What Is Making My Face Break Out like a 15 Year Old??!

Updated on August 10, 2008
W.W. asks from Aliso Viejo, CA
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I'm dying here...my face has been breaking out so badly the last couple of months. I'm 6 months postpartum, still breastfeeding, on the mini-pill, I recently started a portion controlled diet, I drink a lot of water, I wash my face every morning and night and am not using anything new in terms of cosmetics, cleaners, detergents, etc.
I had been able to handle the occassional zit but my entire face has broken out (almost looks rash like) overnight. I have an appointment to see the derm next week but looking for moms who might have experienced the same thing and found a quick remedy!

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So What Happened?

Thanks to everyone for their advice. Turns out it was some allergic reaction to something - still haven't figured that one out yet, but...it's all healed up!

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answers from San Diego on

You poor thing, there are a few things you might do that won't make it worse. There is a natural product called Swiss Kriss that you can use (have not used it so don't know where you can get it now) that you put in steam and give your face a steam bath. Towel over the head and so on. That will clean your pores. Hormonally there is not much you can do but wait it out and do all those good things that you are doing. The Omega thing is a good place to start. Vitamins A, C and E are important for the skin also. I have used Artistry products for 12 years but worrying about that at the moment is probably not the next step. You might try a glycerine and honey soap for the mildness and antiseptic properties. Good luck, I will keep my eyes open for the Swiss Kriss, maybe at Henrys.

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answers from Las Vegas on

The same thing happened to me! I would scrub and just make it worse! The dermatologist gave me a script for Finacea and I stopped taking the mini pill. Cleared right up!



answers from Honolulu on

Sometimes this can be caused by an omega fatty acid deficiency. That shows up first in our skin.



answers from Honolulu on

As my Doctor said, it takes about 1 year, for a woman's body to readjust after having a baby... the internal organs, the hormones, the body chemistry etc. It takes time. Perhaps your body & hormone levels are still fluctuating, thus the breakouts. It could also be due to the mini-pill?

It may originate from an internal change/problem.. .or an external topical source. I'm sure your Doctor can tell.

Sometimes they say that breakouts like this is the body's way of purging things. I know with a newborn, they can sometimes get bad "baby acne" as their body is purging the Mom's hormones out of their body after birth. With boys, this happens more... it happened with my son. He had bad baby acne for a couple of months. I also read that this happens.

Maybe it's just a lot of changes in your body at one time... postpartum & hormonal changes, the mini-pill, the change in diet... all combined???

At least you are going to the Dermatologist... sorry I don't know of any quick remedy. Except for the teen remedy of dabbing Hydrogen Peroxide on the breakouts to dry them out and cleaning the eruptions to prevent infection.

Take care,



answers from Los Angeles on

You are probably breaking out because of the harmful chemicals, petrolatum products like propylene glycol, mineral oil and other chemicals in the products you use daily. I suggest you read the labels and avoid the chemicals that are listed on this webpage. You can use safe and healthy products that will not break your face out by visiting my product website also.



answers from Los Angeles on

My mother had the same problem. I broke out to a small degree... but I just started being more dillagent on cleaning my face. I HIGHLY recommend trying Mary Kay products. I have been using it for years and it is fantastic (and much cheaper than going to a dermatologist). There are only a couple steps. I'm sure there is a consultant by you who can give you a free makeover to try it out. I know a couple people who had massive adult breakouts that cleared up. (I know I sound like a commersial, but it really is great product.)
A friend of mine just signed up and has been practicing on me... what fun!

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