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I Enjoy Being A Girl!

Lately, my face has been breaking out the way it hasn't since high school. And for the same reason. Hormones.

Seriously, my face looks as though it has come to a boil it's so full of bubbles and blemishes. No amount of scrubbing, application of creams, picking at things, leaving things alone, mud masks, peel off masks, facial massages have made a single bit of different. Once a spot appears, it takes 4-6 days to run its course no matter what I do.

They'll go away right before my period starts, and stay away until about a week after my period ends. So, either I'm full of spots or hemorrhaging like I've been shot.

Anyone want to join in on a chorus of "I feel pretty"?

I wonder if anyone's ever gotten insurance to pay for a hysterectomy through a referral from a dermatologist.

Yeah, I know that, on the scale of things, this is small potatoes. But still, I feel whiny and this is MY journal, dammit.

And have I mentioned that my allergies are kicking in? Bleagh.


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Jan. 21st, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
*sings* "I feel like a woman...."

I'm breaking out, too, something I almost never do. I think Nano's put something in the water....
Jan. 21st, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
While I cannot claim any experience with a weird monthly hormonal cycle, as someone who has had acne for a really long time (though much less now as an adult, my skin is still cranky), I'd definitely advise leaving it the hell alone, and not touching/washing the skin much more than once a day if possible. Also:
Try to avoid comedogenic ingredients:
seems to be a good list

I think a lot of moisturizers and such may be trouble, http://www.colladerm.com/ is not, it works, (and it doesn't have any weird girly smells to it.)

Some people seem to find high-dose (1 gram or more/day) vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) helps (it is generally thought to be really safe in rather high dosages, more so than most B vitamins, however definitely in higher dosages, it seems to produce a umm, loosening of the stool, in most people)

Also, stress is bad.

And one more thing, which I'm not sure applies to everyone is that I have a feeling, that for me, lots of high-glycemic index carbohydrates (beer being among the worst) and caffeine seem to give me trouble. I suspect this is the result of spiking insulin levels resulting in raised levels of cortisone, which aids in the inflammation which causes oil glands to get clogged so badly.

Jan. 21st, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)
See, this is why I love you and think you're great. That is the best and most complete advice I think I've ever gotten about my skin.

Jan. 21st, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
And there's more!
A bit more braindump:

A lot of liquid "soap" is not, and many detergents (shampoos included - try to keep them off the skin) have comedogenic ingredients. Ivory bars (assuming they haven't changed the classic formulation), the yellow Dial bars, and a bar soap called Purpose were okay according to my dermatologist. I've also found the Doctor Bronner's Magic Soap to be okay too. And I like the smell of peppermint!

When I was younger and it was worse, I saw a dermatologist about yearly, and I was using differin (sorta helpful topical but pricy), a prescription 10% benzoyl peroxide wash, and taking 100 or 200 mg (oral) of doxycyclene (an antibiotic) a day. Besides the fact that my acne got better as I got older, I thought the chronic use of an antibiotic was maybe not such a great idea (either for myself or for public health), so I haven't done that for about 4 years. I did however find an inexpensive, non-prescription 10% benzoyl peroxide wash which seems fairly effective, "Oxy oil-free acne wash". I'd recommend it, though, I'd also back off if it's irritating, since in addition to not clogging oil glands, you don't really want to be irritating the skin excessively if you want to prevent acne.
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