Going into my teenage years/into puberty I never had acne, I only really had the occasional pimple which I still freaked out about because I always thought it was the end of the world. However at the start of 2012, it started to slowly form on my chin in which I totally freaked out and I started using so many products and trying everything on it which I didn't know at the time, was just making it worse. Gradually my acne just kept getting worse and worse and it started spreading to other parts of my face where it would just seem to form, and form, and form. No matter how healthy I ate (I gave up all junk food for 6 months), how many vitamins I took, how many theories I came up with to help with it, how much water I drank, how many products I tried, it was no use. Life was really getting me down because of it too (as I'm sure most of you can relate to), I started becoming anti-social and basically the total opposite of what I usually am (bubbly and happy). I sat inside for 6 months straight, never leaving the house to do anything, and hid myself away. It eventually got so bad that I resorted to self harm and I cried every day because of how much I wish I could've had my life back to the way it was. I pushed away all my friends and even started wagging school because I didn't want to be seen by anybody at all. I was so embarrassed.
My Mum could tell it was effecting me, so she took me to the doctor and I got prescribed e-mycin and minocycline. At the time not much seemed to change, so we went back to the doctor in which I got prescribed something new - Epiduo gel.
And I have to say, this is the thing that COMPLETELY saved my face. At first I was worried about using it, but I've been using it for over a year now and I couldn't imagine going without it. It has totally made all the improvement.
However, since the gel took a while to show it was working, Mum had taking me to a proper skin care consultant in which I got put on birth control pills which have helped to an extent too. I am also still on Minocycline twice a day, but to be honest I'm still unsure on the effect it's had - whether it's really helping or not, but oh well - I'm just glad something is!
But it goes without saying, all three medications have helped me so much. They have helped me gain my confidence back. They have helped me get my life back. As well as the help from this website, this was another place that I felt where I could only relate to the people on here. You are all so lovely ^~^
So, yeah. I know my story isn't really inspiring but it's just something I wanted to share. I honestly thought I would've had to put up with it for the rest of my life. I thought nothing could help me. But I didn't give up, and I got there and I couldn't be more happier.
Thanks for reading my story guys! Remember to never give up. <3