I am a 20 (21 in a few days) year old college student struggling with moderate to severe acne on my cheeks, and hairline. A little about my acne history:
I had clear skin until Sophomore year in high school. I attribute my breakouts that year to puberty, never taking off my make up, and beginning to eat more junk food. It cleared up with benzyol peroxide and summer vacation. I assume I was eating healthier during the summer as well.
My skin was clear junior and senior year, however during senior year I struggled with an eating disorder and severely restricted my food intake. Summer after high school is when my acne struggles began. I began overeating due, I'm assuming, to my year of barely eating and gained 50 pounds. I am not overweight, and am still a healthy weight but have been unable to kick my binging habit that I developed all those years ago.
That summer I developed acne. It was relatively moderate, and mainly on my forehead. I tried the benzyol peroxide, except that this time it didn't work. Over the years its fluctuated a bit, but right now it is at an all time low, and I think it may have to do with the way I eat.
I do not have a regular period, and rarely go a day without overeating on sugary food. I have tried salicylic acid, sulfur, bp, aha, retnoid, doxycycline, you name it, but nothing seems to be doing the trick.
I have heard that dietary modifications can help, and while I've dabbled in them I've never been able to stick with it. So here we go. This blog will be my accountability. I am determined to take control of my acne, and get rid of it for good. I am soon going to be an adult-adult in every sense of the word and do not need this acne on my face any longer. Any support would be greatly appreciated