Hey guys. So...I just realized that the reason my acne flares up in the winter is because of dryness. I'm completely clear in the summer!
Which made me realize...that I might have gotten the acne on my cheek because of the Regimen. It was my first winter using the regimen when I got the "hormonal" acne on my cheeks. It subsided in the spring apparently because of tazorac but resurged again the next winter. And the next winter. And then again this winter. This winter, I decided to stop drying my skin out and cut back on topicals. Lo and behold, my skin is as clear as during the summer.
I need topicals...in the summer.
I need BPO...for my forehead.
But my cheek acne? I'm now convinced It's almost entirely an artifact of dryness. Becuase, my acne would get worse in the winter. I would add in more topicals and be more aggressive with the treatment. It was a vicious cycle. I'll update in a month to let you know if this policy is still holding true for me. See my signature to see what i'm doing. still using topicals but only every other day. And even then, sparingly. NOT when my skin feels dry or itchy.
Something to consider if your acne flares up in the winter.... say that the regimen was working in the summer but come winter, you find yourself dry, itchy, and breaking out more often. Something to take into account.