(Closed) Embarrassed to have adult acne….

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
1780 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I do…im 24 and i still break out at times worse than i did at 16….i hate it….ive tried proactive, clean and clear, you name it ive tried it….whats really helped me…even though i still get it its gotten a lot better….i quit drinking pop, and try to wash my face twice a day….with a medicated acne wash by noxema…i do that in the morning and at night, and after that and my face has had time to dry, i use a noxema pads and SCRUB my face esp my jaw line cuz that is where it is the worst….and then i use a very light moisturizer….

but girl if you find something to completely clear it up…send it my way id love to know what it is that makes it go away…

oh and i invested in the nutrogena acne treating foundation…expensive yeah..but i dont wear it enough to go through it like crazy and i dont break out as bad as with my other foundations ive tried….

Post # 4
871 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I find when I’m stressed or ttom. I actually have one now, clearasil 4 hour will tame a pimple quickly.

Post # 5
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am 24 and still have acne. Some days it’s better than others but I haven’t had a truly clear face since I was younger. I too have tried everything. The thing that works for me is the regimen on acne.com. It is a facewash, cream, moisturizer set and it works pretty well. It would probably work even better if I used it everyday. 

Yeah acne is embarrassing but don’t get to the point that you don’t leave the house 🙁 It sucks but I just think that if someone is going to judge me because of my acne I want nothing to do with them anyways. It’s not like anyone is yelling out “pizza face” at this age (well I hope not!)


Post # 6
7605 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I’m 30 and I’d say I still have it.  If it makes you feel any better, my mom said she had it, too and her skin is way softer and non-wrinkly than you’d expect from a 68 year old!  I think the oil helps keep skin supple and protects it from aging to some extent.

Have you been to your dr about it?  I used to use this (prescription) bingo dabber-like thing called…..wth was it called….dialicin or something?  It was pretty good, it’s just a clear liquid (similar to rubbing alcohol and just as stinky but it doesn’t dry out your skin).

Post # 7
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

you girls need to see a dermatologist and get a proper skin consult. My step daughter has just started roaccataine and it is truely amazying. im not sure if it is available in the states and it is a very hard core drug with some side effects but the results are amazing. i have known 2 other people close to me who have done the course (6 months at least). side effects include dry mouth, depression and it can make your skin kinda thin and bleed easy but OMG the results. one girl i know has perfect skin now and hers was cystic acne. my stepdaughter is trying to get her skin cleared up after having very bad acne since she was about 14 (shes now 21). all the best

Post # 8
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I never had acne as a teenager, but starting around age 24 or so, I developed adult acne and now rosacea. 

Some days it’s a lot worse than others, but on those bad days … ugh, I can’t even stand to look in the mirror. And I’m petrified that I’m going to be an ugly, ace-faced, red-cheeked bride. Frown

I have tried everything from department store makeup/washes to organic products. Stuff seems to work for a month or so, then it’s back to the same old crap.

I am planning on (grudingly) contacting a dermatologist as soon as I get insurance in the next month or so, but am nervous about that.

In the meantime, I’ve found that stress definitely does make things worse. And for my rosacea, I avoid hot showers and too much alcohol.

If I feel a big zit trying to pop through, I dab a dot of Neosporin (or generic triple antibiotic) on it before I go to sleep and usually after doing this for 2-3 nights it’s gone. Sometimes it doesn’t even poke through the skin.

Have you thought about seeing a dermatologist? Or if you haven’t tried them already, I would attempt to go organic. Sometimes all of the harsh chemicals in beauty products makes our skin look even worse. Organic worked for me from age, like, 14 – 24 and everyone was always commenting on how awesome my skin looked. Unfortunately for me that’s no longer the case. lol

Here’s a good website where you can get organic beauty products for cheaper than retail:


Good luck! And don’t feel embarassed. It’s not your fault and you are not the only one dealing with this. 

