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Moisturizer Leaving Skin Even More Dry And Itchy?

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I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and might have a possible solution. I'm 2 weeks into the regimen. I love the cleanser, the BP does its job, but when I get to the moisturizer... saywhat.gif !!!! sad.png 15 minutes or so after I put it on (as Dan suggested), it dehydrates my skin rather than making it feel moisturized and soft. I can barely move my face. It also makes my skin yellow and itchy too. I look tanner than my sister who plays football everyday. Help?? Advice?? Suggestions??

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Yeah, i had the same issue with his moisturizer. I switched to Neutrogenia for sensitive skin and its been much better so you may have to try another moisturizer. You have to realize that for the first couple of weeks and months, your skin is going to be extremely dry and uncomfortable-it's a part of this wretched process.


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Yeah, i had the same issue with his moisturizer. I switched to Neutrogenia for sensitive skin and its been much better so you may have to try another moisturizer. You have to realize that for the first couple of weeks and months, your skin is going to be extremely dry and uncomfortable-it's a part of this wretched process.

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i switched right away. Neutrogenia is on Dan's list for drug store substitutes so it shouldn't cause a problem. Also, jojoba was an issue for me and the moisturizer had that. Switch as soon as you can as the sample principle of skin care still apply


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end. Here's to finding my end.

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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It's the moisturizer it's not working for you. I suggest switching to cetaphil moisturizer and mixing jojoba oil with it.

Cetaphil alone doesn't work for me and neither does jojoba oil alone work. But when I bring the 2 together it's the perfect matrimony.

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Yea I hated the Regimen moisturizer. I liked Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture but eventually switched to just using natural oils like almond oil and evening primrose oil.


Keep in mind that the above statement(s), opinion(s), and/or recommendation(s) are based on my own personal experience and observations. Different people's bodies react differently to different things. It may not be the same for you. It may not work for you. Generally speaking, "your mileage may vary." In the interest of full disclosure, I am neither a medical doctor nor a nutritionist; I'm just a guy who's passionate about health, nutrition, and clear skin! Consult a practicing physician, dietician, or dermatologist before incorporating new supplements into your diet.


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The regimen moisturiser is the one that gets me clear the most, but I found it to be not moisturising enough in the early stages of the regimen (even with a gallon of jojoba oil). Try the above suggestions and see how it works for you. Good luck! :)


After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo. I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month. I can live with that

I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry. In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.


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i switched right away. Neutrogenia is on Dan's list for drug store substitutes so it shouldn't cause a problem. Also, jojoba was an issue for me and the moisturizer had that. Switch as soon as you can as the sample principle of skin care still apply

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How much joboba oil are yall mixing with your moisturizer? I use the daily advance Cetaphil lotion and I found the same thing as catalyst: joboba and cetaphil by themselves need each other.

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I had the same issue in the beginning. Switch to cetaphil moisturizer and use jojoba oil drops.

Most moisturizers by themselves wont be strong enough to help dry skin. Its important you add jojoba oil because

it last longer on your skin and it hydrates it.


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Everyone's really had more success with Cetaphil? Their moisturizers have quite a few alcohols in them.

I feel like Dan's moisturizer does work, although it's a bit of an awkward product because you have to use so much of it and it has such an odd texture/color.

I have been burning/stinging a lot when applying the moisturizer, could this be because of the Regimen or actually the acne.org moisturizer? If it's the moisturizer I will totally switch to Cetaphil.

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Everyone's really had more success with Cetaphil? Their moisturizers have quite a few alcohols in them.

I feel like Dan's moisturizer does work, although it's a bit of an awkward product because you have to use so much of it and it has such an odd texture/color.

I have been burning/stinging a lot when applying the moisturizer, could this be because of the Regimen or actually the acne.org moisturizer? If it's the moisturizer I will totally switch to Cetaphil.

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Everyone's really had more success with Cetaphil? Their moisturizers have quite a few alcohols in them.

I feel like Dan's moisturizer does work, although it's a bit of an awkward product because you have to use so much of it and it has such an odd texture/color.

I have been burning/stinging a lot when applying the moisturizer, could this be because of the Regimen or actually the acne.org moisturizer? If it's the moisturizer I will totally switch to Cetaphil.

Yes Im also having a similar experience as you I don't know if its the mositrizer itself that is fainting the color of the skin...

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Everyone's really had more success with Cetaphil? Their moisturizers have quite a few alcohols in them.

I feel like Dan's moisturizer does work, although it's a bit of an awkward product because you have to use so much of it and it has such an odd texture/color.

I have been burning/stinging a lot when applying the moisturizer, could this be because of the Regimen or actually the acne.org moisturizer? If it's the moisturizer I will totally switch to Cetaphil.

Yes Im also having a similar experience as you I don't know if its the mositrizer itself that is fainting the color of the skin...

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Everyone's really had more success with Cetaphil? Their moisturizers have quite a few alcohols in them.

I feel like Dan's moisturizer does work, although it's a bit of an awkward product because you have to use so much of it and it has such an odd texture/color.

I have been burning/stinging a lot when applying the moisturizer, could this be because of the Regimen or actually the acne.org moisturizer? If it's the moisturizer I will totally switch to Cetaphil.

