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Ok, I'm sick of using Proactiv. My face just doesn't respond to it anymore it seems. It did help for awhile, I'll admit that, but after using it for over a year or so now, I'd say maybe the last 4 months, I've started to get small breakouts (always whiteheads), sometimes some big ones, and I even have consistent, little pimples on the forehead now that never go away, which I never really used to have those. It also makes my skin really flaky and dry, so the Benzoyl Peroxide is probably just too harsh. Anyways, if I go back to store bought products containing Salycic Acid, do you think it's going to make my skin get worse again or cause me to breakout? Or will it maybe help out? Being a Proactiv user, I'm just afraid to make another switch, because I guess it's keeping my acne from being really bad like it used to be. I hate to diss on the product, because honestly, it's worked the best in treating acne for me, but the flaky skin and the fact that my face is starting to resist it now concerns me.
For the flakey skin try Eucerin Skin Renewal. I haven't tried it, but a lot of people claim it's great for flakey skin. I like Neutrogena Healthy Skin or Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion. ProActiv has some ingredients that can cause extra irritation. It has glycolic acid, bp and salycilic acid I believe. Anyway, look up my recent, very long :) post about what's worked for me. It's like ProActiv in that you do it 2x a day with multiple products, but it's cheaper and you can change it around until you find what works for you. I had irritated skin from 10% bp but I found that 2.5% is actually soothing, although it could be the brand I'm using (Neutrogena on-the-spot). Good luck.
You need to go to the derm and get a scipt for something better.
Maybe benzamycin or azelex acid.Over the counter things dont work that great.
Actually, there were studies done on which works better: benzoyl peroxide or RX meds (they didn't include Retin-A in the study). For mild to moderate acne, they found that BP had the same results as the prescription meds, only at a cheaper cost. Everyone is different though, and dermatologists can make different mixes of medicines and find the best combination of topicals for you.
I've been to the dermatologist a few times and I used Differin Gel, Retin-A Micro, and some other one I can't remember the name, but none of them really did much except irritate the heck out of my skin.

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