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#1 xdevochkax



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 11:22 AM

It's been a few days short of a month since I started the regimen and my skin is *STILL* flaking- predominantly around my mouth & eyebrow area. And if I don't have a crap ton of moisturizer on (i.e. sometimes I roll around too much when I sleep and I tend to transfer most of it off onto my pillow, leaving my face dry in the morning) my skin then ends up looking leather-like in the flakey areas.


I'm pretty much used to the BP at this point - no burning or itching, just still a slightly flushed look, probably since I have fair skin, and tightness where the flaking is. Makes me nervous since I've seen regimen logs where the flaking and/or itching lasts wayyy beyond a normal time period... by that I mean years.


I'm doing everything I can to help the flakes - gentle jojoba oil rubs about twice a week, cleaning for 15 seconds at most (the extra few seconds because I have to cleanse Cortizone off my neck since I've developed dry patches there due to the weather change), and moisturizing generously (always including jojoba oil, using a heavier cream at night, and adding in an SPF during the day).


Should I possibly order the AHA at this point? Even if my skin is still pink-ish/flushed?


Has anyone else had a similar experience to this in the beginning stages?


I don't mean for this to sound like a sap story. I'm mostly just really annoyed.

Edited by xdevochkax, 05 November 2013 - 11:38 AM.

My Story:
I've had mild/moderate adult on-set acne which began towards the end of 2009 (22 years old). Regarding my beliefs and the previous skincare/lifestyle changes I've tried, 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

Current Routine:
Cleanser:  CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (AM & PM - cleanse with the Clarisonic Cashmere Cleanse brush head every other night)
Moisturizers:  Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen for Face, SPF 50 (AM) // Avocado Oil (PM)
Eye Cream:  Honey Girl Organics Extra Sensitive Face and Eye Creme (AM & PM)

#2 tashathewhale


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Posted 05 November 2013 - 03:50 PM

I started the regime about 2 months ago, and my skin has just stopped being flaky about a week ago. But what I found REALLY helped, was applying moisturiser before and after I applied BP. My skin has cleared up so much, and is less flaky. A good exfoliator such as the Clinique one has also helped to reduce the flaky ness. 

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 11:29 PM

Don't give up! I had the exact same experience. I started the regimen in 2011, and it took a good 6 months before I was totally clear. My skin flaked off like crazy, and there were times I didn't even want to leave my room. I wanted to cry. But I stuck with it, and now i only suffer from an occasional pimple every now and then.  I didn't like the AHA, to be honest. It burned my skin SO BAD. Actually burned. Every have I used any thing more painful. I would reccoment just sticking to the basic regimen at the point and then possibly add in the AHA if you want to :) 


Good luck! :)

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

Not all moisturizers are created equal. Even though you put a lot of one brand, it is not always as effective as another. Maybe try switching it up.


Also, the AHA is definitely worth it. It really helps your skin feel like skin again after all the flakes and leathery feeling you get from using a lot of BP.

Morning Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
Evening Routine:
- CLEANSER: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser/Acne.org Cleanser
- BENZOYL PEROXIDE : 1 pump of The Acne.org 2.5%
- MOISTURIZER: Cetaphil Moilturizing Lotion/Cream + Acne.org AHA + 5-6 drops of Acne.org Jojoba Oil
- Concealer: MAC Studio Finish Concealer in C25

                    NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
- Pressed Powder: MAC Select Sheer in NC20

                              The Balm Sexy Mama Translucent Power

                              Smashbox Photoset Pressed Power in Light
- Foundation: Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin in Buff

                      Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fuide in Cashew

- Tinted Moisturizer: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Scrub: St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control (twice a week in the AM)

- Eyecream: Clinique All About Eyes
- Medication: Diane 35
                     Meftormin 500mg (for PCOS)
- Supplements: Vitamin D3 (1000UI/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
                         Zinc (50mg/day) --- Started 5/16/2013
And this is all done as gently as possible. smile.png
This is my Regimen journey. --- http://www.acne.org/...gimenwith-pics/


Ordering Acne.org Products from the Philippines. --- http://www.acne.org/...he-philippines/


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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:03 AM

Don't give up!

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Posted 24 February 2014 - 02:22 PM

I too live on the East Coast, and I do sympathize with you because I feel that this weather isn't helping much with the dryness either on top of everything else. I'm going into my second month and trust me there has been a lot of ups and downs. I find that the AHA did help a great deal with the darkening effect, and I'm using it for spot treatment at the moment since I've gone off yaz. 


Don't give up, I know there are days it just seems like this is taking forever, but if your skin is finally starting to get under control, stick with it. Here's to us both getting the results we're hoping for. cheer.gif

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:57 PM

I had the same problem, and what I did was I began using the AHA+ and I greatly decreased my dose of BP. It got rid of my redness and flaking. I am going to rework my way up to the full dosage again, if my face can handle it. For now, a little bit of BP is still working wonders.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 05:13 AM

Yes, decrease the amount of bp used on your face, it does wonders. Less is more.


I use the following:

purpose gentle wash

acne.org bp

neutrogena oil free moisture (sensitive skin)



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 02:25 AM

Yes as mentioned above, amount of BP is so important.

I started the regimen with bp twice a day and even though I was dry as hell, I figured the skin would eventually get used to it. It never did, the bp is giving the skin no such chance. Changing to once a day brought me the result of clear skin without the side effects. In fact, even if you built up slowly up to a month or two, it could be a good idea to cut it down again, I changed to night only from week 7 and it has worked great for me.

As for the moisturiser problem, give the skin time to absorb it before you jump into bed, once its absorbed, the effect is will start taking place inside, something your pillow cannot touch.