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It's ok OP. having acne at this age means you wont have it later in life, when it's probably more important. Also, that was interestingly descriptive o.o
You are correct, 19. Stress is such a huge factor. The best thing you can do for your skin is leave it alone completely as much as you can, and focus on a healthy lifestyle. The more you worry about it, the worse it'll get. However, diet and elimination of chemical products can also do wonders.
I have tremendously horrible acne all over my face that has left just a horrific amount of scars. So much that most adults greet me by commenting about it 20 feet away... Oddly enough girls never seem to notice or act like they care though o_O. My doctors say that my acne is the result of a large number of viruses, toxic substances, etc. trapped in my body.
I used to have a horrific acne case, my doctor was rather shocked a 12 year old could have acne like it.. It was to the point where touching my face, even lightly, felt like a punch to the face. I was basically red. Additionally, my hair and face were incredibly greasy. Acutain (believe it's spelt different) cured all that up, it completely "de-grease-afied" my body. Pill a day for 5 months, and I'm better than ever. Stress does still cause some acne to poke through, though.
Popping zits is the worst thing possible you can do for your skin. All it does is make the pore even bigger,(causing more acne), spreads the oil in your skin to other parts of your face, and causes scar tissue. And that's just a couple of reasons you shouldn't pop your zits. There are many more. Just don't do it. Unless you want worse acne and terrible scars..
Boo the rest of my comment was cut off! Continuing... Gently press against the skin around the pimple. If nothing pops out then don't force it. Just means it's not ready. Never pop without rinsing and then washing with acne wash that works for you to prevent damage or infection from spreading. Be gentle to your skin and resist picking at it. Also watch what you eat. Greasy and fatty food can cause brake outs too.
I had horrible spots when I was younger. Just look after your skin, OP, and hold on to the thought that they'll go away eventually.
Sorry OP! Your dad is being mean and immature, they'll dry out sooner or later. Just drink lots of fluid, eat healthy diet and try not to touch your face too much with dirty hands! ;)
Best thing you can do without accutane (I really really would suggest avoiding that stuff, it's pretty brutal) is to get a prescription for minocycline or doxycycline (or something similar), use benzoyl peroxide (over the counter), and clindamycin (prescription). Use the benzoyl and clindamycin together twice a day, and combined with the medication, it should really help.
Till you read all the horror stories of people's skin practically melting off after stopping it. I used it when I was younger and it took many years to recover from the damage it did to my skin. If I could go back in time and warn my 13 year old self, I would. At least I can do so for others.
I first started using proactive when I was 12, it did wonders for my skin. I used it regularly until I was like 14. I'm 19 now and I hardly ever have any zits. I never had an issue with proactive when I used it, or when I stopped using it. I clean my face every morning, and at night after I wash it, I do a mask.
NO. NO. DON'T USE PROACTIV! I used it for a little while my freshman year of high school, and oh man. The minute I stopped (because I couldn't afford it anymore), my skin broke out like crazy - even worse than it was before. I heard of the rumors before, that using Proactiv made your skin worse, but I didn't want to believe them and am still facing the consequences of that decision today. Seriously. Don't use Proactiv, ever. It left me with a whole bunch of those red acne marks that are, thankfully, fading somewhat today but still there. Try looking into Murad - I got free products for being their human guinea pig/tester, and it's helped me a helluva lot more than Proactiv.
Actually.. There is no skin that is the same. Everybody has different skin. Therefore different stuff works for different people. So suggesting something and saying that something won't work is not the right thing to say. Proactive works for a lot of people. But it also doesn't work for alot of people. Everyone is different. So use what you use and look beautiful while doing it! ;)