My question has many different parts so I will begin with a backstory.
My acne started at the age of 12. I have used countless over the counter face washes, gels, & other topical treatment products. I fear that when I was young I made my face worse because of my makeup use & lack of discipline. As I got older & started routines I did notice that my severe acne (cysts, underground large pimples, rash like zits) reduced to moderate acne (zits, "regualar" pimples that would come and go faster). I also suffer from hyperpigmentation (not just my face but all over) & the overall appearance of my face is a battle zone. It's not even the acne that bothers me anymore- it's the years of covering up, the scars & countless dark & pink marks from acne that has "cleared up", the unevenness of my overall skin tone.
At 18 I finally broke down & saw a dermatologist for the first time. He prescribed 5% Benzoyle Peroxide (Aqueous Base), Retin-A cream, & also a hormonal medication.
Looking back obviously that was too high of a dosage- & it reeked havoc on my face. My skin was peeling for months, irritation that made acne worse, & moisturizers did nothing to help. Everyone said this would happen. So I stuck to it! For 3 months I suffered- & then it went away. My face was smoother, marks fading, & less acne. Great. Until I became immune (or in other words my face got use to it & adapted). Just 2 weeks later nothing worked anymore. My acne came back- my face looking & acting just as it did before I starting using these.
I am 19 now. 8 years is a long time. To be honest my acne isn't as bad as it was a couple years ago- & now it's mostly the hyperpigmentation that bums me out. But I don't go a day without a couple pimples & zits marking up my already marked face. Mostly around my lips, smaller zits around my hairline, pimples on my cheeks, & every once and a while my chin and jaw line. I can't work on the hyperpigmentation if more keeps showing up.
I use Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash daily & it does a pretty good job but it's not enough.
I want to try the regimen but the BP is holding me back. I don't know what my face looks like as an adult (without makeup & acne) & I am at my breaking point.
My Q's are these:
Will the regimen work even with the way my face acts to BP?
Will the regimen help with scars/hyperpigmentation?
*More about me:
I don't have pit scars- only dark spots/marks.
I am female- some of my acne is hormonal but I take meds for that & it helps.
I don't wear a lot of makeup anymore & when I do it's never for long.
My face tends to be on the dry side- but a couple years ago it was super oily. Now it's in between.
My skin tone is yellowish & marks easily (I am of African American decent as well as Caucasian)
My skin is not overly sensitive- but I am super careful about how I treat it.
I am not in the sun a lot.
I drink plenty of water but not so much exercise.
PS. I tried to take pictures but the quality is bad.