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Since suffering from worsening acne since I was in my late 20s, I think I have figured out the major cause of my problem. I have severe dry skin because of a genetic skin disorder called icthyosis vulgaris that prevents me from effectively shedding dead skin. I am sure my acne is hormonally triggered but the dry skin prevents my skin from breathing and leads to blocked pores and inflamed cysts, especially around my cheeks. I was able to reduce my acne in my late 20s with good moisturizing and AHAs. But with aging, I haven't been able to find a good enough moisturizer to keep up with even worsening dry skin.

I recently read up on Dan's regimen when I was on vacation and bought a neutrogena line that approximates the routine, to start with until I can order the real stuff. I started the routine while I spent 2 weeks in humid south east Asia and had no cysts at all. My skin was supple and clear. I did get some pimples around my menstrual cycle, but they cleared up much faster than normal. Since I have been back, the cysts have reappeared on my cheeks. I am totally convinced that moisture is what I need most of all.

Short of moving to SE asia, how can I approximate the constant moisture. My Cerave and neutrogena moisturizers don't work, even with the jojoba. I have put a humidifier in my room so I hope that helps. I will order some of Dan's stuff once my budget recovers from my trip, but I think I will need a way stronger moisturizer. Any suggestions?


AM:

water, with wet wash cloth or cetaphil with baking soda to exfoliate

Dan's BP-1 pump

Cerave with SPF

PM:

purpose cleanser

occasional swipe of Oxy for sensitive skin

cerave PM


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I don't think Dan's moisturizer is going to be any better than Cerave in terms of moisture. I would suggest shea butter, 100% unrefined. It is a bit greasy to the feel, but it won't break you out.


No regimen is one-size-fits-all. You are unique and so is your skin.

AM

Black soap - Lumiplexion Salicylic Acid ~ Lumiplexion SPF 30 ~ Lumiplexion moisturizer

PM

Black soap ~ Lumiplexion Glycolic Acid 12% (3-4x week) ~ Lumiplexion Hydroquinone 1-2x week

Lumiplexion enzyme mask / sulfur mask / moisturizing mask 1-2 week as needed

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So I have been using Dans BP for over 4 months and my cystic acne is gone. I still get an occassional pimple-maybe 3-4 per month but they erupt and clear up in a few days. I get them usually if I get lazy and don't do the routine every.single. night.

I went out of town for 3 days and couldn't pack my tube of BP in my bag so I came back with 2 pimples. I am going to order a travel size right now.

I have managed the flakiness by mixing in amlactin with Dans lotion at night. I do use a wash rag to exfoliate in the morning because my skin doesn't naturally self-exfoliate. I also have been applying gobs of moisturizer in the morning and lettting it sink in.


AM:

water, with wet wash cloth or cetaphil with baking soda to exfoliate

Dan's BP-1 pump

Cerave with SPF

PM:

purpose cleanser

occasional swipe of Oxy for sensitive skin

cerave PM


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I have changed my regime slightly (see signature line) and just use one pump of Dans BP in the morning and none at night. I don't notice any change wrt to acne (still 99.9% clear) but I do have far less drying/wrinkly appearance. Also, the heavy moisturizing at night seems to combat the drying and peeling perfectly. In fact, my skin seems far less dry than ever. I don't even need to put moisturizer on right away after washing. No tightness or ashiness.


AM:

water, with wet wash cloth or cetaphil with baking soda to exfoliate

Dan's BP-1 pump

Cerave with SPF

PM:

purpose cleanser

occasional swipe of Oxy for sensitive skin

cerave PM


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