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Hi, I'm new to this, and have never posted anything before, but I thought I would give it a try and share my story in hopes of getting some possible suggestions. I had mild acne through the later part of highschool, which continued into University. But just before I turned 21, it started getting a lot worse. Over the past year, my acne has gotten really bad. I have multiple pimples on my cheeks and chin, and some on my neck, near my jawline. I have no idea why they are forming.

I have tried many OTC products, but some just dry out my skin and make it worse. I tried a benzoyl peroxide wash, which I thought might help, but I could only use it once every couple days because it dried out my skin so much. This might be why it wasn't very effective. I've also tried using salicylic acid as a spot treatment, but it didn't prove very effective either. about 3 weeks ago I started using Neutrogena Oil Free Acne wash, and at first I thought it was helping, but after a few days, it started to dry out my skin a lot, and I think this caused me to break out more, especially on my cheeks. I've cut back to washing with it just once a day, and I use Clean and Clear Sensitive skin foaming cleanser in the morning. I moisturize after everytime I wash. My skin doesn't appear as dry and flacky now, but the pimples are definitely still there. It's weird, but pimples that were healing and starting to fade are becoming reinfected and developing again... this keeps happening on my cheeks. Just when I think its gone, it starts to come back. Does anyone have any suggestions about what I can do to keep the pimples from re-forming in the same spots... is there any reason that they are doing this?

I'm really desperate for a cure. My skin is starting to scar, and it looks horrible. I'm constantly avoiding friends and people that I care about because I don't want them to see me like this. Please, any help would be appreciated





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