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  1. i quit the regimen after being on it for awhile for pretty much the same reasons as you. it worked great, but the time, the dry skin, all the cons just began to outweigh that and take just as much of a toll on me as acne itself did. anyway, i switched to using Oxy face wash and it is working well. I also started taking some vitamins and minerals which have really helped me. i take the following once a day: zinc, vitamin a, vitamin b complex, vitamin e, and vitamin c. i would recommend adding tho
  2. Oxy makes a sensitive skin face wash that is only 5% bp and it is fragrance free, but it is very difficult to find. i randomly saw it in the bathroom of someone's house during a house party and when i went to try and find it i couldnt. i checked several stores.. maybe try online? i just gave up looking after awhile. i am using the regular oxy face wash that is 10% right now and it is working pretty well. might try finding this one again though now that i am thinking about it lol
  3. Yes, only apply the bp in the morning, but still do the cleanser and moisturizer at night. My recommendation would be to do the bp at night though. It will allow you to care less about what you look like since you won't be going to school or anything after, and it will save you time in the morning getting ready before school if you do the bp at night only for this first week. Obviously after this week you will be doing it both though. As for applying it all over or not, I wouldn't apply it all o
  4. Well I've pretty much done everything there is as far as topical treatment goes. The regimen worked for me but the dryness, time commitment, and other downsides eventually became too much for me to put up with any longer. Now I am still getting some acne, but not bad. The only thing I haven't tried is nutrition and health. Changing my diet is tough. I like food too much and I honestly am just not willing to give up the things that are potentially linked to acne. I work out 3-4 times per week so
  5. Your acne can change as you get older and your body changes. From puberty through about age 25 our bodies a in major development stage and hormones are fluctuating periodically. This can lead to changes in acne symptoms. I use to get acne the worst on my nose when I started getting it around age 15, then at age 17 it moved to my cheeks and jaw/neck and I got nothing on my nose. I kept breaking out on my cheeks for years (and still do a little but not much) and my jawline cleared up after a coupl
  6. You absolutely should be. That is part of the regimen. Cleanser, benzoyle peroxide, moisturizer. Make sure you use a non-comedogenic moisturizer though. Recommend dans, cetaphil, or cerave.
  7. i always wash my hands with regular hand soap before i wash my face, but before applying moisturizer or bp or anything else after that i just give them a quick 5 second rinse with warm water, not soap again. better to get any extra oils off your fingers before touching your face, especially if you are doing anything at all between regimen steps. you can get oil build up, germs, bacteria, etc. from touching anything. why risk adding that to your face?
  8. if you get a tattoo, you are supposed to be washing it with soap on a regular basis. you then need to apply lotion to it, my tattoo artist always recommends lubriderm non-scented for me after i get a new tat. DO NOT do the regimen on your new tattoo until it has FULLY healed, which takes about 30 days. honestly i would recommend not getting a tattoo in a place where you are acne prone. idk the long lasting effects of using bp over a tattoo because i only have them on my arms and shoulders where
  9. Swj48

    Easy to use Works fast - saw results within a few days Smells good Nice consistency - not thick and creamy Lathers well Rinses off easy Dries out skin - will need a moisturizer after each use Definitely works. A friend of mine has been using it for awhile and I've noticed his skin getting clearer and he is pretty much completely clear now. I gave it a shot and after only using it for a week I already see results. It is drying (which is why I gave 4 stars and not 5), but
  10. starting the regimen for the third time. ive done it two separate times already and ended up quitting each time. first time i did it for over 6 months, got completely clear, slowly weened off the bp, then got down to cleansing and moisturizing with spot treatment at night before bed if needed. i did that for about 3 months and was happy with my skin still and glad to be off the regimen because the amount of time it saved me was awesome, then decided i wanted to grow a beard for the first time an
  11. i had a flaking problem for awhile. through process of elimination and just studying things i discovered that the flaking was being caused by my cleanser. what fixed it for me was trying different cleansers until i found the right one. i still get dry and need to moisturize, but no more flakes. i settled on Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash. give it a try maybe. if it doesnt work for you, look at what dan recommends and also check the reviews on the site and try some that have good ratings by acne.o
  12. 1. yes. within the first week of starting the regimen i had significantly less active acne appearing each day. by the middle of my 2nd month on the regimen i was 98% clear. 2. you need to know that it works, but it is tough to stick with it. the side effects definitely take their toll for the first 6 months or so. dry, tight, flaky skin. redness and irritation is very possible, but wont last forever. it takes a long time. be ready to commit at least 30 min each morning and 30 min each night to
  13. well first of all, if you only have acne on your forehead, only use the treatment on your forehead! and you should not be using AHA if you have only been on the regimen for 10 days. you are supposed to wait at least 1 month before adding AHA to the mix. i would recommend only apply the treatment to your forehead if that is the only problem area, and simply cleansing and moisturizing the rest of your face. no need to treat skin that does not get acne. stop using the AHA for at least a month if yo
  14. i have recently found salicylic acid to be the best treatment for my skin. and i have VERY sensitive skin like you. i recommend trying it out and getting off anything else that may be affecting your skin. if i were you, i would go get a very gentle skin cleanser (i recommend Dan's or Purpose gentle cleanser) and buy a box of stridex salicylic acid pads, and a good face moisturizer (i recommend Dan's or Cetaphil) and use those 3 every morning and every night, similar to doing the regimen but inst
  15. if it is acne, there is a very good chance the regimen will work if you are religious about doing it EXACTLY as Dan prescribes, twice a day, every day. it works for most people if done correctly. be prepared for the side effects though. the first few months can be very rough. good luck.
