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Old 06-14-2007, 08:55 PM   #1
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I need some help and advice. I'm 29 years old and have never really had a problem with acne. But recently it has become a big problem. My face won't stop breaking out and I don't know what to do. There were a couple of changes around the time it started and I don't know which triggered it. Around the time it started I had a miscarriage, dropped a medication that I was previously taking, and was newly taking prenatal vitamins. I've been under the assumption thus far that the miscarriage caused the breakout. But my husband suggested tonight that maybe it's the vitamins. Which made me think about the medication I stopped taking. I don't see how the vitamins or the lack of the other medication could cause acne, but I suppose anythings possible. Like I said I've never had a big problem with it before. I'm washing my face with just plain water and scrubbing to exfoliate but other then that I don't know what to try. This has been going on for a few months now and I'm tired of this. Any advice? I would really appreciate it!
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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I am so sorry about your miscarriage

I don't know much, but based on everything that has been going on, I would make an appointment with the dermatologist. I'm 27 and when I had crazy things going on, my skin was so bad I felt like a teenager again! They gave me some medicine that cleared it up and I also had to change what I washed my face with.

The face line Cetaphil is really good. There products are very reasonable and can get them at Wal-Mart or any other drugstore.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:03 PM   #3
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I'm so sorry about your miscarriage.

I do think anything's possible with regards to your skin and what might affect it - I've had a couple of miscarriages, and in my case, my hormones afterwards were just completely out of whack. Plus, you know, it's such a stressful thing - all bets are off with regard to what's "normal" afterwards.

I like Aveeno products, you might try that. They have some gentle cleansers with salicylic acid.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:13 PM   #4
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I never had a prob with acne until my late 20s. All the sudden a few pimples would pop up now and then. Hormonal changes I think cause it....

Cetaphil, as mentioned above, is a good daily cleanser...very gentle on your skin...

Once a week I use St. Ives Apriocot Scrub....you can find that at Wal-Mart as well...

I've heard wonderful things about Proactive skin care line...

Don't go too crazy on loading products onto your skin...that can make it worse.

Do you use face lotion? Sometimes if it's too heavy it can bring on acne, also change your pillowcases every other day if you sleep on your tummy or side.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:19 PM   #5
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Because of a hormone imbalance, I've always had problems with varying degrees of acne. When I very first started seeing a dermatologist, he banned me from using any cleansers other than Dove soap, and it did seem to help some. It at least keeps my face from being stripped of moisture. I still use it!

A derm can put you on several meds that will help, too--antibiotics, Retin-A, or even Accutane (but it causes SEVERE birth defects, so that's a real last resort!) I also find that getting some sun on my face helps when I'm having a breakout, but we all know that can be bad long-term. Good ol' Oxy 10 works great, too!
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replys. I'll have to check into some of those products. I've never really tried any products because I've always just washed my face with plain water. I do sleep on my side so I should probably start changing my pillow case more often. I'm assuming that it's the hormonal changes. I thought that I was feeling normal again as far as hormones go but maybe not. I do put lotion on my face too. It's not a face lotion, just some generic hand lotion. I've used it for a long time and it never caused any problems before but maybe it is now with the hormones...ya think? I should probably buy some lotion that's meant for the face.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:29 PM   #7
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My dermatologist has me use Accutane, but it can cause very severe birth defects if you are or become pregnant. So, use that as a last resort. If your acne bothers you, see a dermatologist. Also, I have found that Cetaphil works well to clear up the minor acne.
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Another vote for Cetaphil here. I'm 25 and started breaking out badly when I moved overseas. I've also tried prescription meds but they make me red, peely, and dried out and I just couldn't take that.

I also use Lancome's Absolue Nuit at night and it really has helped me out. Its a tad on the expensive side, but totally worth the benefits.
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I'm sorry about your miscarriage.

I use neutrogena. But what really works for me is garlic and lemon juice. I know, you might think I'm crazy but it really works. I don't use it often because I'm lazy, but when I do, even my husband can tell the difference. I use a juice extractor to get the juice from the garlic and then add a tablespoon of lemon juice. Be careful 'cause you are going to feel a really bad burning sensation on your face and you might want to kill me LOL. You can add cucumber juice and is won't be as bad. If you decide to do it ( at your own risk), leave it for 5 or 10 minutes and then wash your face as usual. I hope this help.
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I'm in my early 30's and started breaking out last summer. I picked up Proactive products at a mall kiosk. It took about two weeks for me to see results, but it worked. I only use it at night and use cetaphil in the morning. I found it's too drying to use both am and pm. Hope that helps.
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