I think that tea tree oil would be better but if you find a cleanser with it in it, then it would be worth it to try out. I would love to know if you find a good one for me to try.
I want to first apologize for the late response to everyone here! I finally came across Internet Access, which is kind of a hit and miss for me right now. I'll be more likely to respond during the weekdays when I have Internet at school.
That said, I could see how tea tree oil could work better in a cleanser. It is really strong using 100% tea tree oil, and honestly, maybe I do just need to dilute it. Let's be honest, using 100% benzoyl peroxide on your face would mess you up pretty bad, and that's not a joke.
What you could try, Amber, is getting a regular cleanser, and then adding a couple of drops of 100% tea tree oil to that cleanser. That is always an option.
Yo I've been subscribed to you on you tube for a while now. Keep us updated. I love your videos!
That's awesome! Someone else here at Acne.org sees the power in Dan's site, and also follows me on Youtube! That's always really cool to hear. Are you following my new acne channel, or my old one? Here's a link to my acne-specific channel.
My acne cured when I stopped slathering on creams and lotions.
When I first started using Benzoyl Peroxide years ago, it seemed to clear up the acne.... for a few months.... then..... yup, it came back, whilst using the BP.
So then I tried retin-a and about 50 other different types of treatment. Still got acne.
It's all about using benzoyl peroxide the right way. I know that it's not for everybody, and what you're saying, I'm not denying! I believe you 100%, because when I first used B.P, I failed miserably. I was only successful once I watched Dan's How to Videos, as I explain in my video here.
People give up way too early on benzoyl peroxide, and from what I have seen, people usually fail because they're
- Using the wrong product / wrong % of benzoyl peroxide.
- Not moisturizing
- Overcleansing / Overwashing
There are so many mistakes you can make with benzoyl peroxide, it's almost ridiculous. That's why Dan's videos are very helpful! I don't know your specific case, and it could be that benzoyl peroxide stopped working for you, but I usually find that it's the latter.
So one day I decided to stop using all topicals. Acne erupted like you wouldn't believe, but I carried on just using a mild cleanser every morning and evening and patting dry with a clean towel. After a few weeks, the acne just stopped completely and the red marks healed, eventually. I still got a few minor whiteheads so decided to try BP again as I wanted to be 100% clear (silly thought really as most people are never 100% clear, even people who don't suffer acne). Guess what? Acne like you wouldn't believe erupted and although the BP seemed to help after a few bad weeks, the acne was always there to a degree.
When I did my acne on purpose experiment, I was actually surprised as to how well not washing my face actually worked! I thought that this was because I was older, and had less acne, but this definitely isn't the case. Like you, I had a similar experience when I stopped using all acne products.
But let's be honest, we all want perfection!
When I started using benzoyl peroxide again, my acne came back. I guess we both had a similar experience here. This is a completely normal response whilst starting benzoyl peroxide. It's the "worse before better" response you see, and Dan kind of mentions that when he says, "Further clearing, followed perhaps by a breakout. The breakout clears more quickly than usual. Skin is slightly less red and irritated. Red spots from old acne linger."
After this initial response, which I always get while starting benzoyl peroxide again, after being off for awhile, I sometimes even breakout in cystic acne. After a few weeks though, my skin goes to being 100% clear.
Yes, 100% clear.
So... get off topicals. They don't solve the problem and they rarely treat it. Anything you apply to your skin will encourage pores to get blocked, whether the products are labelled non-comedogenic or not. That applies to ANYTHING, including any natural substances.
The reason why people report limited success with Benzoyl Peroxide is simple. BP kills bacteria, although small amounts of bacteria still build up. Because the pores are not completely clear (because it is being blocked by the BP), the bacteria has a field day which eventually leads to a spot. Subsequent applications of BP kill the bacteria more, however the damage has been done at this point. Then you are left to deal with nasty red marks that takes a long time to fade.
Everything you said here is extremely interesting, and in theory, it makes sense. For me, benzoyl peroxide is the only thing that has kept my skin 100% clear, 100% of the time, when I'm 100% consistent with it, while also following some other important rules. Pretty good stuff here though. Although I'm assuming you're stating this from personal experience, if you did read this somewhere online, shoot us a link. I gotta check it out! Although I'm almost more of a fan of personal experiences, just because of the personal touch. Thank you for sharing, though, as I've potentially learned a new theory that could be true.
I do like to still use a 2% SA peel every night and a quick blast of blue light. It controls the whiteheads and i'm almost 100% clear most of the time. Remember, nobody is clear 100% of the time, acne-prone or not.
I'm glad you're having success with S.A. Peels are always nice, and you're definitely smart for using blue light therapy. If you don't mind me asking, are you doing 420nm light? Also, where did you get your light?
I lastly want to leave you with this.
