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Jojoba Oil Doesn't Seem To Be Keeping Me Hydrated

02 May 2014 - 04:22 PM

I started the Regimen on April 16th after receiving the $5 trial size in the mail. The only thing I didn't like about it was the cleanser, so I've stuck with my old cleanser, Cerave Hydrating Cleanser. This is my routine since April 16th, )I have since purchased larger bottles of the moisturizer, jojoba oil, and BP)...


Morning: I cleanse with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser and then apply the Acne.org Moisturizer with Jojoba Oil in it to my face and I let it dry.


**Throughout the day I have to reapply Acne.org Moisturizer to battle the flakes I'm experiencing around my lip/nose area.


Night: I cleanse with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser, apply Jojoba Oil to my face and let it sink in, then apply Acne.org BP and let it sink in, then I apply 1/2 Alpha Hydrox Enhanced Lotion Glycolic Acid and 1/2 Acne.org Moisturizer with a LOT of Jojoba Oil added in and I let it sink into my skin.


**I go to bed with an oily face but wake up with flakes.


I know I have only been doing this since April 16th, and I don't plan on giving up because despite the flakes, I have clear skin already and I love it! I am just wondering if it takes awhile for your skin to stop flaking like this even when using Jojoba Oil. I am using a lot of it at night because I honestly don't care if my face is oily at night. I am also only applying BP at night which could be why my face is so dry in the morning. I would appreciate anybody's thoughts on this! Thanks!!

Dry, Flakey Skin?

10 April 2013 - 12:07 AM

I wanted to share this with everyone. I recently moved to Minnesota from Illinois and the temperature is much colder and the air is much drier. My face started flaking like crazy! It was so bad that I was switching up my routine and trying new products in the hopes of finding something that would relieve my flakey skin. In the process, I ended up giving myself acne because pretty much all the products I tried I had adverse reactions to. So I went back to pretty much what I was using before. My acne is fairly mild; I'd have the occasional breakout but that's about it. Anyways... to give you an idea of my flakey skin, I would wash it gently and not even 5 minutes later it would be flaking. I would put on moisturizer and again..not even 5 minutes later the flakes would start to show through. So it was an endless battle of applying moisturizer and checking my face throughout the day.


What I came to find was that the air was very dry and my skin was not reacting well with it. So I dug out my humidifier, cleaned and disinfected it, and had it run throughout the night in the bedroom with the door closed so it only moistened the bedroom air. About two days of doing this, I noticed a HUGE improvement in my flakes. They are pretty much nonexistent now! I'm so relieved! I can't say I will be using the humidifier in the summer though. Now to see how my face reacts to the summers up here too. tongue.png


But if you have dry, flakey skin, especially in the winter, invest in a small humidifier for your bedroom. It's not only good for relieving dry skin but it also helps your overall health!

My Flakes Will Not Go Away..

07 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

On March 3 and 4, I applied BP all over my face. I was using 10% and then 5%. I stopped applying all over face because it was burning too much for me to tolerate when I would apply my moisturizer. I have since switched to applying the BP as a spot treatment. It is now March 7, and my face is full of flakes. The degree has gone down in the last day or so, but they are still very very present; around my eyes and my mouth/chin area is the worst. I don't seem to get flakes on my forehead. I wash my face in the morning and at night with Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser and as soon as I pat dry (I don't wipe), the flakes start to appear. I have not used my Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner in about 3 days as I thought this was causing the excess dryness. But as soon as I apply my moisturizer (I have tried thick and thin moisturizers), within a few minutes, the flakes and dryness will be back. Even when I reapply my moisturizer several more times, the flakes and dryness and tightness still comes back. It doesn't seem to matter how many times I reapply my moisturizer, they still come back. I am at my wits end with this!


I have job interviews next week and I can't be looking so flakey. My cleanser is not supposed to be over drying and I thought moisturizer was supposed to help. How long after stopping full face BP will it not cause any dryness? When I do spot treat with BP, it is not drying in the area I have applied. My face gets dry and flakey in areas I have NOT applied the BP.


The weather where I am at has stayed pretty constant. The only thing is that I am visiting my parents house right now. Could hard or soft water cause dryness and flakiness in some people? EDIT: I just asked my mom if there is a water softener for the house and she said yes. There is also one at the house I live at. So this must not be it.


