So this is my 4th log on the acne.org website and hopefully it will be a much better success story than my previous 3. To be fair though, my 3rd log (The Regimen) was relatively successful until i developed eczema and had to go back to the drawing board. I'm not going to go too much into my acne history as a lot of what i've tried is in my sig. I have had acne since 14/15 and I am 30 so its been 15 years. I have had respite over the years but as always, it's never went away. I thought accutane was my miracle drug but after a 3rd course, i realize that it wasn't to be. BP was another teaser but a year later, i have a kind of acne that i haven't had in a while (the grainy non inflamed type all over my face with inflamed pimples popping up). After visiting a new derm yesterday, my new regimen is as follows
BP (a light coating all over)
I have restarted BP use today and will incorporate Atralin when i get it (hopefully this weekend). I will slowly introduce retinoids (using it 3 times the first week, every other night the second week and nightly the 3rd week if my skin can tolerate it) as to offset my eczema returning.
I did a light covering of BP all over my face except for my nose and under my chin/jaw (i have acne there but it is extremely sensitive there). No itching or redness UNTIL i went to the gym and worked up a sweat. My skin turned bright red in some areas and the acne there was very noticeable. Not sure if this is normal but i'll monitor it to see. If my skin is starting to get irritated when i work out, i will have to wash off ALL topicals before i do as not working out is not a viable solution. I will not allow my acne to make me a prisoner in my own home/body. I am taking pictures and will try to do so every week or 2 and post them. I hate that part but i need to learn to love myself with acne as i may have it for a very long time.