Nearly 26 and still struggling with acne :(

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Have you gotten your hormones checked? PCOS and other conditions that increase a woman’s  testosterone levels can cause acne.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Are you not willing to try Accutane again? My derm told me that it might take two or three rounds for certain people. I did accutane when I was 21 and it was the best solution ever. I’m 25 now and still have clear skin.

I will say, I am like you in that I thought I had my acne cleared up (before the accutane) and then I went on the pill and it ruined me. Even coming off the pill didn’t work. It was awful. So I can commiserate with you 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I don’t have a lot of advice about acne because I’ve been very blessed in that department, but I will say that I highly recommend the copper IUD. I have had 4 periods on it so far. The first one was the heaviest I’ve ever had, but every period since has been lighter and less crampy. They’re basically back to normal now. I know all of us react differently, but don’t be afraid to consider it. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

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saccarabird :  oh my gosh, 7 rounds! I thought or 2 previous rounds. Wow. I mean, you’d think it would have worked by now! 

 

Do you think maybe its it’s something you’re eating? Cutting out sugar & dairy is definitely a good start, but maybe you’re allergic to something. I would go to an allergist and get tested. At this point, it can’t hurt, right?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Semi silly question- how much water do you drink daily? 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have PCOS and still struggle with acne at FORTY if not on medication. For me, even though it is such a dodgy medication, Diane 35 ED is the only thing that helps, along with a very careful routine of cleansing but not stripping my skin. I wish you luck, you aren’t alone. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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saccarabird :  that’s really wierd that birth control made it worse. What type was it? There are some types that doctors will prescribe to help acne.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I am 26 as well and still struggle with acne. I had my hormones checked last year and that was all normal. It’s quite pricy but I finally found something that seems to help – I have literally tried everything from harsh chemicals to going to a vegan diet and all natural stuff. What I’m currently on is Rodan and Fields, I think they have different types and I’m on the acne one. It’s not perfect and I still get pimples here and there but no more big breakouts. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Are you in the US? Check out Curology. It changed my life. You have an online dermatologist assigned to you. You send them pictures of your skin and discuss your concerns, skin care routine, medications, etc. They formulate a custom cream that gets mailed to you every month. I’ve also struggled with acne into my 20s. Right now my skin is the clearest it’s been since I was too young for acne. I can’t recommend it enough.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I have no advice unfortunately, except to say that I’m almost 26 and still struggling with acne as well, have been since I was 11 or 12, so you’re not alone 🙁 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

28 with adult and hormonal acne, I have oily skin.

I recommend green tea products, Hanskin BHA cleansing oil, acropass patches, and Mandelic Acid. Neogen Bio-Peels (I have the green tea kind) are awesome. Physical exfoliation for my oily, gunky pores.

I reeeeeally recommend the By Wish 5% Mandelic Acid Toner. I use the Vivant 9% Mandelic Acid Toner, but I can’t use it every day yet because it makes dead skin peel. My whole left hand peeled because I pat in all my products. Lol a couple dry patches on my face were really flaky, too, so that was a bit hard to manage. I also dilute it with some water, or another acid toner and then it isn’t as strong. It made my skin super shiny!

The Mandelic Acid and BHA Cleansing Oil has pretty much given me clear skin, which I haven’t had since I was 14.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: Canada

If your skin was good before BC, you probably just need to give your body time to get back into balance.  I’d get off all meds and ride it out.  I know that’s easier said than done though.  I’m 35 and still deal with acne, though it’s gotten better the longer I’ve been off BC (2 yrs now).  Acne sucks but you’re not alone.  Its always worse to you than it is to other people.

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