Post # 9
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I break out more now, then I did when I was in highschool. I’m 23 now. My skin has defintely gotten worse. I get more under the skin pimples all the time, you can’t see them, but they are huge and hurt SO bad.

Anywho, I haven’t found anything to make them better, just be proactive about it. If I feel one coming in, I wash my face, but some benzoyl perioxide on it and don’t touch it after that. I also try to take my makeup off every night (though, I would say, I don’t do it 3 out of 7 days a week).

I’ve tried lots of stuff. Nothing to make it go away.

Post # 10
11231 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I have acne on my cheeks at 26 (and dry skin, to boot). I actually finally found a lady who has damn near cleared up my skin. Aside from facials from her, I:

– wash 2x a day with a benzoyl peroxide cleanser (non-foaming!); massage into wet skin, remove with a wet washcloth to exfoliate
– 2x week (Wednesday and Sunday nights) swap cleanser out for benzoyl peroxide scrub
– moisturize damp skin
– check all products versus a list of ingredients that are known comedogenics/irritants! this is a good one.

Post # 11
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

YES!!  I’m 30 and teach high school.  Sometimes I have worse skin than the teenagers.  A few weeks ago I also refused to go out because I was just so uncomfortable with how my skin looked.  

I had great results with the new formula of Proactiv.. I have since moved on to another product by the same company (ironically geared towards teens) called X-Out.  It’s just one step.  It’s only been a few weeks and it seems to be working great.  

Post # 12
1002 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am almost 26, and have had acne since I was 11. Nothing has worked for me, and about a month ago I started to use the dermalogica line. Some salons offer a free skin consulation where they tell you what products will work best for your skin. Right now I am using a cream cleanser, a microfoliant, and a moisturizer (as well as a primer that I had before). My skin as never felt so smooth and clean as it feels now. If you have anywhere in your area that sells this line, definitely check it out. It is expensive, but it comes in large quantities, which will last a long time.

Post # 13
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

Ok, I’ll share what FINALLY worked for me and you’ll all think I’m nuts and nobody has been brave enough to try it yet but I’m sharing it anyway. I’m 24 1/2 btw.

About 4 months ago I stopped washing my face completely. I read about the tactic on acne.org and washing with water has great reviews so I figured what the hell, I’ll try it. 

Here’s my new routine. I wear whatever makeup I want and at the end of the day I splash my face with lukewarm water until my face feels clean enough and then dry my face with a towel. When zits crop up I put some clean & clear advantage spot treatment on it. Catch it early and it’ll be gone overnight or at least stopped in its tracks and gone the next night but usually overnight.

Friends have commented on how good my skin is looking so I tell them about my new “washing with water” routine and they think I’m crazy and insist it wouldn’t work for them too despite never trying it.

Post # 14
2268 posts
Buzzing bee

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@bunnyharriet:  Oh just for reference, I used to have about 5-20 zits at any given time and now I am clear skinned but still get small zits on my jawline and near me ears during PMS. HUGE improvement.

Post # 15
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I break out before my period. I use products from LUSH, and my skin is much better than it used to be.

Post # 16
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I used to suffer from terrible acne, all through my teens and into my twenties. I came across a website when I was 23 called acne.org which was developed by a guy who came across a regimen that finally worked for him and he wanted to share it with others.

Once I started the regimen my skin changed drastically within 3 weeks. I’m now 27 and still follow the regimen. My skin gets the occasional breakout around that time of the month, but I still can’t get over the results. The website sells it’s own product, or suggests store bought product as well too.

The regimen consists of gentle cleanser like SpectroJel or Cetaphil, .5% Benzoyl Peroxide and Non-Comedogenic Moisturizer like Complex15. 

I also downloaded a list of Comedogenic Products that clog pores and cause acne. I carry this list in my wallet and look at it every time I choose something going on my face like makeup to make sure I wont get any reaction. It took me years to find makeup that doesn’t aggrevate my skin and finally found CoverFX, I’ve used it for 4 years now and will never use anything else.

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