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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Pna1D... Pna1Dra6on

I have oily skin.  I use a mix of biore and neutrogena products.  as for makeup i make sure its non-comodogenic meaning it wont clog pores and cause break outs.  I try to keep my hair out of my face for the most part since oils from hair have a tendency to do transfer to your face.  I use a metal pore extractor for blackheads and pimples safe to remove instead of using your hands and nails which may carry hazardous bacteria to your face.  & use oil blotting sheets for those extra oily days.

Lumin... LuminousMom

For me, the only thing that works when I break out (once a month, go figure. lol) is PanOxyl bar (you can buy it in the drugstore, my dermatologist told me to use it!), good old clean and clear oil free moisturizer, and twice a week microdermabrasion with Neutrogena microdermabrasion kit.... works like a charm, in 3 days I am 100% clear! I use the PanOxyl bar every day but only once a day because it can be drying.

Cafe... Cafe MichelleL

It is so wrong that I I am getting wrinkles and I have adult acne.  Thanks for tips.

Noosh Noosh

I've only been free of acne for the last few months....suffered for 20+ years.
I used to sell Avon and although their stuff works...your skin doesn't get that smooth glow. I"ve been through Proactive, Arbonne, Mary Kay, Clinique, Obaji, tea tree name it....20 years is a long time. I recently read that back and chest acne responds well to Ispropyl Alcahol (I haven't tried it though)
Seriesse is the only company who have a complete system that worked for me. It's geared for adult acne as the moisturiser also has antiaging ingredients. They have a patented ingredient calles NVesse-24, which creates an invisble moisture barrierbetween your skin and the environment and keeps the active ingredietns working for a full 24 hours or till you wash your face. Their acne line is called the Continuously Clear line. There’s a face wash, (Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid, Chamomile),a zit treatment with Benz Peroxide,  a moisturiser, night sulpher solution and vitamin supplements containing Zinc.
The set costs about $70 plus tax and shipping, but you can buy just indevidual items too. The set  lasts about 2-3 months depending how much you use. You actually only need a tiny amount .
They give a full 45 day money back've go nothing ot loose. I joined Seriesse after my acne cleared, so I can tell others about it, as not many people have heard about it. : Good Luck!

nonmember avatar hollipop

Im totally on board with pna1dra6on. I use a combo of neutrogena and biore products (biore is some seriously good stuff! It does the job without drying you out!) i exfoliate about once a week with a st ives scrub and use a metal tool for pimples and blackheads as opposed to my hands. Heres some other tips:

-Sleep with your hair up. It rubbing on your face as you sleep...not good.

-Change your pillow case. Often.

-Visine. No, it doesnt make your pimple go away. But it takes redness out of it, the way it takes redness out of your eyes. So then you have a little bump to cover up with makeup instead of a little RED bump. (=

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