1. I am 33 y.o. & have had more skin problems in the past few years than I ever did in high school, it seems as if I'm never without some type of breakout, I've tried numerous OTC products & they make things worse, any of you have any secrets for healthy skin that you are willing to share?
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  3. by   LauraF, RN
    No secrets, but am in the same boat. I used to have a break out once and again when younger, but now it seems like all the time something is going on. Maybe the air is getting dirtier.
  4. by   Shamrock
    It's probably the hormone fluctuations. I've known some women that are helped by low dose birth control pills.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    On other skin problem threads, a lot of people recommended the Proactiv line of face products.
  6. by   Elenaster
    I have the same problem and have actually tried ProActiv. It worked very well initially, but after awhile, it started to dry my skin out so badly I decided that zits were better than wrinkly dry skin. It's also quite expensive IMO.

    I've actually been researching some other products and have found numerous reviews on a product called Klear Zone. It can be purchased at the drug store and costs about 1/5 of Proactiv. Many of the reviews I read said it was no where near as drying as Proactiv. I haven't actually tried it yet, but now that I'm preggo, my skin has been the worst it's been since I was 13. I also think that night shift is contibuting to my breakouts, but thankfully I'm going to days in just a few weeks.
  7. by   Averykat
    Darn it, I thought these things were supposed to stop after the teen years! :angryfire

    I have very sensitive skin and any change in my skin care routine is greeted with a nice big blemish.

    I found a Honey & Oatmeal soap at Trader Joe's that is AWESOME. It's not drying at all, and I think oatmeal is supposed to soothe your skin. After spending way to much $$ on face washes/lotions/scrubs, the one that works best for me costs $1.29 - for two bars!

  8. by   crankyasanoldma
    I went to the derm and got a dx of adult onset cystic acne. I was in my late 20's then. I took low dose ees on and off for a number of years with excellent results. I'm in my mid 40's now and don't have quite the outbreaks I had then, but still have 'teenaged skin', at least in regards to the acne (ha ha). I didn't have much luck with OTC or specialty products.

    Best Wishes
  9. by   dianah
    I tried ProActiv too, and got really dry, flaky skin areas on my face. It IS expensive, too, IMO.
    Maybe I should do a search for natural facial cleansers etc; usually they're cheaper (i.e., egg white or oatmeal facials, etc). I don't cotton to taking hormones just to clear up my face.
    No Secrets... just have lots of Anti-oxidants, mild soap & water. Voila...! Clean clear skin....
  11. by   dianah
    I do think the gene pool has a strong voice in our individual complexion. Ngacayan-Cortes, you're lucky that mild soap and water work for you!
  12. by   kitty29
    I've been dreaming for clear skin all my life, and I'm now 45! Been through all the treatments...and in my 30's completed two courses of accutaine which did help for a long time...But I still experience breakouts...ussually not a bad.

    I have found that I really need to watch what I eat and really put away the good old water! I do use proactive solution...and haven't had the problems you all have mentioned yet.

    Try doing things that will enhance your liver function....lighten up on the carbs, no sugar or chocolate (or very limited), try suppliments (omega 3 fats - fish oil or flax oil; vit E, garlic, gd multi vits), and unsweetened cranberry juice diluted with water 4:1. Many of these things are part of the Fat Flush Program which enhances you liver function.

    Watch the advil and such too. And I seem to react to milk products too (and I love milk).

    Many of the derm docts will tell you diet has nothing to do with acne, but I have found it really does. I don't live taking the pill....unless I'm worried about something...and I'm long past that now!

    Good luck, I wish you the best....acne is a b*tch!