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I'm also 31...I've been suffering with oily skin and acne since I was 15 or so. I've tried every antibiotic out there, used accutane, retin-a, had power peels, glycolic peels, and TCA peels.

Of those, the only thing that worked at all were accutane and the power peels..but results were always temporary.

This last week, however, I've been using the Egg-Yolk mask that's been discussed on this board. I must say, the results, atleast so far, are impressive. My pores are tighter, and my skin is far less oily. The 'bumps' and blackheads that I generally get on my forehead have comlpetely disappeared.

I still have brown spots and discolorations from past acne, but overall my skin is looking much healthier.
I am 29 and have had acne since I was 13. I started getting boils and cysts about three years ago, which to my absolute horror started creeping down my neck, back and chest . My acne seems to be very active when I am under stress in my life. My first boil was on the front of my neck in December 1998 right before my Jan. 1 wedding. I had to buy a wedding dress with a high lace neck specifically to hide the boil.

Right now I am hiding out in my apartment from the rest of the world because I have so many cysts. Twice in the past month when I have gone out, a beatiful woman with clear skin has commented on how young I look. When I said that I'm almost 30 they both said, "oh your complexion looks so good," as if I'm blind and don't know I have terrible skin. The worse part is that I feel pretty good about my looks otherwise, and when my skin is clear I can succeed in business, relationships, etc.

I am a professional who is looking for a job right now, and going on job interviews completely lacking self-confidence and not getting the job has been really difficult. This, of course, leads to more stress (financial and emotional), which leads to more cysts and boils, making the whole sitartion even worse. It's like a never-ending cycle.

Acne is a huge problem in my life. It can be a very debilitating disease. My BF is so kind and says he doesn't care about my acne, only how it makes me feel so horrible about myself. I'm really grateful for this forum where I can hear other peoples' stories and get treatment ideas. And it's nice to know I'm not going through this alone.

Throughout the years, I have tried numerous treatments just like everyone, including Retin A, Ortho TriCyclen, Tetracycline, Differen, etc., etc., etc. I am going to try B5 and some of the other treatments for oily skin discussed on this forum before resorting to Accutane.

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