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Will my acne clear up on its own?

By Anonymous June 21, 2010 - 6:05pm
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I am 19 years old and I was washing my face with acnefree and I decided to stop. Everyone in my family has clear skin and no one uses any sort of cleanser so I decided I wanted to see if that worked for me too. After about two weeks i started to break out really bad on my forehead and around my nose. I figured my skin would react to this sudden change of cleansing but it hasn't really gotten much better yet. I'm wondering if i keep up with just washing my face with water, will my face eventually get used to this and my acne will go away? How long will that start to take affect?

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Hi Anonymous

There are many things that affect your skin, and one of the biggest is diet. Do you eat a healthy diet and drink lots of water? Poor diet is notorious for causing skin problems.

Do you mean you are just rinsing your face with water and nothing else? You may want to use some kind of cleanser, even if it is just something very mild. A buildup of normal skin bacteria can cause a breakout.

Do you smoke? Take birth control pills? Any other medication? Do you wear makeup or use hair product? All of these things can affect your skin as well.

Have you seen a health care provider or dermatologist? There are different kinds of acne and other skin problems, so I'm wondering if you have a formal acne diagnosis or are just referring to skin breakouts.

If you can answer some of these questions, hopefully I can point you to some resources. We also have info here on the site that may help: http://www.empowher.com/condition/acne.

Thank you for writing.

June 21, 2010 - 7:13pm
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Anonymous (reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Thank you for responding,

Here is some more information about me that might help. I do eat a healthy diet and I try to fit in some exercise every day. I'm washing my face with water and dove soap. I wear some makeup but not a lot. Just a small amount of Mac cover-up and mascara. I don't smoke or drink and I'm not on any birth-control. I have been on birth control before and that didn't seem to have any effect on my skin.

I'd say I'm pretty healthy, I'm just wondering if my skin will get used to this new way of cleaning or will I have to go back to what I used before? I know that genes can play a part in acne and my whole entire family has pretty clear skin. My mom even wears quite a bit of makeup and washes her face with just water and a bit of soap and her face is clear. My dad and sister just use water and their faces are clear too.

I'll take a look at that site you posted as well. Thank you

June 21, 2010 - 8:01pm
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