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  1. Assuming you have tried all of the above and stuck with them for a reasonable period of time, I am very surprised a dermatologist has not suggested accutane. I would broach this with them and they will advise you of the advantages and disadvantages, as well as whether it would be appropriate for you.
  2. My advice would be to go back to once per day and keep moisturizing. I am currently suffering from permanent skin redness (even though I stopped BP 8 months ago) as a result of ignoring those same symptoms. Follow the regimen but follow your body's signs too.
  3. The concept of "genetic acne" is highly debated. In terms of Accutane, I believe it treats acne regardless of the cause as it is reducing oil, shrinking pores etc.
  4. Just been prescirbed erythromycin-zinc cream for my skin. My first thought is that won't this cause antibiotic resistance in p.acnes? If so, will it come back worse than before once it stops working?
  5. You could try using a multi-purpose over the counter antiseptic cream such as germolene or savlon.
  6. It can cause damage but not always and not for everyone. I used it for 2 years (variety of strengths) without any problems however about 6 months ago I began to get redness and irritation. I stopped using it completely 2 months ago however the redness and irritation remain, despite trying various moisturisers. Still praying for it to go away as a red chin is almost as embarrassing as the inflamed spots I used to get frequently. Short answer: keep an eye on your skin and follow the advice of
  7. Haven't tried it but it seems logical. If often take an ibuprofen tablet when I feel a particularly inflamed spot coming up. Seems to help.
  8. I recommend Acnecide (available OTC in Boots). It's 5% so you need to build up very gradually over time but it' the only BP product available in the UK (due to the EU banning a specific ingredient in most creams I believe).
  9. Jojoba oil is really good for reducing dryness and redness. In my experience however, it causes breakouts. I have found no scientific evidence to support people's claim that it is non-comedogenic.
  10. It will go away in a few days, just make sure you use a non-comedogenic frequently. Just make sure you build up very gradually, I know it's difficult because we all want instant results but have faith in the process otherwise you will be battling redness many months into the regimen.
  11. I don't quite understand your routine however I do as follows... I apply BP each night as per the regimen's instructions. Nearly everyday, I do physical exercise (usually mid-afternoon) and afterwards, I shower and cleanse. I wait until nighttime to cleanse and apply BP. This is yet to cause me any problems. Hope that answers your query.
  12. Claror 2.5% BP (seems stronger than 2.5) and I've used both Cetaphil and La Roche-Posay Effaclar H.
  13. I've been following BP 2.5% as advised but on week 6 the redness still has not subsided despite moisturising. Some days are better than others but I don't understand why it is still red... Applying more moisturiser seems to make my skin even more red and today I missed an end of year party largely down to the embarrassment of my red skin. Patience has worn so thin that I am tempted to resort to Accutane/whatever it is now branded as from a private derm.
  14. I notice that even a small amount of sun exposure can make a BP treated area red. Buy some non-comedogenic sunscreen- your skin will thank you for it.