(Closed) Adult acne?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I know how you feel.  I’m having a really bad breakout right now and I’m trying Proactiv but the shit dries my face like crazy and isn’t really working.

Post # 4
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I suffer from acne from time to time esp when I’m stressed out. I used to have an antibiotic ointment for it but it stopped working after several years. I now use Vichy toner and creams. I buy it at cvs but I’m sure other pharmacy type stores carry it. It does help so I can’t complain. I try to give my skin a break of it and use neutogena as well.

Post # 5
3601 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I’ve had acne since I was 10. Right now, I’ve been in a controllable state for about a year, maybe two. Firstly, I don’t wear make up every day, I save it for special occasion- maybe once per month. That was really hard to adjust to, but it made a big difference. Then I switched to a gentle soap (I use Purpose) and suddenly had no more redness and much less oil. The only time I use medicated products is this pink “drying lotion” from Mario Badsecu.

Post # 6
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012


oh good point about makeup. I don’t wear it often and when I do I have seen a difference. I also second the purpose brand. I use that stuff too.

Post # 8
527 posts
Busy bee

My friend who’s a make-up artist suggested I just use a very gentle cleanser at night (Cetaphil) and just splash my face with cold water in the morning.  So far, that and switching to Bare Minerals has really cut down on my breakouts.

Post # 9
1041 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Love Cetaphil. My dermatologist recommended it. There are two types- a gentle cleanser for dry skin and one for normal to oily skin. I really like the normal to oily skin one!

Post # 10
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hi – I feel your pain. I think there isn’t one super product that works for everyone since our bodies are all unique. I think a safe way to start is to buy any over the counter skin wash product that contains 2% salicylic acid (Neutrogena, Clean and Clear, Biore, etc etc). The Salicyclic acid is the key – it will help dry out existing acne and keep pores unplugged. But pair that with a non-oil based moisturizer after you wash your skin to prevent your face from drying out. I think more importantly, start getting your beauty sleep, that along with the stress that you mentioned are key drivers to acne breakouts, because your body is telling you its not in “balance”. You can further supplement all of this by eating better in the interim, a lot of people don’t recognize that what they eat also contributes to their breakouts…..stay away from foods with trans fat, cut down on red meat, and load up on fruits with anti-oxidants….it does wonders!

Hope you found this to be helpful! (I battled adult acne up until I turned 30 yrs old.)


Post # 11
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have had acne since I was 13 and the BEST thing you can do is take it easy on your skin. Drying products only create more oil and clogged pores.

I barely eat dairy because it makes me break out, I mean it’s full of hormones so that’s no surprise. I try to limit white carbs but dairy is the bigger culprit. No milk or yogurt – ever – and cheese on occasion when I go out to eat. Drinking plenty of water and limiting alcohol helps too.

Change your pillowcase regularly, like more often than normal. All that bacteria sits on your pillow then gets right back onto your face after you wash up before bed.

I’ve used the oil cleansing method but most people wouldn’t trust that, but for the time I used it it worked amazing. It was a little much in the summer but I will go back to it this winter.

Now I just use glycerin (sp?) soap and a wash cloth in the shower in the morning and aloe vera gel for a moisturizer. I love using a mixture of green tea and organic apple cider vinegar as an astringent, it works great. I usually do that before bed after I wipe my makeup off with a warm cloth. I find that exfoliating works better than any abrasive soap I’ve ever tried. I also wash my face before working out, which clears your pores so they don’t clog up when you sweat. When I get a pimped I just use zit cream like normal.

For years I tried every irritating product on the market and it just made my skin pale, dry and zitty. Stripping your skin of moisture only causes more oil to form and allows dead skin to form in your pores. Now I only break out around my period and it’s pretty minor.

Oh and don’t touch your face!! haha easier said than done…

Post # 12
3798 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My aunt had the same problem you did. She suddenly started developing adult acne in her 30’s, and she didnt’ have an issue before. She went to her dermatologist and she uses a lot of really gentle medicated creams/washes on  her face. She had to be really dillagent about face care for a few years, but now everything is clearing up and I don’t think she has the same problems with her face that she used to. If you can go to a derm, they will help you out greatly.

Post # 13
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

In the morning, I use the Murad Acne cleanser, DuAc prescription cream, and murad acne moisturizer. At night, I use the Murad cleanser, then alternate with Retin A Micro and the Murad Salicylic treatment (one one night, the next the following), and then moisturize with Philosophy On a Clear Day moisturizer. I spot treat with the murad sulphur and/or calamine lotion. 

It’s complicated and a pain, but that and birth control keeps it mostly in check.I havent seen a large, painful red lump in a long time, just small, colorless pimples.

Post # 14
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

This cured all my acne within a month of starting it:


however it is a very hard diet to follow and I ended up (as he instructs in the book) adding things back in to my diet to find out what specific diet works for me.  It’s the only thing that completely cured my problems…it sucks because it’s not fun =( 

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