I am 20 years old - almost 21 and ever since I was 13 I have had horrible acne problems. I have tried almost every acne treatment product under the sun.
I haven't tried proactiv yet because I had heard from a few people in my high school that they had very bad reactions to the product. But now that I'm nearly 21 and still am battling acne I'm getting close to just biting the bullet and trying proactiv.
Due to my many years of acne trouble I have my fair share of acne scars. I know acne scars are way less attractive on girls than they are guys but I haven't found any scar treatments that work either.
I wash my face twice a day and I moisturize it after washing. I have done this every day since I first started getting acne and yet I break out. Horribly. My friends my age, when they "break out," it's like 3 zits that go away within a week. When I break out I turn into full on pizza face - zits all on my chin, forehead, and cheeks and they stay... forever. They don't just go away, either. They leave scars. Even if I don't pop them or pick at them.
When did your acne breakouts subside? Did you have horrible acne? Is your skin clear now? Blemish free? Did it ever stop looking blotchy?
Do you know any acne scar treatments that are cheap enough that a 20 year old college student could afford them?
Any help is appreciated.
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I don't know if accutane is still available due to all the lawsuits, and I remember not long ago it was a real pain to prescribe to anyone, so you might have a hard time finding a doctor who still will.
All hope isn't lost though. Forget proactive; you don't need it. With it, you are mainly paying for the name brand and a bunch of other crap that doesn't work anyway. The active ingredient in it is benzyl peroxide, and if 10% is too strong for you then find a local pharmacy that will order you a 5%, and, if it's still too strong, then try 2.5%. Your skin will probably adjust after a while, so you might be able to move up in strength after a while. Use it 2-3 times a day, and it will clear your acne. To help with your acne scars, find or order a moisturizer that has AHA in it. It will smooth your skin and diminish the scars. Apply it twice a day. Ideally, you should apply the AHA 10-15 minutes after you shower (your pores are open and it's easier for your skin to absorb it).
If you want to apply the benzyl peroxide before the AHA, then use the benzyl peroxide first and then after 10-15 minutes follow it with the AHA. All of this won't cost you much, and after a while will make a huge difference in your appearance. You'll be very surprised how effective this routine is.0