Ever since then (now 4 months later) my acne on my back and chest has slowly come back. I thought it was a thing of the past, with just the occasional one on my face.. its back now, its there for certain... now i'm trying Tea Tree Oil and it seems to sometimes help but never totally. Now when I get breakouts, its my back and chest that get it.. I'm going through it all in my mind.. What changed?? I'm 24.. I thought i was growing out of it!!
I have a girlfriend (fairly new), and its her that I am most self aware around. She never has said a thing, and I know that she shouldn't care.. but she has none of that shit, so naturally I am self aware around her... I'm going to just tell her straight up and stop trying to hide it.. focus on a good diet, hit the gym some more, give up over washing my body and then just stop worrying about it.
That's it man!. I had never had chest acne until I was seeing some pictures of it and envisioned myself with chest acne. All of a sudden, I started getting tiny bumps on my upper chest. I began to fret about it and would wash them and eventually it turned into mild chest acne! I could not believe it. I figured I had basically psyched myself completely into it and decided to stop thinking about it and stop thinking about it all day.
I also used to get a sort of "tingly" feeling on my face the day before getting a zit. Then, every time I felt a tingly feeling on my face, I associated it with acne and would get that sinking feeling in my stomach. Once again I started breaking out. Now I still get tingly feelings, but I just consider it like an itch and not worry about it.
Don't worry about your girlfriend. I can understand how you may worry that, since she is new, she may not be very close and may care. My girlfriend never cared even when I was at my worst. Now that I am at my best, she still treats me no different.