Post # 32
I second Daydreamwanderer – because you have tried so many regimens I am wondering if it is not a food allergy.
Talk to your family doctor and see if you can do an allergy test to see if there is an underlying problem that is not related to your facial products!
Post # 33
Oh you poor thing..I really know how you feel. And it is so frustrating to look at yourself in the mirror and you can’t feel pretty because all you see is acne.
I have been struggling with it for a while and I have a pretty solid regimen now that seems to keep things in control.
You do have to see a dermatologist but I think thats only part of it. This is what I do..
some kind of drink with antioxidant in the morning cranberry/acai/grape juice and take vitamin C, B complex ,and sometimes a hair skin and nails vitamin
Drink LOTS of water..like as much as you can without being ridiculous
Avoid Milk prodcts- ice cream, lattes, cheese..and also white bread and pastries..if you want a late drink it with soy
in the morning i use oil of olay foaming face wash..at night I use DDF salicylic acid face wash ( only at night) or pumice acne scrub which i love but i think they discontinued it..if you use it don’t scrub though just let it sit..
I also use retin A at night only. I only use only bare minerals foundation or clinique powder everything else will clog your pores.. hope this helps good luck! and remember you are always your own worst critic
Post # 34
I am so sorry that you are going through this. Unfortunately, I know how you feel. My face is broken out SO bad right now. My forhead and cheeks have cyst-like pimples on them and my confidence has never been so low. My wedding is in February and I am hoping this problem will be solved. I am taking @rhibee’s advice and will be going to the dermatologist for Spionolactone or if need be, accutane. Just breathe! Things will be okay.
Post # 35
I know this will not be a popular suggestion, but I have been in your shoes and know that at this point you are willing to try anything – so one thing that alwasy works like a charm for me is going tanning in a tanning salon. The UV light from the bulbs will kill the bacteria in your skin. If you go every few days for little while, it should help greatly. Just don’t over-do it (nobody wants skin cancer!).And make sure you don’t do it if you are on any medications that tell you to keep out of the sun.
Other suggestions of things that have worked for me are 1) Accutane (but no sunshine or tanning if you go that route) and 2) an over-the-counter little device called the Zeno. It costs about $100 and you can get it at CVS (it was behind the register counter at mine) and it works by heating up your skin to a point where the bacteria die but it doesn’t hurt you. It is easy and painless and it really works, but it takes 3 minutes per zit so it is not really possible to do more than a few each day. I use it for the worst zits.
Post # 36
I never had skin problems either until i was in my mid-twenties. I see a dermatologist every quarter, no postponing my appointments. With my wedding next month i hope not to get anything on my cheeks. Personally, I like colorstay concealer and plan to have some for the big day. Make-up works wonders and it is true that stress can contribute to outbreaks so try to relax.
Post # 37
I have supppppper bad acne! Ever since my teen years. I feel its getting worse and ive tried everything in the book as you did! Im trying to go on the pill. I also heard the acutane is supposed to be the strongest acne pill out there and works well but its hard on the body. I would suggest looking into it. I will i know forsure once i get insurance:(
Im def going to do airbrush for my makeup! Maybe consider that durring the wedding. I totally understant how you feel. Im 25 and i dont know anyone who has acne like me. Its so depressing and frusterating i feel i have to wear makeup everyday and it still looks horrible. 🙁
Post # 38
Sometimes it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one suffering from acne in my 20’s!!
I drink TONS of water, was my brushes and pillowcases and stick to a very strict regimine that works for me and I’m starting to see the zits GO AWAY!
I wash with the Mary Kay Timewise 3 in 1 cleansing BAR (dries up my acne without zapping the rest of my face of moisture)
Follow with Oxy sensitive skin pads with salicylic acid.(This exfoliates without scrubbing and further irritating the breakout)
AM: Follow with Aveeno Sensitive skin with feverfew and spf15
PM: Follow with Beta Hydroxy Acid moisturizer (this is getting rid of my acne scars and dark spots my exfoliating)
Accutane has also worked wonders for many of my friends but it’s 5 months of intensive skin therapy and if you’re thinking of getting pregnant any time soon, they won’t let you take it.
Everyones body chemistry and skin are SO different so seeing a dermatoligist may be the best step. Maybe take some sugesstions from friends as to who they see for skincare needs?
You’re going to look beautiful on your wedding day no matter what but I wish you the best and hope that you find a regimine that will give you your confidence back!!
Post # 39
I understand your frustration to an extent. I’m sorry you are dealing with this, as if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough. I was curious to know if you ate well and drank plenty of water or even took part in some sort of activity that makes you sweat and get rid of toxins? I suffered from bad adult acne also but, it has improed a great deal since I changed my diet and joined a gym. I’ve also been told by two different dermatologists that cleaning too much can cause acne since over cleansing would dry out the skin which makes the body want to produce more oils which in return causes the acne- hope that makes sense?
Post # 40
I did accutane in college, it worked miracles, i used to have really bad cystic acne, so painful. It really really worked. There are some side effects though. I would get sun burned if I was uncovered even 5 minutes in the sun. I didn’t know it at the time, but it weakened my enammual on my teeth and I got cavities, never had any before. You can’t get pregnant while on it because it can cause birth defects. Also it’s very drying so I was drinking so so much water, you always feel thirsty and dry, but 6 months later you stop taking it, and i haven’t had any problems since. Once in a while i’ll get some zits, but nothing even remotely close to what I had before. I was so happy the derm recommended it and put me on it. O and you have to get blood drawn every month so they can monitor you. But other than that, I’d say ask the doc.
