I'm 26 years old, and my first bout with acne was a mild case when I was 14 years old. After about a year of using a retinol creme, it disappeared and I had pretty flawless skin for the next 7-8 years or so. Occasionally, I would randomly get some patchiness/bumpiness that could usually be attributed to the weather changes, allergies, etc. All that time, my regimen was simple - cleanse (usually with Cetaphil) and moisturize.
About two years ago, I started to have some textural issues, especially on the sides of my face. Mainly just whitehead bumpiness, but with some patchy spots. This derm was a slightly over-the-top holistic doctor, and her first suspicion was that it was eczema and I just needed to change my diet. After some persistence, she finally decided to prescribe me a gel medicine called Solaraze, commonly prescribed to people with a certain kind of skin cancer (I know, I know, this sounds crazy), but was as she deemed it a "miracle medicine" for all sorts of skin ailments. I used that for about 3 months and got great results.
A year later, the same textural issues came back, this time more severely. Especially after I wash my face, if you rub your hand down the side of my face you'll feel no smoothness, just bumpiness. It's not horribly obvious in a lot of lights, but lately the bumps have been getting more pronounced and even a little itchy.
For awhile, I was using only 3 products: Cetaphil, Jojoba oil for moisture, and a BP spot treatment of 10% when needed. I somehow got convinced into buying Dr. Haushcka products by a friend, and have been using those products for 3 weeks now. Since then, my skin has definitely taken a turn for the worse. I'm not sure if I have an allergy (has anyone experienced an allergic reaction to these products?) or if there is just too much going on in the products for my sensitive skin to handle. Although they are "organic" and "pure," that doesn't mean that it's effective (and I'm learning that the hard way, lots of $$$ and worse-off skin later).
So my questions are : should I stop the Dr. Hauschka regimen? Although people say that you need to give your skin a couple of months to adapt to a new regimen, I'm not sure I buy into that. If you're worse off several weeks into a program, I'm more likely to just stop before things get any worse.
And : what next? I'm a little scared to start up with more BP, because I don't want my skin to become dependent on it, or be damaged by the harshness.
Here's a picture of the current state of my skin, right after washing so looking a little enflamed.
Any help is much appreciated!
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