I've been using the regimen for nearly 5 months but have only used AHA occasionally in this time. Whenever I use it often (especially if in consecutive days) I find that it makes my skin quite dry and flaky - and flakes / dryness is normally under control for me unless I used more BP than normal.
It's only like this around my nose and mouth but it's a really uncomfortable dry feeling and makes my lips feel really dry too (not flaky or anything just dry / uncomfortable - and I'm not putting AHA there). I'm also still breaking out on the regimen anyway, but I think AHA might cause me to break out a little too. Not sure yet though - but could this be possible? Do some people breakout from AHA?
Is there an adjustment period with AHA? should I just push through this dry / flaky / uncomfortable / tight / leathery feeling that it seems to cause me and hope my skin adjusts and feels normal while using AHA after awhile?
I'm coming to the end of my fourth week on the regimen and I want to add AHA in to my routine at some point. I still have acne and am still breaking out - though my breakouts are less frequent and are usually small whiteheads now but I've still got a few papule type spots on my chin and jaw.
Should I wait until my skin is clear before adding in AHA? And does AHA replace moisturiser?
Also, are there any store bought alternatives to Dan's AHA? The closest thing I have to it is a product that has AHA and BHA and is marketed toward fading acne scars. I haven't used it yet and bought it before I realised it had BHA in it... I'm probably going to try it at some point but if anyone knows of better alternatives to AHA that I can find in stores, it would be great if you could let me know