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#3380477 Adult Acner - First Day At Work In 10 Months Tomorrow!

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 04 September 2013 - 09:00 PM

I can relate. I'm obsessive about the way my skin looks so you're not alone. 


You already know you need to stop picking at your face. I gave myself some pretty terrible scars and marks and while they are going away, I can't put myself through that again. You're right, it's relieving at that moment, but we all know it makes things worse in the long run. I hate to give you tips on face picking because it's better to just stop altogether, but if you're going to do it and you don't already know these tips, then do it this way. 

Steam your face well, keep your nails short and wrap your fingers in kleenex. If something doesn't come out gently on the first try, then abort! And NEVER touch cystic acne for any reason. 

But really, try not to do it at all. 


I'm 33 and have never dealt with bad acne. My main problem is oily skin, but I recently had a nasty breakout (still trying to find the cause) but I realized that my current routine had to be altered in some way. It took some experimenting and elimination but I found something that works for me, thankfully. It was hard to grasp the idea that my routine that I had done for 15 years suddenly stopped working. Or maybe it didn't, I'm not even sure yet. Once I'm done with this antibiotic gel from the doc, I'll try it again and hopefully be able to determine whether or not it was any topical things or if this was just my time to deal with adult acne. I kind of think it was brought on by too much stress and not enough sleep. 


I think identifying your skin type is key, but beyond that, knowing how your skin reacts to similar products is important.


Second thing is determining the cause. This is a horrible process but it has to be done. If you've always had acne and you generally use the same products, then something is broken. Time to fix it. Talk to Doctors, keep reading and writing on here, google the shit out of everything and make good calls for yourself. Even though it's been a bumpy road for me these last 6 months, lurking around on these boards put me on a path to healthier skin and my original reason for coming here (oily skin) is now resolved. 


Main things are: eat well, sleep well, lay off too much makeup, try to distract yourself with something else so you won't face pick and remember, we are our own worst critics and what we see 6 inches away from our mirror isn't necessarily what someone standing 3 feet from you sees. 


Maybe tell us what your current routine is and what kind of make up, if any, that you're using. Tell us your exact skin type and what products you think you need to stay away from. We are all here to help. 


There are so many great posters, but Aye Aye, Like Moonlight, Anaabil are very knowledgeable. Read up on their posts and see if something sparks an idea in your head. I can't remember the rest off the top of my head but there are about a dozen that I keep up with and they don't even know how they've helped me. My science guys are Omnivium, Jofo, and Cbiot13. These guys are sharp. Def read their posts.


Sometimes I wish there could be an Acne.org mixer so I could meet and hug the people that saved my skin. 


I work with children as well and when they make me smile, I forget, just for a little while, what my skin looks like. Nice feeling. 


Smile. You can do this. 

#3374623 Should I Use Witch Hazel?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 14 August 2013 - 01:19 AM

Witch hazel has saved me more times than i can count. That kind, the one with rose water smells amazing and is very calming. Great for normal and dry skin. I have oily skin so the one with the grain alcohol is better for me. Its TN Dickonsons with the blue label.
Honestly i love all of the different kinds. There is a lavender one as well from thayers and that is very soothing as well.
I know witch hazel isnt for everyone but i love it. When i have cysts, i soak a cotton round and use it like a compress for about ten minutes. Greatly reduces the redness and i feel like it even shortens the lifespan.

Two other things i found for scars and discoloration were plain old organic aloe vera juice (aubrey organics) and rose hip seed oil. Very happy with both of those as well.
Good luck! Hope that helps a little.

One recommendation- spot test first. Months ago, in my quest to go completely organic in face care, it led to several allergic reactions. There's only a few plant/fruit based products that im able to use.

#3374166 Does Bp Lose Its Effect?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 12 August 2013 - 08:27 PM

Looks like I know what I'm doing after work tonight. Makin' a lovely box cake. Dang it!

