What if you were to use a gentle scrub once or twice per week on the regimen very gently to get rid of dead skin cells? Is that still a problem? I know you can use the AHA (which is a good product from acne.org btw) but I often don't use that on my nose and front of my chin because I get very oily there, so I wonder it benzoyl peroxide in those 2 areas are enough to keep blackheads, whiteheads, dry skin, etc. or if i should use a gentle scrub once a week or so. If so is there a scrub that is good out there. I use neutrogen daily acne scrub but I think it irritates me and has bad ingredients.
Basically I'm thinking of starting the regimen, have always had decent skin, went on birth control for a year to regulate my cycle, got off and now have alot of hormonal acne (especially around mouth and upper lip, around edges of my nose, even a bit on my chest back, and front of my neck). I would classify it as still more mild, but not getting better and definitely more than i ever got since high school (i'm 26). I use neutrogena on the spot already, as well as cervae foaming cleanser and mositurizing lotion, but not like the regimen says to do it, and I think I would benefit.
I also have tried new supplements for my acne, i took optizinc but it did not help for the the month of was on it . I think the copper was affecting my absorption because i have lots of copper from the birth control that had copper as an ingredient. ( I guess copper is in alot of products around us, etc. and taking it together with zinc affects the absorption of eachother), so I am now taking normal 50mg zinc as well as evening primrose oil (just started a few days ago) I had taken both of these in the past, and used evening primrose oil for several years before BCP and i know it worked for me so fingers crossed. I also have taken saw palmetto for 8 weeks and I don't think it helps much but I will finish the bottle. I've always taken women's one a day multivitamin so i kept doing that. Someone told me to try brewer's yeast as well, so I bought some, but I really want to try dan's regimen and I don't know how my body will react to all these changes. Sorry for the long post, but help me muddle through this mess! Is dan's regimen helpful for women who get of BCP or will it not affect these stubborn hormonal breakouts! And should I use a gentle scrub once a week?