Off topic. How long did it take for your skin to show improvements using the Benzac AC? I'm using the 5% one (just started last thursday, hasn't even been a week) since it's the one the pharmacist gave me. I'd really love to get my hands on Dan's BP but I live in the Philippines so I'll stick to OTC BP. I'm pretty eager for results. Thanks! And oh my acne is between light and moderate.
Hi Zephster and fellow Filipino!
Benzac is a great alternative. It worked really well to clear me up. I do recommend trying to get the 2.5% BP. I know they are not available in our pharmacies, but you can order it from Sulit.com.ph. It won't dry out and irritate your skin as much. I started on the 5% too and it was so harsh on my skin it felt like it was on fire for the most part. If you have friends or relatives coming back from the States, try to order yourself a few bottles of BP. That's what I did.
Anyway, using the Benzac, I was able to get completely clear by week 10. I broke out during weeks 4-6 but after that most of the acne started to slowly disappear. I think compared to other regimen users my acne went away pretty quickly. But don't get discouraged if your doesn't...it's different for everybody. Just stay consistent with the regimen and fight through the tough first weeks.
Hope that helped you out a bit.
Great! It's very unusual for me though, using the Benzac AC BP 5% doesn't irritate or dry me out at all. I mean no burns, no redness, I can even get away without using a moisturizer! (I do use moisturizer though just for the sake of using one). It's so weird since anybody who uses the BP goes through that "hell" period within the first few weeks until your skin adjusts. I guess my skin is used to the irritation and excessive dryness when I use my sulfur soap + clindamycin combo.
And 10 weeks... wow I don't think I'd be able to wait that long! I saw your older pictures and it really gives me hope that there is an answer to this friggin problem. Damn lucky you! I hope to get the same results if not better. Thanks for answering! I'll try to stick to using BP and see what happens in the next few months.