Within the last 6-8 months, I've been breaking out (blackheads/whiteheads) around my chin and mouth area. I'm experienced in dealing with acne, but nothing I do helps.
I am a 26 year old female. I've been dealing with acne since I hit puberty. I've been using Azelex
for the last two years.
Up until about 6-8 months ago, I've had an acne-free face* using Azelex. Now, it doesn't matter what time of the month it is, I get terrible break outs around my chin and mouth. Specifically: blackheads on my lip line, and whiteheads and blackheads on my chin. I've done all of the things I could think of: reduce stress, change my pillow case more often, get off all harsh meds and cleansers to let my skin "rest" (that was 3 months ago, it didn't work), make sure the things I put up to my face (phones, etc.) are clean, etc... Nothing helps. And, my face stays red for a long while after the breakouts, which never used to be the case.
One possibility: the new beau has a goatee. I refuse to make him get rid of it. If that's the culprit, is there anything he can do to help me out a bit? Trimming a little closer? Specific shampoos?
And, do you have any tricks I may not have thought of to get rid of my problem? Do you think this medication has simply lost its effectiveness? Does that actually happen?
I'm really at a loss here. I don't want to look like I'm 15 again. In case anyone wants to suggest the ridiculous: I am NOT pregnant.
*I've had some small breakouts during my time of month, but the meds knocked them out within a day or two