Weird Benzoylperoxide Experience After 8 Years Of Consistent Usebenzoylperoxide erythema dermatitis
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:35 AM
just someting I wanted to share with you guys because it might help someone else in the future:
I've been reading these boards throughout the years because just like most of you I have had pretty serious acne since I was 14 or something. Now 26. I've been on all sorts of medications (accutane 3 times) but eventually, around my 18th birthday I discovered Dan's regimen and it worked wonders for me. I have been following it ever since. Never experienced bad scaling or redness or something. Well, maybe in the beginning but after that my skin looked normal with the occasional pimple.
In january this year I started to develop itchy, red patches on my face, sometimes with yellow scaling. The biggest one straight under my right eye. I went to the doctor and even to a derm and they didnt really know wat was going on but decided it was Seborroic Dermatitis and prescribed some anti fungal cream and shampoo. I told the doctor as well as the derm that I was using 2,5% benzoylperoxide but they both said that if I had been using it for 8 years that probably wouldn't be the cause.
Well... after 3 months of itchyness and feeling desperate since nothing (not even the derm meds) helped me get rid of them, (patches didn't change, just stayed in the same place and itched) I quit benzoylperoxide for a few days just to be sure. Bam... patches disappeared within 5 days.
Two weeks later my acne returned with a vengeance. Terrible breakout all over my face, woke up at night because my face hurt. But that's another issue. I apparently still have acne and had it under control with BP. I'm on differin and eryacne (erytomycine topical) now and my skin still doesn;t look good at all, but I'm giving it 6 months or something since all I read on the boards is that you should give retinoids enough time to really do their job. I tried using BP again after 3 months of quitting. Patches returned in exactly the same places within 8 hours, with itchyness, redness and scaling. It's really weird... after 8 years of absolutely no problems at all (!!)
Theres one scientific article on the net describing my problem: http://allergycases....is-to-acne.html but it seems to be rare. Therefore I decided to create this topic. Most of the people here probably won't need BP for more than 8 years, but maybe if you're a consistent user and one day something like this happens, you might wanna quit BP instead of trying to fix it with anti-fungal cream for 3 months because your doctor and your derm said so... will save you a lot of time and frustration!
I wish everbody here good luck with their skin and their lives. Try not to let it get you down to much and be kind to yourself. Everyone who's dealing with (severe) acne should be proud of him/herself. The fact that you're facing a problem like this and living with it (while searching for a way to get rid of it) makes you a very brave person!
Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:43 AM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 01:06 AM
I have been using Dan's regimen for > 3 years and experienced similar symptoms 9 months ago. After that, I tried 3 different shipments of Dan's BP but the results are the same. This rules out that the bottles I received are damaged.
However, alternatives like Neutrogena On-the-spot BP and Proactive BP (both 2.5%) do not cause the same problems.Therefore, I believe this has got to do with some other ingredient used in Dan's BP instead.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 12:11 PM
For some reason the formulation of Neutrogena On-The-Spot was much better. It's meant as a spot treatment but I slathered it all over my face just fine.
Edited by Green Gables, 27 June 2012 - 12:12 PM.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:08 PM
Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:14 PM
Posted 15 July 2012 - 01:17 PM
My acne.org regimen log
What I currently use:
Cleanser: Basis Sensitive Skin Bar
Treatment: Acne.org 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide
Sunscreen (only during the day): Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 30 Sunblock
Posted 04 August 2012 - 06:17 AM