I'm a 17 year old female teen who has suffered from moderate acne vulgaris (common acne with a very appropriate name) since my 6th grade of middle school.
Allow me to introduce you to my skin:
I live in the desert, so its 118 in the summer and often humid.. This means pore-clogging sweat and a lot of it, but I stay away from the sun and always wear sunscreen. My t-zone is oily, yet the rest of my face is normal to dry, so I have combination skin. I break out terribly on my cheeks and jaw line. I've tried almost everything under the sun but have found a couple things worth keeping (WHICH I'LL POST IN A LATER ENTRY) BP is my partial-hero, but Sal-Acid has been nothing more than an acquaintance. I'm extremely consistant with my routine.
I'm a rebel but have seen the error of my ways: I'm a picker, but I'm working on this...
I'm sort of obsessed with makeup cuz I'm so insecure with my face, but am smart enough to use oil free and non-comedogenic, change my sponge everyday, and remove it when I'm home from school. But lately, I haven't worn anything more than eyeliner, mascara, and some finishing powder. I'm still deciding which foundations to use. Recommendations are welcome..
I'm insecure and very upset with my appearance, but I'm generally okay coping with stress.. And since I'm an active theatre student, its important to have clear skin on stage. This also means I have to wear a lot of makeup for my performances...
I have a healthy diet and ride my bike to and from school so I get decent exersize. I sleep well and often... My parents didn't break out a lot to my knowledge, but I was told my sister had worse acne than I did when she was my age.. Her skin is clear now, we're 10 years apart. I know a lot of it is hereditary..
So what am I doing wrong?
And more importantly, what can I do to make it go away?