  16. you are going to find "studies" on each side of the argument for any treatment. simple answer is, both BP and SA (salicylic acid) which are the two main acne treatments available over the counter are proven to be safe to use regularly by the FDA. find which one works for you and your skin and use it to treat your acne as best you can. you arent going to win the war (curing acne) but you can win the battle with diligence and persistence and consistency (clearing your skin). as far as BP being a m
  17. as AKL says, there is nothing that can "cure" acne. some people claim that diet is the key to preventing acne, some people say accutane is the only thing that will make it go away for good. and MANY people say nothing will cure acne. you simply must continue treating it as best you can until it naturally stops showing up. everyone is different. different treatments affect everyone differently. the regimen works for many, but for some, it does not. and the regimen is simply a way to treat acne an
  18. Ween off the bp VERY slowly... Like reduce half a pump per month. It will take a few months to be off it but trust me, that is what you need to do. I've heard all these stories about people quitting quickly and having major breakouts but I did it over a course of 3 months and never had a terrible breakout. If you quit bp too fast you will probably get a ptty bad breakout and that could trigger more and more that follow. Also, be prepared to be fighting dry skin for a looooong time. I quit the re
    Easy and quick to use - literally takes 10 seconds to apply No bleaching like BP products Plenty of product on each pad Able to be very gentle applying because it has water consistency Helps exfoliate/remove dead skin cells Clears mild acne very well Probably clears moderate acne decently Smells weird - i think they were trying to make it smell "clean" but it just smells like chemicals (which it is so whatever i guess) Stings if applied to an open/popped pimple
  19. first week or so was the best for me when i did the regimen. i saw IMMEDIATE results. literally did it the first night and could tell a difference the following morning. most people's biggest mistakes when trying to treat acne are washing to roughly, and not moisturizing. whereas with the regimen, it is more about technique than product i think. extremely gentle cleansing and gentle touch in the other 2 steps as well, and ALWAYS using a moisturizer. the moisturizer is the most important part as
  20. good luck. all i can say is that it definitely works for clearing your acne if followed exactly as dan prescribes. however, it can be rough. words of wisdom for your first 6 months or so: the more moisturizer the better. use jojoba oil if you need to.
  21. just out of curiosity, has anyone ever tried the regimen using a salicylic acid treatment instead of benzoyle peroxide? in the past before discovering the regimen, i have found that SA works better than BP for me personally. Just wondering if anyone has tried using it in place of BP with the regimen and experienced success.
  22. dryness will never stop on the regimen. flakiness can last anywhere from 3-6 months on average. try mixing some jojoba oil with your moisturizer. a few drops in your palm with your moisturizer right before applying can go a long way toward preventing some of the flaking. you wont be able to stop it all though. just gotta wait it out and eventually itll subside. but you will always be experiencing dryness on the regimen. that is why the moisturize step is often referred to as the most important s
  23. once your skin adjusts to the regular bp use, which could take anywhere from 1-3 months just depends on the person, this will stop. if it is so bad that you cant stand it then try adding jojoba oil to your moisturizer. it can help moisturize and calm the skin (it may make you very shiny/oily looking though so only try a couple drops at first)
  24. my skin got better immediately. like literally after the first 2-3 days. and i never had a purge where it got bad for a week or two. the dryness and flakiness was all i got and in 1-2 months i was 98% clear. everybody is different.