I've always had larger pores. After adolecense was over, I only got the occasional pimple here and there. Nothing extraoridnary. At 33 (last year) I suddenly started breaking out. My diet is no different, my water intake is greater than before, but no sudden stress or change in cleaning habits or methods (until recently, that is. Now I have to use clay masks 2 a week and astringents daily).
The pimples are occuring on my face, neck, and upper back. It's driving me insane. I've tried abrasive sponges on my back, I've tried body scrubs, and I have no idea what to do next. The daily facial routine seems to be working, some. I'm still getting two or three blemishes at a time, but it's not as bad as it was before.
Are you sure there's *nothing* you've changed? think back.. even changing your laundry detergent can affect your skin..
outside of figuring out whats causing it.. which can take forever.. for mild to moderate acne it's usually best to start at the beginning.. a good routine and OTC products... a clay mask and astringent won't really help... astringent can just irritate most peoples skin instead of helping pimples.. and clay mask affects just don't hold up that long...
I would suggest pinning your hair up in soft scrunchies if you have long hair... change your sheets every couple of weeks, and try a low BP content cream like neutrogena on the spot every night before bed after you wash (be careful it can bleach things.. so don't get it on fabrics you want to keep) and if it makes your skin dry out use a moisturizer in the morning after you wash it off. Last but most important.. don't scrub too hard, touch it too much, or pick at it.. that just makes a little problem into a BIG problem.
In the mean time you can try to figure out what caused it... maybe a change in shampoo or perhaps even just natural hormonal changes in your 30's... Good luck, hope that helps.
Last edited by TranscendingAbyss; 11-29-2003 at 08:26 PM.