Acne advice - I'm fed up!

(70 Posts)
Romann Mon 24-Feb-14 04:27:32

Has anyone found a cure for acne? I'm 41 and fed up with spots.

I did a course of roaccutane about 15 years ago, which was ok but not a magic bullet. More recently I had good results over 3 years with spironolactone (Aldactone), but the problem returned a few months after I stopped taking the tablets, as was thinking of ttc.

I don't want to take the pill, even if not trying to ttc, as I have quite high stroke risk because of migraine. Basically I don't want to medicate at all really.

As far as I can tell, topical remedies aren't much use. I don't mind changing my diet, bit though I look better on no sugar, I still get spots. Dropping dairy makes no obvious difference. Clarisonic hasn't made a difference.

The sun works like a dream, but I don't want a load of wrinkles either!

What are other people's successful remedies?

Pinter Mon 24-Feb-14 04:32:15

Chemical peels work for me. Sounds drastic, but I started gently with microdermabrasion & built up to the peels
I wish I'd done it sooner
I went with Transform as they had an offer on & do a range of treatments

Good luck & good luck with ttc too thanks

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 04:39:18

I know it's not caused by being dirty but DP had some success with his less severe acne by avoiding facial products except very mild face wash, and washing his face with a fresh clean flannel every day, then drying with another fresh clean flannel, and otherwise leaving it alone as much as humanly possible. Obviously wouldn't be adequate for acne that has required roaccutane though.

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 04:39:34

I know it's not caused by being dirty but DP had some success with his less severe acne by avoiding facial products except very mild face wash, and washing his face with a fresh clean flannel every day, then drying with another fresh clean flannel, and otherwise leaving it alone as much as humanly possible. Obviously wouldn't be adequate for acne that has required roaccutane though.

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 04:40:09

Oh FGS tech needs to sort this double post thing out.

WholeNutt Mon 24-Feb-14 08:24:03

I'm going to sound like a rep for this company soon! (I am not!) however I was prescribed hibiscrub, you don't need a prescription you can get it in any chemist.

I was told after years and years of seeing drs taking everything and nothing working that my consistent nodular acne was actually probably more to do with a staph infection on my skin.

I thought God that's simple she's probably just another who has no clue, however I used it am & pm and within a couple of weeks my acne some which were months old either came to a head and healed quickly or just disappeared. It's been 6 months and I no longer need to wear loads of concealer just tinted moisturiser!

I know people say it's for hands etc but it removes all bacteria and it hasn't dried out my skin which is sensitive not oily.

Give it a try see how you get on!

princessalbert Mon 24-Feb-14 09:26:09

I don't know if you can do much about it without meds OP.

I have had crappy skin since been a teen. The only thing that has kept it at bay most of my adult life has been the pill. dianette in particular is a miracle worker for me.

I am now 45 - and still suffering. Not as bad, but still- enough is enough. The consultant derm at the hospital said that I really wasn't bad enough for Roaccutane - and said I can take Trimethoprim on a long term basis. Touch wood it is doing okay at the minute. My skin is still quite greasy - but not spotty. (I have just cursed myself saying that now, haven't I?)

Of course, I wold love to not take meds for ever - but paid to see a private derm a month or two ago. She said to continue with the Trimethoprim for a further two months, and then stop it and see what happens. She is prepared to prescribe me Roaccutane if the acne reoccurs and is troublesome (to me).

I am trying to keep my skin care simple. I use Cetaphil to wash - and that's it. No daytime moisturiser, no make up (the odd bit of concealer on any blemishes). I also have Differin cream - which I apply at night . It helps with skin shedding, so avoids any blocked pores.

it isn't fair to be still having spots at this age - and am hoping that as menopause approaches my skin may dry out a bit. But I don't want to wait that long really.

I do think my skin looks better on a no sugar, no alcohol diet. And I have far fewer spots now than years ago when I smoked.

