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Hi guys,

new to all this so bear with me. I'm not strictly sticking to Dan's regimen, but I am using some things which I wouldn't mind hearing people's opinion of. My skin has come on leaps and bounds recently since I've been using these products.

Firstly I'm using Clean and Clear exfoliating wash (http://www.superdrug.com/Face-Wash/CLEAN+CLEAR-EXFOLIATING-DAILY-WASH-150ML/invt/380279&bklist=). I know its exfoliating which means it might be harsh to the skin for some people, but I've been using this for donkeys years and it seems really kind to my skin and is not irritating at all.

Next I have been using Panoxyl 2.5% BP (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Panoxyl-Aquagel-2-5/dp/B0015X5YLG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=drugstore&qid=1259543743&sr=8-1). This is very harsh to the skin and leaves me feeling sunburnt on the face, however it is effective at preventing outbreaks and is very cheap. I only use this once every two days due to its harshness yet effectiveness.

For a moisturiser I use E45 (http://www.boots.com/en/E45-Cream-125g_2473/). This stuff is dead cheap and for me leaves my skin feeling soothed and smooth. However I've heard people saying that this stuff blocks pores. This is the product I'm most keen to hear peoples opinion on. Is there an alternative moisturiser for a similar price that does not block pores and is available in the UK? Although I must point out that I have had no problem with E45.

To top this off I have also been taking Lymecycline antibiotics for a few months. These were prescribed to me by my doctor. I have found these very effective. I've heard Dan saying antibiotics are naff because P.Acnes are developing a resistance to antibiotics. I spoke to my doctor about this and he's telling the truth to a point, however it is not a major issue. In any case the tablets contain an anti-inflammatory which will help reduce spot size. I would recommend people speak to their doctor about getting anti-biotics since they're cheap (£7 for two months supply) and doctors will rarely deny you a prescription if you have bad enough acne.

Finally as a topical treatment I am using freederm gel (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Freederm-Gel-25g/dp/B000KHVKNE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=drugstore&qid=1259544325&sr=1-1-spell). Even now I still get the odd spot popping up, so in order to tackle this I use freederm. I find this is effective at reducing redness and inflammation although it is not a silver bullet for acne.

I must point out that all the products I have mentioned have a product licence (with the exception of the Clean and Clear face wash). This means that all the products have been tested by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This means they have undergone clinical trials to prove they are effective. Many acne products do not have this for example Clearasil Rapid Action Treatment Cream. You can tell if a medicine has a product licence because on the packaging it will have the letters PL followed by a number. So panoxyl has: PL 0174/0049, on the tube. I think it's important that products have this since I wouldn't want people to go out and buy mickey mouse products which are merely a marketing ploy.

I look forward to your opinions.

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