About me & my acne:
So I have acne for as long as I can remember. Acne runs in my family and I remember having blackheads and pimples from before I was 10.So Now I'm 24 and honestly I really thought that I'd be done with acne at this point. I have always had cystic acne on my cheeks and chin. A few years ago I started to notice these small white or flesh colored bumps at the corners of my mouth. As time has passed the are now covering my chin and started to spread up to my cheeks. They don't ever really get inflamed or turn into white heads. If I squeeze them a thin skinny string of white pus comes out, but no matter how many times I pop them they always come back. No topical treatment has ever made it better. I also have a lot of black heads on my chin. So because I have always had acne I also have scaring. The scaring is mostly on my cheeks. I have a few shallow rolling scars, but a lot of ice pick scars and enlarged pores. Also lucky me because I am very fair and apparently very expressive in addition to dealing with acne I also have lines and wrinkles on my forehead. Awesome right acne and wrinkles at the same time right? I finally got sick of acne and I decided to take control and have a goal of 1 year to clear beautiful skin. I want to really work on clearing up my acne in the first 3 month after that I am going to work on the scars,, enlarged pores, skin tone, discoloration, and wrinkles.
My regime/ products
Spironolactone- 100mg once a day. I started taking this a few years ago and it honestly helped me with my hormonal cystic acne. I got lazy and stopped taking it. I started up again about 1 month ago. I am starting to get moderate results but its hard to tell because of all of the other products
Minocycline- 100mg once a day. I started this about 1 month ago too. I really don't feel like its making a difference, but right now it can't hurt and I will take any little bit of help I can get
Tretinoin 0.05% - I am starting on my 3rd week of this. I started out using it every 3 days the first week. Then moved to every other day and now I am up to 3 days in a row using it then one day off. The first 2 weeks it looked like it was helping to clear everything up but the third week...this week I started the initial break out phase. My little flesh colored bumps are staring to come up more and are turning into inflamed acne and white heads. I hope that this means they are purging. I need to remember not to pick at them but I can't help it. My face is red and scabby right now. I have some flakiness but nothing too bad. I have not seen any improvement in my forehead wrinkles or in my enlarged pores.
Face Wash/ Toner/ Acne Repair
Prescription Care Acne Treatment System- This is a 3 step system similar to the acne.org regime I believe. I got it at Big Lots for $5. step 1- 2.5% acne face wash Step 2- Toner Step 3- Acne Repairing Lotion. I have been using this for 3 weeks now. I really like it. I felt like it was clearing up my acne, but I think the tretinoin is surfacing my acne so I am continuing to use this twice a day.
Sirius Sonic- I bought this on Amazon for $25 because my sister loves her Clarasonic, but I couldn't Afford it. I have been using it on and off for 3 weeks. So far I like it, but i don't love it. I feel like I am using more face wash because of the brush.
Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel Kit- I have been using this for 3 weeks 2 times a week to battle my dry flaky skin and to help even out my skin tone. So far I love it. I get immediate results. I love how soft my skin is after I use it. It also helps get rid of all of my dry flaky skin. This is the one product that I can for sure recommend to everyone.
My skin progress right now:
Right now I have a bunch of acne on my cheeks. My cheeks are very red and irritated. My chin/ mouth is breaking out bringing up the bumps. My forehead is currently clear.
I plan to update this every week with reviews and progress on how everything is working