CVD, NearlyDefeated.....have you both tried the Regimen or at least try to follow the philosophy behind it? The products are really good, but you don't have to buy them IF you know what to avoid. Let me share with you a summary of life and experiences with acne.
It really breaks my heart to hear that others have suffered like I have. Reading your posts brings back painful memories because I can definitely relate. Believe it or not, for the first time in 20 years of my acne career, have I felt hope. And I've only followed the Philosophy behind the Regimen for only 1 month. I just recently started their benzoyl peroxide treatment after I had finished my own over the counter benzoyl peroxide treament. And the only reason why I didn't really used the Regimen's cleaser and moisturizer was because I had just spent $100s on other products prior to me finding the website. The first 2 weeks was horrible because my face was angry at me for putting it through hell again, but I was desperate for ANYTHING to work. The BP was making my skin sensitive and dry, and I was about to quite....but I persisted. Me being 38 years old and still breaking out like a teenager was devastating. I've been on accutane 3 times, all kinds of antibiotics, all strengths of Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide (but never really taught how to properly use it), birth control pills, chemical peels, injections, facials, extractions, diet changes, vitamins, exercise, etc. And having to spend so much money and on dermatolgy visits, I was at my wits end. And I wanted to be able to control my acne without having to to take some medication orally for the rest of my life. And accutane was the only thing that helped, but you know the side effects. And it just made me angry to see all these people around me not taking care of their skin, any yet, they didn't have any acne. I was confused and couldn't understand why, why, why. Even in my family, I'm the only one with an acne issue. My parents and brothers....nothing. I thought I was adopted. So, here's what brought me to Acne.org. I started exploring the Internet on other alternatives on how to treat acne, Something I did not try at that time were products from Asia (namely Korean and Japan). I'm Asian, so I thought maybe that was what the problem was. Maybe I needed to use something designed for Asians, plus I heard that the products from Korean and Japan were very good and advanced on skin care. So, I started watching all these videos on YouTube on Asian skincare. I came across a girl's (Daiserz89) video channel. She mentioned The Regimen on one of her videos. And here was where my life changed with acne.
This is how I understand how "my" acne occurs, and I think a lot of severe acne suffers occur. First, understand how "normal" acne occurs. Ok...clogged pores for most, right? So what do we do when something is clogged? Our tendency is to find ways to unclog the pores, right? And that's with all the medications and treatments our dermatologists have recommended. Yes...all those things work, but for people with "normal" acne. We don't have "normal" acne. From my observations and experiences over the past years, but mainly recently, I believe our acne is due to built up irritation over the years. Our skin is so sensitive that it's fighting to protect itself...therefore causing the acne. The philosophy behind Acne.Org suggests that we do the complete opposite in treating what we've been used to doing our whole entire lives. Cut out the salicylic acid for now, stop the chemical peels, quit your clarisonic, etc. Wash your face with a mild cleanser for only 10 seconds! Use the BP treament! Go slow! And use a gentle moisturizer with....oil (jojoba)!!! What the heck?! But you know...it was something I haven't tried, and what did I have to lose? More acne??? Really??? So, I took my chances.....and here I am recommending it to you both and praying it may help. I can use a full dose of the BP without a reaction because my face became accustomed to it. And I tell you...I am afraid to stop using it, but for now....I'm happy with the results. It is worth a shot, right? They say that by following the Regimen....you'll give your skin a chance to heal and then in time, you can start to introduce other products one at a time. I just recently started adding my retin-a, again, to help with my scarring, and so far....my face is doing fine. But do explore this website because there's tons on helpful information that may shed some light for you. I haven't felt this good about my face in a long time, and if what I'm sharing can help, then I'll do that. I hope this all makes sense, and I hope it'll be the solution for you, too.
Also, it's my first time posting anything on this website, so I apologize if what I just said was redundant, or if you're already on the products. I have a friend who has psoriasis and eczema and she's been using products with ingredients from the DeadSea. They say that the minerals and DeadSea Salt can help with a lot of different skin problems. I actually use their BBCC creams under my makeup and facial soap from Mindful Minerals.