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Re: BP Regimen
Apr 4, 2002
I can see why you wanted me to post what was needed hehehe. Ok here is a cut and paste job from the site:

A Cleanser: Choose a cleanser that does not overdry. You want something mild, made specifically for a sensitive, dry individual because of the amount of benzoyl peroxide you will be using.


Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar 6oz. (lasts forever, smells nice, very gentle, good lather)

Cetaphil Cleansing Bar, Unscented 4.5 oz. (very good lather, it's a good bar)

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash 6 oz. (goes quickly for the price, but works fine)

Cetaphil Cleansing Bar, Antibacterial 4.5 oz. (lathers great, but stinks up the whole bathroom)

4oz., 8oz., or 16 oz. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Wash (hardly feels like cleanser, more like thick water or something

A Moisturizer: If you use as much benzoyl peroxide as I recommend you will need a moisturizer in the morning so you can spend the day with non-flaky skin. There are several very good moisturizers on the market which do not aggravate acne. It is vitally important that you moisturize even if your skin doesn't seem to need it at first. Moisturizing will help keep your skin in balance and will help prevent some of the initial drying/redenning effects of benzoyl peroxide.


Purpose Alpha Hydroxy Moisture Lotion (only for people who have been using benzoyl peroxide for several weeks already. Do not start the regimen with this. I love this moisturizer myself. Feels great.)

Neutrogena Moisture SPF 15 (a good starter lotion, works great)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer (very similar to Neutrogena Moisture SPF 15, works great, dispenser is hard to deal with)

Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion (clumps up with the bp a bit, the lightest feeling lotion I have found)

Olay Complete UV Defense Moisture Lotion (I am listing it because it does not aggravate acne, but it does a poor job of moisturizing - not recommended)

A 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream: Studies show that a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide solution actually works better than the overdrying 10% solutions. I have definitely found this to be true myself. Remember, less irritation means less breakouts. It may take your face a couple of weeks to get used to benzoyl peroxide. Some redness or itchiness is normal at first.

A word of caution: about 3% of people are allergic to benzoyl peroxide and experience severe swelling and/or crusting. You may want to test a spot on your face first. Also, benzoyl peroxide can bleach fabrics. Be careful about getting it on clothing that you love.

*Tip: after you have squeezed out everything in the tube, you can still cut it in half and get quite a bit more out with your finger.

Neutrogena On-The-Spot is the only 2.5% cream available over-the-counter. I would love to see a larger size made, and I am working on making this happen.

A Razor (for men): The Gillette Sensor Excel is by far the best razor I have tried. It is incredibly smooth and does a great job at reducing shaving irritation. To prevent irritation, the blade should be changed often--I change it at least once a week. I have tried the Gillette Mach 3 and did not like it nearly as much. Also, I am not a fan of electric razors. I think they are actually more irritating than blade shaving with the Sensor Excel.

Hope that helps!


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