Post # 17
I am definitely in the same boat as you! I’m 25, 26 in a couple months and my face is always splotchy red and I get a lot of breakouts on my chin! UGH :/ I hate it… I feel like I have tried everything, so thanks for the other tips guys because I would REALLY love to have it completely clear by my wedding… would be nice 🙂
Post # 18
I recently experimented with Biotin pills to help my hair grow and it made me break out and my face has not been the same ever since.
What helped me get my face back under control was washing my face with Tea Tree Oil soap, using 100% Tea Tree Oil as a spot treatment as well as Clean & Clear Persa Gel with benzoyl peroxide at night before bed. It made my face dry at first but I moisturized in the daytime with pure coconut oil and my skin is a lot better now. Sometimes I do a mask with raw honey, real lemon juice and cinnamon mixed together that seems to help also. I’ve also heard of an egg white mask with a squeeze of real lemon juice but I have yet to try that out.
I’ve had clear skin my whole life so having to deal with acne now (Im in my early 30s) was an experience for me, I hope you find a solution that works for you.
Post # 19
@Happy Hopeful Bee:
oh my goodness!!! I’ve been taking a crap ton of biotin for hair growth. Maybe that’s what it is. My skin hasn’t been this bad since middle school.
Also, thanks to all you bees for your input. Definitely going to research a few of these & give them a try!
Post # 20
Biotin can really screw with you. There’s also no real evidence that it actually helps with hair growth. If it actually worked, I think many more people would buy it.
I like the Clinique 3-step system.. it’s really good. Avoid products with strong scents as well. And be careful how much you exfoliate. You could try a glycolic acid face wash like Peter Thomas Roth’s one, but use it sparingly since it can be drying.
Post # 21
I was in the same place as you! I HIGHLY recommend going to your physician and getting them to perscribe you something. my acne FINALLY cleared up after I brought it to my GP’s attention and was perscribed minocycline (pill to take daily) and a retinol cream. Seriously life changing. For the first time in I can’t even remember I don’t have one pimple on my face.
Post # 22
I tried the honey thing just as a wash but panicked because I got three new pimples that week :o/ never thought to try it as a mask! My problem is that if I don’t see results right away, I switch to something else. I think I need to give the honey another shot!
Post # 23
I have aggressive acne outbreaks, usually in the winter, but I had a major stress breakout two months ago I am still struggling with. Worst culprit is my chin, under my nose, and around my glasses frames.
The honey thing was a huge bust for me – worked nicely for two weeks and then I had the worst acne eruption in 12 years. Too bad, I loved the way my skin felt using it.
I wash my face with plain water and apply benzol 5% in the am and before bed. My face is slowly improving, but having acne for so long means my red pimples are becoming nasty whiteheads that puff up and are impossible to hide without popping. It sucks- at 27, I hate having to deal with acne. I’m scared of accutane because I want to get pregnant in a year, and I can’t afford laser options. Woe is me.
Post # 24
I’m glad it’s working for you! I went to the dermatologist a couple weeks ago because of my skin. I’m 28 with super oily skin and acne and she recommended I go on it. I’m getting married in September so I think I’m going to go on it after the honeymoon (because I’m going to want to tan before, and drink of course). So right now I’m on antibiotics until then to clear my skin up. Please let me know your end result! 🙂
Post # 25
Where do you buy your organic honey? I need to try this…
OP, I have recently been using the Nucelle line. The serum has SERIOUSLY helped clear me up, and its only been two weeks. I am using the sample sizes now and will need to buy full sizes soon, and they are pricey, so I think I will only buy the serum and maybe the suncreen…nothing has helped me except for this.
Also ZINC!! Take zinc supplements. And fish oil. And evening primrose oil…These will help with hormonal acne!
Post # 26
I’ve struggled with acne and oily skin since, like, birth. Not like Accutane-severe, but pretty bad…I’m now 32 and I’ve FINALLY found what works. Here’s my routine:
Neutrogena’s Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, AM and PM – suds up with hands and use an exfoliating towel/poof to really work it into your skin. Rinse.
In the AM, Neutrogena’s Rapid Tone Repair moisturizer with spf30.
At night, Neutrogena’s Rapid Tone Repair moisturizer for Night.
