I started to break out when I was 18.
I have always had oily skin, and I would get 1 or 2 pimples once a month. It didn't bother me much. Then I discovered make-up, I had learned to use concealer on the dark marks from my pimples. The problem was I didn't learn to clean my face each night, sometimes I missed off entirely.
I broke out fabulously--really red, angry, cystic acne all over my face. My whole face hurt so much all the time, and no amount of make-up could hide the redness. I have all types of scars, physical and emotional. My self-confidence seriously took a beating--something I am only getting back one day at a time. I can feel for everyone who's suffered and continues to suffer because of acne.
I have used a lot of products, I have gone to dermatologists, everything. I have used Proactiv, I have had cortisone shots (I am afraid of needles--but I withstood it as desperate as I was), Retin - A, Clearasil, St Ives blemish scrubs, Roaccutane, hydrogen peroxide, magic creams, lactic acid, etc.
Some worked, temporarily, but not completely. My skin would usually respond first few days, and then poof--nothing.
I have read Dan's regimen before -- but I haven't really followed it to the letter. I'd put the BP but not moisturize (!!!), I figured, why add oil when the purpose is to dry the pimples, yeah? So I irritated my face, stopped the treatment and tried to chase another rainbow.
But I am starting over, what else have I got to lose?