I have combination skin (I think) and I am a male 18years old.
For my whole life I barely had any acne, even throughout my teen years...(People would always compliment my skin)
I would get a few pimples on my forehead because of my long hair, but that was about it... (My bangs covered it) I used a scrub and cleanser daily and my forehead pimples would easily disappear.
I loved high school because of this. No pimples.
Fast forward to today and I am a complete mess. Here is the story.
I entered college perfectly fine with my face. I was confident and everything was ok. No spots or acne. ( Just a tiny one near my nose)
After a month I started doing what normal college students did. (Partying, studying, eating haha)
At around october, I was at a party and hooked up with a girl. After the party I ended up taking her back to her room, and that's where we kissed for hours and I ended up staying there till morning.
The next morning I woke up, feeling really dirty and oily because I didn't take a shower.... So I got back to my dorm and took a nice shower.
This is where the disaster started.
- I noticed a few pimples forming near my mouth and my upper chin. I thought "no big deal just a few pimples that will go away after a few days. I'll just wash extra well"
After days past, they became a bit inflamed and wouldn't go away. This hurt my self-esteem a bit and I tried to get rid of them in any way.
I changed my diet, and now I eat leaf salads with plenty of other vegetables and fruits. I barely eat chips anymore.
That didn't do anything...
I've read so many articles on how to clear acne. I tried different products, but nothing seemed to work..
After a long time stressing, I realized that I should just accept it and it'll probably go away.
I was wrong.. These few inflamed pimples on my upper chin (under my lip) began to develop symmetrically on my jawline and spread.
This really hurt me ... I began to use mineral powder blemish treatment (which concealed the acne a little and actually helped) but the pimples would not go away.... I kept my normal skin routine of cleansing and exfoliating with a scrub.
I use to be so social the first month of college and made so many friends. Now I just stay inside because i am scared to show my face. My friends always call me but I always make up some excuse.
This bothered me so much, that I told my doctor about it and recently got prescribed epiduo. I have been applying it for about a week now and see little change except a little redness and whiteheads.
By the way : I recently was re-prescribed to Adderall XR. (The same time I picked up the Epiduo) I have ADD so i need this. about a year and half ago I was diagnosed with ADD and took Adderall XR. But I quit because I didn't want to rely on a medication. During the time I took it, I had no acne or didn't develop acne. Will taking it now exacerbate the acne I have at this moment? I really need the medication though because I can't focus at all without it.
Can anyone explain why my past flawless skin is now covered in acne? This is really making me depressed.
I have good hygiene, nutrition is good (I even take fish oil supplements and multivitamin), and I follow a basic skin care routine.
Through research , I am thinking this is hormonal but I am not entirely sure.
Please help.. I am desperate....
Edited by Potluck420, 02 December 2012 - 04:00 PM.