So...a little history of Ashley's skin trials and errors:
Began getting mild acne age 13-16
very mild but bothersome and constant. Never really followed any regimen.
Age 17...moderate acne...began using pro active and hated it. Skin continues to worsen, i take my first trip to the derm and get prescribed doxycycline which clears up my skin in 2 months...until i decide to stop taking the medicine and my acne returns!
18-20 moderate acne...sometimes clearer than others, but constant.
20...began Daniel Kern's regimen with success. THis cleared me up big time, i still got occasional pimples, but nothing like before. At age 23 I decided i was sick of the whole thing and stopped the regimen...began using other products with no acne fighting ingredients...fast forward 6 months later and I have full blown cystic acne all over my face! I had never experienced this kind of acne, it killed my self esteem and caused me major depression. I went back to the derm and was prescribed minocycline and epiduo...did nothing. Began accutane...clear in a few months! I was overjoyed it felt like I had a new life, one in which every thought didn't revolve around my skin.
Just 1 year later...acne is back. Not terrible, but mild. I'm pissed, wasn't accutane a CURE!
So its back on dans regimen...which worked pretty good...better than anything else at least.
Then at 25 i begin using mary kay products...which do not agree with my skin at all...and i'm breaking out again constantly. Its back to dans regimen...which isn't really working...so i go vegan and try all kinds of supplements and diet/lifestyle changes....I'm pretty clear within 3 months but once i let go for the holidays my acne is back and constant within a month.
So now...I'm fed up. I wanna give this crap a swift kick in the rear and tell it to high tail it outta my life!
I was always interested in Paula's Choice Products and love reading her advice. So I decided to order her Clear Extra strength line last Friday it came in the mail. And wow...i got overly excited and totally burnt/dried out my face! Took me 3 days to recover.
I think the 5% BP is WAYYY to strong for me. So i think i'm going to try the 2.5% bp along with the extra strength bha and i started using cerave facial moisturizer PM. So, this is my new regimen morning and night for the next few weeks to see what happens. I am interested in only using the bha in the mornings and adding some aha in at night instead...but just wanna see what happens on this for a moment.
I am begining to take some supplements: Vitamin D, Zinc, Vitamin A, Multi daily
Looking into adding B5 and fish oil.
So...been on this regimen about 2 days...so will update in a few more days.
Have a great weekend everyone!