Post # 1
Yep. I’m 42 and still get more zits on my chin and sometimes forehead than I care to admit. The biggest problem is they seem to take ages (6+ weeks often) to fully heal.) No. I don’t pick them.
So, my wedding is a month away and, not only do I still have zits from the last time I was ovulating, but now I’ve got three brand new ones from this time around, one so huge it’s going to be demanding Statehood soon if I don’t quash its hopes.
I’ve been using Neutrogena foaming acne wash and Clearisil cleansing pads twice daily.
Anyone have any miracle products or tricks they know of to get these pimples gone and keep them from returning?
***Edited to add I am looking for relatively inexpensive solutions as I do not have much money to spend on this at this point in time and won’t use my credit cards. Also, going to a dermatologist isn’t an option for several reasons: time constraints being the biggest one, lack of severity of the problem being the second. I just would love to know products that exist (or methods/home remedies) that you’ve used. I’d be willing to spend $30 at this point. Thank you all!
Post # 2
Do you have any idea what causes it? Is your skin oily or dry? Because those products have very harsh chemicals that are supposed to help dry out oil, but if your skin is dry it’ll only dry it out more and cause worse acne.
Really though, makeup can easily cover it all. You should look up Cassandra Bankson on youtube for some inspiration there. If she can make her cystic acne look like clear skin on film, you or your makeup artist can cover some zits on your chin. Are they red? Because green concealer will work magically if so!
Post # 3
I’d recommend going to a dermatologist or another professional to ask their opinion on what’s the best product line for you.
FWIW, my esthetician actually told me, “Any product you can buy at Walmart shouldn’t end up on your face.” I don’t entirely buy it, but the sense that there are better products out there resonates with me.
Post # 4
lovelyruby : yes, the areas where I get the pimples seem oily, though not shockingly so. I’ve used green concealer in the past in both powder and cream form (both physicians formula.) They are completely hormone driven, but just take so long to heal!
Right now all are pink except the biggest one which is actually white. It looks like a mosquito bite, but not pus (sorry!) filled at this time.
Do you have a favorite concealer?
Post # 5
Try tea tree oil. Dab a little on each night on to the zits.
I actually found my skin reacts worse to chemical face washes. And have to use all natural and hypoallergenic cleansers.
Post # 6
I have hormonal acne and it sucks so bad! For cysts, I leave cortizone10 on them over night and they almost always shrink. For my face in general I clean it with tea tree oil pads and they do help.
If all fails, I found a miracle foundation that covers literally everything. It’s a life saver. It’s Marc Jacobs remarkable, it’s at sephora and really expensive but so worth it!
Post # 6
I use the Murad acne free starter kit from Ulta and it works wonders
Post # 7
Exfoiliating with sea salt helps me when I’m really broken out. Make sure you’re always really well moisturized after you wash your face, so your skin doesn’t overproduce oil on dry skin.
Post # 9
JiminyCricket : I maaaaaaay be able to finagle an ABX script for acne out of my PCP’s PA, but even she books out 1-2 weeks. He books out 6-8 weeks. I, however, would not feel comfortable taking an antibiotic (which would clear this right up) for incredibly mild acne. It’s simply not worth the side effects and a specialist, which my insurance wouldn’t cover for such a mild condition books out anywhere from 8-12 weeks here (depending on specialty.)
I don’t have money to see the aesthetician I’ve worked with previously (damned age spots!) at this point in time, either, nor to buy expensive products she’d be selling.
So, with that in mind, I’ll go back and edit my original post.
I have to say, I’m with you in thinking what your aesthetician said about products available at mainstream stores not being viable options being bull. No, they won’t cure severe acne that needs treatment from the inside out as well as from the outside, but I’ve seen my teens’ skin get significantly clearer with Walmart brand products. The gosl is to keep the bacteria in the pores at bay. Simply scrubbing with a washcloth and an Ivory bar is better than nothing and obviously aestheticians want to make money on the lines in their offices.
Thank you very much for the advice, though, even though I can’t put it into action at this point in my life. I do appreciate it.
Post # 10
Thank you so much all of you did the excellent information and ideas! I hadn’t even thought of the possibility of over-drying my skin. I also need to go to Sephora for foundation for the wedding, anyway and I can spend an hour just wandering around Ulta! Great.
Post # 11
JaybirdsInJackboots : Witchhazel. How I wish I had known about witchhazel sooner! I have had clear skin ever since another Bee recommended it.
Post # 12
I recommend trying YoDerm, a subscription service. A dermatologist will do a personalized online consult based on your uploaded photos and an online questionnaire. They will write and fill a custom compounded topical prescription for your specific situation.
Post # 13
Neostrata oil free face wash, level 2 toner and acne clearing face cream. If you can’t get neostrata, cliniques acne care line worked well for me as well, but I needed a light moisturizer over it.
Post # 14
make sure you are hydrating yourself from the inside as well as the outside — drink more water!
Post # 15
Benzoyl Peroxide which you can get over the counter works for me. I also have a prescriptoin for clindamycin which also works but there’s a purging period so that might make it worse.