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16 July 2012 @ 10:14 am
Skin / adult acne  
I am in my mid 20's and have hardly ever hada pimple in my life...until now.

I've been reading about "Adult acne/hormonal acne" which sounds like what I have.

Mostly in the chin, jaw, and lip area. Sometimes it's a bit red and splotchy...sometimes just tiny whitehead type pimples that don't look too bad but are slightly painful.

I've been using a few over the counter cleansers and exfoliants.
But most articles are saying that "adult acne" is not treated best with the same cleansers as a teenager may use. \

I used to be really into the Mary Kay- it has always made my skin look and feel great, but it's definetly not helping the zits.

Anyone with the same issue recommend a good face regime? I'd like to know one good brand that I could stick with for all around facial care...but of course it must have a good acne regime.  Willing to spend some extra money but nothing too expensive.
kdrummer88: pic#112892782kdrummer88 on July 16th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
P.S If anyone has any natural remedies- I would love to hear them!

I make my own beauty products. I know that Tea Tree oil is a good astringent, the toothpaste trick, etc.
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: michael party hatbatman on July 16th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
Feral Girl Thing: catsuitchildofmetis on July 17th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
This and giving up dairy. That's the only way I've been able to control it.
Whitney: Add Coffee = Humansixxofdiamonds on July 17th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
This! I was just going to come here to mention dietary changes - most noticeable is dairy. Even my husband, when he gave up dairy at age 22 his skin became so smooth and nice. I can tell when I eat dairy and break out along my chin.
Renrikkitsune on July 17th, 2012 06:47 am (UTC)

Since I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant a year or so ago, my skin has calmed down a shitload.

I have dry sensitive skin with rosacea, which *can* manifest in the way you're describing. My suggestion would be to see a dermatologist if you can, get a definite diagnosis and go from there. It's what I did.

If it IS rosacea or perioral dermatitis:

I clean and moisturise my skin using the Oil Cleansing Method (3 parts EVOO and 1 part apricot kernel oil - using castor oil on rosacea is not recommended) and my skin LOVES it. Loves it I tell you!

3 danger zones: extreme temperature, alcohol (as a cleanser ingredient) and exfoliation. Depending on your diagnosis, you may need to be careful of one or all of these things.
the duchess: hornblower: absurd but dashingstiltonandpear on July 18th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
This. When I gave up gluten as well as most dairy, the acne that had started troubling me to the point of being physically painful to touch my face since about age 22 cleared up. Eight years of that shit. At this rate, I'm pretty happy to stay away from wheat if only to be able to lay on a pillow at night without pain.
Jeska Allosaurus: maxback_track on July 16th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
I'm 25 and have similar acne--glycolic acid works best for me, especially the peter thomas roth max complexion pads, and making sure to keep my face well moisturized with oil-free moisturizers--I use a mario badescu one.
jennifer nicole: orange girljennifer_nicole on July 16th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
I'm 28 and I started getting acne, out of nowhere, last year sometime. I bought this 3-step acne solution set by Clinique that has helped tremendously but it is pricey. I feel like I may have just needed toner and a less-greasy moisturizer? Tea tree oil is great.
jennifer nicole: orange girljennifer_nicole on July 16th, 2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
and by pricey I mean it was $35 for what ended up lasting about a month or month and a half.

