Just an update...
Back in April, I got a severe sunburn, which killed all the acne on my back and chest and hid the red spots perfectly. Then, the sunburn caused me to break out in little spots all over, and my difficulties began anew.
I hemmed and hawed and tried things and stopped trying and all that. I bought a bottle of AmLactin (12% lactic acid lotion) and gave it a try.
I've been using it religiously every single day after I take a shower. I wash with Dove Cool Moisture bar soap and my hands - no gimmicks, just wash and rinse. After I dry off, I put one pump of AmLactin all over my back, and a half pump on my chest and shoulders. I massage it in and get dressed after I let it dry for a minute or two. It never really dries, but I let it soak in a bit.
The little bumps are almost all gone, and I haven't gotten any cysts since I started. It's been about three weeks. I think in another month or so, I'll be all clear. I'm on my period right now, and although I got the usual one or two little tiny zits on my face, I got nothing on my body. Hallelujah.
I don't know if it's the soap or the lotion. I guess I could always stop using one to see, but I don't want to.
Gentle cleansing and consistent treatment is key (as Dan and many dermatologists have pointed out in the past).
Don't give up folks! I'll post again soon to keep my progress going.