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Could Switching Cleansers Cause A Breakout?

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I just broke out badly after switching from Clean and Clear continuous control acne cleanser (10% BP cream) to Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser. Two days ago I had 1 pimple on my chin and now i have 5, my forehead has also broken out badly(to many pimples to count!) Should I switch back to my old cleanser or just wait and see if this clears up?

My old regimen

Clean and Clear continuous control acne cleanser (10% BP cream) twice a day.

Epiduo gel (2.5% BP and .1% adapalene) once at night after using cleanser.

Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring moisturizer .

Doxycycline 50mg twice a day.

My new regimen

Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser twice a day.

Epiduo gel (2.5% BP and .1% adapalene) once at night after using cleanser.

Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring moisturizer .

Doxycycline 50mg twice a day.

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I always break out when I'm experimenting with a new product, be it a cleanser/moisturizer/makeup. The way I see it, it's either your skin purging, or your skin's way of getting used to and/or reacting to the new product. Generally, if it is purging, it should pass within two weeks or so. I recommend you persevere and if within a few weeks your skin still hasn't improved, then go back to your old regimen. :)


I started the regimen in July 2012- I'm 98% clear on the regimen as of April 2013, and I reduced my dosage to 2 pumps once a day in September 2013 with no problems. I'm working on evening out my skin tone and at the moment I'm using Re-Gen Cream and Clinique Face Cream SPF 40 :)


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