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Skin Improvement!

05 March 2014 - 12:58 PM

My skin is improving. My regimen is the following: In the AM, I used Cetaphil oil control foam wash, followed by Epiduo. Also, I take Bactrim twice a day by mouth.

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27 February 2014 - 09:42 PM

Hello everyone,

I hope all of you are having a great day. Let's all hang in there. I know this acne stuff is frustrating.

Quick question: Has anyone heard of BACTRIM? I had a dermatologist appointment today and he took me off doxycycline. He said BACTRIM is a bit stronger.

If any of you have taken this drug before please let me know what you thought of it. I'll do more research in the meantime.

All the best,
Montezz Allen

Quick Question!

22 January 2014 - 12:49 AM

Hello all,

I hope everyone's hanging in there. I'm trying! Acne is so frustrating!

Anyway, I just have a question.

My daily regimen is the following: Cetaphil Daily Facial Wash, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and Epiduo. I take doxycycline by mouth.

According to The Regimen, I'm supposed to leave the benzoyl peroxide on my face after I clean it with the Cetaphil Daily Face Wash. I usually wash it off.

Here's my question: I'm supposed to apply Epiduo after I wash my face with the 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Is it OK to apply the Epiduo after allowing BP to absorb into my face? Will it cause the Epiduo to be less effective?

Acne Clearing Up!

15 January 2014 - 01:15 PM

Hello all!


Here's an update: I added Epiduo to my regimen about a week ago and using that in conjunction with the rest of my regimen is working wonders for my skin.


I've used Epiduo before, but stopped using it after I moved to Chicago for graduate school ( I hade to find a dermatologist).


I have moderate acne. It's on my forehead, both cheeks and chin -- sometimes I get the big pumps on my nose, right between the eyes. Sheesh! 


My regimen consists of the following: Cetaphil Daily Face Wash, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (via Proactive Plus), Epiduo and doxycycline pills.


My skin is about 70-75% clear. I still get a few bumps here and there, but NOT five or six overnight. I have still have acne or my face, but it's slowly but surely fading away. Some areas are more stubborn than others, but I have confidence that the bumps will eventually dry up and disappear.


Shoot, I'm pretty much clear compared to how my face was a month ago.


I'd say my face will probably be clear within the next month.


My 26th birthday is tomorrow and you know what, I'm pretty happy where my skin is right now, which means I won't be too embarrassed being at the center of attention. I'm having a little birthday party at a hookah lounge.


Just wanted to give you all an update. Let's stay strong. We will beat this acne thing! Don't give up!


-Montezz Allen



Tweaked Regimen

14 January 2014 - 12:20 AM

Hello. Quick update!


I decided to tweak my regimen. I lacked a gentle cleanser before. I also decided to stop using the 2%  salicylic acid Oxy Pads.


So, this is my regimen now: Cetaphil non-comedogenic daily face wash, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide wash (via Proactiv Plus), epiduo and doxycycline pills. I moisturize with Pro Active Plus's green tea moisturizer.


Hopefully this works!


What other benzoyl peroxide face wash can I use? That's 2.5%? Once my proactive face wash run out I'll need something else.  Also, what other product can I use as a moisturizer? Again, once my Proactiv green tea moisturizer runs out, I'll have to purchase something else.


Let's stay strong! We'll get rid of this acne in due time! Even though it sucks! lol