A.B. asks from San Ramon, CA on November 12, 2009
Acne and Wrinkles??
I am so frustrated lately because, ever since I stopped nursing my daughter (who is now 14 mos) I have been breaking out and I swear my pores have grown! It started when I went down to 3 nursings a day when my daughter was about a year. Over the last two months I haven't had a day when I've had clear skin. I have not changed products, diet, etc., the only thing I can imagine is it is hormonal. I think it is so wrong to be dealing with wrinkles AND acne. Help! I don't want to dry out my skin more than I already have but I can't stand having the skin I had when I was 14. Is there anyone out there who has dealt with skin problems like this and is there anything you've found that has worked?
Please help! Thank you.
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So What Happened?™
I had SO many great responses from you fabulous moms out there. Thank you! I did try a few things and not much seemed to help. I went to my doctor (got a new one) and she put me on Septra for my acne and gave me Retin-A for the wrinkles. I'm not noticing a difference in the wrinkles but the acne has gotten MUCH better (it's been about 5 weeks now). I did switch to Aloe Vera at night in place of moisturizer. Thank you for that suggestion! I am also much more diligent about my pillowcases - every 2 nights or so - thank you for that, as well!
You mamas rock.
S.B. answers from San Francisco on November 13, 2009
The only thing I can think of is to see an Esthetician or even a Dermatologist. Either one can put you on a home care regimen and provide you with a series of treatments.
I am an esthetician student and have been dealing with skin problems for years but once you learn about these issues, it gives you a handle on how to deal with it.
If you live close to Concord, there is a great Esthi. program that offers services at W Institute of Cosmetology (formerly known as Robinson's). Or contact any well known day spa or maybe even a medical spa for treatments.
Hope this helps and good luck!
P.W. answers from San Francisco on November 12, 2009
LOL. You're right. It is SO WRONG!! And if you think THAT'S wrong, just wait till you're 52! That's REALLY wrong!
D.K. answers from Sacramento on November 13, 2009
My daughter is turning 4 this week and my post baby acne has progressively gotten worse no matter what I try. They things that dry out my skin help, but only while my face is burning and extremely dry and painful. If I keep trying to use them, I end up looking like I have rosatia, but with less pimples. As soon as I stop using the various prescriptions I have been given, it comes right back...and worse each time!
Sorry I can't help much! I just say go to the dermatologist now and try to find something that works for your skin so that you wont be dealing with this 4 years from now!
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T.M. answers from San Francisco on November 13, 2009
The acne you are experiencing is likely due to the changes in hormones. When you breast-feed your body's release of hormones is different then when you are no longer breast-feeding. It takes about 6 months to a year for normal hormone levels to return after the trauma of child birth and nursing, so be patient. I know easier said than done, but this is likely the case. I breast-fed both of my daughters for a year and after stopping I noticed significant changes in my body from period chages, getting one after not for several months, hair loss and pimples on my face. I too was concerned about the changes I was experiencing and made a doctor's appointment. My OB/GYN let me know it was normal and to allow my body to return to normal. You mentioned that you exercise almost daily and if your diet is packed full of healthy foods, this will help. Hang in there. If the problem continues or you feel you need to consult with a doctor, make an appointment with your general health doctor or OB/GYN and discuss this. Good luck.
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K.G. answers from San Francisco on November 13, 2009
I love proactive and oil of olay. I swear by it. good luck
S.B. answers from Redding on November 13, 2009
I'm sure it's hormones causing your breakouts. Hopefully, once your body gets itself straightened out after pregnancy, nursing and then not nursing, it will get better.
The more you dry your skin out, the worse it can get, so you definitely want to be gentle. Wash with water that is neither hot nor cold and don't scrub. That will irritate your breakouts. Good old fashioned Witch Hazel is an excellent astringent, very inexpensive, not harsh, and soothing to irritated skin. My friend's daughter had terrible skin and tried absolutely everything including proactive, etc. Nothing worked. I had her buy some witch hazel and her skin started clearing right up. You definitely need to moisturize, but until you get things under control, you need to be really careful with regard to what the moisturizer contains. A little vitamin E rubbed gently on the irritated areas can help with overdrying and keep scarring to a minimum.
