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New Hybrid Regimen... Opinions?

Background and History:

I'm a 20 yr old male with sensitive skin, look young for my age, have mild/moderate at times acne, and first remember acne back in my early teens. As far as I can remember, when I first had a very small amount of acne, I bought the typical alcohol pads to wipe clean which didn't "fix" the acne, so then I used BP as spot treatment (and never moisturized much). Around 18 or so, I used more BP, rarely moisturizing again, until around 18/19 where I noticed very flaky dry skin, and would then use a wash clothe to "wipe off" the dead skin. After that I bought a scrub with the beads, leading to more breakouts (didn't make the early connection nor researched it well) which led to more BP, with moisturizer this time. I bought DKR a few months ago and had the initial purge (Which I hated) but then continued to have breakouts in spots I never had acne (forehead, neck). I accredited it to the purge and went on my way. After a while not much was changing and I decided I couldn't handle the bleaching of my clothes and figured there must be another way to do this. I have recently come to the conclusion that I have only irritated my skin more and more and figured I must let it rest and take on a more holistic approach. Upon research and these forums, I have come up with a hybrid regime which I've been using for about 5-7 days now, with some (so far) initial success. Now I understand everyones skin is different, this may work for some but I'm mostly looking for opinions on this.

Regime:

I credit many of the people on these boards for ideas and theories, but only can remember bfg9000d and Moojamba. Thanks to all though.

Morning:

30 second hot water (slightly hotter than warm) face soak (see Moojambas)

Shower

Moisturizer ( ONLYif skin feels very tight/dry 15+ minutes after the shower, too much moisturizer too often makes my skin shine like no other)

1 multivitamin (Wegmans one daily Men's health formula with lycopene)

**Personal Key to the MV, must contain NO IODINE, had one with it and I broke out, It also includes Zinc and Niacin**

2 Table spoons orally ingested Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Night:

60 second hot water soak (same as above but longer)

Moisturizer as needed

2 Table spoons Braggs ACV

IF during the day my skin becomes dirty/oily or anything I feel like will block my pores, I give it a quick rinse with just water (ONLY once a day if needed, don't want to over wash)

AVOIDED FOODS:

Milk, most dairy products in general (sometimes eat yogurt)

Only have 1 or 2 sources of carbs (wheat, flour, bread, etc) a day if any

Anything with refined sugar

Anything heavily processed

RECOMMENDED FOODS:

Raisins everyday (about 1/4 - 1/2 cup)

Almonds (1 oz, apprx 20-25 nuts)

Water (large consumption throughout the day)

Egg Whites (scrambled, or omelet with vegetables)

Vegetables (very easy & convenient to get the new steam fresh bags)

Salad (with vinegar based or other non oil based dressings)

ACTIVITY:

I personally lift 3 days a week, cardio twice, and always make an effort to get in the sauna at least once a week for 10-15 minutes (with a real, deep sweat)

AND NEVER PICK/TOUCH MY FACE

When I shave (every 2-3 days, lucky me) I just lather up the DKR cleanser and shave with that, with a 2 blade razor, very softly, luckily my hair isn't very coarse.

So far: only a small amount of new pimples, red marks seem to be calming down a bit and my face (which has been very red at times) is subsiding in color.

Concern: I currently don't do anything to exfoliate, is it necessary and if so, how should I do it?

Sorry for the long post I'm attaching pictures, let me know what you think of them (I'm not so hot at figuring out what type of acne these are) I hope for alot of feedback and help, these forums are fantastic !

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So far so good, only one new pimple which makes me happy, my face is not so red at all anymore and the red marks seem to be fading more.

I tried to exfoliate with baking soda today, I think I did it right, but about a half an hour after i noticed there was some flaky skin on my face. I think it was some I had lifted up off my face but didn't clear off all the way. Any better way to do this with very low amounts of irritation?

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