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Copy of Regimen: "Zap Zits in 24 Hours"

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I decided to paste this whole article here, because it just is so darned helpful. This doctors regimen is so very close to my own regimen, I just use a lot less BP and a lot less frequently, but mine certainly worked for me. I haven't tried his, but it sure looks good.

Side note: I sort of wonder if step 4 would be good at killing off a pimple that is just starting to surface. I had previously scoffed at the idea of ice, but this makes sense they way they explain it.

Anyway,.... read on:

To read this same article in prevention.com <click here

(Below is what I copied from the above site, prevention.com)

Zap Zits in 24 Hours

Follow this doctor's revolutionary treatment plan, and be acne-free forever

by  Terry J. Dubrow, MD, FACS, and Brenda D. Adderly, MHA

Terry J. Dubrow, MD, FACS, is board certified in general and plastic surgery and is director of the Acne Clinic of Newport Beach, CA. Brenda D. Adderly, MHA, is a health care reporter and has written or coauthored 16 health books.

Even if you were among the lucky few who missed the curse of acne as a teenager, you can still experience breakouts well into your 40s and beyond.

Acne can be damaging to your self-image. As director of the Acne Clinic of Newport Beach, CA, I hear the heartache in my clinical practice, from the 18-year-old boy who couldn't ask girls out because "they'll think I'm a zit freak" to the 36-year-old lawyer who didn't think she'd make partner because "the acne makes me look like an overgrown kid."

But acne is not something you have to live with. I've created an inexpensive, 6-week Acne Cure plan you can follow without ever seeing a dermatologist. It will yield dramatic results in as little as 24 hours.

Your 4-Step Plan

The Acne Cure is unique because each of the steps in the plan is designed to attack acne at every stage of its development. Here are the four steps.

Clean away the old, dead skin cells. These cells combine with sebum, an oily mixture produced by the sebaceous glands attached to hair follicles near the base of your pores. Sebum normally lubricates the skin, but sometimes it can form plugs that block the pores.

Remove the clogs and the excess oil that become trapped inside your pores.

Kill the bacteria that have infected the clogged pores.

Stop and eliminate the inflammation that accompanies the infected areas and that can cause the acne to spread.

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Step One

Clean Away Excess Dead Skin Cells

Every 28 to 45 days (depending on your age), your skin replaces itself by sloughing off old, dead skin cells so that new ones can replace them. Sometimes, the loose cells combine with sebum to partially plug up the opening of a pore. So the first step is to clean off the excess dead cells while also killing any bacteria that may be there.

The best way to do this is with over-the-counter salicylic acid in a 2% concentration. Look for Zapzyt, Propa pH, Stri-Dex, or Oxy Night Watch. Make sure the product you buy doesn't contain any other active ingredients.

How to apply: Wet the affected area with warm water. Pour a small amount of the lotion (about the size of a penny) into your palm, add a few drops of water, and mix completely. Gently massage the mixture into the skin in a circular motion. Leave on for about as long as it takes to brush your teeth, then rinse with warm water.

How often: Use first thing in the morning and before bed every night for the full 6 weeks of the program.

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Step Two

Remove the Clogs

To loosen and remove the plugs of oil and skin cells that are clogging your pores, you need glycolic acid. It works by activating certain skin enzymes that dissolve the plugs beneath the skin's surface, which opens up the pores to allow the mixture to escape. Some popular brands include Gly Derm, Cellex-C, Total Skin Care, and Physician's Elite. Make sure the product you choose contains between 8 and 10% concentration and doesn't contain any other active ingredients.

How to apply: Apply the cream after you have finished using the salicylic acid. Follow the same application steps as above.

How often: Every morning for the entire 6 weeks of the program.

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Step Three

Stop the Acne Dead in Its Tracks

The first two steps of the program removed a large number of the plugs that were clogging your pores and eliminated the surface bacteria that help perpetuate acne infections. But a particularly hardy bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, hides deep within your infected pores. The single most effective way to destroy this bacteria is with benzoyl peroxide. But many of your pores may still be so clogged with the swelling caused by inflammation that the benzoyl peroxide can't reach the bacteria hiding deep inside your skin. So you have to open up the pores by making the skin cold. Cold also reduces inflammation and swelling.

