Nearly 26 and still struggling with acne :(

posted 1 year ago in Wellness
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I didn’t struggle with acne until my mid twenties.  Fine through college and sometime around 23 things just got out of control.  I’m 28 now and I only JUST started noticing drastic results, after years of trying just about every treatment I could find.  For me, the answer was a few things.  You are smart to stay away from dairy and sugar, that’s a big component for me too.  But I also completely stopped putting any products on my face.  I hate to sound like the crazy hippy girl but I’ll say it, those face wash/prescription companies do not want you to get better – they want you to stay a customer so you keep giving them money.  Your body is perfectly designed to regulate itself!  Let it do it’s job.  I stopped wearing makeup.  I stopped drinking alcohol, that’s a big one for me.  I CHUG water all day.  Water water water.  Do it.  I make sure I’m getting enough sleep.  No more late night Netflix binging, sleep is so so so much more important than I think people realize.  And last but certainly not least, I yoga every morning.  Usually 10-25 minutes.  I think stress reduction has been a huuuge part of my skin recovery.  I hope this is helpful.  I understand how crippling terrible acne can feel.  You don’t want to go out or cuddle too close or anything, total confidence killer.  If you’re in last resort mode, it really doesn’t hurt to stop spending money on products for a bit and try some natural remedies.  Good luck <3

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Hun I’m 32 and still suffer with acne. I don’t find any medical things help, they clear it up but once I stop using, the acne comes back worse. I find this with most facial washes and what not designed to treat acne as well.  It’s always worse just before my period. 

I’ve found one brand of facial wash an moisturiser that works, and doesn’t make it work if I skip a day for whatever reason and that’s Neutrogena visibly clear range. It doesn’t eliminate all my acne but it’s the best I’ve had without it getting worse when I stop using it or miss a day. 

Post # 18
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Newbee

Try spearmint tea or spearmint capsules. That has hormone balancing properties and seems to clear up my skin in no time..without chemicals or spending a lot of $$$. Worth a shot! 

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

saccarabird :  clay masks (not sheet, clay) help, tea tree oil applied full strength with a q-tip just to break outs will dry them out to the point of forming a peely scabby spot within days, peel it, apply moisturizer, if the pimple isn’t improved repeat the tea tree oil and scab peel process until it is. Hydrocortisone cream can help with the hard sore ones. Salisyilac acid (I spelled this wrong and spell check won’t help me) astringent is good. No matter how oily you are you still need to moisturize. I personally use all the previously mentioned products in combo woth each other everyday with no negative reactions. I’ve read great things about jojoba oil as a skin neutral moisturizer, but have not yet tried it myself. I’m 36, apparently for some of us this is just our life long skin type 😳

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

hungrymeow :  What do you recommend for green tea products? I’ve been using the Green Tea serum from Innisfree because I’ve heard green tea can control oil production. I’m on the fence about if it’s actually helping. I’m almost out of my first bottle, but I’m trying to do a little more research before I buy more.

Post # 21
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Busy bee

My dad is 53 and and my sister is 25, they have a daily pill they’ve take and they now have really clear skin after suffering with acne for YEARS, i will ask them what they take if you like, if you’re willing to take a pill daily?

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

cjoy12 :  I use Neogen Green Tea Foaming Cleanser, Neogen Green Tea Bio-Peel, and A•True Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream. I also really like the Blithe Green Tea Splash Mask. Green tea doesn’t just help with oil, but it really helped reduce cystic acne. It alone isn’t enough, but my skin really likes it.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee

Hey bee, I’m really sorry that you’re dealing with this! I’m in my early thirties and still struggle with acne. I don’t think mine is as severe as yours, but mine is cystic and is concentrated mostly along my cheeks, temples, and jawline. I was on antibiotics for it when I was younger (before I got on the BCP). 

I found that one thing that helped was switching from benzoyl peroxide products to salycilic (sp?) acid products. It almost seemed like my face had built up immunity to Bridal Party, as crazy as that sounds.

Earlier this year I started using Paula’s Choice products, which I had read about online in a skincare forum. I bought a sample set to try and after a few weeks of using those, ended up buying the full size since I was seeing some positive changes. It’s been a few months now and my skin is almost totally clear. I get maybe 3-6 small zits a month and NO cystic ones anymore. 

No idea if the line will work for you but I figured I’d mention it since we have some parallels!

Post # 24
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Busy bee

saccarabird :  my SO had spots all over his face and back, when he went off gluten his face cleared up. He is going for coeliac disease and gluten allergy test next week so he has been feeding himself with gluten. Yes, the spots are back!

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

I’m 26 and struggled with acne since I was young. The biggest things that help me are dietary changes. Low carb, no sugar, minimal dairy, nothing processed and lots of fruits/veg and water make the hugest difference in my skin. I also have a lot of leftover texture, dark marks and scaring to deal with now, but far less active breakouts. 

Post # 27
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

saccarabird :  do you use clay masks? I find they make a big difference for me if I use them at least a couple times a week, I just need to stick to it. I find when my skin is really acting up if I do a c.ay mask every night for a week I will see visible improvement, then I’ll go down to like every other day for masks and my skin will stay ok, then I get lazy and don’t do a mask for a week or so and my skin goes back to being shitty. I’m currently I  the doing a mask every night to get back on track stage, right now I have Sibu sea berry therapy purifying clay mask, and Institut Arnaud Beauty pure purifying mask that I’m rotating. They are both great. I buy all different kinds though, as long as they are clay (not sheet) masks with good ingredients I find they all work.

Post # 28
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Newbee

I have began to struggle with acne I never had before right after I stopped the pill. Just recently I started an amazing probiotic regimen (for other reasons) and have noticed a HUGE difference in my complexion (even my hair looks healthier now too!). Sometimes you have to care for your body starting from the inside and working your way out. Good job cutting dairy and sugar, I agree gluten may be a good step too! Try a good probiotic, they get expensive but they are so so so worth it. 

Post # 29
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Wannabee

I am an independent consultant for Rodan and Fields.  If you haven’t contacted anyone yet, I would be happy to assist!

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