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Hello, I need some advise reguarding facial lotions that aren't oily. I'm currently using cetaphil daily facial moisturizer and sometimes my lady friends Oil of olay for sensitive skin, and my skin is getting very greasy looking. I'm not sure if it's the lotion or just my skin getting worse, I'm just going crazy about my problems and I'm losing my mind.

I'm new to this site and have posted only once, so I'll tell you a bit about my problem. I'm a 32 year old male who always have had perfect skin until about 8 months ago when all of a sudden I started getting acne around my chin. After a trip to the derm I was given differin and doxy and my face kept getting worse, so my derm kept giving me different antibiotics and over the last 8 months my skin is getting worse and worse. My current regimine is Minocycline once a day, Finacea twice a day, wash with hibiclens at night, and shave with benzashave 10%.

My biggest problem area is my cheeks as the acne is leaving scars or red marks. Also, on my forehead and nose I have little bumps that don't become white heads, and the skin under my eyes I get these bumps. I'm sorry if I sound confusing but I have never in my life had skin problems and I don't know what to do as nothing my derm has done has helped me. Has anyone here Gotten acne for the first time in their 30's?? Are there any guys that can advise me to an aftershave or lotion I should use?? What are these little bumps I'm getting all over?? I've never before had acne so I'm new to this and don't know whats going on.

I am an executive in a casino and I deal with people everyday at work, and I don't even want to get out of bed. I'm having such a difficult time with all of this and my derm has no answers for me and I'm losing my mind and don't know what to do, I just feel like running away. Can anyone relate to my problems or offer any insight to why this is happening to me at age 32??

Sorry for such a long post I'm just so depressed and don't know what to do. Thank you

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Sorry you are struggling with this.....It's difficult to develop acne as an adult, and even worse work in a professional envirnoment where you have to give presentations and attend meetings.

Topical retinoids like differin take at least 8 weeks to show results. If you aren't clear after 12 weeks you need something stronger. Topical retinoids take time to work. It's not unusual fto experience a worsening of your acne in the first 6-8 weeks of use. How long did you use the differen?

Shaving must be a pain in the ass with acne. I think the benzashave might be irritating. If it's possible shave with the most gentle shaving cream you can find. Something designed for sensitive skin. Dan (who runs this site) makes a cleanser that is really inexpensive (and you get 16oz.) that makes a nice lather and can be used as a shave cream.

Finacea is a good topical for rosacea, since it has anti-inflammatory properties, and it also antimicrobial and also keratolytic and comedolytic. But your acne sounds more severe, and it doesn't sound like the bumps assoiciated with rosecea....you might need either another topical retinoid (something like Tazorac). You can use a retinoid in conjuction with the finacea, or in conjuction with a benzoyl peroxide gel (no more then 2.5%).

That combination can be irritating and you really need to wear a sunscreen. The lotion you borrow from you girlfriend isn't really a bad choice. I actually use that one too....and I use the Cetaphil at night.

If you've tried topicals and antiboitics and had only marginal success, and your skin is really oily, you might want to consider Accutane. It was the only thing that clear up my skin. I've been off it for three months and my skin is still clear. I have no redmarks or scars, and my skin isn't oily anymore.

I'd also get some bloodwork done. It's really unusual for a man to develop acne in his thirties. Not so unusual for a woman, but highly unusual for a man. The onset of acne in men is ususally during adolescence, and can continue into the twenties and thirties, but for it to start in your thirties is odd.

Are you under a lot od stress recently? Have you changed your diet? Something has to be causing it....

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I find Jason's natural products to be excellent for removing oil from my skin.

http://www.jason-natural.com/

I use

D-Clog Naturally Balancing Cleanser

http://www.jason-natural.com/products/oily_skin.php

and

Citrus Scrubble

http://www.jason-natural.com/products/facial_scrubs.php

Give them a try, mate. They do not cure my acne on their own (I use 2.5% BP at night, no moisturiser), but they certainly help my oily skin.

I get the same problems as you on the cheeks when I shave, so now I just grow the beard but keep it closely trimmed and wash it with Sebamed shampoo and Jason jojoba oil conditioner every day. So far I've had good results and am a lot happier as a result.

Hope this helps you. Hang in there!

