I'm a 21 year old female from the UK. This is my first time on Acne.org and I'm a little lost, so hopefully someone will be able to guide me. I feel like I'm finally out of the closet, I don't talk about this to anyone - appart from my nurse at my clinic
Let's start from the beginning, so that someone can help me:
About two years ago I started to get mild hormonal breakouts on my jawline, to the right hand side. I'm talking three or four pimples, which isn't very much but as I'd had blemish free skin previously it made me think that something wasn't quite right. I was on birth control at the time, but was never able to take it properly - I sometimes missed pills, which I'm sure didn't help.
Fast forward to eight months ago: I noticed my skin was even worse. Whole breakouts now from my jaw, now spread onto my chin too. I went to the nurse, they put me on new birth control, "skin friendly" birth control which apparently has had success clearing hormonal breakouts in women. I took it for a couple of months (missing a few as always, I don't mean it - I'm just one of those disorganized/busy people) but never really noticed a difference. I was supposed to go back to the nurse and get more but I could never get the time off work or college to make an appointment. So I came off the pill altogether.
Fast forward to today: Now the whole of my chin, jawline and bottom half of my face is covered in moderate acne. I get white heads and puss filled spots - which hurt really bad. I've tried benzyol peroxide and cleansing (not for long) but I actually have dry skin, so I was always really scared to make it worse. Can someone answer me this: How come someone with dry skin get acne? Sorry if that's silly. I've tried doing nothing, leaving them alone - no makeup, no cleansing. Just moisturizng, which can help with the redness/anger of the spots but doesn't clear them up. I stopped wearing makeup on the ares I had acne, the bottom half of my face, which was hard because I love cosmetics. I cleansed this area and moisturized, which helped a little but not very much.
I went to the nurse again yesterday and they put me back on birth control . I've decided I'm going to be 100% fully commited to this - I've set an alarm on my phone so that I remember to take it every single day. I'd just like some advice on how long it will take for the pills to help, if they will help at all.
And also as the title says; judging by what I've said above about my skin, is the Acne.org regimen for me?
Photo's taken without make-up were taken today.
Edited by PleaseMakeMePrettyAgain, 23 June 2012 - 01:03 AM.