It all started a couple of months ago when I got a weird rash on my forehead. It started with a burning feeling in one spot. Then the spot turned into a bump. I went to the derm and he said it was a pimple, although he noticed that my eyebrows were strangely flaky. The rash progressed and, eventually, in about 2 weeks, covered my entire forehead. It was turning red and burning hurting. Not itching. Burning. I thought it might be eczema so I went to see a TCM practitioner to avoid meds. She said it was eczema and toxicity in my liver. I also had one zit on my cheek and I occasionally got a zit or two (I'm 34). We began a cleanse and I completely changed my diet (way more veggies and fiber).
Well, the cleanse destroyed my face. Within 2 hours of taking her herbs, my face had broken out with 50 zits! I was bedridden for days just from depression. And, the rash on my forehead was not going away. Went to see my GP since I couldn't get in to see my derm for over a month. She gave me hydrocortisone for the rash. Saw her again 3 days later with no change and she wanted me to see a derm. I wasn't waiting a month so, I found one on my own that afternoon. He gave me erythromicin (because I'm allergic to penicillin) thinking it was an infection. The rash was gone within 2 weeks on erythromicin. The rest of my face was starting to get better but it didn't seem to be because of the erythromicin.
Derm gave me some Fucidin H cream to take care of the rest. Needless to say, it didn't take care of anything. I was left with zits on either side of my jaw and tiny little dots on the rest of my face that were skin coloured but you could see them if you shone a light on them from the side.
That's when I found acne.org. I started Dan's Regimen 12 days ago. Within the first 2 days, it got rid of 80% of all the tiny skin coloured spots. Now I'm left with jawline acne that doesn't want to go away. I get rid of one spot - another one comes up. And, they're cystic, so they hurt. They seem to pop out of nowhere and take forever to go away.
At first, I could only apply BP once a day. It made my face really red and itchy. By day 8, the skin around my jawline was so dry, it cracked and I looked like I had carpet burn on my face. I applied aloe vera and stopped the regimen until I could get it better. I've been back on the regimen for 3 days now and I'm able to apply more BP. Hopefully, this will help because, frankly, this morning, I was ready to give up. To help with the dryness, I'm applying Reversa 8% Glycolic. At first, I thought, won't acid make my skin more dry? Thanks to people's posts, I tried it. It's been a godsend. It's the only thing that moisturizes.
I've made an appointment with my gp for the 7th to go back on BC (just in case I see no improvement by then). Apparently, if this jawline acne thing is hormonal, it's either BC or more antibiotics and I'd rather take the BC.
Anyway, I thought I'd post (and more often now to avoid giant, long posts such as these) because I've found people's posts so helpful and, maybe, I can help someone else.
Wash with SpectroJel
Apply PanOxyl Aqueous Gel 2.5%
Apply ProActiv Oil Free Moisturizer
Apply Reversa 8% on pimples and really dry skin