As mentioned previously, I've now been using the full amount of BP since Monday night. So far, my skin is loving it. I feel like waiting to increase the amount weekly was a smart idea at first, since I needed my skin to slowly adjust to the chemical, but after a while, I was just prolonging my progress. Everything is drying up and shriveling away again, which is so lovely! I feel like makeup will be a lot more successful this weekend
Also, I've decided to compromise my impulse to pop whiteheads. If I have a whitehead that looks like it's ready to go, I'll follow Dan's guidelines and gently try to remove it. If I can't, I'll just leave it be. So far, it's been working out pretty well! There's an increased amount of redness/scabbing (ew) on my face, but at least it's flatter, and I don't believe it'll scar.
I also believed at first that I had acne cosmetica when I began the Regimen. This might have been the case, but now I think it's purely hormonal. My breakouts are in hormonal areas (forehead occasionally; cheeks), and they start under the skin. Sometimes they don't even turn into whiteheads, and the ones that do are a bit inflamed. The Regimen is helping, no doubt, but I think I need to start battling my acne from the inside as well, which is why I'll be switching to a birth control with lower androgen levels. Woohoo!
I'll also be starting AHA soon, probably within the next two weeks. There is a LOT of hyperpigmentation happening on my cheeks, which hopefully it'll relieve. Feelin' optimistic today.