I had really terrible breakouts ever since about 6th grade also and have tried pretty much everything with no luck. Just recently I went on Yaz and I must say it worked wonders. I stillget about 1 or 2 pimples but it is definately a lot better than 30! And the best part is the pimples when they do come aren't the huge cyst ones which are incredibly painful. I also use this acne mask from a local spa here that clears pimples up overnight. Its called "The Wellness Spa" in Elk Grove, CA and if you ask for Mercedes she might just ship you some.
I have also noticed that some of my pimples are caused by certain foods, and not to be gross but from eating foods that are hard to digest, i.e. white rice, processed foods, etc. It might be recommended to do a test by laying off any foods that are processed to see if your face would clear up. Thats how I found out what foods are good for my body. Sort of like a trial and error thing..
I've gone down to using the stuff to just once a day since the harsh winds and such have been drying my face out and this wasn't helping much with that.
My skin is still breaking out some but mostly around that time of month. I'm sure i'd have MUCH better results if I took better care of my skin. But since I work 24 hour shifts I leave my makeup on during the entire shift. I tried stopping this but my insecurities get the best of me.
It still leaves my skin soft :) It's just a very good scrub which includes aloe and natural substances that are good for ya.
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If you're going to your doctor ask about Doryx or Periostat (Doxycycline). I have had great success with both of these in the past. I have had a similar problem to yours - I started menstrating at nine years old and I'm twenty-three now. I didn't get my acne under control until I was almost twenty-two.
I tried ProActiv and it burned my skin because I have terribly sensitive skin. Murad worked well, but if you have sensitive skin the toner can cause similar problems. Their cleansers & masks work wonderfully though.
Also, if you have problem with cysts your dermatologist can do injections to make those go away. I know I used to have problems with cysts when I menstrated or was under a lot of stress, and if that happens the week before your wedding you can go get an injection and generally the cyst disappears within 24-48 hours after the injection.
Also, some great tools that I found worked well for me to maintain healthy/clear skin once I finally made some headway with medication was to add these items to my diet:
Acidopholus (a naturally occurring bacteria found in yogurt - you can buy it in a powder form to add to smoothies, it helps to cleanse your body/remove yeast which can cause acne, among other things).
Omega-3 Oils - I started off with fish oil pills but switched to Flax Seed Oil pills because it doesn't give you bad breath! Be sure to take NO MORE than the recommended amount of capsules - just enough Flax Oil gives your body a boost and helps to even skin tone, reduce redness, and prevent break-outs...too much can be toxic.
Green Tea - if you like green tea the antioxidants can help to give your body a boost as well
Lemon - add lemons to ice water as well, another great trick is to add 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice to an 8oz mug of hot water. This helps to open up fat cell, etc. Afterwards drink 8oz cold water with 2oz. of non-sweetened, organic cranberry juice. The cranberry juice and water will work on cleansing the fat cells that were opened from the lemon water... can help to clear your skin
Also, if you look into some general 'Cleanses' that you can do with either diets or supplements they can be helpful for acne. Look into a Candida Yeast diet (focus is to clear excess yeast from the body, can help with acne), Juicing, etc. One thing to keep mind::: Your acne will probably get worse before it gets better if it is in ANY WAY nutrition-oriented. As soon as you start cleansing the bad stuff out of your body it exits through the skin, causing itching, acne, rashing, etc. (not always severe, but noticeable). It takes a couple of weeks before you will start noticing progress.
(Someone else mentiond how certain processed foods can cause acne problems - cleansing and adding some of these items to your everyday diet will help to counteract those problems. But also elminate them from your diet!)
But... if acne has been a problem all of your life, I would say try everything - the one thing is if you are seeing a dermatologist and begin taking pills for acne, DEFINITELY start taking acidopholus, or at least eat yogurt a few times a day. The more medications you take it breaks down your body's defenses and causes a build-up of candida yeast in the system. Overloading your body with too many medications without off-setting it by eating healthy will get you no where.
Hope that helps you!!
Edited by: lmisch01 on Mar 21, 2009 9:14 AM