1. Last Month
  2. So I made two big mistakes with my skin. It was breaking out with closed comedones and I panicked. Didn’t think things through. Had anxiety and acted impulsively. First, I overexfoliated. I knew my skin was already overexfoliated and I should have left it alone but I didn’t. I irritated it more... Then, I used benzoyl peroxide lotion for the first time in weeks thinking it would magically get things under control. Today, my face is dry, tight, red, flaky and peeling. I had to take my anxiety medication again after not in a while. All I’m doing now is washing with water and my face wash then moisturizer and trying to hydrate from the inside out by drinking excess water. Is there anything I can do to calm down all the peeling and dry skin or do I just have to wait it out. Also terrified my skin is going to break out badly because of this. What can I do to prevent a breakout from overdrying my skin? Is there any hope or am I doomed for major problems? I realize I messed up badly by irritating my skin and have learned my lesson.

  3. So I made two big mistakes with my skin. It was breaking out with closed comedones and I panicked. Didn’t think things through. Had anxiety and acted impulsively. First, I overexfoliated. I knew my skin was already overexfoliated and I should have left it alone but I didn’t. I irritated it more... Then, I used benzoyl peroxide lotion for the first time in weeks thinking it would magically get things under control. Today, my face is dry, tight, red, flaky and peeling. I had to take my anxiety medication again after not in a while. All I’m doing now is washing with water and my face wash then moisturizer and trying to hydrate from the inside out by drinking excess water. Is there anything I can do to calm down all the peeling and dry skin or do I just have to wait it out. Also terrified my skin is going to break out badly because of this. What can I do to prevent a breakout from overdrying my skin? Is there any hope or am I doomed for major problems? I realize I messed up badly by irritating my skin and have learned my lesson.

  4. Okay awesome. I’m hoping that will help. I’m glad it’s helpibg you.

  5. One of my biggest concerns right now are closed comedones. I have had them before, and nothing got rid of them. They stayed for even years at a time. Eventually what happens, is they turn into a huge cyst. I’m worried because recently, in addition to high stress, I fiddled around with supplements and my usual skincare by stopping using benzoyl peroxide (big mistake) and dried my skin out, causing clogged pores and now I have tons of closed comedones. They’re not red, just ugly and bumpy. Very small. Not blackheads or white heads. I’m in process of going back to my old regimen of washing with salicylic acid, tea tree toner and a benzoyl peroxide lotion and moisturizer. Also stopping the supplements I was taking which included Ashwagandha, which was supposed to help my stress and skin, but I read it can increase DHEAS levels which can cause acne. My question is what can I do about the closed comedones? Will the salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide prevent these from turning into cysts? Life has just been stressful lately and I’m exhausted mentally being a highly sensitive person. Having a hard time with depression and anxiety because of breaking out, which of course makes it all worse. I wish I had left everything I was doing as it was.

  6. The best my skin ever does - regardless of diet, vitamin supplements, etc... is when I’m using benzoyl peroxide. I have been on accutane, all of the antibiotics, birth control pills, supplements (some of which I do believe help), and of course all the millions of acne products. Recently, my skin was doing so well I thought maybe I didn’t need benzoyl peroxide anymore. I started feeling concerned about putting the chemicals on my face etc... and wanted to try a more natural approach with vitamins and was hoping my salicylic acid face wash and tea tree toner would be enough  (which I still swear by, I love Lush’s Tea Tree toner). Well I was wrong! The only thing I changed about my routine was stopping benzoyl peroxide.  After stopping the benzoyl peroxide lotion, my face broke out bad! At first it seemed fine, just a couple zits... but I started getting lots of closed comedones all over my face (UGH) and then cysts started appearing along my cheek/jaw area. Right now my face is a mess. And I recently started dating too, which now I have to cancel all dates until my face clears up because there’s no way I’m going to be seen like this. So, I decided to go back to using my benzoyl peroxide lotion as of today. I have heard of this happening with other people. I think that I just have no choice but to permanently use the BP. I think without it, my acne will just always be. I’m just curious, have any of you had success going off BP without breaking out? Did you go back to it? Is it just something that acne-prone people need forever? If it is, so be it. Anything is better than the acne. 

    Edit: I am concerned because the BP lotion because some of the ingredients in it and one includes a type of alcohol which I hate the idea of putting on my face.