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#3393811 Week #1

Posted by XXYY on 10 November 2013 - 09:48 AM

i had the EXACT same thing happen to me with the breakouts just under my jawline/neck - again it stopped as soon as i kept the BP away from there - just reinforces the irritation = acne theory because like you said that area must have been too sensitive for the BP.

#3393479 Bp Rash Please Help!

Posted by XXYY on 09 November 2013 - 07:57 AM

Used Epiduo two nights ago on my face and my cheeks are covered in a red, scaly, dry, eczema-type rash. Clearly the BP dried my skin out bad.
I've moisturised yesterday and overnight but it's not budging. Could it be permanent? I'm so scared I've done some damage to my skin or that another type of skin condition has appeared from Epiduo use (only used it two nights in a row).
What do you think?


Avene skin recovery cream!!!! has saved my life numerous times ive detonated nuclear bomb type acne medications on my face :) The light version is non comedogenic so it wont break you out (never broke me out either).

I think its clear the epiduo isnt suitable for your skin - a bit of redness/dryness/flaking is normal but what you describe sounds like an allergic reaction/intolerance. The rash shouldnt be permanent but it might take a week or two for the redness to fully die down.

#3384177 Dealing With In Grown Hairs

Posted by XXYY on 22 September 2013 - 09:06 AM

I get Keratosis Pilaris (KP) AKA chicken skin on my upper arms which is notoriously hard to get rid of and the AHA+ obliterates it smile.png It also gets rid of the really stubborn blackheads on my nose like nothing else does - even better than 2% Salicylic acid, which supposedly is 'oil soluble and exfoliates inside the pore'. I dont think so bs.gif but yeah the AHA is surprisingly multi-purpose.

#3384176 The Face Wash I Normally Use Is Out Of Stock For 3 Weeks? Help!:(

Posted by XXYY on 22 September 2013 - 08:54 AM

yeah i was gonna stop using it as soon as the dryness became too much, i haven't hardly any dryness at all yet (worrying?unsure.png) so i thought it was ok.


why didn't i think of cetaphil! i'm currently using the moisturiser so that'd be the perfect thing to go alongside it, gonna buy some today - thanks so muchbiggrin.png


It does take some getting used to, to put it bluntly it feels like you havent washed your face properly but if you gently massage it in to dry skin for about a minute it does remove any face makeup (not sure about eye makeup). When it starts to dry up add a little water, and then rinse smile.png

#3383857 Cocoa Butter

Posted by XXYY on 20 September 2013 - 02:14 PM

I feel like people who dont have acne prone skin could get away with using bacon grease as a moisturizer so im not really sure. Cocoa butter is usually quite highly comedogenic

#3382468 Caveman Regimen

Posted by XXYY on 14 September 2013 - 04:20 AM

I'm yet to see someone actually clear their acne doing this regimen other than that love vitamin chick (who actually cleared most of her acne before starting it anyway) so ill remain skeptical.


All I read on the caveman regimen logs is "my skin has a healthy glow "it feels so soft and moisturized" but never "my acne is 100% clear or under control".


What I do read, time and time again, is "my skin is covered in clogged pores" which they somehow reason by assuming its their skin "repairing" itself. Then they stop posting in that log and start a new skincare regimen and wish they'd never done it.


Just saying, it sounds like the perfect regimen but its really not all its cracked up to be.

#3382159 How I Killed Demodex In 3 Months And Got Rid Of My Acne

Posted by XXYY on 12 September 2013 - 12:54 PM

Wouldnt benzoyl peroxide kill them off?

#3378317 Accutane + Zineryt (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Posted by XXYY on 27 August 2013 - 02:10 PM

To Ramsay, sorry for my confusion and thanks for explaining that, it really makes me feel better! I hope that's what really happens! My biggest fear about this whole accutane thing was the initial breakout that everyone seems to get! I've always been (relatively) lucky enough to just have mild acne on my cheeks, if you had to guess would you say the initial breakout would be really bad? And would it really take up to about 9 months for mild cheek acne to clear up?


ive never taken accutane, just researched it loads when i considered taking it (just fyi). There's no real way of knowing, if it is mild then i cant imagine it getting REALLY bad but i'd be prepared for it to get a bit worse than what its looking like now. Again if its mild it'll probably clear up quicker than a more severe case which usually doesnt clear until the end of the course, so you might get results earlier on. See if you can find any accutane logs for people with milder acne that looks similair to yours and see what kind of results they got.

