Post # 1
I had a flawless complexion growing up. I moved to college and started paying bills, started to get some blemishes here and there. C and I decided we wanted to get married – in less than a year. HELLO, acne! (I’m an inherently stressful person and am a slightly obsessive planner anyway)
We’re still not engaged and just today decided to wait until next year for the wedding. I think my stress level is going to plummet, which I hope will help.
I’ve also got a heap of credit card debt and student loans and a car payment, etc, etc. that does not help the cause.
Anyone have stress related acne and have a skincare regimen that works?
Or regular acne? What do you use and how happy are you with it?
Post # 3
I understand the stress. Mine isn’t very bad… but, my dermatologist recommended Purpose (its made by Johnson & Johnson). You can get soap, wash, and lotion. My fiance and I recently started using it and love it! They have a website with more information.
Post # 4
Murad’s clarifying cleanser, DDF sulfur mask (spot treatment, gets rid of cystic ones in a couple days), DDF glycolic toner, Aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer.
Post # 5
I have been using the Neutrogena Acne Solutions system. It works alright but not amazingly.
Post # 6
Oh I can definately feel your pain. I only get issues when I’m under stress, which I’m a worry wort so it happens more then I like.
Well I’m in between facial cleansers at the moment. But I use aveeno moisturizer. For spot treatments I use vaseline (petroleum jelly) overnight. It works quick, usually within one day. 3 at the most (for very large or clustered). It also makes your skin super soft. It will reduce size and redness overnight. Remember never pop a zit.
Oh and lemon juice also works. Real or artificial will work, of course it will hurt a little.
Post # 7
I love Aqua Glycolic. I use the face wash and toner morning and night. I use the moisturizer only at night because its quite rich & is too much for my skin if I use it twice a day. Its cheaper to buy it on Amazon.
Post # 8
Do you have clusters of pustules (whiteheads)? Or are you dealing with blackheads, skin that is bumpy and inflamed, and some pustules intermixed? And does the the irritation cover large areas of your skin, or do you just get a few pustules in a few places?
Post # 9
I use Differin Gel–a prescription–to treat blackheads and it works wonderfully! I think it is intended for any kind of acne, but I’d been having clusters of blackheads on my cheeks that it totally cleared up and now I use it as prevention. I also use it on the occasional plain old red pimple and it’s great! Good luck.
Post # 10
I use a combination of different Neutrogena products (my favorite is the cleansing pads) and Clean and Clear spot treatment. Along with being on birth control, my acne has gotten amazingly better in the last couple years.
Post # 11
I have tried everything over the past 7 months trying to get clear skin without drying it out so much it flakes off. Here’s what finally worked for me–I’m so clear and so happy!
Origins Checks and Balances cleanser (only for about 10 seconds because doing it for too long= too much irritation and more acne flare ups)
Acne.org Dan’s lotion with 4 drops of pure jojoba oil mixed in
a few times a week I substitute Origins Modern Friction gentle scrub for the cleanser
I also take three 1000mg fish oil capsules and one 30mg zinc. Both have been linked to clearer skin.
Origins Checks and Balances cleanser twice, once to remove makeup, once to cleanse
Acne.org Dan’s AHA+ (it’s glycolic acid) all over face
Acne.org Dan’s benzoyl peroxide on any spots
1x per week I also use Origins Out of Trouble mask between cleansing and the glycolic acid.
Good luck, I hope whatever you do works out for you. It took me a lot of trial and error to figure out my routine. One piece of advice, at least for me, the Dr. Weil stuff at Origins doesn’t work–it made my skin break out even more. Dan’s regimen on Acne.org worked, but dried out/ burned my face because it was too strong. The regimen I came up with seems to have a good balance and has been working well for about 6 weeks.
Post # 12
@eryepye: Thanks for the suggestions. I will have to try those products!
Post # 13
The only thing that ever worked for me were prescripton drugs. Antibiotics will clear it up fast (it worked for me almost immediately), and they are cheap, but are not good for a long-term solution (they screw up birth control and make you prone to yeast infections, etc.)
I eventually ended up just doing Accutane. It was the best decision ever. It was almost three years ago and I haven’t gotten one single zit since, and my face isn’t oily anymore. I used to not be able to go anywhere after work without ducking into the bathroom to wash my face. Now my makeup stays all day and my face feels great.
It’s not for everyone, and it’s a serious drug, but I would highly recommend it. I have before and after pictures, and looking at the before ones make me want to cry. It was SO bad.
Post # 14
I have stres related acne too that started up in college. I recently went to see a naturopath and here’s what she recommended to me:
Wash twice a day with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint soap (from health food store). Lather the soap on face, then add about a teaspoon of fine sea salt and wash gently, then rinse. The sea salt acts as an exfoliant and dries up the oil, and the peppermint I think acts as an antibacterial maybe.
Then, if your skin is too dry, spread about a tablespoon of organic, plain yogurt over your face and let set for about a minute, then rinse.
I know this all sounds weird! But my naturopath said this works in about 50%-75% of her patients, and it’s definitely worked for me! But it’s taken about 4 months of doing this morning and night. I used to have about 3-5 new zits a day, now I’ll get 1-2 per week. And those aren’t even that bad! I usually zap them with a little benxoyl peroxide. I also take fish oil capsules 1-2 times daily becauses these make the oil you do get “less sticky”.
Hope this helps! I like that it’s all natural and I’m not pumping weird chemicals into my body. Before I started doing this, I was on prescription doxycycline, an antibiotic, for about 4 years. Honestly, my skin is more clear now on this natural regimen than with the antibiotics! Plus it’s cheap… The bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap cost about $6 and I’ve been using it twice a day for the past 4 months, plus salt is super cheap, and yogurt isn’t bad because you don’t use much!
Post # 15
Here’s what’s been working for me for the last year. I’m 31 and have never had any major acne problems until I was in my mid 20s. My BC pill has been a skin saver and am terrified when I have to go off of it – did it once before and my skin flared up sooo bad for a decent amount of time. Definitely waiting til after the wedding to do so 😉 Good luck!!
Aveeno Clear Complexion Bar (am & pm)
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel
Persa Gel 10 (pm – on any spots)
St. Ives Apricot Scrub w/ S.A. (2x/wk)
Post # 16
I use the Clean & Clear 3-pk kit. It’s got a facial cleanser that I use in the shower, a lotion that I use after I dry off and a spot-treatment after I get dressed. I don’t have to use it very often because my skin doesn’t break out much except for around my period, but when I do need to use it, it’s perfect.