I've been using a SA wash now for about two weeks and it seems I have quite a few small red spots, nothing major. Is this linked to the SA?
I've been applying SA in the shower, leaving for a few mins, washing off and then applying AHA.
Don't seem to see any difference in the scars left from old spots which is the main problem .
Leave the SA on if youre fighting new active acne from developing. Scars take longer to heal because they are a "secondary" problem to the human body. That means your body will fight the causes of acne (usually bacteria in pores) and as an effect, acne will go away fast-ish, BUT scars arent a big problem to the body because the body sees it as already healed so it doesnt address the issue, it doesnt even know. They usually just fade away naturally as the cells die and new cells take the place (cell turnover), the new skin cells will be the original color of your skin. The reason why AHA helps fade acne hyperpigmentation is because it speeds up the cell turnover process which just accelerates new cells taking the place of old skin cells, which speeds up hyperpigmentation fade. Although, this is still lengthy and slower than acne healing, takes patience, just keep it up though. Remember, if it takes about 3 months to get totally or almost completely clear on The Regimen, it might take 5+ months for scars to fade. FYI, extended exposure to direct sunlight and UV rays make scars/hyperpigmentation take even longer to fade and can even set them in permanently, so wouldn't be a bad idea to apply sunblock to areas with hyperpigmentation. Good luck, keep it up!
EDIT: I recommend something like THIS to apply SA and keep the SA on, and apply moisturizer/AHA over it. Basically do the Regimen, but replace BP with SA instead.
Edited by DarkDubzs, 01 April 2014 - 06:52 PM.
Week 55 on The Regimen!! (Just broke a year!) seeing great results! Was clear from all active acne, but fell off my routine and slightly relapsed (updated 2/17/15)
Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky or oily and shiny during the day
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Spot & patch treat with Dan's BP and if necessary, Dan's AHA+
3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotionor Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin[Also testing several Paula's Choice moisturizers/SPF to pick my new one]
4. Paula's Choice Shine Stopper
At Night ▼▼
1. Dan's Gentle Cleanser
2. Paula's Choice Hydralight Toner [Also testing Paula's Choice Skin Balancing, and Resist Toners]
3. Dans BP - 1.5 to 2 pump(s).
4. 1/2 Olay Moisturizing Lotion - Sensitive Skin 1/2 Dans AHA+ & half pump of Garnier Jojoba/Macadamia Oil
~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~
- 2000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - two 1000 Iu capsule a day
- Target brand (Up & Up) Zinc 100mg - two 50mg cpasules a day
- CVS Chewable Vitamin C with Rose Hips 2000mg -two 1000mg tablets a day -Was previously taking Trader Joe's Synergistic C Vitamin C Complex
- Nature Made 16,000 IU Vitamin A -two 8000 IU capsules a day
- Trader Joe's Natural Papaya & Pineapple Enzymes -2 tablets a day -not really for skin, more for digestion
- One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day -mostly as a general multi-vitamin
- Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day -mostly for digestion
--Planning to add in some Vitamin B5, and possibly add Omega-3
Still trying to perfect my regimen. 'We all have different skin' ~YOUR MILEAGE WILL VARY!~ Customize your regimen/routine for your unique self