Hello I am 25, have had acne since I was 13. When I was a teenager, my acne was moderate. In the past I have tried a lot of commercial products such as neutrogena, clearasil, clean and clear, oxy, to name a few. When I was about 19 started using Proactiv. It helped me tremendously, but after about a year it started to get worse. Up until January 2013, I continued to use Proactiv because it helped heal my acne much faster than anything else. It didn't stop acne from coming, but it helped.
Then in January I decided to go off Proactiv. I am unemployed and it was getting costly to buy Proactiv. I started with neutrogena, and applied tea tree oil to my blemishes. Then I got a tea tree oil face wash, and witch hazel toner. After only 2 weeks or so, I broke out so horribly, it was the worst my face has ever looked even before going on proactiv. Of course I got scared an went back on proactiv. In the past month my acne is still horrible, but now it seems the acne is just on my jawline and around my mouth. I get new pimples almost everyday, and they are the big ones. I used to only get big pimples on my chin when I got my period. Now i am getting the big ones all over the bottom half of my face.
I looked into supplements, started taking zinc. I know acne doesn't clear up overnight, but I was getting impatient so I haven't used zinc long enough to see results I guess.
I am about to start taking Evening Primrose Oil and/or red raspberry leaves. I heard that both are excellent for the female reproductive organs, since I'm suspecting this is hormonal acne.
I've also been drinking a lot of water, exercising, and i'm trying to cut out processed foods. Since it's lent, lol, I'm not eating sweets.
I'm so glad I joined this website, it has made me appreciate that there are people going through what I am and that I am not alone!
I've cried myself to sleep a lot lately, and I can't look at myself in the mirror. I've avoided going out at all costs because I do not want people to see me, it's embarassing.
If you have gone through what I have, please comment!!!