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Am I destined to have acne for life?

By HERWriter Guide January 30, 2009 - 4:06pm
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It really seems so.

I never had bad acne as a teen. I got zits, but nothing major. Once I hit my 20, my adult acne came and never left.

I am now in my late 30s and still use a topical antibiotic twice a day on my skin.

I eat well, exercise and drink plenty of water, and make sure to cleanse, tone and moisturize daily. I never go to bed with makeup on.

I recently stopped the prescription just to see what would happen and within 5 days, the acne came back. It took a week or more of being back on my medication to see it leave.

The medication (cleocin/clindamycin )works like a dream. My skin is clean and clear. I have seen a dermatologist about this and he said it's not an allergy or the kind of skin care I use. I simply have adult onset acne.

So is this for life? I suppose I'm ok with needing this prescription twice a day. It works very well. But I can't help but think it's very unfair that I beginning to see natural signs of aging AND have acne as well?!

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Thank you for the suggestion, Anonymous. I know in my case, the more chemicals I put on my face, the worse it happens to get. We appreciate your insight.

January 30, 2011 - 11:41am
EmpowHER Guest

i completely know the feeling u been through having acne , im a teenager who struggles with this problem daily and i been to specialist over specialist hoping my acne would cure but it didnt.. i just figured out that all the topical creams that we apply on our faces didnt work but washing it with a natural facial foam will definally work better.. trust me wash ur face 3-4 times a day with a good facial foam like eversoft and ur face will be zit free, the chemicals on creams will worsen the acne.

January 30, 2011 - 10:53am
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Where can I purcahase this?..I haven't had acne as a teen at all maybe a pimple or two around my mensrtation cycle but that was it. And now that I am almost turning 20, I am beginning to get acne on my back, neck, and its starting to go onto my face, and that is a place where I deffinately have been taking care of to stay zit free, but I don't know what to do to prevent this from continuing.

May 6, 2009 - 10:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

www.proskincareonline.com carries the SK1N products.

June 10, 2009 - 11:06am

SK1N Probiotics will do the trick! I swear by it! All my neighbors are talking about it too. My boyfriend has acne breakouts often. They are bad and painful and not just on his face. He has had problems with this his whole life. He was even on some crazy meds., that are very bad for you, just to get rid of his acne as a teen. I told him to try SK1N Probiotics and he is in shock! I have never heard a man talk about skin care like this, it is kinda cute. His face is flawless now! I mean not a zit in site. He has also been using the serum on his acne scars (because he used to pick at his arms...) and they are all fading away. If that is not proof that this product is amazing I am not sure what is. I would suggest trying it. Let me know if you have any trouble finding it. I did at first, but when I emailed the company asking them a million questions, they responded very quickly with answers to all of them. I got the hook up now! :)

April 8, 2009 - 2:06pm
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I fight with adult acne also. I have been around and around with my dermatologist to no avail. Really, the only thing that has worked for me is a tanning bed. I tend to not get the white head zits but the under the skin ones. They hurt and are mainly more annoying then anything.

I have tried everything under the sun to try and stop the acne breakouts but I think mine are more stress induced than anything else. I can eat pretty much anything without an outbreak so I am certain that it is not food induced.

I have never tried the above listed things but I have certainly just accepted the fact that it is there and it may never go away. Grrr!

February 8, 2009 - 12:38pm

Susanc: in addition to Anon's posting, one thing you may want to consider for acne problems at your age is possible yeast and candida overgrow in your gut. This could be due to previous antibiotic treatments or food sensitivities. It is common medical practice to use antibiotics to treat acne problems, this is a double-edge sword and gets your body on a vicious cycle by killing good bacteria in your gut, thus allowing yeast and candida to take over. Among the nutritional deficiencies you may want to consider low levels on Zinc and fatty acids which are crucial in preventing acne. Here is a list of natural things I would suggest:

1. Vitex - also known as chasteberry. Try 160mg of the extract or 40 drops of the tincture. There is great scientific data now that recognizes chasteberry as a hormone balancer to reduce acne

2. Take 1-2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil or 3 to 5 grms of fish oil daily

3. Zinc - 50mg twice daily with meals for three months and reduce the dosage to 50mg once daily. This is the best mineral to treat acne.

4. Burdock root - 300mg to 500mg capsules daily or 1 cup of tea three times daily.

January 30, 2009 - 10:59pm
EmpowHER Guest

This happened to me in my early thirties and my doctor said that it was probably hormonal.
I went on the birth control pill, ortho tri cyclen to be exact and this cleared it right up!

Even as an adult, fluctuating hormones can cause acne flare ups. Androgens are hormones released from the adrenal glands, the ovaries, and the testes. These hormones stimulate the sebaceous glands, increasing oil production and creating a skin that is more prone to comedones, or breakouts.

Adult onset acne most commonly affects women. Sharp hormonal fluctuations often occur during ovulation and menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause, and can also be caused by using certain birth control medications, others can help the problem. Women may see their acne suddenly develop, or worsen, during these periods of life.

It sounds like your diet is great. Do you avoid dairy as this can sometimes worsen problems? Also, sadly, chocolate and other sugars can aggravate problems!
Good luck!

January 30, 2009 - 8:52pm
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