Perhaps, OP, another course of Roaccutane will sort it out now? It could be worth a go?

kelper Mon 24-Feb-14 09:32:55

I've had rubbish skin for years, but I've been using Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser, toner and light moisturiser.
I used it religiously twice a day for about a month, and now use it most mornings, and my skin is the best it's ever likely to be iykwim.
I still get the odd spot, but no where near as bad as I used to and I've had bad skin since I was 11 (now 35)

princessalbert Mon 24-Feb-14 09:43:51

kelper - did you only have bad skin on your face? I get spots on my back, chest and neck too. Which makes using products to keep it under control more tricky. Hence the need for meds.

Am pleased your routine is working for you though.

Tugstonia Mon 24-Feb-14 09:57:41

I sympathise OP. I'm 35 and have suffered with it since I was 10. For me it's hormonal and the only thing that's ever 'cured' it is Dianette (Pill). Every time I've come off it I've broken out again, so it's not really a cure. Have been off Dianette for two years since TTC and having my daughter (who's now 1) and it started to return when she was about 6 months. Sounds like yours is also hormonal too if the Spironolactone worked?

So I haven't found a cure but the things that make it better (or less worse?!) are:

Diet - no sugar, no gluten, minimal dairy, minimal alcohol (should really cut out the last two completely but haven't quite managed it!)
Proper cleansing regime - I used to use teenage cleaners etc which just dried out my skin. Now using REN and Darphin. I also got a prescription for Duac a few weeks ago which is helping.
Supplements - Yeast Raiders from Holland and Barrett, Vitamin D3 and Zinc

I think these things just help to keep it under control because I still get spots, particularly pre-menstrual and usually on the lower half of my face and jawline, which is classic hormonal.

SirRaymondClench Mon 24-Feb-14 09:58:56

I have had bad skin since I hit 30 and tried everything from expensive skin regimes and treatments to every skin care range under the sun.
What works for me is lymphatic drainage facials which are only £30 and La Roche Posay Effaclar range.
And not touching my face.
The facials made a massive difference from the first one. Kind of removed all the stagnation under my skin (had horrible cystic type lumps and spots) and shifted all the crap out. I have the facials every 2 weeks.

kelper Mon 24-Feb-14 10:04:32

princessalbert I do, but I tend to get dh to get rid of those iykwim?
I do use the Liz Earle stuff on my chest and shoulders sometimes, and as far as I can reach on my back, but I've never been able to reach most of my back to use a scrub on :-/

Maghag Mon 24-Feb-14 10:13:06

I had the same problem when I came off the pill and got utterly desperate being in quite a high profile job with terrible skin.
I was recommended a course at Danne Montague King, it's like medical grade facials. Yes it's expensive and you have to be committed to the treatments and doing the at home stuff but it totally worked for me and I've never looked back, three years later.
I live in Aus but I know they have clinics in the UK.
Good luck, hope you get it sorted I know how upsetting it can be.

LazylinepainterLaura Mon 24-Feb-14 10:43:34

I've been using bliss spa clog dissolving cleanser and la Roche possay effaclar duo with great results , it's really cleared my skin up

Notify Mon 24-Feb-14 10:53:31

I'm the same ages as you and have had spots to one extent or another since I was 11, so I don't have a miracle sure, as I still have them

However, what I do know is that the more I "do" to my skin the worse it gets.

ATM I cleanse in the evening using Aqueous cream and a muslin cloth (gently) and use cheap Simple moisturiser and they're better than they've been in a long time.

The cloths came with Liz Earke but that was the very worst thing I have ever done to my skin. The spots were not only worse and ugly but painful.

RonaldMcDonald Mon 24-Feb-14 10:53:43

use olay sensitive dry face cloths - you add a little tepid water, they foam up and then you very gently wash the affected areas. Then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.
I then use this BHA to ensure that the oil and pores are being treated
I then use 2.5 % benzyl peroxide on any spots that are around to disinfect.
I then use a fragrance free olay regenerist serum on top

oh I use a spf all year round because of the BP

my skin is great now - I am v strict about making sure that I cleanse and use the BHA and serum. The BP kills the bacteria in the spots afaik.

Notify Mon 24-Feb-14 10:54:58

Oh yes, and cutting out sugar makes a massive difference - not easy to stick to though

RonaldMcDonald Mon 24-Feb-14 10:55:04

yy liz earle cleanser and muslin cloths were awful for my skin
just too harsh

Romann Mon 24-Feb-14 11:02:58

Oh thanks so much for all the helpful replies, and so many things to try! I'm in Aus too mag so maybe that's where I'll start. If you should happen to be in Canberra please give me an address!

