Quitting the regime after 5 years - Caffeine culprit
Posted 23 July 2010 - 08:44 AM
These are main reasons for quitting:
2) Whiteheads were increased in size and stayed around longer
3) Took forever to apply every morning and night
4) It was not the cure, just a prevention. Still get acne so this is not working.
So, I have been off it for a few weeks. I narrowed it down to caffeine. No more coffee. No more soda with caffeine. Well, so far so good. I hope it is the caffeine. I am looking to stop the formation and not use creams after the fact.
Thanks Dan for some good years! However, I must move onto fighting the root of the problem now.
Posted 24 July 2010 - 11:40 PM
Posted 25 July 2010 - 12:03 AM
Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:33 PM
When I was a teenager I had my fair share of diet Cokes. I phased out of my soda drinking habits and replaced it with a cup of coffee in the morning.
However, over the past few years that number has jumped from one to sometimes three. Subsequently, it became too much for my body (jitters, hyperactivity, etc.) and I had to stop and find a replacement. Eventually, I did and drank Xenergy drinks to get my energy high. I loved it because it made me feel better than coffee, but the caffeine content proved too much for my body to take once again. While all of this was happening, I continued to have moderate acne while on the BP regimen.
Quitting caffeine has proven to be tougher than I originally imagined. I fell off the bandwagon numerous times lasting no more than a week. I just recently started again, not drinking or taking any caffeinated product because I want to see if caffeine is a major culprit or THE culprit in me having moderate acne at this point in my life.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 03:43 PM
I dont have dryness, flaking, redness all because I stopped BP.
I already had limited my sugars (that did not work). I cut out chocolates, pizza, fried food (that did not work).
So, Im at my last option and I think I might have found it. I hope so. I love my coffee, but I will easily quite all coffee if it means no acne.
Edited by nitemare, 25 July 2010 - 03:45 PM.
Posted 25 July 2010 - 07:35 PM
It sounds like you might have been using either bad products for your skin type (IE: you should have used a stronger moisturizer..perhaps one containing AHA), or you are living in an area with extremely hard water. Washing in hard water dries out our skin; and obviously the harder the water, the drier the skin. I find when using Benzoyl Peroxide, we are more prone to skin drying from even the simplest things.
Posted 26 July 2010 - 05:55 AM
Posted 26 July 2010 - 08:30 AM
I suggest, as you say, to attack the root of the problem. You can also use essential oils, like tea tree oil and others. I use a little, in part of my skin before moisturizing.
I also take propolis (echinacia), to improve immune system response.
Posted 28 July 2010 - 08:10 PM
Posted 13 October 2010 - 10:09 AM
i've been off BP for 3 days, and use it as a spot treatment. my skin looks way better than when I was on it.