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My new regimen consists of this:

-wash with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

-apply a thin layer of 2% Salicylic Acid to entire face

-use Kissmyface peaches and creme moisturizer with 8% AHA

All of this twice a day. I recently added the AHA so I can't say exactly how well the regimen is doing.

I also use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask once a week, and use the St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub 3-4 times a week. Every now and then I'll do a natural treatment like extra virgin olive oil or an oatmeal mask when I am having a rough skin day.

I am wondering if it is unsafe/unwise to use a BHA and an AHA together like this every day? Could I be over-exfoliating?

My face has shown no signs of irritation due to these products (yet).

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I'm not an expert, but I'd say that you probably are over exfoliating. Dan's AHA that he sells is a 10% and from the mods on the board, it seems that it's not a good idea to use this twice a day because it's too harsh. I personally only use the 10% AHA once every other night. I'm not sure if the 2% difference of Dan's AHA and the KissMyFace one is a huge difference, thus making it okay to use twice a day..but I'd say not.

I'm also not a fan of scrubs that contain sand or whatever they have in them that makes it rough. I know a lot of people love them (especially the St. Ives one), but to me it's too rough on our delicate faces. Faces with acne are irritated enough and I do know for sure that irritation just extends the problem.

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Hey man, you do it a hell of a lot less than me. I use my St Ives Apricot Scrub something like 5 times in the shower, then a St Ives Microdermabrasion scrub twice or so. My skin is absolutely fine.

I might say cut it back to just once a day if you dont want to get overly dry, but to be honest, you sound good.

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My new regimen consists of this:

-wash with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

-apply a thin layer of 2% Salicylic Acid to entire face

-use Kissmyface peaches and creme moisturizer with 8% AHA

All of this twice a day. I recently added the AHA so I can't say exactly how well the regimen is doing.

I also use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask once a week, and use the St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub 3-4 times a week. Every now and then I'll do a natural treatment like extra virgin olive oil or an oatmeal mask when I am having a rough skin day.

I am wondering if it is unsafe/unwise to use a BHA and an AHA together like this every day? Could I be over-exfoliating?

My face has shown no signs of irritation due to these products (yet).

Check the ingredients in the Kissmyface stuff. The following two links are to websites that list comedogenic ingredients. You can research the ingredients in your product(s) and determine if any might be problematic. The second link is to a PDF so if your computer is old or cranky, your computer might freeze. Remember that the further down on the list of ingredients, the less percentage of that ingredient is in the product. So a comedogenic ingredient that is in the last half of an ingredient list may or may not cause you problems. http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm#inglist

http://facerealityskincare.com/img/Pore%20...Skin%20Care.pdf

You're way over-exfoliating. Twice a day with both products is overkill, hugely so. Drop the St Ives. It contains jagged particles that will tear holes in your skin and that in turn leads to a breakout. Not only that, but it's also medicated!

What kind of acne do you have? Primarily comdedonal (blackheads and closed comedones, ie whiteheads) or inflamed acne? If you have inflamed, you're only using one treatment that might conceivably help the inflammation, and that's the Mint Julep mask (it contains sulfur) If you primarily have non-inflamed/comedonal acne, just continue with the SA and AHA but do so more slowly by far. The SA can be once a day but start with the AHA once every three, then every two days.

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My new regimen consists of this:

-wash with Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

-apply a thin layer of 2% Salicylic Acid to entire face

-use Kissmyface peaches and creme moisturizer with 8% AHA

All of this twice a day. I recently added the AHA so I can't say exactly how well the regimen is doing.

I also use the Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask once a week, and use the St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub 3-4 times a week. Every now and then I'll do a natural treatment like extra virgin olive oil or an oatmeal mask when I am having a rough skin day.

I am wondering if it is unsafe/unwise to use a BHA and an AHA together like this every day? Could I be over-exfoliating?

My face has shown no signs of irritation due to these products (yet).

Check the ingredients in the Kissmyface stuff. The following two links are to websites that list comedogenic ingredients. You can research the ingredients in your product(s) and determine if any might be problematic. The second link is to a PDF so if your computer is old or cranky, your computer might freeze. Remember that the further down on the list of ingredients, the less percentage of that ingredient is in the product. So a comedogenic ingredient that is in the last half of an ingredient list may or may not cause you problems. http://www.zerozits.com/Articles/acnedetect.htm#inglist

http://facerealityskincare.com/img/Pore%20...Skin%20Care.pdf

You're way over-exfoliating. Twice a day with both products is overkill, hugely so. Drop the St Ives. It contains jagged particles that will tear holes in your skin and that in turn leads to a breakout. Not only that, but it's also medicated!

What kind of acne do you have? Primarily comdedonal (blackheads and closed comedones, ie whiteheads) or inflamed acne? If you have inflamed, you're only using one treatment that might conceivably help the inflammation, and that's the Mint Julep mask (it contains sulfur) If you primarily have non-inflamed/comedonal acne, just continue with the SA and AHA but do so more slowly by far. The SA can be once a day but start with the AHA once every three, then every two days.

Thanks! I checked and it has some of the ingredients. Isopropyl Palmitate is the only significant comedogenic ingredient, but I do not thing it is causing me to breakout. The company prides itself on its "eco-friendly" and "natural" products, but I know that they still can use harmful chemicals.

People tell me about St. Ives, but it is the only thing that has worked for me in the past.

I thought it would be safe to use the AHA twice a day since it didn't sting when I applied it or caused irritation (and since it was designed as a moisturizer). I think it is supposed to be used daily (at least that is what Google search tells me people do who experience good results). Perhaps I should lower it to only nighttime use, and the SA during the day?

I have mostly inflamed acne but am semi-allergic to BP. :/ It reacts badly with my skin and gives me intense red marks no matter what concentration I use. So I was trying to find an alternative.

I was thinking about ditching the SA and using 5% tea tree oil. I really do like AHA though. I previously used Neutrogena but the price was really steep and had a lower concentration. Despite my acne, my skin is incredibly smooth, soft, and beautiful in my clear areas, and I think it's due to AHA.

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I'm not an expert, but I'd say that you probably are over exfoliating. Dan's AHA that he sells is a 10% and from the mods on the board, it seems that it's not a good idea to use this twice a day because it's too harsh. I personally only use the 10% AHA once every other night. I'm not sure if the 2% difference of Dan's AHA and the KissMyFace one is a huge difference, thus making it okay to use twice a day..but I'd say not.

I'm also not a fan of scrubs that contain sand or whatever they have in them that makes it rough. I know a lot of people love them (especially the St. Ives one), but to me it's too rough on our delicate faces. Faces with acne are irritated enough and I do know for sure that irritation just extends the problem.

I'm working on figuring out the KMF thing. I think it might be meant just for daily use, not twice daily use.

Yeah, but the fact that the only thing that has significantly lowered my acne was when I just used the St. Ives scrub daily has kept me coming back to it. It's kind of my guilty pleasure?

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Hey man, you do it a hell of a lot less than me. I use my St Ives Apricot Scrub something like 5 times in the shower, then a St Ives Microdermabrasion scrub twice or so. My skin is absolutely fine.

I might say cut it back to just once a day if you dont want to get overly dry, but to be honest, you sound good.

Haha thanks. I really haven't experienced any irritation yet... but it's too soon to tell. I guess some people's skin is just naturally tougher.

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