Post # 1
I really think I have the weirdest/worst skin on earth. I have been dealing with 3 or 4 different kinds of acne for a while and I really don’t know what to do at this point.
My forehead has these small bumps all over, it looks like they’re just clogged bumpy pores but not blackheads. My forehead has only recently started to look like this within the last few years, which makes me think it has to do with my BC pills. Then my nose has tons of blackheads. My chin is a mixture between what I consider to be normal “pimples” and then these swollen red bumps that never fully come to a head. I would say those are the worst ones, as they tend to leave bad scars behind. I also get those same kind of breakouts on my back, but have recently noticed a change in the skin on my back to be like the small bumps on my forehead. Have I grossed any of you bees out by now???! haha
I really have tried everything. I have been on benzoyl peroxide gel, salicylic acid creams, some kind of foam stuff that could possibly cause colitis?!!!, pills that made me gain weight and lots of other nasty stuff. I HAVE used everything I was prescribed for as long as I was told but really never saw any significant changes, so I took myself off of the meds all together and stopped going to the dermatologist. I even switched dr’s to see if maybe a new one would have better solutions, but she didn’t.
I have always sworn that tanning a lot clears my acne. The problem is that I tan to the point that I look like I’m a different ethnicity because it really does help my skin clear the acne. The darker I am, the clearer my skin! I know the harmful affects of tanning, and I’m not sure I want to look like a completely different person on my wedding day, standing next to a very pale FH!
So.. my question is, should I go see another new dermatologist now before my wedding gets too close and hopefully SOMETHING WILL WORK!! Or should I tan a few months before my wedding until my wedding day for the simple fact that I know that will work?? Any home remedies I can try? Any of you bees have as weird of skin as I do? I doubt it 🙁
Post # 3
I’d see a dematologist, stat! Sounds like you have a couple different types of break-outs going on and they could point you in the direction of a treatment that is a lot less likely to give you skin cancer!
Post # 4
my derm problems sound EXACTLY like yours. awkward bumpy forehead. blackhead/huge pore nose and then random chin blemishes.
I’m gonna talk to my lady dr. next month to see if it could quite possibly be the combo of hormones in my pill.
Also on some creams which help a bit, but my darn chin seems to have a mind of its own. Even stopped using all whitening toothpastes–Which sucks for preparing for wedding smiles!!
Ugh I thought acne was supposed to go away after teen years?! lol
Post # 5
i have the samee issues!! But im pretty sure mine is worse, as i have a mixture of all kinds of pimples on my cheeks.. ugh… and even on “good” days, i have scarring.. and i do NOT want to look like this on my wedding day! So if you come up with a solution please share! Right now I’m using biore acne clearing regimen and it seems to keep my skin from worsening but it still has FAR to go, and i used to tan to, and it did help clear up my skin, but when i stopped tanning, holy moley did my skin FREAK out, it was horrible. So i would stay away from the tanning idea to help in the long run, Good luck!!
Post # 6
All I gotta say is I’m sorry that you’re dealing with these issues 🙁 I know it’s extremely frustrating because it takes a long time to see effects and to heal the skin. I’m suffering from wonky skin too- I have adult onset acne and it seems hormonal, but this month I got 4-5 BAD breakouts that scar and I don’t know how to control it or what to do 🙁
Post # 7
I recommend that you check out http://www.beautypedia.com for product reviews and such. I’m not sure that biore has any quality anti acne stuff.
She also has a section on skin care advice which explain what is a good routine to use for which type of skin. In her advice section she recommends her own products, which I honestly have never tried. What I usually do is read these articles then go back onto beautypedia, and search for the type of products she recommends using. For example, cleansers for sensitive skin. She rated one by Neutrogena really highly, and you know, I’ve been using it for almost a year, and I’ve seen an amazing change in my skin. And then she’ll review moisturizers, and she’ll tell you which ones are good, or which ones to avoid because they irritate skin. and she actually explains which ingredients are responsible for the irritation/bad effect, so she’s not just basing it on her own personal expectations.
seriously, over the last 2 years that i’ve been reading her site, I do not buy any makeup/lotions etc without checking the review first. and honestly, not only is my wallet so much happier (bc of no wasted beauty product money) but my skin looks great! also, go through stuff you already have and use, and find out what she says about it.
some people don’t like the woman that runs it because she pushes her own products, but she reviews all other major brands, from stuff at walmart to sephora, so its not at all necessary to buy her products or even read what she says about them.
@twiny2005: here’s a link to her reviews of biore products. they don’t seem too amazing for skin.
Post # 8
I have similar skin issues as you, coupled with extremely sensitive skin. I’ve been seeing the derm regularly and I think what she now has me using is helping to clear up my skin and the scars from the deep chin pimples. She put me on Sumadan wash 2x/day for face (it smells like sulfur but it doesn’t leave my skin overly dry or oily), Differin gel at night, Aczone gel just on pimples 2x/day, and Retin-A micro 3x/week. She also said I might want to try microdermabrasion after everything clears to smooth out the skin and eliminate scarring. So maybe ask your derm about these products if you haven’t tried them yet?
And good for you getting started with this a year before your wedding–you should have clear, beautiful skin by then!
Post # 9
i was having a similar problem before the wedding, but i’m not on BC pills. i would definitely try a different form of BC if that’s at all possible for you… the amount of money and heartache you’re spending on your derm problems seems like it’d be worth it if you think it might be the cause. with one of the wedding presents i received before the wedding, dillards shipped a 7 day sample of lancome genifique. even though i’m in my 20s, i gave it a shot and after a few days my skin really stabilized and looked great for the wedding! maybe it was a fluke, but it’s worth mentioning since i think you can order the 7 day trial on their website.
Post # 10
@glittergirl2: I don’t have acne but my BFF and her brother has it. Her little brother’s skin was relly bad and they both have gotten great results from Proactive.
Post # 11
I have had acne since I was 12. I literally tried every product on the market trying to get rid of the problem. You should absolutely try Proactiv. I can’t believe how much it has helped my skin. It is worth the cost.
Post # 12
@geminichic: UGH!!! I hate/love that site.. mainly because it makes since what she says… but i cant believe i was tricked by ads and commercials, ugh. THANKS A BUNCH!
Post # 13
Clear skin is not worth skin cancer (from excessive tanning.)
Please see what other options are open to you.
Post # 14
Tanning is soooooo dangerous to your health. Try going off the pill or changing to another pill first. If you think that’s the root of the problem, that should be your first plan of attack.