I have pretty bad bacne too, so I decided to order the AHA. It's been giving pretty good results on my back, so I started spot-treating on my face. My face has since flipped out.
A little background info-got my first zit at 10, have been breaking out steadily since. Took three separate rounds of Accutane (2 before they got strict with the birth control-it was early days). The Accutane would prevent zits for about 6 months, then the breakouts would start again.
I finally found a dermatologist who could clear me up. He had me on doxycycline, birth control, and two different topicals (forget their names). Those, plus the combination of oil-free Lancome makeup and makeup remover (and good old Cetaphil) finally cleared my skin. It was perfect for about 3 blissful years.
Fast-forward to about two years ago. The boyfriend accidentally bought me an oil-based Lancome foundation, and I started having major cycstic acne. I'd been making some health changes since then too (somewhat in an attempt to clear my skin), and decided to quit the birth control, because I didn't want the hormones. A friend recommended quitting for clearing acne as well. So I got off it. It's been almost 2 years for that as well, which I assumed would be long enough for the hormones to balance back out. They have not, if my skin is any indication. And as of right now, I have no plans of getting back on it (dumped that Lancome pretty quickly too).
I've done the anti-fungal diet (which helped a little, to clean up my gut), colon cleanses, saunas/steam rooms, avoiding dairy, sugar, alcohol, makeup, perfume, etc. I've done detox supplements, all-natural cleansers and moisturizers, african black soap, facials, etc. You name it, I've most likely tried it. I should also note I have extremely sensitive skin. If you look at it wrong, it will break out.
So, I found acne.org and was really encouraged by what I read. So far, the regimen has been working. I'm following it, and I'm seeing an improvement. Granted, this has essentially been a lifelong batte, so I realize I've got an uphill climb.
I am currently extremely discouraged and frustrated with the AHA. I have been applying it on my back with no problem. I even did the patch test under my jawline and had no response. So I started spot-treating. I've been spot-treating for about 2 weeks, and then within the past week, I started getting red welts where I'd applied it. I would notice a zit starting, apply the AHA, feel some burning, and then I'd have a little red welt the next morning where the pimple had been.
Last night was the worst. I applied some on my jawline where I'd had some small ones forming, and it's been itching since 10pm last night. I want to claw my skin off it's driving me so crazy. It's formed a crust and when that flakes off, it's red and itchy again and I'm noticing some fluid coming from where the skin cracked/flaked off. ?????
My purpose in writing all of this is to get some clarity on exactly how much AHA to use on the face (if at all). Dan is so thorough with all of his other application instructions, but I feel like the AHA application is so vague.
- Exactly how much to "spot-treat"?
- Every night or every few nights?
- If I'm allergic, why isn't it affecting my back (and chest)?
Edited by marylauren81, 14 September 2012 - 03:36 PM.