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#1 Mo100

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 03:53 PM

Hello everyone, I'm new here,

I am 31 and for the last year, I have started getting spots around my chin/mouth area. Before that, I always had pretty good skin and just the odd breakout. However, I discovered last summer that eating too much dairy caused me to get huge , ugly , sore spots on my chin which then left scars for about 6 months! My chin was left a blotchy mess.
Since then, I won't touch dairy at all and now I only get smaller spots and an occasional big one. However, I know this is only mild compared to a lot of people, but my skin is not what it used to be and seemed to have started from this stupid reaction I had to dairy last year.
I also can't eat anything fattening because I know I'll get a huge spot the next day. Other people eat fattening stuff and have good skin. As a result of restricting my food so much because I am paranoid about my skin, I have lost so much weight and I am now too thin!!!!!!!!

I recently changed doctor and my new one didn't know what my skin had been like previously and when I saw her, my skin seemed ok, especially as I never go out without my make-up on, but I told her I was still getting odd breakouts for no apparent reason and at age 31, I don't want any breakouts at all!!! As I had already tried antibiotics which made no difference, she suggested a try a birth control pill called Dianette. Well, after reading about it on the internet, I started to panic, the side effects are horrendous, plus you cannot be on it for more than a year and when you come off the symptoms come back worse than before.

At the moment, I am just using Zineryt when I get a breakout and started to wash my face with just Baby Lotion every day. That's what I used to use years ago when I had good skin. I tried some cleansers that were so harsh, they ripped my skin away on my chin and gave me a huge, itchy horrible scab for 2 weeks. Another mess to cover up, so I won't use them anymore. I started showering instead of having a bath and that has helped massively. My hair was still greasy after having a bath which was probably part of my problem.

Has anyone else tried Dianette for mild acne? Is it worth all the side effects? I have suffered from depression in the past and apparently this pill brings on depression, as well as hair loss and weight gain. I don't know which is worse!

Also, does anyone know at which age people stop getting spots altogether? I feel like I am wishing my life away, so that I can go to restaurants and eat what I want and go out without make-up when I'm old because my skin will never have spots again.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:23 PM


I have comedonal acne, and I expect I'll have it all my life .... it is caused by improper skin cell shedding. My regimen keeps it under control, but it's a constant battle.

I'm 42 .... have had acne since I was 12 .... expect to still be using topicals in the nursing home. sad.gif
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:25 PM

I do not think there is a scientific, black and white answer to that question. I am 43 and among one of several women on this forum currently on Accutane.

I had horrible acne in high school, which abated somewhat in my 20's. I spent most of my 20's and 30's on the birth control pill. I used Retin-A from age 30 to 39. When I quit the birth control pill and later stopped the Retin-A I developed acne and in an attempt to control the acne I was prescribed many products some which were to harsh for me and I ended up with steriod induced rosacea.

Acne is not caused by the soaps or moisturizers we use or specific foods, although soaps and moisturizers can clog pores which is bad for the acne prone. It is really a matter of oil glands functioning differently from those who do not have acne.

I understand the frustration you feel, to be an adult battling acne. But, you are not alone. I can tell you that Birth Control did keep my skin clear, and I also think they we tend to hear the worst about medicine rather than the good it does - there is nothing interesting in reading about success stories but the media knows that scaring people sells. But there are various topicals that can help (Finacea, Differen and Retin-A) and Retin-A is remarkable for keeping wrinkles at bay - because it speeds up collagen turnover. I suggest that you read up on everything and also seen more than one dermatologist - before you decide what treatment form you are most comfortable with.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:47 PM

One problem I have is that I'm in the UK and it's very difficult to get past your GP to see a dermatologist and for me with a mild skin condition, I think it's very unlikely I'll get referred to anyone and even if I did, there's always a 6-9 month waiting list to see a specialist.
I have no doubt that the Dianette would clear my skin totally but my husband doesn't think my skin is bad enough to be on it!! All the literature says it's for people with severe acne which I know I haven't got, so my husband thinks it isn't worth the side effects.

However, if my skin gets worse like when I used to eat dairy, and giving me big, horrible cyst-like spots, then I will want to take that pill and won't really care about the side effects.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 08:41 PM

I think I'm like Lion Queen, except I have cystic hormonal acne as well (I'm on my second course of accutane and the cysts seem to have been cured *knock on wood!!!!!!).

I'll be 30 in 8 days. I've had acne since I was 13. (and excema and psoriacis) And my mom developed rosacea so I'll probably get that in about 15 years too. I think that if you still have acne in your late 20s, early 30's there isn't much hope of "growing out of it". It's just the way your skin is and you need to find a regimen of med that works for you. For, me, that's accutane and BC pills. I go camping a lot and can't stick with a rigid topical regimen all the time, so I opted for more aggressive treatment in the hopes for a "cure" or long-term remission. Not to mention, that now most topicals are not an option because I have excema.

