amy27 - I agree that JLopez has good advice for you. The other thing that came to mind is what are you using to exfoliate? It is best to stay away from products that contain 'scrubbing particles' as they can actually cause microscopic tears in your skin which only cause further irritation and make your skin worse. Try and be as gentle as you can and make sure anything you put on your face is non-comedogenic. If you want to check your beauty products for irritants look at www.cosdna or www.beautypedia where they review all sorts of beauty products. If that is you in the picture then you are a very beautiful girl - so be confident!
whaatsheorda - your acne is pretty mild in my opinion. The regimen would probably work quite well for you - ie. mild cleanser, 2.5%benzoyl peroxide and non-comedogenic moisturizer. Might be worth a try. Also Jlopez has good advice. Good luck!
In my opinion it is best to use tea tree oil as a spot treatment rather than all over your face. You don't have a lot of blemishes so it should work well that way. If you want to put moisturizer on top of the tea tree oil a gentle moisturizer might be best rather than one with salicylic acid so you don't irritate your skin.
You could always wash your face in the morning and then apply the moisturizer with salicylic acid. Then in the evening clean your face and apply the tea tree on certain spots and maybe just leave it (ie. no moisturizer at overnight). I don't know your skin so if it is very dry then maybe you need moisturizer overnight, sometimes you just need to try things for a bit to see what works for you.
Sorry to hear of your struggles but don't give up!
I don't know where you live, but if you are in Canada there is a line of products by Lorna Vanderhaeghe which my daughter and I have both used with success. Lorna is well known here and you can read about her products and research on her website www.healthanimmunity.com (she also has several books on women's health).
FYI I am in no way associated with her I have just found her products to be of a good quality and very helpful. These are herbal supplements and not prescriptions so it usually takes a few months to see the benefit.
My daughter takes Adrenasmart (support for the adrenal glands) and has noticed a difference in her overall mood and stress level. I take Glucosmart (helps with blood sugar levels) and we both take Estrosmart. You may benefit from Estrosmart as well which helps balance your hormones. Anyway it may be worth taking a look at her literature. Just a suggestion!
ps. I have read articles that say that drinking spearmint tea (not peppermint) everyday helps reduce androgen levels.
I would say 'stay positive' but I realize that is easier said than done.
If you can stand looking at more supplements I would suggest that you check out a line of products by Lorna Vanderhaeghe (specifically Glucosmart and/or Sleepsmart). Not sure where you live but Lorna is based in Canada and has a wealth of information (and several books - some free online) for all women on numerous issues. My daughter and I have used several of her supplements with great results. Of course everyone is different and I am in no way saying that they are for you - but you may be interested in taking a look at her website.
FredTheBelgian, it seems to me that the point of this forum is to share information and to encourage others. What is the point of you coming on here and simply criticizing or discounting other people's experiences? We all know that what works for one person may not work for another, but if one suggests a remedy it may well be worth trying for another person. None of us on here are doctors or dermatologists (you either I guess due to the nature of your comments) so we should be free to make suggestions and discuss our experiences without requiring formal documentation or citing medical studies!!
If paigems found a solution then who the heck are you to say it isn't so? You are way off base.
It seems like it can be different for everyone. For my daughter it didn't really get worse in the first 3 months, but it didn't improve at all ie. really NO difference what so ever so she almost gave up. Then just after the 3 month mark she started to see gradual improvement. She has been on it for 5 months now and is about 90% clear and hoping it continues. She has also cut out drinking milk which may be a factor in her skin clearing too (hard to know really!).
My daughter's dermatologist told her not to use her clarisonic if she had any blemishes at all because it will further irritate her skin and can just spread the bacteria around which you don't really want. Mind you she has sensitive skin so if you don't perhaps it would be ok for you. However the general rule seems to be to be as gentle with your skin as possible. Personally I am not a fan of the clarisonic if you have acne, but that is just my opinion.
I agree that you are a very kind person to respond to rocky0067, I was hoping everyone would ignore him and he would go and rant somewhere else. Generous of you to pay attention to him. Interesting he would join an acne forum just to spout off on this thread!
I must agree with Morgo K and I don't think that this a good moisturizer to use if you have acne prone skin and are using benzoyl peroxide. It contains several ingredients that could be a problem and irritate your skin (mainly the alcohol(s) and the perfume).
I'm sure the pharmacist meant well but I don't think it is a good choice.