Wow, that is so unlucky you broke out after trying Dan's regimen, difficult to believe actually [I'm not saying you're lying.]
Reminds of the saying that if it it ain't broke, don't fix it!
I would just go back to your old regimen, exactly how it was, and if there's no improvement in 3 months, I would see a dermatologist. Something other than Dan's regimen may have triggered this sudden outbreak of cysts, if it still persists after that time.
Don't worry about scarring from the cortisone shots, the AHA product you were/are using will take care of that.
P.S to all the people talking about purging, there is no such thing as your skin purging itself. It's just a myth created by skin care companies to make you spend more money on their products, in the name of their treatment 'making your skin push out impurities' before your skin starts to look good. This process is just your skin adapting to the treatment. The skin becomes accustomed to the negative effects of a certain treatment, but not the positive [in most cases].
By the time you realize their stuff isn't working for you, because it's breaking you out, you've already spent plenty of money persisting with an obviously unsuitable regime. And then your skin suddenly improves...the reason it's improving, is because your skin is adjusting to the products and their ingredients, not because it's working for you. An 'initial breakout' is caused by your skin reacting to the treatment. Those spots were not hiding just to appear, they are entirely new blemishes, caused by the product itself. It's not necessarily a bad sign, but if the breakout persists, your skin just does not like what you're doing to it, and you should stop. For e.g. retinoids will actively irritate the skin, that's why your skin becomes red and flaky, that's how they work. But it usually subsides as your skin starts to tolerate the negative effects.
This girl has clearly reacted in a bad way to Dan's regimen. There was maybe a 1% chance it would happen, and it did. Why is everyone telling her to continue with The Regimen, when she is telling us that her skin was pretty much clear prior to trying it?
Edited by armadillo, 02 March 2013 - 11:18 AM.