Skincare | I'm 22 and I STILL Have Spots

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

I know that there are so many people out there that suffer with spots well into their 20's, I think sometimes acne and spots are seen to be a problem confined to teenage skin... that's obviously not the case. I've had spots for as long as I can remember to be honest, I started getting them when I was about 11 in primary school; I got the old favourite names such as pizza face and although it bothered me I was convinced it was only temporary, that I would grow out of them. 

Then I got to 16 and ready to leave secondary school, they were still there and had now become more prominent on my back as well as my face. The only thing that seemed to help them clear was the combined pill... I had about 18 months where my skin was pretty much clear, both on my back and my face but then I came off the pill and had to go on the injection when I was 18 (to cut a long story short I was on medication which stopped the pill working) and my problems started again. I absolutely PILED weight on, within a month I think I gained 2 stone and my spots were back with a vengeance. Since then I've never managed to lose the weight and the spots are still there, even though I'm not on the injection. 


As you can see, I don't just have the 'odd one' at a certain time of month. They are pretty much all over. My forehead isn't so bad but I get a lot around my mouth area and a few on my cheeks. They're just so unsightly and really quite difficult to cover up because they tend to dry up which can then make the foundation cake and go patchy. I have been upping my efforts with skincare lately as you know, I have more of a routine now and I do see improvements and then all of a sudden, without me changing anything, I'll just get an outbreak and I have absolutely no idea why. That's what's so frustrating. I realise that my diet isn't the best but I do try and eat fruit and/or veg every day and I try and drink at least 2/3 pints of water every day. Yes I should probably more strict when it comes to my diet but I see loads of people who's diet is a lot worse than mine, and they have great looking skin. I've tried Seven Seas hair, skin and nails supplements and I did start to see a difference but then all of a sudden it was as if my body said 'no, not going to let those help me anymore!' I feel like I've tried anything and to be honest I'm pretty much at the end of my tether now.

I don't expect my skin to be perfect, but at 22 I didn't still expect to have a face like a dot to dot puzzle. If I can't get rid of the spots, I'd at least like to be able to cover them up properly and make them stay covered instead of having a cakey face of patchy product! I'm going to do an updated skincare post within the next week just so you can see what I've been using... my skin seems as if it loves products to start with and reacts really well and then with some of those products it'll just go mental!

Have you got any tips on how to help spots? Any supplements, good foods or other treatments? I'm open to all suggestions!


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  1. I've started using a product called Skinetica, which if I am honest has been really good - I haven't had a breakout since using it. I change my pillow cases every few days so my face isn't rolling around in dirt, and I always splash my face with cold water once I have cleansed, as this closes the pores, and prevents dirt from getting into them. I also avoid sugary foods, ie sweets, chocolate (not eaten for 6wks), cake, biscuits, and my skin hasn't been too bad since doing that.

    I am still battling with it, especially the blemish marks which on my dark skin look not so great, but what I've been doing has helped a lot.

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    1. omg! 6 weeks without chocolate!! I should totally cut out sugary stuff aswell but it's so difficult, i've got a real sweet tooth... I've got a tiny bottle of that skinetica so i'll give that a go xx

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    2. I'm not going to lie - it has killed me as I do love chocolate lol But I think it's doing my skin some good. It's hard, but I kinda keep myself busy so I don't head for the sugary foods lol. With the Skinetica I noticed a difference within a week of using it, which I thought was amazing :).

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  2. I used to have quite bad spots on my face too. I've recently only been using BareMinerals skincare (because I got it free as I work there) and it's really helped. Blemish Remedy is good for painful spots I found but the Deep Cleansing foam/Purifying Facial Cleanser is great. I don't use a harsh exfloiator at the moment which I actually think has helped, as I'm not taking off all the dead skin in a harsh way and making my skin feel it needs to produce more oil (thus leading to more spots...) I do find that skincare is the most important thing. I would highly recommend the BM Pure Transformation Night Treatment too but it's pretty expensive (which really annoys me bc I love it!) it's a really good treatment for clearing up skin if you use it every night but can bring out more impurities for the first week... I will also recommend the BM foundation. They've got a new heavy coverage one coming out in March which you might like? Maybe go check it out if you have a counter near you and then wear it for the day to see how well it lasts :) (Sorry for banging on about BM! I just really do love their stuff!) Do you do face masks at all? I find these help a lot too. The fact that you drink lots of water is a good thing and no ones diet is perfect! If it's any help, your skin isn't terrible, but I know what it's like when you see one thing when you look in the mirror (mine's redness round my nose/cheeks!) I hope you feel more confident soon and that they don't get you down too much. Maybe it's something you're allergic to? Feel free to tweet me if I can be of any help at all!

