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Re: BP Regimen
Apr 4, 2002
Also here are the directions:

MORNING (Men)

In the shower, let the hot water splash on your face periodically while washing the rest of your body and shampooing your hair. This readies your face for a shave.
The last thing to do in the shower is to lather your hands as much as possible with the Purpose cleansing bar. Use the lather as shaving cream. Spread the fairly thick lather on using very gentle circular motions. If you prefer to use a shave cream, make sure it is "non-comedogenic" and wash your face very gently afterwards with the Purpose cleansing bar.

I use the Gillette Sensor Excel razor to shave. Shave with the grain, using confident downward strokes. You may want to shave upwards on your neck, since hair tends to reverse directions there. Avoid going over any area too many times. Again, don't stress over it. If you miss an area go confidently back over it.

After you shave, re-lather your hands and wash your forehead, nose, and other problem areas gently.

Splash your face with cold water from the tub faucet a few times--as cold as you can get. This closes your pores and gives your skin a nice tight feeling.

Pat dry with a towel.

Wait 15 minutes for pores to close and skin to dry.

Wash and dry hands.

Squeeze out a GENEROUS portion of benzoyl peroxide (BP) cream onto your index finger. Squeeze out a generous portion. Squeeze out a generous portion. I say this three times because it is the most important thing you will do. When I started using more BP cream, my skin cleared up. It's as simple as that. I go through a tube or so of Neutrogena On-The-Spot every week. You may use more. Do not skimp. To get an idea of how much I use click here. Now that you have a nice amount of BP cream on your index finger, using your other index finger, dab the cream in several spots about your problem areas. Then spread the BP cream into your skin VERY GENTLY with your fingers. Don't rub too hard. The cream should be absorbed into your skin, but this requires very little rubbing. This is very important as it prevents irritation. You'll want to make sure that no part of your problem area goes uncoated. Apply the medicine to the whole area usually affected by acne, not just to the pimples themselves.

(I borrowed a friend's digital video camera, so now you can see what I'm talking about in Quicktime format if you want. It takes several minutes to load on a 56K modem, so you'll have to be patient.)

Wait 5-15 minutes or so. You can do other things in the meantime.

Apply Moisture Lotion. I use slightly less moisture lotion than BP cream. Apply enough so your skin isn't flaky and you can go out in public with normal looking skin. After a few minutes if your skin is still flaky apply a bit more moisture lotion.

MORNING (Women)

Wash your face and any other problem areas in the shower gently with bare hands and lather from the Purpose cleansing bar.

Splash your face with cold water from the tub faucet a few times--as cold as you can get. This closes your pores and gives your skin a nice tight feeling.

Pat dry with a towel.

Wait 15 minutes for pores to close and skin to dry.

Wash and dry hands.

Squeeze out a GENEROUS portion of benzoyl peroxide (BP) cream onto your index finger. Squeeze out a generous portion. Squeeze out a generous portion. I say this three times because it is the most important thing you will do. When I started using more BP cream, my skin cleared up. It's as simple as that. I go through a tube or so of Neutrogena On-The-Spot every week. You may use more. Do not skimp. To get an idea of how much I use click here. Now that you have a nice amount of BP cream on your index finger, using your other index finger, dab the cream in several spots about your problem areas. Then spread the BP cream into your skin VERY GENTLY with your fingers. Don't rub too hard. The cream should be absorbed into your skin, but this requires very little rubbing. This is very important as it prevents irritation. You'll want to make sure that no part of your problem area goes uncoated. Apply the medicine to the whole area usually affected by acne, not just to the pimples themselves.

(I borrowed a friend's digital video camera, so now you can see what I'm talking about in Quicktime format if you want. It takes several minutes to load on a 56K modem, so you'll have to be patient.)

Wait 5-15 minutes or so. You can do other things in the meantime.

Apply Moisture Lotion. I use slightly less moisture lotion than BP cream. Apply enough so your skin isn't flaky and you can go out in public with normal looking skin. After a few minutes if your skin is still flaky apply a bit more moisture lotion.

Important! Redness, itching, and scaling frequently occur at the onset of a benzoyl peroxide regimen and subside over a period of days or weeks. If you are new to benzoyl peroxide, you probably want to start with less benzoyl peroxide than I recommend to prevent uncomfortable dryness and peeling. Up the dosage of benzoyl peroxide slowly over a period of a couple of weeks. But don't forget, for total clearing you will want to eventually use LOTS of benzoyl peroxide cream. If you are already using benzoyl peroxide, it should be okay to jump right in.


EVENING

Splash your face and neck and any other problem areas with very warm water from your sink.

Lather up your hands with your Purpose cleansing bar.
Gently wash problem areas with your bare hands. Do not use a washcloth. It is too irritating. All you are trying to do is get the area prepped for the BP. Use very warm water to rinse.

Do a final rinse with very cold water.
Pat dry.
Wait around 5-15 minutes until skin is completely dry.
Wash and dry your hands. Apply the BP cream again generously to problem areas, making sure to cover every spot without rubbing too much. Make sure to apply generously!

I do not put moisture lotion on at night. However, it is vital that you use it in the morning to help maintain your skin's balance. Your skin may feel dry and somewhat tight after you are on this regimen for a week or so. That is okay. It means the BP is working. Of course, if severe redness or dryness occur, you should talk to your doctor.


DURING THE DAY
Enjoy your day. Do not stress out about what you eat. No correlation has been shown in studies attempting to link diet and acne. In other words, eating chocolate does not cause acne, neither does eating oil. Many people insist that there is a link between diet and acne, but there is no scientific evidence to back up their claims. Also, don't worry about stress causing breakouts. Stress just is not that big of a factor, and the BP is working all day.

It is important to prevent irritation throughout the day, and at night for that matter. I don't touch my face much during the day. Activities I have learned to avoid which you may also consider avoiding include:
resting your chin in your hands
picking at your face
smooshing your face in your pillow at night

Basically, you want to keep your skin more or less untouched. It is also important to try to avoid prolongued exposure to oils. However, if you do spill something on your face, just wipe it up with a napkin gently.

Overwashing causes irritation. You do not want to wash your face during the day unless:
your skin is extremely oily
you wear a facemask for some sort of sport

If either of these is true, wash your face gently and apply BP followed by moisture lotion. Washing your face in the morning and in the evening should be plenty for most people. Excess washing can most definitely irritate your skin, and may cause more breakouts

Take care everyone.





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