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Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:27 pm      Reply with quote
I am 49 1/2 (OMG!) years old and have more problems with acne now than when I was in high school. I have used Obagi which did wonders for the discoloration but not much for the zits. I am just in the beginning stages of menopause (I think) skip periods occasionally, more hairs on my chin than in my eyebrows, had a few hot flashes (those are exciting) and the pimple problem. The pimples seem deeper and definitely last longer than in the past. Get them on my chin and my neck - never had problems with my neck in my teen-aged years. I have heard that taking Zinc helps. Can anybody relate and what has helped you?
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Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:41 pm      Reply with quote
I had the same problem, and even antiobiotics were not really helping me for those super deep, painful ones around my mouth. I finally broke down and tried Proactiv, and it totally worked.

That hormonal period finally passed (thank goodness!!!) and I no longer need such strong products. But I still use their toner regularly, and buy it from ebay.

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Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:07 am      Reply with quote
At 47, I too have been dealing with this as I am perimenopausal as well.
My derm has me on Oracea, a low dose daily antibiotic that is basically Doxycycline.
It works minimally at best at keeping the large cystic acne at bay, but not the smaller ones which I get with monthly regularity and leave red marks.
I'll be glad when I get past this as well but don't take any hormones or supplements for it other than that.

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Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:35 am      Reply with quote
I'd definitely see a derm. When it comes to cystic type acne its very hard to treat with OTC products. There are lots of great rx's, personally tazorac has been very helpful for me.
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Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:24 am      Reply with quote
I am also on finacea, which also helps but am out of it at the moment.
They did try me on birth control pills (funny because I was never on them during the days I had my uterus!), but i didn't like the side effects.
The other option for me would be hormone replacement therapy, but I am not quite there yet.

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I went on Orthocyclen when I was 33 for adult/perimenopausal acne. At the time it was the right choice for me. I tried many of the OTC methods and even put bags of frozen blueberries on my face to "bring down the swelling". (this is actually in the book The Acne Cure!) 5 years of my life (28-33) flushed down the toliet due to the acne, taking a pill was easier. I have recently gone off it due to not being able to tolerate the progestins, have noticed an ever so slight increase in oil in my t-zone but no breakouts.

What also worked for me in the early stages of using the pill was washing twice a day with a salicylic acid wash (good old Neutrogena acne wash, which I read on another thread is actually one of the few ph balanced cleansers at the drugstore!) and slathering on benzoyl peroxide. I stopped this regimen about a year after being on the pill. Looking back my skin actually looked better on the salicylic acid wash than anything I've used lately.

Two books you might want to check out: It's My Ovaries Stupid by Elizabeth Vliet (aggressive title but a very good book, really helped me understand what was causing my acne) and Unblemished by Rodan and Fields, the ProActiv derms.
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Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:22 pm      Reply with quote
I wanted to thank everyone who took the time to read my post and to answer. I figure this too will pass. Acne is a huge pain but I guess it can always be worse, right?
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gretchen wrote:

Two books you might want to check out: It's My Ovaries Stupid by Elizabeth Vliet (aggressive title but a very good book, really helped me understand what was causing my acne) and Unblemished by Rodan and Fields, the ProActiv derms.


That just reminded me....Rodan and Fields have an "adult version" of their Proactiv kit (targeting teen skin).

Some reviews:
http://www.acnetalks.com/pimple/Products/OTC-Products/Rodan-and-Fields-Unblemish.htm

http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=77881/Unblemish/Rodan_and_Fields/Skincare_-_Face

Where to buy:
https://www.rodanandfields.com/Shopping/Product.aspx?cid=69

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