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I am really struggling with acne! I can't believe it. I never had acne as a teen. I developed skin problems as I approached 30. Now, in my 30's, my skin doesn't heal as quickly from outbreaks and I have discoloration. UGH! I hate it.<br><br>
When my parents came for a visit earlier this year, my mom pointed it out to me. I was really upset about it. I wish she would have just held her tongue. I do own a mirror, after all.<br><br>
Is anyone else struggling with this?<br><br>
Have you found anything that helps?<br><br>
I am using a treatment regimen that seems to help some, but I still have outbreaks.
 

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I'm in my mid-20's and suffer from acne which gets worse with stress. I got a referral from my PCP to see a dermatologist who put me on oral antibiotics (cleared it up a bit after 6 months of being on them) and creams (haven't started these yet). Its very frustrating because I have combination oily/dry skin!<br><br>
My best advice would be to see your doc about it, assuming you are not anti-medication for any reason. It can take time and a helluva lot of patience to clear up, but once it does its so worth it!
 

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I likewise developed acne in my 30's, went off the pill and got terrible outbreaks, all hormonal I think, it def gets worse with stress, alcohol and caffeine.<br><br>
I take a zinc supplement, also used tropical antibiotics to clear it up in the past.<br><br>
It has improved since I became a strict vegetarian so don't know if dairy played a roll.<br><br>
Its just terrible, I have outbreak now and going on holiday.<br><br>
Arrgh!!!
 

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Also, if you want to go with the over-the-counter route, benzoyl peroxide creams (sold in must drug stores under varying brand names) and salicylic acid facial washes are your best bet for drying out skin and clearing up minor break-outs. I've also found wearing little-to-no make up helps too.
 

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this seems related to hormones since you haven't had acne since now. did you change or start/stop oral birth control recently?<br>
its good to know where we stand with our hormone balances, if you have the means maybe get your hormone levels checked.<br>
sometimes it can be a simple solution like adding a bit more progesterone.
 

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Thanks for the replies.<br><br>
No I have never taken birth control pills.<br><br>
I will probably go to the doctor as soon as my new job benefits start up. I am currently using a benzoyl peroxide treatment cream but it really dries my skin out to the point of flaking.
 

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do you consume dairy by the way? Many people on here in other threads have said, that getting rid of the dairy can help.
 

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I haven't consumed any dairy in 9 months. I was having this problem prior to that and it has continued. I did see an improvement shortly after giving up diary, but it returned. I am going to "clean up" my eating habits though. I do tend to eat junk food occasionally. I generally eat healthy but there is definitely room for improvement.
 

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Have you tried nettle tea? I had some skin problems last year (which I found was caused by eating pork, yuck) and 1 large cup of nettle tea a day really made my skin a lot smoother.<br><br>
Worth a try!<br><br><br>
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Sorry to hear it!<br>
I always had amazingly clear skin at school but then hit my early twenties and acne began. It was HORRIBLE! As suggested already above, quitting dairy cleared it up in about a week <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> ! I don't actually think it was the dairy per se though, I think it was increasing the soy. I know soy negatively effects some people but for me when I started drinking/eating more of it, my periods became regular for the first time in my life and my acne disappeared . Goodluck with all this!<br>
( Apparently zinc helps too. Mmmm yum, pumpkin seeds !! )
 
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