Hi! I'm really hoping somebody might be able to help me! I've read a few threads and it sounds like people here are very knowledgeable!
I'm 25, and after 6 years of nearly clear skin I wanted to see if I had grown out of my acne and stopped benzoyl peroxide... I was fine for a few months but then had a horrible massive breakout. I'm mostly clear again with bp but both sides of my face are completely covered in red marks.
My GP gave me retin-a (and dianette) at first because I wanted to try something other than bp (hate the bleaching...) but it certainly didn't help in the short term and I think it made things worse... I have read about horrible 'initial breakouts' that last for months and I'm not sure I want to go through that... But I've heard that retin-a is really good for red marks so... I really want it to work!
The other thing I have been trying is glycolic acid. I read it was good for acne marks and active lesions... I bought a 10% moisturiser and I'm planning to try peels too. I think maybe it has helped my marks a bit but I also wonder if it makes me break out a little? Could it do that by the same mechanism as retin-a? Which I understand to be 'bringing' developing comedones to the surface prematurely by removing the top layers of skin?
The other thing I wondered about it bio oil??
My skin is such a mess, I am extremely upset about it. My marks from my teenage breakouts faded long ago and I thought I was done with acne, now I am embarrassed to look anyone in the eye if I'm not wearing makeup. I want to fade my marks, but I don't want to create more marks in the process by making myself break out!
How does this sound as a night-time regimen?
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs
La Roche Posay Effaclar purifying foaming gel cleanser
Duac (5% benzoyl peroxide, 1% clindamycin phosphate)
La Roche Posay Effaclar H soothing compensating moisturiser
10% (moving to 15%) Glycolic acid moisturiser (Bravura London) to areas affected by red marks or to whole face instead of above moisturiser (Wed only)
+30% (moving to 50%) glycolic acid peels on Sundays
In the mornings I use 2.5% bp and spf 20 though... the 2.5% bp has been discontinued so when my tube is finished I will either use 5% bp or the 10% glycolic acid moisturiser??
What do you think?? I don't want to be too aggressive... but I want to be about as agressive as I can be because I really want to sort this out! Sorry this is really long! But I'd be sososo grateful for any comments or suggestions!