I guess that four months was the charm for me. I've been clear for about a week. It feels so good. I can wake up in the morning and go to the gym without worrying about putting makeup on. I can get out of the shower and not have to hide my face underneath a hoodie. I feel so free and I hope it continues.
I thank God that I went to the dermatologist and what she recommended worked. I am glad that I persevered and kept treating my acne for the past four months instead of giving up when I didn't see instant results.
Here's my regimen and I hope that maybe someone reading this can get the same results I did:
Morning: My dermatologist recommended CeraVe foaming facial cleanser. I used it for about 3 months but realized it made my skin too dry, so I switched to Purity facial cleanser by Philosophy. It doesn't irritate my skin at all and it removes all makeup at night.
Then I apply a pea sized drop of Acanya gel and spread it around my face. Sometimes I put sunscreen on after, but only depending on the weather
Makeup: The switch to Bare Minerals made a HUGE difference! I used to get tiny grain like bumps all over but once I switched makeup brands, it cleared up. Don't use drug store mineral makeup! I know it's cheaper, but it was the culprit for me.
Evening: Again, I wash my face with the Purity facial cleanser. I pat my face dry and then apply Atralin, as prescribed to me. I've been messing around with different moisturizers but my current favorite is the one put out by Bare Escentuals. It's really light and you don't need too much.