Hello, about a year ago I went on Dan's Regimen and it really cleared up my skin, almost completely. I enjoyed the clear skin for a couple of months at which point it became harder for me to keep to the rigorous schedule i used to keep for the regimen (I began to miss a day here and there, and eventually a few days at a time, until I was doing it once a day every so often). This intermittent use of the Regimen kept going through this most recent summer but I wasn't getting the results I wanted.
I decided to keep to the regimen more strictly as I had begun to only do it once a day, at night. I began doing it twice a day, using a full two pumps. I'm not sure whether I developed Seborrheic Dermatitis (Seb Derm) before or after I had begun to do the regimen twice a day, but my face suddenly became enflamed, very red and itchy, and very dry. At this point I decided to cut out the use of BP and just stick to washing my face with a gentle cleanser, rubbing jojoba oil in to get rid of the flakiness, and then finishing off with a hefty amount of Dan's moisturizer. This seemed to calm down the symptoms of my seb derm (at the time I hadn't been diagnosed and didn't know what it was). So I thought that I could ease back into the Regimen, starting slowly. I used a little over half a pump, and that night was hell. My skin was burning, itchy beyond relief. I ended up scratching up the areas affected by seb derm in my sleep, causing it to become infected (weeping yellow liquid/crusting yellow). At this point I went to see a dermatologist who diagnosed me with seb derm and gave me a 1% hydrocortisone/2% miconazole cream, and it's been about a week and my symptoms seem to be clearing off (save for some flakiness around where i apply the hydrocortisone). My dermatologist instructed me not to use a moisturizer until my symptoms cleared off, but I couldn't help it as I had functions to attend and the flakiness was very distracting. I've not used moisturizer for the past two days, and I think my skin has lost a lot of its scaliness, but continues to flake a little bit.
Anyway, my question is, was my reaction to the BP the cause of my seb derm, or did my seb derm cause my skin to react so violently to the BP. And also, will I ever be able to go back to the Regimen normally? And for any Seb Derm experts out there. What do I do to combat flaking skin that seems to be caused by the hydrocortisone/miconazole cream?
Also: My dermatologist told me my seb derm could have flared up due to stress and fatigue, which makes sense to me.