I have had acne since freshmen year of high school and not just acne BAD cystic acne. Freshmen year of college I used benzaolyl peroxide with a moisturizer and tanned a few times at my local tanning salon and ALL of my acne was gone. I was acne free for aboout 9 months until the summer when it slowly came back when I tried a new regime. I quickly tried to go back to just using the benazoly and it did not work and my acne came back more and more until around decemeber 2013 when I started using a moisturizer again my skin started to go back to normal to the point where my acne was almost gone but left behind red marks. I have had red marks on my face from acne that I had 4 months ago and I need to get rid of it. Even now I still get a pimple 1-2 a week and they always turn into a whitehead. Leaving another red mark. I need a better acne regime or a way to be acne free. I have had acne for yeas and it is ruining my life I dont even want to go out anymore because I am embarassed. I dont need your pitty I just need a solid regime to get rid of my acne marks and current acne. I have oily skin, and I am Italian so my complexion is a little darker. I refuse to beleieve I cannot get rid of my acne so please give your thoughts/advice.
Here is my current acne regime:
Shower: I use St. Ives Blemish control Apricot scub on chest and back
Wash face with cleanser from dermatologist (Sodium Sulfacetamide 9% - Sulfer 4% Wash)
Finacea ance cream (use for problem areas) Just today started using benzolyl again for problem areas (Areas with acne or acne marks)
Aconze for non problem areas (Areas that have no trace of acne)
AVON Clear skin Professional acne mark treatment for acne marks (Just started using)
Benazolyl Peroxide on chest
Then I use Cetaphil Mositurizer on face and chest
I sometimes use a Treatment Mask called Guinot Pure balance treatment mask (Max twice a week) Is this good to use?
I Only pop pimples IF I HAVE TO and if so 15-20 minutes before I wash my face
My day consist of:
Waking up 1030 except Monday and Thursdays I wake up at 8
Showering at 1130
Washing face around 12
I usualy hit the gym around 3 (I dont sweat or run)
I eat at 1030, 2, 5, and 930
I then wash my face and repeat my regime again at 730pm EVERY NIGHT
I smoke weed out of a vapozier usually once a day at night time
I eat healthy
I sleep witht the covers over my head at night
I wash my hands constantly and keep everything clean
I drink a lot of water 5-8 bottles a day
I take 2 mens Ultimate gold a day, 1 1000mg fish oil pill thats supposed to help skin, and doxycycline 100mg twice a day
My acne right now:
I have acne marks on the center of both of my cheeks (More near the jaw line not exactly center) (They have been there since October)
I have no ance on my neck
I have acne marks on my chest and back (More chest then back)
I have red marks on my temples
I have a lot of red spots on my forehead
And currently have 2 pimples on whtiehead inbetween my lip and jaw on the right side of my face and one on my chinstrap on the right side of my face
My acne is definetly in my genes because my younger brother has it even worse then me
When I get a pimple and it pops it take MONTHS for the red mark to go away will tanning help this because it really helped before
Is there anything I can use to get rid fo the acne marks faster? I have lemon juice
Should I use a mask or a better mask?
Does me sleeping the way I do cause acne?
How to treat a white head when I get it
How to treat a pimple when it first appears
Should I switch up my regime at all?
Why do my red marks take so long to go away?
