Post # 17
This is a dumb question, but are you sure it’s acne and not something like hives? I’ve had terrible hives which look very similar, and they only come when I’m stressed out (then I take a Benadryl and they go away…)
And of course I agree with PPs, maybe try a new dermatologist. There are so many alternative treatments when the usual ones don’t work, like accupuncture. (Weird I know, but it’s worked for others!)
Post # 18
@Legallyblondiebride: and @abbie017:
Agree – toothpaste works wonders (it works by drying out the zit really fast).
Post # 19
I agree with the PP that if this is not typical and all over it probably has more to do with hormones and stress (and diet as well) rather than your actual skin. While we can’t tell you to relax you might want to try to find ways to de-stress daily.
For the diet portion try cutting out greasy foods and pick up a bottle of hair, skin, and nails tablets at your local drugstore (I swear by them and take them daily).
Most affective skin care products take weeks or months to really work (Rentin-A is awesome) so I would recommend starting on the inside first.
Oh and DRINK lots of water, like you have an unquenchable thirst!
Post # 20
Awww I feel for you, my Fiance is having some of the same issues the past two weeks. Not sure it will work for but him starting going into the hot tube daily and doing the proactive after soaking in chlorine. It is working so far. I hope it clears that must just add to your emotions. STUPID SKIN CRAP…geez
Post # 21
I second what ilaz says about diet, and this unfortunately won’t solve your problems immediately. But I too can’t tolerate dairy products. I didn’t believe it at first, but I’ve gone off dairy for a few weeks and started consuming it again enough times that the results speak from themselves. I break out EVERY time. Caffeine also wreaks havoc on your skin.
To help things heal up in the next week, I would suggest consuming more veggies/fruits that are high in vitamin A ( dark green leafy veggies like kale, carrots, broccoli, etc). Vitamin A is the active ingredient in prescription meds like Retina A and Accutane, so boosting those in your diet should help things out.
Post # 22
@BearcatBetch: LOL. I did not “feel” stressed a week out from my wedding, either. But I ended up in the ER anyway. Sometimes our bodies have tricky ways of telling us to slow down.
Post # 23
I’d go get a professonial facial done. And make sure to MOISTURIZE! Also drink nothing but water until then, it will help flush everything out and moisturize your skin.
Be careful with the toothpaste suggestion, it is essentially burning off your skin.
Post # 24
Can you primary care physician help you with this at all? I would try calling mine if a derm couldn’t fit me in! Have you changed your laundry detergent or fabric softener? Increased your workouts? Either of those make me break out on my body, and stress in general makes my face go nuts.
Post # 25
I had the same thought as Jody23: are you certain it’s not hives? I get hives when I ovulate (long story, we found cause and we’re working on it) and it looks similar to acne. In fact, it took me several months before I realized they were hives because my face looked like it did during acne break outs in high school. You might consider taking an antihistamine to see if that helps.
Post # 26
I third avoiding dairy and wheat. It makes a huge difference for me, within a week or so it’s noticeable. It sucks but it might really help!
Post # 27
Schedule an emergency visit with your derm! My derm says to call them anytime week of if I have a problem and they will get me right in. They can give the zits shots, etc to make them go away. Etc.
Good-luck! And yes- lots of water! Stay away from alcohol/caffeine though- that won’t help!!
-Long term Acne fighter with perfectly clear skin at the past month (finally! and wedding is 2 months outs- but between accutane, antibiotics, topical cremes, etc I finally have the skin I dreamed of!)
Post # 29
While I may not advise using a new skincare routine/item this close to a big event (a bad reaction would be much worse), I recently discovered the Clinique 3-Step Skincare system; I love it. Just make sure you use the lotion at least once a day or so or your skin will get dry and produce MORE oil to compensate. I found out that it works best for me to use the lotion once a day (directions say twice) because twice is too moist for my skin and adds more acne (though still less than before using it). I use my own soaps (exfoliating scrub in the morning and gentle acne wash at night), but I use their toner/”clarifying lotion” (which isn’t lotion…) twice a day and “dramatically different lotion” once a day. I’m not completely blemish-free, but I only have 0-3 on my face at a time instead of huge breakouts. They also have an acne solutions set which is supposed to be pretty similar but more geared towards acne, but this one worked for me so I didn’t need to try it (I heard it was harsher so I tried this first).
Post # 30
I agree, snowflake343!!! Head to your nearest Clinique counter ASAP. Their acne solutions 3 step line is amazing. Your skin will look flawless. I have sensitive skin too and clinique is the only thing that works. And if your skin gets a little dry, I love Aveeno Ultra Calming moisturizer with SPF.