Surprisingly, they’re all drugstore products! I’ve tried lots more expensive stuff and this stuff is the SHIT. The reasons this regimen works: the facial cleanser has several hydroxy acids in it to help dissolve the gunk that builds up on your skin, and the poof helps it work by physically exfoliating. The twin moisturizers work because they both contain retinol. The retinol, I think, is the most effective weapon for acne that I’ve found (and i’ve tried HUNDREDS of products since I was like 14, trust me!) because it’s a natural exfoliant that, in its stronger/more potent form, is the basis for Accutane. Which means that since it’s not as strong as many prescription creams, you can use it morning and night. PLUS the AM version has a sufficient spf in it, so you don’t need any more creams/potions/etc. The first week or so my skin was red and peeling, but after about a week it calmed down and magically looks great now. My mom told me I look like I “reversed” my age last week!
Also I eat very healthy – this is key as well, I think. I’ve been getting lots of omega-3’s in the form of walnuts, fatty fish and the prenatals I take (not pregnant yet, just trying), and I drink LOTS of water. I think diet and hydration help with the hormonal aspect of acne for when it crops up now and again around my period. All of these things together, and it’s the first couple months I’ve had completely clear skin without a dermatologist…well, ever, really. 🙂
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 27
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
My adult acne got a lot better when I started treating it less. The harsh cleansers I was using were creating a viscious cycle. They were overdrying my skin and stripping it of all its natural oils twice a day and then my skin was creating even more oil to compensate.
I still have acne, but it’s not nearly as bad and it doesn’t get worse when I wear makeup to cover it up anymore.
I was at night only. I use a gentle cleanser. Right now, that’s Body Shop’s seaweed cleanser with a gentle brushhead Clarisonic spinbrush (which I am religious about cleaning). I then tone with the seaweek toner or witch hazel if I run out. Then I moisturize with Clinique moisture surge. In the morning, I moisturize when I get out of the shower (but I do not wash my face). I used to think I didn’t need moisturizers because my skin was so oily, but oil and moisture are not the same thing.
It took about 2 or 3 weeks for my skin to adjust to this gentler routine, but it was so worth it. My skin is much more fresh and young looking and I have noticeably less acne.
ETA: I have used all sorts of systems and perscriptions including an oral antibiotic, Differin, Clinique, Clinique Acne, Neutrogena, ProActive, Cetaphil, AcneFree, and the list goes on.
Post # 28
@ArmyBee I did some research online that connected my acne to biotin and immediately stopped taking it. Maybe you should try decreasing or completely stop using the biotin. Once the biotin is out of your system you should see some improvement. You got some great tips from the bees on Here. You should have better skin again in no time.
Post # 29
I agree. Go to a dermatologist. To worth it and youdown probably spend less money than you would testing out all these different washes and cream. I learned the hard way. After trying tea tree oil, different creams, cleansers… I finally went to the derm and all I could think was why didn’t I do this sooner!!! I was prescribed an antibiotic and deferin and it has helped a lot. I still have some but not nearly as much acne. if you have been battling acne for a while I say it’s time to get a professionals. It’s stressfand having acne! I feel your pain!
Post # 30
@ArmyBeee: honestly I have found only one fool-proof way to stop my adult acne hopefully for good. I just stopped wearing makeup regularly. The first 2 weeks were awful and I felt like everyone was staring at my skin but I was desperate to have clear skin for e-pics. That was over a month ago and I’ve only had a couple tiny pimples that went away after a day with some benzoyl peroxide. I use clean and clear face wash in the morning and neutrogena make up removing cleanser at night. I put on neutrogena anti-wrinkle anti-blemish SPF moisturizer in the morning. It contains retinol which majorly helps with acne. My skin has never looked better but there is no magic formula! I tried pro activ, murad, clarisonic brush, everything! Nothing worked until this latest routine and the best part is I’m saving boatloads of money as well. I still wear makeup if we go out on weekends but otherwise I only do eye makeup and under eye concealer for work. Try it! Trust me… It was like a miracle!
Post # 31
My acne in my 20’s made me so depressed its really hard to deal with. I’m the end my doctor put me on a birth control pill which helps with acne and BAM it all went within 3 months. I’ve continued staying on it and my skin is amazing.