It was early September 2009 and the summer before my junior year of college (age: 20.5 years old) when I finally decided to do something about my mild-to-moderate acne. It was never terrible, but I felt that if my face was clear I would be more comfortable in social situations.
So I first started the Regimen. I didn't have an initial breakout like many people do, and within just a couple weeks my face was rather clear without any major dryness or flaking!!
Junior year of college was amazing... joined the rowing team at my school (and excelled), turned 21 and became somewhat of a social party animal. My face was sufficiently clear that I always felt comfortable about it. I wasn't always so comfortable about applying BP in the gym locker-room and moisturizer afterwards in my car (before class), but it worked for my face so I stuck with it. And this was with pretty minimal amounts of BP and moisturizer.
Fast forward to about a year after starting the Regimen; met a girl who became my first legitimate girlfriend (just dated around prior). While with her my face was fine! But several months into that Dan decided to switch from the white moisturizer to the current yellow one. This slowly changed my level of satisfaction with my skin. To put it swiftly: the new moisturizer was the worst thing that happened to my face since starting the Regimen, because my face grew increasingly more flaky.
And fast-forward to now: I have been with my current girlfriend for a while, and proposed to her about 3.5 weeks ago! She's an awesome girl; beautiful, smart, no-drama, great parents, and I could go on and on. I mention this because currently when I spend time kissing her, the skin around my mouth can become rather flaky. And if her shoulders touch my cheeks, they flake and sometimes leave skin flakes on her clothing!! I also get flaky between my eyebrows, so that tells me the flakiness isn't necessarily related to shaving.
Here's my current rendition of the Regimen:
1) 3/4 pump of Dan's cleanser, made into a lather. Gentle washing and gentle rinsing. I've tried to become more gentle over time in hopes of reducing flakiness (been gentle for 1+ months)
2) apply a decent amount of Dan's jojoba oil. Also use this to rub flakes off (because there are so many)
3) 1 pump of Dan's BP. Applied gently.
4) spot treat with Dan's AHA, while BP is still wet.
5) 1.5 pumps Dan's moisturizer applied with my left hand so I can eat cereal with my right hand... takes 8-10 minutes to rub in all the moisturizer and I still have to make sure to get all the flakes off.
Mid-morning, about 3-4 hours later:
1) blot my face to get rid of the oily-ness
2) eat a bagel, and this has the side effect of stretching the skin around my mouth, which makes it flaky
3) apply more moisturizer around my mouth
4) blot around my mouth to remove oily-ness
1)shower with moderately warm water. Wash body, use Dan's cleanser on back of neck/back/chest. THEN get head/face wet, wash hair and ears. Dry off but leave face wet.
2)shave face, with a Schick Quattro Titanium razor. Yes it has 4 blades, but I need the closer shave. Use 1 pump of Dan's cleanser lathered as a shaving cream on face and neck.
3)add another half pump of cleanser and wash rest of face gently. Dry face.
4)perform steps 2)-5) from morning routine, exactly the same.
I'm rather unhappy with the level of flakiness, especially lately... despite all the jojoba oil and moisturizer and being gentle. The Regimen alone consumes half of my morning routine, and at night if my fiance comes over, she has to wait for the moisturizer to dry (~20mins) before she can kiss me... and even then I have to worry about my skin flaking from her kissing me
So I'd like to move on from BP (after 3.25 years) and go with the Hibiclens treatment. But I don't know how to come off of BP without triggering something worse. Does anybody have suggestions on how to transition off of BP and work into Hibiclens? I've got some already from treating folliculitis.
Basically my primary dilemma is getting rid of the flakiness, and if possible eliminate the BP... but if I still did BP at night it would be alright.
Edited by tcolesen, 17 December 2012 - 05:45 PM.