Help for Adult Acne

Pimples, zits, matter how you say it, acne is a total self-esteem buster. Sometimes even the smallest pimple can look like Mount Everest to you. And all you can think about is why, right? I thought zits were for teenagers!

Pimples have ruined days for me and have put me in a bad mood. Once I even had a date cancel on me because he admitted he had a zit he didn't want me to see. (True story!)

Acne affects a lot of us.


CafeMom's Blemished Beauties group features a poll on what products you have tried to combat acne. The results were mixed:

  • 14 percent choose Proactiv
  •  11 percent said over-the-counter products
  • 63 percent said a combination of all the choices, which also included antibiotics and birth control pills.

This says a lot...there is no one antidote for everyone. What works for me might not work for you, but I think if we share info, it can help us realize the different treatments out there that have worked for others.

My sister's MIL has the most flawless skin. Her secret? Witch Hazel. She's been using it since she was a teen.

I have used Proactiv in the past. In fact, I used it for about seven years until I decided to stop. For me, it worked really well for a lot of the time, but then I think my hormones changed and it wasn't working like it used to.

I've been to dermatologists who prescribed me strong creams that dried my skin out too much and made it worse. But I've had the most success with an aesthetician who really helped diagnose why I had acne.  My oily/sensitive skin was further irritated by the shampoo I used. I no longer have the pimples around my hairline now that I've switched to baby shampoo. Here's what else I learned:

Never dry your face with your hand or bath towel. Think about many times have you wiped your hands on it? It has oils that will transfer to your face. Instead use non-scented/non-dyed tissues and pat dry.

Pay attention to the products you use on your face and how your skin reacts to them. I cannot use anything with Vitamin C or I break out horribly.

Use gel around your eyes, not cream. Creams are heavier and can cause those tiny white bumps in the under eye area.

Stop picking!

My favorite products for face wash is B. Kamins. I've used the Acne Wash, Hydrogen-Ion toner, and Acne Gel. I totally subscribe to the three-step process made so famous by the Proactiv commercials. I also love Renee Rouleau Daytime Blemish Gel. It protects skin, so makeup or daily pollutants won't clog pores. Speeds up healing time, too.

It's pricey, but worth it. When I feel I can't splurge, Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash with salicylic acid works well for me, too.

A lot of CafeMoms have questions and answers on acne.

Epson salt worked for one mom on this stubborn adult acne thread. 

Rubbing alcohol, Acutane, and egg whites worked for some on this thread looking for acne remedies.

Remember that everyone's skin is different. What works for one woman may not work for another, but if we all know a bit more about the different products out there maybe we can help each other.

What has worked for you? And share the type of skin you have so other moms can see if it matches their skin, too.

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