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Possible Reasons For Why My Face Went From Clear To Severe In A Matter Of Months

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I must start off by thanking you for taking your time to write a lengthy post! It helps to give as much information as possible.

It's not terribly unusual to have a slightly later onset of severe acne, kind of like how some girls get their first period at 16 or later. You are, however, in the age range where it is common to have acne and high hormones and extreme hormonal fluctuations. It is possible to "grow out" of acne, but it is harder for those with worse acne to do so since testosterone levels still remain high and P. acnes bacteria may be already resistant to antibiotics.

Are you willing to go to a dermatologist? Have you started scarring yet? Because scarring (other than red marks) can warrant more aggressive treatments that you can't get over the counter.

And yes, proper cleansing is vital. One of the mistakes people often make is overwashing and not knowing what kind of cleansers they need. Many websites advise people to not overwash, but when you start obsessing over acne sometimes you forget that.

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I must start off by thanking you for taking your time to write a lengthy post! It helps to give as much information as possible.

It's not terribly unusual to have a slightly later onset of severe acne, kind of like how some girls get their first period at 16 or later. You are, however, in the age range where it is common to have acne and high hormones and extreme hormonal fluctuations. It is possible to "grow out" of acne, but it is harder for those with worse acne to do so since testosterone levels still remain high and P. acnes bacteria may be already resistant to antibiotics.

Are you willing to go to a dermatologist? Have you started scarring yet? Because scarring (other than red marks) can warrant more aggressive treatments that you can't get over the counter.

And yes, proper cleansing is vital. One of the mistakes people often make is overwashing and not knowing what kind of cleansers they need. Many websites advise people to not overwash, but when you start obsessing over acne sometimes you forget that.

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You're welcome!

For topical treatments, it's best to apply all over your face even when there aren't any pimples to prevent new ones from forming.

If it's of any motivation for you to wash, do it to prevent worse acne and potential icepick and rolling scars. Big enough pimples with bad enough inflammation can damage collagen, especially when you start picking at your skin. Then to get rid of scars, you'd have to drop thousands of dollars on chemical peels and laser resurfacing . . . which is not covered by insurance.

Could you post what products you're using in your regimen, even if you use a product occasionally? I'd like to see the ingredient labels on them.

I hope you get results you're looking for with your improvised regimen. A month may not be enough time to see adequate results, but if it really isn't getting any better and considering how severe your acne looked previously, it'd be best to go to a dermatologist shortly thereafter.

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I second the first response. Great post! You seem to have a very positive attitude which will help you get through this.

First off, you gotta work on the diet. I eat as clean as i can and even though it did not directly help my acne, it has helped my health. For you, a diet change could very well be key.

Cut back/cut out processed foods (anything in a can, box, bag, etc)

Cut out dairy

eat more fruits and vegetables, protein and fats

eat healthier carbs (sweet potatoes, brown rice, turnips, yam, etc)

Since your acne seems to be scarring, i recommend you go see someone if you have insurance. It really sucks to have to deal with marks once acne has gone away and it can be REALLY expensive to treat.

A derm will better be able to advise you on a topical regimen.

You could also read up on more holistic treatments and work yor way up (given each regimen 2-3 months).

Good Luck!


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