Romann Mon 24-Feb-14 11:40:22

Come to think of it probably better to kick of with hobos crib though and save some $$$

Romann Mon 24-Feb-14 11:41:24

hibiscrub blush

Skivvywoman Mon 24-Feb-14 11:50:39

Notify did you mention the aquaous cream last week on here?? If so thank you I've ditched all the products and been washing with what I thought was aquaous but it's the aquaous calamine cream!! And don't need any moisturiser just take a cotton pad over with witch hazel and skin is clearing up smile

Notify Mon 24-Feb-14 12:00:24

No, but the idea definitely came from here smile

SirRaymondClench Mon 24-Feb-14 14:21:09

Mag I had 7 months of DMK every two weeks and it made little difference to my skin. It was a bit better but nothing major. Especially for how much it cost (£80 every two weeks for the facials and £300 x 2 for the at home skin care) sad

SirRaymondClench Mon 24-Feb-14 14:22:20

And again everyone raved about Liz Earle and it brought me out in sore spots although I know everyone seems to love it.

fumanchu Mon 24-Feb-14 15:22:28

I have had acne since I was 11 and the only time I had good skin was while pregnant and for about a year after the babies were born. Now 53 and got a bad outbreak a few months ago. The best thing I have used is Aknicare - you get it mail order and if you google it you can see some promo stuff. It helps get rid of blackheads without scrubbing and doesn't dry out my skin. IMO most people don't understand what actually causes acne, and that it is not diet related.

Sillysarah49 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:15:46

Can I just ask those people who are using the Effeclar range - how long did it take to work. I bought the range this weekend and now have a huge spot on my chin. Could be coincidental or just getting used to new stuff.

DippyEggAndChips Mon 24-Feb-14 20:55:16

I tried Effaclar 'cos my skin was looking a bit blackheady and congested and I'm happy to say it helped! It did give me a few spots at first but after about two weeks I could really see a difference. It's been about a month now and my skin looks much clearer and the texture is better. I think you're supposed to switch to Effaclar K eventually but I don't have oily skin so...? Not sure what to do...

I recently had a bout of acne on my chest and back after being ill and it wouldn't shift. I read online that body acne can be due to malezzia (sp) and to use zinc soap. Couldn't find any but apparently Head and Shoulders worked the same. I figured for three quid it was worth a try - just used it to wash chest and back once or twice a day. A bit weird, but it worked!

CorusKate Mon 24-Feb-14 21:07:22

You mean malassezia? Cause if you think it's that, it's worth looking into seborrhoeic dermatitis treatments.

Romann Mon 24-Feb-14 21:19:20

fumanchu doctors all say that acne is not diet related, but lots of people's experience is different. For me, giving up sugar has made my skin really soft and velvety - different enough for people to comment. Still get breakouts though. I'd happily give up any food group - or several - for perfect skin. I'm strictly off dairy at the moment for 2 weeks and will see what happens.

Pinkandwhite Mon 24-Feb-14 21:28:28

I had this treatment done:

It worked incredibly well for me.

My skin was a complete mess and I was two months away from my wedding so I was desperate. I also bought a range of products from the clinic (can't rememver the brand - sorry). My acne hasn't returned since and that was three years ago.

The treatment itself is called N-lite and plenty of places do it so shop around for the best price if you want to do it.

Romann Tue 25-Feb-14 03:53:12

Well I've got a product with the same active ingredient as hibiscrub (couldn't find any) and I've booked an appt at a skin salon that does lasers/peels etc in a week's time. I'm encouraged by the positive stories here so fingers crossed something will work for me.

annabamma Tue 25-Feb-14 03:59:40

I sympathise. Have been a sufferer for the best part of 20 years. Touch wood, it's pretty much under control these days. This is my 2p worth:

1.) Take zinc supplements. I take 50mg per day. (Disclaimer: this is above the RDA. I am not a doctor but have researched safe dosages and I am more than happy taking this amount - in fact a lot of people take higher doses than this - but please look into it yourself for your own peace of mind). You may find that the RDA is effective for you, or you may need to keep increasing until you find a dosage which works for you. Google "zinc for acne", you will find plenty of anecdotal evidence. Only trouble is, you have to keep taking it. If I stop for a week I start breaking out. Oh and don't take on an empty stomach - you will hurl.

