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  1. Hi, I'm a 27 year old male that experienced some cystic acne in his teenage years, and continues to experience acne today. After some acne about nine years ago, my face developed some blotches of red marks (near the top of the photo) around where I had acne. They are not small, circular, round marks that seem to match up with old pimples, but rather a stubborn blotch of red that shows up more distinctively in person than in photographs. Although the blemishes aren't too severe, their stubbor
  2. I'm a fan of the Regimen. It keeps my skin clear! However, it's at a price. No matter how much moisturizer I use, my skin is so dry. Minutes after stepping out of the shower, I feel my face tighten up & know I need to get the BP & moisturizer on it immediately or it will begin to crack/flake when I smile/move my lips. I use a generous amount of moisturizer and jojoba oil, but nothing I do can overcome the dryness. Even adding some jojoba oil to the BP as well doesn't do much. Anyone el
  3. The redness subsides after about two days. Your skin feels dry for about a week.
  4. You absolutely cannot do this on Accutane. Your skin heals too slowly on Accutane and you may scar permanently if you do this. I know it sucks, but you have to wait until 6 months after you've finished Accutane. Everyone will tell you the same thing.
  5. I switched to electric and I love it. The key to electric shaving is to do it when your face is dry. That's when it shaves with the least bit of irritation. When you wake up, you shave before you wash your face, shower, etc. It does not irritate your skin at all. The downsides of electric shaving are: 1) It does not shave as close. You still have a small amount of stubble after you shave. (Personally, I like this and think it looks better.) 2) Shaving your neck is difficult. Electric shavers s
  6. A week into Accutane you will NOT be able to use Benzoyl Peroxide, believe me. Accutane is hell. It works, but it's hell.
  7. Ugh, I hate it too. No matter how much jojoba oil and moisturizer I use, my skin is so tight. After I take a shower, and my face starts to dry, it immediately starts getting dry and will crack/flake if I even open my mouth. I have to put jojoba oil on my face within minutes of exiting a shower/pool. Then, it makes your skin look oily when you put the jojoba oil/BP/moisturizer on, especially the jojoba oil, since I have to use a lot to avoid having extremely dry skin. The regimen works all right
  8. I do the regimen twice a day: once at morning, once at night. My question is: How can I add AHA in there without disrupting the regimen or overdrying my skin? My worry is that if I replace either morning or night's regimen half with AHA, my face won't have benzoyl peroxide on and will break out again. Do you apply it as a moisturizer to replace the moisturizer step in the regimen? Or do you wait a certain amount of time after doing the regimen before applying it, so that it doesn't interfer
  9. Has anyone here had a Fraxel treatment for red marks? From what I'm reading on the web-site, it seems like Fraxel only works for acne scars, meaning uneven skin surface, icepick scars, etc. Am I mistaken? Can it be used to fade stubborn red marks, or no?
  10. I tried IPL for red marks that were about 4 years old and never faded, and after 3 trials of the strongest laser, I had no improvement, and gave up.
  11. I went to the beach with my friend a few days ago after being on the Regimen for one week. I had SPF 30 on my face. It STUNG - and it was like 5:30 PM, so the sun wasn't even its strongest! I've read that you need to start the regimen slow, and I simply went heavy on benzoyl peroxide immediately. Did you do the same?
  12. So I decided to try out the Regimen - I started following it closely. I started using heavy amounts of benzoyl peroxide, and very gently applying it and then a moisturizer. It started working immediately - not a single new pimple. Two weeks later, my skin was looking good. I added jojoba oil with my moisturizer a week ago, but then suddenly, one day, out of nowhere...I go to apply my moisturizer and my skin - how do I describe this? - won't absorb it. My skin is very dry, but not really flaky.
  13. Yes, I always use Cetaphil's Daily Facial Moisturizer after Benzoyl Peroxide. Btw, do you put the benzoyl peroxide on, wait, then moisturize? Or can you put the moisturizer on immediately following BP? If my skin isn't overly dry, what else could be the problem?
  14. I ended a course of Accutane about 6 months ago and my skin has been pretty good since. I rarely get the cysts I used to get, but I do still get a bunch of tiny whiteheads and small red pimples on my nose constantly. I use benzoyl peroxide on my face daily but it doesn't seem to prevent new pimples from forming on my nose. What does this mean, and how can I stop it from happening?
  15. I gave up dairy 1 year ago and follow it rigorously because I noticed I no longer get jawline acne and also get acne on my chin much less frequently. I began Accutane around the same time of my dairy free diet, so it could be the Accutane that fixed it. It's been 6 months off Accutane and now I just get small pimples on my nose, and rarely jaw/chin acne, so I'll stay Dairy Free, as much as I'd love a glass of milk right now.