Help, help, oh help! I am 23-years-old and my skin is worse now than it has ever been (couldn't be the stress from nursing, now could it!?!). I mean, it's not terrible where every square centimeter is covered, but I cannot think of the last time when I didn't have one pimple on my face. The last year it has gotten worse. I feel like hiding because I have tried everything and when I went to the dermatologist last week he wrote a prescription for Brevoxl 4% wash and for Differin gel. I had tried Differin gel before but my skin was so sensitive I quit using it. He suggested that I start out using it every other night instead of every night at first. The only thing is that I know it makes skin worse before it gets better and I dread *shudder* the thought of my face being worse. I know this may sound vain, but I'm decent looking and this acne has made me very self-conscious and has seriously given me some self-esteem issues. A lot of people think I am younger than 23 due to my skin. My back and chest break out occasionally, but not bad. Has anyone else experienced this? And what do you think about the Brevoxl wash and Differin gel? Could I have some input please?
I swear by ProActiv. I first saw it on an infomercial, thought it was too good to be true and kept on suffering from acne flare ups. Interestingly, I never had problem skin as an adolescent or teenager; my bad skin started in my mid-20's. I tried everything; OTC solutions, scripts for Tetracycline, everything, and nothing worked. I finally, out of frustration, called the number of the ProActiv people, ordered the basic product, and the very first time I used it I could tell a difference in the way my skin felt. Within maybe 10 days, I was blemish free and a very happy convert to the ProActiv cause. I get the product every 2 months and it costs about $50 per shipment, so $25 q mo seems very reasonable, especially since it works for me! I believe it's a combination of prescription strength benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid, and it was evidently created by two MD's (Dermatologists). I swear by it, and can't imagine using anything else. I've been using it for over 5 years. They have an extensive website... www.proactiv.com
Last edit by donsterRN on Aug 2, '05
I'm 31 and my skin is worse now than it was when I was a teenager. My chin is constantly broken out and its reallly quite embarrising. The best thing that I have found to help keep my skin clear is Clinique. I use their 3 step, turnaround lotion, and some of their acne products. I've tried all the Rx, products from other cosmetic companies that I have worked for and nothing worked.
Now, I am partcial to Clinique because I do work for them but our products really have helped me. I usually only break out now if I get really stressed out or if I am about to start my period.
Last edit by Princess74 on Aug 2, '05