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Using The Regimen -- A Quick Question

Hey everybody, I just stumbled upon Acne.org last night after I got completely fed up with my consistent acne. The entire process seems very effective and I am seriously considering trying it. I was just wondering if because the benzoyl dries out skin so much, will that cause your face to produce extra oil because it realizes that it's so dried out? I got some advice a couple of months ago because I was washing my face very often so I decided to just wash it with water -- well, that hasn't been a big help either. So I guess my question is will I break out even MORE due to my skin's natural reaction to create more oil when it realizes the dryness? I appreciate it!

Kim (:

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Moved to the Acne.org Regimen board.

Please read the little blurbs under each forum before you post. The Announcement And Feedback board says it's for "Technical issues on the boards. To have an acne related question answered, make sure to post in one of the other forums below.".

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You might experience some break outs while you adjust to the regimen, but as for whether that's because BP somehow affects oil production, I don't think that's the case.

Don't forget that moisturizer is an important step in the regimen--almost as important as the BP itself!--and so that will help mitigate the BP's drying effect on your skin.

Just start with a little BP, and don't be in a hurry to work your way up to larger amounts, just do what your skin can handle without excess dryness or flaking. Use lots of moisturizer and extra jojoba oil if you need to. Your skin won't be perfectly clear shortly after starting, but give it a couple of months, and I think you'll be pleased.

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after the regimen i did start producing more oil, but it didn't cause me to break out more. i've also heard it can cause the opposite effect ... so i would agree with the others who said to start off with a small amount of bp, and see if you notice more oil production.

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I have only been on the regime for about a week and a half and my skin has become A LOT oilier. However, my skin hasn't broken out more due to the excess oil, I just have to use more blotting sheets to keep my skin looking normal.

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The skin will seem to produce more oil because of exfoliation whether by BP, acids or washing vigorously, but it isn't. There are many studies which I won't bore you with that have confirmed this.

The peeling you see with BP is removing layers of skin which usually cause the clogging of pores in acne. This is one of the three qualities of BP that make it so good for acne. It exfoliates, kills anaerobic bacteria and is mildly anti-inflammatory (once your skin gets used to it).

In effect exfoliation unblocks oil and so you see more of it.

You can think of the oiliness like a pile of paper sitting on an oil drop. The top sheets will seem dry. Remove the tops sheets and the pile of paper will seem to get oilier when in fact it's not.

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