kdrummer88: pic#112892782kdrummer88 on July 16th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
thats not bad at all! mary Kay is ridiculously pricey! though i have to say its great.
I'll go to this link
Murder, Murder, Death, Blood, Gore: pic#114426791encircleme on July 16th, 2012 11:04 pm (UTC)
I use the same thing, but it's started giving me tiny blackheads on the sides of my cheeks because it's too drying.
Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainenmissingkeys on July 16th, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
I started getting acne around my lips and a little on my chin. I realised--after a fair while--that I get it wherever I get toothpaste foam. This may not be your issue but I've heard of it happening to others so that's why I mention it. Anyway, I use the Body Shop's seaweed cleanser straight after brushing my teeth and it's been great for me. I can't remember how much it costs, but each container of it lasts me probably about nine months so it's fairly negligible.
Herkko Rosvo-Ronkainenmissingkeys on July 16th, 2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Forgot to mention: if you have a Body Shop store near you they'll often give you a free sample to test if it works first. :)
andiamoletsgo: pink hairandiamoletsgo on July 16th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
I also have adult acne and my dermatologist recommended that I use a benzoyl peroxide face wash in addition to a prescription retin-A cream. I use PanOxyl 10% Acne Foaming Wash (10% Benzoyl Peroxide, BPO) and it works great. I had been using the prescription cream on its own for a while with mixed results before adding the bp wash and my skin became noticeably clearer when I added the bp wash. My skin also tends to be super-sensitive and this doesn't cause any problems if I only use it once a day.
Aiko Yoshida: new onebonanzajelybean on July 16th, 2012 03:28 pm (UTC)
Same thing happened to me in my early-mid 20s. My mom bought me Proactive and it totally worked. I had friends who also swore by it who were in their 20s.
kdrummer88: pic#112892782kdrummer88 on July 16th, 2012 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! this is very healthy...I am researching theses suggestions
Lady Crimson Tide: HK_Titsclynne on July 16th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
For the painful, white, pus-filled ones, icing them works great. It was part of my dermatology routine for horrible acne as a teenager, and it still helps as an adult. It reduces the redness and swelling.

For me, a decent facewash followed by icing and then spot-treatment with a benzoyl peroxide cream at night seems to do the trick generally.

If they get large, swollen, and painful, I lance them (don't pop! That'll leave big ripped holes in your skin and might spread the bacteria to the rest of your face): sterilize thin needle, clean and ice area around pustule, carefully poke hole, gently squeeze out pus while wiping it away with a cotton ball dipped in antiseptic, wash area around zit.
The Guerrilla Aesthete: jesus!grrillaesthete on July 16th, 2012 03:48 pm (UTC)
I **LOVE** the Murad spot treatment: sephora.com/acne-spot-treatment-P4001 The sulphur works wonders. It is super-expensive, but if you buy the whole process, it is reasonable.

BTW, I have not had good luck with a full system (Proactiv, etc.). If you have to pick and choose from different lines to find what works for you, don't panic.
Jessie: floodsofmisery made my icon!laviedejoie on July 16th, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
I adore Paula's Choice (www.paulaschoice.com) - she has a wonderful line of acne products. They are also straightforward about what ingredients are in their products and why. Love them.
the oldest baby in the world: isadorakarenleigh on July 18th, 2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I second Paula's Choice.
Rebecca: Dead Milkmengbye_bluemonday on July 16th, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC)

The line of products are very inexpensive and effective.
Linda: Wrong Thingslindapendant on July 16th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
I fought for absolute years with adult acne until I landed on that website and followed their recommendations, but that was before they offered their own products for sale. At the time, they just offered advice on what products seemed to work best, so I went with that.

I use Septra cleansing gel, PanOxyl cream and Cetaphil moisturizer, and this regimen was the answer to my prayers. Oh man how I prayed!

WallyBatwallybat on July 16th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
my husband has used proactiv but the price is prohibitive. he's found that the drug store brands work just as well. he's been using the acne free brand and it works nearly identical to proactiv.

☆: Hand - grasptheidolhands on July 16th, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
I still wish I understood the science of why this is happening to women in the first place, to better guess how to make it cease. As I'm no longer a teen, I hear and read this description from women in their 20s & 30s frequently. It's surprising. What factors contribute to a hormone imbalance where the body refuses to self-regulate or it's reaction is to create cystic acne?
kindmemory: [kindmemory] Set Sailkindmemory on July 16th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
I have always read that acne (beyond a few pimples from eating sugar/junk food) are due to hormones. I have also heard that iodine used in cleansers for french fry friers at fast food places can cause or trigger acne also. Re the hormones, I wonder if birth control could contribute?
☆: Hand - grasptheidolhands on July 16th, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think these are good insights, and yes I think I've read here, as well as elsewhere, issues with birth control.
Gold Oyster: babygoldoyster on July 16th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
I don't use birth control pills and got adult acne. I've had it for almost 10 yrs now, I'm 34. Some natural things have helped (vitamins like fish oil, bringing down my stress level) but overall nothing really can get rid of it completely, not even prescription creams. The only times it goes away absolutely completely is when I'm pregnant or heavily nursing, which is why birth control pills are actually sometimes prescribed as a way of getting rid of acne!

