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A bit new to this blog thing, but I figured I'd give it a shot.

I've been battling acne since I was about ten or eleven.

I was eleven when I was first introduced to the wonders of Benzoyl Peroxide. My mother took me down to one of the local pharmacies, and I was told to use a 5% Benzoyl Peroxide cream and an alcohol wash to clean my face.

I stuck to this regime almost religiously. After a few months, I invested in the Garnier Pure 3-in-1 Wash, Scrub & Mask. I used this for a few weeks until I found the Garnier Pure Deep Clean Cream Wash. I used both of these Garnier products together.

A few months into this regime, I decided to switch up my face products. I didn't believe Garnier Pure was working as well as I wanted it to, and I'd had my eye on the Garnier PureActive Blackhead Clearing Scrub and the Garnier PureActive Salicylic Acid spot treatment. My regime then included alcohol wash, Garnier scrub, my Benzoyl Peroxide 5% and Garnier Salicylic Acid spot treatment.

After almost a year - I was now twelve - I happily dumped my Garnier PureActive products (with the exception of the spot treatment) and bought the Clean & Clear scrubs and cleansers. I used these (and alternated between these and Garnier) for about two and a half to three years. My Benzoyl Peroxide was increased to a 10% cream. Still, nothing worked.

In about ninth grade, I was in despair. My acne was so bad I couldn't get rid of it. Makeup couldn't hide it, and oily skin was just adding to my frustrations. I scrapped every product I owned (except my BP cream) and bought the Clearasil kit containing the cleanser and scrub. In all honestly, I loved my Clearasil products. They minimized my pimples greatly, although not ridding me of them completely.

In early ninth grade, at the end of my despair, my mother bought me a 3 Step Proactiv Solution kit from eBay. I ceased using everything (I did this a lot) and became a Proactiv worshipper. I worshipped the Cleanser, I worshipped the Toner. I used the Repairing Lotion as an overall pimple cream, and my 10% BP as a spot treatment. My acne improved dramatically. I finally, after so many years of self-hatred and no self-confidence, felt normal. I had the confidence to make new friends, flirt with boys, speak up in class. It was fantastic.

Eventually, I became a Proactiv Activ Member and bought my Proactiv directly from the website. (Pricey much!) After about nine months of using Proactiv, however, my skin still wasn't as clear as I wanted. Feeling disappointed and dejected, I cancelled my order and began using the Natio Young Skin Cleanser and Exfoliating Scrub. I fell in love with Natio's skincare products. The cleanser (while seriously dehydrating to my skin in the autumn time) was one of the best I'd used, and the exfoliating scrub was perfect. For the first time in years, my skin was clearing up. Used in conjunction with my 10% BP cream and later the Natio Young Skin Toner, my skin was clearing. It was around this time I was taken to the doctor and I was put onto Minocycline 50mg and Epiduo.

It's been three months since I started my medication. I love my Epiduo, and while I was skeptical of the Mino to begin with, it is working. I go back to the doctor in a few weeks for a check-up and to see how everything's working. Hopefully I'll get the all clear. smile.png


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