I'm at a boiling point with my skin and came here for help. In the past I've only joined "gadget type" forums (I'm into that kind of stuff lol) but I was watching a Proactive Infomercial yesterday and Diddy commented about how men don't have forums and chat rooms to discuss skincare and I thought "Oh my goodness! Why haven't I thought of that?" ...and I ran to my computer. It had never occured to me that such existed...I don't know why!
So here I am, overwhelmed with acne and scarring and hoping/praying to turn things around. I'm 33 years old and never had a pimple in my life (honest!) until I got pregnant with my daughter at 26. Then, WHAMMO! First it was my back - YUCK, then my face followed suit.
I've tried Aveeno acne skincare line, Proactive (my best friend bought it for me) and then started a "make shift" remedy that one of the custodians at my job recommended. That was really my low point, btw. I had gotten frustrated with the whole acne thing and decided I didn't care what my face looked like anymore. Then "Mrs. Smith" (we'll call her) stopped me in the hallway after hours one night when I was working late and started giving me skincare advice. I was appreciative of her concern and helpful spirit but it made me feel like dirt...that someone who barely knew me felt compelled to help me with my skin.
She told me to dilute alchol with a little water and use this to clean my face and then use Cortizone-10 Maximum Strength Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream Plus 10 Moisturizers to stop the itch so I'd keep my hands off of my face. Well I tried it and just like everything else it seemed to work at first but then plateaued. I know NOTHING about skin care so I have no idea if I should have followed this advice or not.
I have finally decided to seek the help of a dermatologist. I called my insurance company yesterday to see if they covered the BLU-U procedure and it appears they do, so hopefully after my consult I can have that done. I'll keep you posted.
Mostly I just wanted to say hello and thank you all for all of the wonderful advice I've read on here so far. It has really given me hope.
Sorry for the long post.