Hello everyone! My first post will be filling you in on the history of what my skin was, is, and how it came to be.
So about a year ago today, my skin was perfect. I would have been 14 then, summer after Grade 9. I didn't have one pimple or imperfection of any kind. In September of that year, I started getting one pimple every now and then, but still had a pretty flawless complexion. Winter of 2009, I probably had about 3 pimples at any given time, which were mainly only flared up because I picked/popped them. February 2010, I had a cluster of bumps on the top left corner of my forehead. Flesh colored under the skin bumps. I picked and poked them all the time in effort to rid these bumps (probably about 20) from the area. March 2010 - I purchase Clinique 3 Step system level 2 but with gel moisturizer. At this point I had forehead bumps, and 2-3 pimples on each cheek. April, continue with Clinique, upset at seemingly no results or change. May, fewer bumps on forehead but same under the skin flesh colored bumps start to develop on cheeks. I get into a really bad picking/popping habit now, I use like 30 Q-tips popping pimples till they bleed and hurt a day. Late May I order eXposed Skincare 6 piece set. Early June - around 15 bumps on forehead, lots of bumps on cheeks, some regular pimples on cheeks and a one inflamed painful under the skin thing on the side of my face. I start eXposed skincare. I pop the big one on the side of my face, ew. Mid- June my skin is looking better ish for a few days and I go to Muskoka with friends, I am confident enough not to wear makeup (and can't cause we swim a lot)! Still have flesh colored bumps everywhere but only 2 red pimples on cheeks. Late June - Skin gets worse and fassst. Cheek gets an under the skin painful inflamed bump which I pop giving my a gross red mark with pimple still underneath. Pimples on cheeks get red but don't come to a head. July - I stop eXposed skincare strictly, I add in Nizoral (been a few uses) and an exfoliating scrub, I still use eXposed BP but I switch moisturizer and cleanser. Early July now there are: lots of flesh under the skin bumps on forehead, one that I picked at is red, there was a painful/inflamed under the skin pimple above my brow that I popped, now it's red and inflamed. Right side of forehead is perfectly clear still (never had pimples/issues). Cheeks have lots of under the skin bumps (like around 40 each), red around some, some whiteheads and small pustules, acne scars and generally disgusting skin. Routine currently is Dans regime but using Neutorgena Grapefruit acne wash, eXposed BP, clinique gel moisturizer, I had some Clindets samples from a derm (about 3 days worth) that I used, and Q2CH PM moisturizer (you can see the current/upcoming regime details in signature). I plan on using this regime, NOT picking/touching/popping any thing on my face ever again after today's massacre :*( Emotionally: Having bad skin is really really upsetting me, especially when it was so nice even a few months ago compared to this.I am really embarrassed and wouldn't be caught DEAD without makeup on right now. I really just want to see some improvement. Please leave comments/suggestions!!!!