Okayyyyyy, this is my first entry
I would have entered something sooner, but I totally spaced / have been working heaps / didn't know I could write a blog. But that's in the past!
So, in the past, I've tried soooooo many topical creams - Clearasil creams, Proactiv (benzol peroxide), Oxy facial creams and body washes (salicylic acid) and tonnes more generic named brands that I can't quite remember. I've also been on Minomycin for 18 months -- with uplifting results at first, but then nothing -- and have been using zinc supplement tablets for about 3 months with no noticeable improvement.
Now I'm trying Oratane - a generic brand of the popular (and hugely effective) Accutane. Yay! There is hope.
The reason, by the way, that I'm writing this blog is just to get it off my chest. I don't feel confident talking about it with anyone in my family or any of my close friends. My parents and siblings all have flawless skin, and some of my best friends could easily grace the covers of some supermodel-hugely-attractive magazine. They're so pretty >.< So yeah, I need to vent a little bit here.
Now, on to damage control: I have hundreds upon hundreds of whiteheads across my jawline, at the top of my neck, under my eyes, on my cheeks, on my chin, around my mouth and on my forehead. Each of these is SO volatile and tends to erupt sporadically into a gross cystic blob. Consequently I have a fair few red bumps, mainly around my jawline and cheeks. I think it's because I pick - but I can't help it! There are SO MANY FREAKING WHITEHEADS. They just multiply like rabbits. I also have pretty severe scarring along the underside of my jawline and up to my cheekbones.
My back and torso are slightlyyyyyyy better. I have copious blackheads along my shoulders and down the contours of my spine. My chest is mainly clear, except for right at the bottom of my sternum where I have quite significant scarring. D'OH.
My Oratane journey thus far: my face (in particular, my nose, chin and lips) have dried out significantly. My skin has improved slightly, and although it still looks gross and sore, it's a different sort of gross and sore, if you dig. Like, the red lumps are not as infected anymore, and even though there are more of them, some of them are like a week old, but since my skins heals VERY SLOWLY (as a side-effect) the red spots keep accumulating. But they are easily covered with some Oxy-5 Camouflage Cream. The number of whiteheads seems about the same, but that's it
At the moment, I have a few potential cysts making their appearance along my jawline (maybe 6) and a few in the zone next to my nose and under my eyes (maybe 8 or so). I don't have any throbbing red lumps though! Which is a first! I'm feeling very optimistic.
My back is feeling a LOT smoother already though. The back of my neck and top of my back has broken out a lot worse than usual though :/ Oh well, they're easily covered by a shirt. NO PROBLEM
That's all I can ramble about at the moment, but I will definitely be writing more frequently.