I started getting bumps on my forehead in fifth grade. Didn't really care much until the end of sixth grade. My mom got me proactiv which dried out my face like crazy, but it worked. I was retarded and didnt continue using it so my acne came back. Then in the middle of seventh grade I tried Exposed Skin Care, which stopped being effective by the forth month.
Then I just used random stuff around the bathroom. Then I was getting bad breakouts on my forehead, around my mouth, basically around my T-Zone.
I tried A.C. Skin Care. That clogged my pores like crazy.
Then before eight grade I went to the dermatalogist and she prescribed me Epiduo. It made my acne better, just never really cleared it up and it was making my skin insanely oily by the third month and I was starting to break out again a lot, so I stopped using it.
Then I just trying random drugstore products and random other things.
I've learned that topicals aren't my thing. The dry out my skin for a month which helps with the oil (and yes I do moisturize like crazy), and then my skin becomes used to it, and produces oil like crazy and I get whiteheads and blackheads and cysts.
And yes I've tried being gentle, using Cetaphil and a simple moisturizer. It doesn't work. Just makes it worse.
So basically I've tried in the last 2 to 3 years:
-Azelaic Acid (mixed with some salicylic acid product)
-Tea Tree Oil
I'm waiting for Clearetto in the mail. It's obviously something going on internally.
Hormones, genetics. My dad and sister both had acne.
I have insanely oily skin, and I get blackheads, whiteheads, bumps around my mouth, some around chin, a lot on my forehead, in between eyebrows. It's pretty depressing hahaha...
anyone have any ideas? trying to clear up before freshman year