I have been following the community for quite sometime now, honestly, only when I needed to view the revision of the products that made me susceptible to comedonal acne. The blog is the best one, that I have come across so far.
I am 23 now. First 22 years were the most blissful years of my life. I had perfectly flawless skin, one or two pimples around that time of the month that’s it 🙂
It all started when I moved to chennai, to stay along with my husband, it-acne. My forehead was covered in bumps, ugly looking bumps. I didn’t bother and continued the usage of my once-best-friend ponds white beauty. I saw no improvement on my forehead when I decided to give clearsil a try – no use.
One evening, a situation got me into taking an oral contraceptive pill i-pill or 72 hours, I don’t remember which one. A few days later I notice invisible bumps on my cheeks, when I touch them, I feel a lot of them when when I look into the mirror until very close, I don’t see them. This worried me ton and I decided to visit a dermatologist. Well early in time isn’t it?
I did everything he prescribed, nothing worked on me. 6 months and I have already lost my beautiful skin. My skin is now covered in pimples, all over 🙁
I tried using every product possible, everything that claimed to work. They only worsened my face.
I never used makeup before but have started using, occasionally though from last 7 months.
By the time I turned 23, I shifted to Bangalore. Here I visited a dermatologist who prescribed me topical applications:
1. cetaphil cleanser for oily skin
2. nadoxin cream/gel + la shield sunscreen
3. adaplene for the nights
6 months now,
I have an almost clear skin but almost 🙁
What I see on my skin:
1. whiteheads 4-5
2. acne marks on my right cheek
I have an extremely fair skin so that makes these ugly creatures even more visible.
I have decided to go all natural now:
1. I wash my face with AHAglow facewash
2. using haldi besan curd mask for 10 min
3. apply lemon + cucumber homemade toner + cover my face completely when in sun. I am not exposed to sun often
4. Take triphala every night
5. Start the day with wheat grass on an empty stomach.
Please tell me this will work! I need help, I am desperate.
Hi Sweety, glad that you have achieved control over your acne situation. Congrats! But the way you have described it seems like acne is something that is really-really bad – being an acne sufferer, I know it’s not a great thing to have, but if you worry so much about it and feel so sad – then life would become even more miserable. Just treat it like any other ailment and try to resolve it. Don’t make it sooo personal – just treat yourself with right products and don’t worry too much even if you get a few pimples. Just move on.
Thanks Anuja 🙂 I try to remain calm about my acne but sometimes, just sometimes they do bother me. I guess it’s all a game of time, let me be patient and watch it go, I hope it does.
while reading out ur query the first thing which came in my mind was how similar our story has been,ofcourse minus the pill.. 😛
i have never had any acne all my life and then sudden flare up of comedonal acne before i could understand anything.. Mine are similar under the skin bumps which can be felt in multitude when i touch my skin and i can see them in mirror only when i look closely at my skin . I can also see them when i stretch my skin..
when these comedones started getting inflamed then one dermat prescribed me antibiotics and other dermat put me on isotret for a month..
Now these comedones are either white heads or blackheads.. i startd seeing more blackheads on my skin after these comedones developed.
I also use to apply lemon and cucumber juice before this prob started but lemon is highly acidic which if used for long periods can damage the lipid layer of the skin..this can make ur skin dehydrated and also susceptible to acne..Although it really faded the marks but can also irritate the skin..So be cautious..
Also you can try Saslic face wash for whiteheads as it sinks deep in ur skin and unclogs the pores getting rid of whiteheads.. I would suggest you not to use ahaglow and saslic together unless yours is very robust skin..
one thing i would like to ask.. were u able to find nadoxin gel easily ?. I see nadoxin cream everywhere but nadoxin gel is nowhere to be found.
The whole Pond’s White Beauty range is majorly comedogenic, so it is not an acne prone person’s best friend. Far from it.
The thing is, almost 90% of the products available in the market contain comedogenic ingredients, stuff that has been shown by science to block skin’s pores and cause pimples. This is why people keep suffering even after ‘trying every product possible’.
This includes products meant specifically for acne prone skin too, which is a pity. Pond’s White Beauty, Pimple Face Wash and God knows how many other products have broken out tons of people.
So what you need is right information so you can tackle acne step by step. You do not have to put up with acne or try to remain calm about it.
Making drastic decisions like using only natural products isn’t going to work because for stubborn acne, home made masks are too weak a treatment to be of any use. They may provide short term benefit, but do not expect them to clear up any underlying issues.
Curd contains milk cream in it, which can easily block pores. Lemon can be a skin irritant and redden the acne marks. So please, cut out these remedies for a bit and try a simpler regimen and see if that helps.
morning: wash face with AHAGlow
evening: wash face with AHAGlow. Skip AHAGlow and use Cetaphil if face feels dry or irritated
night: adapalene gel all over the acne prone areas, not just as a spot treatment. Nadoxin after adapalene has absorbed, only on any big pimples
After a week, try adding in the sunscreen. La Shield has a lot of silicone content, which is okay for most people, but for now, just try to skip it for a week and see if that helps. Also, start reading here so you can come up to speed quickly.
Triphala and wheat grass should help, but you will need to come back to a more lenient way of caring for the skin, which may not be all-natural. Sometimes detoxing can bring up more acne that may or may not stop. Perhaps try cutting out these two for a week or so and see if that helps too.