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In Topic: Insane unexpected dryness?

27 March 2011 - 03:05 PM

Did you increase the amount of BP you are using, even a little bit? That could explain new dryness. I notice you aren't using any other moisturizer besides the AHA+. AHA+ is great, but it can actually increase flaking for the first few months you use it because it loosens dry skin, and a new BP user has lots of dry skin from adapting to the regimen. I think you should consider adding in a normal moisturizer into your routine to improve the flaking. Ideally, you would use a normal moisturizer plus a sunblock during the day and use the AHA+ at night on top of the BP. AHA+ can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage (even when you're not currently wearing it), so it's important that you use some kind of sun protection.

The jojoba oil massage method linked in my signature might also be helpful. It's my preferred way to remove lots of flaky buildup.

In Topic: Wanting to incorporate tinted moisturiser into DKR....

27 March 2011 - 02:52 PM

It's so hard to find a moisturizer that is both sufficiently hydrating for the regimen and non-comedogenic that if you've got something that is working for you, I personally would not waste money on an expensive tinted moisturizer. You might find that you need to use a lot of it to get the moisturization you need, which means you might end up looking like you're wearing more makeup than you intended and spending lots of $$$.

For light makeup coverage, instead of trying to find a perfect tinted moisturizer, what I prefer to do is to mix a little bit of liquid foundation (I like Cover Girl TruBlend) with my preferred moisturizer in the palm of my hand like a paint palette and then gently apply with my fingers. That way you can customize the level of makeup coverage you want while getting all the hydration you need. This is also way more cost effective smile.gif

I think that adding a concealer stick at this stage would be fine.

In Topic: winter and the regimen

30 December 2010 - 04:03 PM

I'm on my 6th winter on the regimen now - it's totally doable!  Lots of jojoba oil has helped immensely.  I prefer to apply it after I wash my face before the BP as I think it's more effective at managing winter skin chapping than when mixed into a moisturizer.  Feel free to reapply moisturizer throughout the day too as needed.

When going outside in windy weather, it also helps to wrap part of your face with a scarf or muffler to block the wind.

In Topic: will 10 hours be long enough between morning and night regimen

30 October 2010 - 02:39 PM

10 hours will do just fine, don't stress out about it smile.gif

In Topic: Birth control and the regimen

03 October 2010 - 03:09 PM

I've been on and off birth control while on the regimen.  Birth control didn't help my acne much, so there was no effect on my skin when I stopped using it after I had cleared up with the regimen.

I would wait until your acne is well-controlled with the regimen before stopping birth control, so give it another month or two.  You might break out when stopping (especially if you found that birth control was very helpful in reducing your acne), but the breakout will be much smaller and shorter-lived than if you weren't on the regimen.  You might need to use a little more BP after stopping birth control to maintain the same level of clearness, too.