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Background of my Journey

over30andstill

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I am 30 years old. I have had adult acne for 10 years. I have tried everything and anything and am so glad I found this site. I hope my experiences can help other people with theirs.

I have Minimal whiteheads and Blackheads but Severe Cystic Adult Acne. I have no problem with a Little Zit here and there, but the cysts I have had have resulted in every type of scar. It sucks, as you know. I feel like I look like a Meth Head but I am one of the most Heathiest balanced people I know.

So, I have tried everything.

Seen 4 or 5 different Derm MDs - most dont take acne serioulsy, they dont have the time or an organized schedule to treat you properly

Topicals - Ive tried every kind and still use a Benzyl and they help

Makeup - Mineral, Jane Irdale, too little coverage for scarring, and makes no defference for the price your paying

Antibiotics - Didnt help

Accutane - Tried Twice, didnt work and is soooo Harsh, really regret it

Steroid Injections - Mega help for cysts, if you can get to your MD in the first 3 days of it coming, dont even get me started on Drs offices :) cysts go away in 2 days instead of 5 weeks. Can work Great but if you get the wrong dose it can leave a good scar

Chemical Peels - depends what your looking for, no long term effects

Dermabbrasion - depends on what your looking for no long term effects

Naturopaths - still trying

All kinds of Birth Control Pill - still gets cysts

Vitamin Therapy and Food Allergy Testing - no long term effects

Right now I am contempalting Profractional. It is very expensive $2100. to $2800 for 4 treatments. It might help with the scarring. Might...might not... for $2100.

All these things and the kicker..... For everything that I have done to and put on my skin... the only time in the last 10 years my skin has been perfect WAS WHILE I WAS PREGNANT. Literally perfect skin with no Zits or Cysts whatsoever!!!

So why do we put all this crap on our faces and spend thousands of dollars when all it would take is a DR to regulate your hormones! Because DR's dont know how to help you. So frusterated! If I never was pregnant I would still be thinking it was something I was not doing right. I hope this helps someone out there, good luck on your Journey.



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Hi, I'm 26 and live in the UK. So a quick overview - I have battled with acne (mild to moderate) for 12 years and have only recently begun to realise that it is mainly hormonally related. I went on Roaccutane when I was 16years old which cleared my acne for a year or so but since then I have taken antibiotics, several contraceptive pills and spent an absolute fortune on skin products, topical creams, retinoids etc. I eat healthily and don't drink a lot of alcohol yet I was still getting terrible breakouts, that horrible grainy texture of comedomes and cysts on my cheeks and along my jawline.My mum has suffered far worse than me - she is now 51 and was still getting acne after several Roaccutane treatments, antibiotics and topical treatments over the past 30 years.Anyway I wanted to share with you that both myself and my mum are now taking Spironolactone and we have both seen a marked improvement. This is specifically good for hormonal acne and if you have tried everything then I would suggest this. My mum has been taking it for 3 months and has gone from daily breakouts and super greasy skin to clear skin with odd small pimples and some remaining blackheads which will take a bit longer to get rid of. She no longer gets cystic spots and her skin is not greasy. She even only has to wash her hair every other day as it no longer gets greasy.I've been taking it for about a month and I no longer get cysts, my cheek pimples and deep spots are gone and my blackheads are slowly reducing. I really feel this treatment is the answer for many women with hormonal acne. In the UK this is rarely prescribed as its quite new to us but I think you can get it easier in the US.There's just one other thing I want to add - we both have also used the La Roche Posay skincare range for the last few months also and I believe this has contributed to the overall improvement. Not sure if you know this brand (its French) but it is very good for sensitive acne prone skin with few additives. Doesn't dry or burn or harm the skin. The Toleriane moisturiser is fab.Hope that helps, Sorry for the long post but I know exactly what you're going through and wanted to help!

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Hi, I'm 26 and live in the UK. So a quick overview - I have battled with acne (mild to moderate) for 12 years and have only recently begun to realise that it is mainly hormonally related. I went on Roaccutane when I was 16years old which cleared my acne for a year or so but since then I have taken antibiotics, several contraceptive pills and spent an absolute fortune on skin products, topical creams, retinoids etc. I eat healthily and don't drink a lot of alcohol yet I was still getting terrible breakouts, that horrible grainy texture of comedomes and cysts on my cheeks and along my jawline.My mum has suffered far worse than me - she is now 51 and was still getting acne after several Roaccutane treatments, antibiotics and topical treatments over the past 30 years.Anyway I wanted to share with you that both myself and my mum are now taking Spironolactone and we have both seen a marked improvement. This is specifically good for hormonal acne and if you have tried everything then I would suggest this. My mum has been taking it for 3 months and has gone from daily breakouts and super greasy skin to clear skin with odd small pimples and some remaining blackheads which will take a bit longer to get rid of. She no longer gets cystic spots and her skin is not greasy. She even only has to wash her hair every other day as it no longer gets greasy.I've been taking it for about a month and I no longer get cysts, my cheek pimples and deep spots are gone and my blackheads are slowly reducing. I really feel this treatment is the answer for many women with hormonal acne. In the UK this is rarely prescribed as its quite new to us but I think you can get it easier in the US.There's just one other thing I want to add - we both have also used the La Roche Posay skincare range for the last few months also and I believe this has contributed to the overall improvement. Not sure if you know this brand (its French) but it is very good for sensitive acne prone skin with few additives. Doesn't dry or burn or harm the skin. The Toleriane moisturiser is fab.Hope that helps, Sorry for the long post but I know exactly what you're going through and wanted to help!
THANKYOU SOOOO MUCH! ANYTHING HELPS! I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME.

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