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So I've been viewing acne.org and its forums for a while now. Decided to start an account + blog to track my anti-acne journey. I have just started a new regimen so this would be a good time to begin.

History: Have had a few zits and cysts in highschool, but nothing major with no scarring and smooth skin. My skin was fairly normal, maybe slightly oily on the t-zone but otherwise no scarring or major issues. When I was 18 (college) I began using Neutrogena's Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. It has salicylic acid in it. I found that my skin looked REALLY good on it, and it did get rid of the dark clogged pores on my nose and gave an overall nice look to my skin. I used the product for a couple months, ran out, and took a couple weeks to buy more of it. When I began using it again, my skin broke out and that began my real issues with acne. Since then I've been trying different things with no truly good results such as:

- Biore's cleanser + toner

- SpectroGel cleanser pH balanced for sensitive skin

- derma E Problem skin cleanser

- proactiv (but only a couple of times as it irritated and dried my skin out way too much)

- clean and clear

- witch hazel astringent

- moisturizers used included Biore, Olay Total Effects 7x (this was nice to use when my skin was without any problems), Neutrogena with spf 15, Olay Complete (too greasy), derma E skin lighten (good at slight skin lightening but not as a moisturizer overall), and nivea (too thick).

In my early 20s I am left with scarring (red spots, some ice pick - though it's not SO terrible), uneven skin texture, a lot of red marks, closed comedones (skin coloured small bumps almost like milia but smaller). I HAVE to wear concealer on them or else people comment on how red/pimply I am, which doesn't make me feel good at all....but the problem of the uneven skin texture makes it harder to cover with foundation and concealer. I can deal with the redness (or even new, smaller pimples) better than I can the scars and skin texture changes.

Over a month ago I went to the dermatologist who prescribed 4% Clindamycin topical antibiotic in a dormer 211 cream. I used Avene's Clean-AC cleansing cream twice a day, followed by some Benzagel 5% gel once a day or so and then the clindamycin to moisturize. After about 5 weeks of that, I found no real change in my acne. I felt like I broke out more often. I also always have this funny taste on my lips from the clindamycin even though I put it nowhere near my lips (tastes like a gross rubber band). The only positive thing was that the blackheads (well clogged pores that become dark) on my nose pretty much completely cleared out. The result is large visible pores, but otherwise it looks much better than before. It has not helped my pimples yet.

Currently: I want to get the acne under control and then figure out my options for the scars (I scar very easily). I visited the derm again and he told me to get PanOxyl 2.5% benzoyl peroxide gel to use every other night with the clindamycin. I was also prescribed 1/4 tablets (25mg each) of doxycycline twice a day (for a total of 50mg) taken with no food an hour before, or 2-3 hours after the antibiotic, for two months. I have just started that this morning so I will update on any progress if there is any!

Once again the current routine is:


Cleanse with Avene Clean-ac cleanser

Pat dry and use PanOxyl 2.5% BP gel

Put on some clindamycin 4% antibiotic in dormer 211 cream

Sunscreen, makeup, etc.


Clean makeup off with Avene Clean-AC cleanser

Use Clean and Clear soothing eye makeup remover if I need to (this is running out so I will switch to Biore sensitive eye makeup remover which really stings the eyes but I just want to finish the product since it was soo expensive)


Cleanse with Avene Clean-ac cleanser

Pat dry and use PanOxyl 2.5% BP gel

Put on some clindamycin 4% antibiotic in dormer 211 cream

Twice a week

Exfoliate dead skin cells gently with Murad's AHA/BHA cleanser

Oral supplements

1/4 tablet of 100mg doxycycline antibiotic twice per day, with no food

3 capsules of Omega 3 fish oils everyday (by Webber Naturals, Omega-3 Super Concentrate EPA 400 DHA 800)

1 Vitamin D pill per day

1 B100 complex pill per day

Let the games begin!


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