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Shaving, acne and benzoyl peroxide?

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I've realised something major regarding my acne I have had since I was 13 (Im now 21). I have tried all sorts of treatments including proactive and accutane. The only thing until now that worked was accutane but I don't want to go back on it.

I recently got back from a trip to Arizona and spent a lot of the time in the sun hiking. I have a tanned skin tone naturally, and during this time I went quite a lot darker. When I got back to the UK and my skin started to fade back to its natural tanned colour, I noticed I was having a lot fewer break outs.

Another thing is, I haven't been shaving as much. I notice that if I dont shave for say 5 days, after I shave the beard off, my skin is close to perfect!? I still use a benzoyl peroxide cleanser everyday but in the past this did not help much.

Any ideas what may be the cause of my acne then? Anyone else had experience like this?

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well the sun is generally healthy for the skin. too much of it can be damaging, but a healthy dose of Vitamin D does nothing but good.

what were you using to shave with? sounds like however you shave or whatever you are using was irritating your skin.

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well the sun is generally healthy for the skin. too much of it can be damaging, but a healthy dose of Vitamin D does nothing but good.

what were you using to shave with? sounds like however you shave or whatever you are using was irritating your skin.

I dont think it has anything to do with folliculitis or what i use to shave. ive been shaving for over ten years and used dozens of different kinds of things, oils, Bzp Oxy shaving cremes etc etc. I get it on my forehead too and I dont shave there so it cant be folliculitis. Im puzzled!

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I never actually get any acne in my beard area - haven't for about 5 years thankfully! However, if I go a few days without shaving, then the skin in that area does look a bit crappy. Shaving it off then makes it look really nice. I think this is down to two reasons:

1. Stubble is kinda scruffy looking, so you can notice the difference more once you shave it off.

2. Shaving is a form of exfoliation and will probably make your skin look a bit brighter.

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Do you have sensitive skin? How many times do you wash your face? Do you use cold water or hot? what about shaving? Aftershave?

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