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Retinoids And Exfoliation

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I stopped using mechanical exfoliants after reading Dan's advice when I started the regimen. Aha kept me flake free (mostly.) Now I'm on epiduo and the leaflet says not to use anything that peels or contains glycolic acid WITH the epiduo. Does that mean I could use them in the morning? (I use the epiduo at night.) I'd usually use aha at night because of the risk of sun damage but I gather it's ok really if you use an spf and I have an exfoliating moisturiser with aha, bha and oil controlling properties so I think that is designed for the day... So is that ok or are we really not supposed to exfoliate at all? I've been on epiduo a week now and suddenly the flakiness is really bad... I hate acne!


Post Roaccutane (finished December 2013) Regimen: MorningSimple Refreshing Facial WashPaula's Choice 2% BHA and 8% AHA Gels

Finacea 15% Azelaic Acid

Medik8 C- tetra

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eyes with hyaluronic acid

Eucerin UltraSensitive Soothing Care for Normal-Combination Skin

La Roche Posay Dry Touch SPF 50+Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10, No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder - TranslucentEveningSimple Refreshing Facial WashDifferin 0.1% Adapalene La a Roche a Posay Lipikar Baume with Niacinamide <p>Vaseline100% acne free and left only with the faintest few red marks and shallow scarring. Products no longer used for acne prevention/treatment but for anti-ageing and hyper pigmentation (mostly just freckled now rather than post acne!)


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I've also been using Epiduo for a little over a week now (It's called Tactuo in Canada). My skin is peeling like a snake now, but I don't want to stop using it as I've read this is a normal stage and once your skin adjusts it will be fine.

As for the exfoliating, I don't think you should use anything with any chemicals in it. Your face will probably get irritated. As per my Doctor I've stopped using ALL over the counter cleansers, etc, and no perfumed products whatsoever. I'm just using Cetaphil Gentle wash cleanser and lotion, and carefully peeling away the dry skin as it comes (I know, gross)

My face is very itchy though, do you experience this?

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Yea my face is very itchy. I don't use any lotions though as they just aggravate my sensitive skin (I've tried practically every kind). I pretty much just follow the "Cave Man" regimen. I use shampoo 3 times a week, I don't use soap or body wash as it drys out my whole body. So far the acne is pretty much gone with retin-A but my face is still very red and peeling. It's been 2 and a half weeks.

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Oie! I don't know what to do about the itching, and I think I scratch in my sleep as I'll wake up and have a red mark on my neck, and I don't even really put the lotion there, but it still makes my neck itchy as well.

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I caved and used some exfoliating moisturiser. I'm still flaky around my chin but the rest of my face looks much better and I don't think it has done any harm. I think I will continue to use it in the mornings but only when I really need it. Normal gentle moisturiser is my first choice but sometimes the flakiness just looks too awful...

I'm really sorry to hear about the itching you are experiencing, I haven't had that, not yet anyway... My face stings when I put even the gentle soothing moisturiser on it but the rest of the time it doesn't hurt or itch. So I'm afraid I don't know what to suggest. Have you tried putting something cold on your face? Sorry I can't be more help hope it gets better soon!


Post Roaccutane (finished December 2013) Regimen: MorningSimple Refreshing Facial WashPaula's Choice 2% BHA and 8% AHA Gels

Finacea 15% Azelaic Acid

Medik8 C- tetra

La Roche Posay Hydraphase Eyes with hyaluronic acid

Eucerin UltraSensitive Soothing Care for Normal-Combination Skin

La Roche Posay Dry Touch SPF 50+Nivea Lip Care Sun Protect SPF 30MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10, No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder - TranslucentEveningSimple Refreshing Facial WashDifferin 0.1% Adapalene La a Roche a Posay Lipikar Baume with Niacinamide <p>Vaseline100% acne free and left only with the faintest few red marks and shallow scarring. Products no longer used for acne prevention/treatment but for anti-ageing and hyper pigmentation (mostly just freckled now rather than post acne!)


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How is your skin now after a week? Tomorrow will be 3 weeks for me, and I've went through every stage that people have mentioned and am happy that I stuck through with it. I went through the red stage, the skin peeling like crazy stage, now my skin no longer peels, just a little dry in certain areas some days, but Cetaphil with a drop of skin conditioning oil helps with that, and now I just have a little pink on my neck, but no longer red. My skin got a lot more clear for a couple days, and then the IB started which I knew would happen, right now I have a few cysts, but it's that time of the month, so it's to be expected.

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