I have had acne since my early teenage years. I really suffered from it and always felt ugly because of it. My self image regarding my looks has been really damaged because of it. Nowadays people often tells me how beautiful I am and I can kind of see it objectively too, but I can't feel beautiful within, not ever. It's because of the acne.
In short, I waited all my teenage years to get rid of the acne. Cleaned my face with Clearasil and other drugstore acne treatments. When I was seventeen I started to take the pills and the acne disappeared.
I went off the pills seven years later. The acne was back! For about four years I suffered from major and minor breakouts but the acne never disappeared.
In 2002 I tried first internal antibiotics for a few months. The acne cleared up but came back as soon I stopped taking the medicine. Then my doctor recommended Accutane, which helped me a lot. After a year on Accutane, the acne disappered for a few years. Then it gradually became present now and then until my pregnancy in 2006. During the pregnancy and after the birth of my son in 2007 I could keep the acne under control. Until this summer.
I experienced a stressful emotional period in July this year and got severe acne over my entire face, especially on the lower parts. My doctor prescribed me Duac (BP and clindamycin) and also Diane birth control pills. I'm not sure I would go on the pills. I will try the acne regimen with external products first.
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