2.) Be gentle with your skin. Acne-ridden skin is usually sensitive skin. Use a gentle cleanser designed for sensitive skin and don't go mad with the Clarisonic (or any form of manual exfoliation). Gentle exfoliation is good but going overboard will just aggravate matters. Avoid products containing alcohol and keep your skin moisturised. In my opinion the best on-the-spot treatment is Sudocrem - don't smother your face with it, just use a tiny dab and rub it in. It's not a miracle worker exactly but it's more effective than the 40+ other spot treatments I've tried over the years (including prescription ones).

3.) Use chemical exfoliants (AHAs/BHAs). This is what has made the biggest difference to me in terms of skincare. I would definitely recommend getting an exfoliating toner at the very least. Personally, ones containing salicylic acid seem to work best on me. Again, don't go mad - using them once a day is probably plenty. You can also buy cleansers and creams which contain these (Skin Doctors Gamma Hydroxy cream is excellent and doubles up as a moisturiser, definitely recommend that one). I have also had good results using moisturisers containing retinol. NB - both AHAs and retinol make your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so they're best used at night and you need to take extra care with your sun protection.

Quick note re the Liz Earle cleanser - the main ingredient is cocoa butter which is a major acne trigger in most people. Better to avoid if you're prone. (I got through 3 bottles of the stuff before I realised this).

Best of luck, I hope it gets better soon.

Romann Tue 25-Feb-14 04:29:15

All very sensible Anna and I will pick up a bottle of zinc - it can't hurt to try!

CorusKate Tue 25-Feb-14 04:45:58

Maybe introduce one thing at a time, or you won't know what's doing the trick grin

Romann Tue 25-Feb-14 06:39:39

You're right. That's the thing about diet changes too: if you drop cows milk but start drinking almond milk, which you never had before, then what counts as the change?!

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 07:17:46

My Paris dermatologist is an acne specialist - she is the sort of doctor who leads lobbies to get the law changed on medicines - and she swears by "micro-doses" of Roaccutane. Both my DSSs have acne, the elder one really quite severe, and she deals with them by manually removing the contents of cysts (very few dermatologists will do this) and then giving them the micro-doses of Roaccutane. They also have all sorts of other medications. Anyway, if you want her name/number, PM me as she is really very interested in acne and does what it takes - albeit with medication - to cure it.

fooolofbeans Tue 25-Feb-14 08:55:34

Bonsoir, I'm unsure exactly what micro doses are but early teens I was prescribed 1mg/kg weight/day =60

for 4 months, my acme cleared but the side effects were harsh

It returned after a few years, after not wanting to go back on it I did the rounds of topical and oral antibiotics until I asked for a referral for a dermatologist

He was amazing, prescribed low dose for a long period, 20mg I think for 8 months, no side effects just clear non greasy skin which has remained for over 10years, I rarely get. Spot now and am a massive proponent of use of roaccutane in this way

Sorry for crappy formatting, I'm on my phone

Hope this helps OP

Standinginline Tue 25-Feb-14 09:05:15

Look up Oil Cleansing Method. I tried this and it definitely worked BUT after a while found it quite drying.

Also, I know you said no pills but I found Cod Liver Oil worked wonders as well smile

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 09:34:39

fooolofbeans - it sounds like something similar. I cannot remember off the top of my head but I seem to remember (because I went with DSS1 to his first consultation) that my dermatologist talked about 1/6 of standard Roaccutane dosage. What she prescribes is in fact still illegal in France (!) but she gets away with it because she is an active researcher.

DSS1 doesn't have any side effects.

Samu2 Tue 25-Feb-14 09:52:58

The only thing that works for me is antibiotics sad

I have tried everything. The La Roche Posay products do help somewhat though, so for people without cystic acne might find them great.

I had acne when I was a teen and it went for a few years. Strangely enough it came back when I quit smoking. I know a side effect off quitting is acne for a while but mine never actually stopped and then resulted in cystic spots leading to scarring.

