Basically, I just want to get all of my current measures that I am taking to become acne free out and written down somewhere.
Backstory: I have had acne for 3 years now. Recently, I have come to notice that it has always gotten worse since when I started getting acne at age 14. If it does "clear up" slightly for a week or so, I breakout again and it comes worse than it was before. I would say that I am at a moderate level of acne stage. I wouldn't call it severe as I don't really get cystic acne. Typically, I have acne that is headless/inflammed. Would that be cystic? I guess I'm not really sure.
Anyway, my scars aren't awful... but I do have long lasting red/dark marks form previous acne and such.
I know that half of it is genetics the other half hormones... most likely... (and stress....so much stress) but I just want to try and lessen the breakouts and make it better.
What topicals I have used:
Clearasil products. Like 6 different ones.
Clean and clear. Same as above
C&C oil erasing wipes
stridex face wipes
Walgreens brand BP
Natures Cure medication/ BP
Burt's Bees Acne wash
Mary Kay Cleanser, Stringent.
Natural things — Strawberries / Tomatoes / Honey / Baking Soda/ Lemon juice / berries — applied to the face.
SO MUCH MORE. I literally can't remember it all. Sadly I have probably spent hundreds of dollars on crap.
My face tends to get accustomed to whatever I use and so it works for the first week or two and then stops preventing new breakouts.
Especially PanOxyl - Worked so well for 3 weeks and I was practically clear...and then it stopped working.
Currently: My acne is mostly in my cheeks (always has been), and has now spread to consistently being on my chin, around my nose, and in my t-zone (between my eyebrows).
As most people, I have become pretty depressed about all of this. I'm not one who really gets lonely, or one who cares about finding relationships or anything... but I still put a lot of emphasis on looks/ my appearance.
Also, I have asked my parents if I can go to a dermatologist and their response was.... you should try proactive..... Really!? Why is proactive going to work when I've tried everything else under the sun to no avail.
oh well whatever.
That ended up being longer than I expected...
I just started a regimen of Clean and Clear acne/acne mark regimen. It has a cleanser, sport treater, night scar removal cream, and moisturizer.
I wash my face once in the morning and once at night. I have pretty much been doing that for 3 years.
I don't usually pop anything. Unless its a really bad head that just asks to be noticed by everyone I see that day...
Sometimes I pop whiteheads.... and I pop white heads and black heads on my nose A LOT. They are hardly noticeable and they don't leave anything behind... scars/bigger pimples/etc.
Currently I have restricted these things from my diet / tried to stay away from them:
Chips. All chips
Most dairy — I have never thought I had a problem with dairy...but it sounds like it doesn't work for so many people that I have started to stop easting it.
Pasta — I love pasta, but just recently I have been refraining from eating it.
Smoothies — The sugar in them tends to break me out
Meat — I've started to be a vegetarian
I eat a lot of:
So many Fruits
so many Vegetables
Nuts / Granola
Water — I pretty much only drink water.... occasionally gatorade/vitamin water.
God... It's turning into an eating disorder isn't it....
Basically I think that the only thing that truly breaks me out is Coffee and Pop (caffeine) That I know for sure does something.... but everything else.... I'm pretty sure I've just scared myself out of eating it.
I may or may not try to keep this updated and regularly post to it.
Any tips/ support/ information/ guidance would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by allyouneedishope, 19 February 2012 - 02:30 PM.