Post # 1
Maybe somebody can offer some help …
For the last 6 months (and for the first time in my life!) my skin is freaking out. I’m having multiple breakouts on my face, chest, and back that intensify around PMS time but are usually ever-present.
My skin has also gotten more sensitive… the last time I got my eyebrows waxed (about a week ago) I broke out EVERYWHERE the aesthetician used the wax. This has never happened before.
What could the deal be? I didn’t start or stop any birth control, haven’t changed products or makeup, am actually MORE careful about cleansing than I was… Its so strange ? I’m 25… why is this happening now?
Post # 3
In my experience your skin changes and often for no reason at all. In hs I had face acne and no body acne and no allergies. In law school suddenly I became allergic to laundry detergent with scent in it (which i actually thought was acne at first because I got red bumps). Now I’ve been having actual body acne for the first time in my life. Who knows why it happens. Get thee to a dermotologist 🙂
Post # 4
I can’t say what’s happening but try erythromycin. It’s a presciption antibiotic for your skin. It often comes mixed with benzoyl peroxide. It worked wonders on me after all else failed. You can get it from your primary care physician. You actually have plenty of time before your wedding to start rentin A or differin.
Post # 5
I too have been having some difficulty with my skin. I tried washing twice a day, or more religiously! I adjusted my diet thinking it was certain things I was eating. Applied on the spot treatment and nothing would work. I went to the dermatologist who prescribed me an antibiotic and also a topical gel. After 3 weeks, my face has completely turned around. It is like night and day, I haven’t had a break out since. You still have plenty of time before your wedding to get a regiman into place. I recommend finding a dermatologist who can help you do so! Worked miracles for me.
Post # 6
It could very well be stress & hormone related. Make sure you’re getting plenty of sleep at night.
A few things to try:
- Wash your sheets often – like weekly, if possible. Your skins oils can build up on your sheets and cause you to break out. Always wear a clean tshirt or PJs to bed, too, for the same reason.
- Use a really mild soap in the shower or for your face. Anything that is too harsh could be stripping your skin of too much oil and making the problem worse. I love Purpose for my face. If you must use something for your body/back acne Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash is nice, or Peter Thomas Roth’s Body Buffing Beads/Shower Gel also works great.
- Be sure to drink lots & lots of water, since hydrated skin not only looks healthier, but the water also helps to flush out impurities in your skin & system.
Check with your Dr. They might be able to prescribe something topical or suggest an antibiotic if your breakouts are cystic. Best advice is not to worry! 🙂
Post # 7
Definitely hit up a dermatologist asap. In the meantime, make sure you use a cream cleanser not soap (which can be drying and make breakouts worse) a toner (alcohol-free) and a moisturizer (non-clogging). It seems counterintuitive, but moisturizing helps a lot because breakouts can be caused by dry skin clogging pores. Also, DON’T scrub. I know you probably want to take your frustrations out by scrubbing at the little buggers, but that will make it worse. Nice and gentle (and persistent) is the way to go. I also use both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. I use the s.a. at night because it comes in these pads that make my face shiny, and I mix in the benzoyl peroxide in with my moisturizer in the morning. The Dr. might have a different plan for you, but I find that using the two products helps a lot since they both do separate things (s.a. gets rid of dead skin cells and b.p. is antibacterial). Otherwise, he/she will probably give you some kind of antibiotic to help with the overall problem. Skin problems can be such a pain- good luck! 🙂
Post # 8
I started using Neutrogena’s 3 step program (its boxed all together… forget the exact name) and its worked wonders. I’ll be hitting up the derm if it doesn’t stick!
Post # 9
Sometimes it’s just those darn ol’ hormones that causes changes in our skin. I had beautiful skin as a teenager. However, when I hit my 30s’, ick, breakouts galore.