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#1 lads17

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 03:00 PM

Whats up guys,

 

The names Jeff and I am 19 yrs old. I guess I just want to know if anyone is in the same situation i'm in and how they are handling/ handled it.I used to have perfect skin, i'm talking one pimple every other month if that. After a solid summer I went back to school in September. A few weeks in I noticed I had two pimples on my face.. this never happens. Both of them around my mouth, and they took awhile to go down, as they were only met by a few more. It didn't take long for there to be 5 or 6 around the mouth area and wicked inflamed  I was freaking out. A sophomore in college? Acne? What the fuck? Pardon my french but it sums up my emotions perfectly. I don't want to seem like I felt above anyone because I had perfect skin it was just new to me and I wasn't having it. It is now March and my acne got way worse, spreading to my jawline, side of my head, sometimes upper middle portion of my face. Never the chin or forehead. I thought it was stress related but after a great winter break, and living the life in Spain because I am studying abroad, I still have it. Clearasil worked best for me before I came to Spain and now im taking vitamin E (two weeks), Fish oil (4 days), prescribed both benzoyl peroxide and Doxycycline hyclate, tretinoin cream for the night time (awhile maybe about two months now). My acne has gone down, slowly receding from the upper portions of my face. However usually any sense of hope is quickly bashed by another break out, I know you guys know what im talking about. If I lost you so far just bare with me as I suppose I want to get every detail for a better analysis.

            Like I said my acne has gone down, I dont really wake up to white heads anymore as they take longer to accumulate, who knows maybe the fish oil is working. Its just that by the middle of the day or morning my acne can be pretty red. I cant really pinpoint whats causing it it just gets aggravated. I have moderate acne, no cysts. To wrap it all up its been a long, depressing, ego killing, frustrating, unstoppable journey. I really dont know what to do when I get out of school I have to wash my face as im just too uncomfortable. I just want to know when the nightmare will end. What do you guys think? I know the acne must be hormonal and I havnt really found anything to really help 100%. Anyone else feel my pain, going through the same shit? Maybe something that balances hormones, PH level? Let me know and I wish everyone the best of luck with their own acne, it sucks I know but one day at a time I suppose. Whenever I feel down about it I just wash my face without staring in the mirror too long. haha. Thanks. Cheers!



#2 Shannanigunz

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:11 PM

Hey, hun. I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I went my whole life without being touched by acne...then all of the sudden, at the age of 25, I started to get breakouts...what gives???

 

Late-onset acne is what it's called, and it is extremely common. It is also believed to be completely hormonal by professionals, and I have gone through 3 dermatologists; they all agree that it's hormonal.

 

There are a number of prescription treatments that your doctor/derm may prescribe you...but before spending money on that, you may want to look into a few OTC remedies that have been working for me.

 

I have been mixing 1-2 drops of 100% natural Tea Tree Essential Oil (you want to make sure it is PURELY tea tree oil, not extract) with my daily moisturizer. Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic, feels cool when it touches your skin, and can be used for many things, including acne and burns. I simply love this stuff.

 

You should never apply it DIRECTLY to your skin, as the oil is quite strong, and can burn your face. However, when mixing a couple of drops in with a moisturizer, that dilutes the oil, and allows it to gently absorb into your skin with your moisturizer. You will love the "minty" feeling it gives your face after applying. It just feels clean. 

 

Some people say they notice results immediately, others say more realistically about a month or so. It all depends on the person. But I would definitely give this a shot, because it works well for me and countless others.

It's not as harsh as benzoyl peroxide or other treatments that can irritate your skin, provided you dilute it with your moisturizer. There are also ways to make toners with just Tea Tree Oil and water. I would Google that for further details.

 

I have also heard great things about Grape Seed Essential Oil, specifically for hormonal acne, though I have yet to try it. I've read that it's a more moisturizing oil compared to other essential oils, such as tea tree, which can be drying if not coupled with a good moisturizer. 

 

Lavender Essential Oil would be my last suggesstion. I have tried this, and though it does not break me out, I still haven't found the perfect solution to properly dilute it for my skin so I don't irritate it. Lavender is also an anti-septic, has anti-inflamatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is SO STRONG!

