Adult Acne

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Whoever heard of such a thing?!  Not me.  At least not when I was growing up.  I always thought that acne was part of the prepubescent process.  Imagine my surprise that older people get acne too!  Man, was I surprised when I got it.

And that’s the weird thing.  My face didn’t break out when my body was going through all those changes when I hit puberty.  If I broke out, I don’t remember it but a childhood source told me that I did but that it was minimal.  I never used anything other than regular soap to wash my face.  I never used cleansers, toners, or moisturizers.  I have to say that I never really paid much attention to my face before.  My nieces and nephews (who are teens now) however, are going through some major changes!  Their poor faces!  I remember thinking that I was glad that I never had that problem.

Nooooooooooo!

Talk about coming back to bite me in the butt!  I can’t really remember when it started but I would guess that I’ve had acne now for about 5 years.  I attribute it to my pregnancy, as I’ve read that some women do begin to break out once they’ve been pregnant.  Gee!  I can boast that I never really had a problem before, that my skin was always pretty clear.  Now I have a problem!

Now, I say I have acne because that is what it is.  My face breaks out different each time.  Sometimes it’s just a few blemishes but sometimes I get these awful blotches on my cheeks.  That is always where I break out, on my checks, where it is most noticeable!  I used to think it was rosacea but now I know it isn’t.  To complicate matters, my cheeks tend to get very dry, especially in the Winter.  The rest of my face suffers from that oily T-zone.  Sigh.  My face has gone through some tough times these last few years but I have found a solution that has worked perfectly for me.

1.  I’ve always been very simplistic in my beauty routine for my face.  I admit that washing my face is a chore but I know that keeping it clean is important to me because makeup looks better on a clean face.  When I was very young I used to wash my face with regular soap.  Cringe!  Yikes!  I can just hear people saying, “that’s going to DRY out your face!”  Well, yes, it’s true.  It did.  So I graduated to Dove soap for my face.  My face was clean but it was still a little dry so I knew I had to choose a moisturizer too.  But the first important step was always that one, to wash it.  In the morning and at night and always with ice-cold water if possible or as much as I could stand it.  I don’t really know if it is true or not but it tends to stimulate my pores and it feels fresher after I tap dry it.  I also wash my face as fast as possible too.  I’m not the type that settles into ‘Monica’s Nightly Hour’ ritual.

2.  Finding a moisturizer was another task.  Which one should I use?  I went through all of them, from the cheapest one in the dime store to the most expensive in the department stores.  I searched for a long time because of my T-zone area.  My forehead, the area under my eyes, my chin and nose tend to get oily, especially in the Summer, and a lot of the ones I tried gave me problems with both my oily and dry areas.  Some moisturizers got my T-zone more oily but helped with the dry parts and vice versa.  About 20 years ago, I finally found something that was non-greasy and gave me the relief for my dry areas.  I have used the standard, original Oil of Olay moisturizer for the past 20 years and it is the only one that doesn’t make my skin more oily and it doesn’t dry it out.  I use it immediately after I wash my face.  Done!  My face remains supple and clean.

3.  Oh boy, then I got acne when I was pregnant with my son.  I’ll be honest, I panicked, which probably made me break out further with all that added stress!  Washing my face wasn’t enough and because I have never had this problem before, I didn’t know what to do.  All I knew is that my face looked awful and splotchy!  I had heard about Proactiv but it was an infomercial and I was weary about trying something you could only get from a tv commercial and that wasn’t available anywhere else.  Usually items pitched on tv are available at Bed, Bath, and Beyond but not this one.  I studied it, I read reviews, and I saw the commercial so many times until I was convinced to try it.  It was affordable so I decided to go ahead.  I’m so glad I did.  It took about two days for all of my acne to completely go away and it took only one night to clear up my face thereafter, whenever I broke out.  The three-step system took over my regular routine and I have been using it ever since, except that I kept using the moisturizer.  Habit.

4.  And how do I deal with makeup you may wonder?  Well, first, I use very little makeup to start off with for practical reasons and sincerely, I’ve just gotten used to not really wearing it.  I use Mac Studio Fix in Medium, Bath & Body Works Liplicious Sheer lip gloss in Pineapple Juice usually or any lip gloss with a hint of color and juicy taste, the occasional lipstick, such as Revlon’s Super Lustrous Creme lipstick in Blackberry (because it stays on) for a little color, Avon’s Chocolate Big Pencil eyeliner, and Loreal’s A Million Lashes waterproof mascara.  That’s it.  When it is time for me to wipe off the war paint, I use Neutragena’s pre-moistened makeup remover towelettes because it takes everything off with one towel!  There are 25 towels so that is about a month if I wear makeup everyday.  The hardest thing to take off is the mascara but it comes off too!

I still get acne, mostly because of stress, but there is nothing I can do about it except do what I’ve written here and it usually clears up in a day or so.  I hope this can help someone.  I just have to remember not to stress so much and to always, always wash my face!

Till next time!

One Response to Adult Acne

  1. Cristina says:

    Yep, ProActiv most definately works and is worth the money! I’ve been using it for quite a few years now. I’ve never had a serious breakout problem so why did I start using it? Pretty much because the basic stuff out there on the shelves didn’t take care of the few pimples I had off and on and I wanted to start using something that was good for my skin. It lasts a long time because I only use it about once or twice a week and the rest of the time I use Bioré products. This combination works fine for me. I use Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30 for my face and neck when I use the ProActiv and Bioré Dual Fusion SPF 30 when I don’t. I love Aveeno but it’s too heavy for me to use during the hotter months and that’s when I switch to Oil of Olay Professional PROx SPF 30. Since it’s expensive (for me anyway), when I wash my face at night, I use Oil of Olay Regenerist that has no SPF. Why waste your sun protection when you’re going to bed? Sounds complicated but it really isn’t, not for me anyway. Oh yeah and when I use Bioré to wash my face at night, I use their Hard Day’s Night.
    I can’t contribute to the whole makeup segment because I don’t wear any. (:

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