{yes people…this is real}

23 Mar

I shared this photo on my Instagram Wednesday night out of much frustration.  Some would say…“oh MY?! she’s brave…”  Honestly, this is me just being real!  I don’t have perfect skin, and while I know there are some who suffer much worse than I, I wanted to hear what others who struggle have found relief in, so we can all learn from each other.

On Wednesday night I reached out to all my IG friends with this quote under this picture::

“Yes people…this is REAL!  I need advice…what can I use?!  I’m a 25 year old who looks like she’s just starting to go through puberty.  I’ve been battling acne for the last 3-4 years & I’m TIRED of it!  The dermatologists have done nothing for me, SO if you’ve also struggled with acne and there is a product that did miracles for your skin…please share!!  If you naturally just have beautiful skin- then Sshhhh…I only want to hear miracle stories!! :)”

I was shocked at all the responses & suggestions I received!  Obviously there are hundreds of products out there claiming to be “THE ONE”.  I also know, everyone will react differently to different products.  It was so interesting seeing what you all said!

I wish I could share all the responses, but there were over 60, so I will share just a few of the interesting & very consistent responses I got::

@rachel_elizabeth: Take some generic asprin…grind it up into a chalky powder & mix it with just enough honey for a thick paste!  Lather it on & see what a couple nights of doing this does.  Worked magic on my brothers acne & the others I’ve suggested it too.  Good luck!

@primandpoppy: Get a microdermabrasion treatment and then a chemical peel two weeks later and then repeat!  I also used the obagi acne system.  Now for a less expensive option I use a wash called panoxl.  They have it at Walmart and Walgreen’s and it isn’t expensive!  good luck!

@akwaddington: I swear by using cetaphil cleanser and the clarisonic facial brush.  It’s pricey but it has worked wonders on my acne prone skin.

@hayleyjschwartz: I had the same problem.  I swear by Skin Ceuticals LHA cleansing gel and LHA toner.  Only thing that worked for me

@styleactivist: I’ve tried it all..I stopped using any make up line that contained parabens, sulfates, dyes, talc, etc. and switched to mineral makeup by Jane Iredale.  I now use the entire line of Skin Ceuticals and Dr. Dennis Gross

@alliehughey: My dermatologist recommended CeraVe.  Worked amazing if you do it before bed and when you wake up!  Also, Mario Badescu drying cream.

After receiving all this feedback, I think my first plan of action will be switching my face wash to cetaphil & investing in a clarisonic facial brush.  Secondly, I am going to save up & look into meeting a facialist at a local spa to see what natural recommendations she has.  If I don’t see change in these steps, I’ve read a lot about the Skin Ceuticals line & another line called Eminence.  I think I’ll invest in one of these lines.

I know I am very prone to acne just by that fact that I work in a weight room & sweat on a daily basis.  I’m normally able to shower immediately after I workout, but being in a room that’s filled with sweat & germs all day does NOT help!  I am going to be extra cautions with the amount I touch my face.  I also had a girlfriend tell me clean your CELL PHONE!  Carry Lysol wipes & clean the screen once a day.  Genius!  Why didn’t I think of that?! These are just a few extra steps I’m taking to help in getting rid of my annoying & embarrassing acne.

**you can refer to my IG, if you’d like to read all the feedback I received**

*There were many women who found relief by using Acutane, but because of the drugs risk…I will not be trying that one!*

*Proactive was another product that was consistently talked about, but the talk was very mixed…some said good, but a lot of women sad bad things about it.  I will not be trying that one either.*

If you have any other suggestions that have helped you, please leave a comment so we can all learn more about products that have given relief!


12 Responses to “{yes people…this is real}”

  1. love212 March 23, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    I sympathise as I still suffer at 31! I tried Proactiv expecting a miracle cure but unfortunately it just dried my skin out and didn’t clear up the blemishes. I will definitely try some of the suggestions above – it’s really frustrating to still have teenage skin problems now! Hope you find something that works for you.

    Elena x


    • simplicityisultimatesophistication March 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      I’ve found it SOOO common just by posting this picture to my IG, that there are so many mid 20s-30s women who suffer with this “late acne” thing!!! It’s been so frustrating, but I hope by sharing some advice with each other, we can all find the miracle worker for us!

      • love212 March 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

        It’s a shame there isn’t one ultimate miracle worker that suited all of us but as you say hopefully sharing advice with each other will help us all in the end

        Elena x


  2. PennyPincherFashion (@PPFGirl) March 23, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Aww, I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this! I went through awful breakouts after my son was born & the dermatologist I saw was a miracle worker! Btw, stress doesn’t help either & you’ve got alot of that going on right now too. I use Dove sensitive skin soap to wash my face & then CeraVe moisturizer. The derm I saw put me on Aczone at first (just to help clear up the acne) and Epiduo to use at night to help fade the scars & dark spots from the pimples. Once my skin was clear, I didn’t have to keep using the prescriptions & I haven’t had any problems since!

    • simplicityisultimatesophistication March 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      I do have stress!!! I told Pat’s sister…I should use this to justify monthly massages (get massage+reduce stress=no acne???) hahaha
      I will have to look into those products, someone else said CeraVe and Epiduo. Yesterday I got the cetaphil face wash and will try that for a month or so. Thanks for the help 🙂

  3. heather March 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi there,

    I would usually chalk this type of breakout to stress but you said in the post that you have been stuggling for 3-4 years so I guess it is more than that. I also have adult acne but there have been three things that have helped me tremedously. The first is Proactiv. I try constantly to switch off of it but, for me, it is the only cleanser that works. The second is high dose vitamin A. I take 25000 icu per day and have noticed a clearing of acne on my face and the littel kp bumps I used to have on my arms. My doctor prescribed that to me along with saw palmetto to reduce testosterone. I have no other signs of high testosterone except the acne but we tested my blood and I was off the charts, even for a man in his 20s! It took about 3 months but my levels are know normal and the zits on my chin and jawline have disappered. Just a few more things to think about. 🙂

    • heather March 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

      I just re-read this and it kinda sound slike I am a man in my 20s… I’m not. 🙂 I am a 29 year old lady 🙂

    • simplicityisultimatesophistication March 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

      I do stuggle with not stressing! So I could have been stressing out for the last 3-4 years. It all started around college graduation..like the “what am I doing next” period of my life. I now know what I’m doing, but my fiance is deployed now, which is definitely stressful! I will look into those vitamins! I also thought about vit E??? for scaring???

  4. Tabatha Banton March 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I think you are beautiful 🙂

    • simplicityisultimatesophistication March 23, 2012 at 3:08 pm #

      awwww thanks Tab!! I’m thankful for my skin & I know it could be worse! I just want to get to the end of this annoying spurts I keep going thru 😦

  5. samantha March 25, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    I’m a bit late but I found that Retin-A worked pretty well for me. It is a bit drying at first but it works.

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