I am in my 40's and have dealt with adult acne for more than 20 years. As a teen, surprisingly my face was pretty clear. My first discovery that helped keep me clear for about 10 years was BP. However about 5 years ago, BP just stopped working for me. Actually, it was making things worse. I started to only put BP on certain areas, and those were the areas that I would get cysts. I tried all kinds of different formulations of BP, but eventually just had to give it up. Then I found the Paula's choice products. I used a lot of the products from the anti-aging line (not the acne products). My skin never looked better in my life. Like seriously beautiful. This lasted for about 2 years. Then it all went bust. I think I started using too many of her products and just started putting something like 6 different things from her line on my skin. Then one day, I develop a serious, horrible rash. Had to go on oral predinose. Itchy and a mess. Took months for it to go away. Because I was so thrilled by how her products had made my skin, I kept trying to re-introduce them to my skin. But I only kept having the same reaction to everything I tried. I had to give up on the paula's choice line. Personally, I kind of feel that if I hadn't put so much on my face, maybe I could have kept using it. But now my body just reacts to it. So then, I did nothing. And yes, my face looked awful, cysts returned, blackheads, you name it. When I was younger, I used antibiotics, Accutane, etc. Now that I am older, now matter how bad my skin gets, I just won't used them because they really mess with my body and health. Antibiotics give me chronic yeast infections and Accutane gave me a liver problem. Anyway, my most recent thing I've tried is retin a. Tried it for about 6 months. Went through an awful purging, then thought it was getting better, then just seemed to get worse again. I had to stop retin a. Now just started on Differin. Supposed to be less irritating. We will see. All I know is that it just sucks to be in your 40's and to still be dealing with it!
shannongreMember Since 09 Jan 2013
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