Hi. So I haven't posted anything on this forum in quite awhile because I haven't really needed to.
HISTORY: I began getting mild acne around 3 years ago, mostly just whiteheads. Over the course of 2 years my acne got irritated and discolored. I wasn't happy.
So let's start with around 2 years ago. I first started using Benzoyl Peroxide 0.1% for my acne in the fall of 2011. Though my acne started to subside, nothing drastically changed. In March of 2012 I decided to try the Acne.org Regimen. It worked wonders! My skin was amazingly clear - with one problem... The BP was causing my skin to be extremely dry. My next mission was finding products that didn't dry or irritate my skin. I decided to ditch the acne.org cleanser and moisturizer, but continue using the BP and jojoba oil. I also decided to throw in an exfoliant for my dead skin cells. I also decided to stop using BP in the morning because I figured it was too much of a hassle and too drying. I mean, ain't nobody got time fo dat.
THIS IS THE SKINCARE ROUTINE I AM USING NOW:
AM: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (2 pumps), CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion (2 pumps), Acne.org Jojoba Oil (7 drops) and every 3 days, St. Ives Apricot Scrub
PM: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser (2 pumps), Acne.org Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% (2 1/2 pumps), Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (a small scoop) and Acne.org Jojoba Oil (7 drops)
...I've learned one thing about my skin through all of this: I can't stick with the same thing for too long or my skin gets used to it. That's why I like to switch up my skincare a lot, just keeping one vital part the same: The BP.
Recently, I've noticed this new kind of acne. Blemishes. I'll maybe have one or two at a time, they appear anywhere I don't know why. My skin is still manageable and better than it was, I'm just worried. It's annoying waking up to a new blemish, and it's also annoying to be super extra careful of my face.
Here's what I was thinking might attribute to these weird kinds of infected pores/blemishes:
- The fact that I forgot to exfoliate for 8 days or so
- Washing my face in the shower
- The weather (I struggle around the fall time, I wondered if that might be the same for Spring)
- My shampoo (I don't get it on my face, I was just curious)
- Possibly one of my products clogging my pores
- Overdose of BP (maybe my skin is getting too dry and it's producing more sebum than it needs to?)
- Oils from my hair
- Possibly my diet
I realize my predicament. Benzoyl Peroxide is not a cure, it's a treatment. I can't keep it up forever. I am obviously looking for new things to try all the time, and I'm always open to options. I will continue to scower this site until I find something that catches my eye. If any of you have any suggestions or advice for me please let me know, I'm kind of desperate. Acne is so frustrating, depressing and aggrivating. It makes me feel like all my hard work amounts to nothing. Though my skin is mostly clear, these blemishes are really an eye sore.
PLEASE COMMENT YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND ADVICE! I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!
Edited by InfinityMunchkin, 15 April 2013 - 02:37 PM.