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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:57 am
by LemonJuice87
Ok guys.

I'm 22 and I have the skin of a 14 year old. My Docter has given every type of cream and tablet to take over the years and nothng works. Or it doesnt seem to. I know the amount of contraception i'm on at the moment isnt helping. I have the Implant, but i am also taking the mini pill to stop my period. I was on for near enough a month and lost my temper haha.

Its mainly my face. I wash my face twice a day, I open my pores to get rid of the blackheads and then I close my pores. But even a normal washing routine isnt making the slightest bit of difference.

I dont want to go back to the Doctors again, i'm sure he's sick of the sight of me.

I'm really starting to feel down about it now, I actually look like i am in my teens. My aunty made a comment on Xmas day saying that I still look 12 years old. Which made me feel tons better.
But i'm starting to wonder what Mr. LemonJuice is thinking. He's ment to be going out with with a 22 year old, not a 22 year old that looks 12.

Has anyone got any home remedies that I could use? Or even any pearls of wisdom?

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:23 pm
by Bel Bel
Can you have the implant removed and stop the other pill? Why are you trying to stop your periods? I am surprised the doctor has you on two lots of contraception :o

Ask to go on dianette. It is especially for treatment of acne and is a contraceptive pill too.

Do you wear alot of make up becasue foundation can bloke the pores. Try to let your skin breath every day with nothing on even if if just while you are in the house

Go to your local department store and talk to the girls on the clinique counter as they will get the right stuff for your exact skin type. Yes it's expensive but my daughter found there stuff was the only thing that worked and had noticed a difference within a week and after a while could cut back on the amount of days she needed to use there stuff so she could save money.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:23 pm
by kerrie24
Lush do a soap for acne-coalface its called.My brother seen an improvement when he used it,its quite expensive though.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 1:46 pm
by LemonJuice87
Thanks Bel Bel. Here's the explanation:
I'm on the Implant for obvious reasons. With my periods i was missing a month, then getting one, missing another and so on.
I was due on the end of November, sure enough the exact date came and so did my period. And it didnt stop untill about week ago. So I went to the docs and he put me on a mild form of the mini pill to stop my period. I only wanted it stopping because I was due on in January and didnt want it to run on to my Holiday in Feb. So i'm only taking the Mini Pill untill I get back from my jolly's ha.

And I am afraid I would never ever go back on Dianette even if my Docter offered me some serious amounts of money ha. I fell pregnant with my daughter while on that pill. Although i agree it was BRILLIANT for acne. I just cant run the risk again.

I dont wear Makeup half as much as I used to. I put the full lot on, once a week. If that! As soon as im home and not planning on going out again I take it off.

I'll try the Clinique girls. From what i've heard on here and from friends and family they seem quite good. I'll start saving now haha.

To be honest, the way i'm feeling at the moment i'm willing to spend the money on the right stuff. Luckily, as i said i'm going on Holiday in a month. So the sun will help abit, it does everytime I go away. As soon as i get back the acne rears its ugly head (No pun intended).

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:36 pm
by Bel Bel
Wow thats odd you got preganat on dianette because it's one of the strongest contraceptive pills you can get which is why they normal limit the time you're allowed on it. I have been on it for 10 years but not without good reason and constant fighting with the doctors each time i try to get a repeat prescrition. I have had to had a disclaimer put on my notes saying i accept the higher risks of stroke. I don't use it for bad skin. I am highly fertile and never had a scare since i've been on it (well only ones of my own paranoia as i would hate to get pregnant). Could it be you had taken some antibiotics, had diarrhea or sickness that stopped it working when you concceived your daughter?

Would you consider another form of contraception temporarily whilst you went on diantte for a few months to get the acne under control until you find a good skin care regime?

I can certainly sympathise with not wanting to take chances. My hubby is getting a vasectomy in Feb - woo hoo no more risk of babies :P

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:14 pm
by ToriL87
My brother and sister both had bad acne right into adulthood (i was always on the other end of the spectrum-my skin was so dry it just flaked off) My sister was referred to a dermatologist on the nhs after going to her gp, she had been on dianette and he skin cleared up some, but it seemed to really disagree with her (she was seriously moody) and it didn't completely clear her skin up, most of her acne was under the skin. She was given several different types of creams and anti-biotics. The last one she was given was called Azelaic acid.
If you go back to your gp again, you could ask to be referred to a dermotologist or ask for a anti-biotic cream. My sister also uses sheer cover make up, she orders it online, its all mineral based, and each month she's sent a cleanser which she thinks is great, and it seems really good value.

My brother found that the sun really helped clear up his, he went to sun-beds a few times, but eventually his girlfriend bought him a face solarium thing.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:33 pm
by earthchild
My brother in-law had the most severe acne i had ever seen,
and he tried ever single over the counter chemist product but it was all in vain.

