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  1. My wife started having some heavy acne for the first time in her life, so when she visited dermatologist they recommended Benzoyl peroxide 5%. After applying it twice, once in the morning and once at night, the following morning her entire face was dark red, peeling, it was horrible she looked like a tomato. As soon as that happened she stopped using the cream right away, it's been two weeks since that happened and her inflammation has only gotten worse. We had to wait two weeks since the local dermatologist wouldn't be back till then we live in a pretty rural area in Japan, this was during Golden Week, a famous time in Japan where the majority of business go on vacation for 2 weeks. She is also suffering from intense insomnia from her ketogenic diet during these two weeks she's been super stressed out and only being able to get 3 hours of sleep on average maybe less. I fear that the insomnia, stress from the extreme redness is only making her more depressed and making her inflammation worse. Today my wife was prescribed Protopic but it makes her skin so itchy. We're both hoping that this will get rid of her intense redness. But the thing she's worried about the most is she's afraid that she will have permanent skin damage from the damage Benzoyl peroxide has done and her face will never look the same. She started developing a puffiness under her eyes, and the inflammation was pretty intense puffiness the same day before getting the Protopic cream. Is it likely that her skin will never return to the original pale color, will she have permanent skin damage? the doctor gave us a really unclear answer if all of the redness would disappear which made her really depressed, she's afraid to go outside cause her face is extremely red but only her face. We're going through this together hopefully after the first 2 weeks of using Protopic all of her redness will disappear but do you think there's a chance she will have permanent pigment damage? And if so is there anything we can do about it?
  2. Hello. Curious to see what others were prescribed/advised these two and how you apply them. My doc said differin during the morning every 3 days and benzaclin each night. I had irritation from benzaclin on night 3 but figured that I might've used too much too fast. Because of this I did not start differin yet. I ceased use immediately. I have been using Neutrogena's BP clear pore wash for 10+ years and never had a problem, so I'm assuming that the concentration was too high for something I wasn't used to (the 5% BP and the clin.). I stopped all BP for a few days and used a gentle precleanse to help soothe my face but now my face is clogged up because I'm Dumb and knew better, not irritated though. Usually I get a few pimples in a concentrated area and it goes away, but now I'm having small white heads on my cheeks and nose. I was thinking of using benzaclin tonight but heard that it's better to wash it off after 30 mins or so to ease into it. But I use a nightly toner to help ease my redness, so washing it off would just wash off my other skin products. Either that or use it every other day once a day. How'd you guys ease into it? As for the differin… do y'all think I should wait a week or two to see how my skin reacts to benzaclin? Haven't had acne problems in years but my stress has been kicking my ass. Any problems with using benzaclin in the day? I work in an office so I barely see the sun but the UV rays from the lights still pose a problem. To combat the dryness I started using Cetaphil moisturizing lotion but realized it was for the body. So hoping the face one isn't too thick and I can still be hydrated without the whole clogged pore thing. I used to use Aczone during the day but RIP to this product because of my insurance.
  3. Ok so I’m an idiot. I had some mild acne on my cheeks like 4-5 pimples on each side and they usually come up only during finals which I don’t mind, but since a lot of my family members kept pointing it out and asking what was wrong i got sick of it & decided to use benzoyl peroxide 5% which a dermatologist told me to get a while back. Anyway i applied it and then waited till it dried then applied some moisturizer & it was fine. next day i had some redness didnt think much of it so I applied it again overnight. The next day i woke up and my face was HUGE & RED!! Just super swollen i looked like a sunburnt potato, so ugly honestly. Idk what happened if the 5% was too much or if im allergic, anyway i stopped using it. The day after that my face was very very ichy and still swollen & red. Now 3 days later & my face is still swollen and the redness hasn’t subsided at all it’s just not itchy but i’ve developed this gritty skin texture like there are these tiny bumps (not pimples) all over where i applied the BP. And I didnt have any dryness or flaking so far. Someone tell me how do i get rid of this asap!!! Especially the swelling I cant go to school like this my face is so bad it’s hard to look at. Also the gritty skin if anyone has had this it’s not permanent right???? :(((
  4. Sorry went a little nuts with the tags on this thread probably. Anyway, Ive been meaning to make a post about this for months. I literally cannot stop using BP gel (cream? gel? not sure its white). I have been using it pretty much every time I shave/wash my face for years. I wash my face about once a day, sometimes every two days. I have good hygiene, but I find if I wash more than that my face looks 10 times worse. Also, the BP is necessary every time now. I will have the same areas (on sides of chin, neck around adams apple) cropping up with the same big red breakouts. They arent like normal pimple, there is no white head or core, its just a hard PAINFUL red bump. You cant even pop them, they are just big painful red bumps. These also show up on my legs and butt. The products I use are the following: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (cleaning, also use for shaving as its better than any cream ive used)) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Store brand BP gel 10% (I try to dilute this a little with water before applying) Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant (I also use some crafting clay in my hair, professional Sebastian, figured should mention as I am a side sleeper, i use this rarely) Not only am I having the red bumps problem if I dont use the BP, I also have large black pores and white clogged gross sebum pores. I know its terrible to go around squeezing them all, hence why i got the glycolic acid AHA gel. Even after using that for months its no better. I have researched far and wide for years, read every article out there I feel like. I am still having same issues. Would love and appreciate anyone who knows anything else. Thank you.
