So this is the plan I am currently following (the blues are the things my doctor prescribed): AM: Wash face with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser* Apply Benzac AC 2.5% and leave for 30 minutes* Oil-pulling with Sesame Oil (before brushing) for 10-15 minutes Wash Benzac off with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser* Apply Eryacne Gel over affected areas* Put on makeup after 5 mins 1 capsule Doxymed after breakfast* PM Wash face with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser* (sometimes add some sugar as an exfoliant) Apply Eryacne Gel over affected areas* 1 capsule Doxymed after dinner* Also, I have begun trying to drink about 15 glasses of water a day (5 in the morning, 5 in the afternoon, 5 in the evening) I have been on this treatment for 6 days and the white bumps from waxing have disappeared but I have 1 large cystic acne that has been on my face for a couple of days on the right cheek, and a couple that are developing on my left cheek. I am sticking to the programme anyway. I hope the ones on the left don't become cystic! Fingers crossed
OK, a little history: I'm 24 and I've had acne for the past 6 years. I never tried to do anything about it until this year... SEVERITY OF ACNE I have moderate to severe acne I think, but the main problem is really scarring from all previous acne outbursts. I can't help picking at them. They look so horrible when they're cystic that I tend to feel like I'd rather deal with a pigmentation problems than mini mountains on my face. PREVIOUS TREATMENT PLANS Anyway. I've been on a couple of treatment plans so far (chemical ones that doctors prescribed) but I never had the motivation to keep it up and I always considered the peeling/flaking a bad sign so I would stop treating my face. I am on a new plan now with a new doctor and I haven't had any peeling with this so I'm feeling much more motivated to continue. I tried the OCM method for a month and that really helped with my dry skin, but it didn't seem to do much for my acne. The acne still came, but I did find that my scars would peel off easier (but they didn't really decrease because the new acne just created more scars). HAIR REMOVAL Also, I am not sure if this is entirely relevant but I also do laser hair removal on my face and my acne doc says that isn't good because it can irritate my skin. Well. I can't stop that because I have to combat both the hair and the acne, so I'm just going to see how it goes. I waxed my face recently, because my laser doc said there was too much acne to laser my face and she thought lasering it while I had cystic acne would cause folliculitis. So I got my face waxed and as usual, had a bad reaction so little white bumps sprouted over some of the waxed areas. CURRENT TREATMENT PLAN: My new doc whom I saw after my reaction to waxing has put me on a new plan. I saw her last Friday, so it's been nearly a week since I started her plan. She said I should see results in two weeks (at least the little white bumps should go) and once we had the acne under control we would work on the scars.