#3378289 Accutane + Zineryt (Benzoyl Peroxide)

Posted by XXYY on 27 August 2013 - 11:34 AM

Zineryt isnt benzoyl peroxide - its an antibiotic called erythromycin and zinc acetate. Its a very mild treatment, and it shouldnt irritate or dry your skin out at all - he's most likely given it to reduce the initial breakout that usually comes with accutane and to aid the healing process of anything thats on your skin now.

#3376869 Are You Suppose To Apply The Regimen All Over Your Face?

Posted by XXYY on 21 August 2013 - 02:40 PM

I remember reading a thread where a few people did that and then acne started to appear in the places they didnt use the BP, as if the acne had 'moved'. Not sure how much there really is to that, just something to know in case it happens to you.

#3376424 Oil Oil Oil

Posted by XXYY on 20 August 2013 - 07:07 AM

I've been using the Garnier BB cream for oil-combo skin and while it doesnt keep me matte for longer than an hour (my skin is insanely oily too) it does stay in place all day long, no matter how shiny i get. I dont use powder over it either. If you want a really full coverage Vichy Dermablend foundation stays in place all day too.


Also, have you tried blotting sheets? The best once ive used are the powdered ones you get in Superdrug, those ones tend not to remove any makeup when you use them properly.


Apparently jojoba oil can trick your skin into not producing so much oil because it is so similair to sebum (human skin oil). I'm pretty skeptical abotu that theory but I just got some today so ill be using it every night, ill update any progress on my Regimen log :)


Also, differin kind of sucks - if its working for you stay on it but if youre not seeing any progress dont waste any more time with it - theres something you can get on presciption in the UK called Isotrex gel - its basically a topical version of roaccutane, and its supposed to slow down oil production (not sure if it really does though). Its similair to differin but a lot stronger, but if youre having no issues with dryness on differin you could probably do with something stronger.


Good luck :)

#3375675 Treatment Or Toner?

Posted by XXYY on 17 August 2013 - 05:07 PM

If clogged pores causes acne (amongst other things) then why do we not simply just use pore minimizing cleanser, toner, and moisturizer to rid ourselves of this once and for all?


'Pore size' is genetic - like the colour of your eyes. The only way toner might appear to reduce pores is because most toners contain alcohol and/or other drying agents which dry the skin out and superficially tighten it - this isnt a good thing, and once your skin adjusts to the harshness it loses that effect.


Toners dont really have any positive contributions - some say they remove excess makeup that your cleanser didnt pick up - i say get a new cleanser because clearly it isnt doing its job.


I'm on the acne org regimen and for it it improves my skin from all corners - the cleanser removes excess oil and makeup, the treatment reduces acne causing bacteria ultimately clearing your skin, and the AHA lotion reduces scarring and hyperpigmentation, and improves overall skin tone. There is no place for a toner in my regimen, i dont need one.


I feel like toners are just a beauty industry thing, they tell us to "Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize!!!" but its just a pointless extra step to squeeze money out of us.

#3375091 Scared Of Benzoyl Peroxide Being Too Gentle!

Posted by XXYY on 15 August 2013 - 01:53 PM

I used 5% and 10% for about 5 months and my skin wasnt clear once during this time. It improved when I used 5%, but my face was still bright red and sore - i'm on week 11 of the regimen and ive been clear for about 3 weeks now smile.png not only that but my skin in general is the best its been for a long time because its no longer dry or irritated.


For some reason BP works better at 2.5% - there are scientific studies to prove this smile.png And it works best if you follow the rules of the Acne.org Regimen - another factor to why my skin got clear when i switched to the regimen.

#3375055 Im Scared To Use The Regiman

Posted by XXYY on 15 August 2013 - 12:05 PM

It doesnt come back worse, it just seems worse because once you get clear you forget how bad your acne was before you got rid of it.


People get a false sense of security when their skin has been clear for a while and seem to think they've grown out of their acne when the only reason theyre clear is because of the regimen.


Think of the regimen as throwing a spanner into the works - once you take it back out, everything will run as normal. If the underlying cause for example hormone issues are still there, your skin will still create acne if you dont stop it.

#3374675 You Know That Feeling..?

Posted by XXYY on 14 August 2013 - 06:19 AM

you mean when your skin gets tight? thats a normal sign of dryness. Its usually worse when you wash your face and as your skin starts to dry it tightens until you apply moisturizer - which is what you need to do to stop the dryness.


It cant cause the skin to sag but when your skin is that dry it can temporarily wrinkle. emphasis on temporarily because it will go back to normal once your skin is back to normal. People tend to freak out when that happens and think whatever acne medication theyre using is 'prematurely aging' them - not the case.