Help for older skin and breakouts

Hi Everyone!

I'm looking for suggestions/advice on what works for everyone out there. My skin is not terribly acne prone but has always been oily so I would sometimes get the occasional breakout. But now that I'm in my mid 30's my skin seems to be breaking out a lot more. Esp. along the jawline and chin. It's so upsetting because my skin never looked this bad .
My dilemma is that since I'm older I'm also fighting more dryness and wrinkles, dullness and all that other fun stuff that comes with aging. I'm having a hard time finding products that will help with my breakouts without totally wrecking my more mature skin. It's overwhelming when I look at all the choices out there and don't want to have to end up using 5 different products all the time.
I used Proactiv a few years ago with good result and tried it again a couple of months ago and ended up with worse skin so I've shelved it for now.
Any suggestions?
Thanks!
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
what other products are you currently using? Cleansers etc?
I would get a retinoid - a gel probably, not a cream for night time use. Vit C serum for am along with a good sunscreen that moisturizes too. I like Avene. If you use a sunscreen that has zinc in it, the only way to get it ALL off is to use an oil cleanser. Either buy one that has emulsifiers in them (but they are expensive - I think) or just make your own. I'm currently using safflower and castor oil. I use a very warm washcloth and then use my cleanser. Right now I'm using Olay sensitive in the tube NOT the pump (the pump one dried my face out). In the am, I use Aquanil cleanser.
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
I had the same issues as I was hitting my 40's. My skin, which had always been acne-prone, but was cured with a course of Accutane 10 years previously, was suddenly having a re-occurance. As we get older, acne naturally moves down our face...in our early teens, it's our foreheads that get pimples, by mid-late teens, it's our cheeks, later-adult acne is the jaw-line and neck. I had an acne BEARD. Not pretty.

It was a struggle, but I'm perfectly crystal clear now. Here's what worked for me:

I stopped using detergent-based cleansers. Over time, detergents break down our skin barrier (our natural defense against acne-causing bacteria). There aren't any drug-store cleansers that don't contain detergents. I know of only 2 cleansers that fit the bill of being non-detergent and pH-balanced...high pH (all solid soaps) also breaks down the skin barrier...and they are:

http://tinyurl.com/2fk4rl


http://tinyurl.com/284ll2

Both products might seem expensive at $20 and $24, but they are very concentrated and should last at least 3 months of twice daily use. It takes about 3 months to fully repair the skin barrier after stopping use of detergents and high-pH soaps, so don't get discouraged.

I also bought a high-quality low-pH salicylic acid, which helps clear pores. Both sites above also carry good SA's...in both 2% and 5% concentrations.

And I also started using Retin-A, which is a prescription product...it works for both acne and wrinkles!
oh YOU!!! Now I'm going to have to buy one of the cleansers! I've been wanting to switch out the olay cleanser but I just didn't know what to get. I like the second one - the castile one.
And I get my retin a from meds mex. You can also get them from alldaychemist but I couldn't get their website to work and they charge alot for shipping.
I started out with the very lowest dosage and I got the cream based - big mistake. Clogged my pores. Alot of people have had problems with the cream based. I'm awaiting my gel based.

Update: I just ordered the cleanser and the toner
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
oh YOU!!! Now I'm going to have to buy one of the cleansers! I've been wanting to switch out the olay cleanser but I just didn't know what to get. I like the second one - the castile one.
And I get my retin a from meds mex. You can also get them from alldaychemist but I couldn't get their website to work and they charge alot for shipping.
I started out with the very lowest dosage and I got the cream based - big mistake. Clogged my pores. Alot of people have had problems with the cream based. I'm awaiting my gel based.
Originally Posted by Darby

I'm always happy to enable.

You'll do better with Retin-A if you can get rid of that Olay cleanser. You'll have less irritation and your Retin-A will work much better with your skin barrier in better shape. I haven't experienced pore clogging from the cream-based Retin-A though, and I'm someone who usually clogs very easily.
I knew the olay wasn't good -- I do have some aquanil facial cleanser and it says soapless but in the ingredients, it says sodium laureth sulfate. That's a detergent right?
Have you heard of aquanil? I just bought it too. I can always use it as a hand wash in the bathroom.
I stopped using my cream retin a and my little white heads are slowly going away. I guess it just didn't agree with my skin
Oh and on that site, the vit c serum wasn't a bad price either. Most sites are like 100.00.
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
I knew the olay wasn't good -- I do have some aquanil facial cleanser and it says soapless but in the ingredients, it says sodium laureth sulfate. That's a detergent right?
Have you heard of aquanil? I just bought it too. I can always use it as a hand wash in the bathroom.
I stopped using my cream retin a and my little white heads are slowly going away. I guess it just didn't agree with my skin
Oh and on that site, the vit c serum wasn't a bad price either. Most sites are like 100.00.
Originally Posted by Darby

Yes, that's a detergent. Use that cleanser for other areas of your body, not your face.

There is often a "purge" when one first starts using Retin-A. Retin-A causes rapid skincell turnover, so those pimples you experienced might have been ones that were brewing just beneath the surface and would have surfaced within the next few months, and Retin-A just brought them out faster. The purging usually subsides in a few weeks.

The Vit C's on those sites are good quality too. I use both vendors equally. I consider Vit C a nice-to-have for pretty skin, not a have-to-have for acne control, though, so that's why I didn't mention it in this thread.
[quote="RedCatWaves"]

Yes, that's a detergent. Use that cleanser for other areas of your body, not your face.

