Post # 1
I never had problems with my skin/acne when I was a teenager, but the last few years as an adult have been a whole different story.
With the exception of a couple of tiny pimples every once in awhile, I don’t really have acne or blackheads.
I do, however, have white heads, like, everywhere. They’re so gross. And I have oily spots. And spots that are so dry that my skin cracks. My skin tone is uneven. I have redness and blotchiness. I have dark circles under my eyes (hereditary, but get worse with stress/lack of sleep).
I’ve been feeling so gross and ugly and I really tired of trying EVERYTHING. I’ve tried store brand, department store products, online stuff, organic, super harsh, and everything in between. I’ve tried cleanser, scrub, toner, foam, soap, exfoliating, astrigent, different makeup, etc, etc. The thing that sucks is that when I try something new, it works for, like, a month or two. And just when I look in the mirror and think “oh, wow, my skin looks good,” ….a week later it’s a disaster again.
Post # 3
I feel like I’ve been having the same problem for the past year. No fun. While complaining to a cousin, she recommended Neutrogena’s MicroDermabrasion system. I haven’t tried it yet but while looking for info on it today I found it…ON SALE!
Post # 4
If you have tried a lot of products and none are working it might be time to go see a dermatologist. Also could it be from bc? My skin got really oily after I started the pill and now that I have been on it for quite awhile it’s not as bad. Still oily and I get pimple every now and then but not like it was
Post # 5
It could be hormonal acne. Is it mostly located around your jawline? Do you tend to have flare ups right before/during your period?
If so, the best thing to do is visit a dermatologist. Usually he/she will prescribe a combination of internal and external treatments to get things back in balance. Also– stick with whatever he/she prescribes for at least 3-4 months, it may take that long to regulate your hormones and see results. However, speaking from experience, it is definitely worth it!
Post # 6
Mine is at my jawline mostly! Ugh I went through Accutane twice in high shcool and was great until now. It’s all the time and I have crappy insurance with a $5K deductible so won’t be to a dr. soon for it. 🙁 Hoping some bees can recommend an OTC treatment they can swear by . . . .
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I recently discovered Paula’s Choice Anti Acne system and it has worked REALLY well for me. I’ve used it for the past 6 months-ish but I’ve had acne since I was in junior high and this has worked the absolute best for me. I got cystic acne for the first time ever after trying out some organic bs acne treatment, I switched to the Paula’s Choice set and it cleared it up. I def recommend it!! If you try the set, you do need an additional moisturizer.
Post # 8
Hm. So here are the two OTC things that worked best for my hormonal acne:
(1) Naproxen sodium (brand name: Aleve) – I found out about this through an online forum, and, weirdly, it works! (Well, it’s an anti-inflammatory drug… so maybe not so weird 🙂 I would take it right before my period started and then stop a couple days in. Be sure to read the warnings on the label, as it’s bad to overdose or take for an extended period of time.
(2) Salicylic acid – I’d usually get a 2.0% strength face wash or astringent. I noticed a difference when I used it regularly vs. when I didn’t. You’ll want to make sure that you get a good (non-comedogenic) moisturizer to go along with it, since it can dry your skin.
That said, going to the dermatologist was the only way I eventually got 95% clear (taking spironolactone). Hormonal acne is SO frustrating!