Hi! I'm 21. I have never had problematic acne until this year. I have large cystic acne on my back, mostly concentrated on my shoulder blades but everywhere else as well. On my forehead and cheeks it seemed as if every single pore was clogged with a small whiteheads. My jawline and my chin have lumpy cystic acne that itch. I tried everything. I googled everyday what products work the best. I even tried the regimen. Nothing would stop the acne and it almost seemed as if things were irritating it more. I finally got to my wits end and went to the dermatologist. At first he prescribed me minocycline and epiduo. I was so excited, but after a month I saw no results. I went back, very discouraged, and he added Aczone and changed the antibiotic to Doryx. It also should be noted that I went to the gynecologist and was prescribed birth control, just in case my skin problems were caused by hormones.
After a week and a half of using these new products, I see MAJOR results. The white heads on my cheeks have subsided. Many have turned to blackheads which I much prefer and can clear up a lot easier. I have 5 cystic pimples: three along my hairline, and two in the chin area, but they are healing quickly. Also my skin is SO smooth. I am so happy and excited and more confident. The Aczone goes on like a moisturizer and takes away redness, so I haven't even been wearing makeup. To be fair, I don't know which product is working. I do not think it is the epiduo since it hadn't worked last month. I really feel as if Aczone is the miracle product, but I haven't been putting it on my back (which is also clearing) so I think it could also be the doryx...or the birth control. Regardless, I'm thrilled about the results, especially since my next resort was getting on accutane which I did NOT want to do.
Here is my regimen:
Wash with Cetaphil Oil Control (<<I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS. IT REALLY DOES MAKE MY SKIN SOFT AND NOT OILY AT ALL. AND ANY OTHER PRODUCT SEEMS TO IRRITATE MY SKIN WITH ALL THESE PRODUCTS.)
Apply Aczone to ENTIRE face (<<THIS IS NOT A SPOT TREATMENT.)
Take half a Doryx.
Wash FACE with Cetaphil Oil Control
Wash BACK with Neotrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
Apply Epiduo to ENTIRE face
Apply Neotrogena On-The-Spot to inflamed cystic acne
Take half a Doryx
Take birth control
Note: I started birth control Sunday the 15th. I started the new products Wednesday the 18th, but didn't wash my face that Thursday evening, or that Saturday evening. From the 22nd-today, I have done the regimen perfectly, so I'm going to start tracking progress from that point only.
I would love to hear from someone who used some combination of these products and has experience! Please post!