I had great skin growing up, but recently my skin has been way more difficult to handle. I am a 25 year old female, and about 5 week ago I started getting hard, unpopable bumps on my cheeks and one on my forehead. They were painful and big, and I am still dealing with the scars. They flattened out and are still red, but I thought my skin was getting better and healing. Like I said, I don't get very much acne, so this is new to me. About 4-5 days ago I noticed I started getting a few bumps on my cheek again. Nothing like the hard ones before, but they never came to a head, either. More and more unpopable bumps keep forming on my cheeks and under my eyes. Some of them are small and skin coloured, but this is seriously depressing me. I don't know what could be causing this and I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've made an appointment with a dermatologist, but I have to wait 8 days to see her, so I wanted to ask all of you here what you might think is going on.
I take MONONESSA birth control pills every morning. (Had to get on and off of it and switched to something else in the past 6-7 weeks, but now I am on only Mononessa)
AM: -I wash my face with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula -Pat face dry and moisturize with Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (I just bought CeraVe AM facial moisturizer, but I haven't used it much yet. Not a huge fan of it...)
PM: -I wash my face with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser Foaming Formula -Pat face dry and apply a few drops of TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C 20% E & Hyaluronic Acid) -BaeBody Beauty Retinol moisturizer -Belif Miracle Revital eye cream
(Since my skin has broken out so much recently, I have stopped using everything except my Neutrogena face wash and my Neutrogena moisturizer)
I'm super weird about my pillowcases, so I change them all the time. Recently I have used some detergents (Snuggle Plus Fabric Conditioner, and all Liquid Laundry Detergent Free and Clear) on my sheets, so I have also stopped using that to clean my pillow cases and my bedsheets. I also make a point to not press my phone against my face, and I try to keep my hair off my face when I sleep.
I'm also a very athletic person, and am the fittest I've ever been in my life (if that matters). I go to the gym and lift heavy 3-4 times a week, and I drink a lot of water and eat a healthy diet pretty much most of the time. (Once in a while I'll eat 'junk food', but for the most part I stick to eating lean proteins, veggies, fruits, yogurt, all that good stuff.)
I do deal with a lot of stress and anxiety, but I thought that it had gotten a bit better recently... This breakout has made me more anxious and stressed than I was before, though!!