Yes Im also having a similar experience as you I don't know if its the mositrizer itself that is fainting the color of the skin...

It might be; I've read a lot of posts where people claim it does. I have yellow undertones (olive skin), so it doesn't really bother me, but a lot of people complain that the moisturizer makes them yellow. It's also important to note though that BP can temporarily change the color of your skin while you're using it, so who knows!

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If you're using dans moisturizer and your skin is burning, it's because it's dry and irritated from the Bp. As your skin adjusts to bp the burning and or itching sensation starts to lessen.

There are some moisturizers that heighten the burning sensation for some people but not for others (eg I couldn't use cerave because of the burning but others swear by it). The trick is to just get through this stage as it all goes away eventually.

The yellowing of the skin would be mainly that the moisturizer hasn't fully absorbed bit the redness

Is definitely from Bp. That should lessen too over time as your skin adjusts.

My face is always red for an hour after applying Bp but then it goes back to normal and that's after using Bp for a year and a half.

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After remaining clear for around 1.5 years following DKR (The Regimen), in March 2013 I decided to change to Epiduo. I use a pea size amount of epiduo each night, followed by a layer of topical antibiotic (Eryacne). I also apply Eryacne every morning and moisturise twice a day. After switching to Epiduo from the regimen I found that it took a good 3 months to get back to being perfectly clear again and now I might get one small pimple appear per month. I can live with that

I started following Dan's Regimen in September 2011 after suffering with acne for 20 years or so. I followed the Regimen instructions exactly and became 100% clear within 9-11 weeks. In December 2011 and after being consistently clear for over a month, I started to slowly reduce the amount of BP I used until I was only applying BP at night. My skin still remained clear however I sometimes switched to applying BP twice a day for a few days (perhaps once a month) if I felt a few under skin bumps starting to come up. I used acne.org products (including AHA and jojoba oil) and sometimes cetaphil moisturiser at night if I felt my skin was especially dry. In the gallery I show my week by week progress following the regimen.


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If you're using dans moisturizer and your skin is burning, it's because it's dry and irritated from the Bp. As your skin adjusts to bp the burning and or itching sensation starts to lessen.

There are some moisturizers that heighten the burning sensation for some people but not for others (eg I couldn't use cerave because of the burning but others swear by it). The trick is to just get through this stage as it all goes away eventually.

The yellowing of the skin would be mainly that the moisturizer hasn't fully absorbed bit the redness

Is definitely from Bp. That should lessen too over time as your skin adjusts.

My face is always red for an hour after applying Bp but then it goes back to normal and that's after using Bp for a year and a half.

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It's probably just your skin getting used to the Regimen. I feel your pain man, my skin is very dry and red as well, and only in my problem areas, even though I do the Regimen everywhere. Still makes for very uneven skin, but hey, it was already like that before. Mine's not brownish, but yours might just be reacting differently. My skin's never reacted that way to anything, just red. I can't even seem to cover it anymore. It's so intense, but a fun experiment at least!

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It's probably just your skin getting used to the Regimen. I feel your pain man, my skin is very dry and red as well, and only in my problem areas, even though I do the Regimen everywhere. Still makes for very uneven skin, but hey, it was already like that before. Mine's not brownish, but yours might just be reacting differently. My skin's never reacted that way to anything, just red. I can't even seem to cover it anymore. It's so intense, but a fun experiment at least!

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It's probably just your skin getting used to the Regimen. I feel your pain man, my skin is very dry and red as well, and only in my problem areas, even though I do the Regimen everywhere. Still makes for very uneven skin, but hey, it was already like that before. Mine's not brownish, but yours might just be reacting differently. My skin's never reacted that way to anything, just red. I can't even seem to cover it anymore. It's so intense, but a fun experiment at least!

Do you think it is necessay to apply Sunscreen because I know i had prolonged contact with the sun so that probably could be my skin is reacting this way.. I hear all mix reviews about suncreens..

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It's probably just your skin getting used to the Regimen. I feel your pain man, my skin is very dry and red as well, and only in my problem areas, even though I do the Regimen everywhere. Still makes for very uneven skin, but hey, it was already like that before. Mine's not brownish, but yours might just be reacting differently. My skin's never reacted that way to anything, just red. I can't even seem to cover it anymore. It's so intense, but a fun experiment at least!

Do you think it is necessay to apply Sunscreen because I know i had prolonged contact with the sun so that probably could be my skin is reacting this way.. I hear all mix reviews about suncreens..

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Yes, absolutely. I've been told that the first 1-2 months of the Regimen can be pretty uncomfortable in that way, but it should subside. I'm only on week 3 haha.

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Yes, absolutely. I've been told that the first 1-2 months of the Regimen can be pretty uncomfortable in that way, but it should subside. I'm only on week 3 haha.

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i switched right away. Neutrogenia is on Dan's list for drug store substitutes so it shouldn't cause a problem. Also, jojoba was an issue for me and the moisturizer had that. Switch as soon as you can as the sample principle of skin care still apply

Okay. Maybe I'll try that out!. Hopefully it works for me as it did for you! Also, where did you find Dan's list for drug store subs? I tried looking for it, but seem to can't find it. Thanks!! amused.gif

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