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#1 unreality

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 08:51 PM

Has anyone here successfully come off BP? What was it like? 


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Splash face with water
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PM Routine:
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Spot treatment: 2.5% BP or QHMJP
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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:12 AM

interested in this too.

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Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 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 -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more 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.


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Posted 20 March 2014 - 04:59 PM

Yup, went off it a few years ago. Wasn't bad at all, but im sure it varies with each person.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 07:08 AM

Sorry, can't tell you yet.I 'm too finding any thing like this.



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Posted 11 May 2014 - 05:20 AM

I just cam off BP a week ago and already my face has a ton of clogged pores.  It is very oily  as well.  I have had 2 inflamed pimples with white heads. I am sure this is only the beginning.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 03:38 AM

My face went crazy after I came off BP, I think it is best to do it gradually.  I really struggled for a while afterwards but so glad a did, BP was making my skin dry, red marks looked worse and took forever to fade and it also gave me sort of wrinkled looking skin where I used it, so I am glad now that I came off it.  I ended up going back on birth control for my skin and started using Differin, I love differin, it was a bit drying at first but in the long run it improves the texture of your skin and helps your marks to fade while keeping your pores clear, it really helped improve my skin after BP, that along with a gentle skincare regimen and good moisturiser.  I think you need to have a plan in place for when you come off, like an alternative topical to BP, salicylic acid is a good place to start as an alternative to bp, your skin might be ok, but you might have to deal with a bit of a breakout until things settle down.


Current Routine

 

AM: 

Cleanse: Boots No 7 Cream Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin ( removing with some warm water and a tissue) or Priori Gentle AHA Cleanser (every few days)

Moisturise: Aveene light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals:  Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

 

PM

Cleanse: Boots No 7 Cream Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin (remove with some warm water and a tissue or a damp warm wash cloth for days when I'm wearing a lot of make up) or Priori AHA Gentle Cleanser. Sometimes I will double cleanse with my cream cleanse then aha milk cleanser maybe twice a week

Moisturise: E45 cream or liz earl gentle moisturiser

Topicals: Differn 0.1% before or after moisturiser

 

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks

 

Oral medication: Dianette BCP now Cilest

Supplements: Altrient B multi B vitamin lipo soluble gel formula, mix one a day with water

 

Current make up: Charlotte Tilbury light wonder foundation in fair 3, NARS creamy concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish.  For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Charlotte Tilbury beach sticks, lovely cream blush and bronze highlighters.

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques for the rest of my make up

 


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:14 PM

Thanks.  I wanted to gradually come off but i developed eczema on my face so that was not an option.  My face has already started to go nuts.  Every area is full of clogs which gives my face a rough texture (i have never had this type of acne before so extensively so it is quite a new and somewhat frightening experience for me).  I see a derm tomorrow so hopefully i'll have a plan in place.  Definitely not looking forward to the transition period as i am very sensitive about my skin.  It really depresses me to the point i don't act like myself and i hide away from my loved ones.  Needless to say i am working on this.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 01:00 AM

That is good you are going to a derm, tell them your concerns and hopefully they can suggested an alternative treatment that will help.  Would you consider trying birth control, since your skin is really sensitive right now, you might want to wait until it settles a little bit before using another topical.  I have found that birth control has really helped my skin a lot, the derm should be able to advise on the best one.  Your skin sounds just like mine after bp...honestly when I used to wash my face it felt like I had grains of sand on it, it was so rough and like you I had never experience that before, it makes me sad thinking back to that time too so I know how you feel.  Be gentle to your skin, anything harsh I used just made it worse, you might want to use something harsh to get rid of the clogged pores but only time and a good gentle skincare regimen will do that, plus the right topical to help you along.  Try not to worry to much I know it is difficult and I was in a deep depression about my skin at that time, I finally accepted I needed a bit of help in that department and have been taking a very low dose of an anti depressant and honestly I feel like a new person, my skin improving helped as well but the anti depressant gave me a push to get back to my old self!  I'm not saying that would be right for you, but don't suffer in silence, a lot of people feel depressed and anxious about different things and there is help out there, whether it is a pill or talking to someone, it helps :)


Current Routine

 

AM: 

Cleanse: Boots No 7 Cream Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin ( removing with some warm water and a tissue) or Priori Gentle AHA Cleanser (every few days)

Moisturise: Aveene light moisturising lotion (oil free) spf 20

Topicals:  Vitage protect and perfect serum, after I moisturise now that it's coming into fall and winter

 

