounds like the tiny white bumps are the start of a pustule and if it’s gotten that far to the surface it will most likely (definitely in your case) mature to a full-fledged pustule. I would recommend doing Dan Kerns regimen religiously to keep the white bumps from forming in the first place. The benzoyl peroxide in his regimen prevents new lesions from forming in the first place, so you must use it every day in order for it to work properly. When your skin has adapted to the once-a-day regimen, then go to twice a day. If you skip even a day, then acne lesions will form and come to the surface sometimes 30 to 90 days later.


living in uk

currently- olay senstive wipes

2.5% panoxyl gel

olay sp15 senstive

(mild persistant acne for last 12 Years

2014-currently doing not very much as no 2.5% bp!

regimnen-going well 1 yr on

duac 2nd time-skin must of got used too this due to antibiotic,as this stuff was great!

dermalogica

duac gel-clear for 6 months

1X roaccutane again

came of pill

food elimination-diet is not a factor in my acne

1x roaccutane again-doctor felt not a long enough dose before

2x retin a

1x roaccutane

1x DKR-gave up after a week-severe redness

chinese meds

regimen-stopped due to severe redness


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A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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thought id pop this up the page for the other users and to keep it active :)

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I have a question for an esthetician....I started the Obagi Nuderm for acne and discoloration. It seems to have uncovered some enlarged pores, about 5-6, which before would be closed comedones and are now open and get plugged still. They look like blackheads but never get inflamed. Is the only thing I can do about them, extraction? Will the pores eventually shrink if I keep them clear?

Esthetician's reply to your questions

I am not familiar with Obagi Nuderm. From the research I’ve done on it, it looks like they are using phytic acid as their main active ingredient. Unfortunately, I have never used phytic acid so I cannot comment on that. It does sound like you have blackheads which you should get extracted. I believe, in some cases, enlarged pores (not on the nose) can become less visible if you keep them extracted.


My Regimen:

Morning

Wash: Cetaphil Daily Cleanser

Tone: Proactiv Toner

Moisturize: LRP Toleriane Fluide or Complex 15 lotion

Bedtime

Wash: Cetaphil cleanser

Tone: Proactiv Toner

Treat: Retin-a 0.1% w/Obagi Blender MWF

RX: Spiro 100 mg


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Hi there, thanks for taking your time to help us. I was interested in using Eucerins Aquaphor healing ointment, in conjunction with Dans regimen. The main ingredient is Petrolatum and Mineral oil is also pretty high up on the list. I contacted Paula from Paulas choice and she said that she can say 100% for sure that Petrolatum and mineral oil are non-comedogenic. The molecules are too large to enter the pore is part of the response. Is this true? Are those 2 ingredients considered non-comedogenic?

Secondly, the other ingredients in that product are: Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol. Are these all non-comedogenic and safe to use?

My biggest question, overall would these me a safe and decent moisturizer to use on acne-prone skin. Also I have inflammed acne mostly. thank you again for helping us.

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Q. Hi there, thanks for taking your time to help us. I was interested in using Eucerins Aquaphor healing ointment, in conjunction with Dans regimen. The main ingredient is Petrolatum and Mineral oil is also pretty high up on the list. I contacted Paula from Paulas choice and she said that she can say 100% for sure that Petrolatum and mineral oil are non-comedogenic. The molecules are too large to enter the pore is part of the response. Is this true? Are those 2 ingredients considered non-comedogenic?

A. Yes, mineral oil and petrolatum are perfectly fine to use on acne-prone skin. One of the biggest myths in skin care, as far as I’m concerned, is that mineral oil is bad for the skin.

Q. Secondly, the other ingredients in that product are: Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol, Panthenol, Glycerin, Bisabolol. Are these all non-comedogenic and safe to use?

A. Yes, those look non-comedogenic to me.

Q. My biggest question, overall would these me a safe and decent moisturizer to use on acne-prone skin. Also I have inflammed acne mostly.

A. I think that those moisturizers would be ok. Double check them for pore-clogging ingredients http://www.facerealityskincare.com/img/Por...Skin%20Care.pdf

and do Dan Kerns Regimen if you have inflamed acne!

thank you again for helping us.

Your're very welcome.

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I started Dans regimen a couple of months ago. I wanted to know what you thought of his regimen? I like it because its simple. But is it a safe regimen? The regimen inclides Benzoyl Peroxide. What are your thoughts on BP. I know a lot of doctors recommend it, but is it truly safe and a good thing to be using on your face? I have nothing but big red pimples, that was my reason for starting his regimen. thank you for the time

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Q. I started Dans regimen a couple of months ago. I wanted to know what you thought of his regimen?

