Ironically enough, a couple of months after I post a topic thanking acne.org and its users for helping me with my acne problem and having more or less overcome it for around three years, I've been breaking out for about a month now.
Basically, I live in China and use a Chinese-brand 5% BP cream. I've used it for about two years.
-- I use a Neutrogena non-comedogenic facewash, and have used the same one for around two years.
-- I wash twice daily -- once in the morning and once at night.
-- I use a UK-brand non-comedogenic moisturiser, and have done for years.
About a month ago I had the worst outbreak I've had in about five years -- seventeen or eighteen largeish inflamed pimples on my upper lip and chin. It was absolutely soul-destroying, and I just prayed it would pass. It did, but I'm still getting new, large pimples every couple of days. I can't figure out what has changed. There's been no change in my diet whatsoever (I went for sushi before the huge outbreak, which I figured might be a factor). I've also had a cluster of about three pimples on my chin for the last week, neither getting bigger nor peaking nor reducing. Just sitting there. This never happens.
Basically, I'd like to know if anyone else who's had success with BP has suddenly returned to having pimples regularly break out. If so, what caused it? Is there anything I can do to reverse what's going on?
One more thing -- I have several tubes of 2.5% BP gel from England that I used to use religiously, but it was drying my skin out too much. They're about a year out of date now, though. Anyone have any idea if they'd be safe to use?
Thanks in advance. It's extremely depressing to go back to this after a good three years of being free of it.