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Re: ACNE at age 37
Sep 8, 2008
I'm so sorry you are going through this. I know exactly how you feel. I've had the same problem off and on since I was 12! I'm 42 now and still get acne occassionaly (at least once or twice a month - ALWAYS on my chin and upper lip area, never anywhere else) and I've tried everything under the sun except laser treatments (which I am considering). I've been on Accutane twice (loved it both times, but the acne came back after a year or so) and every antibiotic and topical solution known to man! I do, however, notice a HUGE difference in my skin when I drink at least 4to 6 bottles of water per day. I'm not a thirsty person and I'm kinda small, so this is a lot for me to drink. When I drink tons of water I don't seem to get as many cystic type pimples. Also, I have been using Neutrogena's Rapid Clear facial cleanser (in the orange colored tube - you can get it at Target, Walmart, any drug store) and it REALLY cuts the oil and is not too harsh. I swear by it, and I've tried everything from cheap to expensive. I've even tried Obagi. The whole line was $350.00! Obagi is a WONDERFUL product, but too expensive to continue and is not really to treat acne. Another product that really cuts facial oil and helps reduce breakouts for me is Clinique Clarifying lotion. It's an astringent. I use it before AND after I wash my face with the Neutrogena. A doctor recommended that I first use an astringent BEFORE I apply cleanser to my face. The idea behind it was, in simple terms, is to "cut" the grease so that your cleasner is more effective at cleaning your skin deep inside your pores. I did notice a difference the first time I tried this. While my skin is not perfect, I've seen a big improvement when I drink LOTS of water, clean my skin with a strong astringent (Clinique clarifying lotion for OILY skin) and use the Oil controling Neutrogena face wash. This worked for me so I thought I'd share. Oh, one more thing, if you are eating a lot of sugar - lay off of it! That's a hard one for me however! Good luck to you! I hope your face clears up soon.

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