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Skincare Acne Help: Break Outs Daily!


I mentioned in a few articles, not too long a go that I was having some skin issues. Namely, that I was breaking out like you wouldn't believe. I went to my doctor who prescribed me an anti biotic, a topic treatment and put me on bcp. I am not using anit biotic anymore but still taking bcp and using topic treatment (clindamycin). My skin has improved a lot. I break out less and the texture is better too.

However, my issue is that I'm finding that at the end of each, I've broken out slightly, usually around my cheeks, jawline or near my nose.I get small, little white heads usually. At night, I will apply my creams as usual and in the morning, for the most part my break outs are gone but then again at the end of the day, new ones have appeared. 

I think I need a fresh pair of eyes on the issue. I'm not sure if it is something I am using or something I am not using? Could it be that I am over producing oil? Or, could it be that my drying creams I use at night are causing me to be over dry and I need more moisture? After looking at where I am breaking out, I am also thinking that maybe its just from touching my face without realising it? 

What do you chicks think? Any suggestions? 
Jun 11, 2013 @ 10:52 am

2 Replies


I feel your pain...

I too have recently been "blessed" with some uncontrollable acne. I've always had clear skin so trying to deal with acne in my 20's with no experience is very frustrating.

The first thing is to find out what's causing your acne. Normally this is a combination of things, but try to pinpoint the date when you noticed an increase in acne, and see what changed in your lifestyle at that time. For me it was easy...it all started a few weeks after moving to a new city and starting a new job. I thought it was just the stress, but I came to realize that moving also changed other factors in my life. The water was different (i'm used to country well-water, not city water), my diet changed drastically (I was eating out every day) and I was partying a lot more (ie: booze and late nights).

I tried tons of topical treatments trying to find a quick fix, and some of them worked, but it wasn't until I reduced my stress level, changed my diet, and balanced my lifestyle that my acne has started to slow down.

It's frustrating when you're older to have to worry about acne, especially because it's not necessarily due to hormones like teenage afflictions. We now have adult responsibilities (which are stressful!), and we try new skincare products (such as anti-aging items), and of course new makeup. You have to take all these into account when trying to decide what's causing your breakouts.

My go-to lifesaver when it comes to topical treatments is Benzoyl Peroxide. Life brand Clear Action Benzoyl Peroxide 5% is way cheaper than the name-brand equivalents, and it works like a charm. Just spot treat any breakouts, and it dries them up right away. I've also used Retin A in the past and it really helps improve everything (skin tone, texture, etc.), but be prepared to peel. If your topical treatment works though, i'd say stick with it.

Look for changes in your diet. Dairy and sugary foods have been linked to acne. I started taking Zinc supplements which helps with oil control, and I also try to drink tons of green tea and water daily.

Those under-the-skin ones are very annoying, and these are the ones I get most often as well. My main problem with these is I pick...I can't help it. I feel them on my face (and you probably do this too) and keep running my fingers along them. Then eventually i'll get frustrated and go to the mirror and try to squeeze them out...which rarely works because they're so deep, they eventually just become bit red splotches, or if I break the skin they scab. Which, of course, makes them look a million times worse than they did before. So, try really hard to let them be! The more you touch, the more you stimulate oil production, which just makes them worse. It's a daily struggle for me not to touch my face, but make a conscious effort not to and hopefully you'll see an improvement!

Also, try not to scrub too hard when you wash, or wash too often...this will just upset your natural oil production. I wash morning and night, and use an exfoliant at night to get rid of the daily grime and dead cells (I use St.Ives apricot scrub with salicylic acid). Look for an oil-free moisturizer and be careful with greasy sunscreens. Your hair products and perfume can even affect your skin. If you're not already using mineral makeup i'd recommend switching, it will help keep pores clear.

Sorry this has been kind of long and rambling haha, but my main point was: try to find out what's causing your acne in the first place. I know it's tempting to cover it up and try tons of new products to fix it, but until you get to the source you're just bailing out a sinking boat with a cup. You gotta fix the hole first! Also, if you find you're using a million different products, they may be stepping on each others toes and reducing their effectiveness...so you might have to take a break from one or all of them and kind of re-set your skin clock, and go from there.

Best of luck and hope things clear up in the near future :)
Jun 13, 2013 @ 04:26 pm

Avocado masque!

The problem with acne treatments is that they DO dry the skin from the inside, anti-biotics are designed to suppress the bodies defenses which reduces inflammation etc.So my gues is that your skin is recovering from this and perhaps what you need is just some good old natural remedies to help out.

A pure avodado mask has some ant-oxidants in it. mash the whole avocado up and put it on the face, leave it there for 20 minutes before you wash it off:

Also, you know what you need to do after a course of anti-biotics? Eat yoghurt. So, why not take the same advice and apply the yoghurt to your face to see if you can at least help to replenish the skins natural flora.

I am not sure if this will help you, it also MIGHT just be what you are looking for. I have a bunch of tips to help reduce acne.

Good luck!!!
Jun 15, 2013 @ 09:52 pm

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