OK so where do I start... It's been a while since my last post in these forums because I thought I had my acne under control... Unfortunately I was wrong
I'm 21 now, of dark complexion from South Asian descent and at the age of 17 I was prescribed Benzoyl Peroxide (PanOxyl 5%) by my GP. This seemed to work, for a long while, until I started getting pimples again. However, this time it wasn't as bad as pre BP, however I would get individual cysts that were massive and would stick out and hurt. I was then put on tetralysal 300 (lymecycline) 1 pill a day for about a year... Which worked wonders for me. I felt as though my acne had totally disappeared... Until it started appearing again. I was off antibacterial pills for about a year but I was still continuing my topical use of BP here and there, not as regularly as before.
I then went to the GP again and was prescribed doxycycline one pill a day to control my moderate acne. I've been on that for about a year now and I notice no difference. Then, the company which used to make the BP had stopped producing it so I've been having to order Dan's BP. Personally, I feel as though it's not as powerful as the 5%, but that's just me. I also use Aspirin masks sometimes to control my cysts... Although recently I find it to be less effective
So as of 6 months ago, I had made an observation. Obviously being a male... I would get urges *ahem* from time to time And when I would empty my tank so to speak, the next day I would get loads of pimples. This made me believe it was linked to my masturbation. OK, so easy enough, stop beating the snake. For a long while this did work, my acne had significantly gone down in conjunction with topcial applciation of BP and the consumption of doxycycline. However, the past month, they have reappared again... With a vengeance. As soon as I got 1 massive cyst, I had gotten around 3 smaller pimples, and as soon as the cyst started going down another appeared, and then the next day another cyst.
Today I sit here typing this up with 2 cysts, 3 pimples and 1 cyst which has not fully gone down but isn't as raw as it initally was, it's just purple now. It seems as though I have been through everything and nothing has worked.
However, I have just noticed and read about AHA+. It seems to me that for many it has cleaned up their skin and cleared up acne too. Will this be right for me to use? Will I experience an initial breakout (something I fear since I start class soon)
P.S. forgot to mention I did use a baking soda mask once... Never again! I had terrible reaction to it... My skin went red and blotchy and flaky and it stung like a mofo
Edited by TJames, 11 September 2013 - 07:07 AM.