Post # 1
I know it’s melodramatic, but believe me, I feel like a wreck. =( I have had acne since the fifth grade. Past puberty it was honestly not too bad. Moderate facial acne that I could deal with/cover with make up. I’m now 28 and recently broke out like I have never seen before. Severe SEVERE facial acne, tons of acne on my back and chest, even some on my neck. I have no freaking clue what’s going on. No new products, I baby my skin. I take zinc, multi vitamin, use nice moisturizer and low dose retin a. I feel so ashamed, like I’m somehow dirty and it’s my fault. I’m pretty much only leaving the house for work and crying my eyes out about what a disgusting monster I look like daily. I’m going to be a hideous bride with acne covering my body, seriously, no one wants to see that shit. I am too old for this. Blah, even writing this is making me cry. I can’t be on birth control due to an unrelated health issue so that’s out. I feel like I’m out of options and so depressed. Sorry, bees, wish I had something more uplifting to post.
Post # 4
I’m sorry. First, you ARE beautfiul, but I know it is awful to feel bad about yourself over something you have no control over. Have you talked with your doctor about Acutane? It’s is very intense, but is supposed to be the most effective thing to fight acne of any kind. You have to be careful on it and cannot end up pregnant, but I’ve heard it’s fantastic. Maybe talk with your doc about it?
Post # 5
@strawbabies: I have, and I have an appt. for a new one in 2 weeks.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - Dalhousie Castle
Dermatologist -> ask about accutane. It’s not the most pleasent, but if you get through it, it can change your skin and clear it right up permanently. I did it five months before my wedding and it transformed by skin.
Post # 7
@KatiePi: I have an severe eye condition that accutane may negatively effect, but I am definitely planning to ask about it soon. Thanks, but really, I am not beautiful like this. =(
Post # 8
I feel for you. I also started breaking out at a later age (26) and I am now 28 and for the past months I’ve been breaking out like crazy ! But I have impeccable facial hygiene and routine, but even acne products or expensive skin products have not resolved the issue. I don’t know what to do. Over time, I did find some tricks and tips that have helped a little though.
– For body acne : It usually happened to me during winter months. It’s a time where we’re often covered in warm clothing, and the skin isn’t as exposed as in summer. I decided to wear lighter clothes when I’m home, and I changed my pajama tops from synthetic material to cotton. So far, I haven’t had back acne this season, and the past 2 years, I had ! Let your skin breathe, I’m sure it helps.
– When I started breaking out, I used acne products with sufur in it. It really smells like you lit a match, so preferably use it when you’re back home. It can also dry your skin, so use lightly. But I found it was a very effective spot treatment for pimples, more than sacilytic acid or benzoyle peroxid.
– Make sure everything you apply on your face and body has no scent and is non-comeidogenic. It should be indicated on the bottle.
– Exfoliate no more than once per week to get rid of any excess of mascara, dead skin cells and anything really that can clog your pores and turn into pimples.
– I’ve found greasy food, like pop corn (I’m a popcorn lover !) DO make me break out. You can read everywhere that acne is not linked to food. It’s not true for me. If I eat a bowl of popcorn, I break out two days after, no exception.
– I would suggest charting your menstrual cycle and writing down when there is increase or decrease of your acne. I know you can’t use hormonal contraception, but at least it could help you to see if there is a pattern linked to your acne cycles and maybe it will help you prevent it or get rid of it over time.
Post # 9
Accutane. It’s the only thing that’s going to permanently cure it. If you start now you can have perfect skin for your wedding!
Post # 10
@FrillSeeker: Have you tried Proactive? My FBIL really struggled with acne in high school but Proactive did wonders for his skin.
Post # 11
Awwww, I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. You don’t sound melodramatic, you sound very upset and down on yourself, your appearance & worried about that as it relates to your wedding day. And that is a crap way to feel, I know!
I’m no expert but I can tell you that my fiancé & I have both had major improvement of our skin with a clarisonic. We only have the facial device but they do make one with a body brush attachment.
Stay calm & don’t let your thoughts get away from you – stress & anxiety isn’t going to help! You can improve this problem. See your dermatologist. It will get better & you will look great on your wedding day!
When I really have a breakout emergency I am not above hitting a tanning booth a couple times before an event to clear up my skin, it works in a pinch.
Post # 12
Me too, and I hate to break it to you, but diet plays a major, major role for me. Specifically carbs, dairy, and alcohol. More than any drug, cream, face wash, derm treatment ever.
I know you’re taking zinc already but it helped me sooooo much that I wrote a post heres on it. Maybe try a different type/brand? I’m taking Sisu zinc citrate. Also, multivitamins and B vitamins break me out like crazy and make me a walking talking oil slick!
Retin-A, or any thing that causes too much skin cell turn over breaks me out like crazy too. I don’t use anything like that, not even salicylic acid and I only exfoliate gently max once per week.
I can’t take birth control either, but it did help with my acne more than anything else. Just isn’t worth it from a long term perspective. I took Accutane as a teen and that was amazing but very temporary, plus hard on the liver and kidneys.
When I’m having really bad break outs like the ones you’re describing, feeling like an ugly monster, I’ll go for a quick tan. Helps a lot. Not the healthiest, but I’m talking once per quarter max and living in Canada I don’t feel terribly guilty about it.
Hope some of that might help.
Post # 13
@FrillSeeker: Talk to your dermatologist. I have a GI condition where Accutane really isn’t a good option for me, and we came up with some other treatments that have changed my skin dramatically. Topical products haven’t worked very well, so I am on a short-term antibiotic and I also did light therapy and some peels/facials. I also had terrible acne on my back and my face. Now, my back is entirely clear and my face only breaks out related to my menstrual cycle.
The downside is that the cosmetic procedures aren’t covered by insurance and are expensive. The prescription products have coupons from the manufacturer so they are nearly free.
Post # 14
Yeah, see a dermatologist, and I’d make an appointment with your GP too… If this is a new thing, there could be something else going on. When my mom started having thyroid issues, her skin went ballistic. You’re around an age where you start going through some hormonal changes; it could have something to do with that. But generally, any time a new condition like this pops up out of nowhere, it’s time for some tests to be run.
Post # 15
I’m 29 and suffered from acne (moderate to severe) since the age of 10. Tried ALL the products in the stores, the “miracle” products that don’t work (aka ProActiv), several prescription creams and gels and a few prescription pills from the dermatologist. Nothing worked. I totally know how you feel, you feel helpless.
Accutane works (my brother used it) but it’s very strong. I could not use it myself because of other personal reasons.
Last summer I started using The Regine products from the site Acne.Org. I figured I had nothing left to lose. They are gentle products and they worked. I highly recommend watching the tutorial videos before using them, the techniques they mention also really help (the less you touch your face the better!)
I’m way too shy to show my before/after photo but feel free to PM me if you’d like.
Also, remember – you ARE beautiful. We are our own worst critics. It’s never quite as bad as we see it in our heads.
Post # 16
I had bad acne all through my early twenties. What helped me (tried Dermatologist and meds and creams nothing helped) was getting monthly facials. I started going to Hand and Stone and went once a month. It’s the only thing that solved my issue!! After time, I was able to back it down to every other month and now maybe every three months. I haven’t had a breakout in the longest time.