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You're very welcome, Jade. The only good thing to come out of my struggle with acne is compassion; I love to help others in this same awful situation so hearing that my advice helped someone is a great feeling.
In reguards to trying the regimen, there's always that chance with any new product that it'll exacerbate the problem, but there's also a chance it'll be the thing that clears it up. You said you're relatively clear now; so glad to hear that! The good news is that there's so many different treatment options out there that if you're not getting the results you want from what you're using, you can try something else and sooner or later something will work. It's just a matter of getting all the information you can about products, how well you think they will work, and weighing the pros and cons of trying them. If you stick with something for at least a couple months that works some but plateaus and you're not at your goal, those are the the best results you're likely to get from that product. Do some research on different products, regimens, etc.
By the way, do you see a dermatologist? If you don't and you're still not getting results after trying a lot of over-the-counter options, you should definitely try to get an appointment with one. A good derm is essential to getting clear for a lot of acne sufferers - they can work miracles! Sometimes topical OTC treatments just aren't enough if the cause isn't purely topical. The vast majority of acne is, to some extent or another, caused by internal issues; whether it be a bacterial issue, allergy, or just plain hormones.
As always, good luck and never give up on what you want.
Hello, Jade. I've never tried the regimen, my skin's been cleared up for a while (otherwise I'd be trying it), but from what I've heard, like the previous posters said, it works for a good amount of people.
You stated you wanted to go into modelling and that your skin was something that was holding you back from it. Don't let it. I modelled for alternative magazines for a few years in college and I've found that a lot of models have skin issues; even the ones who do make-up and skin care campaigns. They're just very well-hidden. It's not a very big deal when it comes to photo modelling because they cover up anything visible with makeup and if something does show through on your film, a lot of companies photo-op the hell out of photos anyway. Runway is a different story, but alas, I was always too short to do runway anyhow. Of course, it'll help you book jobs if your skin is flawless when you get out of bed in the morning but for most women and models alike, it's not.
As you said, this is a great place to be when you're trying to deal with acne. I hope you find this site to be supportive and helpful through your process of getting clear. I wish you the best of luck.
I agree with arqa in terms of diet. Whatever the quality of energy (food) you put into your body is the quality of result you'll get from it. Hormonal birth control is a good option, and actually what I used to clear up my acne. The only problem with it is once you get on it, you can't stop taking it for a good long while. It makes most women's hormones go completely out of whack and their acne gets 10x worse than it was before starting birth control. I know it happened to me and I had to get back on it as soon as possible. Not all birth controls are created equal. What seems to work the best for a lot of women (myself included) is a pill with a fair amount of Ethinyl Estradiol combined with Drospirinone like Yaz, Yasmin, Safyral, or Beyaz. Also, there are just plain male hormone blocking medications out there that have the same effect (minus the contraception, of course) like Spironolactone. For a lot of women, topical medications just aren't enough and medications like these are often the safest, least expensive and most promising.
I feel I should add for good measure that you are definitely not alone in feeling this way as you'll no doubt discover, if you haven't already, on this board. When my acne was at its worst, I was just a couple years older than you, and until it cleared up I stood in front of the mirror every morning, every night, and cried; mourned the loss of my pretty face, because of the monster I saw in my reflection. To the sufferer, a spot the size of a pea looks like Mount Olympus. A vast majority of the people with acne feel this way. I hate that our society brands acne as a stigma- a taboo, that we must be 'dirty.' We're the lepers of the 21st century. It's just plain ignorant and sadly, a lot of acne sufferers internalize that and inflict the most damage upon our own minds, ourselves. There is one good thing that comes from having acne, though. After having it, most of the time people find that they're no longer burdened by shallowness. Once we, ourselves, are inflicted with the shame of hiding our faces behind hair, makeup, and fake smiles, we see people for who they are; not their percevied imperfections.