I have gotten so fed up with my chin and jaw acne. I am trying a new approach, and will tweak it as needed in the coming weeks/months. Right now, most of the stuff I'm trying are relatively new. This is my log that I hope will eventually help others in my situation.
Female, ~110 lb and 5'3". No other major health problems besides acne. *Edit: Ok, I forgot that I have cholinergic urticaria (heat induced hives) after taking a shower--see a few posts down* I have had moderate acne since I hit puberty. I am now 28. I would get cystic acne all over my face, but starting about 6 months ago my acne has shifted to my chin and jaw. It's still cystic acne, but just condensed around my chin. All of my acne leaves horrible dark marks that last for months.
At a "good" time of the month, I have 0-2 cystic pimples. At THAT time of the month, I have had up to 8 cystic pimples.
Oily, large pores, acne causes hyperpigmentation, moderate cystic acne
My previous routine:
ProActiv's 3 step system, tea tree oil on spots. Tried to stay away from sugar, dairy, nuts, gluten, but not extremely strict about it. No supplements. This was working somewhat, but wasn't getting rid of or preventing my monthly flareups!
My current routine:
AM and PM: Wash face w/ ProActiv cleanser, apply Merle Norman's AHA lotion (This has done a lot to clear my forehead/cheek acne! amazing!), spot treat with tea tree oil. I have had this AM/PM routine for about 1 month. Every now and then I'll do an aspirin mask. At night only, I will remove makeup with coconut oil (I LOVE how this works!! )
Makeup: spot concealer with Revlon Color Stay, ProActiv all over face powder, light touch of Revlon ColorStay foundation on forehead and cheeks, sometimes everyday minerals foundation. *Edit: Now I am just using Everyday Minerals, and I LOVE it!
Daily Supplements: Probiotic L. bacillus supplement, 1/4 cup Rejuvelac drink, 1 tbsp Coconut oil supplement, 1 clove raw garlic, Pau D'Arco tea, Vitamin C whole food supplement, Magnesium Citrate supplement *Edit: Since starting the elimination diet (see a few posts down), I have only been taking probiotics, raw garlic and coconut oil*
Diet: The only oil I am cooking with is coconut oil. No dairy, wheat, processed sugar, bad fats, nuts. Plenty of water, lemon, garlic. Celtic sea salt, no other spices. Oysters, liver, low temperature cooking. *Edit: Now I am doing an elimination diet. No oysters, liver, shellfish, citrus, etc. See a few posts down* Sometimes I will have EVOO. No bad fats/oils.
Sleep: I get at least 9 hours of sleep each night.
Edited by natural_path, 29 March 2010 - 06:38 PM.