I have been posting my progress on the forum but have decided to move it all to a blog instead.
I started getting acne about three years ago. I went to Australia (frickin awesome!) gained 3 stone due to over indulgence and general happiness. Returned to the UK and lost 3 stone in three months due to training for three peaks challenge and quitting the beer (I miss you beer!)
My formally clear skin went insane! I had cyctic nodules and a lot of red angry spots, mainly around my mouth but also spread to my cheeks. I wish I had some photos of it at its worst but I was so depressed that I stopped appearing in photos... I'm sure everyone here will know how it feels to look in the mirror and feel so exhausted from fighting this persistent b@stard that you have to swallow back tears and look away...
I have learnt my lesson RE squeezing spots. I'm NEVER going to squeeze another. Spots go in a week, scars last for years.
Things I have tried:
Drinking over 6 pints of water a day (seems to work but I am forever needing a wee)
Eating a gazillion fruit and veg
Taking supplements - zinc, evening primrose oil, sea kelp, skin hair and nails, vitamin B5 (these are mega expensive and I'm not sure if they actually work)
Taking oxytetracycline - I hear these stain your teeth
Using Duac BP Gel - This majorly thinned the skin around my mouth and caused me to have deep lines. I'm 22. damn you duac!
Paracetamol Face Mask - pretty good exfoliator
Egg White Face Mask - Made me smell like an egg and my housemates thought I was weird
Washing my sheets twice a week.
Clean & Clear Gel
Tea Tree Foam Face Wash
Tea Tree Cream
Bio Oil - Why did I pay so much money to get more spots?
Sudacrem - this worked REALLY well getting rid of old acne scars
NONE of the above worked at getting rid of my acne.
Currently I am on Yasmin which is mainly beause I didn't get on with IUD and needed different birth control. I can't see it doing much to my skin and it has made my boobs enormous and I am ravenously hungry.
OK so back to Clinique Anti Blemish 3-Step System
I went to the Debenhams, the lady was wearing a lab coat which I found quite funny. She talked me through the science of why people get spots (kinda preaching the the choir buddy). Talked me through the 3-Step system and also sold me on a fourth which is a topical gel similar to Clean & Clear 4 Hour Gel apart from it doesn't explode every time you take the top off.
Paid Â£55 (ish) for the 4 steps. Used as soon as I got home. I currently have 5 large red spots around my mouth, a cyctic nodule on my chin and several more small red bumps getting themselves ready.