I saw an endocrinologist in addition to a couple dermatologists and the best she could give me as an explanation was that some people become more sensitive to free testosterone as they age. My hormonal levels were completely normal so she couldn't do anything to help me. I know that it all started when I was under a period of great stress and my adrenal functions went beserk, it was like I was constantly under fight or flight. As I brought down my stress most of the acne went away, but I still have what I think is considered moderate acne, and that is even with using Proactive. OP, Proactive is expensive, but it lasts for at least 3 months.
kindmemory: [afufle] Broclyphantkindmemory on July 19th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Thanks, that does cut into my thoughts that BC might be it. I did have a problem with some fairly instense pimples when I was pregnant, though I was also overweight and at times may have been overdoing the sugar. But other than the overweight, I was doing everything as before, even that I went on sugar binges sometimes. (didn't know I was pregnant at the time, long story, but I'm guessing the hormones were a factor).
dushamoya: userpicdushamoya on July 16th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not on b/c either. my acne has always fluctuated pretty badly depending on where I'm at in my cycle. My skin was clear during the infertile time I had while I was nursing my son (lasted about 18 months), but got pretty bad once fertility returned. I've got some issues with my cycle and I've noticed on my charts that my acne gets bad at around menstruation and leading up to ovulation.
Margot: Four leaf Cloverceltic_catgirl on July 16th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
Diet can be a big factor especially avoiding sugars and processed foods.

I use the Bliss Cleansing Milk and it's made a huge difference. I have always had super oily skin.
lapenn: book teaselapenn on July 16th, 2012 10:50 pm (UTC)
I have a weird question: do you share a bed with someone during the night, or do you cuddle a lot? I ask because I get breakouts in my chin, jaw, and lip area if I lean my head against my husband while sleeping. I have since started to put the sheet against his skin before cuddling, and that totally cleared up the weird acne.

You might also try changing your pillow sheets more frequently to see if that helps.

I just wash my face with warm water twice a day, and the two tips above cleared up any of my issues.
not always right, but often not wrong: buffy mirror faceravengirl on July 16th, 2012 11:55 pm (UTC)
I've used Proactiv since it came out and it really works for me. Whenever I've begun to think that my skin is all good and I no longer need Proactiv, I stop using it and I am proven wrong!
maranazar: Once Upon a Dreammaranazar on July 17th, 2012 12:13 am (UTC)
I have sensitive combo skin and started getting acne this past year or so (I'm 24). I can't use Proactiv or Clinique because it's too rough on my skin every day. I use the Neutrogena Naturals cleanser, plain witch hazel on a cotton pad for a toner and a little bit of the Neutrogena sensitive skin moisturizer. I can really tell a huge difference since I started using the witch hazel. If i skip it for a few days for whatever reason, I break out horribly.

Also, try to avoid exfoliating every day. You may feel like you're doing yourself a favor by removing all the dead skin, but it can be way too rough and can make your skin produce more oil to compensate for what you're taking out. I exfoliate twice a week with the Walgreens version of the St. Ives apricot scrub.

You didn't mention it, but if you're using makeup brushes, be sure to clean them at least once a week. =)

Good luck! I know how much it sucks when you're not a teen anymore, but your skin didn't seem to get the memo. xD
Erinpinska on July 17th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Keep your phone clean and try to be conscious about not touching your face (ie propping your chin in your hands, etc).
Queridaluv: Mad Hatterjasperkitty on July 17th, 2012 11:12 am (UTC)
Your body's ph changes as you get older. What worked growing up will change. I'd start with checking your facial cleansing routine. Is it overly drying and the body is breaking out as a response? Have you checked to see if you're reacting to something it it? Are you using a moisturizer? Does it over or under do the job? Are you still living in the same area you grew up in? New climates/ environments can really screw with the skin.

I found that for myself, My face did a lot better when I switched away from harsher soaps to a simple cleanser without a lot of extra chemicals, started using Lush products (in particular, the Celestial moisturizer) and stopped using liquid foundation. I'm really fond of a lot of Lush's products and Aveeno. Both are a lot less harsh.

Sometimes acne can happen because of the skin being overly irritated. Try soothing it.
DantesMomdantesmom on July 17th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
When I had this it turned out it was being caused by the coconut conditioner I was using. When I stopped using the conditioner, everything cleared up. :-)