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I just ordered Dan's BP a few days ago as I plan on using Cetaphil and CeraVe (and sublock in the AM) in place of his cleanser and moisturizer. After seeing some people's issues with their faces turning darker, now I'm really worried! I always thought BP was originally marketed many years ago as a bleaching agent (I mean it definitely does a good job at bleaching my hair line!) before the discovery of its uses for treating acne, so I'm curious as to why this is happening to some of you guys. I actually really LIKE my pale skin! sad.png

Are there any solid reasons as to why the hyperpigmentation happens? Lack of sunblock? AHA and lack of sunblock? The fact that Dan's moisturizer is yellow due to the Licorice?

Any insight?????


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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I think the darkening might come about from having the face totally covered in the BP, and then it getting dry and kind of leathery looking. Once you get the moisture back to it, it goes back to your normal colour (from my experience, and I have pale skin).


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Most of the time any initial darkening is due to the skin getting overly dried out. Be sure you start out easy and low with the bp, but be very generous with the moisturizer and jojoba oil. It's also important to use spf each day as most acne medications do make the skin more sensitive to the sun.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I think the darkening might come about from having the face totally covered in the BP, and then it getting dry and kind of leathery looking. Once you get the moisture back to it, it goes back to your normal colour (from my experience, and I have pale skin).

I know everyone's experience is different, but this puts me a little more at ease rather than actually dreading it coming in the mail.

Most of the time any initial darkening is due to the skin getting overly dried out. Be sure you start out easy and low with the bp, but be very generous with the moisturizer and jojoba oil. It's also important to use spf each day as most acne medications do make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

I def. will. I always use high SPF's on both my face and body everyday (50+) since age spots run in my family. Also because I'm moderately tattooed and don't want them to fade, lol. Thanks! smile.png

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My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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I'm completely pale too, and the only thing I suffered in the initial couple of months was redness to my face. But as my skin adjusted to the BP, the redness lessened and completely went away. (take a look at my gallery for my progress following the regimen).

Good luck with it all, but as Brandy has stated above, go really really slowly :)


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 just ordered Dan's BP a few days ago as I plan on using Cetaphil and CeraVe (and sublock in the AM) in place of his cleanser and moisturizer. After seeing some people's issues with their faces turning darker, now I'm really worried! I always thought BP was originally marketed many years ago as a bleaching agent (I mean it definitely does a good job at bleaching my hair line!) before the discovery of its uses for treating acne, so I'm curious as to why this is happening to some of you guys. I actually really LIKE my pale skin! sad.png

Are there any solid reasons as to why the hyperpigmentation happens? Lack of sunblock? AHA and lack of sunblock? The fact that Dan's moisturizer is yellow due to the Licorice?

Any insight?????

I would not use cetaphil cleanser, contains SLS, it made me breakout.. Try paula's choice cleansers! xD

I'm completely pale too, and the only thing I suffered in the initial couple of months was redness to my face. But as my skin adjusted to the BP, the redness lessened and completely went away. (take a look at my gallery for my progress following the regimen).

Good luck with it all, but as Brandy has stated above, go really really slowly smile.png

Hello miss Australia! Yes you are pale and beautiful! :)

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I just ordered Dan's BP a few days ago as I plan on using Cetaphil and CeraVe (and sublock in the AM) in place of his cleanser and moisturizer. After seeing some people's issues with their faces turning darker, now I'm really worried! I always thought BP was originally marketed many years ago as a bleaching agent (I mean it definitely does a good job at bleaching my hair line!) before the discovery of its uses for treating acne, so I'm curious as to why this is happening to some of you guys. I actually really LIKE my pale skin! sad.png

Are there any solid reasons as to why the hyperpigmentation happens? Lack of sunblock? AHA and lack of sunblock? The fact that Dan's moisturizer is yellow due to the Licorice?

Any insight?????

I would not use cetaphil cleanser, contains SLS, it made me breakout.. Try paula's choice cleansers! xD

Yeah, I know SLS isn't good for any part of the body, but my face does well with Cetaphil's cleanser. I highly prefer it over anything that foams, especially now because I'm up to a full pump of BP day and night and parts of my face are really red and sore.

I did, however, order Dan's moisturizer and am unfortunately experiencing the slight tanning effect. :( Not so bad as most people have posted about, but my face looks about a shade darker than my chest which sucks because it's a very soothing moisturizer and that's why I'm not going to return it. I'll have to play around with it and see what I can do. Maybe the redness is distorting the look of it, but for now I think I'm just gonna use it at night.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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I just ordered Dan's BP a few days ago as I plan on using Cetaphil and CeraVe (and sublock in the AM) in place of his cleanser and moisturizer. After seeing some people's issues with their faces turning darker, now I'm really worried! I always thought BP was originally marketed many years ago as a bleaching agent (I mean it definitely does a good job at bleaching my hair line!) before the discovery of its uses for treating acne, so I'm curious as to why this is happening to some of you guys. I actually really LIKE my pale skin! sad.png

Are there any solid reasons as to why the hyperpigmentation happens? Lack of sunblock? AHA and lack of sunblock? The fact that Dan's moisturizer is yellow due to the Licorice?

Any insight?????

