I am 28, female, and have had acne breakouts for about 5 or 6 years now. I actually didn't have acne in college or even as a teenager. I started birth control pills when I was 21 and I think they messed up my hormones. I was on birth control for about 3.5 years and when I stopped taking them, my acne became bad.
Let me define "bad" just in case other people relate. The breakouts form nodules deep under my skin almost overnight and just get bigger and bigger over the course of a week. Rarely will they go away, most times they get huge (sometimes up to 5 mm in diameter) and just last for a whole month. I may have anywhere from 1-5 of these at any one time and they occur all over my face, no area is safe. I always get new breakouts the week before my period but they can happen at any time, too. Often the breakouts will distort my skin so that when they do pop and start healing, I will be left with a dark scar for another month to come. My acne didn't use to be this bad, actually it's gotten worse no matter what I have tried and I think most of the things I have tried are not strong enough and only succeed in irritating my skin rather than fixing the problem. Below is a list of things I have tried:
Getting back on birth control- got even more nodules, horrible!
cutting out caffeine - helped a tiny bit, but still not before my period
tea tree oil topical- helped heal popped breakouts
drinking green tea and using it as an astringent on my face after cleansing (worked a bit but not strong enough)
Proactive- I only used it a few days and stopped because my skin felt so dry and painfully irritated and i had more breakouts. I think their system is too harsh.
cutting out dairy- might have worked, I might try this again but I dont think it's enough
scrubbing with microdermabrasion cream- pretty harsh and after a week of clear skin I got 5 brand new big nodules.
I started The Regimen just yesterday so I am hoping if I follow it exactly and stick with it for a few months that it will help me. I will keep you all posted!
Edited by Sweetsleep, 03 January 2010 - 08:42 AM.