My mom keeps telling me my acne looks awful this week. My forehead has always been my biggest issue, but end of 2010/beginning of 2011 it has been the sides of my face/cheeks/chin/upper neck. The forehead has been the least of my issues. The sides of my arms were breaking out but it wasn't acne, it's infected dry skin. I've always had a little but about a year ago it got worse. It's getting better as of right now. I've been breaking out around my mouth and I hate it. It's on the sides of my lips and it looks gross. Hopefully these breakouts are just from my skin adjusting to the new use of Differin or Ortho-Novum and will get better. Right now I am broken out around my lips, sides of my cheeks, on my chin, and all over the top of my neck which has never happened. My forehead looks the best it's ever been. My chest and back seem to be controlling their breakouts better, I expect thats from the Ortho-Novum. It's basically just scars and little pimples/blackheads/whiteheads there now. There are a couple new small pimples on my upper back and upper chest.
This was recommended by my dermatologist. As of today this is my skin care regimin: Mornings: 1. Cleanse with Cetaphil / pat dry with fresh towel. 2. Apply a drop of Cera Ve moisturizer and a drop of Oil-Free moisturizer before make-up. 3. Apply oil-free foundation and bronzer. 4. Apply lotion to tops of arms. Take 2 Minocycline 100mg and 1 Ortho-Novum pill throughout the day. Nights: 1. Cleanse with Cera Ve hydrating cleanse and Duac cleanser. 2. Apply a drop of Differin and spread throughout whole face 3x a week. 3. Apply Duac on affected spots. 4. Apply Benzoyl Peroxide pads and spot treatment on chest/back/arms. In a couple months this will include Accutane. I have oily skin and acne in my genes.
I have had acne for 4 years and just went to the dermatologist for the first time. I know that sounds stupid but my insurance didn't cover it and acne is genetic in my family so my mom knew what she was doing. I tried every product my pediatrician and mother told me to and the dermatologist would've recommended the same things. My acne is moderate. It's worse then most teens because it's on my face, back and chest but it has never been cystic. My acne causes me to be extremely insecure and cautious of myself which is hard to do for any teenager since we go through enough problems as it is. Finally I am going to my last resort which is Accutane. My pediatrician told me several times my acne isn't bad enough, but the dermatologist completely disagreed. I'm disappointed I didn't start Accutane 2 years ago when my face got worse but I'll just have to deal. I know I'm lucky because my acne isn't as awful as so many others, but it still harshly affects me. It's ruining my high school life and I want it to change before it continues to ruin my life when I graduate. I am anxious to start Accutane....but also dreading it. I am going back to the dermatologist in the beginning of June to get prescribed and I'm going to be on it in the summer. I'm nervous for the side effects to ruin my summer and make me not even want to go outside. Since my acne isn't as bad as most of the people who go on Accutane, I'm hoping it will clear faster than the 6 month cycle and maybe even be gone by the time I go back to school. I highly doubt it, but I'm praying. I've tried Proactiv, several Benzoyl Peroxide products, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena, oil-free make-up, prescription products, Doxycycline pills, everything you can possibly try. Please leave any comments, recommendations, advice etc!