Hello! I'd like to share how I got rid of my acne so that it might help some of you get rid of yours.
Here's the short version: cleanser= pine tar soap, treatmen=paleo diet, moisturizer=jojoba oil, switch from liquid makeup to mineral powder
I stopped using BP because it made me extremely dry and itchy. I weaned off of it while starting a gluten free diet. This was Jan 2012.
The diet worked amazingly until my acne came back a few months later. I stumbled upon the paleo diet and decided to try it immediately. I had been eating a lot of soy, dairy, sugar, and grains still and paleo made me stop that. My acne cleared up again. I started that in October 2012
I had been using liquid makup to cover acne and scars, and having to wash it off was tough without irritating my skin, so one of the most important things that helped me heal was switching to mineral powder. I use maybelline. I don't have to rub it off and I don't mind sleeping in it. I only wash my face once a day. At this point I wasn't using any soap on my face, just running it under water in the shower.
I also stopped using daily sunscreen. I think that made a huge difference also. I read that a diet high in antioxidants makes sunscreen unnecessary. I honestly don't know if that's true or not but I'm pretty sure all the excess sugar and processed foods I'm not eating now would have made me age much more than the minimal sun I get daily.
I still had breakouts now and then and the thing that made me pretty much 100% breakout free was pine tar soap. I discovered it very recently. My friend was using it and his skin looked incredibly better, I tried it and it worked. I feel that I finally found my perfect regimen!
I am still looking for ways to exfoliate without irritating my skin because anything with microbeads breaks me out immediately. I'll probably experiment with bentonite clay masks once in a while.
Thanks for reading, good luck on your journeys