If you're curious about my acne history, the beginnings of it are posted here: My Acne History
Since then, my acne journey has been documented in the rest of my previous blog, My combination therapy blog!. Here's a summary of what happened throughout my blog.
July 2010: Leaving off from the end of "My Acne History", I started with new dermatologist who put me on the following treatments: Doryx (doxycycline), Retin-A Micro 0.04% (tretinoin), and Clindamycin Phosphate Lotion (1%) and a 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cleanser. After a week my acne didn't improve much, and my skin became very sensitive, especially to the benzoyl peroxide wash. I quit using the BP wash. Within a month though, my skin cleared up to 90%. Two months later, my skin reverted back to acne everywhere due to stress.
October 2010: My acne worsened because I was off doxycycline for a month, and I began to only spot treat with Retin-A because it was flaking my face off. From November 2010 to January 2011 I used Retin-A and Doxycycline on and off because it wasn't improving my skin. In January I moved to London.
February 2011: I quit using my dermatologists' regimen and decided to go all natural and focus on healing my damaged, dry, flaking, and sensitive skin - all due to Retin-A. I used Apple Cider Vinegar, Olive Oil, and sensitive skin care, as well as detoxing my body by eating mostly vegan and lots and lots of fruit. While it helped fix my dry damaged skin, the acne came back full rage.
March - July 2011: Somewhere in this time I switched over entirely to Neutrogena's Visibly Clear Line (available only in the UK), whose products were marketed as acne fighting but gentle on sensitive skin, but some products were drying for me. At this time, my skin wasn't bad, but my skin wasn't good either. It was still red and irritated. I moved back to the US in late June.
August 2011: I found US equivalents to Neutrogena's Visibly Clear line in the Acne Free Stress Control line and started using it. My complexion improved overall - less red - but I had a lot of little under-the-skin kind of acne all over my face. Later this month I discovered that I lost my sensitivity to benzoyl peroxide. This marked my transition into the Daniel Kern Regimen. I started using La Roche Posay's Effaclar Duo, with 5.5% benzoyl peroxide. My under the skin acne bumps diminished dramatically.
August - September 2011: I started incorporating hydrating moisturizers and argan oil into my routine because BP was drying out my skin. I also started using AHA to help exfoliate the dry skin that BP left behind.
In October 2011, after a month of incorporating products mentioned above, my skin was finally clear and non-irritated. No under the skin bumps either!
January 2012: I made a post that changed up some products - I stuck to the BP and the AHA, but changed my cleanser to a gentler cleanser, and switched my gentle scrub to a more grainy scrub. However, my skin had remained pretty clear since October.
March 2012: Now! My skincare regimen is still pretty much the same as it was in January, and currently my skin isn't in the best condition because of stress, but it now has a bright, luminous, healthy quality to it that it didn't use to have when my skin was dry and flaking a year ago. My complextion has improved a lot - my redness is mostly gone. I have NO acne on my face. NONE. But I still have a few reddish fading acne scars from cystic acne from months ago. My skin is well exfoliated, and soft to touch (but I try not to!). I'm pretty thrilled about this - I've been able to go out more frequently without makeup.
And that's pretty much it! If you want to hear more about my acne journey to clear skin in detail, check out my previous blog.