All Metafites Who Have Battled Mild/Moderate Yet Persistent Acne: What has actually helped you? In terms of diet, products, medication, or anything else? What about for the post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (dark marks) that remain? I prefer natural remedies, but any anecdotal suggestions/advice is very appreciated.
I'm a 20 year old lady with Indian skin. I have normal to combination skin that's been very problem-free for most of my life. Since I turned 19. I've had mild acne, some milia and some bigger under the skin bumps on my cheeks. I break out once every 3 weeks or so, I usually have some zit/pimple/bump on my face. It makes me feel ugly and unappealing without makeup.
I'm unsure whether it is hormonal or not. I do notice that the less dairy and caffeine I consume, I tend to break out less. I'm practically addicted to both, however, so although I do avoid it, it's hard to stop completely.
I cover my zits with makeup, but I'm so tired of doing this--the bumps are not covered, just the discoloration. I'm also left with a dark mark EVERY TIME I get a pimple, whether I touch them or not. I don't get any pitted scarring (the skin looks/feels pretty smooth after the pimple is gone, other than the discoloration), but the hyperpigmentation is a pain to deal with, as it lasts a few months and I have to cover it all with concealer.
To deal with this, after having a bad reaction to benzoyl peroxide (due to my own anxious over-use of the product, not really due to the bp itself) I've gone mostly natural/gentle. I use clay masks with diluted apple cider vinegar, wash my face with Fresh Farmacy, a calamine and tea tree oil based cleanser from Lush, use Cetaphil moisturizer (I'm deathly afraid of using anything else, for fear that it may break me out...However, I'm unsure if Cetaphil moisturizer is helping my skin.) and exfoliate gently using a flour-mask recipe my grandma gave me.
I'm very unwilling to take birth control or any kind of medication. Even BP and the like is stretching it for me. I'd like to stay as gentle and natural as I can, and would go more natural with my moisturizer, except that I'm terrified to change my products up.
My routine's okay. But it's not doing wonders for my skin. Neither of my parents had acne...So I'm frustrated because they don't know how to help. My dad is always like "It's just natural, leave it alone" and my mom thinks I should just ride it out.
But I'm asking you: What did you do to really help your mild/moderate but persistent acne? What spot treatments do you really like to use? What habits did you change? When did your acne disappear? Did you need to change your diet? How do you deal with dark marks or any kind of scarring? What do you do to take care of your skin in general?
Thanks so very much. Sorry for the boring question! I'm frustrated with my persistent acne and I'm tired of using makeup as a crutch :(
I've attached a gross picture of one cheek where you can see how it has little dark marks and little zits all over it. That's on my other cheek as well. Please ignore my lack of sleep and makeup :)