RCW: Went off b/c, now skin breaking out

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Help! I went off the pill in August and my skin has been breaking out since September. I'm pretty sure the breakouts are from going off b/c because my back is breaking out too. I am not trying to get pregnant, so I can use salicylic acid if that's what you would suggest.

I currently use Skin Bio P&R classic and LacSal cream. I also use Retin-A micro. Should I increase how often I use Retin-A? Switch to Exfol Cream and Tri-Reduction cream? Use a BHA peel?

I am 41 and don't like the idea of taking hormonal b/c, but this looks bad. My forehead keeps breaking out with clogged pores.

I don't want to go back to the derm who prescribes irritating topical creams and oral antibiotics. I wish I could take Accutane again, but I don't think "they" would let me unless I jump through all the hoops again.

Any suggestions are welcome!
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I feel your pain. I've been breaking out terribly the last few months, which I'm sure is from my recent arrival at the state of menopause. I had been struggling to keep it under control, and I also would like to go back on Accutane, but don't want the hassles (which I'm currently going through with my daughter). I have found something that works great though.

You are familiar with Clarisonic? Well, I broke my second one, and my pores were getting really cloggy, but I didn't want to buy another because the Clarisonic helped a little, but never actually got me totally clear. I decided to try a different type of ultrasonic device, without the dirty brush. It's called Ezzi-Peel. It's a "spatula-like" blade (not sharp) that glides along skin and oscillates ultrasonically (almost inperceptably) and clears the gunk out of the pores. It's so gentle, I get zero irritation. I've been using it for 2 weeks and I'm completely clear...and my pores are invisible...probably for the first time in my life. It's $250. Sorry...beauty is expensive. I like it so much that I might spring for the $595 salon version. If I had known ultrasound facials were so wonderful, I would have invested in this long ago.

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Not sure what to say about the back acne. I've never had to deal with that. I'd probably just alternate between the 3 main anti-bacterials that I usually use for acne...benzoyl peroxide, sulfer, and Hibiclens (surgical soap...Walgreens makes a generic version without the awful pink dye that the brandname one has). I alternate between them because my acne seems to develop a resistance to each of these, but I can get them working again if I take breaks and use something else for a while.

Acne sucks. Acne as an older woman is downright unfair.
Dam* you! Now I want the Ezzi Peel. However, I did have the Clarisonic and can't use it. My skin is so sensitive that it made me red and it was uncomfortable. I was using the gentle brush and tried not to push. Do you think I could tolerate the Ezzi Peel?

I realize you can't guarantee anything.

Thanks
Thank you for the thorough response, RCW. The Ezzi Peel looks cool. Unfortunately, I can't spend the $$$ with the holidays coming up.

I've been using a benzoyl peroxide wash and cream. Hopefully my skin will calm down soon. It's not fair that I have gray hair AND acne. The two should be mutually exclusive IMO.

I just ordered Norwex bath cloths which might help. They are microfiber cloths with colloidal silver woven into them for antibacterial properties. The microfiber should help with extra exfoliation. I love Norwex for cleaning kitchen grease -- maybe it will help my skin too.
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Thank you for the thorough response, RCW. The Ezzi Peel looks cool. Unfortunately, I can't spend the $$$ with the holidays coming up.

I've been using a benzoyl peroxide wash and cream. Hopefully my skin will calm down soon. It's not fair that I have gray hair AND acne. The two should be mutually exclusive IMO.

I just ordered Norwex bath cloths which might help. They are microfiber cloths with colloidal silver woven into them for antibacterial properties. The microfiber should help with extra exfoliation. I love Norwex for cleaning kitchen grease -- maybe it will help my skin too.
Originally Posted by LoloDSM


Yeah, I know it's expensive. I hate to recommend expensive stuff.

If benzoyl peroxide ever works for you, but just isn't working right now, you might want to try alternating with something else, as I mentioned above. We lucky folks, who have had years and years of acne, are deeply colonized with the acne-causing bacteria, and we need to fool it by switching up our disinfectants, otherwise it just becomes immune.

And use your disinfectant prophylactically, rather than just as a spot treatment. BP, sulpher, and hibiclens all work better at preventing outbreaks than treating them. That means applying a disinfectant to your trouble zones every night.

I'm not thinking the colloidal silver cloths will do much (other than keeping the cloths from growing quite so much bad stuff), but please let us know if you like them. I love microfiber cloths for exfoliating, but I buy the cheap ones and just cut them into small 4"x4" pieces, so I can dispose of them after a few uses and not have to worry about contamination. I can get a hundred little cloths out of the 5-pack-for-$5 from the automotive aisle at K-Mart.
Dam* you! Now I want the Ezzi Peel. However, I did have the Clarisonic and can't use it. My skin is so sensitive that it made me red and it was uncomfortable. I was using the gentle brush and tried not to push. Do you think I could tolerate the Ezzi Peel?

I realize you can't guarantee anything.

Thanks
Originally Posted by Janna

It's really gentle. I can't imagine anyone getting irritated from it. But, you're right, I can't guarantee anything.

They have a 30-day-trial policy, where you can return it if you don't like it.
RCW, are you still using this thing? I emailed them yesterday about one and they left me a voicemail today. I could barely understand the dude and I'm a little leery of just sending someone information over the phone with no receipt or anything like that. Not immediately, anyway.

