I wish I could say this is my first acne.org blog and that I'm surprised by how badly my skin has been behaving. Unfortunately, acne is all too familiar a story for me. I'm 30/F and have dealt with acne for more than half my life. I've been on Accutane 3x and yet my cystic acne keeps coming back. The most my acne stayed away was for 7-8 years the first time I was on Accutane... but the next two times my acne came back after 2 years. The combination of Retin-A and Duac has helped me stay somewhat clear but it's never a guarantee. I honestly believe the best thing for my acne has been ulta low dose Accutane treatment (which I followed the 3rd time on Accutane) but with all the regulations and requirements around it, I'm not sure it's a viable long-term solution.
These days, both Accutane and Retin-A are off limits to me because my husband and I want to start a family. He prefers that I do not use Retin-A while we are trying to get pregnant. I stopped the Retin-A and there it was. Hello cystic acne. It came back with a vengeance. So embarassing... going to work with huge cysts every day. It's not terrible, only 1 or 2 at a time but they are big and red and scar.
After doing tons of research online, on the verge of tears, I came across many positive reviews for the acne.org Regimen. The video reviews convinced me to give it a try. And so, I started this past Monday, July 1st. I'll update this blog once a week and let you know how it goes! Wish me luck : )
# of mild/moderate pimples: 0
# of cysts: 2 (right cheek, 1 is particularly huge and refuses to come to a head or go away)
# of healing pimples: 2