By now your head is reeling from all this info. I bet you never realised just how complex a condition acne is. It's why most of the stuff you read online often doesn’t help. Much of it is focussed on treating the external problem - the pimples themselves. However internal factors are just as important. You have to look at both
if you are going to get rid of acne once and for all.
Before you have a panic attack and think you have to follow everything - relax. You just need to identify those issues which affect you. You know your skin better than anyone. You can probably easily identify the two or three issues which affect you personally. Every single acne case has to be treated individually.
Not everyone has food intolerances. And some people can eat as much chocolate as they like and never see a pimple. Monthly periods may never affect your skin. Maybe you have had too many late nights and your skin is reacting? You could also be lucky enough to live a stress free life so that would rule that one out. Work out what your external triggers are or may be.
And then, just as importantly, understand exactly what type of acne you have so you know how to treat it. You don't have to throw all the medications at your pimples - just the ones that are specific to your problem. For example, if you have whiteheads you really should just be using a salicylic acid or another mild treatment cream. However, small red zits need a more focussed anti-bacterial approach and possibly a trip to your derm.
Fortunately, we have found something to help you along. Take this comprehensive quiz
from Acne Einstein which deep dives into your lifestyle and acne type to help identify both the internal and external factors which are causing your acne problem. And please contact us if you need more info or help.
As a footnote, just remember that there's more to healthy skin than just keeping acne in check. Find out if your skin care routine
is checking all the right boxes.