PM

Cleanse: Boots No 7 Cream Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin (remove with some warm water and a tissue or a damp warm wash cloth for days when I'm wearing a lot of make up) or Priori AHA Gentle Cleanser. Sometimes I will double cleanse with my cream cleanse then aha milk cleanser maybe twice a week

Moisturise: E45 cream or liz earl gentle moisturiser

Topicals: Differn 0.1% before or after moisturiser

 

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks

 

Oral medication: Dianette BCP now Cilest

Supplements: Altrient B multi B vitamin lipo soluble gel formula, mix one a day with water

 

Current make up: Charlotte Tilbury light wonder foundation in fair 3, NARS creamy concealer, Dollish CC cream for days when I don't want to wear foundation and Jane Iredale mineral powder to finish.  For some colour I use tea to tan By Terry, it's water base tint to give me some colour and various cream and powder blushes (love my blushes) currently loving Charlotte Tilbury beach sticks, lovely cream blush and bronze highlighters.

Tools: Sigma F80 Kabuki for foundation or Real Techniques beauty blender and pretty much every other real techniques for the rest of my make up

 


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 05:32 PM

Great advice!  I mentioned my concerns to my derm and we decided to start back up with BP in much smaller amounts and only in the AM.  For the PM we will work up to using nightly Tazorac and Atralin on alternate nights.  Not thrilled about using topicals again but i've tried fighting this from the inside and it' s not enough.  I had such a horrid experience with birth control that i won't even consider it, especially since it is not a long term solution (I am in my 30's).  I am going to try and stay upbeat and hopefully my eczema won't flare this time around.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 05 June 2014 - 06:03 PM

I stopped BP cold turkey and about a month later my skin went nuts. I was getting closer to hitting 30 and didn't want to always be dependent on it. Plus, it was just making my skin look older. 

 

I wasn't really helping either because I started taking B5 around the same time. It hard for me to say how bad my breakout would've been if the only thing I did was stop BP. However, expect some kind of negative reaction.

 

Good luck!



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Posted 06 June 2014 - 05:17 PM

I stopped BP cold turkey and about a month later my skin went nuts. I was getting closer to hitting 30 and didn't want to always be dependent on it. Plus, it was just making my skin look older. 

 

I wasn't really helping either because I started taking B5 around the same time. It hard for me to say how bad my breakout would've been if the only thing I did was stop BP. However, expect some kind of negative reaction.

 

Good luck!

How long did it take for your face to settle down post BP?


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 01:06 AM

I stopped BP cold turkey and about a month later my skin went nuts. I was getting closer to hitting 30 and didn't want to always be dependent on it. Plus, it was just making my skin look older. 

 

I wasn't really helping either because I started taking B5 around the same time. It hard for me to say how bad my breakout would've been if the only thing I did was stop BP. However, expect some kind of negative reaction.

 

Good luck!

How long did it take for your face to settle down post BP?

 

I wish I could give you a better answer, but I was trying new "natural" treatments that were probably making the breakout worse. I actually kept breaking out badly for about 5 months before I just caved and started using BP again to fight back the breakouts. From here I went the next few months using BP sporadically (maybe once every 3-4 days) to keep the breakout at bay. I finally went cold turkey again and my skin held up pretty well for about a couple months before I triggered another breakout. I say triggered because I feel like things in my diet were causing flair ups, but even at 31 I'm still not 100% sure what causes me to breakout.

 

Anyway, BP has been the only over the counter product that is effective. However, I can't use it because it damages my skin so much. I'm off it right now and been trying 500mg-1g of B5 daily. 



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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:54 PM

 

I stopped BP cold turkey and about a month later my skin went nuts. I was getting closer to hitting 30 and didn't want to always be dependent on it. Plus, it was just making my skin look older. 

 

I wasn't really helping either because I started taking B5 around the same time. It hard for me to say how bad my breakout would've been if the only thing I did was stop BP. However, expect some kind of negative reaction.

 

Good luck!

How long did it take for your face to settle down post BP?

 

I wish I could give you a better answer, but I was trying new "natural" treatments that were probably making the breakout worse. I actually kept breaking out badly for about 5 months before I just caved and started using BP again to fight back the breakouts. From here I went the next few months using BP sporadically (maybe once every 3-4 days) to keep the breakout at bay. I finally went cold turkey again and my skin held up pretty well for about a couple months before I triggered another breakout. I say triggered because I feel like things in my diet were causing flair ups, but even at 31 I'm still not 100% sure what causes me to breakout.

 

Anyway, BP has been the only over the counter product that is effective. However, I can't use it because it damages my skin so much. I'm off it right now and been trying 500mg-1g of B5 daily. 

