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  1. hey I've been using the regime for a year now. Some of my acne has cleared up but not all of it. My skin is oily in some areas and unbearably flaky and dry in some which all started after i used the regimen. MY skin still stings from using BP. I use two pumps because I've been using the regimen for so long but i don't think its still suppose to burn. I follow everything exactly also i use AHA. should i decrease the amount of bp that I'm using? for reference I'm 16 years old with moderate acne that scars very easily.
  2. Skintuition

    A Solution?

    I've had flaky skin from BP for 8 months and I can't take it anymore, so I am changing up the regimen to meet my needs, and I want everyone's advice and input. I'm willing to do ANYTHING to stop my skin from flaking. (btw I suffer from acne, so using too little bp I will break out) WHAT I DO NOW: Mornin': Cleanser, 1 pump BP, 2 pumps moisturizer + 5 drops of jojoba Night: Same thing WHAT I USE: CeraVe foaming facial cleanser, acne.org bp, cerave moisturizing lotion, acne.org jojoba oil WHAT I'M GOING TO CHANGE: I am slowly going to decrease the amount of BP I use in the morning, and use a little more at night. I also want a more moisturizing cleanser that will cleanse my face but not strip it of all its moisture. UPDATE: WHAT I DO NOW: *OPERATION CLEAR ACNE & NO FLAKES* Mornin': 1 1/2 pump of cerave hydrating cleanser, (st ives apricot scrub 2-3 times a week) then 2 pumps of cerave moisturizing lotion + 6 drops of jojoba oil Night: 1 1/2 pump of cerave hydrating cleanser, wait 3 minutes, 2 pumps of acne.org BP, wait 15-30 minutes, cetaphil moisturizing cream IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE TELL ME! I'M DESPERATE! KEEP IN MIND THAT I AM AN ACNE SUFFERER! I break out with blemishes and whiteheads if my acne isn't treated properly, but all this bp is just way too drying. Please help me!!!
  3. So I had the type of acne that looked like rashes...loads of small, tiny raised spots...from afar my skin looked smooth, but up close the surface was rough and uneven. My skin type is oily/sensitive so 99.9 per cent of the time my skin reacts to most over the counter treatments, even stuff like Simple which is meant to be for sensitive skin types! So I went back to basics... From Boots I purchased Dead Sea Mineral Soap for £3.49 and use it only at night. Because it gets rid of the grime, I do not wash my face in the morning as it can be overdrying. Its Day 4 and my skin is clear! When i gently brush my cheeks and chin I feel smooth skin I also take multivitamin supplements- one a day- which is doing wonders to boost my complexion. I still have some uneven patches of where the rashes clustered so I ordered some argan oil which i heard is great for the complexion. I am so happy that my face is clear. I feel like everyone else! simplicity is definately better...as washing your face too much can cause the skin to produce more oil which it loses and thus clog the skin. Exfoliation is only needed once, maximum twice a week. So keep it simple guys! get rid of the strong ingredients which your skin does not need...
  4. kingjosie

    Acne With Eczema?

    So as you may have seen from earlier posts, I attempted the caveman regimen after coming off of benzoyl peroxide as a way of detoxing the damage that the chemical caused to my skin. My skin was very very very oily as a result of using BP, so I thought I'd give the caveman regimen a try as I'd heard of it helping oily skin. So that was nearly 3 months ago. About 2 months in, I discovered the oiliness had subsided but now completely. Although my skin had almost completely cleared of acne itself, my skin was too dry, and it was flaking like hell so I tried many different ways of exfoliating it over the weeks. None of these worked, in fact may have made the condition worse. Anyway, I saw a doctor about it as the moisturiser I used wasn't making a difference, and if I applied moisturiser anyway my skin would be oily again by the end of the day (its one extreme or the other!!!!), and my skin felt very tight and uncomfortable and was flaking terribly by this point, and was often itchy and red especially around the mouth area that gets stretched. The doctor gave me diprobase cream, which I tried last night but I feel like it made the condition worse just overnight. There are now scaly patches and it's drier than before, not to mention the terrible breakout it's caused. I feel the cream itself may have caused eczema which I didn't have in the first place even though the point of the cream is to help cases like eczema. I've just applied E45 cream despite the negative comments I've seen about it and acne, but I just don't know what else to do!!! Anyway I'm stuck on what to do, because if I try to get rid of the eczema, I'm afraid my acne will flare up again, but if I leave it to let the acne go away, the eczema gets progressively worse and it's embarrassing. Any suggestions??? P.S. Yes I do still recommend giving the caveman regimen a try, just as long as you know you wouldn't be prone to skin conditions like eczema :/
  5. Nostromo

    Sudden Flaky Skin?

