Desperately In Need Of Some Advice! (Picture)
Posted 20 October 2012 - 11:15 PM
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:25 AM
Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:12 AM
Your make-up might be making things worse. Try going easy on it, if you can use more light powders, like Bare Minerals, go easy on any liquid foundation, if you do use one try and get a really light one, Clinique do an Anti-Blemish one which is lighter than most which a lot of people recommend, and make sure you take it all off thoroughly with a good, gentle make up remover.
A tip I try and give everyone is try not to stress, that is without a doubt the thing which breaks me out the worst. Whether its by just taking an hour to yourself everyday, listening to some relaxing music before bed, going to the gym more, to trying to cut out any stress-causing things in your life, stress triggers hormones which trigger acne, fact.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 07:24 AM
If it's not hormonal, you have these options still: retinoids, topical and oral, antibiotics, topical or oral or a combination of those.
How long did you use benzoyl peroxide for and and at what percentage?
Posted 21 October 2012 - 10:30 AM
Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:11 AM
You just have to be patient and put up with the side effects, unless they get unbearable or you get an allergic reaction.
I recommend you give Dan's regimen a try, and as with any treatment it's very important to be consistent and precise. Don't skip days and don't get lazy with it, otherwise it won't work. And that's my advice for any kind of acne treatment you recieve/use.
However, I still think there's a strong possibility your acne is due to a hormonal imbalance/sensitivity and I recommend you see your doctor.
Edited by armadillo, 22 October 2012 - 08:12 AM.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 03:38 PM
About the topicals, you want to use a cleanserl that is pH neutral. You don't want to use a cleanser that is more acidic than your skin. Read Dan's guide to acne products for ingredients that you want to avoid. I'd give you the name of my cleanser if you could get it in the US, but I'm pretty sure it's locally made. As for moisturizing you want to use a a moisturizer which doesn't contain any oils (with a few exceptions like jojoba oil) and is easy to apply to your face (it shouldn't be like a paste). The moisturizer which works for me is from the line Avene and is called Hydrance optimale. I use the light variant.
Here's a link:
Regarding the whole natural vs chemical discussion, a well-formulated chemical application can be just as good or better than a natural product. Some natural products are great, and some are very alkaline and just as drying as your drugstore Clearasil. So really, you just need to look at each product as its own drug and look at the ingredients of each own. There is no way to generalize and say natural products are better or chemical products are better. It is very dependent on the specific ingredients and the formulation. The one thing that SOME natural products have is simplicity. African black soap does not contain nearly as many ingredients as your typical bodywash. So you're less likely to mess things up, so to speak.
Optionally you can put on some benzoyl peroxide if you want to dry out your pimples quicker. Just be careful not too use too much, esspecially when your skin is not used to it. Make sure to treat each pimple individually. Something to also take into account is that BP actually speeds up the aging process.
I don't think that following these steps will have a tremendous impact on your skin however. Mainly because I believe your sudden acne break out to be hormonal. That doesn't mean that you can't do anything about it though. It just means that it's something internal. Diet for instance could be of more importance. Although your diet seems fine to be. You could try to eliminate gluten and diary if you want to be anal, as those can cause acne for some people (gluten gives me acne breakouts). I wouldn't bother with it yet. There's many other options you can choose before you go down that lane. A fellow acne.org poster found something which might very well work for you. You can read all about it here!
Lastly I would just like to point out that you have NO reason whatsoever to hide your face. You're a pretty girl, noone is paying attention to your acne.
Edited by Buttsoup, 22 October 2012 - 03:44 PM.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:50 PM
Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:03 PM
You mentioned you eat whole wheat.. which is in fact an acne aggravator for a lot of people. Whole wheat is not the same as whole grains (quinoa, buckwheat, brown rices, wild rices, barley, etc.)
Try cutting the whole wheats and switch to whole grains and see if anything changes! Prob won't, but worth a shot!
Posted 23 October 2012 - 08:10 PM
I know you've tried many products, but I just wanna recommend a couple that have done wonders for me personally. The first is BHA chemical peel (30% salicylic acid) which you do once a week. You can get this off amazon.com for about $20. The peel will unclog your pores over time.
The next product is Dickinson's Witch Hazel. This is a natural but effective toner that you can add into your current routine. Just use it after you wash your face. It will help your active acne since it disinfects. If bacteria on your face is the culprit behind your acne, then this will help wipe them out.
Good luck and I hope your skin clears!
Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:51 AM
On another note, fish oil really helps me. Its very anti-inflammatory.