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Mixing Aha With Jojoba Oil, Sudden Reaction?

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#1 Kyle_


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Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:59 AM

Hey guys,
I'm not usually the one to be asking questions, being on the regimen for 4-5 months now, but this morning I applied BP, then AHA mixed with a bit of jojoba oil, just to see what it would be like, (I have the day off, as most of you know, that means slaver as much onto your face as you want!) And my face for some reason stings a lot, it's gone a tanned colour, it's red, sore, it hurts basically, I'm accustomed to BP and AHA now, and this shouldn't happen.
This is the only time I have added jojoba to AHA, and the first time i've used jojoba oil in a while, has anyone else experienced this?
I'm going to have to put up with the pain until the end of the day, I still want the BP to do it's work as I only use it every once and a while.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:11 PM

I just started using AHA a couple of days ago and the first time I used it it stung a lot and made my face pretty red, but only for maybe 15 minutes and then it calmed down. I did also use jojoba oil since I always moisturize with it, but I have used them both together since then and sometimes it stings, sometimes it doesn't. It's weird but maybe you just used more AHA than you thought or your skin was just particularly dry (or both). I don't think it has anything to do with the combination of the two. A little extra moisture should make your face feel a lot better!

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 11:36 PM

Possibly too much AHA. I get that when I use too much AHA although using my normal amount is completely fine with no reaction. Try it out again with less AHA or just use one step at a time don't mix them together. I have not personally used jojoba oil so I can't comment on that.

However if it really hurts, you definitely wash it off. You don't want your skin to be irritated too much.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:29 AM

Maybe the secret is in your comment "I want the BP to do its job as I only use it once in a while". Maybe you've used it so infrequently that your skin now has to get used to it all over again, that is, you will have to start with small amounts and build up.

After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo.  I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month.  I can live with that

I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry.  In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.

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