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  1. Wow, complete 180! Your skin looks amazing. What did your final regimen with Lush products turn out to be?
  2. I definitely agree with starting slowly with BP. It will avoid a lot of irritation problems in the long run which could set you back by forcing you to begin from day 1 again. I have extremely oily skin as well, but that didn't negate flaking problems when I ignored the initial signs of irritation (pretty moderate redness, burning, itching). I should have given these signs credit and only continued to increase the amount of BP when my skin was ready (i.e. when my skin adjusted to the current am
  3. Day 28 (Week 4) Everything has been good so far. My face looks pretty much the same as the last pics I posted, so I felt it redundant to post pics again. No huge purging session yet, thankfully. The tiny flaking issue hasn't gotten worse from increasing the dosage in the morning last week, so time to more forward. Week 2 dosage in the morning; week 3 dosage at night. I'm so tempted to jump right into increasing BP dosage both morning and night since my skin has been so tolerant thus
  4. Day 13 The flakes are pretty much gone and nonexistent after moisturizing. So I'm happy! I'm really optimistic this time around because my skin is already 100 times better, and Dan's products have really been agreeing with my skin. His BP doesn't burn my skin like acid like the Proactive Repairing Lotion. Barely any burning at all to speak of. Tomorrow will bring about increasing the BP. I guess I'll see if my skin still cooperates. I'm not too worried about redness or burning as Dan's p
  5. Day 9 Wow, the days have really gotten away from me. Well, I already have some flakes between my eyebrows and around my laugh lines. They're not bad or noticeable after I apply the moisturizer. For the last couple of days, I've been sparing with application of BP in those areas and paid close attention when applying moisturizer in those areas. It seems to have helped for the most part, as it seems there are less and less flakes with each day. Surprisingly, there isn't any redness to not
  6. Day 6 Ah, the ever-so-familiar feeling to foreshadow dryness and flakes, we meet again. I haven't missed you.
  7. Personally, my skin was fine when using the Clean and Clear oil blotting sheets. I just used a lot of them because they're so small and my face was really oily. Aside from oil blotting sheets, there are other things you can use. A brown paper bag, the paper towels from the rolls in public restrooms, and even the toilet seat covers in public restrooms (haha, sounds gross, but my grandma told me about that and it actually works really well! Although, I'd make sure to pull the first seat cover out
  8. How have the flakes and dryness been for the last couple of months without using a moisturizer? Usually, not moisturizing can exacerbate dryness and flakes of BP. Have you tried adding AHA during the last five months?
  9. Sorry, I don't see anywhere where you stated you discontinued the use of BP. I will say that it took months, for me, to moisturize and get rid of flakes after BP use to get my skin back to somewhat normal. The most success I have had when protecting sensitive areas from BP is to moisturize those areas before full application of BP.
  10. Well, you admit you got carried away, so I'd say to avoid BP on those areas for a while and only apply moisturizer there for now. If you have breakouts in those areas, I'd suggest beginning with a sparing application to those areas until under control, and ramp up the BP slowly just like you did for your face.
  11. I've been on and off the regimen for two years now, spent countless dollars on non-regimen products, and haven't been satisfied with my motivation or results. I've decided that after so many blunders, using other products, and skipping days that I'm going to start with a clean slate--try to start out on the right foot this time around. Maybe this log will aid in keeping up with the regimen and deter me from becoming lazy. After two years, I finally convinced myself to stop wasting my tim
  12. http://www.acne.org/blog/2009/04/03/answering-your-questions-about-salicylic-acid-and-aha/ Dan's video explaining why he prefers AHAs. Hope it helps!
  13. Couple of very informative articles. Clogged pores: http://www.livestrong.com/article/71571-di...clogged-pores-/ Sebaceous filaments: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5...blackheads.html
  14. http://www.acne.org/messageboard/BHA-s-and...-s-t144628.html Great post explaining AHA and effective percentages in topical lotions/gels.
  15. This, my friend, may be the most difficult part of the regimen. My advice would be to thoroughly research ingredients before buying, and look at the options on drugstore.com (most products will have an ingredient list) before going to the store. Follow Dan's simple guidelines for choosing a moisturizer: http://www.acne.org/acne-products-guide.html Also, I went through about 7 or 8 moisturizers before I found one that I liked because I'm frugal and tried to spend less than 10 bucks, but that co