Also-before I went on accutane this second time, i went on Alesse and it cleared my skin by about 80%!!! WAY more than Diane-35 (Dianette)-I tried that for a year, two separate times with NO skin benfits but no depression either (I had depression but it was not Diane-related, it was situational). I actually didn't think my derm would prescribe accutane since my skin was looking so good after being on Alesse for 7 weeks, but she said since I was not clear and I was left with a lot of marks, she wanted to try for a cure, and so did I! But the Alesse might have worked 100%. Tri Cyclen stopped working for me after a while and made me way too moody-I tried that for 5 years (worked great!) but then it stopped working. I say try alesse and also retin-a worked really well for me when I could use it.



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Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:39 PM

hi there,
i just register on this site actually found by accident as i was researching why my skin is breaking out. Well this is where i ended up & found the info very interesting & relating to it very much.
i am now 27yrs old with a 3mth old baby girl. through my pregnancy i had terrible cyst like pimples, mainly on my chin & upper lip area & occasional cheeks. after birth i thought they would go away & my hormones would even out, but NO i still have them.
I have tried some much stuff, from proactive to tea tree oil & even BP but nothing really helps. i am now on yasmin as i was on this before i was pregnant. it has been 1 mth & so far no relief. it is very depressing to have them & i dont have alot of time to get ready to out now i have a baby to care for too.
if anyone has had the same sort of troubles please respond to me. I am in Australia so alot of your products are not available over here. i am thinking seriously about getting some antibotics to clear it up. my best friends wedding in 2mths & i am bridesmaid so i am no getting desperate!
love to hear from you all, mpd smile.gif

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 05:28 PM

just out of curiosity do you guys who have had it 30+ have any scars? or am i just unlucky, because i got scars on my temples and ive only had it for 4 years i cant imagne the scars if i had it for 10+ years...whenever i look at people pics they never look like they have scars but i do!! why!!

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:35 PM

sadly acne doesn't have an age limit. I had mild acne as a teen then at about 28 1/2 I got horrible cystic hormonal acne.
I hope you can find a routine that will work for you.

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:42 AM

I read somewhere that for most people acne usually ends around 25. I'm 23 right now so I hope I fall into the category of "most people".

But my acne has improved a lot ever since entering my early 20s especially in the last year. I went from moderate severe when I was a teen (until the point my dermatologist wanted to prescribe me Accutane but I opted not to take it and I was on various anti-biotic pills, creams, BP, and etc.) to moderate in my very early 20s to basically mild now. Most of my acne is on my chin and I also read that the chin is the most common spot for adults.

Anyways, good luck!

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Posted 22 February 2007 - 04:31 PM

For some people acne lasts a very long time sad.gif

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:43 PM

I've had it since I was 15...I'm 38 now...no end in sight just better at controlling it due to lots and lots of practice. sad.gif

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 10:41 AM

I'm nearly 40. This is my first posting, I've been mooching about the boards reading for a long time! I had mild
acne from age 16 - 27, then took a 4 month course of Accutane. I am too from the UK, I suffered acne for a long
time until I persuaded my Dr I had tried everything and suffered for long enough, that's when I got referred to
a Dermatologist at the Hospital. Accutane worked fab and I was acne free from 27 - 39, my skin was great and I thought I'd never suffer again after being acne free for 12 years. But last summer I started getting the odd spot, mainly around
the chin. I tried to put it down to all sorts, first I thought they may have been caused cause as I had to go on a short
course of steriods, thought it may have been to do with digestion, as I've always suffered with consipation. I have
noticed that I do get more just before a period. I have started getting the odd spot on my back and chest now, but
nothing too noticable. I do think I have mild acne back. I have started using Paula's Choice products for my face
and think this has made an improvement smile.gif

I would say Accutane was great for me and I may be tempted to give it another go, only down side is that I'm sure
it brought on some kind of strange hair shedding cycle, cause ever since finishing the course many years ago, my
hair sheds loads for long periods of time and is not as thick as it used to be. I think alot of accutane users have
had similar symptoms. Sorry for rambling on....smile.gif

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 12:04 PM

I am 36 and only developed acne at the age of 28 (I had a few blemishes from time to time before that). I was amazed at how many people on here are 30+
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Posted 03 March 2007 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE(mpd @ Feb 18 2007, 10:39 PM) View Post
hi there,
i just register on this site actually found by accident as i was researching why my skin is breaking out. Well this is where i ended up & found the info very interesting & relating to it very much.
i am now 27yrs old with a 3mth old baby girl. through my pregnancy i had terrible cyst like pimples, mainly on my chin & upper lip area & occasional cheeks. after birth i thought they would go away & my hormones would even out, but NO i still have them.
I have tried some much stuff, from proactive to tea tree oil & even BP but nothing really helps. i am now on yasmin as i was on this before i was pregnant. it has been 1 mth & so far no relief. it is very depressing to have them & i dont have alot of time to get ready to out now i have a baby to care for too.
if anyone has had the same sort of troubles please respond to me. I am in Australia so alot of your products are not available over here. i am thinking seriously about getting some antibotics to clear it up. my best friends wedding in 2mths & i am bridesmaid so i am no getting desperate!
love to hear from you all, mpd smile.gif

