Here is my history with acne:
I had mild acne in 2006 which I didn't treat. In 2007 I had moderate-severe acne. I began treating with prescribed creams (clindamycin & tazorac). I stopped within a week as I broke out more from them. I was also getting facials that did help but it wasn't enough. I was also very stressed and depressed from 2007 - 2008. Thankfully I found acne.org and started the regimen in 2007. I think I saw results after 3 months. I was completely clear in 2009. By then I had begun slacking on the regimen and when I entered college, I occasionally broke out. There was always a pimple or 2 on my face along with scars. From then, my acne was mild until June 2012.
In the first week of June, I had probably 2 pimples; they were either a cyst or nodule. I am never sure.
I went to an MV shoot in which I was out from 10 AM - 3 AM. It was a dirty, sweaty day. I definitely touched my face with dirty, dirty hands. The next day I noticed new pimples and each day after that. Now I have cysts/nodules, papules, and pustules everywhere.
AHHHHHHHHH! I RUBBED MY FACE WITH BACTERIA THAT DAY.
I forgot how it felt to have severe acne. I went straight back into the regimen but I wasn't seeing any results. That was because my BP had expired! I just found out that BP expires 6 months after its been opened. Well I purchased another one and I think it's slowly getting better. I'm also taking 150 mg of Doxycycline Hycalate daily. I'm not sure if I'm experiencing side effects as I was using 5% BP while waiting for Dan's BP to arrive in the mail. My eyelids and skin are very dry, and I decreased BP use to once a day. I am also having a sore throat which started on 8/4/12, the day I went rafting. I also haven't been able to sleep well.
Ugh. I'm just so tired of this battle. I thought it was over and done with. My goal right now is to get clear or at least decent skin before my best friend's birthday party.