Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dealing with Adult-Onset....ACNE????

In my teens and early twenties, I was one of the fortunate ones. I really never had to deal with very many breakouts at all, which led me to take my clear skin for granted. I took care of it, mind you....I was faithful, although not zealous, to clean my face morning and night, and then later, to make sure that I moisturized appropriately. In my mid-twenties, a friend and I went to a hair show and were picked out of the audience to be makeup application models. One of the tidbits that I remember most from that session was that anytime one sleeps in makeup, the face ages thirteen days just in that one night's sleep. That was enough to encourage me, even in the most sleepy moments, to make sure my face was clean before bed.
In the past couple of years, however, I started to notice that my skin was beginning to look dull and started to be congested, for lack of a better word. Earlier this year, it even began to break was like going through a very belated puberty! I even researched Proactive, but some of the reviews seemed to indicate that it can be very harsh and drying, and my skin is already very dry to begin with. Eventually I read that the primary ingredient in any good skin-clearing wash is salicylic acid. I went to good ol' WalMart and scanned the shelves for a product containing salicylic acid, eventually settling on one of the brands that primarily targets teenagers. Within three days, I noticed a huge difference; as a bonus, my pores even seemed smaller.
Then I ran out. And kept forgetting to buy more. Once again, I started getting huge breakouts...they were painful, deep and lasted for weeks. Literally.
Once again, I went back to WalMart. This time, I purchased a creamy acne wash, and I have noticed that it is considerably less drying that the one intended for teenagers.
I'm keeping it on the list.


  1. do you mind sharing the one you like so much? Something about having child #2 apparently messed with my hormones and I've been trying to find somethin good to help out!

  2. Hi. I just happened on your blog and am reading it thru and enjoying it. I wanted to give you a few words on this subject. What you have may be roseca, which can look like acne.

    Try taking a zinc vitamin pill daily, treat your skin gently in the morning and put a sun screen on even in winter. Don't mix a bunch of brands, meaning use the same brand of products. My dermatologist told me to use household products instead of commercial ones and a tinted moisturizer instead of foundation -- I use Aveeno. At night, I exfoliate with baking soda and CerVae cleanser. I know you're laughing, but it works! No more breakouts.


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