I never thought I would ever post about my skin problems online, but I am sick and tired of my whitehead/acne problem and don’t know what else to do.
Throughout high school, I don't remember stressing over acne because I didn't have a lot of it. After graduating, I started to get these whiteheads, mainly under my nose. I didn’t worry about them because they were minor and people told me that they go away with time. After about a year, it started to get really bad and I ALWAYS got the whiteheads under my nose and above my lip area, which is embarrassing because people can clearly see it there. I don’t know why the whiteheads showed up under my nose for 95% of the time, but I have found nothing online to help me. One day I also realized that I had these whiteheads in my scalp because I felt them when I was scratching my head. I shaved my head bald over the summer to take a picture of my scalp and that picture is below. I also have a lot of body acne, but to be honest, I just want to effectively treat the ones in my face first, before I start worrying about my chest and back.
I used to NEVER use moisturizers and cleansers in my high school days but over the last year or so, I have used so many types, but none of them have had good effects. I did not use any cleanser or moisturizers over the past winter because these whiteheads/acne tend to come up less when I didn’t use them in cold weather. My skin did get very dry and flaky, but I didn’t care as long as no whiteheads showed up. I am now 23 years old and don’t know if there is a solution of this problem.
Now that it is getting warm again, the whiteheads are starting to show up a LOT. I guess I have to start using moisturizers and cleansers again, but I don’t know how much they will help. I have attached a picture of my cheek below. I took that picture today and it is 89 degrees outside. I do not even know if my acne is mild, moderate or severe. Because of this, I am even embarrassed to talk and meet new people and have lost confidence in myself.
SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME!!