For those of you who also suffer from acne (especially to those with severe acne), you’ll know how hard it is to show an image of your face to others. For some reason, seeing a picture hurts so much more than looking in the mirror. It’s like your mind automatically adjusts your vision so that what you see isn’t “as bad” as it really looks. But a camera is merciless. I figured, I needed to do this so that I wouldn’t have to live in fear of my acne.
I would have to say that my acne that you see below is actually not the worse that it has been. At the moment however, I have a feeling that if I let it progress without changing my lifestyle and treatments around…that it would soon return to the extremely severe acne I had a couple years ago.
As you can see, my acne is concentrated on the lower portion of my face. I have whiteheads and a few pustules and papules located on my right and left cheek. I mainly have nodules, pustules and papules located on my upper lip, chin and around my jawline. I actually have not had a break out on my forehead regions in several years – not since about sophomore or junior year of high school. Doing some basic research on face mapping and how it can explain acne, I believe that my acne is mainly due to a hormonal imbalance.
In the recent months, I have made a few new “discoveries” and developed a few new “theories” as to how I could go about healing my acne. I will be going into these separate methods of treatment in the next upcoming posts but as a quick rundown, these are some of the things I’ll touch on:
1) Holistic methods of treating my acne.
2) Review of current products I am using. For a quick list, check out my regimen.