I started noticing break outs the end of my freshman year of college. Prior to that, my face was crystal clear. My brother and sister had acne as well, so I just thought I got lucky with the ‘clean face’ genes. Oh boy was I wrong! I’m just a late bloomer.
Out of nowhere, there was a crazy infestation of zits on my face. I was horrified. They didn't arise gradually, they came in swarms. Last summer my acne got so out of control, that I had to stop using normal face washes and see a Dermatologist. He prescribed me three different things to take.
- A special face wash I had to use morning and night
- A gel I had to put on before I went to bed and
- An oral pill to take each morning.
He injected all 35 of my white heads with a cortisone needle. It was so painful. I wanted to get up and deck the guy in the face for not asking for my permission to do it. He had to bring in a female assistant to apply pressure on every pimple he stabbed, because of the amount of blood and puss oozing out of each one. It was disgusting.
After that visit, I told my mom I never wanted to go back. Plus, his little needle trick didn’t cure my acne. I was getting desperate and then remembered that my brother and sister used Proactiv on their skin which cleared their acne up, so I ordered it.
Proactiv literally feels like it's burning your skin when you apply their products. My face has made some improvements since using it, but I would NEVER want to use this stuff permanently! It took several months of using their three step kit to see results. A word of caution, once you start using Proactiv, expect your face to become red and irritated. Your face is going to hate you for putting such strong chemicals on it.
After about six months or so of using Proactiv, my face only had a few white heads. I always felt like I was on the verge of breaking out though. My face adapted to the products and it was just acting as a Band-Aid to my acne and not actually killing it at the source. As soon as I stopped using Proactiv twice-a-day (religiously), I would break out immediately. That's how they play the game and keep getting your money though. If they actually sold you a product that worked, they wouldn't have return customers. They offer a renewing subscription for a reason. I've been to several Dermatologists and they wouldn't prescribe Accutane. I need to look into more Holistic ways to fight acne because putting all these chemicals on my face can't be good for my skin.