I am 45 years old, female, and normally have slightly oily skin, with some enlarged pores, that is prone to breakouts, though generally nothing too severe, just a few pimples now and then. I have been using a Clarisonic skin care brush for the past few years and that has helped to keep my skin more balanced and clearer than it has ever been. In the past weeks I have been experiencing ongoing breakouts on my face, neck and upper chest. The breakouts on my face are the most severe, some days with new bumps, some hard and painful, appearing every few hours. Even the skin under my eyes, above my upper lip, and just beneath my eyebrows has been affected. Also on my jawline, which I understand from reading some of the other posts here might be caused by overdrying my skin, though I don't know if that's always true of jawline breakouts. The dermatologist I saw prescribed a face wash called PanOxyl-4 BP 4%, as well as topical antibiotics, something called Duac lotion and another called Clindagel, none of which has helped my breakouts, and while I was using the topical lotions, my skin broke out on my neck and chest too, in red spots some of which are little whiteheads and some that are just red and somewhat itchy. Prior to that, the breakout was just on my face (it started on my forehead in a line of angry red spots and spread to my nose and cheeks over a period of days). The dermatologist I saw also wanted me to take a month's worth of oral antibiotics (tetracycline) but I am reluctant to go down that road without trying something less invasive first. My skin has responded well to sulfur products in the past (I used to use a treatment cream by Shiseido that helped to keep my skin clear, but they stopped making it years ago.) I am interested in trying some of your products, but I am not sure where to start and which would be most appropriate for me at this time. At the moment I have abandoned the PanOxyl and the topical antibiotics, as the first was drying out my skin, and the latter seemed to be doing nothing or making things worse. Now I am using a store-bought hyaluronic hydrating cleanser, which at least is making my skin feel less dry, and applying a topical salicylic acid gel at night. If this is not helping it is not, so far, making anything worse. Also, I have not used my Clarisonic brush since the bad breakouts started for fear of aggravating my skin. I would very much appreciate any advice you have about KAVI products for me at this time. For example, the Coral KAVI bar soap sounds great, but I wonder if it will be too drying? My skin can usually tolerate a bit of dryness, but now the weather has changed and my skin all over my body is feeling dry, and I've noticed that even my hair is dry. Is it possible that when some sebaceous glands go crazy, others shut off? Or is that crazy? This is all driving me a little crazy.
Sorry for the long post, and thank you very much for your help in advance.