N.M. asks from Vancouver, WA on November 22, 2008
I am totally at a loss and could really use some good advice. I have battled acne my entire life. In high school I even did two rounds of acutane (nasty stuff if you've never heard of it) Anyway, I turned 40 two months ago. At my party I joked, "so now that I am 40 will my acne finally go away." All of the other ladies (most already over 40) said "HA, are you kidding, now is when it comes back." Seriously, mine has never gone away. Isn't 40 years of zits and a greasy face enough? I have tried multiple over the counter products. I took so many different medications throughout high school and into college that didn't help at all that I am not really interested in going that route again. I broke down a couple years ago and tried proactive. My skin started to improve and I was excited, I never fully cleared up and still had break-outs, but it was better. After several months, it just got worse. I tried Beauti-Control's acne line. I thought I was in heaven, it worked famously for several months. I was thrilled. I was getting tons of comments on how great my skin looked. I couldn't have been happier. Then - it all ended. It's like my skin will only behave or react to a product for so long before it just explodes with mini mount vesuvius' all over the place. I went back to proactive. It improved things for a short period of time, now I am just using it because I paid all of the money for it and I might as well use it till it's gone. And right now, I just don't have any other alternatives. If anyone has any remedies or products that they have used that have been successful I would really appreciate it if you could share your secrets. Thanks.
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B.E. answers from Portland on November 25, 2008
V.W. answers from Eugene on November 24, 2008
Im so sorry you have had to deal with this! I had really bad acne that was like big red bumps under the skin that would stay for a week or so, yuck! then I looked into my diet and quit eating the foods that I had allergies to like chocolate and dairy and corn. Im a lot healthier and have much happier skin. It might be something to look into. Good luck! Go Beavers!
T.C. answers from Portland on November 24, 2008
Have you tried Witch Hazel? I pick it up a few times a year for my own face, and my kids. It is gentle and works great with balancing the levels of grease I find at various times of the year and month.
S.I. answers from Seattle on November 24, 2008
Have you ever been tested for food allergies? If your acne has never gone away, I would think that this could be part of the reason why....It's worth checking out. There are easy finger prick blood tests, stool sample tests and saliva tests. Find a good Naturopath....
M.S. answers from Seattle on November 24, 2008
I'm sure over the years you and/or your doctors have thought about food allergies...if not it might be worth considering?
A.T. answers from Portland on November 23, 2008
Try my doc, she's great & has solved any problem I've ever had! Dr. Ilana Gervich @ 503- ###-###-####. Good luck, I'm sure she can help.
S.R. answers from Seattle on November 24, 2008
I have had good long term success with going to really natural products. (Not just the ones that say natural because they can since there is little regulation on that sort of thing.) I also avoid the sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate that is often found in facial products, soaps, shampoos etc. since it is very drying. My favorite brand is Suki. The other one I really like is Dr. Hauschka, it is just more expensive but offers more choices.
Also, I found that drinking a lot of water helped as well. I aim for 2 liters per day. Honestly, I only get that much a few days a week, but I can really tell the difference in how I feel the day after if I have had enough water. After a few weeks, 2-4, I noticed that less lotion on my skin in general and that my face was much less likely to break out. I still get one or two small pimples right before my period each month but that is way better than before.
I hope you find the right solution for your body.
C.J. answers from Eugene on November 24, 2008
In my 40s I used nutrogena. Now that I'm in my 50s, I don't get acne as bad, so I use Mary Kay cosmetics. My daughter uses Patricia Wexler cleanser and Clinique lotion. She has the same problem you do with proactive in that it worked great for awhile then wore off.
C.K. answers from Portland on November 24, 2008
I am not sure if you have ever heard of this product before but the line is called Clear Advantage it is from a company called Arbonne. I am an Arbonne consultant and I would love to help you with your ance problems. I am enclosing a link for you to check out some before and after photos of women who have been helped by this product.
Also my website: www.healthylifewithcrystal.myarbonne.com
I would love to be able to help you. contact me through my email I know that I can help. My products are botanically based and formulated WITHOUT chemical fragances, dyes, mineral oils. And of course NO Animal products, by-products and no animal testing ever. We are a 28 year old company.
C.G. answers from Portland on November 23, 2008
Had a similar, albeit shorter, experience myself. Tried everything, some things might work for a bit but then it would come back or it'd be a waste of money and time and not work at all. (This goes for both over-the-counter meds and stuff my doc prescribed.) What cleared it up for me? Accutane. The stuff is wicked but effective. I say "wicked" because you have to have blood tests, use two forms of birth control (if you get pregnant while taking, it can cause your baby to be deformed), your lips will need a ton of chapstick. Plus, your skin is super dry and sensitive to the sun. But given all of that, I'd take it again in a heartbeat if my acne ever came back. I had to take two rounds. The first round, my doctor prescribed a really low dose. It worked but the acne came back once I was off it. The second dose, I argued for and got a much larger dosage. Now, besides the occasional pimple/zit, I'm pretty much acne free.
V.G. answers from Seattle on November 24, 2008
It might be that you need to try the different products that have worked in a rotation. When your skin starts going bad switch to one of the others or do each one for a month or two and rotate on to the next one.
I'm a distributor for a company that has another product that some people have reported good results with. It is a soy-based soap. You can visit this website for more information:
If you'd like to give one a try, please contact me. The shipping can be kind of expensive over the website - I can ship one to you via US postal service for a lot less.