Struggled with acne for 7 years
Dry skin with severe whitemarks/ clogged pores filled with sebum.
Moderate acne to go along with it.
Appairs mostly on my cheeks and forehead.
Cysts on jawline.
Summer is bad. Winter is hell
## My past
Finacea Gel (Azelaic Acid)
Tetracycline (Anti biotic)
Oxytetracycline (Anti biotic)
## What helps?
- A good cleanser
- Lie down for a nap whenever I feel face is starting to become aggrivated.
- Lots of sleep. 9+ hours everyday.
- Staying away from achohol. It dehydrates my skin to shit which leads to major breakout.
- Tan. Yes, TAN, and lots of it. I've been tanning atleast 2 times a week for about 5-6 years now. I know it damages the skin a whole lot, which is not good. However, in my case it keeps my face under control. I know what you are thinking, maybe this is the reasoning behind my acne? I put this to the test by not tanning for 6 months, and guess what. Major trainwreck. What do you guys think?
Doctor gave me Retin-A and I've been on it for one week. Now, besides from not being able to tan, my face has broke out horribly. First couple of days were okay, besides from the insane dryness and flaking. Now, one week later, I'm at the point where I am not leaving the house, period. My acne spots also seems a lot more red than it used to. Is this a good sign? Anyways, its depressing. It makes me want to close my eyes and never wake up again. Know the feeling?
What I need you guys to do for me right now is to be totally honest. I know theres a lot of topics on this already, but I'm done spending all day looking for answers on others threads. Do you think this will help me at all? Like, I read alot of these posts and all seem to end up on accutane anyway, so whats the point. I'm so f**** up right now, looking in the mirror and I cannot go on like this, 3, 4 months for results based upon what people are saying. Even one more week of this would result in skipping lectures everyday, and not going out the door. Is there any thing else I should do maybe? I really wanna dump the acid right now and go straight for the tan, but damn. This is what I've been doing all years, and look where it got me. Right? Did you use Retin-A? Did you purge from it? If so, how long did it last? Please share your experience. In fact, any answer at all would be awesomely appreciated.
(PS: I've read LabGirl's post)
Edited by ftw, 03 February 2012 - 09:43 PM.