So, I have sensitive skin now, I didn't used to, but I do now. I can't use the regimen the way its supposed to, so I modified it a little. I know BP works for me -- I just need to figure out how often I need to use it and how much I need to moisturize and how often I need to exfoliate, hence this log.
I take some bp, not a whole lot -- about a dime size-quarter amount. I put it in my palm and I add my moisturizer and mix them both together very well. Then I apply it to my face. I do this about once a day. I'm just in the beginning stages, so I don't know how often I need to use it. I'm fairly clear (mild acne) sometimes I have no acne, so I don't feel I need it everyday. I hope not to, but we'll see. I've used it daily for awhile, then every other day. Then I ran out of moisturizer, so I stopped for about 3-4 days. I broke out then, but I don't know if was because of the new BB cream I tried or not, because I really never breakout. I'm using BP to prevent breakouts, because I stopped my antiandroden 3+ months ago and I do NOT intend to go back on any antiandrogens ever again. I was very unhealthy feeling and looking.
So, BP has always worked well for me. I used to do the regimen since I was teen, long before the internet was invented ;-), but then I stopped and tried something else (because I'm stupid) and all hell broke lose on my skin.
Anyway, I've always used a BP wash 2x a day and spot treated with BP since 'tane and when I was on antiandrogens and it works well for me. That's why I'm using it now for prevention.
I'm using this log to track breakouts (if any) and to gauge how often I need to use it. I also want to track irritation and dryness and see what works for that.
Products I use:
La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluide -- The only moisturizer that truly doesn't break me out and actually moisturizes. I'm so happy to have found it after looking unsuccessfully for a moisturizer for 20 years! EDIT: I use this during the day when I'm not using the AHA lotion. (6/12)
Acne.org AHA - I use this sometimes. I want to play around with it and see when I should use it and how often.After reading people's posts on it, it seems I used too large of an amount. I've read you only need a pea size amount or a tad more. I used a lot more than that. Good product though. I'm currently using this during the day a few times a week to start. (6/12)
BP Face Wash - Used this for years. If I switch to a non-medicated wash, I break out. I may eventually try a sulfur wash but not right now. I am going to make my own sulfur wash by adding sulfur cream to a wash. I have dan's and I will try it with that, but only after I've worked out the kinks in my regimen and will know if my wash is messing me up somehow if I get problems Using this wash which contains glycolic in it in the am. I use a different bp w/o glycolic in the pm. (6/12)
Edit, things I'm using now 06/2012:
1. Dan's BP - 1x a day before bed right now. I plan on going to 2x a day soonish. I've been on it a little over a week and I have no irritation and little to no flaking. I'm pretty clear as of right now, but I'm only a week into dan's bp and about a month into the bp thing in total. EDIT 6/12: I'm still using this before bed. I'm using a lot. It's working.
2. Bp wash. Unfortunately, no other normal wash works for me. They all give me tiny bumps. I use two different bp washes. One with glycolic in the am and one without glycolic in the pm.
4. La Roche Posay Toleriane Fluide. I use this during the day when I don't use AHA lotion instead.
I'm basically going back to everything I used to control my acne before I went to a derm and they gave me all of these newfangled products that just made my acne worse. Derms are good for certain things: Cortisone injections, extractions, cancer screenings, scar revision, and for pills for acne like accutane and antibiotics and hormonal drugs. It's been my personal experience that the older drugs that you can get OTC (sulfur, BP, triclosan) are the best for acne. I have mild acne, so I don't need pills or any of that. Hope I don't get severe enough to need to go back to a derm for the things I mentioned they're useful for.
So I did the whole face last night and the night before. My breakout is gone, except for one on the side of my nose. I never get them there, I really think it was from the BB cream which I'm returning. I hope this is the end of my breakout, BB related or not.
Not sure if I'll use it tonight or not. I might. I'll definitely spot treat certain areas just in case.
Edited by LoveGreenSmoothies, 10 October 2012 - 11:02 PM.