    Hello, I'm having some issues and I'd like to see if someone can help me / tell me what might be the causes. I'm like a month into the regimen. My acne is getting better, I still break out but better still. Thing is, I'm having trouble with random, eventual flaky days. I started handling my dryness pretty well after founding the right mosturizer for me and adding jojoba oil, but there are this random days when, all of the sudden, my skin gets SERIOUSLY flaky, dead skin patches everywhere. It's not related to a higher dose of BP or extra washing of my face or a change in the products I use. It seems just... random; rest of the time I handle dryness just fine, usually having to mosturize a couple of more times than two but it's ok. ..But those days, the sudden flakiness ones, no matter how much I mosturize, a couple of minutes later my skin is peeling again. I don't know. Any ideas? Thanks!
  6. Hey all. Im about to finish my 2nd month on Accutane which actually makes me happy because everyone tells me that accutane begins to remove pimples once and for all starting on month 3, so that makes me ecstatic. But I have a problem. When I take a shower and gently pat my face dry, I notice some blood spots to appear on the towel. I look at the mirror and it's some of my pimples. They just randomly pop and start bleeding. I don't want to get acne scars, so why does this keep happening? Also, when does Accutane stop causing pimples? Some pimple go away and then new ones appear (I'm guessing that isn't normal for someone who is almost done with 2 months on accutane). That's normal during month 1 and before, but why do new pimples keep appearing? Another thing. I go to school and tend to not put anything on my face but chapstick on my lips. When I'm there, my skin is dry and flaky after a while (obviously because of the A/C in the rooms), and it starts to itch a lot. I don't scratch, just gently rub with my sleeve or the top of my hand so I don't break any pimples. How can I avoid this? Reason why I go like this is that Aloe Vera makes everything extremely noticeable, including pores and scars and redness...So I don't put it on DURING school, only when I get home and before going to bed. I also drink tons of water, so I don't understand what seems to be the problem. How can I avoid this? Last thing. Is it normal for the pimples to develop some sort of a scab on top of them during accutane? I've seen people with some scabs but I have several on my face over my pimples. It doesn't bother me but, is it normal? Can you remove them during the shower if they're weakly sticked on the pimple, or should I just leave them there? So that's basically all the questions. Hopefully I get some great answers. I'd really appreciate your help. Thanks yo EDIT: If it helps, I'm on 30 mg once a day. I weigh 167 lb and I'm 6'1 in height. I'd appreciate more answers. Thanks yo
  7. Not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but I have been told by two different doctors that I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, specifically on my chin and chin only. I am a 22 year old male, I live in Colorado where the weather is dry with low/no humidity. This condition has lasted for about 6 years. I grew up believing it was acne, and therefore treated my chin as acne. The truth is, my SD causes pimples on my chin. My SD could have been caused by the climate I live in, the food I eat, the treatment of harsh benzoyl peroxide products, oral antibiotics, genetics, some factor I don't know of, or all of the above. My face will either produce surplus sebum levels leading to a breakout or dry, tight, flaky skin which also leads to breakouts. I have removed sodium lauryl sulfate products, and this has helped. Ketoconazole has SLS in it, which helps with my SD, but still causes breakouts. I have also tried taking it orally. My current routine is T/Sal Therapeutic Neutrogena Shampoo at night sometimes followed by Aczone. In the morning, I only use sea salt with water. Currently take a strong probiotic, turmeric pill, and zinc. I have tried many other supplements and tropical creams and nothing appears to work. I do believe what I eat affects SD as well. Looked into taking Accutane, have not decided if it is worth it or not. Thoughts?