A.I think that Dans regimen is great for inflamed acne.

Q. I like it because its simple. But is it a safe regimen?

A. Yes

Q. The regimen inclides Benzoyl Peroxide. What are your thoughts on BP. I know a lot of doctors recommend it, but is it truly safe and a good thing to be using on your face?

A. I am totally aligned with Dan in that we both see benzoyl peroxide as the best way to get and keep acne under control. I use it with all of my acne clients unless they are allergic to it. I have found it to be safe to use.

Q. I have nothing but big red pimples, that was my reason for starting his regimen. thank you for the time.

A. Dan Kerns regimen will probably work very well for you – just be very consistent with it and you will get clear.

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Ive been reading that benzoyl peroxide ruins your skins ability to heal and also just ruins your skin period. Is this true?

Esthetician's reply to your question

That has not been my experience of bpo. My clients’ skin looks and feels very healthy to me and all of my acne clients use benzoyl peroxide. I find that their acne lesions heal much more quickly after being on benzoyl peroxide.

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What products do you recommend to speed up the fading of red marks?

Can anything be done to prevent a pimple leaving a red mark? Sometimes even if you don't touch it, it still leaves a red mark.

What do you think of Green Cream? Does it help with acne?

Thank you so much for all your help.

Esthetician's reply to your questions

Q. What products do you recommend to speed up the fading of red marks?

A. Time is what will fade red marks. I do not know of a product that can speed that process up. Just make sure and use your acne medication every day so you don’t keep breaking out. The acne lesions will go away before the redness does. I tell my clients that the redness will fade in another couple of months, but it is very gradual.

Q. Can anything be done to prevent a pimple leaving a red mark? Sometimes even if you don't touch it, it still leaves a red mark.

A. I would ice it after cleansing at least two times a day – you can fill a Dixie cup with water, freeze it and use that to ice your acne lesions. Ice helps to bring down inflammation.

Q.What do you think of Green Cream? Does it help with acne?

A. I have not used Green Cream. We have chosen to use Vivant’s line of products for our Vitamin A line. It is formulated by Dr. James Fulton who is the co-inventor of Retin A and we get incredible results with it.

Thank you so much for all your help.

You are so welcome!


MY LOG

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...p;#entry1906744

My Regimen

Morning:

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Pure Deming Pure C Serum

Olay for Sensitive Skin SPF 15

Evening:

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

Retin-A Micro .1%

Olay for Sensitive Skin (sometimes)

Makeup:

Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector

Clinique Even Better Foundation

Everyday Minerals Blush

Everyday Minerals finishing powder

Everyday Minerals concealer

Status: Clear of acne for 6+ months; now in the process of repairing scars

updated: 10/30/09


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I have a question. I have mild acne. Ive been on Dans regimen for awhile now. It works well. Everyone keeps telling me maybe you'll grow out of it. I know a lot of people do grow out if it, and some dont. Its all in how the cards fall. But if i keep worrying about now, doing different treatments and all that, will that lessen my chances of growing out of it? Hopefully this is making sense. Say at age 25 I am meant to grow out of, if i keep trying to treat it now, using different topicals and so forth, when 25 rolls around, will my acne be more stubborn since ive been bothering it and trying to get rid of it? Im wondering if i should just stop everything and let it run its course?

I dont want to have to do this regimen or any for the rest of my life. I envy guys who can get up shower and go, instead i have to take more time in the bathroom than my girlfriend trying to apply all these different topicals. Im worried that my skin is going to become dependant on all these drugs, and then in the long run i AM going to have to keep using them. your thoughts would be great. thanks

Esthetician's reply to your questions

As long as you have acne you will have to use products to keep it under control. At some point you will grow out of it, but nobody knows when that is. I had acne until my forties! And, I have a client who still breaks out at 72 if she doesn't use her products religiously. You are not altering the course of your acne by using or not using products. You will just be breaking out without using the right products. The only thing that I know that will delay the onset of acne is when women take birth control pills. After they are off the pills they will get the acne they would've had while they were on them.

So, I know that acne is frustrating and it's not fair that some of us get it and others don't - it's just the luck of the gene pool my friend. It is an inherited skin disorder (unless drug or chemical induced). Just be glad that there are products that can control it for the time that you have it.

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