Post # 1
I’m looking for some advice with this. Basically as a teenager I had good skin, I was always prone to getting a zit before my period. Which I thought was the end of the world at the time, now I wish it were that simple!
Ever since about a month or two before turning 23, my skin has been AWFUL! It’s so embarrassing! I don’t get normal pimples, I get huge cystic pimples that take forever to go away and nothing topical works on them. Generally I get them a week or two before my period. And it’s not longer just a zit, it’s more like 4 or 5 and these suckers HURT!
Granted, I’m in my last year of college, we moved our wedding to next year, just got a house that we are completely re doing, and I was unemployed for a while. So sure, lots a stress, however my skin is stressing me out more than anything! I feel like a teenager!
Not to mention I’m completely obsessed with the thought my skin will be awful on my wedding day.
I’m sure mine is obviously hormonaly related, but I don’t understand why. I’ve heard of Polycsytic Ovarian Syndrome, and I have noticed I get one or two chin hairs before my period as well (I pluck them out), however I have regular periods, I’m very very thing ( 5’6″ and 98lbs), and have no family history of it, so my doctor feels I don’t qualify for it. The last time I had a hormone test my hormones were normal but close to to being borderline higher than normal.
I just don’t get it, I wash my face, tone, moisturize, ect. I always take my make up off. As stated I’m very thin, although I do slack in the exercise department however I am active. I’ve tried cleaning up my diet, all that happened was I lost more weight.
Post # 3
Are you on BC pills? If so, it could mask some symptoms of PCOS, as it is a common treatment for PCOS. I also know skinny people that have PCOS.
Even if you don’t have PCOS, BC pills helped my skin, so it might be an option if you are not on them.
Could you be overcleaning your skin? I used to use all those clearasil/neutrogena/etc products and it made everything worse. My skincare routine now is just Dove Sensitive Skin bar soap, and then I moisturize with Eucerin. Make sure everything you do use is fragrance-free – fragrance is an irritant. You may also ask your doctor about a low dose daily antibiotic.
Post # 4
@Birdiebaby4: I don’t if there’s a reason for it or not, but I’m in my mid 30’s and I have more acne now than I did as a teenager. I wash my face twice a day, shower everyday, wash my sheets and towels, keep my hands off my face…I don’t know what else I could do. I have to use ProActiv and even that doesn’t get rid of everything (though it does make it substantially better). I cannot use anything with salicylic acid, that makes everything wayyyy worse. I have to use benzoyl peroxide.
Also, my mother didn’t stop getting acne until she hit menopause.
Post # 5
@Birdiebaby4: I have cystic acne as well, mostly on my chin. Unfortunately, the only thing that has worked for me is what my dermatologist started me on for my wedding so my skin was pretty good.
1) Tea tree oil body bar
2) Clindamycin foam
3) Finacea Gel (I also have pretty bad rosacea)
4) Solodyn (Minocycline) it is an oral antibiotic.
That combination worked. I started out with only topicals and saw 0 improvement until I started the Solodyn. It may not work for you the same but I recommend seeing a dermatologist.
Post # 6
Have you seen a dermatologist? They can prescribe you with something that can help.
Post # 7
Did you switch birth control in the last little while? Mirena didn’t agree with me but it took about 5 months before I saw any negative effects when I went back to the Nuva Ring, things went back to my normal clear skin.
Post # 8
@antisocialite: Nope I’m not on a birth control pill, I took one a few years ago and my hormones were never the same after that!
@springbride23: That’s interesting about the antibiotics, I do have Benzaclyn and I put it on when I break out but to be honest I don’t see an imporivement, it doesn’t even seem to prevent new ones from forming 🙁 Also the antibiotic in it makes my stomach very upset so I’m not sure an oral one would be well tolerated.
@louisianablue: I went ot a derm back in May and she gave me the Benzaclyn but I didn’t see any difference. I have clear skin up until about half way through my cycle than I get angry painful cysts!
Post # 9
I’m using glycolic acid and clindamycin right now.. so far it’s worked the best for me. Cliniques’ acne care works well too. I’m also in my late 20’s having this issue. I tried the BCP again but I had too many other side effects
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
it’s perfectly normal to have hormonal acne as an adult. it runs in my family. my mom had it until she hit menopause. she even did an extra long bout of accutante and it didn’t work for her. my sister has it too.
for me, whenever I’m on something that evens out hormone fluctuactions (as in hormonal birth control), my acne stays under control. birth control pills are definitely known to work for this, but I’m guessing the nuva ring could also work too. I’ve been on mirena for 8 years and my acne is uner control. mirena is not known for this but I figured that since it put my hormones on an even schedule, it inadverntly helped my acne. (I’m not a doctor so I’m self analyzing here. it’s just that it seems like an awfully big coincidence that my acne went away and stayed away when I went on mirena.) I can tell the acne is still lurking though, and I’m very sure that it will come back with a vengeance when I go off BC.
I’ve read that zinc supplements can also help smooth out hormones and therefore help with hormonal acne. check out this WB thread on the topic: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-cured-my-acne-with-10#axzz2naWjXzMj)
Post # 11
@HappySky7: Where do you get the glycolic acid?
I was using a sample kit of Proactiv for a bit and ran out (my skin was alot better on it, although a bit dry but I noticed my period wasn’t bad that month so I’m wondering if maybe my hormones were just in check that month). But it contained glycolic acid in the toner and I was reading that helps alot but I don’t know where else you would find that.
Post # 12
I had absolutely NO acne in my teenage years, but after going off birth control around age 23 (like you), I started getting acne around my mouth and chin. I started birth control again (a different kind–orth tri), and now I rarely get pimples—maybe once every month or two. My skin is clear, but I’m worried that once I eventually go off birth control for whatever reason, it’ll get worse again :/
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard
@Birdiebaby4: glycolic acid is basically in the category of skin proucts that exfoliate chemically. other products include alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids.
I used to use a product with alpha hydroxy acid and it helped me a little (neutrogena healthy skin face lotion), plus I would use a scrub to exfoliate once a week. basically, anything that kept my skin soft, moisturized, and exfoliated worked well for me.
on the other hand, anything that dried my skin made it worse, such as over cleansing it or using drying product like benzoyl peroxide. hormonal acne is weird that way.
Post # 14
@Birdiebaby4: My skin just recently balanced out. What I’m using:
Nortel birth control pills- made my acne worse at first, now I don’t break out before my period.
Aveno Complexion Cleansing bar (salicylic acid)
Clean and Clear moisturizer with salicylic acid
I also take vitamins and drink tons of water. I’ve read that Cod liver oil and Zinc help with acne, so I take both of those, plus a multi vitamin.
Post # 15
@HappySky7: +1 for the clindamycin. I swear I didn’t have a single pimple until I hit my early 20’s and I had it pretty bad for about a year or so… the clindamycin was really gentle and didn’t make me all red and irritated like the usual OTC acne products.
What also helped was zinc supplements (do NOT overdo it though!)
The most important factor however was getting the hormonal stuff back under control. My acne actually first started when I switched from Ortho Tri to a generic brand to save money… well after my skin decided to go crazy I switched right back. It was worth it to me!
Post # 16
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
@Birdiebaby4: Go to a dermatologist at least 5 months before your wedding. They can prescribe stuff that will help.