#3374114 Does Bp Lose Its Effect?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 12 August 2013 - 04:34 PM

While I agree completely, that bp won't lose it's effectiveness, (been over 15 years for me and it's still the ONLY thing that keeps me acne free), I have to say that I've heard from my friends that used proactiv (which I think has bp as an ingredient in maybe two of it's products, don't quote me on that) that it stopped working for them. That might be how this rumor got started. There must be something else in it that stops working after a bit maybe? Who knows, but it is disappointing that your derms said this to you. For me, I'm kind of done with derms. Some of the things they gave me caused such awful acne and reactions. (I have very sensitive/allergy prone/acne prone/oily/combination skin-nightmare!) 

As for upping the amount, I wonder about this too, though I had to go down from 5% to 2.5%. the 5 was just too much but a thin layer of 2.5 after i use a moisturizer is perfect. I tried the SA, and it was nice and gentle, but just didn't kill the acne for me. :( 

I just researched whether or not you have to continue upping the dosage and from what I'm reading, it sounds like there is an adjustment period, but i can't find much info as to why or if there is a need to increase. Bp has two functions to get rid of acne, the oxidation and the anti-inflammatory. Since it's not an antibiotic cream, there shouldn't be a "resistance" factor but maybe it's just as simple as: mild acne-less bp. severe acne- stronger bp. 

Can anyone else help out with explaining this? I don't know if I'm interpreting this correctly...

#3373061 Very Upset

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 08 August 2013 - 07:36 PM

You're human and you're not alone. I think a lot of us have been so frustrated about our skin because it affects every single thing we do and then we get so sad and defeated that we might make a choice that isn't wise or productive. But we've all reached our boiling point so don't be too hard on yourself. We can't heal and recover if we keep berating ourselves for what we do in our dark hours. Just learn from it and move forward. 

I second all the other suggestions from the other posters-especially the one about leaving your cleanser on. I totally get where you're coming from because I used to do that. In my head, I thought that I would get a deeper clean, but I know now, it might not be the best thing. Be gentle and use a gentle cleanser. The baking soda paste is great too! I learned from here to use apple cider vinegar right after to balance out the alkalinity of the baking soda. Doesn't smell so great, but you can rinse it off a bit with some water and the smell goes away. When I used the baking soda mask, I only did it once a week. Anymore, and I would break out because it is pretty strong. 

Good for you on the weight loss- you're on the right path, and while the adjustments are no fun, you'll get there. Give your body some time to recover. 


After joining this site, my favorite products are aztec healing clay (once every week and a half), witch hazel (the normal one) I use that as a mask and also I soak a cotton round and use that as a compress against new forming cysts. I leave it on for about 5 minutes. Ice- I ice my red cysts, always sure to protect my skin with a paper towel or even just ice in a plastic bag, and that helps me out a lot. I haven't found a magic cure for cysts, but those things help me shorten the duration of it at least.  

Biggest thing- breathe and smile when you're feeling like that. Get on here and read everyone's posts. It brings me comfort and i hope it does for you too. 

#3372995 Does Bp Lose Its Effect?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 08 August 2013 - 03:55 PM

For me- BP has not lost it's effect. I've been using the 2.5% for about 10 years now. Before that in my early 20s I was using the 5%. My skin didn't tolerate that well though, it was irritated and inflamed. I think it was just too much for my sensitive skin.  A thin layer of the 2.5 is perfect for me and it keeps nearly acne free. (I'm really on this site because I have oily skin) 

If I don't use the bp though....my skin erupts in all kinds of acne. It's awful. I truly believe though that our skin and hair and insides can become immune to just about anything, but luckily bp is still my savior. 


I have had a few cysts lately which is a little annoying because I normally don't get them. BC has never given me skin issues, but I'm wondering if the depo provera that I'm on now might be affecting me a bit. Though, I recently went through some pretty stressful times and I wasn't sleeping very much and I think that's more the cause. 

Some options to reduce the swelling of the cysts- Icing. Read Cbiot13 post about it. It actually works pretty well. They are still there for 3-5 days, but it really does reduce the redness. Also, I've been using a cotton round soaked with TN Dickinson's witch hazel. It's the kind in the clear bottle with the blue label. I use it like a compress after I wash my face and my cysts become flat more quickly. Soaking a washcloth with hot water and just gently pressing it against them helps as well. 


