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#1 MoonlitRiver

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Posted 04 July 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hello, I was just wondering if anyone had found any successful or semi-successful alternatives to using benzoyl peroxide? I was on the regimen for a year and a half and although it cleared up much (but never all) of my acne it also made my skin so massively red and dry (despite liberal use of moisturiser and jojoba oil) that it didn't really look any better than the original acne, especially because the dryness made it really difficult to cover the redness with make-up.

 

I gradually stopped using the regimen a few months ago but now my acne is back worse than ever, to the extent that it hurts to open my mouth, raise my eyebrows or touch my face when washing it. I've been trying Freederm's treatment gel over the past month in the hopes that it would reduce the inflamation, especially where I've had cysts, but it hasn't really made much noticeable difference so I've pretty much lost faith in it and am in a state of total despair with my skin right now. In the past I've also tried Duac and Differin with little to no success.

 

Any suggestions for alternatives would be much appreciated! smile.png


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

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Posted 05 July 2013 - 09:33 PM

Hi, I haven't logged in here in ages...  Have you tried sulfur based products?  I'm allergic to BP so my only option was to use sulfur based ingredients and they worked wonders for me with less side effects and redness than BP.   Currently I use Kavi brand sulfur soaps. And for cycstic acne Kavi has a liquid sulfur suspension.  In the past I was on Klaron prescription which is similar and a topic retinoid.  I still can't believe that a bar soap has replaced years of expensive dermatologist prescription creams...  Other sulfur product I used was DDF 10% mask, but Kavi soap works much better for daily use, and the sulfur mask is used for spot treatment.   I'd also suggest trying AHA/BHA peels.  Those do work well at controlling breakouts.   Good Luck 



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:02 AM

I have ridiculously sensitive skin that seems to be irritated by almost everything. It won't tolerate BP, or SA, or sulfates / parabens, or moisturizers, or sunscreens, etc.

The only medicated item that has ever worked for me is sulfur based products. I have had very good success with a sulfur 5% / sodium sulfacetamide 10% wash used once daily. A gentle cleanser with no sulfates/ parabens is used for a second wash daily (Dickinsons Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash). All other shampoos and body cleansers are also sulfate/ paraben free. A gentler is better approach over the last 9 months has greatly improved my skin.

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:58 AM

Thank you so much for your suggestions :) I've never tried sulfur based products before so will definitely give them a go. Hopefully they will be gentle enough for my skin to deal with and actually give me some results as well. Definitely feel better about putting that on my face than any more nasty chemicals so fingers crossed!!


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:02 PM

Tea tree oil. Not only does it kill bacteria, it's natural and also kills demodex mites. It will take time though.

I am currently taking 2 x 250mg oxytetracycline tablets twice per day and at night apply Duac Once Daily Gel. Both of these have been prescribed by my doctor.


#6 MoonlitRiver

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 12:47 PM

Thanks, I might try that as well! (Although I've never heard of dermodex mites - they sound unpleasant!). I tried tea tree oil when I was in my teens with very little result but I probably wasn't persistent enough with it. 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


#7 MoonlitRiver

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Posted 07 July 2013 - 11:20 AM

Thanks so much for the advice! I will definitely give tea tree oil a try as I took against benzoyl peroxide quite a while ago when I realised that it was very obviously damaging my skin. It's only just recovered from the redness caused by it even though I stopped using it about 3 months ago. Unfortunately I can't buy the exact serum you suggest as they don't ship to the UK but I'm sure I'll be able to find a similar alternative if I shop around a bit! 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:07 PM

What does your redness looks like?  I have pretty bad rednesses from overusing BP especially around my nose/mustache and a little bit on chin.  I just stopped bp to Accutane and I wonder how to heal these rednesses (The very dry, peeling red skin).



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Posted 11 July 2013 - 10:25 AM

Hey there.

 

I tried the regimen for about two months and ended up with a red rash on my face. Went to the derm and he suggested a bp fash to try after the rash cleared.

 

He gave me Panoxyl 4 Creamy wash. It has kept me clear in combination with topical clindamycin. The company that makes it is actually a laboratory with a good reputation for less irritating and effective bp products.

 

I might try this if you can't find a good bp alternative. The freederm spot treatment looks interesting though.

 

 

I have very fair skin and am prone to redness/irritation.

 

 

Anyways, that's just my advice. Good luck my friend!


