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RAG 07-09-2002 04:01 PM

Is anyone else here "old" with acne?
LOL! I ask because there are so many posts from teens, young 20's, and I'm 31. I've had acne since I was like 14 so I certainly understand what it's like to have acne when young, but I think it gets to be different as I get older. I really don't see a lot of people with acne, young or old, but I think most people think it's a teeny-bopper problem and must think I'm a freak for having it now. I have two young children with whom I stay home so it's easy to hide out, but the older one is going to be going to K in the fall and I dread the thought of taking him to school, doing the PTA meeting stuff, etc. with my skin...UGH! How long is this damn acne going to hold me back? <IMG SRC=""> (yeah, yeah, as long as I let it, mind over matter, blah, blah) Wondering if anyone else can relate to this??????
Oh, but to you young folks, I'm impressed by the great advice and support you give throughout the posts...everyone here, young or old, is great! <IMG SRC="">

DianaL 07-09-2002 05:02 PM

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Hi. I'm 28 and can totally relate. I have a 2 year old son. It's funny because my son gets rashes that looks like acne on his face. He's too young to have it and I feel I'm too old to have it. Sometimes when I go out with him people think I'm his babysitter because they say I look 15. I wish it were because I had no wrinkles and just looked young but I know it's because of my pimples. My niece stayed with me for a while and I had to drop her off at school every morning. The school is only 3 blocks away and every morning I would have to wake up early just to put on my makeup to take the 10 minute walk. I was too embarrased to let the other parents see my scars. I'm a stay at home mom too so I really appreciate being able to hide out when my breakouts are bad. Sometimes I don't leave the house for weeks.

Nancy S+13 07-09-2002 05:13 PM

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I'm 37. I guess that qualifies as old.

RAG 07-09-2002 05:26 PM

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DianaL, man, you sound like a soul sister. It's nice to have someone really get what this is like as an "older" person. I get the "you look young" thing too. I actually used to teach middle school and would get mistaken as one of the students. I mean, I think I'd look young without the acne but because of it, I really look young. And, yeah, I get the make-up thing too. I usually plan my errands for the week around when I wear on the days I wear it, I go places, the days I don't, I'm a hermit (I try to rest my skin from make-up). With your son's rashes, I understand that too. My oldest had baby acne until he was about a year old, and I felt soooooo stupid when people would say "what's on his face?" and think they'd look at me and say "ah, like mother like son". This sucks. But, it is so nice to have these boards and people like you that understand.

And, Nancy S+13, I hope I didn't offend you. I put old in quotes because it really is a relative thing. To a 14-yr-old, 31 is old. Whereas to me (the 31-yr-old), 37 is nothing. <IMG SRC=""> <p>[This message has been edited by RAG (edited 07-09-2002).]

JustPeachy 07-09-2002 08:23 PM

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I'm 28 with acne!!

hundehus 07-10-2002 01:18 AM

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Hi to all,
I am 32 and had been suffering with acne since I was about 15. I figured I would grow out of it. I wore make-up to cover it most of my life. I finally had enough of the doctors, the prescription medication. and the over the counter medication. Nothing worked and I was tired of it. I decided to stop wearing makeup and to heck with what people thought and purchased Proactive after seeing the advertisments for about a year. I was not convinced that it was going to work but tried it as a last resort. It took a little longer than most testimonials stated it worked for them, but it did work. When I do get breakouts they clear up very quickly. My face actually doesn't hurt anymore. Growing up paranoid about scratching or rubbing my face or worse yet, let someone else touch my face; it's so nice not to worry about that anymore. I just wish it had been available when I was younger. Hope this helps somebody!

Timber 07-10-2002 05:25 AM

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My mom is 47 and still dealing with acne. Doesn't bode well for my future, does it? :-(

cgrymm 07-10-2002 06:51 AM

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I think I'm top dog in the old departmant. I'm 49 and still dealing with it, and not just with my face but with my body also. I know this is a life long battle.Since Ihave een coming here I have used some of the tips and they have worked well. I have been using B5 for about a month now and that had definatly helpedI have quit being so rough on my skin. I have noticed that it is much more fragile then it used to be. Probably for all the medications I have been using over the years.

sweetbabyjane 07-10-2002 06:54 AM

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My mother is 55, and just recently stopped breaking out. It wasnt' serious, just one zit every few months, but it's still a little old to have them, don't you think? On the bright side, her skin is totally wrinkle free, and everyone thinks she's in her early 40's. The oiler your skin is when you are younger, the better it will look when you are older. I have an oily t-zone, but at least I won't have to combat dryness and a face full of wrinkles when I am older.