My parents have a humidifier that my dad fills up every day. There is no humidifier at my house and my face doesn't get flakey there.


Any insight would be much appreciated! Thanks! smile.png If any other information is needed please let me know and I will try to give it the best I can.


EDIT 2: I used to use St. Ives Sensitive Apricot Scrub every morning to wash my face. For years I used this stuff, it made my face feel like it was clean afterwards. NEVER had dry skin with this stuff. But I did recently stop using it. Could stopping this cause my dry skin? At this point in time, I would rather deal with the occasional pimple and just spot treat it if need be. This dry skin is worse than my acne. And I never really had an acne problem, just the occasional breakout. If this is what is going on, then I'm gonna start using my scrub again.

Benzoyl Peroxide Seems Too Harsh

04 March 2013 - 11:51 PM

I hope I am posting this in an okay location. I'm 26 years old and have noticed my acne and face has changed from oily to combination. I've recently (within the past 3-4 weeks) changed my skin care regimin to something more gentle. I was using St. Ives Sensitive Scrub but have come to the conclusion that it was exacerbating my acne. So I have switched to using Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser day and night. After I cleanse, I use Dickinson's Witch Hazel Toner. Using these two products together, my skin feels fine. Does not feel over dried so I believe these are good products for me. But it's come to the benzoyl peroxide that is causing me some grief.


When I was younger, I always used 10%. My BP of choice was Walmart's brand, Equate, version of Oxy. I can't remember it ever burning my face. I used the Equate BP on my face last night (all over) and it didn't start burning until I put my moisturizer on. I'm using up my Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Moisturizer. It wasn't as bad of a burn that would cause me to clean and start over, so I left it as is and went to sleep.


This morning, I cleansed as usual, toned, and then applied AcneFree 10% BP (hoping it would be gentler) all over my face. It did not start burning until I put my moisturizer on. I am using Yes to Carrots SPF 15 Facial Moisturizer. This burning did not last as long as the previous night's burning and subsided in about a few hours. However, toward the end of the day, my face was VERY dry and uncomfortable.


Tonight, I cleansed as usual, toned, and then applied AcneFree 5% BP (hoping maybe I need to step it down a notch) all over my face. It felt find going on, I let it sit for about 10 minutes and then applied my cucumber nightly moisturizer. That's when it started burning. This burning is not as bad as the previous nights, so I'm letting it go.


I have also purchased Neutrogena's 2.5% BP just in case I need to step it down another notch. I want to keep using BP. I'm noticing a huge improvement in my blemishes. I'm still getting them occasionally, but they are much smaller and go away much quicker. My mom has also made a comment on my face being much clearer than the last time I visited.


Could this just be a case of applying the BP once a day, at night? A few things I'm considering trying...


1. Only use the 5% BP once a day, at night, all over face.  If this does not help, I will consider...


2. Only use the 2.5% BP once a day, at night, all over face.  If this does not help, I will consider...


3. Only use the 5% BP as a spot treatment on existing acne.  If this does not help, I will consider...


4. Only use the 2.5% BP as a spot treatment on existing acne.  If this does not help, I will consider...


5. Only using either 5% or 2.5% every other day on full face.


The dryness I'm experiencing I am trying to combat with different moisturizers. But I am tired of spending so much money on stuff that isn't working. These moisturizers worked fine... it's only when I started using BP regularly and mostly on all of my face that I get this uncomfortable burning senstation and even drier skin.


On a side note, I recently had a huge nodule acne on my chin. I have NEVER gotten those before. I spot applied 10% BP day and night (only spot treatment), and it was gone in 2-3 days. Should I consider only using BP as a spot treatment? The only areas that are burning on my face after applying my moisturizer is next to my eyes near the outer corners, my cheeks, and the area near the outer edges of my mouth.


I want this burning sensation to go away. It only comes when I apply my moisturizer... Should I be concerned? Or should I stick with my regimin and maybe just bump it down to 2.5% instead of 5%? My cleanser and toner are NOT the issue here. I think the BP might be reacting with something in my moisturizers... I love my daily moisturizer though because it has zinc oxide in it for the SPF as I think my face is sensitive to chemical sunscreens.