Post # 41
I used to break out a lot and it was me drinking WAY TOO MUCH Caffeine. Do you drink a lot of water?
Post # 42
Yep, Accutane was the miracle for me. I also had cystic acne and that crap was so painful. Laughing hurt. Anyhoo, although I still have deep scars left from pimples, skin was so so so clear. And the 9 months is more than enough time for you before the wedding. I immediately saw results about 3 months going in, and by month 8, I was jumping for joy.
Accutane is costly. It’s time-consuming (the time between written prescription and prescription filled is limited), not to mention the montly online tests as well as blood work. You have to watch your diet, your skin, stay away from the sun, wax, anything chemically – and petroleum jelly will become your best friend. Lips cracked and nose bleeds b/c it was so drying (makes sense, all those glands drying out!).
I’m contemplating on getting back on, b/c it’s about a few years later and my skin is unnaturally oily, but the pimples aren’t too bad.
Patience and no stress. More stress = more acne. No bueno!
Post # 43
Wow. I second everyone above who said it was nice to know I am not the only one with adult acne. I also have mild rosacea, which only compounds the issue.
I tried Accutane. It actually didn’t work for me, and I was on it for nine months. Tried everything else too and finally gave up. Then I got engaged and it was important again. What works best for me is Dermalogica products, which I was surprised nobody had mentioned yet. You can look on their website and find a local supplier near you. My skin has never looked better, but it is expensive and time-consuming. I get professional facials from my Dermalogica aesthetician once a month, and my she is upping that to twice a month for the two months before the wedding. For daily, I use the dermal clay cleanser twice a day and I am on a three day cycle for nighttime. The first night is the gentle cream exfoliant. The second night is the sebum clearing masque. Third night my skin gets a break and it is just the cleanser. I also use the gentle toner twice a day followed by either the oil control lotion (my nighttime moisturizer) or the clearing mattifier and oil-free matte block spf 20 (my daytime moisturizer). I drink lots of water, wash my sheets and pillowcases once a week (the pillowcases were a big one, I have super oily skin), and only use Clinique powder. I saw results within a week. My fiance saw a difference within a month, and I can’t wait to see how I look after six months on it.
I would really suggest going to see a new dermatologist who is familiar with adult acne, and also asking about Dermalogica. Several of the dermatologists in the area carry it too.
Post # 44
Bless your heart. Clam down, you have lots of time to figure out what works before your wedding.
My skin is (now) as perfect as its going to be. People actually stop me in restaurants and airports and tell me I have perfect skin. Which is funny to me because I’ve come a long, long way.
I swear by the Clairsonic skin brush. Its like the sonicare toothbrush, but for your face. It gets you skin SO much cleaner than regular cleansing and it makes your skin feel baby soft. Its expensive, but if you buy it at Sephora and end up hating it, just take it back used and they’ll give you your money back (Sephora has the best return policy ever).
I also have super sensitive skin and I use Cetaphil. Its an over the counter cleanser recommended by dermatologists. Its so gentle, but it works so well and its cheap! Its $12 for the biggest face wash container I’ve ever seen.
I also love Caudalie’s face cream (also at Sephora). Its an all natural line and is perfect for sensitive skin. I also love their eye cream!
To prevent blackheads and zits, I use Neutrogena anti wrinkle/anti blemish every night.
I also take flax seed oil pills and a multi vitamin every day. If I travel and forget my flax seed oil and vitamins, I notice an almost immediate change in my skin.
And I drink TONS of water and wear products with SPF.
For cover up of acne, try Prescriptive Camouflage cream. It is the best concealer on the market.
Post # 45
*hug* I went through a similar skin spaz when I hit 22. You already have a lot of great product recommendations so I won’t list more, but do be careful when you are introducing new products to your skin. I introduce too many new products at one time and my face went bonkers! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and also watch what you eat. I’ve found that if I eat crap, I breakout but if I eat lots of fruits and vegetables (lots of greens) my skin looks great. Greens don’t necessarily mean salads either. I have a lot of great recipes that involve cooking green vegetables, I personally hate salads. It honestly took me years to get my skin under control again but I’ve found that maintaining a good diet is my best weapon.
Post # 46
- Wedding: December 2009 - Phoenix Art Museum
i feel your pain! i’ve never acne until i started grad school 🙁 my skin went NUTS – super dry, breaking out along my chin/hairline… UGH! for me, it’s most likely the lack of sleep and increased stress… so there’s not MUCH i can do about that. SIGHHHH. i’m hoping that i can get it cleared up in the next 2 1/2 months!
right now, i’ve just started using Fresh’s Soy Cleanser, Sugar Scrub, and Soy Moisturizer…. it worked really well at first, but my skin is freaking out again. sigh. not sure if it’s from lack of sleep/stress or if it just isn’t working anymore.
for me, aside from making sure i wash and moisturize 2xs a day, i have to change my pillowcases often, drink lots of water, get lots of rest, and cut back on sugars/carbs to get my skin to look better. so much work! good luck!