I started the regimen about a 6 weeks ago to help combat my mild to moderate acne. I'm 21 now and have had acne since I was a teenager. My acne is not as severe as it once was. Even before starting the regimen I almost never got whiteheads or blackheads and I only have a few inflamed red bumps that are still active. Unfortunately, the sides of my cheeks and forehead are dotted in red marks where I used to have acne, and these spots have been there for years. I had some success using the regimen--the few active pimples I had have either disappeared or become less inflamed. However, the regimen has done little to mitigate the red marks, blotchiness, and blemishes on my face (they may even be getting worse). My skin is naturally dry, therefore, adding BP can make the dryness almost intolerable. Even after a month, there are still some days when my skin is so tight and irritated that I have to skip an application of BP and just put on jojoba oil and moisturizer after I cleanse. I've probably been applying BP 12 times per week instead of the full 14, but I really don't think my skin can handle anymore. I have also been unable to add aha so far because it irritates my skin too much.
My question is this: since I have few active acne bumps that are raised above the skin to begin with and my main objective is to clear the ingrained red marks on my face, should I discontinue my use of BP. I'm beginning to lose the patience to keep applying it when I have noticed so little improvement while the side effects continue to worsen. If I stopped BP I would still probably cleanse and moisturize everyday and hope that my acne will clear up with time. Thanks in advance for any help.