Hi everyone, this is my first topic here but I've been a long time reader of the forums Many of you seem so experienced and knowledgeable, so I wanted to make a post and see if anyone could help me figure out what's causing my persistent forehead acne.
Some background info: I'm a 22 year old female who had perfect skin all throughout my teens. Once I hit 19-20, I started to get the occasional pimple on my forehead/chin. As someone who prided herself on having great skin, it was bothersome, but it was never that bad. However, in the past year, I started to break out regularly on my forehead. At times I would have 10-15 active pimples at once. I've tried pretty much every product under the sun, including the ones my dermatologist prescribed (epiduo, differin) as well as antibiotics and birth control, but nothing worked. In the past few months, I've managed to somewhat get my breakouts under control by completely cleaning up my diet. I've stopped eating dairy and almost all gluten and soy. My diet consists of veggies, fruit, a daily green juice, brown rice, eggs, and chicken/fish. Now, I usually have less than 5 active pimples at any one point, but I still have lots of PIH and clogged pores (or comedonal acne, I suppose).
Around the same time I began breaking out on my forehead, my skin also started getting really oily. Before, I never had a problem with oily skin. Now my T-zone gets super oily. The texture of my skin on my forehead is also not smooth, and even where there's no pustules/papules, I usually have little bumps. They aren't too noticeable from far away, but you can see them when you look closely, and sometimes they turn into active pimples before going away. I've also completely cut down on all topical products. The only things that touch my face now are hemp seed oil or jojoba oil, apple cider vinegar toner, and manuka honey as an overnight spot treatment. I wear makeup maybe once every 1-2 weeks.
Again, I break out ONLY on my forehead and sometimes on my chin (but only right under the center of my bottom lip, not along the jaw and lower chin at all.) My cheeks are as smooth as a baby's butt haha. I must also mention that around the time I began to break out, I was an egg donor, and had been taking hormone injections. But the hormones I was taking were designed to up my estrogen levels, which is usually linked with improving skin, not making it worse. I thought my acne must be linked to a hormone imbalance, however, I show none of the other symptoms associated with that. I also probably don't exercise as much as I should. I live in New York City so I do walk a lot, but other than that, I don't exercise because I don't have the time.
Anyway, if anyone has any tips for me, I would GREATLY appreciate it. What I can't stand is that the lack of control I feel when it comes to this. I've cut out soooo many foods that I love eating, and it's only helped a little bit. I'm a real foodie, and my friends and I love going out to eat, so it has been really painful for me to follow such a restricted diet. I'm constantly worried about what I'm putting in my mouth, and maybe the stress of that has been making my acne worse? I'm not sure. I'm just out of ideas, and really really hope that people here might have some insight, or comfort