First off, a little history about me and my awesome acne: I had the clearest, and I mean the clearest skin in school. Girls used to come touch my face because it was so smooth! I never even thought about acne unless I saw an advert (yes, I'm from England), and when I finally got my first pimple at 15 I was excited because I felt grown up and wasn't left out (INSANE right?). Anyway, out of no where I got all these red spots on my forehead at 16 about a month into college, which was crazy for me. Looking back, I used to have a terrrrrible diet; it consisted of chocolated, sweets and energy drinks everyday! I'm miles better now, as I'm a qualified Nutritionist so my diet is pretty good, plus I hit the gym 4/5 times a week, so I'm farrr healthier. I found the biggest change was when at 18 I started drinking 2 litres of water a day, which cleared me up loads, though my acne was still really bad. I only got the courage to see a doctor in April 2012, when I was 20, and I've tried Retin-A, Differin, Duac, Zineryt, Erthryomycin and Tertralycine in that time (the latter of which I am allergic to). The only thing that worked was Zineryt and that stopped working after a month. I was just about to be prescribed Accutane when I decided to give the regimen a go as I have known about it for years and for whatever reason never tried it. I went to see my GP and he said my skin looked almost clear and asked what I was doing and I told him and he said wow, well if it doesn't work we will try Accutane, something I have been waiting for a whole year to try, but I said I would give this a good shot and see how it goes, as I am DESPERATE to be clear by the winter so I can go travelling. Acne sucks the life out of me, and has ruined my life and confidence to the point I've turned down jobs because I couldn't even go to the interview! Anyway....
Just gonna use this for a track of my progress as I thought I was further in than I was (approaching my 4th and I thought it had been more like 6!) and also would be nice to read back when I'm hopefully clear.
Anyway, what I am using is: Cetaphil Face Wash, Dan's BP and Derma Care for very dry skin moisturiser I got from Boots (this was recommended to me by a A.org user when I started).
My acne goes from mild to moderate. I get a lot of spots in the t-zone, on my nose, around it, my chin and mouth area, above my lip, forehead occasionally breaks out (used to be horrendous), and my left cheek too on which I've had a big red mark the size of a golf ball for years now because of the constant break outs in that area and the fact I used to pick at the scabs when i was about 17 (my acne used to be realllllly bad, like the only clear area was my right cheek. Gross.
Week 1 was fine, I didn't get much irritation. Because I lost track of progress, I thought it was on week 3 when i was starting week two, and I upped to a full finger length. Since then I've had severe flaking and dyness. My brother even said to me the other day after the movies "Dude, what's wrong with your face?".. I blamed the salted popcorn and he bought it haha!
At the moment I'm pretty clear, I've even experimented drinking caffeine which allllways breaks me out badly and I just had a pimple or two afterwards. I'm going to Barcelona on my own to party for 5 days in preparation of travelling Asia in November for a few months (I want to learn how to turn up at a hostel, meet new people etc), but anyway I reallllly want to be clear by then to give me confidence. My acne has partly ruined several holidays since it started when I was 16.
Week 2: upped the dosage way too much too quickly and my skin is the dryest it has ever been. I've never experienced dryness and flaking before, so this was a real shock, and is almost as bad as acne. I'm smothering my face in moisturiser and it still is verrrry dry! I'm still contemplating whether Jojoba Oil breaks me out after 6 months of us, so I'm weary of using it and it doesn't seem to help much anyway.
Week 3: I'm about mid way through week 3 at the moment, and the dryness and flakiness is getting worse. Every morning my forehead is horrendously dry, despite me smothering moisturiser on whenever I can (I even apply it on my breaks at work now!)
I took a day off from the BP to see if it settled down and I think it has just got worse, so I assume BP keeps working days after you apply it? I'm going to go down to half a finger length to control the dryness, and slowly work my way back up to full finger length. Acne wise, I'm pretty clear, but my left cheek is still red and I'm very insecure about it. Not sure if it's just scarring or acne to be honest. Hope it fades, though i have been for 2 years!
Hard to enjoy my acne free face at the moment because of all the dryness and slight redness. Also have noticed I actually have scars which is pretty cool because I have never noticed before so means I am getting clear
Sorry for the rubbish grammar, I typed it all in a rush plus I'm quite dehydrated at the moment. Gonna go drink some water and apply more moisturiser