I never thought I'd have acne! I have pictures from when I was 12, 13, 14... flawless skin. When I was fifteen, I remember seeing some red marks around my hairline, but it wasn't until the end of 2006 that I really started getting them. I still have mild acne - mostly pustles and pauples - but due to some baaad moisturizer I have a few whiteheads and blackheads around my nose and cheeks.
Right now, the worst of it all for me are my red marks. Without them, I'd only have around three small zits on my forehead - basically nothing much - but because of those suckers, it looks like a good portion of my forehead is covered in little red zits. It's most noticeable right after I wash my face or workout. I know they fade, but until I get my acne under control, they're always going to be there.
Right now, I've been using Clindamycin (Cleocin T 1% Lotion) for the past week. If I hadn't made the mistake of using moisturizer, I probably wouldn't have any whiteheads/blackheads or clogged pores around my nose and cheeks, but ignoring those, I think my breakouts have gotten a bit better. My doctor said it'd take at least another week before I started seeing real results. My goal is to get my acne under control (without irritating or reddening my skin), and then deal with the red marks. My doctor also said the Clindamycin will only work for a few months before my body grows immune to it, so I'll have to find something to gently cleanse my pores after I'm finished with my prescription.
One step at a time, I guess. ;]
What products are you using? What's worked/hasn't worked for you in the past? I'm hoping for slightly clearer skin by Halloween, and fewer red marks by Christmas... we'll see.
All the best!
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