I have been so frustrated for the past week! Early last week I was so happy because my skin seemed to be clearing up – I’ve never had perfectly clear skin though. So I’m happy and then a few days later – boom, breakout city. Ugh! This is so annoying!

I’ve tried ProActiv which did not work for me because I am allergic to it. I’ve tried ever other over the counter thing and nothing worked – though I did find out what I am allergic to! I even had a script when I was a teenager but I don’t think that really worked either.

My friend Andrea posted about various beauty treatments not too long ago – and I swear I had never heard of any of them! I was so excited about the aspirin one – basically you let uncoated aspirin (3-5, starting off with 3 then working your way up I suppose) in hot water until they soften up. Then you add them to a face mask and use it as usual. I finally got aspirin about a week and a half ago and I used this treatment I know two times, but maybe three, and that’s why I thought my skin was clearing up.

Then I breakout and I have to admit I wonder if I’m allergic to doing using aspirin in my face mask! Or if I just had a reaction to it. I’m scared to try it again but I am just so over my skin thinking it is 16 (ha, I’ll be wanting 16 year old skin when I’m 60 I’m sure!). I want to see a dermatologist but we are leaving in a week so there is no time.

Maybe I need a new face mask too. I know I do, I’ve been using the same brand for ages. I love trying new face stuff and in the past I’ve had to slow down as sometimes that is the case for breakouts as well.

Do you have any tips or tricks for getting clear skin? Mine has never been completely clear though I’ve tried various things like drinking lots of water, exercise, eating better, etc.

Here is to clear skin!

5 Responses to “Breakouts Like A Teenager”
  1. Andrea says:

    The best way to clear up your skin is a chemical exfoliant: BHA, AHA, or another type of acid. BHA is usually salicyc (sp) acid, like you find in pimple treatments and the like. AHA is glycolic acid, and it does a great job of clearing up your skin, provided you aren’t allergic to it (I am). Neutrogena has a line out now called Healthy Skin (use the serum) that is affordable. I use a line called Nucelle. It’s about $45 a bottle, but a bottle lasts me a year and keeps my skin clear.

    Some drugstore chemical exfoliants:
    AHA Souffle
    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream

    Start off using either one every other night. If your skin does ok, go to once per day, and then twice if you can take it. You’ll purge a little (breakout) at first as it clears your pores and then you should be breakout free.

    The Neutrogena also has retinols, which are great at anti-aging and keeping wrinkles at bay.

  2. Tsoniki says:

    I am allergic to Neutrogena’s entire line. :( I found that out years ago and always try something again but the allergy has never gone away. Unless I’m just super sensitive to what they use.

    Any other suggestions! :D

  3. Tishia Lee says:

    If I change cleansers often I break out. I’ve been using Mary Kay for a long time now and don’t have any problems with it so I’ll stick with that. I’ve never had super bad skin (even as a teen) but I notice when I’m eating lots of junk or not drinking hardly any water I breakout.

  4. Andrea says:

    Hmmmm… what products are you using right now? Also, what did you use the aspirin with? There are some products it shouldn’t be combined with.

  5. Tsoniki says:

    Let’s see – right now my cleanser is by Dove, then I have a toner and then oil of olay lotion. No masks or scrubs lately.

    I just bought new stuff with AHA in it so hopefully they will work!

    And the aspirin with a mask…lancome I think? (I’ll look later – LOL)