I think giving the regimen is definitely worth a shot. For me personally, I cannot use any cleansers that suds up. I know that seems silly, but I've tried dozens and my number one cleanser is still Neutrogena's Deep clean cream cleanser. No residue, skin feels clean after rinsing very well. Bubbles, even sensitive bubbling cleansers make my face too tight, to the point where i get those lines from it being so dry (which is weird since I have INSANELY oily skin). Just some food for thought, but I think giving the regimen a shot is a great idea. Though it's not for me, there are so many people on here that saved their skin by doing it. 

Main thing- stay positive and let your skin breathe here and there, go make up free (if you normally wear it). Sit in the sun for 10 minutes and soak up some vitamin D. I just recently started doing that and I'm seeing overall improvement in tone. I'm a psycho about using a sunscreen, have been since I was 20 and I have no wrinkles or leathery skin, but I know that I need to get a little bit of sun here and there, so I'm trying. 

Good luck and let us know how it goes. :)

#3367178 My (Loooong) Story And Azelaic Acid For Severe Oily Skin

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 17 July 2013 - 06:56 PM

Hi pr1nc355!


The way I used the lemon eo was this: After cleansing, toning, I would put one drop (it's very potent) on top of my tiny peas sized drop of moisturizer and just mix them well in my hands and then smooth over my entire face minus the eye area. (Which i never moisturize my eyes and eyelashes because I feel that it changes the way my mascara goes on) I didn't use it at night with my night cream moistly because I like my natural oily skin to work it's magic through out the night. Biggest thing is to use a lotion with spf. Certain essential oils can cause this photosensitivity thing and will cause skin, especially fair skin, to burn more easily and from what I read, I think it does even more damage than just a regular sunburn. 


It smelled great, went on smoothly and I didn't have to blot at all which you probably can imagine is like christmas on your face!! I wish my skin wasn't sensitive otherwise I would have kept using it. I'm going to try peppermint oil like Jofo and see if I have good results. I don't think my skin is allergic to that since it's in my cleanser. 


One thing I'm wondering about is whether or not certain products, oils, or toners will work for other people if the accompanying products are different from what I use. I'm just sort of rolling this around in my head, but I'm really thinking there might be something to it. Not only are all of our skin types so different even though we all have oily skin, but maybe the lemon oil worked so well for me specifically because it was in combination with the rest of my skincare line. So maybe it won't work for someone if they use a harsher cleanser than i do....I don't know. It's just something I'm thinking about lately. Feel free to share your thoughts on that and keep us posted on any results you have if you try the lemon oil. I really hope it works for you!

Also, you said "lemon oil and co"..forgive me, what does the "co" mean? Were you asking about the company? Or did I say something previously with those initials? 

#3365796 Oily Skin Causing Acne?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 12 July 2013 - 03:06 AM

Guys, my husband uses concealer and he just uses the self checkout at the stores that have them.  Online is good too of course.
I gave some advice to some dudes on the make up section and i think it helped them. Give it a read if you want some tips on makeup from the oily skin perspective. I find that people who dont have oily skin think that we can use the same products they can- so not the case. Application and consistency is totally different for us.

Cbiot- youre on the mark with changing how we think about our skin. While i havent fully accepted that my oily skin is just part of me, i did train myself to stop caring about the fact that i cant wear makeup that evens out my complexion or completely covers my spider veins on my nose. And you know what? I get compliments now because i never look cakey and that my skin looks natural. Which is nice to hear since im so shiny. I honestly would take oily skin over having that thick powdery look. Not giving up on finding a cure though.

#3364418 My (Loooong) Story And Azelaic Acid For Severe Oily Skin

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 07 July 2013 - 01:02 AM

Not sure if he ever tried the lemon oil but i wonder if both would be equally effective. They are both strong and maybe peppermint would be better since i dont think the photosensitive thing happens with that one. Since you dont use an spf lotion, i would start there. And yes, i think mixing it in the cap of your witch hazel right before application would work fine. Which witch hazel are you using? I tried two kinds a couple months ago and while i thought using the less harsh one would be better, my skin prefers the plain one with the grain alcohol. I had one with rose water and it wasnt drying enough. Just a thought in case youre using one with lavender or rose water.
Glad to hear finacea doesnt cause you any acne and ill be looking for your new post!

#3363726 Makeup

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 04 July 2013 - 01:02 AM

I use studio gear makeup which is available at ulta. Lasts a long time and works well for my crazy skin.