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I am an executive in a casino

First of all, if I give you any good advice, will you comp me a stay at the casino? j/k

Hello, I need some advise reguarding facial lotions that aren't oily. I'm currently using cetaphil daily facial moisturizer and sometimes my lady friends Oil of olay for sensitive skin, and my skin is getting very greasy looking. I'm not sure if it's the lotion or just my skin getting worse, I'm just going crazy about my problems and I'm losing my mind.

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eucerin gentle baby wash is great at controlling oil. lotions ive tried that worked for controlling oil are neutrogena acne defense lotion, mac oil control lotion, and ive heard that neutrogena 3-in-1 stress control hydrating lotion is good also. as far as testing for acne- one time i went to the derm to have a pimple extracted and she took a swab of the puss and sent it to the lab to have it tested. it came back that it was acne bacteria and not anything else. maybe ur derm could do that. i personally dont like derms- they always make me worse.

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...Thank you all for your replys,

To answers some of the questions for me about why I moisturize, after shaving I need to apply lotion to calm the irritation and at night the finacea seems to make my face quite dry, so it also helps me to apply a lotion.

As far as whats going on with my skin, my derm has mentioned Folliculitis as well as acne so I'm a bit confused as I believe they are two non related skin conditions, (any insight would be greatly appreciated). dsal had mentioned a staph infection as a possible condition, if this is the case then how do you get this? and why hasn't my derm mentioned this? Also what kind of bloodwork can I have done to see if this is ance or something else?? Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and opinions, I'm just so confused and upset at how this is happening at my age. Thanks

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Thanks again for everyones help, I have another question about my acne. Once again since this is the first time in my life I am having this problem, I'm trying to identify what type of acne I am getting and I'm not sure what it is.

The acne I get in my bearded area seems to come up pretty fast and it's red and inflamed and looks kind of like an ingrown hair, sometimes looks like a tiny white head but not really. These ones seem to take about a week or so to go away but they are all leaving scars or red marks, which is really adding to my stress because the marks are not going away. What is this type of acne called and are these scars with me for life? From what I read on the finacea gel I apply is supposed to reduce the scars or red spots, but it isn't.

Then on my forehead and mostly on my sides of my face (by my temples and around my sideburns) they start as tiny little bumps and over about 2-3 weeks get bigger until its a big red mound, but never any puss and these stay for a long time (months) and never seem to go away. It eventually gets smaller but is still there as a red spot (diffrent from the scars/spots from the acne on my beard). I'm really confused with all of these types and I'd appreciate any feedback or opinions. You guys are great, thanks for all your help!

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Thank you all for your replys,

To answers some of the questions for me about why I moisturize, after shaving I need to apply lotion to calm the irritation and at night the finacea seems to make my face quite dry, so it also helps me to apply a lotion.

As far as whats going on with my skin, my derm has mentioned Folliculitis as well as acne so I'm a bit confused as I believe they are two non related skin conditions, (any insight would be greatly appreciated). dsal had mentioned a staph infection as a possible condition, if this is the case then how do you get this? and why hasn't my derm mentioned this? Also what kind of bloodwork can I have done to see if this is ance or something else?? Thanks again everyone for your suggestions and opinions, I'm just so confused and upset at how this is happening at my age. Thanks

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The acne I get in my bearded area seems to come up pretty fast and it's red and inflamed and looks kind of like an ingrown hair, sometimes looks like a tiny white head but not really. These ones seem to take about a week or so to go away but they are all leaving scars or red marks, which is really adding to my stress because the marks are not going away.

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Hey Ambrosious, I don't have curly hair and one of my problems is that I've been to two different Derms and they aren't telling me anything other than I have acne, and my current derm mentioned this folliculitis and gave me benzashave to shave with.

I have noticed some itching and small bumps on my scalp that when I scratch they kind of flake off, so this must be related right? Is there a reason you know of why this all of a sudden started ate age 32? I am unable to grow a beard at my job and they are very strict about shaving every day, so there isn't much I can do to stop the irritation of shaving.

I've been really dissapointed with the derms I've been to, as they really haven't put a finger as to what's going on with my skin and all they do is give me something diffrent to take every time I go. Thanks for your feedback.

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Sounds like your dermatologists aren't doing you much good. Find a good one. If they have mentioned you might have folliculitis then I personally wouldn't use benzashave. The flaking on the scalp sounds a little like psoriasis, in which case you might try Capasal shampoo (on the scalp only though).