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 09:57:49

There's nothing wrong with antibiotics! I have had a course of antibiotics for skin issues several times in my life and I have always had amazing skin afterwards - the antibiotics not only zap the problem I consulted my dermatologist about, but all the other little problems too.

princessalbert Tue 25-Feb-14 10:08:13

I can take the antibiotics for as long as I feel I need to (according to the derm).

BUT they don't fix the oiliness. Which may keep me looking less dried out at my age, but I can't stand the feel of it.

ListenToTheLady Tue 25-Feb-14 11:07:01

I second Duac, which the GP can prescribe for you. It's a combination of antibiotic cream and skin-drying chemicals and I thought it would be awful for my sensitive skin (because I can't use things like OXY and clearasil as they are too harsh) – but it's been fine.

I also use a garnier pure active anti-spot moisturizer and a gentle scrub from the same range, superdrug hot cloth cleanser, and witch anti-spot primer if I'm wearing make-up.

In a few months I've gone from having anything from 20-50 spots on my face (in various stages of developing/healing) at any one time, to getting one or two per month. I am sooo happy (I'm 44 and have had this bastard acne since being a teenager!) I'm going to report back to the GP soon and proudly go with no make-up on at all to show her.

Diet has never made a difference for me btw. The only thing that helped was being pregnant.

princessalbert Tue 25-Feb-14 11:17:11

listen - that is an impressive result for you.

It does suck doesn't it having this shit to deal with when we should only be concerned with wrinkles and grey hair.

newlifeforme Tue 25-Feb-14 11:22:42

What areas of your face do you get the spots? I seem to have finally managed to calm my skin after many years of outbreaks. For me it's hormonal and stress and mostly around the chin area (check out acne face mapping for symptoms). I now treat my skin as highly sensitive and only use very gentle products I have been fine with Liz Earle however.

As the breakouts are hormonal I have tried Vit B6 and Magnesium which seems to very effective. I ran out of VitB recently and had a minor outbreak! Also second Sudocreme or Metanium - can be really effective at reducing the redness.

ListenToTheLady Tue 25-Feb-14 11:57:53

I know princess, it's really annoying. On occasion I have had a spot in a wrinkle. Lovely.

Romann Tue 25-Feb-14 11:58:35

For me it's mostly cheeks and chin. I also get little lumps around the jawline. To be fair, I think the clarisonic has got rid of the blackheads on my chin and nose, so that's an improvement. But there seem to be loads of teeny bumps under my cheek skin all the time, and some inflamed spots. I get the occasional really big one that scars and others less dramatic but which hang around for ages.

I'm not going back to roaccutane, it just wasn't effective enough to be worth the side effects.

Antibiotics have never worked for me, and topical creams not really either (I think I've tried most of what's been suggested.

OCM made my skin much worse, and I did try different oils and combos. I'm using cetaphil now which I don't love but it's ok.

I take a multivitamin already and also magnesium. I don't mind adding something, but I doubt I'm deficient in much as eat loads of veg, fish and meat.

Romann Tue 25-Feb-14 11:59:37

Bonsoir I'd love to see your derm, but it would be a big trip from Canberra!

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 12:01:32

Maybe you can find a dermatologist in Canberra who does micro-doses of Roaccutane? I swear the DSSs have not had side effects.

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 12:02:51

Laser treatment works for some people on the subcutaneous bumps - obviously it's not the first port of call.

beingacow Tue 25-Feb-14 12:44:46

My skin has been poor since I was a teenager, I'm now 35. It is hormonal in my case, caused by PCOS, but I can't take any form of hormonal birth control (dianette) as it makes me very ill.
I've had nasty deep painful cysts around my mouth and chin, sometimes two or three at a time, so sore that they've kept me awake at night. I've had massive weeping sores where I've picked them and they've scabbed and scarred.
Only three things have helped keep my skin relatively clear. One was Panoxyl cream, but its been discontinued. The other is Dermalogica Medibac range, but the cost is prohibitive. Finally, I've discovered Paula's Choice 8% AHA exfoliating lotion. It truly does work. I use it with a gentle cleanser (currently using the Boots Botanics range), and Aqueous Calamine cream. My skin hasn't been better, and I haven't got a cyst in ages. Of course what works for one might not work for another, but I honestly think you should try the Paula's Choice, you can get it on ebay, and it lasts for ages.

