I thought I should introduce myself. I am 22 years old, with pale sensitive skin. I sunburn easily and break-out with blemishes every time I use something with fragrance, dyes etc...
I thought someone might benefit from my trials and tribulations with my skin. So here goes.
It all started last year when winter hit. Before that, I had some acne as a teenager but it had cleared up when I was 18-20. It all came back and got worse as the air got colder and dryer.
It was hard to treat because the wood stove I had was also drying my face out and causing more acne. I had to wash my face of course because of my acne, but I couldn't find a lotion that moisturized it enough to combat the dryness and not make my skin react. I put a humidifier in my room at night and it did help, but it wasn't a cure-all. I am still wondering what I'm going to do about it next winter. I really hate the winter now. Maybe I should wear a ski mask? lol.
Summer is way better on my skin. My face no longer looks like a pizza. Although I've recently been breaking out again on my chin! It could be for a number of reasons:
(A) I tried using baking soda because I thought my skin was looking flakey, then broke out all over my chin and jawline! UGH!
(B) I've also been brushing my teeth a lot more lately because of braces and the toothpaste is drying my skin around my mouth.
(C ) I thought I saw some laugh lines so I've started using a new Derma-e organic wrinkle cream.
(D) I've been using a new lip balm. Or wearing too much makeup.
(E) I've had too much caffine or artificial sweetener.
So I don't really know where to start. I'll probably start by NOT using baking soda and stop staring at my face in the mirror, lol. So we'll see, I'll cut each one out until I find the culprit.
#1:The lip balm was definately a problem product so I stopped using it.
#2: I stopped using baking soda as an exfoliant and rplaced it with a loofa.
#3: My toothpaste was not the culprit because I've always brushed my teeth, so it would have happened sooner.
#4: The dermaE wrinkle cream I think is OK, but It's still under suspicion.
#5: I stopped all artificial sweetener and it did help in the way my acne heals faster after a major breakout.