I shave my neck with the facial wash I use and haven't had any new outbreaks on my neck for a while, but to be honest I it was never really a problem area for me. The wash is also by Sebamed (Liquid Face and Body wash), and it is really mild, and good for sensitive skin.

http://www.sebamed.com/

http://www.sebamed.com/index.php?id=1597&L=1

I have just started to use Liquid Gold glycolic acid wash by Alpha H, but I can't really give you much feedback because it's only been a few days. My secretary swears by it though, and she had problems on her face, though not shaving related, obviously.

That's all I can recommend really; you could give it a try. I'm sorry I can't do more to help you.

It's a real shame your company won't let you grow a beard, and to be frank I think it's outrageous. Are you in the US? Because I'm in the UK and people in business that I see seem to sport stubble and beards without a problem.

If you can't ultimately find a product to help you, then just find a good natural cleanser like Jason's Citrus Scrubble. If chemicals don't help, don't use them.

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For a face wash I use Neutragena "Rapid Clear, Oil eliminating foam facial wash" for me it works fine and for $7 or so it lasts 3-4 weeks which is pretty good (depending on how much you use). I wash with it when I get up in the morning and then before I go to sleep.

There is another wash that Neutragena has and its something like an "Oil Free Acne Wash" but I swear, when I use it I feel more oily! lol

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Thanks for all the help guys and gals. I was also wondering if anyone out there thinks all of the treatments I've been on has been making everything worse. I started going to the derm for a few (3 to 4) zits around my chin and mouth, since I never before had acne this, at the time was a big deal to me.

But now 9 months later the zits on the chin are diminished but I've got acne everywhere else, and small bumps on my forehead and between eyebrows and think all of the antibiotics and topicals are just screwing up everything else. My skin is 100 times worse now than when I went to the derm the first time and I'm tryin to figure out if its happening on my own or is a result of this derm fucking up my skin. I'm ready to just stop everything and see what happens.

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One of my problems is I have real dry skin and need to moisturize, but it seems to be creating a more oily complexion for me. Any guys know of a good after shave or lotion?

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I can relate to your situation but for me it happened at 24 years old.

Best thing I can tell you is avoid those antibiotics and harsh topicals. Get yourself a full physical exam. Test everything, blood, liver, stool, etc.

Acne is not a disease but a symptom of something that is going on inside your body. One does not suddenly develop acne during adulthood without some underlying cause being responsible. Find the root of the problem and deal with that.

Personally, I've finally gotten my acne under control by modifying my diet and taking a few supplements(omega 3, zinc, b-complex) daily. The only topical I use is a mild salicylic acid lotion on my nose to keep the pores clean and prevent blackheads.

I still have some red marks on my cheeks from 4-5 months ago but they have faded significantly. These are the worst and the best healer for them is time, unfortunately. I would advise you to use some sort of concealer for these in the meantime so your self-confidence at work is not affected.

Good luck and feel free to ask questions.

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Shaving does suck, unless you do it right. I used to get ingrown hairs all the time, but have almost perfected a method for my face. I will share.

1 - press hot washcloth up against your face for a few minutes

2 - I use Kiehl's Blue Eagle shaving cream. I've used at least 20 different products over the last few years and it is by far the best for me. I let it sit for a good 5 minutes.

3 - I use a Mach 3 Turbo, never more than 3 or 4 shaves per blade. I warm the blade under a very hot faucet for a few seconds between strokes. Also, never go against the grain.

4 - Shower, wash face with cetaphil

This has been pretty good for me. Minimal redness afterwards, I don't remember my last ingrown hair.

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if you use hot water after each stroke the moisturizing strip is going to be worn out very quickly, before you are even done shaving one time

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I can relate to your situation but for me it happened at 24 years old.

Best thing I can tell you is avoid those antibiotics and harsh topicals. Get yourself a full physical exam. Test everything, blood, liver, stool, etc.

Acne is not a disease but a symptom of something that is going on inside your body. One does not suddenly develop acne during adulthood without some underlying cause being responsible. Find the root of the problem and deal with that.

Personally, I've finally gotten my acne under control by modifying my diet and taking a few supplements(omega 3, zinc, b-complex) daily. The only topical I use is a mild salicylic acid lotion on my nose to keep the pores clean and prevent blackheads.

I still have some red marks on my cheeks from 4-5 months ago but they have faded significantly. These are the worst and the best healer for them is time, unfortunately. I would advise you to use some sort of concealer for these in the meantime so your self-confidence at work is not affected.

Good luck and feel free to ask questions.

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