Eventually his doctor prescribed him a pill called Roaccutane to take, he took them for a whole year only and it cleared every single bit of his acne and 4 years on his face is still clear.
Its a seriously strong pill that is normally prescribed as a last resort but its definately worth asking your doctor about it.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:08 pm
by snail
Roaccutane is only for the worst cases as it can have side-effects. They will make Lemon try everything else first.

The GP is the place to start, and coming off the implant (perhaps in favour of something like an IUD) might be an option. If you are prone to acne you shouldn't have contraceptives with progestogen in.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:57 pm
by Hannah_Anna95
Hey, I'm 14 and I have a similar problem with my skin!

i know exactly how you feel.. especially when people make comments about it like 'err whats that scab on your face!' which isn't good for self esteem :(
So i recently went to the doctors and he gave me something called Zineryt. Its in a bottle and has a pad on the top (if that makes sense) so you can just put it straight on your face from the bottle. If you ask him about Zineryt he'll tell you all about it. It helps some people, and doesn't help with others.. sometimes you have a good month.. sometimes you have a bad month with spots. I still get the odd spot here and there but it doesnt bother me any more because its nowhere near as bad as it used to be :)

I wear foundation almost everyday and the Zineryt still works even though i wear makeup.. before i go to sleep i remove my make up with wipes and rinse my face with water with nothing else and the apply the Zineryt to my clean face. It sort of.. dries the spots up.. but doesnt make your skin peel, which my skin is prone to peeling but it doesnt make mine peel.

There's also other solutions such as laser but i dont know if that costs or anything...

Hope thats been some help i know how you feel.. spots are such a pain! Dont worry about anything that anybody says to you.. When your acne is all gone they will be jealous that their skin isnt as good as yours! :)

But don't squeeze your spots before you put the Zineryt on.. believe me.. it stings!! :o

Good luck! And your doctor won't mind how many times you visit.. It's what they're there for!! :D

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 2:56 am
by LemonJuice87
Hey guys, thanks for you replies.

Snail, hit the nail on the head there. Surely my doc wouldnt let me have the Implant if theres Progestogen in it?

BelBel, Nope I wasnt ill, on anti-biotics or missed any pills. I was just one of those un-lucky percentages. Although, now I have my daughter, I'm not that unlucky lol.

And Hannah, I've tried Zineryt. I went through about 3 bottles of the stuff. I know what you mean when you say it stings, crikey. Wish I'd knew that before i applied it to broken skin.
It worked to an extent where the acne was only under my skin and not coming through. So it was covered by makeup when needed.
Ive tried all sorts. =[

I am gonna go to the Clinique counter at my local department store. From what BelBel has said, it's really worked and helped her daughter out.

Thanks for all your replies, keep them coming. I will certainly keep what you've all said in mind. But before I even consider going to the docs again about other contraceptives, I am gonna enjoy my holiday. I dont want to run any risks while I'm over there and end up coming home with a little something in my belly. Haha.


Re: Acne

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:21 pm
by Bel Bel
Hannah Anna made a good suggestion with the laser treatment but she's right it will cost. Apparently it does make a dramatic difference though. Hoepfully the sun itself will help dry your skin up a bit while your away

Are you going anywhere nice?

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:48 pm
by Millenia
Im going to suggest something simpler! :)

I had acne when i was a teenager but as i got older it cleared up. At the time i was using tablets, powders etc and none of it worked.

I think when your older you need to look at what your putting into your body that could cause a hormone imbalance. I know when i've had a weekend of fatty food like a pizza or a takeaway i come out in spots, and when im meant to be due my period i get a spot or two.

If you have tried lot's of things then your doctor should be taking it more seriously as it's a sign of your body saying 'i don't want this!'. As most people have said most of the strong tablets for acne etc come with pretty strong side-effects.

I use No:7 cleanser and it really helps my skin. It cleans the first layer and then i pop on a toner to keep my skin moisturized. Try not to buy products with alcohol in them as they will just dry your face out completely.


Re: Acne

PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:55 pm
by snail
There definitely is a link between diet and acne - this was established around the beginning of this century, although it's not to do with chocolate as traditionally thought, so much as blood insulin levels. Anything that raises insulin levels, such as processed carbs and cow's milk, can worsen acne. I do think GPs should emphasise diet more when dealing with acne, but they still don't seem to mention it. Of course some people will still have acne even with an excellent diet, as it seems to be an inherited tendency, but it can't hurt to look at this aspect.

Re: Acne

PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:54 pm
by ennis81
The dermalogical skin mapping and products are fantastic although expensive, cheaper to buy online than in beauticans, I would recommend the skin mapping though as they analise your skin properly, for a budget solution I would recommend a cream called quinoderm, its very cheap and effective for acne and comes in cream and facewash, also when you manage to get the acne under control, bio oil is wonderful for any scars left on the face although not for use if you have excessively oily skin, hope this helps :)