I have spent so much money on products… just to continue with adult acne. BC pills did not make a difference, neither did oral antibiotics. Some topical solutions worked for a while (Duac gel and cream with azelaic acid) but eventually I developed a bad reaction to these. When I used the cream in the evening then by morning my face was all puffy, red and burning. That lasted for a few days.
I did tons of research on ingredients and discovered, that many mainstream brands use mineral oil in their acne creams. That is bad for any type of skin. Then (a clever marketing trick!) they recommend you to use the whole range – wash, mask, toner, lotion. In most cases you end up having worse acne than before because it’s all too harsh, irritating and drying, which leads to more breakouts.
I’ve found help from blog called The Love Vitamin and a Skin Deep cosmetic ingredient database where you can check for comedogenic or simply harmful ingredients.
I know many suggest oils but when choosing a facial oil you must look at the oleic acid and linoleic acid count. Coconut oil is great for moisturizing with antiseptic qualities but tends to clog pores. I’ve had success with jojoba, raspberry seed and evening primrose oil. Another ingredient that can trigger a breakout is algae (seaweed) extract, which is unfortunately used in many skin care products meant to cure acne.
It took a lot of effort to rid myself from horrible chin and jaw line acne and toad skin on the forehead but here’s what I did:
1. I quit gluten, dairy and sugar for some time. Ice cream was the worst. I still don’t eat gluten and don’t miss it (had many other benefits from quitting), also I eat maybe 1-2 candy bars a month, so almost no added sugar either.
2. I clean my face with gentle products – no to scrubs, yes to exfoliators. Also, oil cleansing method is a wonderful treatment.
3. I stopped picking/touching/obsessing over my face.
4. I use non-comedogenic make up and mineral make up. Talc powder is bad for acne prone skin, so check your products and try to avoid it.
5. I change my pillowcases 2-3 times a week and wash them with the hottest program. I also wash my make up brushes and replace sponges very often. Luckily there is no need for daily make up these days 🙂
6. I use hair conditioner so that it does not get on my body or face – it can also trigger breakouts.
I used to dread waking up in the morning, going to the bathroom and looking in the mirror just to see a new zit on my face… There would always be new red ones before important events.
Currently I’m in love with Dermalogica (Overnight clearing gel), SkinCeuticals and Exuviance products.