I'm a 23 year old female. As a teenager, I never had troublesome skin. It's when I hit 18 it all changed, and is getting steadily worse. I suffer with acne on my face, chest and back. I have superficial scarring according to my Dermatologist, but will be looking at private treatment once I've finished this course, as the scarring has been on my back for 5 years (have it on my face too). I'd love to be able to wear backless maxi dresses in the summer, go swimming again, and not forever pulling up my tops/cardigans at the back to cover my spots/scarring.
Face wise, I long for the day I can have conversations with people and not be thinking in my head "my hideous skin. They're looking at my hideous spots", and having my hands up near my face to mask it. Forgotten what that feels like! I don't want my skin to determine whether I venture out the house or not anymore. Actually going to my Dermatologist appointments makes me feel so uncomfortable. The lighting in the waiting room is so bright; my worst nightmare. I'm pleased it's dark early in the evenings at the moment, because when I'm entertaining friends at mine, I can have the lights on dimly. I'd also love not having to take off my make up and reapply again more than once a day. And finally, not to wake up and one of my first thoughts being "what does my skin look like today? Please, please let it be acceptable for me to go out".
So that's me! I have moderate to severe acne (scored by the Dermatologist) and I am on day 5 of Roaccutane.
An hour or so before bed I apply Palmer's Cocoa Butter (the actual butter, not the cream) to my face and lips. I keep it on overnight. I've chosen Palmer's Cocoa Butter, because I was given some gel by the Consultant ages ago to apply to my face, and it dried out my face horribly. Cetaphil made no difference to my skin, but the Coco Butter, within 2 days improved it dramaticially. So here's hoping it will do some good this time too. Though last night, my skin itched so much when I applied it, so had to take it off. I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of money on products over the next six months! Dreading the dry skin and lips, as I know wearing make up will only highlight the problem. & I love wearing lipstick. Not such a great look-dry, cracked lips and lipstick!
Edited by MissNBC, 26 January 2013 - 09:16 AM.