-I'm copying part of blogger "Duane"'s regimen for future reference (sorry Duane, I hope this is not innapropriate...I'm not sure how to use message boards properly, so I couldn't figure out how to tag your posts...the computer acumen part of my ego is severely damaged)
dessert essence jojoba oil, purpose gentle cleansing wash, paula's choice 1% BHA gel (to unclog pores), acne.org 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel, complex 15 moisturizing lotion"
dessert essence jojoba oil, purpose gentle cleansing wash, paula's choice 1% BHA gel (to unclog pores), acne.org 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel, cetaphil moisturizing cream mixed with jojoba oil"
Duane recommends using BHA gel to unclog pores, because BP doesn't unclog pores that are already too clogged (definitely my problem). He says BHA is more effective then AHA for this. Once I finish my AHA tube (Dan's product), I'll try BHA.
-Paula Begouin's website (very informative) says that if you are allergic to aspirin, you might not be able to use BHA (which is salycylic acid)...I am allergic to aspirin, so it might be why if I use the 0.5% BHA Clean & Clear toner on my whole face, it seems to make my pores worse. However, this toner has been effective for me when applied with a Q-tip as spot treatment (only on an active blemish).
I will experiment with Paula's 1% BHA when Dan's AHA runs out, because, per my research, BHA is oil-soluble (and AHAs are not), so it can penetrate the oil in the pores and kill the bacteria
-Here's a salycylic acid product to keep in mind for later:Neutrogena Rapid Clear 2-in-1 Fight & Fade Gel
It has BHA and AHA, but the BHA may be too high (2%) and it doesn't say how much AHA it has...
-should not use BHA during pregnancy