Adult Acne Issues! Help!

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Ive seen people with the crappiest diets have gorgeous skin, and those who eat clean with severe acne. Back in the dark ages when i first got acne (early 70s), doctors still subscribed to the diet-causes-acne philosophy...probably because they had little else to offer. I was put on elimination diets until i was practically eating nothing, and none of it helped. I spent (wasted) months doing it.

Acne has always been with humans. Early literature mentions it, in every culture, in every era. It's caused by a defect in cell structure, over-productive oil glands, and bacteria. You need all 3 of those things. All the liver-stimulating garlic or Tibetan virgin clay in the world won't help you if you have the perfect storm of acne causers.

I have suffered with acne for 40 years now...i have tried it ALL...and i contue the struggle, even at age 50. For someone to come in here and say clay or diet cures it is ridiculous. Acne is complicated and horridly difficult to treat. There are no easy answers, but if someone tells me they've been struggling for years, i tell them to see a doctor, because they've probably already tried all the obvious suggestions for mild acne and it's time for serious medicine.
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I started experiencing adult hormonal acne in November 2011. I tried everything but nothing worked till now. Finally went to the dermatologist 6 Weeks ago June 2012, and was given Tretinoin cream 0.025%. This is a retin A cream.
I am impressed with the result and hope that this can help someone going through this.

Here are my day 1 and week 6 results

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I started experiencing adult hormonal acne in November 2011. I tried everything but nothing worked till now. Finally went to the dermatologist 6 Weeks ago June 2012, and was given Tretinoin cream 0.025%. This is a retin A cream.
I am impressed with the result and hope that this can help someone going through this.

Here are my day 1 and week 6 results

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Originally Posted by sawah
very nice results in 6 weeks. did you make any other changes?

re: diet and acne connection we're just in 2 camps on this board. i do believe diet effects my skin. the other stuff (i.e. topicals) not doubt help a lot but i have seen time and time again that dairy makes me break out. dairy also makes my stomach crampy, makes me gasey and also makes me produce more mucus. it's shown that dairy has a lot of hormones and antibiotics in it and i personally (luvmylocs) am more susceptible. i think it's like anything else, some peoples body's are more sensitive to certain things. for example, some people smoke for years and never get lung or other cancers and some never smoke and get lung cancer. that doesn't mean that smoking doesn't cause many people to have a higher risk of having lung cancer. same way with food, some people can eat "anything" and never gain weight and some can just look at a twinkie and gain 5 lbs. i believe anyone suffering from acne should at least consider their diet as part of a holistic approach to getting rid of acne and keeping their skin clear.
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Right now I'm using Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Cream Cleanser. It is totally working on me. I have redness around my nose and it has reduced it. I also have acne that always appears on the sides of my lips, above my lips. and chin. It has helped with that too but what really started making them disappear is Neutrogena's Alcohol Free Toner. I have combination skin. I also use Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Gentle Scrub once a week. Hope that helps. I tried different products and these are the ones that are working for me.
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Unfortunately, diet is the only thing that has helped me. You really have to know what's in everything you eat, though, in order to pinpoint and avoid triggers.

Now I also have rosacea with acne prone skin, and finding stuff to cover red and not clog is hard. Meow just isn't working for me anymore. My skin is ruddier and dryer. Not even sure if my rosacea topical works anymore.
I currently only suffer from "that time of the month" acne. i'm in my 20's and used to suffer with terrible skin.

I've found that salicylic acid and my skin are not friends. its in almost all face washes and black head removers. I'm also allergic to something in Bare Minerals Original formula.

I drink a lot of water now to help my liver flush out toxins. (I have a hereditary liver disease that over produces bilirubin) Water really seems to help. Tea is also a good substitute for coffee and other things (Red tea )

Cetaphil has been my savior. I can only use this or Ivory soap on my skin. I also used cetaphil's regular lotion on my face. anything else and i break out. also get a washcloth that has a scrub pad on one side for daily exfoliation.

black heads are still an issue on my nose and such. I use biore black head strips from time to time. they itch when you take them off, but i like the results.

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I've done the gambit of Rx and OTC products for the past 10 years! My oily skin is still giving me acne even now as my skin has settled into it's 'adult' years (i'm 23).

My skin is loving the Clinque Acne solutions 3 step.
The foaming cleanser is much gentler on my skin than normal tradtion acne facial cleaners.

The toner helps on the exfoliating front, leaving my skin smooth smooth afterwards.

My real love of the system is the acne solutions moisturizer! I was using other moisturizers with the other two steps of the system and my face would get red as soon as I put on some moisturizer (red as in it looked like I took a washcloth and roughly scrubbed my face, or like I had windburn =\)

My skin reached a lovely balanced place after about 3-4weeks. My skin will always be a little oily, or "dewy" looking, but i've seen a huge reduction in the number of pimples I get. One pops up every now and then, but it's super infrequent now.

NOTE: I do the three steps in the morning only and then just basic cetaphil oily skin cleaner in the evening after i remove my make up. During the winter when my skin gets super dry I use an anti-wrinkle night cream to help keep my skin hydrated and happy (since overly dry skin results in even more oil production- kinda like curly hair )

That's what works for me, I know some other people have gone off on a slightly different discussion on this thread, but I thought I'd chime back in on your original question.
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Ive seen people with the crappiest diets have gorgeous skin, and those who eat clean with severe acne. Back in the dark ages when i first got acne (early 70s), doctors still subscribed to the diet-causes-acne philosophy...probably because they had little else to offer. I was put on elimination diets until i was practically eating nothing, and none of it helped. I spent (wasted) months doing it.

Acne has always been with humans. Early literature mentions it, in every culture, in every era. It's caused by a defect in cell structure, over-productive oil glands, and bacteria. You need all 3 of those things. All the liver-stimulating garlic or Tibetan virgin clay in the world won't help you if you have the perfect storm of acne causers.

I have suffered with acne for 40 years now...i have tried it ALL...and i contue the struggle, even at age 50. For someone to come in here and say clay or diet cures it is ridiculous. Acne is complicated and horridly difficult to treat. There are no easy answers, but if someone tells me they've been struggling for years, i tell them to see a doctor, because they've probably already tried all the obvious suggestions for mild acne and it's time for serious medicine.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I'd actually have to agree. My sister is practically vegetarian watching everything she consumes and I have a cr@p diet eat anything & everything. We've always been like that since we were kids. Yet she's always had problems with acne & I've never had an issue. I seen her try so many products and diets and finally now she's seeing a dermatologist now. It's been an awful experience and I can understand when people want to try different things. it's natural.

But what I would say is everyone is different & the causes of acne can be different, so don't rule out any sane advice that cant harm until you've tried it yrself.

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