  5. Hi guys, so I started getting back and shoulder acne when I was 11/12, I’m 14 now. I got shoulder acne way before I started developing facial acne. My first treatment was Zineryt lotion and Duac gel( when I was 12 or 13), I had a big allergic reaction to the duac gel I felt like the zineryt didn’t help at all and it was spreading bacteria due to the application. Last October my face has NEVER been as bad in my life than then( foundation was my saviour). My blemishes were painful and embarrassing. My shoulders flared up as well, so I went to my GP and had Lymecline antibiotics which cleared up my face a little but not my back acne. Quinoderm antibacterial face wash cleared up my face.I’ve just finished my 6 week supply and I don’t really think I’ll carry on as I want something stronger. Does anyone reccomend anything ( not accutane) as I’ve been covering up my shoulders for the past few years due to the acne and I finally want to clear it up once and for All. Right now, my shoulders are smooth and only 4 or 5bumpy spots but there is still loads of red little smooth ones.... All responses will be highly appreciated xxx
  6. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  7. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  8. I have an AHA+ Glycolic acid 10% tube from acne.org and it expires in 10/2018. I opened the tube in December 2017 and I am still using it in April 2018. Does this tube need to be thrown away a certain amount of time after opening it like benzoyl peroxide(Duac) usually does due to it being ineffective after being opened for so long? Or does it not matter how long ago it was opened? Do I need to store the AHA glycolic acid in the fridge after opening like you do with Duac benzoyl peroxide?
  9. Hello, I have been using my BenzePro emollient foam (BP 5.3%) on my face every night to treat my mild adult acne since February, and it has been working very well. However, the last 4 nights I’ve been away from home and have come home late and have accidentally skipped my nightly treatment each time. On the box of the product, it says to take the missed dose as soon as you remember. My skin has only developed one pimple in the last 4 days, but I am worried that when I use it again my skin will repurge. Is this possible? Also should I just continue using it every night as I was doing before? If anyone knows what to do, or as had a similar experience of missing their prescription for a few days please let me know! Thank you.
  10. For quite a while I have been trying to get rid of a large spot on my right arm. It doers not contain any puss and is not painful just an eyesore! I have been using a mixture of 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide and hydrocolloid spot patches which after a couple of months use have made no difference whatsoever. I do occasionally get small spots here and there but the Benzoyl Peroxide quickly gets rid of it but in this instance it hasn't helped. Any ideas what I can do to get rid of this spot?
  11. I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  12. AHA glycolic acid

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    I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyperpigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  13. AHA glycolic acid

    Forums The Acne.org Regimen 1 reply

    I have started using AHA glycolic acid 10% from acne.org for fading hyper pigmentation brown acne marks. I use this on top of my Duac once daily gel (Benzoyl peroxide 5%, Clindamycin 1%) so I apply the AHA after/on top of the Duac and I leave it overnight. To get the best results from the AHA glycolic acid is it best to use it without Duac underneath? Would I see faster results from glycolic acid for removing hyperpigmentation if I used AHA in the morning and having just AHA on my face alone and then putting just Duac on my face at night rather than using both at the same time and leaving it overnight? Or does it not matter?
