Acne its more than stressing
Hi everyone, I've been dealing with acne for 3 years now and I can't find a cure, let me share you my story:
When I was about 15 years old i started trying every counter product i could find, clean & clear, l'oreal Bioré, St. Ives, etc. In those days i had mild to moderate acne, but nothing really worked. I even tried Proactiv which helped but it was very expensive, i had to order them and they didn't last longer than 2 or 3 months.
Finally my mom decided to take me to a dermatologist and the doctor prescribed me pentrexyl cabs (ampicillin) and they worked wonders!, even when i stopped using them, im not telling you that i never got a pimple again but it was very mild. Also i started to use the Clinique 3 step system, and only that because i began to realize that when it comes to your skin, less is more. I wash only twice a day and try not to wear makeup very often.
The thing is that over 6 months ago my acne has come back more aggressively than ever (moderate to extreme) its that ever and i think its has something to do with the fact that i started college and i stress a lot lately. Before, when i was in high school i always felt my skin breaking out when i was in exams or in finals. Some facts that i should have told you before:I don't drink soda, at all. I don't like it. I eat healthy (not that i don't eat junk food or anything), but i really try to choose proper food, like i stress the importance of veggies in everyday food to my mom so that she´ll help me with a more proper diet, i drink tons of water and fruit. I now that i hasn't been prove that a proper diet helps with your skin but it doesn't hurt either.
Another fact is that im a picker, and i now it doesn't help but is really hard not to do it. I've improved in my bad habit but its still there.
So a few weeks ago I decided to go back my the dermatologist and because she pointed out that i had cystic acne, she changed the toner in my Clinique system for one that didn't have alcohol. I see not changes at all because i still have acne, but my sisters and mom say that i have indeed improved, that my face is not clogged with oil, and that everything is now coming out. All that i see is Whiteheads all over my cheeks, which is really hard because i tried not to pick them. I went again to my dermatologist and i asked her why hadn't she prescribed me the cabs again? since i now i had more problems with my skin that when i visited her years back. She told me that she didn't want to hurt my sweat glands because i will be needing them when I'm older. I don't know what to do, i want this problem out of my system, i feel so depressed, and with all the problems in my house,i doesn't help at all. I know its because of stress but its really hard to not be when i have problems at home and when i look in the mirror i have horrible skin. What would you recommend me to do? I was thinking of trying to see if my skin improved while i was on vacations and if not going in August to my dermatologist again, What do you think? Should i wait or go back now? Thank you so much for reading thinks and any advice or words of encouragement will be appreciated!