VarsityQueen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:14:17

I don't think there is a 'one cure for all' which makes things very expensive as you have to try loads of stuff to see what works for you. Try to pick up trial sizes of things on eBay.

I agree that cutting down on sugar, avoiding touching or picking at the skin too much and trying something internal (Vit D, Vit C, fish oils, zinc, the pill etc) are the best tips. I've tried hordes of stuff in my time and very little makes much real difference.

Bonsoir Tue 25-Feb-14 17:53:58

beingacow - if you have really painful cysts, in some countries dermatologists will inject them with cortisone to make them disappear. This isn't a curative treatment for acne but does prevent individual cysts getting enormous and leaving scars.

Topical treatments don't work on acneic cysts - you have to attack them with oral antibiotics/Roaccutane/lasers to get deep enough.

Peplum41 Tue 25-Feb-14 21:23:04

I've had acne since the age of 11, I'm now 41. Last Feb I started the 5:2 diet, it cleared up in a fortnight. I'm pretty sure its the diet that has helped as whenever I have a break, back come the spots.

It won't cost you anything to try, and rather than give up, dairy and sugar every day its just twice a week. Don't ask me why that helps, its just does. Oh, actually it might be the regulating effect on insulin, which in turn effects your testosterone levels which tends to cause the spots, especially those nasty, red blobs that last for weeks and really hurt. There are some excellent threads on here about 5:2.

My skin is quite dry now, I need a thicker moisturiser, the last thing I needed before. Still get s mini breakout at totm, but its nothing compared to 30 years of severe acne.

Romann Wed 26-Feb-14 03:46:05

I'm a bit sceptical about 5:2 helping me as I basically eat paleo (meat, fish, veg) most of the time anyway so I'm not sure what I'd be cutting that would make a difference. Also I'd be starving!

RonaldMcDonald Wed 26-Feb-14 08:08:13

I do think that a really simple routine with a bha and benzoyl peroxide will make a huge difference
It has to be completely routine though and this took me ages to really really get
I think I'd steer clear of the clarisonic but that is simply because I think it would be too harsh
The ocm murdered my skin, ditto Liz Earle eve lom

I agree with Bonsoir about the v deep cysts. Have you had your hormone levels checked?
Once I learned to follow that routine( and tbh I tried all dietary exclusions too but couldn't really stick to no sugar) my skin massively improved. Massively.

SundaySimmons Wed 26-Feb-14 08:29:46

Hibiscrub and effaclar did nothing for me.

Panoxyl 10 was a miracle product but it's been discontinued.

I am nearly 50 and have bought and tried, everything. Everything.

I'm having some success using a normal waterless anti bacterial handwash.

Bonsoir Wed 26-Feb-14 09:07:52
Romann Wed 26-Feb-14 11:43:58

I've really tried the topical treatment approach. There was a period when Retin-A worked for me, but not any more. BP has been useless, even when I've been very diligent with a routine.

Sunday if you haven't tried Aldactone yet, then you could try that - it worked for me when nothing else did, but I don't want to take it anymore for other reasons. My spots did get worse at the beginning but after 3 months everything cleared up really well (on 125mg per day). I stopped after 3 years, and my clear skin held up for about 6-8 months. There were no side effects at all, though I've heard some people say they gain a cup size on it.

frogslegs35 Wed 26-Feb-14 12:28:20

I suffered from the age of 22 until I was around 30. tried prescription stuff, changed my diet and had allergy tests. Nothing helped.
I read one day about Cliniques acne products. It worked, I could see a huge difference after 1 week and after 3 months my skin had calmed completely.
This was a while back and I know they've since changed their acne products.
I used the 3 step (soap and toner for problem skin and the normal DD moisturiser) and bought 2 tubes of acne gel stuff, one was for day one for night iirc. It was possibly called healing gel??

I don't need it any more, I just use 3 step now, so I'm not sure if you went and spoke to them what they'd recommend. they've got a bigger range now.

