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DAY 49: Skin is clearing!

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Regimen:

AM

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (5.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and 0.4% LHA)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream for Face SPF 55

PM

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Clear Scrub (on certain areas only)

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo (5.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and 0.4% LHA)

It's been only three days since I started using the Effaclar Duo from La Roche Posay but my acne and bumps have lessened dramatically. I still do have small acne here and there, but I think I'm going to continue to use it for a week and see what happens.

I figured that from using the Effaclar Duo I'd get the same reactions that most people got while on the DKR - extremely dry, red, and irritated skin that needs super moisturizing. As it turns out, that's how my skin has been for the past few days because of Effaclar. Although, the irritation, redness, and peeling skin isn't as bad as I thought it would be, given my history of BP sensitivity. Not going to lie though, the burning sensation is not pleasant after I apply it. But because of that I had to go back to using Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion - a moisturizer I somehow always go back to because it's gentle and moisturizing on sensitive skin.

As for the scrub, I've been using it sparingly only on patches of skin where there's patches of dry peeling skin. I have to gently exfoliate with this - given that both the scrub and cleanser have Menthol, an irritant that gives that cool feeling, and AHA and salicylic acid, I have to be extra careful not to scrub or cleanse for too long because too many acne treatments and an irritant can cause extra sensitivity. So right now, my skin's clearing up due to BP, LHA, AHA, and salicylic acid.

I'm starting to rethink my skincare routine - I've been using mainly exfoliants in the past as a topical treatment because I was sensitive to BP, an antibacterial. Now that my sensitivity is lowered and I can use BP again (with some burning pain though) I might start to incorporate antibacterial topical treatment in the form of BP on top of exfoliating acne treatments. This way, my acne can be tackled in two ways - by exfoliating dead skin cells, and by killing the bacteria that cause acne.

I'm seriously considering the DKR, as it uses BP and AHA in the regimen. But I'm also seriously considering La Roche Posay's Effaclar line, as it uses BP, salicylic acid, and LHA. The DKR is cheaper in cost, but I think I'm going to go for La Roche Posay because it's got years of research behind it. (It's not that I think DKR products aren't good, but it isn't created by a doctor... plus I'm tired of always choosing the less expensive option, and then finding out it doesn't work for my skin). However, if my skin gets used to the BP soon, I might start using Acne.org's AHA on top of it to get rid of the flaking skin. I'll see how I do on the La Roche Posay Regimen first though.



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Hi there check out my blog you may find faster and permanent results. seriously dude acne is not going to go away completely through external changes. you need to change your diet and all. external things only mask acne and you end up not dealing with the main culprit. Acne is not a disease but a symptom. I also have quick natural ways to spot treat such as garlic. take a lookit tabula rasa under smoze

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Hi there check out my blog you may find faster and permanent results. seriously dude acne is not going to go away completely through external changes. you need to change your diet and all. external things only mask acne and you end up not dealing with the main culprit. Acne is not a disease but a symptom. I also have quick natural ways to spot treat such as garlic. take a lookit tabula rasa under smoze
Thanks for the advice, dear. I'm already aware that acne and diet are linked; I've mentioned several times in earlier blog posts. Thanks for reading my blog.

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