Post # 1
I’m 27, and a few months ago my skin started to get very dry and I also started to get some pimples. I had terrible acne in high school, which I went on Accutane for. Unlike most people, Accutane barely dried my skin at all, and it worked wonderfully. For years, I would get one or two pimples every week or so, but nothing major. Now, all of a sudden, my skin is going crazy!
It’s dry, flaking, and I have tons of pimples all over my face. I’m on hormonal birth control (NuvaRing), which I have been on for years. I went to Lush and explained what was going on, and they recommended products. I started using them (Ultrabland, Angels on Bare Skin, Full of Grace) and saw an improvement within a few days (this was about 3 weeks ago), but in the past 2-3 days the pimples have become terrible againand my skin is still dry and flakey. I thought that by the time I reached my late 20s my skin problems would be a thing of the past, but my face looks so terrible that I just want to cry whenever I look at it.
Has anyone else been through this? Any advice? Should I suck it up and go to the dermatologist?
Post # 2
TGold: I also started breaking out in my mid/late twenties, and I’d never had skin issues before. The breakout started because of stress and then exploded due to using drying products to try to clear up the acne, which just made it worse. In the end I went to a dermatologist after a few months of pizza face and the doctor said excess dryness causes pimples/acne just as much as excess oiliness.
Maybe you need to hydrate your face in your twenties, whereas you need to “dry it out” in your teens.
You should probably just suck it up and consult a professional derm. I’m sure you won’t regret it in the end.
Post # 3
I’m 33 and had moderate acne until last year. I stopped eating gluten all together and I haven’t gotten a breakout since. Kinda extreme but I also did it for health issues. I lost weight and feel amazing inside and out.
Post # 4
I have the same issue! my skin over produces oil because of how dry it is, which in turn gives me really bad acne. I have cured it though! I have been using Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief in the morning and no acne since then.
Post # 5
FutureMrsPrim: I think I’ll see if the Clinque counter will give me a sample of that to try. Thanks!
Post # 6
TGold: Use any spot treatment that is labeled 10% benzoyl peroxide. Put it on at night and wash it off in the morning or use it during the day and wash it off when it gets dry. A little goes a long way with that stuff so only use it on your pimple and dry to avoid surrounding skin. Use cold water to rinse your face and then apply vanicream 🙂
Post # 7
Payless: Unfortunately benzoyl peroxide makes my skin red, inflamed, and painful 🙁
Post # 8
TGold: I would highly recommend going to a derm. I am in my late 20s, and the dermatologist was the only thing able to keep my acne under control. Plus there is the added advantage of having a healthcare professional on-call in case you get any giant pimples before your showers or your wedding. Mine will inject with cortisone, which seriously makes my giant cystic ones go away in less than 48 hours.
Its also nice because she recommends products for me that are both anti-acne and anti-ageing.
Post # 9
I started getting terrible acne in my mid-twenties and I also cut gluten out of my diet and it’s done wonders. I find that sugar, processed foods, rice and potatoes also give me a little acne, but gluten is definitely the worst.
Post # 10
Do you think it could be partly hormonal? My sister has had great success with taking Evening Primrose capsules (along with a good skin care regime too of course) and I started taking them recently in the lead up to our wedding and have noticed my skin has improved a bit too (was never bad with acne but would get the odd spot flare up here and there).
Post # 11
TGold: I have eczema and it does the same to my skin. My skin eventually adjusted to it and I was always careful to avoid the skin surrounding my zits. It burns and I get inflamed but it works like a dream! It got better for me after multiple uses 🙂
Post # 12
TGold: Not sure how to edit soo: The Vanicream really helps to cool your skin after you use the spot treatment!
Post # 13
My skin is combo oily/dry [really dry and flaky in some areas, really oily and gross in others], and I’ve always had breakouts. They are never really horrible, but I seem to get a whole bunch at once. I also have redness in my face. I’ve been using dickenson’s all natural pore perfecting toner and it has been a blessing to me. It cleans my face [after about a week and a half I could actually feel it tingling in my pores], and balances out my skins nature moisture. I use it 3 times a day. It costs about $6 a bottle and is worth a shot.
Post # 14
I also went on Accutane (in college) and like you, my skin was so bad/oily before that it made my skin “normal”. It’s been about 6 years since I finished my treatment and I still get a couple breaks out every now and then, like you mentioned. I would recommend going to the dermatologist if you haven’t changed any part of your skin care regimen, diet, or hormonal BC. Seems like there’s something else going on there and a dermatologist should be able to give you some answers and hopefully you won’t have to spend tons of money on trial-and-error products.
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I had pretty good luck with the Exposed skincare kit! (I think you can only order it online) I ran out of the cleanser a long time ago and just use a grocery store Biore one now, but the Exposed “clear pore serum” is something I put on at night after my shower and when I wake up my zits are smaller and no longer red.