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Re: Who's over 20?
Jun 2, 2005
I'm 22/female...started with mild acne (whiteheads) on my forehead when I was about 15. Was able to control it with over-the-counter medications through most of HS until my senior year. Then, I don't know if it was stress or hormones, but I started getting cysts between my eyes and on my forehead.

Finally convinced my parents to take me to a dermatologist and was prescribed some topicals (Retin-A, Duac, Differin) and antibiotics which helped for quite awhuile, but eventually stopped working. Started OTC Lo birth control, which was the worst thing I have ever taken to "help" my skin. Now my acne is entirely hormonal...I breakout with huge, painful cysts on my chin and jawline and have TONS of scarring b/c I have trouble NOT touching my face!

Now, I am seeing a new dermatologist and using regular OTC, Clenia foaming wash, Retin-A Micro, and Rosac Cream...helps a little bit, but am still getting some cysts. :rolleyes:

All I ever wanted was to stay clear through my college years, but it never happened. Good luck to all those 20+ people out acne is the worst!

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