Never Thought I'd Be Doing This...
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:09 AM
i never really had acne when i was younger. i would occasionally get pimples but they would eventually heal and go away. i took tetracycline for a little bit when i was in high school, but i stopped because i didn't really have acne. my face was clear. it may also be worth noting that i didn't really wash my face during these days. i occasionally used Noxzema and that was it.
it wasn't until i was about 24 that i got acne, and i have no idea why. all i can link it with is it started around the time that i started working a job. it was at a national call center and was the longest time i've ever held down a job, and i really didn't have acne until this time. then suddenly i started getting acne, it came out of nowhere and i don't know why. i theorize it could have been stress related (because it was a very stressful job/environment) or perhaps germs or bacteria that was on everything and thus found its way onto my face. regardless, i started getting acne every day and i didn't know why, no matter what i tried it never went away.
here i am a few years later and it still hasn't gone away and i still do not know what i am doing wrong. i have tried so many things and i finally found this place in hopes of helping this problem. i was on antibiotics and they helped but eventually stopped working. i've been trying to take a natural approach and making positive changes in my diet and exercise, and trying to deal with my face in a healthy manner. just a few days ago my face was the clearest it had been in ages and then i broke out worse than i have in a long time. i don't know why...
i used Cerave moisturizing cleanser as per my dermatologist twice a day (although sometimes only once) and if it's drying i'll put on some of the Cerave moisturizer, but it makes my face really greasy. In fact, there's not much i can do to avoid having a greasy face. i never used to be like this but recently my face gets really greasy looking throughout the day. i never used moisturizer in my life before recently. i am also supposed to be using Retin-A at night but i have not done it for a while. i was doing a spot treatment mask of baking soda at night which seemed to really help, but not i am at a loss and i don't know what to do. i feel like i am using everything incorrectly and i'm just perpetuating my own problem.
anyway... as you can probably tell, this has been weighing on my mind for some time now as i'm sure many of you have experienced. i really am trying to understand why this is happening and where it's coming from but i haven't quite figured it out yet. it's really affecting how i socialize as i am embarrassed of how i look. i hope that i can reach out for help here and i look forward to learning and growing with all of you.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:56 AM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 12:09 PM
i also work in a very stressful environment (call center for a financial services company, providing in house support to our sales team 24-5). i booked a week off from work (knowing that i needed to de-stress and also be out of the office in case my break-outs got worse). i started on saturday, and it has now been a full 5-6 days with no washing (i've dabbed water on my face a few times but absolutely no soap or shampoo). let me just say this: i feel like a completely different person. my break-outs have all gone away, greasy skin has transitioned from "covered in olive oil that everyone points at" to "normal glow for a person who historically has had greasy skin", and best of all - my face doesn't feel like it is going to "crack" at any point in time due to over-dryness.
i realize i have a long ways to go (i can still feel that i have break-outs hiding under my skin... not sure how to get rid of that feeling though i am hoping a diet/exercise change will help there).
i am not sure if this approach will work for you - just wanted to share my thoughts here.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:16 PM
i was trying the "caveman" approach and i don't think i can do it. i get dried skin flakes on my face (also oil, i have combination skin) and it will feel like i need to wash.
right now i started using RetinA again. i had it prescribed along with Clindamyacin, although i decided to stop taking that. the RetinA seems to have helped in the few days that i have been using it, but nothing fully has helped my acne. i get the feeling that i was doing too much to my skin for a while in hopes that something would work, and now i'm trying to do minimal maintenance. i don't know... nothing seems to work.
Posted 08 July 2012 - 10:05 PM
ETA: sorry, I see you've been using the retin-a for only a few days. If you stick with it, it just may help!
Edited by l'eremita, 08 July 2012 - 10:07 PM.
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