So read up on it thoroughly before putting this stuff on your face...though I've read it works miracles when you find the right way to use it.

 

Hope this helps, and best of luck to you!!



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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:51 PM

 meee too :(

Life sucks with acne.. (modertly severe)

i started breaking out at the end of sophmore year just one big pimple ( but every year it keeps getting worse) BUT I HAVE HOPE!!

i will have clear skin I will will i will iwill i will have clear skin

IM in college now &Ego killer...? shxt i have no confidence anymore

i havent seen my highschool friends in forever parly bcus of other depressing things im deealing with but also becuase of my acne

but its mostly the red marks i have that are annoying A'F.i dont want my friends to be like wow you use to have nice skin what happen

but like i said i will have clear skin feel like things will get better soon i feel it and i feel you BEST LUCK & goooood viiiibessss tooo yoooooooouuuuuuu!



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 05:49 PM

Starting around the mouth indicates perioral dermatitis. From what I gather you're recovering now, but in addition to what you're doing, you could try switching out your toothpaste for something all-natural and fluoride free. And if you use mouthwash, you should probably stop that too.

 

If you were using products on your face before this happened, they could be the cause of this acne. Acne can't happen without the bacteria on your face, but the bacteria are rarely a cause. The fact that your treatments are working suggests that you are killing the bacteria, thus not allowing acne to happen. However, it may be only a bandaid fix; once the bacteria come back, you would have acne again.. But again, I think this would only be the case if you were using products on your face before the breakout. It's possible that this could extend to face washes, soaps, etc.



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:51 AM

lizzyyard: Iknow what you mean I usually avoid people I havnt seen in awhile for that specific reason.My acne usually gets irritated by the end of the day so it becomes red. If its not red such as in the morning it isnt really visible. Ive been using the Hydrogen Peroxide regiment from acne.org and ive really been clearing up. But like I said before sometimes this is false hope. The whole acne thing is new to me so im just trying to tame it as much as possible. Hopfuly theres something out there that can staalize hormones because I feel like that is the problem

 

quetzlcoatl: Thanks for the info. I didnt really use anything on my face just washed it once a week. When I first broke out there was no sure cause of why it was happening. With the regiment im really clearing up and im hopeful



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Posted 11 April 2013 - 07:36 PM

omg duude same here Excatly my face gets red like in the afternoon and you can see my spots (left by acne) i have breakouts like it will be clear for one week With hyperpigmentation and red marks but then i''ll breakout for month with big nasty p's and then clear and then breakoput its anooyinnng Af' yeah i deleted my facebook&everything but like i said for others stuff too wanting to be on my own but for acne tooo

And i know what you mean all i can do is like think and think and think about how i fix my acne but sometimes i thinkmaybe this is how im suppose to be and let life happen and destiny or may i should fight it & keep trying but i just wish things were like beforree....

tommorow im going to the docs to set in appointment with the derm becuase i already spended like ALOT of money on BS

i hope your skin clears like mine will i have hope!! (i say that now but later on im probally gonna be like ughhh this is never going away and then again i have hoope)



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

Have you tried the regiment Lizz? Because im a few weeks in and my skin is almost clear. Highly recommend it if you haven't tried it. Thinks like fish oil and other vitamins can also be that extra push for hormonal balance which is what we are suffering from I believe Trust me try it out its really helping me. Hope this helps



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Posted 15 April 2013 - 04:53 PM

You poor thing. Sweetie it's stress, straight up. Drop whatever things in your life that you can drop. Take adrenal supplements!


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:40 PM

Yeah i actually did but ithink im allergic becuase my eyes swell up and get teary also i get a rash but only on my chin where i am clear but im trying it again this time only im cheecks thats where i have my acne hopefully it gets better i also went to the doc & i was a bit suprised becuase she had more acne than me it was akward but she prescribed me antibiotics which im thinking if should take em or not cuz they dont work but she saids i have to if i want medi-cal to pay for a derm.so good luck to us all..