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Benzoyl Peroxide Breaking Me Out?

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#1 zephster


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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:17 AM

I haven't had pimples on my forehead since December of last year (I usually get breakouts on my cheeks) and now I have 6. I started using BP 3 weeks ago. Is this normal? My forehead breakout began last week and got worse. They're small ones though but visible.
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Posted 03 July 2013 - 11:03 AM

Some people report an "Inital breakout" of sorts with BP, it usually comes around week 2-6 of regular use.. along with the nasty irritation side effects. Keep on keepin on, and the breakouts should clear up soon enough! 

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Posted 03 July 2013 - 10:34 PM

Yeah this is very normal.  Many people find they start breaking out in areas that they don't usually, and even in areas they are not applying the BP.  You may find that you had small underskin bumps on your forehead that you hadn't noticed and this is them just all coming up to the surface.   Just stick with your regimen and once this new breakout heals your breakouts should become less and less until you're consistently clear.


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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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:08 PM

I recently found out that  the way benzoyl peroxide helps acne, is also the way it can damage your skin. It works by destroying oil and bacteria that builds up on and underneath the skin. It cant tell the difference between good and bad bacteria, so it destroys the good bacteria as well, leaving nothing to fight off infection. I always wondered why my skin was dried out but I would still break out. I'm using Liquid Oxygen products that don't contain BP and my skin is clear AND soft. Not expensive either.  *Moderator edit, URL removed - read the board rules*

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