AM:

-Wet Face

-Cleanse with equal parts Dan's face wash and Panoxyl 4 Creamy Wash (or just Cetaphil gentle face cleanser)

       -Leave cleanser on face for a minute then wash off

-Paula's Choice Clinical redness relief as a toner

-Apply topical clindamycin lightly with cotton ball to chin area

-Apply Neutrogena Combo Skin (or olay complete if going out) to entire face

 

PM

-Wet Face

-Cleanse gently with Panoxyl 4 Creamy Wash (or Cetaphil gentle face cleanser if face gets too dry)

       -Leave cleanser on face for 2 minutes then wash off

-Paula's Choice Clinical redness relief as a toner

-Apply topical clindamycin with cotton ball to chin area

-BHA liquid exfoliant on nose and chin area - Paula's choice

-Apply Neutrogena Combo Skin

-sometimes- Dan's AHA+ as chin moisturizer (sometimes spot treat with zapzyt)

 

 

        Sometimes skip clinda in the pm. Trying to switch from clinda solution to a cream/gel (solution=alc)

 

Supplements (taken at night before bed):

 

-"Zinc for acne" (via Amazon)

-Estroblock - natural DIM supplement to regulate hormones

-Zyrtec for under eye circles

 

Unwanted hair maintenance:

Jolen face hair bleach for area in between and around eyebrows

 

 

 

Dealing with Purple PIH currently! Some white heads and blackheads still. PIH. Under eye circles like a boss.

 

 

Hoping this regimen will clear up my skin by August 20th! And trying to get a "healthy tan"

 


#10 MoonlitRiver

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 05:35 AM

Grubby456 my redness did look exactly like yours by the sounds of it, just really red, incredibly dry, flakey and generally irritated. Having stopped the BP I was able to clear the flakey redness in a couple of months using a gentle cleanser and Cetaphil moisturiser + jojoba oil which my skin really likes. I'm now back to using a light Garnier moisturiser as my skin isn't overdried anymore.

Thanks avs30 I might look into the Panoxyl 4 creamy wash you mention! I've used other creamy washes before and always found them less irritating on the skin. I'm going to steer clear of BP altogether for a bit but if that totally fails (as it is doing at the moment with my worst and most painful breakout ever!) I'll definitely give that wash a try. :) The Freederm spot treatment was good at reducing my inflamation and cysts for a bit but unfortunately seems to have stopped being so effective now. Might work well on stuff that's not quite as angry as mine though.


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 15 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

Accutane.

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Posted 15 July 2013 - 11:40 AM

Salicylic acid (SA) is a good alternative to BPO.  Cerave SA is mild and you might try it, and there are probably a lot of other products with SA.  Don't use SA if you have dark skin because it may cause the melanin to concentrate into hyperpigmentation.

 

Dilute Tea Tree Oil (TTO) with a carrier oil so it's about 10% at first, and you may be able tolerate 50% after a week or so.  TTO treats demodex mites, which are sometimes a co-existing condition with acne.  Demodex treated with 25% to 50% TTO will die in about 2 weeks but the eggs hatch in 3 weeks so TTO has to be used for 4 to 5 weeks to obtain full cure, if demodex is your problem.  TTO doesn't really treat anything else, IMO, so it's useful for a differntial diagnosis on demodex.



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:02 AM

Thanks for the replies guys! Having read some of the horror stories on here I'm really not up for trying Accutane but I'm definitely going to look into tea tree oil after all these recommendations! I've tried quite a few products containing salicylic acid in the past and seen little to no results. I'm fairly sure my acne stems mostly from a hormonal problem but I don't know if that rules out these demodex mites things or not. Think I need to do some research on them. Thanks for the advice on tea tree oil concentrations though I'm definitely up for giving that a try! 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope
 


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:23 PM

Go to your GP and see if they'll prescribe Differin. BP didn't sit very well with me at all (it just made my skin dry and flaky), but Differin worked great! I started it in November 2011 and by March 2012 my skin was clear - around April this year it stopped working, but I still had a good year of just about clear skin. It's no more extreme than BP and it's affordable - check it out!



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Posted 16 July 2013 - 10:19 PM

I have been using Liquid Oxygen products specifically because they do not have benzoyl peroxide. The bp dried out my skin, which was fine for the first day or two, but and then I would get rebound oily-ness and more breakouts - Dry skin that was greasy??!! I've been using these products for a few weeks and my acne has cleared up significantly and my skin is soft but not greasy. Their products are all natural.



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Posted 17 July 2013 - 04:07 AM

Thanks for the Differin suggestion - very glad to hear it worked for you for a while! - but unfortunately I got prescribed it several years ago and although it didn't irritate my skin like benzoyl peroxide I also never saw any results from it either after about 5-6 months (in fact I'm fairly sure it caused more breakouts). My GP's recently prescribed me antibiotics and Dianette because we've exhausted all the topicals so fingers crossed this will help a bit! 

Ooo I haven't heard of these Liquid Oxygen products but will keep a look out for them. Thanks for the suggestion! :) 


My Current Treatment Plan

 

Morning: Lymecycline
 

Evening: Dianette + Epiduo

Diet: eliminated dairy

 

My Log: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/331567-diary-of-a-three-pronged-attack-my-mission-to-get-clear-skin-and-avoid-roaccutane/#entry3369787 

 

Acne status: essentially clear and just waiting for hyperpigmentation to fade

 

"I would rather learn what it feels like to burn than feel nothing at all." ~ Ron Pope