This is my first day on Acne.org. I'm going to start off by introducing myself & giving insight on my acne journey.
I am in my early 20s. African American woman. I have dry/acne prone skin. I would classify my acne as moderate.
I have suffered with acne since I was 15. I never broke out at all up until that point. I am not sure what triggered it but I'm assuming it was puberty. Over the years, my acne has come in gone but for the most part, it has come. I would be clear for a month and then break out for 3. Everyone in my immediate family suffers from some form of acne (mild to severe). I believe my acne is more genetic then it is anything. I did notice when I was on birth control my skin was healthier so I am currently considering getting back on.
2013 & this year has so far been my worst year of skin. I graduated last year & for some reason I noticed a DRAMATIC change in how bad my skin looked post college. I'm not sure if it's the stress or what.
I started Epiduo around August/September last year. I had been on Epiduo before when I was about 18 & it helped me A LOT. This time around, it isn't really doing much. At first I did notice a change about 3 months post treatment, but it didn't last long.
Right now I feel my skin is at one of the worse it's been in YEARS! It has really put a damper on my self esteem. I feel my skin looks disgusting most days. I am ALWAYS looking at my skin & being self conscious about it. It's one of the main things I think about now. It has gotten really bad & it consumes everything I do daily. I can't help but to think about how bad my skin looks when I go out. Some days I don't even go anywhere because of my skin.
I am simply fed up with my acne!!!
Right now my regimen includes:
(1) Wash with Cuticura soap (day/night)
(2) Apply pea-sized amount of epiduo (day/night)
(3) Wash with Panoxly day wash (once/twice a week)
(4) Wash with Panoxly foaming wash (night...once/twice a week)
--I've been doing this for about 2 weeks now
Today I purchased the Acne.org starter kit. Whenever it comes, I will be updating you on my week-to-week progress.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, please feel free to share them here!
All negative comments will be blocked =)