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  1. So I thought I would share with you all the regimen I have been using for the past few days with impressive results. It's basically Dan's Regimen, but with a few specific products... Morning: Wash with Cerave Moisturize with Cerave Put Neutrogena On-the-Spot (2.5% BP) everywhere except my nose. Put Persa Gel on my nose (the On-the-Spot clogs the pores on my nose real bad and causes me to break out). In the afternoon I jump in the shower and repeat the morning process, but since it is such a g
  2. Cerave makes a good moisturizer, you might want to give that a shot. Of all the moisturizers I have used, that leaves me the least shiny.
  3. I also noticed an increase in oil production when I took fish oil pills, however, the excess oil was accompanied by a barrage of nice, new zits. Bleh. I still have a practically full bottle of fish oil pills sitting under my bathroom sink. Does anyone else have a "graveyard" of products that don't work? I must have about 20-25 different cleansers/moisturizers/lotions/astringents that I no longer use.
  4. Yeah, pizza breaks me out terribly also. Sometimes I stop and think to myself; "You know, maybe it's not the pizza, maybe it's just a coincidence", but I am always assured within a few short days that it is not a coincidence. Damn you, pizza!! Why must you taste so good yet be so bad for me?!
  5. I rarely eat at McDonald's anymore, but got a craving for a double cheeseburger last semester. So I went to McDonald's, bought two double cheeseburgers, fries, and a sweet tea...and felt horrible for the rest of the night! I doubt that I'll eat at McDonald's anytime soon.
  6. I'm not sure of the medical reason, but the same thing happens to me. However, my skins quickly returns to its usual state after I wake up. In my case, I think it has to do with blood circulation. Once I start waking up and moving around, my blood really starts to circulate and go to my head. For example, I just finished pumping out a few reps on my weight bench, looked in the mirror, and my face is all red. When you wake up, blood circulation is less active than when you are active, so you
  7. Thanks for responding, Wynne! A few quick questions; would you recommend Neutrogena On-the-Spot? I've been using that these past few days, and while it's still too early to tell whether or not it's truly working, I have noticed that my face is much less red/irritated than when I use Clearasil Ultra 10% BP. Also, what would you suggest for oil control? I've had a bad reaction to Clean & Clear's Oil Absorbing Sheets (they broke me out terribly), so what would you suggest? And finally, wou
  8. ...and that is why you don't pick your acne.
  9. OK, I just returned from CVS with a few new products; St. Ives Apricot Scrub, Witch Hazel, Complex 15 Moisturizing Lotion, and Hibiclens. In addition to these, I have a wide variety of acne products collecting dust in my bathroom. You name it, I most likely either 1) have it, or 2) have a similar product. Now here I am, in need to a complete regimen makeover. Skin type: Combination. My face tends to dry out around my mouth if I use too much BP. Also, my face tends to get very oily. Within
  10. They are terrible. I agree with the comments of everyone else so far, and would like to reiterate that they BURN your skin. Literally, it felt like my face was on fire (and this is coming from someone who has used practically every product on the market). These are the worst.
  11. Beer has a laxative effect on most people. By most accounts, a healthy digestive system leads to a healthy complexion. Who knows, beer might actually help fight acne (in a completely roundabout way!).
  12. You might be allergic to one (or more) of the ingredients. Maybe try substituting out the products (Cleanser, Toner, or Lotion) one-by-one to see if that helps your complexion. Maybe it's the toner. Maybe the lotion or cleanser. Who knows? But if you find that one of those products, in particular, is causing your unnatural complexion, then it shouldn't be difficult to substitute in a non-Proactiv product.
  13. I can't relate to your particular experience, but I can say that Proactiv destroyed my face. It worked moderately well when I started using it, but led to the worst breakout I have ever experienced. Be cautious; if your acne really starts to flare up (after using Proactiv for a few months), stop using it! I kept using it, and it only made my face worse.
  14. Neutrogena's 3-in-1 Acne Stress Control lotion works moderately well at oil/shine control. It leaves your face looking very natural (not red, dry, or oily) for the first few hours after application. Eventually, if your face is naturally oily, you will start to get a bit shiny, but not nearly as bad as other Salicylic Acid (or even BP) products. If you can use shine control blotter papers, that will really help. Personally, those make me break out horribly. But everyone's face is different,