Okay so, what kind of acne is this? I usually have to pop them in the morning because I feel ashamed to go out with these ugly large whiteheads (healing pimple wounds are better, I guess).
I get 5-10 of these on my face daily, and plus on my back and scalp too. I get very oily over the day, though my skin is flaky and tight after washing it. My regimen is Clean & Clear Gentle Cleanser (no SLS), Benzoyl Peroxide 5% gel and a gentle 5.5 pH moisturizer. I tried using only water for a period of time but the whiteheads went crazy. Also, if I masturbate a lot I notice a definite increase in whiteheads. I am 22.
I went to a dermatologist last year and she put me on Minocycline 100mg for 10 days and by the time I was done with it it cleared my face 100% (only red marks from past acne remained, still had some active on back and scalp, but not as much as before); and after 2-3 weeks they came back like they were before. Few months later I went on Minocycline again and it stopped new acne after like 2 days of using it. They still came back sometime after finishing the antibiotic course. What does this tell you?
In 2010, I used Accutane for 5-6 months (i had all kinds of acne, including cystic) and it cleared me completely; but few months later oiliness came back with these persistent whiteheads. Since then, whiteheads are like 90% of acne I get.
I stayed home for the weekend and decided not to touch them at all (pics were taken Sunday night).
Any recommendations for me?
My budget is low and since I'm from Europe I really don't have money for the Acne.org Regimen. Recently, I stopped drinking milk but it seems it made no difference. I drink zinc effervescent tablets now, and try to eat as healthy as I can. The same dermatologist that prescribed me Minocycline wanted to put me back on Accutane last year, but I refused.