I love all of the information that you shared here today. You have tried everything under the sun (from what it seems) to try to achieve clear skin perfection! I think that's awesome, and it's always fun seeing that other people are as passionate as I am whilst trying to achieve a perfect complexion. Myself, and others here appreciate your knowledge, and although we do have some disagreements, we all have our own way of getting clear skin!
That's what I love about acne, there is no 1-size fits all solution!
For anyone reading this who is struggling with acne, follow someone who has gotten from where you are to where you want to be. Again, there are a million different ways to get clear skin, and as long as you choose 1, and stick with it, you're going to see great results.
Purplesky and I both have 2 different methods, and ways that we go about treating our acne! Mine works for me, and his works for him. Definitely continue reading the forum, and choose a method that will work for you. It's all about taking action on a proven system, and you're going to get results.
I have to leave you with this final thought.
My skin is 100% clear 100% of the time when I'm 100% consistent with my own routine. My routine is on my website, and it does involve using 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. I love Dan's products. You can see my routine here.
I do believe that everyone is different, but I do not think that having 100% clear skin 100% of the time is impossible, as long as you're 100% consistent on a routine that is actually capable of keeping you 100% clear.
When I was really picky about my skin, and following everything 100% of the time, (ie, b.p 2.5%, drinking water, no caffeine / alcohol, eating healthy) etc, my skin was 100% clear.
My skin is only as clear as I am consistent whilst following my routine.
If I'm 100% consistent, I'm 100% clear.
90% consistent, 90% clear.
Thank you so much for doing this experiment!
I currently had to stop my BP regimen (at least for a few days) as I burnt my skin by increasing the dosage way to fast (I assume that's the reason and I'm not allergic to BP). So I have flaky skin and it peels off so badly.. it's hard to cover it with makeup properly as well.. which is BAD as I'm going on a date tomorrow plus having a photoshoot in 3 days!!!
I've been using organic australian Tea Tree soap (I'm using this brand: http://www.amazon.co...s=tea tree soap ) for a couple months now as my cleanser and I must say it is the BEST skin product I've ever tried! when I use it two times a day it does clear up my skin.. but I wanted something "stronger and faster" so I decided to try BP. For some reason I have no doubt that BP will treat my acne eventually.. however at this very point it's challenging for me to live with the side effects of BP. I will heal my skin for a few days and then start all over again with modest dosage... will see what's gonna happen...
please keep up with this experiment! I am very excited to see the results! )
Hey, Val, I'm definitely going to keep you updated with my results.
If I may ask, are you using the b.p. here at Acne.org? Dan's products are absolute gold, and when used correctly, you're going to see amazing results. I've definitely been where you are with the negative side effects sometimes associated with benzoyl peroxide. I found that when I started using benzoyl peroxide the right way, these side effects went away.
I'll take an excerpt from my blog here on the top 3 bp mistakes...
#1 Mistake: Wrong Percent of Benzoyl Peroxide.
There are usually 3 common percentages of benzoyl peroxide concentration you will see in products: 2.5%, 5%, and 10%. Many people make the mistake of going straight to 10%, assuming that the more concentrated the peroxide, the better.
Unfortunately, using anything but 2.5% benzoyl peroxide will either not work (too low of concentration) or cause skin irritation and side effects (too high of concentration).
acne.org repairing lotion Simple Solution: Use 2.5% B.P. % is effective for all cases (even severe) cases of acne. That’s why I recommend Acne.org in the Foundation of my program.
#2 Mistake: Not Moisturizing.
When you are using benzoyl peroxide, IF you do not properly moisturize, it’s a guarantee that your skin is going to develop negative side effects. I made this mistake with Proactiv, because I was under the impression that the Repairing Lotion was the moisturizer. Anything containing benzoyl peroxide is not a moisturizer. B.P., in all cases, is a drying agent.
ACNEORG MOISTURIZER Simple Solution: The easiest way to prevent benzoyl peroxide side effects. There are a couple of moisturizers that do the job. Everything I recommend works great, but feel free to go with the acne.org moisturizer, as it’s what I recommend in the Foundation.
#3 Mistake: Not Following the Foundation.
This is where the biggest problems come in. I’m more than happy to help everyone, but 99% of the time people don’t see results with my program, it’s because they’re not following the Foundation of my system properly.
Simple Solution: Be sure you’re following everything as it is written in the Foundation. If you’re 100% consistent, and still having trouble, please post on my facebook wall.
I have my own free info guide on how to get clear skin, but Dan's works amazing as well. As long as you're following everything to a 'T,' the side effects from benzoyl peorxide should almost be non-existent.
You CAN do this, and you can get 100% clear skin! I think it's awesome that you do modeling. I really would like to work with you to help you get to where you want to be. Please respond, and be sure to checkout Dan's page, and my how to guide as well. Although you've had some success with the tea tree oil soap, I am assuming you're looking to get even better results!
Let's make it happen!