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I've recently started using PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash - 10% Benzoyl Peroxide on my face for my acne at several people's recommendations. Since I've started using it once a day (for about 5 days now), I've had a small breakout on my chin. I usually break out a bit when I start using a new product (even if it ends up being helpful) so I'm not really concerned about that. BUT. I have the driest skin I've ever had in my life. I moisturize in the morning and before bed, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. I want to keep using this product, but my skin is starting to feel like scratchy parchment and it hurts. Does anyone have any experience with PanOxyl? Does it get better? Do you have any tips? Does it ultimately help clear your skin?

Thanks in advance :)

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Try a little 1% hydro-cortisone (HC) cream immediately after washing to combat irritation & dryness (it is approved for use on the face). Benzoyl peroxide (BP) is very irritating to most people's skin. The irritation can actually make the breakouts worse. Almost no one can tolerate full 10% BP. If the HC helps, try a custom blend of 1 part 10% BP to 2 parts 1% HC yielding a 3.3% BP, 0.6% HC. The cleanser may also be irritating your  skin. Try switching to a cream blend as described above and use only mild, non-medicated soap. Please let me know if you get a good response. Many have. Pi1grim

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I bought dermalmd acne serum at the recommendation of my dermatologist when panoxyl was a bit too harsh for my skin. It definitely helped clear up my cystic and hormonal pattern acne, but it takes daily use for several months to work and should definitely be paired with an oil-free moisturizer.

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How about switching to a lower dosage BP? It's very likely that 10% is just too strong to use as a starter for your skin. Here's a good list that starts with 2.5% and works its way up.

In general, its good to always pair benzoyl peroxide products with very hydrating and non-comedogenic moisturizers. You're on the right track in this one, but perhaps the one you're using may be too lightweight for your skin's needs. You can look for something like a hyaluronic acid serum, which is an ingredient that binds moisture to your skin and is super hydrating, to add to your regimen.

For now however, it's better to reset your skin since your barrier is compromised i.e. dry and irritated. You can use something like Avene Cicalfate, which is very good for sensitive and irritated skin. (It's a product used after ablative laser procedures and microneedling so it's made for skin repair.) Once your skin is on track, you can continue with your treatments.

Good luck and let us know how it goes! :)

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