  8. I just started prescription acne medication for only 3 days and my face has already become dry, flaky, red, and irritated. Taking my dryness, flakiness, irritated, & red skin, what is the best facial moisturizers (both A.M. & P.M.) that is non-comedogenic AND oil free? I wish I could just put that intense moisturizing hand cream on my face because I feel like that's the kind of moisture I need, but obviously that is not good for my acne. A few options I've heard good things about are: Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hylaronic Acid, Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion (both AM & PM versions), Cetaphil Redness Relieving Moisturizer, etc. etc. Any recommendations for both a SPF & non-SPF lotion (nighttime) facial moisturizer are greatly appreciated.
  9. Ive noticed I breakout with any substantial amount of dietary fat. I know this to be true for nuts and meats. (I am still experimenting with Omega 3s like Fish and Flax seed) Does anyone else have this problem/knows how to correct it? It is hard for me to get enough calories when eating like this. Thanks!
  10. Does Retina A 0.1% concentration cream cause better results after Accutane? My Background Story: I recently finished a 6-month Accutane course where I endured flaky, thin, dry crumbly scaly skin, dry eyes, peeling lips. With two months left in my course, I had completely clear skin that made me so happy. I finished Accutane with a smile on my face and no worries ahead of me. A week after finishing Accutane, my skins texture transformed from smooth and non-oily to rough, oily and full of little pimples that I could not pop. I noticed the bumps starting to form on my forehead, which is my most troubling spot. I went to the doctor and they told me that I should use Retina A cream as it is designed to banish those little pimples, especially on my forehead. After a week of using this medicine, my skin is worse. My face is flaky and looks similar to the conditions that I endured during Accutane treatment.
  11. I'm 22 and I have oily skin. My journey with acne and acne treatments began when I was 7 years old. I actually don't have hormonal acne anymore (thanks, spiro!) but I have a lot of deep, closed comedones all over my face with a few inflamed pimples cropping up each week. All in all, I've come a long way from the cystic, volcanic skin I had 2-3 years ago. A few days ago, I asked about how to remove closed comedones in the Oily Skin forum, and a commenter mentioned salicylic acid. I used BHAs in my earlier acne days, but after discovering retinoids and spironolactone, I stopped using salicylic acid altogether/found it needless. Anyway, I got a salicylic acid toner (Neutrogena's Clear Pore, 2%) and began using it 3 days ago, after I cleanse and before I moisturize. My closed comedones are mostly in the hard-to-reach lines from the nose corners to the mouth corners (the nasolabial folds), but now that skin is horribly flaky and I have inflamed acne all over my chin. I was basically clear 3 days ago! I want to know how to make the peeling/flakes subside while still keeping up with further acne prevention -- that is, I want suggestions other than "just moisturize your skin and do nothing else to it for X number of days".
  12. hi All, Hope anyone can help me out. I started the regiment a month ago, and so far it reduced the acne in my problem area, but because I apply it all over my face - or I don't know why, I started to have pimples on my forehead which I never had before... Should I just apply BP on the problem area? Is my forehead not going to freak out without the BP? I assume it got used to it by now, so if I take it away... I'm getting married in 3 weeks and my skin is dry - it's not the worst thing, but I wouldn't even consider putting make up on... But on the wedding obviously I'll have to wear some ... How do I make my skin less dry? I have three weeks, please-please.. Any ideas? Also, I started using AHA+ but I'm a bit concerned about sunburn, as I live in Europe and we'll have honeymoon in Cyprus... If I apply sunscreen once a day is that sufficient? (Also, the sunscreen dries my skin even more) Sorry for the long post, I hope someone will put up with the answer! Bests, Flora
  13. Aczone and atralin 10 weeks in: Flaking and dry patches mainly near chin area but not breaking out there. Breakouts occur mostly on lower cheeks, with widespread closed comedones. Lots of hyperpigmentation. I have pics posted in the gallery. I think the main issue here is the flaking, which is probably why my skin hasn't improved very much. I haven't been exfoliating these past few weeks and i feel like its something I need to incorporate into my regimen. I just haven't found a gentle, effective, trustworthy method. I figured atralin was enough but as we are approaching winter my skin is becoming more and more dry. Any recommendations to help moisturize/exfoliate my skin?
  14. Skintuition

