Alright, so now I'm going to be talking about my past experiences. I will put them in order so it's a little easier to follow. 1.) Started getting acne at age 12. Not too much but worse than most kids my age. 2.) At age 15 it started getting worse. Began to get large nodules as my face started to get red and inflamed. I went to a dermatologist where he gave me 100mg Doxycycline twice a day. He also gave me Benzoyl Peroxide wash 10% and a Benzoyl Peroxide Gel to put on after I washed my face with the 10% wash. After a few months my face cleared up completely. I later went on a trip to New Orleans where it was very humid. I began getting very sick because of the sun exposure and Doxy combination so I stopped taking it. That was the worse mistake I ever made... 3.) At age 16 my acne came back even worse. Even more inflamed and red with many pimples covering both my cheeks. I also found out that I was allergic to Benzoyl Peroxide which was making my face even more red. Because of family problems I moved in with my Grandmother. I began using her laundry cleaners and washing products (shampoos, soaps, etc...) which I think aggravated my face and acne. I tried using every product on the shelves (and on TV). Clearasil, Proactive, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, nothing worked...It only made my face worse. And to top it off I washed my face in two or three different products at once in hopes of my acne going away. I even resulted to putting alcohol on my face which caused my face to dry up to later produce more oil which means more breakouts. I also sometimes scrubbed my face with a wash cloth>pretty rough I may add. I know I shouldn't have washed and handled my skin so harshly...I just wanted my acne to go away... I look back now and realize these actions were so stupid. I wish I would never had stopped taking Doxy...I wish I didn't aggravate my skin the way I did by washing it so much and with so many products. I just wanted my acne to go away......Now my skin is extremely red and inflamed. 4.) (Currently) Now at 17 I went to go see a new Dermatologist. She started me on 30mg of Accutane once a day. I wash my face in Cetaphil and AquaGlycolic (Sometimes with both at the same time; only once a day though>>trying to break that habit). I wash my face twice a day total. I now wash my cloths and towels in Cheer (free of dyes and perfumes>Dermatologist recommended) and Downey Fabric Softener (again free of dyes and perfumes>Dermatologist recommended). I can feel my skin getting tighter since I started Accutane which I know is a good sign. It's also starting to dry up which I also know is good. My skin is still pretty red, I hope it goes away with Accutane. I get really paranoid sometimes that my skin is going to stay red forever from where I aggravated it so much before....Bumps are slowly starting to go away and less nodules are appearing since my start of Accutane. The only side effect I'm having is dry/chapped lips. I'm currently on my second week; I hope my face clears up soon. Now, here are my questions for you! Any help and answers would be very appreciated! =) 1.) Do you think my acne got worse because I stopped taking Doxy? 2.) Do you think my acne got worse because I moved to live with my Grandmother? Who used different washing products (shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc...) 3.) Do you think my face will remain red and inflamed forever? 0_0 4.) Have you ever handled/washed your skin harshly in hopes of your acne going away? If so, please tell me your story! =D 5.) What's the worse/weirdest thing you have done to try and get your acne to clear up? 6.) Have you ever suddenly switched your washing products (shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, fabric softener, etc...) for a certain reason? If so, please explain and tell me your story! I would love to hear!! =) 7.) Have you ever suddenly stopped taking your prescription because of side effects? (like me and my Doxy experience.) If so, please explain and tell me your story!! =D 8.) Is it possible my acne got worse from moving to live with my Grandmother? 9.) Is it bad to wash with Cetaphil and AquaGlycolic at the same time (or in the same wash)? Should I just wash with one product per wash? I know I shouldn't wash my face with too much as I might aggravate my skin. When I do wash with both in the same wash I make sure I only do it once a day. The second time I wash my face I use only one of the cleansers. 10.) Is it bad to scrub your face while washing (with your hands that is)? Sometimes I feel like I might be being a little too rough with my face while washing...I sometimes feel like if I don't scrub or be a little rough that my acne may get worse or I'm not getting it clean enough. 11.) Is it bad for me to take hot showers? Does it effect acne negatively? Is it bad of me to wash my face in hot water? >>Please keep the above two questions in mind when answering this.<< 12.) Does diet and acne play a role in your opinion? Please tell me your views and stories!! =) Again, any help, answers, and stories would be very appreciated! Thanks for taking your time to read this!!! =)
Hello everyone! I'm very happy that you decided to read this. It's very helpful to finally be able to write all this down and get it off my chest. I wanted to talk about my acne and what I hope to obtain in the future regarding this problem. First off, I have been struggling with acne since I was 12 years old (I am currently 17). I am going to be a senior in High School next year and I'm in hopes of it being my one and only best school year ever. I say this because every year my acne and insecurity have caused me to hide myself from others as well as prevent me from doing normal teenage activities. I have cloths that I want to wear but can't because of my severe acne. (I know I could wear them if I wanted to, but the fact is that I wouldn't feel pretty while wearing them. I also know that people would possibly make fun of me for trying to look good when my face looks so bad...). I want to be able to hang out with friends and have sleepovers with the girls and not have to worry about my face getting in the way. Whenever I'm invited somewhere my automatic response is 'Sorry, I'm going to be doing something that day.' I want to be able to say 'Sure, I would love to come!' and smile while I'm saying it. I stay locked up in my house and only come out if it's for school or if I'm made to go into town. I have considered homeschooling until my acne clears up but I don't think it would be possible. Every day at school is like a nightmare. I walk in the door with my head hung low and always avoid looking others in the eye. Even when I'm speaking to someone, my eyes just can't meet theirs. I wear my hair up everyday in the same style so my hair won't aggravate my acne. I have really long hair that I desperately want to let down so others can see but am too afraid to do so. I want to be able to do my hair in different styles like all the other girls. I want to be able to look in the mirror and like what I see. Is it so selfish of me to want to live life like a normal teenage girl? I can't write down how many times I have cried because of my acne. Sometimes I just go in my room and cry until I fall asleep. I lose all hope sometimes and think to myself, 'Your never going to be beautiful...' I want to look pretty for my boyfriend even though he already calls me beautiful now. Although I know he means it, I myself don't feel that way. I also want to feel beautiful myself. I have gotten teased many times in my life. Sometimes it's kids my own age, sometimes it's adults. Other times it's little children who don't know what acne is. It hurts so bad when a young child comes up to me and ask, 'What's wrong with your face?' I don't know how I'm supposed to reply to that...Anyway, if you have been reading this I want to say thank you for taking your time to get to know me. I know I'm not the only one that struggles with this problem as I know I'm not the only one to yearn for simple wants. I'm looking forward to the day when all my acne is gone so I can finally start living.