~Cansu~ 07-10-2002 08:06 AM

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My aunt is 37 and my mother is 48 and they are still dealing with a bad case of adult acne.

IagoLove 07-10-2002 10:31 AM

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I'm also 31...I've been suffering with oily skin and acne since I was 15 or so. I've tried every antibiotic out there, used accutane, retin-a, had power peels, glycolic peels, and TCA peels.

Of those, the only thing that worked at all were accutane and the power peels..but results were always temporary.

This last week, however, I've been using the Egg-Yolk mask that's been discussed on this board. I must say, the results, atleast so far, are impressive. My pores are tighter, and my skin is far less oily. The 'bumps' and blackheads that I generally get on my forehead have comlpetely disappeared.

I still have brown spots and discolorations from past acne, but overall my skin is looking much healthier.

daylight568 07-10-2002 02:44 PM

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I'm 38 and my face gets oily therefore if I'm not constantly taking care of it it can become a MESS! I had just always excepted it until this year when It got a little worse and I got sick of tired of having to mess with it all the time and a whole new world of products and imformation was openened up to me via the internet.Thanks to this forum I have been having some success with the egg yolk treatment and upping my flaxseed dose.I just ordered B5 and can't wait to start taking it to see if it helps.I also ordered a B complex vitamin .I am worried about all the B vitamins giving me a headache as B vitamins have given me headaches in the past.Hopefully if that happens I will be able to figure out why that is happening.

Cur111 07-10-2002 04:03 PM

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38. I'm doing great with B5 ( plus B-complex ) and Zinc. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me.

~ Cur111

U4IA 07-10-2002 05:23 PM

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I'm 45. I've had acne since I was 11. My skin is much less oily since I have been taking a low dose of spironolactone. I also think that the salicylic acid in the make-up and skin care products that I use has helped prevent my skin from breaking out.

My big issue now is not acne but the scars that acne left behind. I obsess about them daily. They have destroyed my self esteeme and self confidence. I work with alot of very confident people and find that I continually second guess myself and frequently back down even when I know I am right because I feel less worthy due to my disfigurement. I have not figured out how to "get over" this. I'm not sure I ever will.

TSB 07-10-2002 06:06 PM

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I'm 37 years old.

I was also thinking "where are the older people on this board?" It's not that I belittle younger people having acne, but I think potential to "grow out of it" is there as a teen and so there is hope. While older acne suffers are left confused and depressed because there isn't that same hope.

By the way, I did have 5 years of complete control (100% acne free) from ages 31 to 36. I used Ortho-tricyclen and Retin-A .1%. But now I have developed seborrheic dermatitis (kissing cousin to acne) and acne on my face. Could be I am going through some hormonal shifting.

I was wondering if anybody has thought of topical anti-androgen creams or lotions?

I have come across some interesting articles on the following:

1)dermatologists in Europe prescribe topical for estrogen cream to fight seborrheic dermatitis.

2)JAMA article reporting on study comparing cyperatone acetate (anti-androgen) as a topical to be applied to the skin versus taking it in pill form.

3) how women fighting androgenic alopcia are using spironolactone and finding their acne and skin are improving.

(The theory for the above treatments is blocking androgens at their receptor sites)

For adult women with stubborn acne, it could be a result of your skin being HYPER SENSITIVE to androgens (male hormones) being produced in your body, even at normal levels - or - your body produces too much of the hormone.

I am pursuing/researching the avenue of topical anti-androgen therapy because putting a topical anti-androgen on your skin may bring acne relief by targeting the trouble area (your face) and avoiding having to have an over all affect on your body.

Is anyone thinking along the same lines as me?

By the way, accutane didn't work, antibiotics were terrible and didn't work, and vitamins are pointless for me.

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