I would not use cetaphil cleanser, contains SLS, it made me breakout.. Try paula's choice cleansers! xD

Yeah, I know SLS isn't good for any part of the body, but my face does well with Cetaphil's cleanser. I highly prefer it over anything that foams, especially now because I'm up to a full pump of BP day and night and parts of my face are really red and sore.

I did, however, order Dan's moisturizer and am unfortunately experiencing the slight tanning effect. sad.png Not so bad as most people have posted about, but my face looks about a shade darker than my chest which sucks because it's a very soothing moisturizer and that's why I'm not going to return it. I'll have to play around with it and see what I can do. Maybe the redness is distorting the look of it, but for now I think I'm just gonna use it at night.

Ok, if it works for you, then that's all that matter. I have used Dan's moisturizer when I used BP and it did leave slightly yellowish, but oily skin causes skin to look darker than rest of the normal skin that won't get oily. How do you deal with the annoying bleaching effects of BP? I just can't deal with that anymore, trying to get clear using AHA+ only. Is that you in the pic BTW? Perfect skin there if that's you..

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Lol, yeah that's me. Based on my hair (because I'm always changing it) it was from this past summer and my skin is far from perfect. There's a lot of filtering in that pic. Trust me, I wouldn't even consider BP if my acne was only a mild case.

The BP hasn't bleached my skin at all. Any time I would use a BP treatment, usually a BP cleanser like ProActiv or the one Neutrogena has, the only thing it would ever bleach is my hair and dark fabrics.

Some areas of my face are normally oily when not on any harsh treatments, but my entire face is a desert right now. So if oily areas tend to look darker, then the yellow tint isn't being caused by any oil production.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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I would say don't listen to any nonsense around here. Your skin will remain its normal color after you moisturize. You will probably experience some redness in your first month or so on the regimen, but then everything is completely normal.

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I experienced a tanned and red face throughout most of the time I've been of the regimen. A lot of people attribute it to Dan's moisturiser but I never used his. I'm not sure exactly what causes it, but it would probably have to do it what poster Brandy mentioned, about your skin darkening from being overly dried out. I realise that i just had so many dead layers of skin on my face from the BP, causing my face to darken.

I'm on my 14th week of the regimen and aside being completely acne-free, I've noticed that my face is gradually starting to feel almost normal again - I don't feel the dryness and I'm not longer red and tanned. I've been doing the jojoba oil exfoliation + using AHA every two days at night for the past couple of weeks and I feel that that has helped immensely.

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I would say don't listen to any nonsense around here. Your skin will remain its normal color after you moisturize. You will probably experience some redness in your first month or so on the regimen, but then everything is completely normal.

But my skin isn't my normal color, it's about a shade darker. Granted, yes, it is moderately red right now so that could be contributing to it, but it is a little darker regardless. I'm sticking to only using it at night as of right now and I'm going to give it a go for daytime once the redness subsides.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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If you use benzoyl peroxide on a pimple, the pimple will fade yes but it will turn into a red mark called hyperpigmintation. You skin naturally will get rid of these marks over time but BP limits your skins ability to do this and therefore extends the time needed to repair.

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If you use benzoyl peroxide on a pimple, the pimple will fade yes but it will turn into a red mark called hyperpigmintation. You skin naturally will get rid of these marks over time but BP limits your skins ability to do this and therefore extends the time needed to repair.

I know that, but I meant hyperpigmentation of the face, basically the "tan" effect, from the moisturizer being yellow. So I'm not exactly sure what you mean here.


My Story:
I've had mild-to-moderate adult on-set acne (inflammatory) that started creeping up on me towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've attempted, I've been conflicted, misinformed, resistant, allergic, and/or had my hopes up too high only to be let down. Many of my previous posts on here may reflect that. Considering I've never found an explanation as to why I developed acne in my twenties, whereas I've had flawless skin my entire life up until then, I claim to know nothing. I can only offer my humble advice based on my own personal experiences.



Finished my Accutane course on 3/29/2015
40mg/day every month for 6 months

Began 2nd course of Accutane on 10/13/2015
Even though my acne came back very mildly & nowhere near as bad as it used to be, I refused any topicals or antibiotics since I've already been through the "last resort" treatment without any problems.

My targeted length of time & dosage is currently the same as the 1st round.


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This all can be prevented if you just join me to the dark side and use only AHA+ for acne, lol.

I second this! haha

I used BP for years and all it gave me was red, flaky, dry and irritated skin. I use AHA every night and my skin isn't red at all-- it's pale and happy! haha

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This all can be prevented if you just join me to the dark side and use only AHA+ for acne, lol.

I second this! haha

I used BP for years and all it gave me was red, flaky, dry and irritated skin. I use AHA every night and my skin isn't red at all-- it's pale and happy! haha

Yay! BP is still the most effective topical treatment for acne no doubt about that, but it's friggin bleaching poison too. AHA has research proven acne bacteria reducing effect and it's the most effective chemical exfoliant you can use and daily exfoliation helps acne too. Plus your partner won't get irritated skin, lol.

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I'm as pale as a piece of paper. When I first started Dan's regimen, oh so many years ago, my face became red. It's very common when first starting to use BP. In my experience, it didn't stay irritated long and definitely wasn't permanent. Just be sure to follow the proper dosage guide lines and be sure to moisturize, and you'll be good to go. Good Luck!

PS Don't forget the sunscreen!

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