I found Dan's regimen about 10 years ago and have used it ever since. I was so stunned when my acne began clearing using the regimen, especially after all the junk the derm gave me made my acne 10x's worse. I still remember the derm trying to get me to use accutane; this was before all of the side-effects were known.
Anyway, I'm ready to get off BP. Dan's original regimen called for 2.5% BP, a gentle cleanser and Cetaphil moisturizer. The regimen that has been most effective for me that I have stuck with for the better part of ten years has been: Neutrogena salycilyc acid cleanser, Persa Gel 10% BP, and Cetaphil SPF 15 moisturizer. I tried to tone down the dose of BP by using 5% persa gel, which apparently they only sell in Canada and had to be special ordered. This resulted in more frequent break outs so I went back to full strength.
After another ruined dress shirt and reading about the many negative effects of BP, I want to be done and try something else. The route I want to go is tea tree oil. I'm a little confused the best way to go about a tea tree regimen. My questions are as follows:
Do I still use a gentle cleanser like SA or a cetaphil or buy a tea tree infused cleaner?
Do you apply the tea tree mixture in the am and pm?
Does anyone make a teat tree cream or gel that is good or is it best to dilute pure tea tree and apply yourself?
Any particular brands you would/would not reccomend?
Can I should I still use my cetaphil moisturizer with tea tree? Do I apply this immediately after the tea tree oil?
Should I "wean" myself off BP before stopping cold turkey?
Your thoughts and experiences are greatly appreciated.
I’m also make a concerted effort to improve my lifestyle (quitting smoking, cutting back drinking, exercise and better foods) to hopefully break my acne cycle before I’m 30.