I did the oil cleansing method in early September and by October, I started getting 3-4 pimples on my right cheek which I thought was strange because I had never broken out on my cheeks before. Before starting, I had maybe one pimple. I was just trying to get rid of existing blackheads with OCM (used olive oil, castor oil, and tea tree). Fast-forward to today and I have terrible inflammation on both cheeks and chin and jawline. My forehead is clear of pimples but covered with blackheads and my skin looks leathery. For about a month, I had no space between pimples, it is such severe acne. I never had acne this bad even throughout puberty. My face is very raw feeling and hurts to touch. Pus keeps oozing out of my skin if I move my face a lot. I've got "hard" areas on my cheeks that feel like they are filled with pus. I have to sleep with gauze on my face to keep the acne from popping on my pillow at night. To the person who tried the African black soap, is it still working? I just got some myself and I like it so far, but it seems to really be trying out my face a lot. I'm also applying aloe vera gel (the fruit of the earth brand) to my face afterwards as a moisturizer with tea tree oil mixed in. Do you think I should be using tea tree oil...will it clogged my pores like the other oils? I don't know if aloe is enough of a moisturizer. Also, I have been using Aztec bentonite clay a few times a week as well as St. Ives Scrub (don't use that often because exfoliating hurts my acne).
What do you guys suggest. I'm so sick of this acne:((
I had the exact same reaction. I basically followed a variation of the regimen from this website... gentle cleanser, 2.5% BP, moisturiser... day and night. I really plastered my inflammed areas with the BP. This cleared me up pretty quickly, considering how damaged my face was (maybe 2 months). You may also benefit from a low dose antibiotic, nothing long-term. I started taking one and it really helped kill all that junk in my skin!
Try to be as gentle as you can be.
I found that when I got super crazy with the masks and whatever to get clear, it made things worse.
It's been about 4.5 months since my skin looked its worst ever... and it's finally more or less back to normal. Still a lot of PIH, especially noticeable since my skin was broken out basically everywhere. Yes, it takes a while to get back to healthy normal skin but you will get there! Be patient and keep up hope.
Do you recommend seeing a dermatologist for the antibiotic, or can you get that from a general doctor? What is PIH? Also for the BP, what kind did you get? LIke a spot treatment with BP?