I've been on the regimen for about 2 years now (I'm 18) and my skin is getting worse by the day. Using benzoyl peroxide has annoyingly never worked well for me, I have never seen a significant improvement in my skin and a lot of people ask me why I use it, and that is because whenever I stop using it, my skin breaks out like never before.
I cleanse my skin in the morning with Johnson's Top-to-Toe Wash, and then exfoliate with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, these products work fine with my skin and I have used them for the whole of the time I have done the regimen. After I cleanse I use Johnson's Blackhead Clearing Cleanser (Astringent) which I use as my toner. (Note: I have only recently started using this and it has worked WONDERS for my blackheads!!) after this I then apply my Neutrogena Visibly Clear Oil-Free Moisturiser to my face which I mix with about 4 drops of Jojoba Oil. I then apply my Benzoyl Peroxide which I get on prescription from my GP which is branded as Duac Once Daily and also had an antibiotic ingredient called Clindamycin. After this I then do the same step as before where I apply my moisturiser with the jojoba oil. I have to moisturise twice both times with Jojoba because my skin is SO dry from washing twice a day. At night I preform this exact method except I do not use my apricot exfoliator.
I cannot work out what is drying out my face so much, Is my cleanser safe? Even though the BP is called duac ONCE DAILY is it safe for me to carry on applying it twice a day?
The only time my skin is actually moisturised is when I only wash it once a day and let my natural oils come out, this obviously breaks me out more but it makes my skin feel nice. When I cleanse twice, the skin under my eyes gets extremely dry and flakey and then cracks and sometimes bleeds, in which i have to apply E45 cream just on that part of skin even though it is comedogenic because it is moisturising, but even that doesn't make it feel soft and I have to apply it every half an hour. Other parts of my skin are also extremely dry and even moisturising twice (before and after BP) doesn't stop the tight, dehydrated and flakiness. The only parts of my skin that aren't dry are my nose, forehead and a small part of my chin which are always extremely oily.
Sorry for rambling on, I have a hard time trying to explain things carefully and quickly.. haha.
I hope someone can help me with this problem, if it persists then I'm just going to have to come of BP all together since it is drying out my skin and not really do much for me but then I will have no clue what to do.