I have had acne since I was an adolescent, and I am 23 now. I am excited about this site because of the positive reviews and a great interactive design. My acne I guess you could say is mild at the moment, and has fluctuated since it began around 10 years ago. I went to dermatologists, I went on differn, tetracyclin, proactive, accutane, you name it.
Nothing has ever really worked.
Now, I'm trying this regimen. It has been four weeks, and I haven't seen much of an improvement. I bought on-the-spot for BP, cetaphil for lotion, shave with one of the razors suggested in the regimen, and cleanser is the clean & clear that is also recommended on the regimen. I've just ordered the official acne.org products to try instead. My results haven't been much. It is still red/inflamed around my mouth and breakouts occur.
I have kind of grown used to my acne. It is primarily around my mouth. My cheeks, neck, forehead, everywhere else is perfectly clear. I just have these spots and breakouts. I've handled it until this point I feel confident when I talk to people, I have girlfriends, I go to the gym, etc.
It is just always there. And it is embarrassing.
Sorry for the long intro, here are my questions.
Every time I shave, it irritates my face. I shave with the cleanser as my shaving cream, and I can't stand how it looks when I'm done. It is always red and inflamed. Any one have extra tips for shaving because every time I do it it reminds me how broken out my chin/mouth is and it feels like I'm taking steps backward from the regimen. I try to shave gently and don't go over pimples too much or anything like that.
I sleep with a fresh towel over my pillow every night and put it in the hamper each morning. Does anyone else do this and have you had any positive results? It feels like its helping since I don't wash my pillowcase every single day and with the towel over it I'm not laying in the same oils that might have collected over night.
Moisturizing seems to have the same effect as shaving. It makes the spots obvious and red. I prefer to have it slightly dry and kind of falling-offish instead. I know I should moisturize but I just can't stand the way my face looks greasy. Suggestions?
This sucks. I can't explain it any other way. Its always there and its always embarrassing. I really want this regimen to work and am really trying to be patient. I just want it gone and I haven't seen much improvement in these first four weeks. Hopefully trying the official acne.org materials will improve it.
Edited by AWing, 22 October 2011 - 08:26 PM.