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My face won't stop breaking out?

This might be kind of long. I was using Differin from derm and it stopped working so I started using a Salyclic acid cleanser from Biore and it's kept my skin mostly clear for the last 6 weeks. I also use a Clarisonic. Now I have three cystic pimples on my cheeks (I NEVER used to breakout on my cheeks), two on my chin and I came home today and found I have a new one on my forehead. I also have t ton on tiny under the skin bumps on my chin. What is going on?? My skin wasn't even this barowen I went to the derm the first time! Is there anything you would recommend? Mask, treatment, anything. My skin is also pretty oily.



Hey so I have nooo idea if this will be helpful at all, b...

Hey so I have nooo idea if this will be helpful at all, but a year ago my face wouldn't stop breaking out (I thought it was initial breakout from tretinoin but I gave up - too horrible, just awful awful awful), and after lots of changes, my skin is in really great shape. just so you have some context, I do have oily skin, but my cheeks get dry pretty easily. when my skin was at its worst, it seemed really red and stressed out, so I wanted to do something to cut down on inflammation and see if my diet was at fault. Long story short, I started using really gentle products and only washing my face at night since I noticed my skin looked its best right when I woke up and then looked worse after I washed it - I do use the clinique mild clarifying lotion/toner (the alcohol free one) in the morning though. My skin care regimen right now is: MORNING -clinique mild clarifying lotion (really a toner), a little dr.gross trifix acne stuff if I need it, some FAB aloe+ soothing gel, then shiseido urban environment sunscreen. NIGHT - the clinique mild face wash OR amore pacific enzyme peel (I sub this in a few times a week - love this stuff), a little dr.gross trifix acne stuff if I need it, then FAB aloe+soothing gel as a moisturizer.


Also, I cut out dairy completely, which helped, then drastically reduced my added-sugar intake, which helped a lot more. I noticed I'd still break out whenever I ate a ton of pancakes or banana bread or whatever, so I've been cutting down on gluten grains and it's been FANTASTIC. my skin looks fabulous. I try to eat lots of veggies, brown rice/quinoa, beans, low glycemic index stuff, green tea, water. worked great for me and might be worth a shot!

I agree on the person who suggested possibly cutting out...

I agree on the person who suggested possibly cutting out certain foods. In addition to cutting out dairy, I've noticed that when I eat beef, my face explodes with cystic acne. Everyone has their "allergy" when it comes to triggering their acne. That's my opinion. When it comes to tackling oily skin, I'm a huge fan of Origins acne line, so you may want to sample those skincare products. If you're looking to keep your oily skin in check, Murad's Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15 is good for day use. Other than that, doing things like switching your pillowcases frequently and cleaning your cell phone with alcohol are musts! I hope this helps and good luck!

breaking out is actually a good thing. it means that the...

breaking out is actually a good thing. it means that the new products that you're using are WORKING, by getting all the gunk out of your pores! 

Plus, using a clarisonic will do the same thing. It makes your skin purge and release all the pimples underneath the skin. 

Just stick with it, and hopefully it will clear up! In the mean time, drink lots of water!! 



Re: breaking out is actually a good thing. it means that the...

That's completely wrong!
Please look into the difference between purging and breaking out. Purging can only happen with exfoliants such as AHAs, BHAs, scrubs, peels, or retinoids. Why? Because exfoliation causes your skin to push the blockages inside of it out to the surface.
If you feel like you are "purging" after using a new moisturizer (or new product without any actives), you are probably just breaking out from the product.

It sounds like you should start using the differin gel th...

It sounds like you should start using the differin gel that was prescribed to you, You say that it stopped working but it sounds like your skin is much worse now. If the derm prescribed a routine for you that's what you should stick to. No one's skin stays perfect all the time.

Re: My face won't stop breaking out?

Hi Brittany,

One major thing that most skin care products lack is keeping your skin at a natural pH.  Our skin is naturally slightly acidic with a pH of 5.5.  When we wash our face with different products including water (neutral with a pH of 7) we end up stripping what is called the acid mantel from our faces.  This is what naturally keeps bacteria etc from proliferating on our skin.  Luckily or face is able to regenerate this acid mantel, but this process takes roughly 14 hours, and we generally wash our faces twice a day, which never allows the appropriate time for us to fully regenerate the acid mantel.  This results in our skin constantly producing oil (giving oily skin) and never allows our skin to naturally "catch up" to our treatments.  The product I would personally recommend for you to try is the Clear Advantage Line from Arbonne ].  This is a Swiss formulated, all natural product, with no preservatives and no harmful chemicals.  The toner step (used after the cleanser) returns your skin to the appropriate pH, so that your skin doesn't need to play "catch up".  It also comes with a spot treatment that will help clear up blemishes that appear.  My wife started using this and noticed her acne started clearing up within 3 days of use.  As these products go a long way, you don't need to use very much at a time, and this set should last roughly 3-4 months with washing your face twice a day.  Hopefully that helps!

Re: My face won't stop breaking out?

I have recently come across the same issue. Before I broke out maybe once in a month if that and then suddenly I started breaking out everywhereeee. Though some of my break outs are likely due to stress with my finals coming up but I also think it was allll the junk I was putting on my face. Now I'm trying to use products that are gentler on my face and don't have as many chemicals that are prone to clog my pores. I stopped using the Josie Maran's Argan Oil which felt lovely on my skin but I realized in the exact spots I put it on was where some breakouts were occurring. I also stopped using a face primer since I only use a BB cream on my face I realized that the primer was unnecessary and was also causing breakouts. I also decided to start taking better care of my face so now I exfoliate once a week with Boscia facial polish (sooo awesome!!! and gentle) to help keep it nice and clear from all those dead yucky skins cells.  

Re: My face won't stop breaking out?

I def know how you feel!  It'll be over soon.  You might be in a purging mode right now.  For whatever reason--seasons changing, allergens in the air, hormones, or all of the above--your skin is trying to clean your pores out.  I've found you have to be careful using too much salicylic acid, and I've also found physical exfoliation (i.e. Clairsonic) can aggravate things under the skin.


Try backing off the exfoliation.  Use a salicylic acid product maybe  once daily or even every other day.  Use oil-free moisturizers.  All of this together will calm your skin and keep it from producing too much oil, which can sometimes be a protective mechanism of your skin.


Personally, I've found ZERO coorelation with foods and my breakouts.  It's all revolved around external factors like the weather, a new foundation or product I've applied, or--here's the worse thing to admit--picking at my skin.  (So embarrassed.)


Keep your chin up!

Re: My face won't stop breaking out?

Oh, and another thing: Consider giving your skin a break for a day or so.  NO MAKEUP WHATSOEVER.  It's amazing how fast things will clear and then be okay afterwards.

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