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lo1978
Adult acne not responding to treatment
I'm 35 and have been suffering from adult acne for about a year. I started out trying OTC skincare but it didn't help so I went to a dermatologist about 8 months ago. She prescribed me a benzoyl peroxide gel and Differin. It worked for a few months but then stopped working. I went back about 6 weeks ago and she changed me to a sodium sulfate/sulfur face wash and a stronger retinol at night; stopped the BP because it was too drying. I've seen no improvement still; in fact it's gotten worse and I'm so frustrated! I also got a facial a few weeks ago and the esthetician said that my skin was actually dehydratedband therefore producing more sebum to compensate, which very well could be contributing to my acne. One thing I did today was change my Clarisonic brush head from normal to delicate; which I mistakenly had chosen about 4 months ago. Maybe the "harsher" brush head contributed so hopefully this helps. I'm debating dropping the dermatologist and go hunting again through OTC products. Any advice, thoughts or suggestions are appreciated!
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millieb
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I thought I conquered my teenage acne until it came back at 23 but a different kind of zits. My teenage acne was a battle over oil but my adult skin needs to stay hydrated or it breaks out. Benzyl Peroxide treatments don't really do much for me cos they dry my skin out so much, it kind of puts me back to square one. This includes on my chest and shoulders - grrr! As far as products go, I've also had good results with Philosophy, like the respondent above. The other Sephora brand I really like is Jurlique - I can vouch for the calendula cream and a few of the hydrating sprays and serums. 

The other thing to consider is what's going on inside - hormone changes, allergies etc. It takes a combo of good skin care regime, birth control and careful diet (low on gluten, dairy, sugars, coffee) for me to have nice skin.

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