For drugstore brands, i used neutrogena before that. Never had any problems with it, fairly inexpensive and had a nice color selection.

#3363689 My (Loooong) Story And Azelaic Acid For Severe Oily Skin

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 03 July 2013 - 09:02 PM

The saw palmetto and the spearmint tea are doing the most good. I added the other DHT inhibitors to boost. Ditching pop was part of it as well and when I'm not lazy, I do a water binge and the next day my skin is more plump and the glow that I get seems to make me appear less oily but it's only temporary. 


Next on my list to try are taking vitamin A (no mega-dosing) and acupuncture. I posted a new topic and I hope people chime in and tell me about their experiences. I know sometimes with alternative medicine, it can usually be more of a placebo type thing but I don't think that's all bad. Doesn't hurt to be positive when trying something new. 

I hear ya on the bp-i honestly don't know if it's helping or hurting the oil situation. I haven't been able to get off of it long enough to see if there's a difference because my face erupts with acne when i do. But I wouldn't be surprised if it was. 

I also haven't tried peppermint eo yet. If I wasn't allergic to the lemon eo, I would def use it because that was number one. Didn't have to blot all day. I think I will be ok with the mint though. There's menthol in my cleanser and my skin loves the tingly feeling. If you use a moisturizer, give the lemon a shot. Just one drop in your hands and it spreads evenly with the lotion. 

#3363493 My (Loooong) Story And Azelaic Acid For Severe Oily Skin

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 03 July 2013 - 01:43 AM

Def will be following this thread. I cant contribute much since im basically done with derms because i always ended up with more trouble. Im actually feeling a little hopeless all together. I found some things that help manage the oil, but i swear, it seems like nothing will stop these glands.
Out of step- i was on finacea and aczone a while back and it caused some terrible cystic acne about 4 days after i started it. Took almost a year for the marks left behind to go away. As cbiot knows, i tried a dozen organic products and it was bad. Bp remains to be the only thing that keeps me acne free. And if it makes oily skin worse, im screwed.
I did find things that helped. Lemon oil, aloe vera juice, glycolic night cream, aztec clay, and currently im using witch hazel again. If youre interested, i can share how i applied each one and what the pros and cons were.

Im taking saw palmetto, black cohosh, and fenugreek and drinking a shit load of spearmint tea everyday and no more pop. I see a difference luckily, but i still want it to be more effective. And i know those herbs arent really an option for dudes.

Good luck and keep us posted.

#3356508 Pcos - Overproduction Of Androgen Thus Overproduction Of Sebum..any Help?

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 09 June 2013 - 06:21 PM

Paigems- I'm on day three of fish oil, so far so good, but if I notice any change I'll stop taking it. Thanks for the head's up. I don't eat eggs, so I'm good there. :)


bris305-Me too. I "think" the spearmint tea is helping, but only time will tell. At least I'm not drinking sugary drinks at all right now. That was my original goal. I'm not a sweets person, but sierra mist with dinner is just what I've always preferred. 

On the progesterone-hopefully you will have the same results I have-no acne, no increased oil, no changes of any kind. (But other BCs never affected my skin either. I'm one of the lucky ones in that regard.) The migraines were awful though. I hope you have good luck with this one. 

#3347035 Get Rid Of Acne Scars With Lemon

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 08 May 2013 - 08:12 PM

Definitely try it! A bag of lemons is cheap and i reuse the same half for 3 days. Just store in a ziploc in the fridge. Id say i spend a dollar or two a week on this. Didnt have to exfoliate at all while using this. The lemon got rid of dead skin cells for me as well. :)

#3346704 Get Rid Of Acne Scars With Lemon

Posted by Oilygirl1980 on 07 May 2013 - 08:50 PM

Agreed, spot testing is best. I had great luck with lemon juice masks. After washing, I would squeeze lemon juice into a dish and soak a cotton round in it and then apply it all over. I just let it dry and then used my toner to remove it and followed with my moisturizer. My cystic acne was prevented very well, and my dark spots slowly but surely started to lighten up. Took a while for the bad ones, but it beats paying 45 dollars for the cream from the derm that didn't even work and then caused more breakouts.