Ok - remembered to update like I said I would Day 160! A bit over 5 months. (I will have been using the regimen 6 months at the end of December)
I could have waited for my skin to look better before posting, but reality is that I do still regularly breakout using the regimen - and at the moment that's what's happening. So may as well show how the regimen has honestly worked for me. Keep in mind, the photos aren't showing it exactly as my skin looks in person (it's actually looking better in the pics) but the breakout now is a little worse than in the photos. But for the most part, my cheeks and forehead stay clear and I nearly always have a few small breakouts near my mouth or chin or jaw though. When they're small it doesn't bother me that much, though of course I'd rather they weren't there!
Having said that, my skin is still SO much better than before I started the regimen, and for that I am so grateful! I really forget that way too easily, so it always surprises me how much improvement my skin has made since before the regimen! I also think a lot of the PIH I have is fading from my cheeks. I know I probably would have better results with acne if I could manage to use the full regimen twice a day but I really can't handle the dryness and flakes that come with that. I'm flat out handling the dryness once a day application still causes me! If I have time to spare in coming months, where I don't have to be out in public all day everyday (which is unlikely) I would probably try to work up to twice a day applications again - but for now I can't handle going through that adjustment process again.
For now, I will be sticking with BP / the regimen. Probably wont be using AHA much though as it seems to cause me more harm than good unfortunately.
Ideally though, I would like to stop the regimen eventually and try SGA (sebaceous gland ablation) treatment. I think I mentioned that in this thread many posts ago. It's where the sebaceous gland is destroyed so effectively you can't get acne from that gland again. Of course, I want to learn more about it first as it is a relatively new and un-researched treatment as far as I know... and I wouldn't be able to try it for a year or two anyway.
This link takes you to my last post with update photos from the end of my sixth week on the regimen
And the photos I took yesterday morning (7th December) I have added to my gallery. For some reason it won't let me attach them here. (Also, I promise I'm not actually as sullen a person as I look in all these photos haha) http://www.acne.org/...080838-640x480/
Having my skin improve so much, even without it being totally clear and even with regular breakouts (definitely only mild these days though!) has really helped me start to feel more confident and better about myself.
I'm hoping these current active spots die away and the dryness is manageable for Tuesday as I have my graduation from my undergrad / bachelors degree then!
Anyway, thanks to everyone here who has put up with my lengthy, and probably too frequent, updates and for the help and support you've given me I hope things continue well and continue to improve for you all