Good Luck!  I am going on my 6th week off and things are getting pretty bad.  Inflamed under the skin hard pimpes and whiteheads with pus.  5 month.....damn thats a long time.  I don't know how i am going to manage that!.  I want to give my elimination a fair shot starting June 30th but if my face continues the way it has been, i may have to try topicals again and rish my eczema coming back.  I feel like my skin is hopeless.


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 10 June 2014 - 07:18 PM

Have you noticed any difference with taking B5? I want to start taking it, but i hear good and bad things about it. Pros/cons about it, anyone?


Week 19 on The Regimen. Seeing great results! Nearly clear from all active acne!! (updated 6/16/14)

~My Regimen~

         Morning ▼▼ Different from Night Routine/Regimen to keep skin from becoming too dry and flaky.

           1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Spot & patch treat with Dans BP and if necessary, Dans AHA+

            3. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

         At Night ▼▼

            1. Olay Foaming Face Wash--Sensitive Skin

            2. Dans BP - 1 index finger length.

            3. 1/2 CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion & 1/2 Dans AHA+

~Supplements/Vitamins (each daily)~

     - 1000 IU Trader Joe's Vitamin D3 - one 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 -1 tablet a day   -not really for skin, more for digestion

     - One A Day VitaCraves Gummies + Immunity Support -2 gummies a day   -more as a general multi-vitamin

     - Schiff Digestive Advantage Probiotic Gummies -2 gummies a day   -more 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.


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:05 AM

 

 

I stopped BP cold turkey and about a month later my skin went nuts. I was getting closer to hitting 30 and didn't want to always be dependent on it. Plus, it was just making my skin look older. 

 

I wasn't really helping either because I started taking B5 around the same time. It hard for me to say how bad my breakout would've been if the only thing I did was stop BP. However, expect some kind of negative reaction.

 

Good luck!

How long did it take for your face to settle down post BP?

 

I wish I could give you a better answer, but I was trying new "natural" treatments that were probably making the breakout worse. I actually kept breaking out badly for about 5 months before I just caved and started using BP again to fight back the breakouts. From here I went the next few months using BP sporadically (maybe once every 3-4 days) to keep the breakout at bay. I finally went cold turkey again and my skin held up pretty well for about a couple months before I triggered another breakout. I say triggered because I feel like things in my diet were causing flair ups, but even at 31 I'm still not 100% sure what causes me to breakout.

 

Anyway, BP has been the only over the counter product that is effective. However, I can't use it because it damages my skin so much. I'm off it right now and been trying 500mg-1g of B5 daily. 

Good Luck!  I am going on my 6th week off and things are getting pretty bad.  Inflamed under the skin hard pimpes and whiteheads with pus.  5 month.....damn thats a long time.  I don't know how i am going to manage that!.  I want to give my elimination a fair shot starting June 30th but if my face continues the way it has been, i may have to try topicals again and rish my eczema coming back.  I feel like my skin is hopeless.

 

I actually just started using BP again. My skin is just in terrible shape. I tend to try and wing BP, but when things get too bad I reintroduce it. I lasted about 6 months this time.

 

 

 

Have you noticed any difference with taking B5? I want to start taking it, but i hear good and bad things about it. Pros/cons about it, anyone?

 

I've taken about 500mg daily for two months. Long story short, I started juicing vegetables and taking B5 500mg daily after a bad breakout, which I believe was from coming off of an antibiotic. Things seemed to be getting better and I was using Tretinoin cream on some red marks to help them fade a little faster. Now, I'm not sure if the cream caused it to happen (which is what I believe), but a couple large nodules popped up on my cheeks. I bumped my B5 up to 1g daily thinking it would help. From here one side of my face was destroyed by multiple persistent cysts. I eventually stopped the 1g dosage after 2 weeks and now take 500mg Time Release daily. However, now my face is such a mess that I don't even think the B5 is doing anything.



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Posted 21 July 2014 - 07:27 AM

Almost 3 month BP and skin is worse than it has been in a long time.eusa_wall.gif


It's a rocky road but like everything else in life, there is always a beginning and an end.  Here's to finding my end.

 

God is good to me..........more than I deserve.

 

James 1:2-4

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:05 AM

I stopped using Epiduo - a BP and adapalene cream - several months ago, and thanks to all the great advice on this website I did it REALLY gradually. So 6 days a week for two weeks, then 5 days a week for two weeks, every other day for four weeks or so, then twice a week for four weeks, then once a week for bit, then every so often, and now never. On the days I wasn't using Epiduo I used an adapalene only gel, but now I don't even use that anymore. No breakout, no bad reaction. I still get the odd spot, but that was the case even when I was using the BP.






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