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 tried Proactiv for the first month, but I found that the product was too harsh on my skin, and did not come with a moisturizer. I used CeraVe for a moisturizer with the Proactiv, but I still found a lot of uncomfortable dryness (my chin, mouth, and cheeks are dry and my forehead is normal). So I searched for an alternative, and began using The Regimen.
I had a huge comedone on my nose that I popped, what's left is a huge scar. However, NO NEW BREAKOUTS! Recently, what looks like huge cystic acne bumps seem to form on my chin, however, they shrink and completely disappear the next day.
I can notice that hyper pigmentation from old acne scars is slowing fading away! All breakouts are completely dried out - no new whiteheads. You can still see on my neck where the Benzol-Peroxide has darkened my fair skin, however I feel that over time, it'll return to normal.
Skin is still very very dry and I have flaky patches on my cheeks and around my mouth. However, when my Regimen+ kit arrives this week, I plan to use to jojoba oil to balance out that dryness.
Overall, I am SO PLEASED with the results from The Regimen this week.