How to apply: Keep the benzoyl peroxide in the refrigerator. Run an ice cube over the affected area until it is thoroughly wet and feels cold to the touch. If the acne affects a lot of your face, treat it one section at a time. Be careful not to let your skin become uncomfortably cold. First, cool the palm of your hand with the ice cube. Place a small amount of the cream in your palm, and apply it using the same technique you used earlier.

Next, place a cold pack on the affected area for about 10 minutes while you lie down and relax. (You can find cold packs in most drugstores, or just wrap some ice cubes in a towel.) Afterward, wipe off any excess benzoyl peroxide with a soft, dry cloth, leaving the residue in place to work on the bacteria during the night.

How often: Every evening for the entire 6 weeks of the program (after you have used the salicylic acid).

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Step Four

Protect and Maintain Great Skin

Steps one through three of the Acne Cure program will get rid of your acne within 6 weeks. Step four will keep your skin healthy, soft, and resistant to new acne attacks.

Apply an oil-free moisturizer after washing your face. Use one that contains a sunblock of SPF 15 or higher. Reapply your moisturizer during the day if your skin feels dry. (Moisturize during the entire program.)

Use a gentle, soap-free liquid cleanser. Look for one that contains glycolic acid. If you can't find one, apply a small amount of glycolic cream to the areas that used to suffer from acne; do this once a week, after cleansing and before applying your daytime moisturizer.

At bedtime, use a cream that contains the antioxidants vitamin C ester, tocotrienol (a new derivative of vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. If you can't find a product that contains all three, use the creams separately, and rotate them using one each night. Make sure the creams are not oil based.

Try Retin-A occasionally if your doctor agrees to write you the necessary prescription. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser at night, and gently massage a small amount of Retin-A on your forehead, cheeks, and chin.

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Thank you very much betterdays!! At this point, I am willing to give anything a try.. I have some questions though.. First off.. What OTC products do you recommend for each step? He lists more than one so I was wondering what one was best..

And also, what does he mean by in 24 hours? Will this work in only a day and no more active acne?

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Hi Makaveli,

I know it says that 24 hour thing at the top, but I think they mean it will start having benefits in 24 hours. At the end of the article, it says something about 6 weeks. Personally, I think it might take more than 6, but by 6 you'd see considerable improvement if it was going to happen. (That's my opinion though)

I don't actually have anything active that I can test that ice/BP theory out on, so I can't testify on that, but it sure looks like it could do no harm in trying.

I wish I could recommend products, but I don't actually know if I'm totally qualified to do that. I know what I use, and what works for me though. Where he talks about a product with SA, I use a cleanser from St. Ives called Clear Pore Cleanser with some SA (it also has other ingredients... so I don't know if he'd endorse it...but I like it). I know Clean and Clear also makes an SA gel in a tube, I actually sort of like that, but am just testing that out now and can't give good feedback on it. It's a 2% gel. I wonder if the cleanser Botchla recommends with SA in it might work just as well. For the GA, I love the Alpha Hydrox Oil Free Gel (10% GA) and I get it at Drugstore.com for $10. You can get it from the manufacturers web site, but it isn't any cheaper. For the BP, I don't know why Dan's BP wouldn't work just fine, I myself use Clean and Clears 10% Persagel BP (not recommended by Dan for his regimen. For moisture, I like the Neutragena Moisture for Senstive Skin (but mine has no SPF)

I hope this helps with ideas. My regimen is close, because I use similar products with the same active ingredients, but I never did the ice thing, and I don't use BP very often. I'm trying to remove the BP from my regimen to be honest, as I don't think I really need it with the SA/GA and some tea tree oil in my cleanser. But we'll see.

Hope this helps ... I know I type and ramble a lot!! I'm sure some folks wish I'd just shut up some days .. but I like to put ideas out there becuase I know one solution doesn't fit all, and new ideas are always good.

Best,

-Betterdays

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