I'm 37. I still get spots. And Etos has been out of stock of their spot treatment that I like so much! I've had the joy of discovering that my skin now breaks out in different ways here in the NL than it did in the US. Joy.
Ain't that fun? I love how my skin goes totally haywire whenever I fly back and forth from the UK to North America. In London, it gets all irritated from the hard calcium in the water, and in Toronto, it's so dry, so I spend my days itching like a monkey with nits. Not fun.
dandy lyons wrote:
I found what helped my skin was cutting back on my dairy intake. (I can't cut it out completely - I love cheese too much!) I still get the odd spot but usually this happens after I've been on a week long cheese binge.
So it's soy milk on my cereal in the mornings now and I try to buy organic dairy when I can. (I'm convinced it has something to do with the amount of hormones pumped into dairy cattle)
Cheese binging sounds AMAZING. I'm imagining myself facedown in an enormous wheel of brie. But there's no way on earth that I'm giving up dairy unless it's a matter of life and death. All my milk and yoghurt are organic these days, anyway (for ethical reasons more than anything else, really). I've heard that dairy can be an acne trigger for some people, but I don't think that's what's going on with my skin. At least, I really hope not.
Here's my bit of non-scientific garbage skin philosophy: There isn't any miracle lotion or potion out there that fixes everybody's skin, and what works for your best friend is probably not going to work for you. And what worked for you a year ago isn't necessarily what your skin needs now. That really expensive Creme de la Mer stuff (and its ilk) is, no matter what their advertising insidiously tries to convince you, precisely the same formulation that you can buy in any decent drugstore for a tenth of the price.
But there are two things you can do that really, truly do
work, and help keep your skin looking great are: using sunscreen every day, and not smoking. That's it. Those are the secrets. Drinking enough water also helps a bit. Some gentle exfoliation, whether it's just with baking soda and a washcloth or alpha/beta hydroxy acids will probably make your face feel better, too. But really, for most of us, that'll do it. Persistent acne is a freaking nightmare, but it doesn't occur because you're doing something wrong (unless you're smearing axle grease or something weird on your face, so seriously, quit that!). It's just that your skin is particularly susceptible to a certain kind of bacteria, and your friendly neighbourhood dermatologist should be able to help you clear that up. It can be absolutely devastating to your self-esteem (oh my god, I've been there), but you don't have to endure it. There are lots and lots of options, and if your dermatologist isn't helping you find the solution that works for you, don't
hesitate to find one who will.
That's all I got. But I emphatically recommend any of Paula Begoun's books
for further sensible, impeccably-researched, and positive info. She's amazing.