This is the beginning of my clear skin road. ( I have dry-normal skin)
I got off of birth control in August/September of 2013, for personal reasons. Before birth control, I never suffered from cystic acne, and I never had more than 4 or 5 isolated pimples at one time. While I was on birth control, I had clear, glowing skin, with the occasional breakout. When I stopped taking birthcontrol, my skin broke out like never before. I had small pimples, whiteheads, and large cystic deep acne around my mouth and chin, and along jaw line and hairline. I also suffered from hyper pigmentation of older acne marks.
I did some research and found that this was normal for up to a year after taking birth control, as our bodies are still polluted with the hormones from the pill. I tried various acne products, but nothing was strong enough. My acne never bothered me until December, when I started noticing it progressively getting worse. It was embarrassing and unbearable.
(I was using Proactiv until it ran out and then I switched to the Regimen because Proactiv was too harsh on my skin.)
I saw a lot of improvement from when I began Proactiv. I still had a little bit of redness around my chin and mouth, although it looked more pink and flushed, as opposed to redness and irritaiton. Skin was still dry, but not very flaky. Hyper pigmentation was still an issue, as acne marks were still slow to fade away.
New breakouts were happening with more days in between them. The first two weeks, I'd notice new breakouts almost every day, however, by week four, I noticed new breakouts every 2 to 3 days.
Breakouts were drying out quicker, normally within 2 or 3 days. I was still getting whiteheads around my mouth, chin and jaw line.
Acne marks were smoothing out on my jaw and under my chin.