There is often a "purge" when one first starts using Retin-A. Retin-A causes rapid skincell turnover, so those pimples you experienced might have been ones that were brewing just beneath the surface and would have surfaced within the next few months, and Retin-A just brought them out faster. The purging usually subsides in a few weeks.

The Vit C's on those sites are good quality too. I use both vendors equally. I consider Vit C a nice-to-have for pretty skin, not a have-to-have for acne control, though, so that's why I didn't mention it in this thread.
Originally Posted by Darby
Feb will be a year on the retin a cream. When I started it I did get the flaking etc...
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
Feb will be a year on the retin a cream. When I started it I did get the flaking etc...

Well, that sucks. I do wish Medsmex.com carried a gel version of the higher dosages, because I prefer the gel also.
paula's choice treatments work well for me....the treatments stay on my skin so it helps...she has $3 shipping this month (nov)
a dreamy pisces
please recycle, it matters...
i change lives...through fitness
i'm more relaxed being natural
Thanks for the responses ladies! Redcat, I will look into those products. I don't mind spending a little extra $$ to have great skin at this point. I see it as a treat since I don't normally spend money on myself.
To answer your question, Darby, I've been mostly bouncing from drugstore product to drugstore product, Clean and Clear, Neutrogena with only minimal help and unfortunately a lot of these even if they help a little end up drying my skin and making it look dull. Right now I have an arsenal of stuff in my bathroom. Yeah, I guess you can say I'm a fascial product PJ too. You would think we wouldn't have to deal with pimples in our 30's, 40's and even 50's.
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
Btw, Luvmylocs, is there a website for Paula's choice?
Thanks!
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
that's Paul Begoun's site:

http://www.cosmeticscop.com/
My blog:

http://labellatestarossa.blogspot.ca/

Little Mother of all the Roaches, President-for-Life of the MAC Harlots!
Thanks for the responses ladies! Redcat, I will look into those products. I don't mind spending a little extra $$ to have great skin at this point. I see it as a treat since I don't normally spend money on myself.
To answer your question, Darby, I've been mostly bouncing from drugstore product to drugstore product, Clean and Clear, Neutrogena with only minimal help and unfortunately a lot of these even if they help a little end up drying my skin and making it look dull. Right now I have an arsenal of stuff in my bathroom. Yeah, I guess you can say I'm a fascial product PJ too. You would think we wouldn't have to deal with pimples in our 30's, 40's and even 50's.
Originally Posted by Magoo
Magoo-- you know I think that's what my problem is too. I've done the same as you - d/s to d/s brand and it works great for a while then I either break out or have dry skin and then I buy another product to remedy that! Vicious cycle that never ends. I tried one HIGH end product that worked for a long while but it was just too expensive for me. I'm a total facial pj!! And I want it to stop I didn't have any skin issues til I hit somewhere around 40. Had perfect skin and never had to do anything when I was young. I think I just washed it with soap and didn't even use moisturizer!
If we put all our products together we could probably open a store. LOL.
I think redcats is right tho.... if we use products that have the right PH we would be fine. I'm going to keep up with my retin a tho to take care of the damage I have now and to prevent the pre-cancerous things.

REDCATS: how long have you been on retin a and how often do you use it? I've read so many conflicting articles on that. Some say there isn't any studies on the effects of long term use so to stop after a couple of years and some say it's ok to keep using it. I really don't know what to do....
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
REDCATS: how long have you been on retin a and how often do you use it? I've read so many conflicting articles on that. Some say there isn't any studies on the effects of long term use so to stop after a couple of years and some say it's ok to keep using it. I really don't know what to do....

I've been using Retin-A over 20 years, on and off. I used to work for Ortho Pharmaceutical's derm division, back in the 1980's, and just about all of us used it then for acne and wrinkles. I stopped and started many times, usually due to skin irritation and peeling, and, even though the data is unsure, I stopped during my pregnancies. I didn't use Retin-A much in the years after I took Accutane, until the acne returned. So, I've been back on it about 2 years this time. Since I stopped using detergent cleansers, I no longer have any irritation at all from it. I use the 0.1% cream daily, often twice a day. I have no intentions of ever stopping again.
Hi Ladies,

I went ahead and ordered some samples from the Paula's Choice website (it's great to be able to try samples before commiting to bigger sizes).

Redcat, I'm considering ordering some samples from that website you posted but I see that the cleansers have coconut oil in them. Is coconut oil ok to use on acne prone skin? The thought of putting oil on my pimple prone skin kind of scares me.
Thanks!
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
oil is fine on acne prone skin -- remember... oil cuts oil. It just depends on what oil your face will like or not like. i can use coconut oil, safflower oil and castor oil. I'm talking about in oil cleansers - NOT leaving it on.
PW:curlyhaired

Natural hair color - dark brunette
Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
Coconut oil broke out my skin horribly. I am prone to breakouts anyway, but I read it's very comedogenic.

Sage Skin Care has a nice line that is customizable, for aging and acne -prone skin:
zerozits.com
Thanks ladies,
I've used Jojoba oil as a moisturizer in the past without any problems so I know some oils are ok and actually help to decrease oil production in the skin. I guess it's all trial and error.
3b/c fine, thick, porous, protein sensitive
Modified CG, CJ Rehab, JCWDT, KCKT, VO5 Chamomile Tea Therapy, CJDF, HEBE Gel/Mousse, Bioinfusion Rosemary Mint shampoo, occasional protein

Experimenting with BRHG

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain"
Yeah, I had good results with jojoba. Definitely didn't mean to imply oils are bad, but it pays to do a little research before trying a new one out.

Sage has a list of comedogenic ingredients here that's really useful. Not everyone reacts the same to things, but it's a good starting point.

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com