Feeling like a teenager all over again.

  1. Sort of. For the past 2 months, my skin on my forhead looks awful, like a dermatological challenge. Not actually oily, though.

    Aside from it looking like measles, i can't use anything like Clearisil, since it dries out my skin even more and makes it flake. But this acne looks hideous, especially since it looks red, and plus, that's really the only part of my face that can be seen for 10-12 hours a day.

    Everyday i use foundation to cover it up (oil-free kind), take it off when i come home, reapply it when i go out later. I never leave the makeup on it for long periods of time. And i wash my hands before i do it, and wash the sponge out after each use. Leaving makeup off would probably help, but then again, i don't want pts. to see it, not to mention drs. whose face can be as close as 3 inches away.

    I haven't switched makeup, soap, or face lotion for a long time, so i don't think that's a cause. And i avoid touching my face, also, since i know that wouldn't help.

    Any suggestions for a reasonably priced solution, for dry to normal skin that has this problem? I didn't even have this bad of a problem when i was a teenager.
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  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Clearasil, etc will probably just bring the acne out more anyway.

    A Dr/FNP could prescribe a light, daily dose of antibiotics to help clear it up. If you can't find anything to help.

    Adult Acne is extremely common, and was routinely treated when I worked at a derm. office.

    I also get splotchy once a month, so the whole world knows my cycle just by looking at my face. LOL! I have also seen it mid-cycle during extremely stressful times. Most of my "spots" occur around my mouth/chin area, which could be caused by my propping my face up with my hands so much while reading.

    I found this site, maybe it can help you. It says, stress and diet can cause it, as well as list ways to help it, either by meds (Accutane) or natural items obtainable at a nature/health supply store, etc.

    http://herbalmusings.com/natural_tre..._adult_acn.htm



    OH...for the time being, even though it would probably hurt it more than help, there is a green-lipstick style cover up you can use on the spots, then put on your foundation.

    If things get too bad, dab a little bit of hydrogen peroxide on each sore.
    Last edit by Fun2, RN, BSN on Nov 1, '05
  4. by   JentheRN05
    I have been using the walmart brand (acne free) of proactive. My GOSH does that stuff work. I used to have terribly bumpy skin not to mention the blackheads and zits. I have perfectly clear skin after only a week and a half. It costs $18 for probably a months supply. Well worth every penny in my book.
  5. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Glad I'm not the only one! I didn't know walmart carried a proactiv knockoff, I'll have to try it!
  6. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Wonder if it's an Equate brand or not?
  7. by   Jessy_RN
    I have tried so many things, but found that proactiv worked for me. It did for about 2 yrs, and for some reason it stopped working.

    A Jamaican dermatologist told me to use Movate soap, which worked wonders and cheap to.............but then again I read somewhere that it contains Hydroquinone and should be used with caution. They also have movate cream.

    I would ask the dermatologist and see what he says.

    Good luck Marie,
  8. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I found the stuff at Wal-Mart, the brand is called Acne-Free (how catchy lol). Next time i go there with more than 4 bucks, i'll get it.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    My daughter begged me for Proactive - I finally gave in . . It was 80 bucks! Anyway, she used it religiously for 3 months - no change. It didn't work for her at all.

    I decided to take the dermatologist route - acne is caused by bacteria so get an anti-bacteria med. Topical Clindamycin has worked wonders - I sneak some during PMS breakouts and it works great for me. Both my older boys used Clindamycin and also an oral antibiotic - both worked great.

    steph
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    OOO i wonder if a topical antibiotic inhibits the Pill as much as the oral kind??
  11. by   SouthernLPN2RN
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    I found the stuff at Wal-Mart, the brand is called Acne-Free (how catchy lol). Next time i go there with more than 4 bucks, i'll get it.
    I desperately need something that works. Marie, if you get it first, LMK if it works for you. My acne is not getting any better and every zit I get leaves a scar.
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    P.S. to Marie . . . . . when I read the title to this thread my first thought was . .

    "Oh good, Marie must be in love!!!!":kiss


    If acne pimples are leaving scars - get thee to a dermatologist fast!

    I don't think topical antibiotics get into the blood stream - they barely get past the epidermis. Wouldn't hurt to ask though.

    steph
  13. by   smk1
    Quote from JentheRN05
    I have been using the walmart brand (acne free) of proactive. My GOSH does that stuff work. I used to have terribly bumpy skin not to mention the blackheads and zits. I have perfectly clear skin after only a week and a half. It costs $18 for probably a months supply. Well worth every penny in my book.
    I just bought proactive about a month ago and was SHOCKED by the results! My skin has benefited so much from this purchase. I too am wondering if my hormones are out o0f balance though, because i never had a big acne problem even as a teen and now (or at least prior to a month ago) there were little explosions happening all over my face.:imbar Marie, I highly recommend it but with the proviso to not go nuts with the little tube of acne destroyer because it can be drying. i use the purifyer scrub, the renewing toner and the acne lotion every morning and night and withn about 2.5 weeks the change was amazing. i use the acne destoryer just in spots where there is a small eruption and it works fast. Also remember it could be an infection where antibiotics are needed, so keep that in mind if nothing seems to work.
  14. by   smk1
    Quote from Marie_LPN
    OOO i wonder if a topical antibiotic inhibits the Pill as much as the oral kind??

    ooh, i hadn't even thought about that....:uhoh21:

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