(Closed) my skin makes me cry (vent)

posted 12 years ago in Emotional
Post # 47
1364 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You poor thing! 

I had awful acne when I was at high school. Geeky with short hair and round glasses and acne. It wasn’t pretty. And everything that I used wouldn’t work, same as you. I tried all the creams, pills, etc. I went through about 6 years of going to various derms on school holidays and avoiding fatty foods, drinking water, etc. It was all pretty useless.

BUT. I did find something that DID WORK! Speak to your derm. I would have an appointment once a month and it involved no pills or creams. Basically they sat me in a doctors chair, put it back and a woman wiped my face over with a warm cloth and then a alcohol based solution and basically took a small needle and pricked every zit, spot and pore on my face. 

It sounds weird when I type it. It does work. The alcohol solution basically helps to keep your pores clean. Afterwards she’d give me a face mask for 15 minutes. Seriously, I went for about 6 sessions and was turned away from the last two!

Now it doesn’t work instantly but you do see a definite improvement quite quickly. My skin really calmed down after those treatments and I only ever got breakouts around my period instead of all the time. I had my last treatment when I was 14 or 15 and I’m now 23 and have no problems with acne – although I still have oily, acne prone skin.

I’d really recommend going to your derm and seeing if he knows about this procedure. The whole thing used to take about an hour. I can’t remember what it’s called but if I do remember then I’ll let you know.

And don’t cry. You’re going to marry your best friend and ultimately that’s what you’re going to remember about your day. I know it’s hard, I’ve got hundreds of photos from my childhood that I won’t look at because I’m a crazed acne mess, but I hope what I’ve told you about helps.

Big bee hugs!

Post # 48
15 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know this is a really old post, but I had to say something-

@rhibee: here here! the magical drug Spironolactone!

I feel your pain. I started breaking out when I was 12. I won’t go into details (and i could, believe me) but it was really bad. I was on tons of medication until I was 15, then they put me on Accutane. Accutane calmed it, but didn’t get rid of it. 

For the next 12 years of my life, I was always on some mix of medications. I didn’t wear makeup and a lot of the time my skin was so bad it hurt to walk outside in the sun. I knew how to take care of my skin, I could talk shop with the Dermatologist’s, but nothing worked.

Finally, I found a cocktail that works! 

Oral – Yaz (birth control), Spironolactone

Topical regime – wash with Pacnex Benzoyl Face Wash twice a day, Clindamycin in the morning, Ziana gel in the evening (antibiotic retinoid)

Makeup – Bare Escuentals

My skin is perfect, and the Ziana is helping with the scaring. I wouldn’t suggest all of this for the mild breaker-outer, or someone who isn’t willing to put in the work (imagine what would happen to my skin if I forgot to pick up a prescription for a week or two) but I WOULD suggest Yaz and Spironolactone.

Ok, thats my rant 🙂 I wish you all the best and hope you are feeling better **hugs**


Post # 49
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve had breakouts since I was 11 years old (I am 29 today).
I would recommend going to your Derm. and asking for Retin-A.  Now the cream is not the easiest thing to get used to.  You would have to start out using it every other day.  It will actually make you break out more in the beginnning but will start to clear you up after a month or so.  It basically takes layers off of your skin so the new skin can come to surface.  It is also great for wrinkles. 
I also suggest that you watch your diet and intake a lot more water.  Drinking a lot of water also improves your skin tremendously.

If you have a few blemishs on your wedding, don’t worry.  A great make-up artist can cover it. 

When I work out a lot, I break out on my chest and back so I am a bit nervous of having those breakouts on my big day.  I can only hope my make-up artist can cover them up. 

Post # 50
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@stooks247: I’m on the same combo at the moment. Yaz and Spironolactone with Retina and some other topicals. Been almost a month and so far only so so.

Very frustrating because I was on Brevicon for over a year and it worked perfect. Best skin I’ve had since I was 12. There was a mix up and my hormones got screwed up and I’ve been trying for months to find a good combo.

Going to the GYN in a few weeks to see if she recommends switching BC again. I don’t know if it’s one of those get-worse-before-it-gets-better things. And my DERM says she knows nothing about BC (*grumble*)

I’m so over it.

Post # 51
1236 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

OK I tried everything, thinking it was acne

It is not

Topically i am allergic to benzoyl peroxide, vitamin C, citric acid and aloe.  Eliminating those ingredients helped but still had some acne.

Then I went on a low carb diet.  BANG the rest vanished in a week.  No acne.

The guess is that I have a wheat allergy as well.

Try eliminating internal and external allergy sources.  True acne usually responds to medications.


HUGS and PM me if you want more info.

Post # 52
12 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Have you considered that maybe you have super sensitive skin and are sensitive to parabens? I eventually figured out that parabens (preservatives found in most skin care products), which are fine for most people, are the main thing that makes me break out. They’re in Cetaphil, which everyone recommends for sensitive skin and which was bad for me. Also, a lot of times people who have acne have naturally dry and sensitive skin, and using all those harsh “anti-oil” products just sends your skin into a death spiral of producing more oil. So if you’re not using moisturizer, a gentle one might help, even though it might sound counterintuitive.

Anyway…I recommend 2 things. 1) Get yourself a paraben-free sensitive skin care regime – cleanser and moisturizer. I really like the La Roche Posay Toleriane line, which is a dermatologist like but they sell it at some CVS and Walgreens stores as well. 2) Go see a different dermatologist, preferably a cosmetic one who specializes in acne. It might not be covered by your insurance, but WORTH IT for your sanity. Do this before you start messing around with cosmetologists. 

Good luck! I know the feeling. 

Post # 53
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@SoontobeMsL: Seconding the Retin-A thing. I had bad acne when I was a teen and NOTHING worked. I still break out more than I’d like (and I’m not on the Retin-A anymore because derms are way expensive), but when I was on a combination of that and the monthly nitrogen freeze (done in-office), my skin definitely improved. It wasn’t perfect, but it was much better.

Post # 54
42 posts
  • Wedding: February 2011

get yourself to the dermatologist for accutane.  it’s the miracle drug.

Post # 55
2268 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@catonka: Yea, accutane didn’t work for me.

The reason I’m pretty positive it’s hormonal and can be fixed with the right BC mix is because I was on only BC (Brevicon) for a year and my skin was perfect. I made no other changes to diet or skin care (in fact I was far less careful about what I ate and how I treated my skin).

Post # 56
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Mrs Grape: I also stopped using the Retin-A for other reasons but your regular primary care doctor can give you a prescription for it. 
I don’t really need to get back on it but I’m wondering if I should, I as I approach my 30’s.  It is definately great for anti-aging. 

Post # 57
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I haven’t read all the responses so if I’m redundant I apologize. Have you looked into your diet? Food allergies, which can develop at any time in a person’s life, can cause skin issues. You may want to try cutting out dairy and upping your Zinc intake. I can’t recall the amount you should take daily, but if you Google it, you should be able to find it. Zinc can have the same effect as Accutane without the nasty side effects. Hope This Helps

Post # 58
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@emsilyseptember: You’re the only other person I’ve heard say that cetaphil didn’t work for you. I tried it and broke out worse than I ever had before!

I stopped and switched to an ultra simple regiment: a high quality bar soap to wash, and St.Ives skin lotion to moisturize. Yup, just the giant $3 bottles. My skin hasn’t been perfect, but it has been better than when I’ve used more expensive products, day and night creams, etc.

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