I am pregnant and before my pregnancy I was basically clear all the time but now that my hormones are all out of wack I occasionally get some pimples on my face but it is my shoulders and back that breakout which oddly enough never really have before sad.gif I don't expect my hormones to go away right after the baby and I think it may actuallhy take close to a year for your body to get into a normal cycle again. So 3months and you still have hormonal acne sounds normal.

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Posted 03 March 2007 - 02:44 PM

"An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point. For most people, acne tends to go away by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem."

http://www.niams.nih...s/acne/acne.htm

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Posted 04 March 2007 - 05:47 PM

i started getting acne around 16, which turned into cystic acne and discovered my correct regimen during last semester. so, now i'm basically acne free at the age of 20. although, if i stop my regimen, i'm sure hell will break loose on my skin.
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Posted 04 March 2007 - 08:57 PM

Hmm I'm 38 male and still have it going on. Been worse the last few years, maybe since I quit smoking. Have always had some though. I have noticed that I am getting more scarring now, maybe cause I'm getting older. Tried to get into see a dermatologist but had no luck at all. Apparently there is an extreme shortage of derm's in Ontario canada.
Anybody know of anyone good in close to Ottawa, please let me kow. I'd like to get into see someone.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 02:47 PM

hey, i'm 13 and i thought a lot about it, and found out by myself the causes and mesures to take.

-1st: Masturbation: Yes masturbation, because when you ejaculate, you have a burst of hormones, and hormones are part of puberty which generates acne. To slow down acne, you will unfortunately have to stop masturbating for while.

-2nd:Diet: If you constantly eat sugars, greases, and unhealthy food, it will generate sebum(an ''oil'' produced by your skin which will cause pimples). To slow down acne, don't start a very restricted diet, but eat healthy food.

-3d:Skin health: An unhealthy skin is one of the primary reason of pimple growing. It makes your skin more vulnerable to imperfections. To correct that problem, you must take a skin proof creme, whatever you call it.

4th:Contact with your head skin: What enters in contact with your head skin can affect your acne, like sand, dirt, your fingers, hair, sweat, can create sebum on your skin. So, to remove that cause, you must control yourself and keep your hands of your face the most you can, and !!IMPORTANT!!, DO NOT POP ANY OF YOUR PIMPLES' IT WILL MAKE THEM WORST!

In conclusion, to answer your question, these facts are not matter of age, but of acts, if you perform all you can to stop PART of your acne, no matter how old you are, it will become of your own will

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 03:12 PM

QUOTE (philippe108 @ Jun 15 2009, 03:47 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
hey, i'm 13 and i thought a lot about it, and found out by myself the causes and mesures to take.

-1st: Masturbation: Yes masturbation, because when you ejaculate, you have a burst of hormones, and hormones are part of puberty which generates acne. To slow down acne, you will unfortunately have to stop masturbating for while.

-2nd:Diet: If you constantly eat sugars, greases, and unhealthy food, it will generate sebum(an ''oil'' produced by your skin which will cause pimples). To slow down acne, don't start a very restricted diet, but eat healthy food.

-3d:Skin health: An unhealthy skin is one of the primary reason of pimple growing. It makes your skin more vulnerable to imperfections. To correct that problem, you must take a skin proof creme, whatever you call it.

4th:Contact with your head skin: What enters in contact with your head skin can affect your acne, like sand, dirt, your fingers, hair, sweat, can create sebum on your skin. So, to remove that cause, you must control yourself and keep your hands of your face the most you can, and !!IMPORTANT!!, DO NOT POP ANY OF YOUR PIMPLES' IT WILL MAKE THEM WORST!

In conclusion, to answer your question, these facts are not matter of age, but of acts, if you perform all you can to stop PART of your acne, no matter how old you are, it will become of your own will

There's no proof that masturbation directly affects acne.

There is also no proof that diet directly affects acne (although a healthy diet is important regardless of acne).

I'm not even going to touch your third point...

Skin produces sebum regardless of what it comes into contact with. That's just part of what skin does. Yes, certain factors can irritate your skin, which can aggravate acne, but your skin is going to produce sebum no matter what touches it. (And on that note, people without acne produce sebum, too.)

And anyway, this thread is more than two years old. Thread closed.

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