I've had acne since I was in about 8-9 grade (I am now in 11). I now have moderate-severe acne. Tried SA (didn't work and sometimes dried my skin), BP (worked a little, but not worth the dryness, Epiduo (worked a little, not worth dryness), Baking Soda (didn't work, dried me out)
I just quit the Epiduo a few weeks ago after two months of trying. It was painful, dried me out, and wasn't worth the minimal results I saw. Coincidentally, around the time I quit Epiduo I was trying to quit my coffee addiction and slowly replaced it with black tea, then green tea. About two weeks into the green tea only routine, I noticed my skin clearing up. I thought maybe it was just a coincidence, so I did a quick google search and learned about green tea's anti-inflammatory/anti-bacterial/androgen regulating properties. Then I searched this site for reviews and was surprised by how many other people had used it an it worked. I decided to start using it topically.
Brew & drink 2 cups tea
Wash face with CeraVe hydrating cleanser
Apply bags to face and let dry
Apply sunscreen, moisturizer, and makeup
Drink 2 cups tea after lunch, saving the last sip or two in a tiny jar I keep in my bathroom
Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice into leftover tea and apply as toner
So far this has cleared my acne tremendously (2 weeks of taking it internally only, 1 applying it externally & internally). Now I only have 1 cyst, 2 under-the-skin spots, 2 teeny tiny pimples that are more like bumps than pimples, and two zits that were big and just wouldn't go away, but finally seem like they're about to disappear.
I've been thinking of adding tea tree oil to the nightly routine, but worried it may be too drying. Also interested in urine therapy, but too chicken to try it. Maybe if this routine doesn't end up working out
I'm a vegetarian and have been interested in going vegan if it weren't for my addiction to cheese. So far I've been cutting out eggs and any product with milk other than cheese or yogurt. Those two are gonna hurt to give up.
Edited by cerulean, 12 August 2012 - 09:04 PM.