I need help with my acne. after 3 years of trying to fight it, I am at the point where I feel very tired and barely have any more energy to fight.
Ive had moderate acne since I was 15 years old, and I am now 18. When I turned 16 I went to the doctor and he prescribed me Tetracyclin Actavis 250mg combined with Dalacin clindamycin. This didnt seem to work at all, so he gave me a different kind of antibiotics called Tetracyclin Arco 250mg, now combined with Differin gel.
He later decided to give me a third type of antibiotic called Ery-max erytromycin 250mg. This combination I was on for about a year or so, and I cant say i saw much improvement. The stupid thing I did during this period was not to use any moisturizer, so my face was very irritated and red from the differin gel. I wasnt very aware of my skin at that time because I thought this would soon go away...
Eventually I figured out that I was hurting my face more then I was improving it, so I stopped using differin as well as anti-biotics about half a year ago, and just started cleansing and moisturizing my face.
Immediately my face condition was improving, especially during the summer. It was like my skin was reborned really. "Underneath" my skin i saw some of the spots, but it wasnt irritated, red and sore anymore.
And then the winter came (which is pretty harsh here) and my face was getting so bad once again. Red, annoyed, irritated, sore... you name it..
So I decided to try the Regimen: I probably just tried it for about a week before I got too scared to continue. My face was looking a lot worse (extremely red, started getting some cysts etc. The usual reactions I've afterwards seen a dozen people get) and I also started reading about the skin cancer link with BP, which probably is a bunch of lies, but I didn't read enough on it..
After i quit the Regimen I didn't do anything but cleansing and mousturizing my face for a while, until I tried Acne.orgs AHA+. It did seem to make my skin more soft and smooth, but when I would apply it at nighttime, the following morning in the shower it would come out of my skin again. Like it never really penetrated. (This incident also happend to me with Cerave SPF 30 mousturizer a couple of days ago and broke me out, which I have not been able to figure out why)
I am now using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 tablespoon of ACV mixed with 6 tablespoons of water. I carefully dab it on with a cotton pad about 2 times a week. I don't really know if it has any affect on my acne at all..
A couple of weeks from now I have an appointment at a dermatologist and I am going to ask him a bunch of questions, but maybe any of you guys know the answers to some of them:
What kind of treatment would you recommend to my face?
Why am I having so much dead skin cells laying on top of my skin after I wash my face?
Why can't some creams penetrate my face properly?
I greatly appericiate anyone who takes the time to read through this and respond, whatever you may write. Thank you
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Products I currently use:
Moisturizer every night and morning: Acne.org moisturizer (new formula)
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (1 tablespoon mixed with 6 tablespoons of water - dab it carefully on about 2 times a week)
Products Ive previously used:
Anti-Biotics: Tetracyclin Arco 250mg, Tetracyclin Actavis 250mg, Ery-max erytromycin 250mg
Creams: Dalacin clindamycin, Differin gel, Acne.orgs AHA+, Acne.orgs BP
Moisturizers: Neutrogena oil free moisture for sensitive skin, Cerave Spf 30
Vitamins: Multivitamin, B-vitamin (b1, b2, b6, b12, folic acid, niacin, pantothenic acid), Omega3 fishoil, Zinc and vitaminC
Cleansers: Acne.org cleanser
What I eat/drink:
A lot of eggs
Little to no dairy
A lot of bread
A lot of vegetables
A lot of water
Some orange juice
A lot of green tea
Little to no alcohol
No candy or chocolate
And i exercise atleast 3 times a week
Edited by Babser, 15 April 2013 - 06:56 AM.