I live by myself so I am willing to wear a mask, or an overnight mask or do ANYTHING to get rid of my acne forever
I am very dilagent about my skin care so I am shocked that I even have acne at all
Please please help me I have had acne for so long I just want it to be gone already so I can get back to my life I am not looking for moral support I am just looking for answers
I will post a photo of my acne if you really need me to
I have oily sensitive skin so its hard to treat my acne. My whole highschool life I have been depressed some months are better then others but I'm still very depressed just because when I look in the mirror I see a good looking kid with bad acne. I have had acne since I was a freshmen in highschool and now i just graduated and starting college in 8 days and Im so upset because you should not have bad acne in college and im afraid I wont make friends because I look like this. Freshmen year my acne got so bad my girl friend left me because of it it was all on my face . I then went on accutane and completely cleared up my skin till Jr year where it all came back again much worse then before. I didnt know how to treat my acne back then so all I would keep doing is popping them and not washing my face and putting harsh acne products like epaduo on my face. Summer going into senior year I went on accutane again and it made my acne so much worse because I kept using the epaduo and not washing my face or taking care of it. Finally after 4 months on accutane (second course) I stopped using everything and my irritation went down but my face still looked very bad. So from September- April I did 100s of hours of research doing any possible natural regimend to help my face. At the time my face had about 40 pimples on it at all times 1-5 whiteheads and many red marks. Not only did I have a lot of pimples but there all over my face and jaw line and a lot of them were cystic acne big ones to I have very big pores so usually when i get a pimple its not a mini one. I also began getting facials going to the gym x5 a week eating very healthy drink 8 waters a day and washing my face and moisturizing twice a day. It helped a lot dont get me wrong my acne went from very irritated and severe to mildly severe and not so irritated. But it didnt get rid of it all it did was keep it at a certain level which I dont want I want it ALL GONE FOREVER. From may to about June 10th I have been experimenting with different regimends moisturizers and cleansers with no luck really:/. I even tried the acne plan on this website but my skin is to sensitive for that regimend and it really irritated my skin and made my acne worse. I recently went back to the dermatologist for the first time since I stopped accutane and she put me on doryx I took it for about 2 weeks and it didnt help so now I'm on Minocycline 100 MG. I just started taking it a couple days ago she also put me on a Sodium Sulfacetamide 9%- Sulfer 4% Wash which Im going to start using tonight. As of now my acne is the best its been in a long time but its still bad I would say i have about 15-20 pimples on my face at all times many red marks and its all either on my forehead or jaw line. Which is strange because my forehead was always the place I never got acne but I got one big pimple on my forehead about a month or so back and popped it and now I have many:/. I also get whiteheads SOO easily I can pop a pimple or even leave it alone and in matter of an hour ill have a raging white head. I have about the worst acne as it can get but I will never give up and keep trying new things untill my acne is gone because Im a good looking kid with lots of friends girls like me so I know once this is all over my life will be great.
Now for the depression part:
My depression is about a 10/10, I feel like im not as good as anyone else because all my friends have clear skin and I dont I cant bring myself to get with girls because I feel like im not good enough I think so poorly of myself its awful. I go to a small school so when people hookup everyone knows so I feel like if I did get with someone people would make fun of me and my acne. Even now I have liked this girl for months and she likes me but I cant bring myself to ask her to go out or anything because I feel like Im not good enough for her or anyone for that matter. I would rather see her happy with someone else then be made fun of for being with me. When people make fun of my acne It kills me on the inside because im so self conscience about it. Its only happened a few times because people know if they talk about my acne I WILL fight them so if anyone talks about it they do it behind my back. When im with my friends everything is ok because they make me so happy when I party and hangout with them and it helps me forget about my acne for a while, but when Im alone all I think about is my acne it depresses me so much. Especially since May my depression has multiplied x2 because I feel helpless I wake up feeling miserable having the first thought on my mind is my acne. I cant eat because im so depressed and whenever Im alone i go into the bathroom every hour crying in the mirror because of my acne, I cant look at myself:(. I try so hard to get rid of my acne and have done every option Im looking into laser treatment now so hopefully that ontop of the new meds I got will clear me. I dont know how much longer I can go on like this the depression hurts so much, I can really use some help and some good people to pick me up when Im so low because I cant do this by myself anymore. I have thoughts of suscide and just not going to college all the time but I will NEVER do that because I know I can get through this if I keep trying. Any tips advice or help will be SO APPRICIATED. I feel sorry for all you out there with acne because I know how painful it is and how hard it is to put on a smile when your hurting so much inside. Anyone can also contact me if your feeling low and I will try and cheer you up:)
Thank you for taking the time to read this I hope to meet some new friends on this site