Hey guys... I'm feeling really upset right now. I feel like everything I'm doing is just making my skin worse. I'm so so diligent about what I put on my skin. I check the ingredients in everything- research all the info I possibly can, but the last few months have been horrible for me. Please- help me figure out whats happening!
September 2012- 18 years old- On Alesse Birth Control for 5 years now. Starting to notice some clogged pores and oily skin increasing. I always had beautiful skin- so this was weird to me.
Jan 2013- Switched to Seasonale Birth control- for more regularity. Using Neostrata Clarifying Cleanser, Neostrata Toning solution level 2- 2% bha and 10% aha, with Neostrata smoothing lotion level 3 with 10% aha. NO inflamed breakouts- just seeing an increase in clogged pores.
April 2013- Noticing back and chest breakouts- never had those before either. REALLY oily skin starting and clogged pores almost everywhere.
Tried " Clean and Clear dual action moisturizer"- got even more clogged pores on my forehead!!!
June 2013- almost full back acne and very very oily skin with breakouts.
Starting switching some products up to see if those were the problems. Tried Paula's choice bha liquid with 2% BHA instead of Neostrata toning solution, but not only got more clogged pores but also little red pimples along with them- mostly on my forehead.
This fall; Tried stopping all forms of acids- just " simple refreshing facial wash" and " Neostrata oil free moisture infusion lotion"- no clogged pores but definitely some inflamed pimples.
Stopped the " Simple-refreshing facial wash gel" as I thought thats what was causing the inflamed clogged pores.
Dec 2013- started Ortho Cyclen- incase the insanely oily skin/clogged pores were from the birth control before, as this one is supposed to be good for acne.
Went back to the Neostrata toning solution, Neostrata cleanser and a moisturizer for acne skin- " Renee Rouleau Tea Tree Anti Blemish Lotion" and these clogged pores won't stop!!!! Also still getting inflamed pimples and under the skin cysts
Help please!!!!!!! What could all of this be from? Could Salicylic Acid possibly cause closed comedones or clogged pores? Has anyone had this issue?