I also think avons clearskin is very good too, it's a 3 step - wash, cleansing pads and cream. It's got salicylic acid so can dry your skin out a little if you're prone. It helped my sons acne.

Bonsoir Wed 26-Feb-14 21:09:38

From the information you have given on this thread it sounds as if you have tried everything, Romann, even really hard things like major dietary restrictions.


RonaldMcDonald Wed 26-Feb-14 23:18:09


The BHA made the biggest diff to me

cerealqueen Wed 26-Feb-14 23:37:47

Empathy - my skin has always been shit. from age 13-45.

Have you tried the regime? Worth giving it a go. Amazing website too, full of support and advice.

My skin is better since using siriusonic skin brush, avene triacneal and jojoba oil mixed with oil of olay (doesn't block pores.)

cerealqueen Wed 26-Feb-14 23:39:46

sorry, am taking omega 3 oils too.

Romann Fri 28-Feb-14 00:14:24

Bit early to tell whether it's just a fluke obviously, but my skin has definitely improved over the last 3 days. I'm taking a zinc supplement - actually it's a "hair skin and nails" thing, but it's mostly zinc - and rubbing an antiseptic with chlorohexadrine as main ingredient (that's what's in hibiscrub) all over my face. Fingers crossed! I'm still going to go to the salon for a consultation and see what they propose.

FrugalFashionista Fri 28-Feb-14 06:31:09

Romann good luck, topical zinc creams have definitely helped me. I've acne/ rosacea/ perioral prone skin and a super simple regime of water, castile soap and salicylate and zinc creams has really helped. Sun exposure also helps, sadly wink Moisturizers and SPF tend to cause breakouts, so maintaining the balance is hard work, but a minimalist routine seems to work for me.

I prefer not to take antibiotics or retinoids (because of their various side effects) but my brothers were on Roaccutane and most people in my mother's family seem to have rosacea. I've come to accept that perhaps we have a familial skin defect that causes various skin symptoms. It seems to be manageable but never fully goes away.

derektheladyhamster Sun 02-Mar-14 12:15:33

I've also tried hibiscrub after reading this thread, it seems to be working wonders! Although I have just ordered panoxyl (thank you bonsoir, I've given up looking for it, it's as good as the duac from the doctors but half the price of the prescription )

fooolofbeans Mon 03-Mar-14 21:57:47

Romann, sorry I haven't read all the posts but as I stated I had a v similar treatment to Bonsoir with roaccutane and it worked like a charm with zero side effects and this was a few years ago so there may be many more using this treatment regimen, might be worth asking for your GP for a referral

namechange74 Sun 29-Jun-14 20:35:43

Reinstating this thread (I hope) as i've found a 'cure' for my acne after 10 years. I happened across some 'potent & high concentration EPA-based omega-3 fatty acid supplements' (just nicked that off their website) that my friend researched for me as a natural product to support brain function and emotional wellbeing - i'd been having a bit of a crappy time and was feeling particularly low. Anyway, when I read the reviews online I noted that a couple of them mentioned that they had got rid of acne but didn't think too much about it as i've tried everything from topicals to antibiotics to roaccutane since I had my DD ten years ago with little or no success.

So, I merrily took these pills (2 a day), started feeling happier generally and more focussed/sharper as promised but also noticed that (after about 3/4 weeks) I wasn't getting any new spots. I can honestly say (2 months later) that I now have the most incredible skin - people keep commenting on it - never experienced that before grin

Just thought i'd share - it's worked for a friend of mine too who also has adult acne, she's been on them for about 5 weeks and is blown away by the change.

I'm NOT on commission (!) I don't work for them but felt compelled to let everyone know as I know what it is to suffer with acne.

Oh, incidentally, I changed the products i've been using to Neals Yard and have also been using their rose facial oil as well as their moisturiser which has made a huge difference to the texture of my skin - it's now dewy and pink, not leathery and grey (always thought that moisturising/using oil based products was a ridiculous notion on skin that keeps getting spotty/oily but I was very wrong)

Anyway, they're not cheap but like most that have had acne, I've lost count of the money i've spent over the years and undoubtedly this is the first time it's been worth it.

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