  14. Hello everyone,Let me start by giving a quick summary of my acne. At around 15 I started getting the occasional pimple her and there, but never anything too serious. However, about two and a half years ago when I was 17 years old my acne worsened dramatically. Within a matter of a couple months of this first big breakout, it got to the point where I felt the need to see a dermatologist.My derma prescribed me a mixture of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide. This helped to initially calm the new influx of acne I had coming in, but after a few months the effectiveness diminished. I then was prescribed tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A) and I began using it immediately. The first four months that I was on Retin-A was the worse my acne has ever been; specifically my jawline and the area under the corners of my mouth were affected. I even began getting a few cystic nodules at this time. After nearly six months on Retin-A my complexion began to improve. Not satisfied with the results, I went back to my dermatologist, and she then prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclate to take once daily. At this same time I began using a 10% Benzoyl peroxide wash. This combination seemed to work wonders for a while. My acne improved greatly to the point where I only had a few blemishes at all times (aside from some minor scarring). It may be important to point out that I also cut out dairy completely at this time. Though, to maintain this regimen, I had to use a TON and I mean a TON of moisturizer. I would have to apply loads of this Neutragena Sensitive Skin lotion multiple times per day. During this period I also became sort of obsessive with picking every pimple I ever got. In fact, I was (and still am) so OCD about this that I would often try to force whiteheads to pop when they were clearly not ready, and in doing this I would cause my skin to break and therefore scab. (I know this is counterproductive, but hey, I'm admitting that it's a problem of mine).Soon, I moved to college and was forced to limit the amount of time and energy I was putting into my skin. My new lifestyle and living situation first led me to discontinue my use of the antibiotic. I weened myself off of it well, and my skin didn't really seem to get any worse from this. I then began slowly eating more dairy, and I started to become less strict with my regimen (going nights without Retin-A, skipping the benzoyl wash, ect) mostly because I couldn't keep up with the dryness. I simply could not maintain this lifestyle of drying the hell out of my skin and then spending twenty minutes applying lotion every morning and night, all only to maintain mild acne as opposed to severe. Soon my acne worsened again slowly. I then started using the Benzoyl Peroxide wash only every other day to try and combat dryness, while using the Retin-A 5-6 nights per week. I also cut out 90% of dairy again and began taking 2000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements once per day. This has led me to where I am now. At this point I'd say my acne is mild, but to be honest it is really affecting me emotionally. I feel like my acne is always in the back of my mind whenever I'm talking to people, out in public, or really doing anything. I often find myself comparing my acne to other people's, and thinking of how people are judging me based on my skin. I have a meeting to meet with a new derma this Friday, and I'm hoping they have some advice. Currently, I'm considering doing a course of Accutane just because I'm so done with the physical and psychological effects of acne.If anybody has any advice as to some possible treatments that seem fitting for someone with my story please share! I've included some pics of my skin below as well.Cheers
  15. Hello everyone,Let me start by giving a quick summary of my acne. At around 15 I started getting the occasional pimple her and there, but never anything too serious. However, about two and a half years ago when I was 17 years old my acne worsened dramatically. Within a matter of a couple months of this first big breakout, it got to the point where I felt the need to see a dermatologist.My derma prescribed me a mixture of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide. This helped to initially calm the new influx of acne I had coming in, but after a few months the effectiveness diminished. I then was prescribed tretinoin 0.025% (Retin-A) and I began using it immediately. The first four months that I was on Retin-A was the worse my acne has ever been; specifically my jawline and the area under the corners of my mouth were affected. I even began getting a few cystic nodules at this time. After nearly six months on Retin-A my complexion began to improve. Not satisfied with the results, I went back to my dermatologist, and she then prescribed me Doxycycline Hyclate to take once daily. At this same time I began using a 10% Benzoyl peroxide wash. This combination seemed to work wonders for a while. My acne improved greatly to the point where I only had a few blemishes at all times (aside from some minor scarring). It may be