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


AM Routine:
Splash face with water
Stridex Maximum Strength Pads
Simple Kind to Skin Light Hydrating Moisturiser
La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF50+ Dry Touch Gel-Creme
PM Routine:
Avene Cleanance Gel
Silk Naturals AHA Toner (every other day)
Simple Kind to Skin Light Hydrating Moisturiser
Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask 1x a week
Spot treatment: 2.5% BP or QHMJP
Helpful Skincare Sources:
Skinacea
COSDNA
SkincareAddiction
Sunscreen Simulator


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interested in this too.

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Week 55 on The Regimen!! (Just broke a year!) :banana: seeing great results! Was clear from all active acne, but fell off my routine and slightly relapsed :doh:(updated 2/17/15)

~My Regimen~
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 :dan:


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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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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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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: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or 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

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked 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 Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

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


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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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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: Merumaya cleansing balm, removed with damp hands and a cotton wipe. Followed by la Roche Posse La Toleraine cleaner followed again by rinsing with damp hands, patting my face and a cotton wipe
Tone: Pixi glow tonic, simply apply some to the palm of my hands and pat on my face

Moisturise: Aveene rich, or 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

Same as morning but occasionally will thrown in a priori aha cleanser and use Differin after I moisturise a few nights a week

Bliss aha mask once a week/every two weeks followed by Nuxe crème fraiche moisturising mask

Oral medication: Cilest BCP

Supplements: No current supplements

Current make up: Various foundations depending on my mood, Estee lauder double wear light, Vichy Dermablend, Charlotte Tilbury and Skin 79 BB cream, NARS creamy concealer or Naked 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 Orgasm by Nars for a pop of colour on my cheeks and Vita Liberata mineral tan is amazing for the summer

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


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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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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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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!


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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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?

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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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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 55 on The Regimen!! (Just broke a year!) :banana: seeing great results! Was clear from all active acne, but fell off my routine and slightly relapsed :doh:(updated 2/17/15)

~My Regimen~
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 :dan:


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


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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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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