I am 20 years old, have had HORRIBLE acne that left scarring in my teen years. And now I'm starting to break out again after I thought I was done with this crap. I'm a clean person, take showers every day, wash my face, hair, blah blah. I just don't know what to do, I'm even starting to break out bad on my chest again and stomach.
I've been on Accutane, which is the strongest acne drug out there, three times and it is all starting to come back? What can I do?
The sad thing is, my skin is/was finally starting to look good, and my parents spent a lot of money on acne scar treatment... But now it is starting to come back.
My dermatologist told me about those supplements and so I looked them up, and they look like they may help. There was one guy that had been on accutane with no success and then tried DIM and it worked. It's not that expensive so it would be worth a shot.
as completely backwards as this sounds, hear me out.
sometimes you need to stop using the harsh chemicals on your skin, no matter what the boxes claim. once every week, use exfoliant. then moisturize your skin and just leave it. for the rest of the week, use either water or a really gentle face wash. neutrogena makes good stuff.
but your drowning your pores in meds. let them breathe more often and they'll clear out.
seriously, don't pick either. you may feel gross but I know for a fact people don't notice as much as you do. I have friends who I've never noticed acne on but they would always complain about it.
anyways, let your skin balance itself out. sure, it' might be oily. but it releases those extra oils because you dry it out with too many meds.
also, if you MUST use acne medicine, I recomment 10% benzoyl peroxide. I would put it on the whitehead and it would seep down and kill the germs from the inside letting it heal faster.
you should visit the dermatoligist and they will recommend a pill called izotrentrion...something like that haa. you take the pill once a day for 5or 6months and it targets the bacteria from the inside. you probably have the most servere type of acne. and this pill helps clean your skin forever. it comes with side effect but that you can talk to the doctor.
they say that sometimes after the 5 months the acne comes back so they put you on the pill for another 5 months and then its gone forever.
It really is just a hormonal issue. That means it's basic and fundamental to your body chemistry. That said these things do resolve themselves eventually.
After having some similar issues for the past 15 years I've concluded that it's actually sort of a good thing. I think it helps the body regulate itself, sort of using your skin as a toxic waste dump for stuff that doesn't belong inside your body. Better out than in, even if it makes you look and feel bad. It's better than a heart attack or a stroke, rest assured.
As for the scarring, that can be repaired in due course. Your body can re-absorb the collagen, once it's in a position to do so.