Yesterday I took the plunge and posted here for the first time. Acne (however mild) has been 'my secret' for about a year now. I realize people know I have it, but I don't talk about it to others and they don't mention it to me.
First of all i'd like to mention the help I've recieved from this website. By reading what Dan has to say and what other memebers have had to say, has really helped me a lot - you guys are so knowledgeable. All I can say is thank the lord one of us is, I still have a long way to go. Initially I thought I was out of my depth with this. I kept reading, thinking, "This is all so much to take in!". But I have been persistent and tried hard to educate myself about my skin. This website is a God send, thank you Acne.org
I was put on birth control two days ago to see how it would help with hormonal break-outs, so we'll see how it goes.
I always thought my acne was hormonal, as it's on my jawline, chin and bottom of my cheeks. I don't get any cysts, just a lot of pimples - some can be painful - tons of white heads and virtually no black heads. I find it weird that I have literally hundreds of white heads but next to no blackheads at all. Anyway, after reading on here about the causes of acne I have come to the conclusion, that I might be suffering from Acne Cosmetica. Which is a fancy way of saying that my make-up is causing these breakouts. Really, the description sounds exactly what I have.
So after posting yesterday morning I made my way out to the pharmacy and bought a Clean&Clear facial wash, as reccomened by Dan. Well, I thought it was the one he reccomened, when I got home it turns out I picked up the wrong one.
Luckily I already had Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% and a Derma Care moisturizer which doesn't contain any nasty ingredients, it's very soothing on the skin.
As advised I went through the motions of The Regimen (banning make-up first). I did it once in the morning and once at night being gentle with my skin. And this morning when I woke up I can already see a difference. There are less white heads and a few pimples are disappearing. I realize this is going to take time but so far I'm really happy. I'm so proud of myself that I could finally step up and do something about it.