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Hi I am sat here in tears as I have a night out tomorrow and have come out in the most bloody awful spots all over my chin, eyebrows and forehead, they are sooo big and sore to the touch with a huge head but wont squeeze. I am mid 40's FFS why am I getting spots? They started a few years ago, but getting worse and worse. Have been on cerazette for a couple of years but the spots have never been as bad as this. No other change in skin care since then. Does anyone have any advise please?
Thank you, I had forgotten about asprin. I will try that this morning. I have looked for those plasters and they seem to be sold out everywhere near me! I have a little bit of antibiotic cream so have put that on too. Thanks for your help.
If they really hurt, a dab of ibuprofen gel reduces the pain and you can put make up over it. Doesn't make them go away but stops me touching them during the day. The hydrocolloid plaster tip is great for night time.
Magnesium paste can help draw things from the skin, cheap at Boots (I think you have to ask for it, not sure). Just apply with a clean cotton bud. You can't really leave it on and go out, so it's an 'at home' only treatment.
I feel for you, those big hormonal spots are the worst. I used to get them but haven't for a while.
Thanks for all the help, I was wondering if it was hormonal but as I am on the cerazette pill I didn't think it would be as you don't have periods on it. (my logic thought the 2 would go together) I have a headache from the ones all over my forehead
No, the pill/periods still mess with your general hormone balance. Is that the progesterone only one? I am allergic to that - brings me out in hugh lumps all over my body. Worth seeing the GP if they're really bad as they could change it or give you something for it.
Nobody ever seems to listen but in case you are interested I was plagued by these, awful painful boils, after mostly no spots all my life, on someone else's recommendation I started using Foaming Facial Wash and Three in one Cleanser as a moisturiser they cleared up quite quickly and I have had maybe three or four spots in the last three years, couldn't recommend highly enough.
Aspirin will take redness down but not actually exfoliate which is what you need. The key is acid exfoliation, right cleanser can help but won't do all of the work, moisturiser can make it a whole lot worse if you pick the wrong one.
Basic program is:
Non-foaming cleanser such as Cetaphil, La Roche Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel, Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser
Moisturiser - oil-free, only if you think you need it eg Cetaphil moisturiser, Cerave. Oil-free SPF in the day time like Sunsense.
If not worked completely add in a retinol in the evening like LRP Redermic R, Avene Ystheal or Paula's Choice retinol.
If still not worked then you need a prescription.
Have a look at the Dr Sam Bunting Caroline Hirons video (best on youtube as the product recommendations are below), plus look for the Sam Bunting Q+A on here.
Heavy foundation is tempting but probably making it worse - Sam Bunting makes everyone dump their Doublewear as a first step. If you are a makeup wearer and want to cover up, have a look at Lisa Eldridge's acne video which is work of genius - she uses light foundation (as the rest of your skin is prob fabulous) with Vichy Dermablend on the spots and her model looks amazing, the before and after shots are stunning.