This is my first post. I just had a few questions about my skin/how I'm treating it and was looking for suggestions on how to do it better. The main problem with my skin is all the red scars the acne leaves behind, whether I pop/pick at them or not. About that, however, I was wondering the proper strategy for white-capped acne (pustules maybe?). And how do I reduce scarring and fade and reduce the redness of the scars already there? One irritant to this may be that I drive to and from school 45 minutes each way with the sun on my face.
I have been trying to avoid excess dairy or wheat intake and only drink water and orange juice. I think this might not be enough, though.
Lastly, I believe that I am overwashing my face and was wondering if this could be harmful. I have tried to decrease my regimen lately. I thoroughly wash my face in the morning and at night with multiple washes and cleansers, Oxy pads, toner, and a prescription clindamycin phosphate topical solution. When I get home from school I'll usually use one wash or an Oxy pad. Could all this be increasing the redness of my scars? And what can I do to reduce them long-term and temporarily?
I've attached pictures below. For the one with my medication, I would typically use two or three of the washes twice a day, sometimes the Oxy pad and toner, and the prescription clindamycin phosphate topical solution twice a day, followed by acne moisturizer because my skin really dries out over night and after washing. Should I be using different medication or less? Any diagnosis you can gather from the pictures at all would be great. I would like to quickly start clearing my skin up because I have a dance in four days. Any answers to any questions or suggestions you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
Also, is my acne mild, moderate, or severe?
Edited by ccw98, 22 January 2013 - 07:59 PM.