So for the past two years, especially last year, I had moderate acne. It was only on my back at first and then it spread to my cheeks, where it scarred. Mum took me to the doctor, mainly cause she was worried about my self-image and I had talked about it being an insecurity. With professional medical advice, I started to follow this daily treatment plan:
1. Doxycycline 50mg antibiotic (daily)
2. Nightly ‘gentle’ skin cleanser (cetaphil) DO NOT use face masks/exfoliants/products that ‘improve’ skin complexion. These will irritate acne, reducing natural oils that fight bacteria *yay for oily skin*
4. Differin cream nightly (each tube is $80 but lasts two months)
3. 2L of water each day
And finally the most important:
DO NOT PICK/SQUEEZE!! Yes, there is a great amount of satisfaction/pain relief in squeezing that pimple.. BUT DON’T. Each pimple you squeeze = a new scar.. thinking about that helped me resist (you can do it!).
I have been following these steps for the past 10 months, and my acne is pretty much all gone. Yes, I still have scars, and will for a while, but in time they will heal. Also, don’t expect any results quickly. It took about 5 months for my acne to start clearing up, so you have to be patient! I know there are many who have had acne way worse than me, but this is how I helped reduce the amount of mine :)