So, please let me know if you're still using and liking this contraption!
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Yes, I do still use it...absolutely love it. I bought mine through Amazon, but I think that guy with the heavy accent in Long Island is the main USA distributor and is the seller that Amazon uses, so I think he's safe.

I also bought the pro version...found one slightly-used on Craig's List for cheap. Boy Howdy...does that one work fantabulous! So now my cordless Ezzi Peel is mostly used for travel. I am so addicted to clean pores that I can't go without these ultrasonic spatulas.
Yes, I do still use it...absolutely love it. I bought mine through Amazon, but I think that guy with the heavy accent in Long Island is the main USA distributor and is the seller that Amazon uses, so I think he's safe.

I also bought the pro version...found one slightly-used on Craig's List for cheap. Boy Howdy...does that one work fantabulous! So now my cordless Ezzi Peel is mostly used for travel. I am so addicted to clean pores that I can't go without these ultrasonic spatulas.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Have you had to send it in to have the battery replaced yet? I read on their website that once you need a new battery, they are the only ones who can replace and reseal it properly. They said they expected this every 12-18 months or so.
3A/3B
I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
Yes, I do still use it...absolutely love it. I bought mine through Amazon, but I think that guy with the heavy accent in Long Island is the main USA distributor and is the seller that Amazon uses, so I think he's safe.

I also bought the pro version...found one slightly-used on Craig's List for cheap. Boy Howdy...does that one work fantabulous! So now my cordless Ezzi Peel is mostly used for travel. I am so addicted to clean pores that I can't go without these ultrasonic spatulas.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
Have you had to send it in to have the battery replaced yet? I read on their website that once you need a new battery, they are the only ones who can replace and reseal it properly. They said they expected this every 12-18 months or so.
Originally Posted by alisons79

I have not. I've had my Ezzi Peel for almost a year, and it still charges fine and works for about 30 minutes between charges, which is how it was orginally. They say they can be charged about 300 times, so I'm probably getting close to needing a new battery. I still have another month or so of warranty, so I'm hoping it wears out before then. Not sure how much it costs to replace the battery.

That's what happened to my 2 Clarisonic scrubbers too...the batteries just wore out after being charged so many times and wouldn't take a charge anymore. I never tried to get those replaced, because the machine was just so gross and worn-out looking by that time that I just didn't want to send it anywhere.

My pro skin spatula is corded, so no battery issues with that one.
I'm REALLY on the fence about this. I know for sure that I want one but I'm not sure if I should get the corded one or cordless one. They say that the corded one is a little more powerful but the cordless one has more flexibility and would work even when the power went out down here.

The cordless one also has the "+" and "-" ion buttons. Do you use those enough to make it worth it? Do they actually do anything?
3A/3B
I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
I'm REALLY on the fence about this. I know for sure that I want one but I'm not sure if I should get the corded one or cordless one. They say that the corded one is a little more powerful but the cordless one has more flexibility and would work even when the power went out down here.

The cordless one also has the "+" and "-" ion buttons. Do you use those enough to make it worth it? Do they actually do anything?
Originally Posted by alisons79

I actually tried to buy the corded one (UltraWave), but they sent me the cordless Ezzi Peel in error. I was going to send it back, but decided to keep it because I find returning things to be a major hassle. I wish I had gotten the corded one, because I think corded appliances last longer and retain their power longer. I don't use the ion feature at all. But I do still love the Ezzi Peel.
are they basically the same except one is cordless and one is not? do you use it on a wet or dry face?
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Okay, thanks for making my decision for me!

I agree about the corded ones lasting longer but I wasn't sure about the ion feature.

Thank a lot for your help the past couple days with this. I'll let ya know what I think when it comes in...
3A/3B
I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
Do you use it for the permeation action as well or just the exfoliation?
3A/3B
I love Jessicurl HCC, Jessicurl Too Shea, KCKT, KCCC, CK and HESMU...but it took a LOT of trial error to get to these products that consistently work for ME.
I only use it for exfoliation. I can't be bothered trying to get things to permeate better...I apply way too much stuff to spend time trying to get it to sink in deeper. It seems to sink in fine.

These ultrasonic spatulas need to be used on wet skin. They don't transmit their ultrasonic waves without moisture. I usually use my cleanser and water.
Thanks so much RCW for this recommendation. i found it an amazon for super cheap. I have been using it every day since this pass friday. My sister says she shes an improvement! Dont know if she's just saying that or what. But I will report back after a week or so!
Thanks so much RCW for this recommendation. i found it an amazon for super cheap. I have been using it every day since this pass friday. My sister says she shes an improvement! Dont know if she's just saying that or what. But I will report back after a week or so!
Originally Posted by thelio
Which did you get...ultrawave or ezzi peel?
Thanks so much RCW for this recommendation. i found it an amazon for super cheap. I have been using it every day since this pass friday. My sister says she shes an improvement! Dont know if she's just saying that or what. But I will report back after a week or so!
Originally Posted by thelio
Which did you get...ultrawave or ezzi peel?
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
the ezzi peel. it was cheaper then the ultrawave. i can see a huge difference on my nose already.
I guess i should report on how the ezze peel is working.

I really like it. I can see a huge improvement in my skin. My sister has begun to use it as well. My pores havent seen to have shrunk much, but they are clearer. A lot less black heads! So far so good.

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