Post # 1
Hello bees! Few quick qs about spots. I started getting them when I was about 10 or so, and they’re still bothering me as I approach 30. The only difference is that they used to be T-zone spots (traditional teenage, oily skin spots) which later migrated to my cheeks as acne, and have now settled along my jawline, the sides of my chin, my neck, and occasionally my shoulders as red, inflamed, toxic acne. I know that jawline and chin spots are supposed to be hormonal, but I’ve been on the same birth control for years (progesterone only implant) and they’ve only started getting worse recently. They’re painful, new ones erupt over the course of the average day (ie even if you deal with all your white heads in the morning, by the afternoon then a new crop have appeared) and they come up in the huge red acne lumps.
I wash my face in the morning using Oxy, which is the only facial wash I’ve found that actually reduces the problem. Benzyl peroxide doesn’t work because my adult skin is not greasy, and I have dry skin patches. After washing, I use a combined sunscreen and moisturiser, but I don’t moisturise acne prone areas. On top, I sometimes then add products like Benefit’s Dr Feelgood treatment, which reduces shine and feeds vitamins to the skin. The only other makeup I wear is mascara. I occasionally put a dab of toothpaste onto a particularly evil spot to draw it out (I find that works quite well) but lately then my spots have had an insanely fast turnover, so it’s not been an issue. I have tried prescribed antibiotics in the past, but they haven’t really helped my skin, and have also made me feel pretty rough (I have problems with my intestines, and antibiotics aren’t really very good for me because of that). I would love to get a handle on my skin problems before the wedding. Any ideas?
Post # 3
@Rachel631: I think you should go to a dermatologist if your skin is giving you this many issues. They could probably prescribe something to help. Until then, the only other thing I can recommend is to exfoliate!
Post # 4
My skin freaked out in my early 20’s when I switched from brand-name bcp’s to generic. My self-esteem took a real hit… I know what it’s like, sorry you are going through this!!
Definitely go to a dermatologist. I went to a walk-in clinic when I had my skin issue but from how you are describing your skin it sounds more severe than mine was.
I thought the antibiotic cream they prescribed was great. I think it was called clindamycin. It was very gentle and didn’t dry out my skin. When I have a pimple now I still wish I could use it!!
I also took zinc supplements, I truly believe they helped get everything under control again. Just don’t overdo it or it might interfere with how your body absorbs other minerals.
Post # 5
@Olive12: Yeah, I’d love to go to a dermatologist, but that’s just not how life works in the UK. I get free healthcare, sure, but if I want to see a specialist then there’s a huge waiting list, and spots just aren’t up there on their list of priorities. To give you an idea of how our healthcare system works, when I had an intestinal infection and was entering kidney failure, I was sent to see a specialist within 45 minutes, and had all my labs processed within an hour of my phone call, FOR FREE. All my medicines were free, all my follow ups were free, and I had home visits for free. The quality of care was incredible.
However, when I fractured my spine years ago, I asked to see a specialist, and the following ensured:
– Are you over X years of age? (Basically an OAP)
– Did this damage occur as a result of a car crash or serious accident?
– Well… no… but it was serious… I mean… I do have a fractured spine… I’m sure you have the X-rays in front of you…
– Does this injury influence your quality of life?
– Well… I am in constant pain, but it doesn’t stop me doing the things I want to do…
– So that’s a no, then.
– Well, it’s not really a “no”, that’s just a reflection of reality….
– Then you are a non-urgent case and will have to go on the waiting list. Current wait time is 2-3 years.
… and that is the reality of living under the NHS. Fantstic if you are in danger of death… not so great otherwise… but still free!