Post # 1
Im in my mid 20s and still get acne!!!!!!!! its driving me insane. I work in the beauty industry and its embarrassing! I have literally tried every single cleanser on the market. From the cheapest to the most expensive brands and nothing has ever worked that great. I dont have horrible acne but I would say its light to mild. Im at the point where im just gonna go to a skin specialist and see about getting on medicine for it.
Has anyone ever been on medicine for acne? I dont think I will take Accutane since it causes such severe problems if you were to ever get preggo (id like to have kids within the next 5 yrs)
Post # 3
I stopped dumping product on my face and it cleared right up. I took an antibiotic for my face and used topical creams for years with no luck. But when I stopped taking the medicines and started just washing with mild, mild soap and water (and moisturizing twice a day), my skin began to clear up. Now, I’ll get maybe one or two zits a month, but they’re tiny and never get past the small-red-bump stage before disappearing in a day or two.
I’d say try this method if cleansers haven’t worked. Give it a few weeks. If it doesn’t help, then see what a dermatologist has to say…just my .02. I tried every cleanser out there and also had prescriptions that were supposed to help, but it only made my skin worse.
Post # 4
@Mrs Grape: Thanks! I have kind of went this route….. I have tried herbal and home remedy treatments as well and while my face will get super clear for about a 2-3 weeks it goes right back to gross again lol. I started drinking ONLY water about 4 months ago and taking multivitamins for skin and not much difference…..
what soap moisturizer are you using?
Post # 5
I know the feeling and it looks as though my acne is not gonna clear up before my wedding day! Ugh. I hope my makeup artist will be able to cover it. I have been washing my face daily with a cleanser and putting a neutrogena ointment on the acne. I hardly ever got acne when I was a teenager and now that I am in my late 20’s I seem to get it all the time. It’s frustrating.
Post # 6
I started using Acne Free- its similar to Proactive- thats available at drug stores, it has done wonders for my skin! I went from having 2-3 breakouts to maybe 1 small one every once in a while- its worth giving a try!
Post # 7
Sounds crazy but try apple cider vinegar. I have had breakouts on my back since I was 11, tried everything (from just soap and water all the way to doctor prescribed) nothing helped. In fact I was crying about the fact that I didn’t want to wear a backless wedding dress becasue of it. I started taking 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar a day (mixed in water or juice) and within a month or two my whole back stopped breaking out and it has started to recover from the damage, its like a freaking Miracle. That was back in july and it is still working, I am hopeing it will continue to improve before my wedding in june.
Post # 8
The pill (BC) helped dramatically with my skin but recently the best thing has been Elemis’s Tri Enzyme regime. Pricey but AMAZING!
Post # 9
@MrsRuby: Definitely drink ONLY water, it works wonders. I’ll have a soda now and again, but I try to drink as much water as possible. I’ve been using an Oil of Olay cleansing bar, and I use Oil of Olay lotion on my face. I also use a mint julep mask (the Queen Helene kind) twice a week to clear my pores, but I always do a thick layer of moisturizer right after because it can be drying.
I still have redness and a little scarring from when I had acne as a teenager, but I’ve accepted that because I’m very fair-skinned, that’s never going to go away 100%.
Post # 10
A dermatologist can hopefully help you determine whether your acne is hormonal or not. For a large percentage of women who are past their teens acne is a hormonal problem and has nothing to do with topical treatments. There are a lot of medication options that are not topical from simply increasing the estrogen in your birth control up to accutane. If you only have light acne, I highly doubt a Dr. would even recommend accutane. I’ve struggled with this for years so I totally know where you’re coming from. Birth control with estrogen is really the only thing that worked for me, though vitamins have also helped make my skin healthier.
Post # 11
@futuremrsrichardson: Ive tried that and it did ok for a while, then nothing! lol
@Genuine513: Im going to try this!!!! Im really interested in natural remedies. Hopefully this helps. Thanks for sharing!
@SpecialSundae: Im on BC (have been since i was 15) and it has helped keep it somewhat under control.
@Mrs Grape: I use the same mint julip mask, but havent tried the Oil of Olay cleansing bar. Im going to buy some tonight
Post # 12
@kala_way: I was on BC with a higher amount of estrogen for many years and still had acne… I started getting really bad side effect (headaches, nausea, blurred vision) s so they switched me to the mini pill and it has been about the same as far as breakouts. I just had a check up with my gyno about BC yesterday and shes just kinda at a loss to why its not completely cleared up. I def dont have as much acne on BC, as when im off of it. But ive never had clear skin.
Post # 13
I had MANY acne problems, especially right after I graduated college. I tried Proactive, Retin A Micro, Differin, every OTC drug you can think of…. home remedies like tea tree oil and cutting out all make up product with oil. I went all natural everyting and nothing seemed to help , at all! My dermatologist put my on Accutane and it almost instantly cleared my skin up. It is very powerful ( and expensive without insurance), but it was worth every single penny IMO.
I would go on it again in a heartbeat if I needed to… maybe ask your dermatologist about it if it is something you would consider doing. The only drawbacks to Accutane:
– seriously dry skin/lips… you have to moisturize like never before!
– if you’re TTC or sexually active AT ALL, you have to use at least 2 forms of protection because it can cause birth defects
-b/c of the birth defects side effects you have to taka pregnancy test every month at the dr’s office before you can get a Rx…. also- that Rx has to be filled within a certain window of time to prevent any mistaken pregnancies
-it can make your hair thinner
– in some people it causes depression, although I never experienced any
The biggest side effect for me was the dry skin/chapped lips… hope this helps!
Post # 14
@MrsRuby: well, maybe some perscription topicals could help you then. You have to be careful about drying, but again a Derm can help with not only managing Rx’s but also with the best over the counter stuff
Post # 15
I totally understand your pain! I’ve had acne since I was 7..it runs in my family. I tried EVERYTHING! Luckily, it started going away a few years ago when I entered my 20’s. I started BC pills last year, and it really cleared up! Also, I use Purpose cleanser..I usually find it at Wal-Mart or Rite-Aid. It’s very gentle and it’s helped a lot. Also, I try to stay away from full-face make-up regularly. I only wear light foundation on special occasions. I also use Neutrogena’s Visibly Even to help clear up my dark marks from acne scars/scabs.
Anyway, try Purpose Cleanser though!
Post # 16
adult acne runs in my family, I’m pretty sure I will have it until I go through menopause, just like my mom. I had 2 or 3 major cysts at any given time, plus regular zits too. it was awful.
the BEST acne control for me: hormonal birth control. adult acne is usually hormone driven. evening out your hormones will help even out the acne. the birth control pill was great for me, but now I’m on Mirena (an IUD that realeases a tiny amount of hormones) and I haven’t had a problem with acne in over 6 years. the small zits are mostly gone, and it’s super rare that I get a cyst any more. I am 100% positive that they will come back if I ever take myself off that drug.
second best: exfoliants– alpha hydroxy acids, scrubs, microdermabrasion, etc. my giant cysts I used to get– I totally swore they got better when I did these things.
third best: keep skin very moisturized and happy. don’t use harsh soaps (I use cetaphil). also, anything drying actually worked against me– meds made my skin much worse! I stayed away from them