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I'll try to make this short. I had mild acne about a year ago. I started using an astringent w/ SA. It cleared my skin completely for a few weeks. I started breaking out worse after that. I assumed it was stress. So I continued using the astringent once or twice daily for about 7 months. I finally realized that it was making my skin worse. So I stopped using it. I think the drying out of my skin made it produce more oil??
About a week later I started using the Neutrogena BP wash w/3.7% BP. After about 3 days of this, my face was clear except for my forehead. It was COVERED with about 50 lil tiny whitehead type bumps. They are very visible right after a shower, but if I wait an hour, you can hardly see them unless in direct light.
I quit using the BP wash. I only used very mild cleanser by Dove after that. About 3 months later (when those bumps were still popping up everyday all over my forehead!!!), I started using Dan's regimen (mild cleanser, BP 2.5% gel, and moisturizer twice a day). It COMPLETELY cleared these bumps for about 2 weeks. They've slowly but surely come back though (but not as much it seems). The BP gel and moisturizer seem to pronounce the ones that I have now making them more visible.

My question: Did something in the astringent completely screw up my skin permenantly? Did the SA over-exfoliate my skin leaving it very sensative? Will this just take time to get back to normal? Is that possible? Or is this something besides acne? Anyone have any suggestions? I'm getting tired of seeing my forehead covered w/tiny red bumps.

Oh yeh, I've been using the BP gel regimen for about 2 months.

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