A little background;
I've experienced acne since middle school. Always had it, can't really remember a time I've ever really been acne-free.
Currently at university, second year. Acne got troublesome over the summer, and just about a month ago it's gotten to a point where it's the worst its ever been in my life.
Until about a week ago I was showering twice a day (morning and night), using spectro-gel twice a day, and applying milk of magnesia at night.
This past week I got fed up. Started a caveman regimen, washing with cold water occasionally so as to not disrupt the acid mantle, and eating a relatively paleo diet (no dairy whatsoever, lots of veggies, white meats a lot of the time). I've been a drinking massive amount of water every day, and shower once every few days. When I shower, I'm very strict about letting only cold water touch my face.
About a week in, my acne has gotten progressively worse. Yesterday I had to attend a social and couldn't fucking take the number of whiteheads I was sporting, so I caved (unfortunately) and popped a few with two q-tips, drained, then applied polysporin for a couple hours. I know this was a mistake, but I literally couldn't deal. I had a cold shower afterwards.
Wondering if I should continue with this regimen in hopes of positive results? Honestly, my acne was better before starting this, and even then it was bad. I understand people say ride it out, but its so very hard going to classes every day looking like shit. It's taking a massive toll on me; venting here helps. My biggest worry is that the acne will worsen over time, myself not seeing any positive results.
Probably one of the only good things so far is I've been popping so little; probably the least I ever have in my life. But the whiteheads and redness persist, with new acne showing up everyday.
So I guess I'm looking for any advice, and will as well log my process in this thread.
Again, any input, encouragement or questions appreciated.
tl;dr: Acne bad, started caveman, acne getting worse, am distraught.
Edited by clandestine, 11 November 2012 - 12:03 AM.