Okay, so I'm not a Nazi, neither am I of German descent, but I think the title appropriately describes my experience with acne for the past 13 years. It has definitely been a struggle to get this wretched thing called acne under control. Just when I thought I had nipped it in the bud, my acne would come back full force, more worse than ever. I started this blog in hopes of sharing my story with others and updating (hopefully) folks on what has, or has not, worked for me and in turn encouraging others who are going through the same struggle as I am. It's definitely a hard thing to go through, and after coming across so many entries in this acne.org community, I am glad to see that I am not the only one going through this.
LIke so many others, it seems like I have tried almost everything to get rid of my acne. From the time I was 13, I tried everything from prescription topical creams and gels, to antibiotics, to birth control pills, to Proactiv, to healthy eating, to med spa treatments- well, you get the idea. Say the treatment and I will most likely say that I have gone through it. With the exception of Accutane that is. I've read enough reviews to help me steer clear of that stuff.
Having acne has really taken an emotional toll on me. People would always come up to me and ask me why I break out, asking what I did or what I ate to make it so bad. My response for most of the time is "I don't know" or "that's the way God made me." I don't like going out in public that much for fear that people will be staring at my pimple-infested face. I sing on stage at church a lot of the times, and I am always conscious of how my face appears under the bright spot lights. My family and friends sympathize with me, but they don't know what it's like to have a face like mine. It's like everyone around me has perfect skin and I'm the one with the make-up covered bumps on my face sticking out like a sore thumb. I've gotten to the point where I'm slowly starting to accept that I'm gonna have to deal with this condition for the rest of my life. I've prayed that I would find contentment in my situation, whatever the outcome would be, and that I would learn how to have joy instead of having self-pity on myself. But there are those days where it's just blahhhhhhhhh.
I stumbled across acne.org and I found The Regimen. After an unsuccessful attempt with another skin care regimen, I decided to quit that and give The Regimen a try. What do I have to lose, right? I hope to update this blog frequently on the progress of my treatment with The Regimen. Wish me luck!