important to point out that I also cut out dairy completely at this time. Though, to maintain this regimen, I had to use a TON and I mean a TON of moisturizer. I would have to apply loads of this Neutragena Sensitive Skin lotion multiple times per day. During this period I also became sort of obsessive with picking every pimple I ever got. In fact, I was (and still am) so OCD about this that I would often try to force whiteheads to pop when they were clearly not ready, and in doing this I would cause my skin to break and therefore scab. (I know this is counterproductive, but hey, I'm admitting that it's a problem of mine).Soon, I moved to college and was forced to limit the amount of time and energy I was putting into my skin. My new lifestyle and living situation first led me to discontinue my use of the antibiotic. I weened myself off of it well, and my skin didn't really seem to get any worse from this. I then began slowly eating more dairy, and I started to become less strict with my regimen (going nights without Retin-A, skipping the benzoyl wash, ect) mostly because I couldn't keep up with the dryness. I simply could not maintain this lifestyle of drying the hell out of my skin and then spending twenty minutes applying lotion every morning and night, all only to maintain mild acne as opposed to severe. Soon my acne worsened again slowly. I then started using the Benzoyl Peroxide wash only every other day to try and combat dryness, while using the Retin-A 5-6 nights per week. I also cut out 90% of dairy again and began taking 2000 IU Vitamin D3 supplements once per day. This has led me to where I am now. At this point I'd say my acne is mild, but to be honest it is really affecting me emotionally. I feel like my acne is always in the back of my mind whenever I'm talking to people, out in public, or really doing anything. I often find myself comparing my acne to other people's, and thinking of how people are judging me based on my skin. I have a meeting to meet with a new derma this Friday, and I'm hoping they have some advice. Currently, I'm considering doing a course of Accutane just because I'm so done with the physical and psychological effects of acne.If anybody has any advice as to some possible treatments that seem fitting for someone with my story please share! I've included some pics of my skin below as well.Cheers
  16. Hey guys, I'm going to try to not make this too long. I visited my dermatologist and her resident in mid-January for severe and persistent cystic acne. After the resident got me all excited about the possibility of finally getting accutane, my dermatologist decided I should try doxycycline 100mg twice a day in combination with Diane 35 and a benzoyl peroxide cream. I reluctantly agreed, knowing she's the professional and that accutane is a pretty intense drug. I started taking it right away and have been very consistent and strict with it. My question is, when will I see results? I noticed initially it helped a bit but now my skin doesn't seem to be getting any better - one pimple goes away, a new one takes its place. It wasn't very bad on my back or chest but now I have pimples all over my back, arms,chest and even my legs! My skin is so red, dry and flaky. My eyelids hurt if I don't put on a cream right after a shower or washing my face. I got a nice large rash all over my chest and neck. I know these are all side effects of both medications, but is my acne going to go away anytime soon? Has anyone been on this combination of medications and and seen results? I don't think I can deal with it for much longer. I'm using cetaphil gentle skin cleanser and first aid beauty moisturizer along with the glamglow mask for acne (i know it's a little harsh on sensitive skin but it gets rid of all my redness!) Is there any other products I should be using? My dermatologist only said cetaphil and a good moisturizer so that's what I stuck with but now I'm wondering if anything else might help. Sorry, this is such an incredibly long post for only a few questions but I feel like if my acne doesn't start cleaning up soon i'm going to have a breakdown. I never want to leave my room because I feel like people are staring and my self-confidence is at an all-time low! Hopefully, someone else has been put on this regimen and had success!
  17. Hello acne.org community, I am 22-year-old-female and I live in Riyadh- Saudi Arabia, I started using acne.org regimen about 2 months ago, the first weeks were great, I noticed improvements each day from using the regimen, however 2 weeks ago I had to stop the regimen for 4 days, but I got back at it after that. I started breaking out like crazy, now I have big red pimples on my cheeks and forhead that grow uncontrollably everyday, although BP should do its work and prevent acne from developing. I don’t know why the regimen doesn’t work any more, I hate to look at myself in the mirror now because I know that there are at lease 2 new pimples are forming on my face. I just received my aha+ glycolic acid 10% and only used one day, will it improve my acne? Please tell me what caused this instead of telling me to stick to the regimen.