    Flaky Skin, Help!

    Ok, I've been on the Acne.org Regimen for 5 months. It's time consuming, it's tough, and absolutely does not fit in with your schedule if you are on the go much. However, the only reason I've continued to do it is because it's given me clear skin, which is what I wanted in the first place. However, the cons at the moment are catching up to the pros. My skin is dry, and very flaky all the time. Every time I go swimming and get out of the water, within minutes my skin is peeling off and everyone notices. THIS IS NOT OKAY. I use 2 pumps of moisturizer and jojoba oil EVERYDAY and only 1 pump of BP! What am I doing wrong? All summer I've had to put up with this crap thinking that it would go away. IT NEVER DID. I really could use some advice from regimen users on remedies for flaky skin, because seriously, I cannot live like this anymore. I want something that works with the regimen that eliminates flaking. I'm researching this now. Advice would be great. oh and by the way, I don't use AHA for fear that I'll get sunburned too much and that it's an extra step that I just don't have time for.
  15. ladypeace

    Gator Skin!

    Since starting the regimen, using acne.org products, I have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin. A LOT BETTER, which is a miracle. However, I am noticing my skin looks like a leather bag or that of a gator ( or somme other type of rough skinned reptile) Im noticing ugly scars too and Im concerned that this could be from the harshness of bp? I kno that flakes are a part of the process but I figured my skin would adjust by now! ALSO what about the scars? What can I do to avoid them? They are like littlle dents, nothing major or huge, but still ugly. And I still have all these red marks. Like I said, I've seen a lot of improvement I just need hope that my skin will CONTINUE to improve, its not quite where I want it to be just yet. I guess I cant ask for perfect skin, but it doesn't hurt to try. I am wonder if there is any way to exfoliate in a gentle manner, avoiding scrubbing that would cause for irritation. Just help! Thanks it
  16. Been on accutane 40mg for a month now and the main side effect is the dry skin. It flakes a lot and I normally just gently peel off the dry skin at the end of the day with some tweezers, but I'm starting to wonder if I should still do this or not. I moisturize like crazy with CeraVe, minus when I'm at work for 8 hours. Is there anything out there that helps with the flakiness, any good exfoliators? I've tried a few Lush products, oatifix and cup o' coffee, but oatifix made me break out a little and cup o' coffee doesn't seem to be doing much from what I can tell. I've heard the sacred truth is another food face mask to try from Lush as well.
  17. Hi everyone! I've been on the regimen for a few months now & like most people, I've had serious issues with dry, flaking skin. I find myself having to moisturize sometimes 4-5 times A DAY in order to keep the flakes at bay; and they still reappear a few hours after. I've been using jojoba oil for a bit now & it has helped a lot with the flakes but they were definitely still severe. BUT I have found (well, I'm sure lots of people have tried this before but I felt I should share it) a trick that really helps to stop the flakes! I tried this out a few days ago & since starting it, my skin has become MUCH softer & my dryness is way better- plus, way less flakes! Basically what I've been doing is in the shower after cleansing, I put 5-7 drops of jojoba oil in my hands & VERY GENTLY massage it into my wet skin. I do it the same way as you're supposed to with the cleanser- barely touching your skin and for a very short amount of time. Then rinse your face as normal! After I did this & looked at my hands, they were COVERED in flakes of skin that I had massaged off with the jojoba oil. Normally when I get out of the shower my face is already cracking from dryness, but after doing this, it was sooo much better! THen just carry about your routine as normal with BP & moisturizer (and more jojoba oil in the moisturizer as recommended). I've been doing this morning & night for a few days & it has helped tremendously. Just thought I should share what has helped my dry skin in case someone else is looking for help!
  18. AmericanOrphan

    Flaky Skin, Acne, And Scars

    Hey everyone: I am 25 and I've had moderate to severe breakouts since I was 14. I've tried everything (tazorac, differin, bp, ocm, aha, acv) and visited multiple dermatologists with no success. I'm wondering if I even have acne or if its some other skin condition that is causing my breakouts. My skin is very flaky and dry, yet if I use any type of moisturizer my skin gets extremely shiny and oily. My skin is clearly damaged from all the different treatments over the years, plus my habit of constantly picking at and worrying about my skin has not helped with the physical and emotional scarring. Right now I'm feeling pretty helpless and have decided, for now, to quit putting anything on my skin whatsoever. I'm sick of masking the issue and causing more harm than good. Something I've noticed recently is that I have a large amount of dead skin build up on my face. This doesn't happen anywhere else on my body, not even on my back where I still get moderate acne at. This build up causes me to have flakes on my face, scalp, and sideburn area. I've tried combating this issue with AHA, acv and OCM to help exfoliate but the flake build up always returns along with the acne. Also, head and shoulders hasn't helped with the scalp issue. Can all this dead skin be contributing to my problem with acne and flaking? I've briefly researched seborrhoeic dermatitis which somewhat resembles my symptoms; however, I'm still not sure because I've always been told I simply have acne. I'd appreciate it if anyone could shed some light on my situation and provide any recommendations for how to move forward with this.
  19. Madzcrain

