Post # 1
I’ve never had great skin but this last year it has gotten a lot worse. Mostly its cystic acne on my chin and cheeks. I feel like I’ve tried everything and I’m just at my wit’s end. Beside the fact that it doesn’t look so hot, it hurts…a lot. I’m just sad about it. I know there are more important things in life but I’m tired of spending so much time each day with washing my face, putting on lotions that don’t help, then covering them up only for foundation to wear off in an hour. I’m tired of spending so much money on things that don’t help. Now with my wedding 9 months away I’m even more motivated to get this fixed. Anyone have anything that’s worked for them. I’m at a loss
Here is what I have tried….
– neutragena acne
– switching birthcontrols
– I try to do an acne facial as often as possible but the cost is so much I have only been able to every 3 months or so.
My Makeup: I wear bare minerals but occasionally use clanique.
Also someone reccomended the Clarisonic Facial brush to me. Its an investment at $200 but if it would help I’d budget for it but I hate to spend $200 on something that won’t help. Anyone every tried it.
Post # 3
Go to a dermatologist. Cystic acne is nothing to mess around with, and it sounds like prescription antibiotics and derm treatments are the way to go.
Post # 4
Have you tried Accutane? Accutane is a form of vitamin A. It reduces the amount of oil released by oil glands in your skin, and helps your skin renew itself more quickly. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne (which is what it sounds like you have). It is usually given after other acne medicines or antibiotics have been tried without successful…maybe you should go see a dermatologist and ask if Accutane would work for you. I can relate to how you are feeling though…It is hard to think of much else when you have very painful acne that just wont seem to go away . Hang in there!
Post # 5
I second Mrs. Grape. Definitely go to a dermatologist. The good thing is, you have plenty of time for any prescriptions to do their job. Good luck!
Post # 6
I feel for you, I am battling with a 2 that wont’ go away after 2 injections already. I’ve tried tons of oral and a face washes, I go to the derm often. You can try Acutune I never did, the side effects freaked me out too much, my Derm said that if I went on it when I was younger then my Acne wouldn’t be as bad.
I think my next step is going to try a laser treatment, it’s expensive but I’m at my wits end too.
Post # 7
Derm, but also how’s your health otherwise? What are you eating? Are you doing anything differently?
Post # 8
I third Mrs. Grape (about the antibiotics at least). I’m not sure whether it’s as effective for cystic acne, but SO and I take minocycline for our skin issues and it works wonders.
Best of luck!
Post # 9
I have an acne problem as well. Not cystic I dont think, but I also get it on my chin and jae bone. It is so annoying, I know how you feel.
I went to a dermatologist and he put me on a clindamycin/benzoil peroxide gel called DUAC adn that worked perfectly. The only thing is that the bacteria can grow resistant and then you need to change the product and so on. But it works.. it worked for me for like a year.
I regularly use Clearasil face wash, because none of the other over the counter ones works for me.
And as for make up, i found that bare minerals, and sheer cover would make me break out even more (even though they say they dont, its all lies). So there is this ALMAY make up, called “clear complexion”, its great. It has salicyc acid in it so it will treat your acne at the same time it cover it. Its the only thing i use. They have concealers, foundations, and powders. Hope that helps!
Post # 10
My partner gets really bad acne, sometimes cystic acne — he finds that by cutting out dairy and beef there is an improvement.
He was on a perscription for it years ago (not an antibiotic) but he said one of the side effects was sun sensiitivity which was really really painful –he also said the RX affected his mood & his alcohol tolerance. So definitely talk about all the available treatments with your doc!
Definitely see a dermatologist if you can. good luck!
Post # 11
I would make an appointment ASAP with a derm. They may be able to prescribe you something topical like Differin as well as oral medication that’ll help you out. I have very sensitive, very dry skin, and with wedding planning, my skin’s going totally crazy too (like some spots are painfully dry, some areas like my forehead are oily and have acne) so I think stress contributes alot to your skin’s health.
Products like Proactive and Neutrogena are over the counter and don’t provide Rx-quality results–most of their business is generated by good marketing (like using celebs with great skin to promote their products) and not actually a good product.
Post # 12
Definately get to a derm. asap.
In the meantime, make sure all makeup is removed at night, drink PLENTY of water and DONT TOUCH your face at all during the day.
Replace any makeup sponges and clean makeup brushes too.
Post # 13
I have used the clairsonic. I love it. It makes my skin lovely and soft, but I wasn’t dealing with acne, just acute vanity and fear of wrinkles. It does make you skin absorb and recat to products more/better.
And I second missmouse29, going off dairy and meat has had the biggest effect on clearing up my skin and FH, who struggles with cystic acne. He barely gets any since we’ve gone off dairy over the past 6 months.
Post # 14
I have a Clairisonic as well. It can be overly drying to my skin (which could make acne worse). I’d suggest if you want to try one to buy it from Sephora – you can return anything to them if it doesn’t work for you, even if you’ve opened/used it.
Post # 15
I know how you feel, I have horrible cystic acne on my cheeks and chin….apparently acne on these areas is hormonal and also linked to your lungs?!?
Anyway, look on the ACNE.ORG website
I started following this regime and it’s making a HUGE difference to my skin…plus you don’t have to buy anything you prob don’t already have.
Another thing worth thinking about is what my dermatologist told me which is that doing too much to your skin will make it worse. I was doing too much and was actually stripping my skin of it’s oils which made the acne worse. Also, I changed the detergent I wash my bed sheets in to non-bio which has helped and I change my pillowcase every two days too.
Oh, and I second the advice about drinking loads of water – it really does help!
Post # 16
ok stupid questions time! how do I find a dermotologist? what do I tell them or what are best practices when I go? I’m such a baby about the doctor. dentist, no big deal, doctor makes me nervous. I’ve thought about accutane but @ams12 said I think I’m too nervous about the side-effects
Ive thought about diary and beef. I’ll give that a try.
@BeautyRush thanks for the tip on Almay. I switched to bareminerals about a 1 1/2 ago and my skin became so clear, and then 6 months later it fell apart so I’ve been reluctant to try a new makeup because i thought it was helping but maybe I should drop it for a while.
@Pinkpinstripes I know, I can’t STOP touching, it hurts. Its like an impulsive OCD thing now. i don’t know how to get myself to stop but I know I need too.
one more question, how long to I give a new skin regiment before I decide it isnt working and toss it?