Hey OP. I hear you!! I suffered with bad acne the majority of my life. I still have acne, except it’s not nearly as bad as it once was (And I do have the scarring from previous acne). My acne was & is due to hormonal issues (PCOS). Have you gone to a dermatologist for your acne? Maybe yours is also hormonal?
This is my beauty routine:
1.) Wash face twice a day with Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar or Cream Cleanser. Use Clairsonic both times when washing face.
2.) Moisturize with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer.
3.) 2-3 times a week use Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Clay Fask Mask for about 15-20 minutes Each time. Helps to deep clean and purifies pores.
4.) Take a Multivitamin, Hair Skin & Nails vitamin and Vitamins A & E daily. Spring Valley Brand.
5.) Eat clean (veggies and fruits – very little to no dairy, meats, alcohol, caffeine, and processed food).
6.) Drinks tons of water daily.
7.) Exercise. Anything that gets you moving is good. Plus, it helps your relieve stress, which also makes acne pop up.
8.) Try to keep hair off face as much as possible. Also, if you wear scarves, make sure to wash them after every use.
9.) I don’t wear much makeup, but when I do, it’s noncomedogenic (acne friendly). So that it doesn’t clog my pores (or as much). Makeup makes my skin worse, so I try to avoid it at all costs.
Facials, Microdermabrasions, and Photo Facials work well for me, but are usually not within my budget (unless I get a good deal from Groupon or Living Social).
Touching, Picking or Poking your face is bad bad bad. That’s where a lot of the scarring will come from. I’m Italian, so my darker skin and propensity to easily scar doesn’t help and makes me never want to pick.
Hope that works! Everyone will have a different routine, but maybe some of these tips can help you as well. I know how awful acne is, and how embarassing it is. I’ve dealt with it for almost 20 years. I hope you find relief OP!!