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How To Subdue An Allergic Reaction To Benzoyl Peroxide?

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#1 TuxedoBond

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

My face tolerates the peroxide while still becoming red and sore but my shoulders, back, and chest all become very swollen, itchy and inflamed. I even dillutted my solution from 2.5% to no more than 1.5% peroxide and I still have the same effect. I have just started using a leave on solution after having stopped use of a 10% peroxide shower wash several years ago due to severe burning effect.

Does anyone have experience of using antihistamines to counter this effect?

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:38 PM

I'm sorry that youre dealing with this :(. I'm no expert (only on day 4 of the DKR) but I do have sensitive skin and have dealt with many skin reactions during sensitive periods. I honestly think that if your allergic reaction is that serious, you should stop the BP. It really is a harsh product that isn't for everyone. I have a pretty extreme reaction to mineral oil - it produces redness, itch, and swelling, and also resulted in contact dermatitis on my chin and around my eyes. I did have had success in using antihistamines (I believe i used Benadryl or Claritin) to reduce the effect. However, once I realized that the Mineral oil was the culprit, I stopped immediately. You might want to check out alternatives like salycyic acid or erythromycin and use them in place on the BP in the regimen. Many people have good results just by changing their routine. Good luck to you!

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:31 PM

Do you think you may be applying too much BP on your chest and shoulders in comparison to your face? Try and reduce the amount of BP you're applying and build up a bit more slowly.

Alternatively, instead of BP try using AHA+ on your body. I know that AHA+ worked better on my chest acne compared to BP. Let us know how you get on.

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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Posted 25 May 2013 - 04:55 PM

Is AHA+ similar to salicylic acid? I have tried using the smallest dab and it still has the same effect on my torso. I've started using a jar of sulfur but it doesn't have resorcinol so I'm not sure how helpful it will be. I'm not sure what a dermatologist could give me to help.



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Posted 26 May 2013 - 08:38 AM

Hi, I experienced the same sensitivity to BP. My face feels like burning, extreme stinging sensation, it peels a lot and my cheeks turned redish in color and it's so painful when I apply the BP.I do have a very sensitive skin even before I use the regimen. I cleared up fast so after my skin is clear( though I still have my scars) I reduced the dosage of BP from everyday to once a day- every other day. I get the same results without the extreme sensitivity.

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Posted 30 May 2013 - 06:39 PM

I'm going to try once a day or every other day for my face. I can't tolerate any on the rest of my body however. :-/ I'm not sure what to do.






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