Post # 1
I just turned 37, and I’ve had awful jawline/neck acne for about 7-8 years. I started going to a dermatologist and have in the past been prescribed a variety of oral and topical medications. Nothing worked until about 5 years ago when I started taking Spironolactone. It worked perfectly for a while, then I took a break for a few months, and the acne came back, so I started taking it again. On, off, cycle repeat several times. I’ve been back on it now for about 4 months, and this time, it’s doing nothing. Or, if it is, I’d hate to see how hideous I’d look without it.
Ive also been back on a topical once or twice a week (can’t use it more than that because it dries my skin out bad). I use a Clarisonic to get a deep clean, and use a very pure makeup (Jane Iredale), but I can’t seem to shake the acne this time. I’ve had a couple of facials in the last few months. I spent 6 months in esthetics school to learn about the ins and outs of skincare, and I’ve spent years researching it, and I’m at a loss, at the end of my rope. I know that skin care starts from the inside out, so as a last resort, I’m starting to increase my water consumption, and cut out sugar and dairy, which is super hard.
I just don’t know what else to do, and my dermatologist just wants to keep writing me expensive prescriptions that end up at the back of a drawer because they don’t work.
Does anyone have any other ideas?
Post # 3
Everyone is different, but I find that using a gentle soap ( fragrance free Dove for Sensitive Skin) and an oil free moisturizer (Clinique Moisturizing Gel) along with eating the daily recommended amount (5 cups) of raw vegetables and fruits seems to help my skin. I had a clarasonic knock-off and it seemed to do more harm than good.
Post # 4
can’t say enough good things about Exposed Skincare. I had the same type of acne, around the mouth and chin. Start off using it once a day or every other day, increase to the recommended amount and then cutback once your skin clears up. I’ve been using it for about 6 months now, hardly get any acne and now I only use it every other day. Be prepared that your skin will feel a little raw/sensitive at the beginning, just use it a little less often till your skin gets used to it.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2014 - Loft
It’s like I wrote this. I have the exact same issue. I took spiro last year ita worked wonderfully for about 6 months then just stopped. I suffered through acne all last year ( even my wedding ) until jan of this year. I started using head and shoulders to wash my face anD using diaper rash cream to moisturizer. Haven’t had a single cystic pimple since. I don’t know that it will work forever but it’s working for me now. I also use LUSH – Dark Angels scrub at night and this has been a god send. Sorry you’re going through this. I also noticed if ate at soy sauce or raw tomatoes I will break out.
Post # 6
I’ve heard great things about PocketDerm, maybe you can try it if it’s offered in your state? It’s also pretty affordable compared to a regular dermatologist.
Post # 7
Was Differin one of the topical Rx you tried? Dermalogica skin clearing face wash. And increasing Aldactone dosage during pre-menstrual week is another technique.
Post # 8
I know you’ve said that you’ve tried a lot of topical prescriptions, but I have bad horomonal acne and I recently startEd using Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide Topical (Duac, BenzaClin, etc) and it works! I totally doubted it, but my skin started clearing within a day. If you haven’t tried it, you could give it a go.