As the previous poster said, definitely cut out the exfoliation for a bit. Using anything with physical exfoliants seems to be (in a general consensus statement) really damaging to inflammatory acne. I am 25 and have used lots of different products, including several physical exfoliants. My experience with them has been that they typically make your face feel really smooth and great, but then they cause pretty bad inflammatory acne to rise up shortly afterwards. As for the dryness and tightness, definitely stick with just moisturizing for a little while. I had a very similar issue when I was about 18 and using Dan's regimen. I got to a point where I was breaking out and using benzoyl peroxide (2.5%) and moisturizing but my face would not stop being flaky and was just a disaster; red, irritated and really depressing. I was leaving for undergrad around that time and I remember being so depressed about it and fed up that when I arrived for orientation, I just said to myself "eff this. I'm not using anything except for a moisturizer and I don't care." And it was wonderful. My face immediately felt less dry and tight, flaking diminished and though it took a week or so for the redness to diminish, it felt so nice to be free of that awful tightness in my face.
Clearly, I'm on acne.org so I didn't vanquish my acne altogether, however, my main point is that sometimes giving your face a break can do wonders. Let your body heal itself temporarily. Then, when it feels more normal, go back on your typical medication (Benzeclin, etc.). That would be my advice! I don't know about widespread use of antibiotic creams either...I mean in isolated cases e.g. one particularly affected lesion, I suppose it's alright, but long-term use is definitely not a great idea. Too many issues with bacterial resistance.
Oh, also, definitely don't use a hydrating body wash on your face!!! That sounds like a recipe for disaster as they are typically not formulated to be non-comedogenic (non pore-blocking) and are simply not designed for the face.
Edited by scottb2185, 01 August 2012 - 03:19 PM.