I have had acne for 12 years now. I have used proactiv, murad, acne.org regimen, differin, retin a, tazorac, all of the "cycline" antibiotics, zithromax, bactrim, aczone, diets, and supplements. None of these gave me the clearing that I now demand.
At the moment, I am using BP in the morning and Tazorac at night. My acne is not widespread but every single pimple that I do get is an under the skin cyst or nodule that takes weeks to go away and leaves a pitted scar. At the moment, I have 3 deep nodules on my cheeks and forehead. Because of this, my dermatologist has agreed to start me on a 5 month cycle of Accutane starting June 25th. I just got eyelid surgery at the end of April so they want me to go to my 8 week follow up appointment with my eye doctor first to make sure I won't need a revision.
I have started this log now as I am doing a "pre-accutane" routine. In the past, I have used a product from Green Pasture called Blue Ice Royal. It is fermented cod liver oil mixed with high vitamin butter oil. Anyway, it is high in natural vitamin A (the magic accutane ingredient) and has gotten and kept me completely clear for months at a time on separate occasions. My face literally stops producing excess oil and I have no side effects at all. The issue is that I have gotten 2 staph infections on my face when on it and I think it could be related. Maybe I am wrong, but for this reason, I can not use this product long term.
My Pre-Accutane Regimen until June 25th
2.5% BP Mornings
Tazorac .1 at Night
1 TSP of Blue Ice Royal
100MG Doxycycline (to prevent staph infections
I WILL be clear when I start my Accutane course from the fermented cod liver oil. I am hoping that since I will be going into my cycle clear, that I will not have an initial breakout as my pores will already be clear. We will see.