I am a 38 year old female with 3 children. I had mild acne as a teen which was cured when i began birth control at 16. I had goregous skin until I stopped taking it at 21 to become pregnant. Acne has been progressively getting worse over the years. After 3 children, my youngest is 8 so it's been awhile, my acne is worse than ever! I have been to a dermatologist many, many times over the past few years with NO solution. I have EXTREMELY oily skin, and break out severely 2 weeks out of the month in HUGE red inflammed cysts over my entire face. The other 2 weeks are mild breakouts, but still embarrasing. I wash my face 2 times a day with Noxema face wash, and take Amoxicillin 3x daily,but it doesn't help. Once, when I was very ill the doctor prescribed me Levaquin and my face cleared up perfectly(the one and only time in 17 years). The day after I stopped the Levaquin my acne returned full force. I currently take no vitamains or birth control. I have taken Ortho Tricyclen and Yaz over the past couple years, but had NO results. I'm positive this is hormonal, but labs come back that they are normal. I am at my wits end. I feel like the dermatologists keep giving me stuff just to keep me coming back. Has anyone else experienced this? And does anyone have any ideas how I can FINALLY get rid of this problem? Please help!!
Hi, Indiana Mom.
I am in my 40s with both adult onset acne and also rosacea. Before starting the regimen, I saw 3 different dermatologists in 6 months. I tried everything: retin a, antibiotics, rosac wash, hydrocortisone, topical betamethasone, finacea, aczone, and.....you name it! I also spent thousands of dollars trying to clear up my face.
I started the regimen in June 2013, and my skin got worse for the first 2-3 weeks. I literally did not want to leave the house. But, after following the regimen religiously and exactly as instructed, using purpose cleanser, neutrogena on the spot and cetaphil lotion, I noticed that my skin slowly started really clearing up. Even the rosacea! About week 6 I bought Dan's products, which are fantastic, but not necessary. I also started on prescription nicomide (supplement containing zinc, folic acid, copper and niacin), Culturelle probiotic, fish oil and vitamin C. I also cut out all gluten and dairy. I also (eek) stopped wearing makeup daily (but I still do on special occasions). Now, my skin is nearly perfect. I still get some mild flushing, and limited, intermittent mild redness. I get a zit occasionally now, but it is nothing like it was. I can't believe it. Give it a try. It took about 3 months to be nearly completely clear, but it is the ONLY, thing that worked.
I hope this helps. Good Luck!