So I'm pretty much at my wits end. I joined this site to hopefully help find some answers. Because I'm desperate.
I've had mild-moderate acne since I was about 13 or 14. I'm 18 now. I've gone through many different treatments, and twice in my life I've had totally clear skin for a couple months. I can't remember exactly why, but the acne always came back. I probably should've stuck to the treatments I had been using, but I didn't and... Well, here I am now.
I've had a major overload of stress lately, and I've gone through 3 different regimens in the past 6 months. My acne has seemed to spread to places it hasn't been in years, like my forehead, though.. in some places it seems to have eased.
I can't tell if my current regimen is working or not.
I've been washing my face with ivory soap and a warm wash cloth every morning and night, then following with a toner, and a moisturizer if my skin feels dry. Spot treatment on swollen spots occasionally as well. I've been doing this for about 1-2 weeks now.
Like I mentioned before, it seems like it's getting worse, yet also better. If that makes sense. Before I had been using the neutrogena wave and toner, and I thought that was working, but I stopped after about a month because I was getting bumps on my forehead. I probably should have stuck with it longer, but I started to panic. I switched to that after using Proactive for around 8 months, and that seemed to work quite well for a while, until it came back once again.
Anyways. So now I've been using the Ivory soap, and my skin definitely feels drier and more taught then before, which I don't like and isn't good, obviously. I haven't gotten any very swollen/sore spots in quite some time though, since I started using the wave actually. But I feel like I'm getting more tiny bumps in places where I didn't have any before. Which scares me. Another thing is my spots seem to be a lot smaller then before with this ivory stuff, and they seem to go away faster to my knowledge, but I could just be imagining things. And I also am getting more little bumps, like I said before, so.... I don't know. I'm so lost.
How can I tell if this is working? I know you're supposed to wait for 1-2 months to really see improvement but I don't want to wait that long just to have my acne 10 times worse and have to work even harder with something else to get it clear. I am so frustrated with this right now I could scream.
Below are some pictures I took about a week ago of my acne, and then some more I took tonight. If anyone could give me any advice that'd be amazing. Like I said, I'm desperate by this point. I already have crappy self esteem and this is just killing it even more.
On the left/1st are the ones from a week ago. The right/2nd is from tonight.
Edited by Tryst, 07 April 2013 - 10:28 PM.