I then tried Dan's regimen, which seemed to help initially and I had almost clear skin after about two to four weeks. New pimples kept coming, however. The strange thing is that about five weeks into the regimen, new acne started forming in places that were never problems before, or hadn't been for years. I broke out on my forehead/temple on one side of my face, and new, deeper zits were coming up on my cheeks (again, an area that I've never really had problems with). After about two months I stopped the regimen due to these problems combined with the horrid drying and irritation I experienced. The blotchy redness and constant flaking made my face look even worse than acne.
For the past three weeks or so I've been researching more 'natural' remedies, and tried honey masks with lemon juice as treatment, and jojoba oil to moisturize and dilute the juice. For the last week I've also been drinking Clearade, a megadose B5 drink mix. This seemed to go really well the first week and my skin felt like porcelain. Still not perfect, I would occasionally still get new pimples. However, the way it made my skin feel made me keep it up. It felt like actual skin, healthy and moist -- which I really haven't had in years of applying drying chemicals to my face.
The past week, though, the random breakouts have worsened, and a couple days ago I woke up with lots of small whiteheads around my chin, nose, and lips. Small bumps also appeared in random places on my entire face. These types of acne and these places on my face have never been normal for me. The acne I had prior to the breakouts even seem like they're worsening and becoming more red than they were before. My skin right now really is worse than it's been in years.
I've heard a bit about "purging" and how acne gets worse before it gets better. However, I'm not sure if it's normal to get breakouts in places that were never problem areas. Does anyone have any idea what's going on?
Thanks a bunch to anyone who read all of this, I appreciate it!
Edited by hippocampus, 30 May 2012 - 11:07 PM.