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Exfoliating on the Regimen - Is it okay?

I've been getting mixed signals on exfoliating while using Dan's regimen. I'm currently on week 4, starting week 5, and I've begun to get massive amounts of red spots. Although I'm not completely clear (I still get breakouts here and there), I definitely have gotten better - and obviously, thats why I have these hyperpigmentation marks on my face.

Now, I recently picked up a bottle of Neutrogena Redness Clearing Exfoliating Scrub (or something similarly named). It comes in green. Will it be okay for me to exfoliate with? Maybe just once or twice a week?

Or maybe I should resort to a different procedure for getting rid of red marks? I have prominently white skin, so I'm willing to try anything! Thanks guys :shifty:

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http://www.acne.org/faq.html#redmarks

Q: How do I get rid of the red/dark marks left after the blemish goes away?

A: You can visit the red marks message board for discussion and suggestions, but before you do, please read the biggest mistakes page. Try your best to avoid adding in products and new methods until you're completely clear of active acne. The most important goal regarding red marks is to prevent future acne and thus prevent future red marks from forming in the first place. Here is a quote from the American Academy of Dermatology and Roche Laboratories regarding red marks:

"A red mark on the skin called an erythematous macule will fade in four to six months after an acne outbreak - but it may get temporarily redder when your skin gets hot or when you exercise. This red macule is not a scar, and is not permanent. In a dark skinned person, the macule may appear as a darker patch on the skin. This is not a scar, either."

People with darker skin tend to suffer with these marks more often. For more information on post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, click here.

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Thanks for the reply, Wynne. :)

Looking at the ingredients of the scrub, it does, in fact, have glycolic acid in it, along with aloe. It SAYS its gentle. Does that change anything?

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It has 'beads' in it, which makes it more irritating. I don't recommend it. Maybe after you're COMPLETELY clear and add just that one product in.

Anything that's labeled 'scrub' usually has mechanically exfoliating properties and thus can be extra irritating to skin that's still adapting to BP.

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Okay, I was already leaning towards it but now I'll put it away for a couple weeks or so. I really appreciate the help! :)

Perhaps for now I'll just go look up another AHA-containing product so I can reduce these red spots in the mean time.

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