  18. I noticed this guy at Target and one my Walgreens. Decided to pick it up because even though I'm post accutane and on differin - I'm still getting small irritation pimples. I'll be be trying it out in the AM and using the over the counter 0.1% differin gel at night. I'll post with how it goes. https://www.target.com/p/differin-daily-care-bpo-wash-4-fl-oz/-/A-52584273?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Health+Beauty+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Health+Beauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9016983&gclid=CjwKCAiA_c7UBRAjEiwApCZi8Qm5pySPFfuTmYvkggtnKTiaqCUaebiOVMG2t9kbofkwh6ZMYu-N7xoCassQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  19. I really would like to know how people combine the use of Hemp seed oil (HSO)--as a moisturizer--and various topical medications. That is, how, exactly, do you employ both? Specifically, I'm wondering: 1) Which product do you apply first: HSO or topical medication? (I'm guessing it would be the HSO....) 2) How much HSO do you apply? (I've read that 2-3 drops works for the entire face, yes?) 3) Do you apply the HSO alone or combine it with a non-comedogenic moisturizer before application? 4) Have you found that you could use HSOl successfully with a topical retinoid and/or Benzoyl Peroxide? I deal with hormonally-driven, nodulocystic acne. My current AM routine, after cleansing, is to apply a non-comedogenic moisturizer (letting it absorb for 10-15 minutes), then apply 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide gel; my current PM routine, after cleansing, is to apply Differin gel [OTC formula]; sometimes, after the Differin is absorbed, I'll apply a tiny dab of either Tea Tree or Lavender oil to select breakouts. Thank you, PI
  20. I am 46 years old and have been dealing with Acne in some form since I was 12. At 24 I went on Accutane and it made a huge difference but I still have contended with plenty of pimples since then, through pregnancy and now hormonal perimenopause. I know many of the people reading this are much younger so I feel as if I finally have some good advice to share. I think the main problem with most regimens is that they do one or two things, but not the three most important things that I think are necessary to do all at once: 1.) Clean out pores 2.) Exfoliate and keep the oil on your skin to a minimum 3.) Kill bacteria and reduce Inflammation Warnings: The information below is for people with real acne. People with pimples here and there do not need this plan and may dry out their skin too much. Also if you have sensitive skin, go slow and be careful. And please note that nothing here is original - you can find information about all of these treatments on the Acne.org website and elsewhere. My take on it is that you need to be using a product in each category. 1.) Clean out pores: Charcoal is the best. I like Lush Dark Angels. Leave it on for a few minutes after scrubbing. 2nd choice is Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask. Also leave in for longer than 1 minute. These scrubs/masks should bring out whiteheads and blackheads and after you use the scrubs/masks you could/should pop them (as long as you have really cleaned your hands). I recommend this nightly or nearly nightly. There are other ways to clean out pores, like steam or getting facials or rotating brushes, but nothing works as well as charcoal in my opinion. 2.) Exfoliate and reduce oil: The best products in this category are Vitamin A and acids. a.) Vitamin A: My favorite company is Vivant Skin Care and their best product is Exfol-A or Exfol-A forte. It is like Retin A without the prescription. In fact, the company was founded by Dr. Fulton, one of the inventors of Retin A. Follow the directions on Vivant’s website - you will start slow and then use the stronger products and start using them more frequently. Eventually you will use the Exfol-A nightly. I do not recommend prescription Retin A unless you can find one in a gel form. I think the cream that it comes in can clog pores. b.) In addition or if the Exfol-A is too much for you, you should also use a salicylic acid or mandelic product. Many companies make pads or cleansers (Vivant has both and Proactiv has a toner). Some of the pads also contain glycolic acid. The pads are good for after sports before you can get home and wash. They can also be good in the morning instead of washing your face. They will take away excess oil and also help to gently exfoliate. c.) Another acid treatment is peels. You can do these several times a week. But you probably should not do them if you are using the Exfol-A regimen nightly. It will be too much. Perfect Image makes several levels of peels for acne. Use their website to get information about frequency and strength and be very careful about how long you leave the acids on your face. 3.) Kill Bacteria and reduce inflammation: There are several routes you can take here - Benzoyl Peroxide or other topical creams, an oral antibiotic like Doxycycline, or Blue and Red Light therapy. a.) Topical cream - My problem with these is that I never found them to be strong enough and they also can have other potential ingredients that clog pores. They can also be very drying. But maybe the Acne.org one is good. You should also look at one called Vanoxide which contains both an antibiotic and an anti inflammatory (hydrocortisone). b.) Oral Antibiotics - These can work but they may have other complications like killing gut bacteria. Also how long do you need to be on them - maybe forever? But I have to confess this works best for me at a low dose. c.) Blue Light and Red Light therapy - This works as well. Buy a mask or a wand. The problem is the treatment needs to be done every day and takes time. The mask also can make it hard to go to sleep at night and the wand is small and you have to keep moving it around. The blue light works to kill the bacteria (a multi-step process, read online) and the red light reduces inflammation. Other options to clean pores and exfoliate: If you see a dermatologist, he/she may recommends facials where they open and clean out your pores and also do stronger peels. This will work but gets expensive as you will need it often in the beginning. You can also try microdermabrasion to exfoliate at home or in an office.There is a device online that is getting good reviews, however, I have only had a professional do it. Finally, you are going to have to moisturize. I truly hate this part because I am so oily that it makes me feel even greasier. However, it is necessary and you should consider a product with an SPF as well. Also make sure to look at the Acne.org list of ingredients to avoid in products. This is very important and is also recommended by Dr. Fulton. I use the Vivant product called Day Treatment Lotion with SPF as well as Allantoin. This methodology above will take some time - a few weeks at least because many people will actually get worse before they get better. And you may have to go slowly and build up or try a few products in each category to find what you like and can tolerate. The key is to make sure you have a product in each category that works for you. If you try this and give it 3 months and you are not happy then I would call a doctor and consider Accutane. I hope this is helpful.
