Adult Acne

  1. Help! I have been "battling the breakouts" since I hit my thirties. It's not extreme acne where I have breakouts all over my face; however, I always seem to have one or two pimples on my face at all times. I have combination skin (normal in areas/oily in other areas). I don't want to take any prescription drugs so I would like to know if any of you have this problem and what you're doing about it. Any cleaning products that really seem to do the job? And what about makeup? I don't like to wear a whole lot but do like to cover my blemishes. Being a nursing student, I don't have a lot of time to spend on a beauty regime or money to spend on beauty products, so any advice you can give me would really be appreciated. Thank you!
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   hiker
    I have sensitive, pale, combination skin, same problems you describe above. I stopped using ANY soap on face, just scrub w/warm water and washcloth, (OK, well, once in awhile I give in and use Camay soap cuz I feel cleaner.) I also use very light makeup- Nivea tinted moisturizer seems not to make me break out- I was having pimples mainly on my nose, and was beginning to think it was rosacea, which it may be, but I refuse to take antibiotics QD! Also, hormonal levels have alot to do w/the lovely mid life pimples!
  4. by   mom22
    Ugh, I know whatcha mean. I had beautiful skin until my late 20's early 30's. Then started getting breakouts around my mouth and cheeks. I tried all the store products without much success. Then I used low dose erythromycin (250/d) for a while- that really worked and had few side effects for me. My ob-gyn recommended OCP's -not for me. Now I just use dove soap and a little sunshine. I still get a few, but can live with it.
  5. by   Janet Barclay
    Hi nurswannab,
    I know of a product to try, but email me, cuase it's hubby's business and I don't want to promote it on this site
  6. by   moni rn
    I am sorta in the same boat. I have been fighting acne since age 25. After several trips to the dermatologist, we found the answer. I am taking minocycline 100mg everyday and using metrolotion in the morning and differin at night. Finally, after 4 years and hundreds of dollars, it works.

    Maybe, I have helped you some! Good Luck!
  7. by   neonnurse2
    Your not preggers are you?? Fluctuating hormones will cause breakouts...also stress. And of course we all can relate to stress of nursing school. Try an exfoliating mask to get rid of blackheads.
    Blackhead mask: 1 1/2 Tbl milk
    1 Tbl unfavored gelatin
    dissolve over low heat, cool, apply to face for 30 min., peel off.( dont put this on your eyebrows or it will rip off with the mask!)
  8. by   Robin61970
    Rn2b...sounds like me. I do the same thing for my was a bad battle for a while. When my face gets bad though I lay in the tanning bed and it helps my face, go bothers my face...I just have to be careful and deal with it, they said it will never go away.
  9. by   janleb
    Me too. Ever since I hit 30 I have had acne, worse now than when I was 16. It is mainly around my jaw area, and occasionally every where else. If I am lucky I might have 2-3 days of normal skin monthly. I can live with a few, but shoot......acne plus the lines around the eyes that are showing up is getting to be a little much to handle. Thank God I have a great personality!!!!!!
  10. by   NursePooh
    OK, now this is REALLY embarrassing, but who else to ask but my fellow nurses? Anybody else have problems with adult acne on places *other* than your face? I am talking chest, back, shoulders, butt, etc. Is this regular acne or something else? I'm currently not working, so I can't just jaunt off to a dermatologist and ask. What the heck IS this stuff, and is there any cure for it?
  11. by   cargal
    I have read recently on the web about food allergies causing acne. Wheat is a big one. I don't know the site off hand, but try reading up on food allergies and see if you can find any link. I will continue looking. My daughter is now taking ortho tri cyclen, the BC pills and it is working beautifully. I have heard great results from accutane, but the serious side effects would make me think twice. Probably okay if you are sure you will never have any more children, it is tetrogenic, but I wonder how safe it will be for affecting offspring years down the road.
    Good Luck, and I'll keep looking.