Hi guys and girls,
I'm after some help and advice. I'm 22, and I've always struggled with my acne. I'd say to started when i was 16'ish. It's really knocked my confidence, and I don't even think i have any now (boo-hoo, haha!).
About 2 years ago i stumbled across African Black Soap on the internet, I immediately ordered a bottle after reading how it does wonders for your skin and acne. Safe to say it did do wonders for my skin, I felt it dried my acne out, then i would moisturise to get moisture back into my skin. It was all good until a year later'ish when i just got sick and tired of the same old routine. I couldn't wash my face with the soap without my skin feeling ridiculously tight, I couldn't even smile! Within 5 minutes of getting out the shower I was literally plastering Cetaphils's Hydrating lotion all over my face. And I was still getting acne, which was probably from the dryness of my skin and the fact that my skin wasn't producing natural oil, just the moisture that i was putting on it. Even thought this had cleared up most of my acne, this still really affected me mentally, ''What would i do when i get a girlfriend? i can't spend 20 minutes in front of her mirror doing this, this isn't wasn't men are supposed to do'' those kind of thought, which is kinda the truth.
I've ALWAYS wanted to be able to wash and clean my face, without my skin feeling ridiculously dry, so i decided to try out CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser. I was sceptical at first incase this would cause me to break out bad, but WOW! this is the feeling i've been looking for LOL! No tightness LOL!, my skin felt clean, but still hydrated. Anyways, my skin did clear up a bit, I started using CeraVe's PM lotion which again, did wonders, It wasn't thick like Cetaphil's lotion, it didn't sit on top of the skin like Cetaphil, it soaked right in.
I've also been using Neutrogena's Visibly Even moisturiser, which has SPF 30 in it. This is supposed to even out your skin tone, which really does work!
The products i'm currently using are:
- CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser
- Neutrogena Visibly Even Moisturiser
- CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser
- CeraVe's PM lotion
I also exfoliate either once or twice a week with ''St Ives Sensitive Apricot Scrub''.
What I'm struggling with at the minute is vitamin supplements. I've always taken:
- 500mg of ''Bio-Nutrition Vitamin C + 15mg Zinc''
- Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil
About month ago i decided to try new supplements, so i got:
- Higher Nature Vitamin D
- Solgar Vitamin C 1000mg
- Pantothenic Acid Vitamin B-5
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
So, I started taking Vitamin D, wasn't exactly sure what i should notice a difference in, but all is well. However, I took Pantothenic Acid for 3 days and I broke out like mad! All over my cheeks, which never happens! So i stopped taking that, after 3 days and went back to what i usually take. Yesterday I started with the higher dose of Vitamin C 1000mg and It made me feel weird, I guess its my body getting used to it, but i can't really explain the feeling, bit of a headache.
My question is, What supplements should i take, to help cure my acne?
I'm sorry for the long message, lol. I've just been needing advice for a long time now.