  21. Hi all! I am 26 y/o female. I have been using Dan's regimen for about 5 months now. I have had some improvement, but am still seeing some hormonal acne in my chin and cheeks. I am currently doing BP and lotion in the morning, then BP and lotion + AHA at night. I am considering buying OTC Differin to add to my regimen and replacing the nightly BP with it. Should a lotion be used AFTER applying a retinol? Would anyone care to weigh in on this? I would like to incorporate a retinol into my routine for the anti-aging benefits, but I would also plan to just use AHA about three times weekly for the exfoliating purposes as well. Below is a summary of the proposed routine, thoughts? Morning: Wash- Acne.org cleanser BP- Acne.org BP Moisturizer- Acne.org lotion Night: Wash- Acne.org cleanser Differin (4 nights per week) AHA- Acne.org AHA (3 nights per week)
  22. I hope this hasn't been asked before, I couldn't find anything that answered my question. Quick Backstory: I've been struggling with moderate acne for over a year now and recently went to the doctor to get birth control and he prescribed me Taro-Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide Gel instead (1%/5%) instead (slight eye roll). Currently I only have 2 actual white head pimples on my cheeks but tons of those under the skin bumps and black heads on my forehead (clogged pores?). I'm 20 years old and have combination skin. Currently it is EXTREMELY dry around my mouth area but I still have an oily forehead and get oily throughout the day. ANYWAY, my question is: how do I include the topical gel into my routine? I currently use a serum and a moisturizer. Do I apply the gel first? Or after my moisturizer? Does anyone also have any tips for this product? Thank you!!
  23. Any help is greatly appreciated. I recently went to my dermatologist and she prescribed Epiduo for my cystic acne on my chin. And I used to use Clindamycin/Benzoyl Peroxide (1.2%/5%) on my nose/forehead. I started the peroxide again last week and only used it twice before it started making my skin feel like a lizard and burn like FIRE when I moisturize. It’s been about 4-5 days ago and it’s still not calming down. I’m not sure if it’s due to putting moisturizer on after I put the creams on and it spread the creams to my normal skin (skin without acne issues) and it was too strong or what happened. It hurts and burns all the time and feels like my skin is going to rip when I open my mouth. My current routine: morning - CeraVe hydrating facial cleanser or Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap and CeraVe PM moisturizer (it’s more moisturizing than AM) and night: Cetaphil antibacterial bar soap, Benzoyl peroxide on nose and forehead, Epiduo on chin. Moisturizer again. I don’t know what else to do. Every time I moisturize it feels like chemical burns on my face. I don’t go back to the dermatologist until March. If you’ve had this issue and you found something that works better, please let me know! I’m desperate. The only way I can get relief now i moisturizer, Vaseline and a fan on my face.
  24. Hi guys. So I’ve almost been on the regimen for a year now. I am happy to say that I am now maintaining 99% clear skin, but my face is still red from the bp. I currently use acne.org cleanser, pea size amount of bp, and cerave lotion in the am, and acne.org cleanser, pea size amount of bp, and cetaphil lotion in the pm. I still get a very red face after applying this very small amount and it is so frustrating. I only wait about 2-3 minutes after showering before applying bp, and the same amount of time between treating and moisturizing. Is that my problem? Anybody have any good recommendations for a better pm moisturizer? Somebody please help me. I am so frustrated.
  25. When I first started treating my acne I used 10% benzoyl peroxide. It made my skin pretty dry, irritated, and shiny. When my acne became more severe, I started Retin-A. I used sunscreen in the morning because I live in Puerto Rico and Retin-A makes you much more sensitive to the sun. The Retin-A dried and irritated my skin and this with the large amount of sunscreen in the morning made it horribly greasy. After this, I went full caveman and didn't do anything to my face for a while. I'm sure the grease would have improved over time, but within a week I had several massive cysts. Then I started using an astringent with 2% salicylic acid from neutrogena. This irritated my skin and made it very shiny. (I recently bought a toner with salicylic acid, but the alcohol seems to be irritating my skin, though not as bad. It is still very shiny.) I stopped all of this and now I'm just cleansing and moisturizing. How do I treat my acne without making my face shiny?!?!