    Flakes And Makeup Angst

    Help!! I'm around a month and a half, two months into the Regimen. Two weeks in I was completely clear, but still flaky--I only had mild acne. Then prom was coming up, so on my one month mark I started gently exfoliating, thinking that I it was slow and gradual my flakes would be gone. It worked for my flakes, but then I broke out horrendously--five deep pimples the next week. I stopped exfoliating and started being super gentle--like magic, the pimples have gotten smaller and less irritated. But now my flakes are worse than before...I have AHA, but it stings. What do I do?? I have another dance in two weeks, and my skin looks awful. Advice?!
  20. Oh, boy. So, I'll start by saying that I am writing mostly out of desperation--definitely out of frustration. I'm just returning from yet another visit to yet another dermatologist, and am no closer to clarity . . . A bit of context: I've been using the Proactiv three-step system for about 14 years now. I started by using all three steps, and have stopped using the third step maybe seven years ago? Now I just use the cleanser and toner. I think I have a pretty mild case of acne, though I do notice some redness / inflammation when I don't wear my make up. The MAJOR issue I want to resolve is, I suppose, my skin's texture. It's really flaky after I wash and tone it. I'll put on moisturizer (Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) and after a minute or so, I will need to layer it on again because my skin just flakes up. There's no smoothing make up on (ever)--I basically pick my skin with my fingernail to get it to a point where it's not so flaky (this takes TIME--lots of time) so that I can get some make up on (which needs to be dotted on with a q-tip--again, no smoothing). The picking obviously leaves my skin red and inflamed. I know I should stop, but I don't see how to make myself look presentable if I don't. Then a few hours into the day, it starts getting oily, and gets ever oilier until I wash at night, when it then becomes flaky--rinse, repeat, etc. And that's why I'm writing--to get some advice about alternatives. I have tried topical creams and do not want to go that route as I am thinking of family planning and am hesitant to use anything super chemical-ly at the moment. I would like to see if I can tweak my routine ever so slightly with some sort of natural product(s). My derm recommend TheraClear (that vacuum / light treatment thing, but I'm hesitant to use that, too--though happy to listen to any experiences with it!). Help?
  21. Any luck with the cerave hydrating or foaming cleanser?
  22. I've been using the regimen for 2 months...the redness has not subsided yet....its actually getting worse plzzz helppp!!! What should i do? Shall i stop using it...is it a normal reaction?
  23. Saw this tip in a YouTube video by Omabelletv. Apply the regimen products as usual and when moisturizer is absorbed, spray some Fix plus (fix+) by MAC all over your face. Put liquid foundation on the back of your hand and stipple on foundation with a wet beauty blender (or beauty blender dupe like I have.) This technique does not disturb the dry flakes on your face or raise them up and make them more noticeable like applying makeup with a brush or your fingers can do. I have been on the regimen for about 6 months and still experience extremely dry, flaky skin.
  24. kingjosie

    Slight Issue...

    SO as you may see from earlier posts, i went through with the caveman regimen. i went two months, one without washing, another using just water a few times a week and this really helped my skin recover from a months use of bp. i realised my skin was getting flaky often so i thought "ok this is the dead skin mask again this is normal i can just exfoliate this" which i did. then again a few days later. then again afew less days later. then eventually i had to do it two days in a row. my skin is so dry and uncomfortable and wont stop flaking! sure, its clearer and controllable now, i do get a few blemishes but not as bad as they were, but the flaking! oh my god! it keeps coming back! ive resorted to dropping the caveman regimen and using Nivea Soft Moisturising Lotion with jojoba oil and vitamin e in. the flakes still appear over the moisturiser if i stretch or even just touch my face, its practically peeling on my nose. it is all over my face aswell. worst of it around my mouth and nose. it flakes immediately after exfoliation aswell. help?? is this a condition or just my skin type? and what can i do?? im at school so its rly embarrassing and uncomfortable in class, and if i just touch it, theres flakes, but also oil?? p.s. i drink water with squeezed lemon in everyday bc i thought it helps clear the skin by flushig toxins??? p.p.s. i used to be excessively oily before the caveman regimen. its one extreme or the other with my skin im so frustrated!!!