I hope you get some good advice and find something that works for you.
Just be very gentle with your skin and don't use anything harsh.
L.G. answers from Sacramento on November 13, 2009
Well since you asked I'll tell you what I use and plug my company. I'm not sure if it will help you , but I do know it wont hurt you. In fact you could call the company and see if an expert can talk with you for specific product advice.
I had bad skin as a teen also, did acutane as well. I am 46 now and alas wrinkles are appearing, however, most people think I am 10 years younger than I am. I have to attribute my skin to the products sold by NuSkin international.
I started searching for something for my sensitive, dry, but acne prone skin and found their products to be of the highest quality. They use a lot of aloe, but seriously they are high tech. They have the best products using science and nature to produce high end skin care. Over 100 PHD;s are on staff at this company. Most cosmetic type companies either consult with PHD's or have one or two on staff. They are serious.
Anyway, if you would like to check them out, go to: www.Nuskinusa.com. My distributor number is US###-###-#### if you set up an account. Great company to deal with and I have been using their products for 20 years.
You may also find help with their nutrition products they make under the Pharmanex division.
I would call them at 1-800-487-1000 which is the order line, but ask for help and see if someone can recommend something. I just know the products are super high quality and you can even return things. I dont want to go on and on but there's a special set of products for teen acne, but possibly the 180 system would be good for you because it smooths out your skin. It may seem pricy, but the one kit lasts 6 months or so.
Good luck. and I agree, acne and wrinkles is just not fair! Us mom's really deal with a lot already!
J.C. answers from Sacramento on November 13, 2009
I don't think you mentioned it but for me my skin and mood ; ) got better when I went back onto oral birth control pills. I even had to change the way I was taking it (per my doctors advice) now I take it like the pill "Seasonel" (spelling?) - so I only get 4 periods a year. Anyway, maybe your solution could be in one of the new birth control pills. Ask your doctor and research what might work for you.
C.C. answers from Fresno on November 12, 2009
This same EXACT thing happened to me when I stopped nursing my younger daughter! Ugh! I had been on Accutane several years before my older daughter was born, and my skin was absolutely perfect for a couple of years - but wow, after I was done with nursing, my skin became horrible again! I went to the dermatologist and she put me on all kinds of topical stuff, none of which worked and none of which was covered by my insurance anyway. Don't even get me started on insurance companies that won't cover acne meds for adults!!!
Anyhow, the end result is, next month I'm going back on accutane. Now, unlike 10 years ago, Accutane is a big pain in the a__ because now the federal gov't is involved, you have to be signed up in an online "I pledge" program where you have to take online pregnancy prevention fact tests as well as pregnancy tests every month in order to get your prescription filled. The whole thing is condescending and completely invasive, but that's what I'm going to do to get my good skin back. Meanwhile, ProActiv has helped some, but my skin is still on a downward slide anyway.
So, I'm right there with you, have tried everything out there aside from Accutane, and the deal is, if Accutane worked for you the first time, you'll probably have to go back on it at some point. =( Don't worry, I'll be right there with you, with cracked lips and a peeling nose! LOL
J.M. answers from San Francisco on November 13, 2009
I'm with you, sister - zits and wrinkles. My skin was so lovely during my pregnancy and I am sure that when I wean my DD that it will go crazy - not looking forward to it. I use Aubrey Organics Green Tea cleanser and Clean & Clear Clear Advantage moisturizer with salicylic acid and that seems to do pretty well for me. Neither of these products is overly drying. Benzoyl peroxide products don't do a thing for me. Good luck - and I"ll be very interested to see what other responses you get.