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    1. I've been meaning to try bare minerals for ages but i was sceptical as to whether it'd give me the coverage I need but the heavy coverage sounds perfect for me! can't wait for when that comes out, i'm definitely heading to a counter then! x

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    2. I get medium to heavy coverage with my loose powder and honestly don't know how I didn't use the stuff before working there! Every liquid I've used has caked into my dry skin and this doesn't at all. So happy with it! The new brush that comes out is so soft bc it's synthetic so it won't irritate your skin at all either. If you've got a bigger counter near you they might have skincare samples too which is always helpful if you want to try new stuff out!

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  3. Wow, You are such a strong person to have the confidence to write this post. As soon as I saw the title I thought omg this girl is me. I'm 22 and am suffering with spots. Granted my case isn't as bad as you but I feel the same and have the same problem with covering them up! I've actually just written a review on the Origins Spot Remover where I tell a snippet of my problem. I've always thought of writing a post about my problems (naked face/no makeup post) but never had the confidence to take pictures. I also suffer from them all round my mouth and I feel this is the worst place as when I'm talking to someone I feel all they are looking at is my spots round my mouth!! Thank you for writing this post and making me realise I'm not really alone with this problem!!

    Adele-Marie xx

    Adele | One Girls Obsession With Makeup

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    1. that was my aim, I know there are so many people who go through this and feel like they're the only person! I get them round my mouth too and I hate it, not only because they look awful, they're also really painful at times. Think i'm also gonna start changing my pillowcases twice a week so that bacteria doesn't spread, like serenity of beauty said above, that can be a cause xx

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  4. Damn, I'm turning 20 this summer and was really hoping all my spots would magically disappear and be history along with the official 'teenage-years' :(
    I think your skin is pretty great, you obviously do have spots, but other than that your skintone is very even and I'd die to have that.
    I think you are a brave person, and I am truly so excited to see your next post on this topic. I'm too sad about my own skin to ever show a picture like that, and the fact that you're so cool to do this, really inspires me.

    xx

    ps. you look great doll x

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    1. aww thankyou, that really does mean a lot to me :-) I didn't realise that my skintone was even, I guess thats because i've never really seen uneven skintone. I'll make sure I keep you updated on my journey! x

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  5. I don't get spots (lucky me I know) but the odd one can stumble me. I'm on the pill which stops my periods, also lucky me but also not at the same time, anyway ramble over. For the odd spots that I do get, I've been using Neutrogena clear gel and Skinetica too that someone has put in the comments. Feel sorry for you as I get stressed about little things. You're very brave for putting the photos up too!

    http://www.la-vida-fresa.com xo

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    1. I was on the mini-pill too at one point, and it seemed to make my spots worse, just shows that different bodies react in different ways! skinetica seems to be really popular, i'm going to have to crack open my little mini bottle! x

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  6. Awesome of you to have such confidence to post about this, because I certainly do not but have the same problem as you! I am 23 and get zits still. It's like, we should be grown out of this by now right?! Well, I've been on Accutane and that cleared my face for about 2 years and then my acne came back! I have been on the pill YAZ for a few months and that has been helping, along with my Clarisonic! That's my best tips but I stll get acne from time to time. Like now actually, I have a huge one on my chin. Boo! Keep up the good work though! :)


    Mandy

    sparkleonyourvanity.blogspot.com

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    1. I was on a combined pill called 'yasmin' and that really helped my spots... i'm scared of clarisonics, purely because i've heard about the 'purging' stage... I have a huge one on my cheek at the moment, one of those really painful, angry, red ones that you can't do anything about!!! xx

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  7. 22? Try 31. :) I've had acne for the better part of my life, mostly manageable, but it became a lot worse at 28 when I went off the pill. I basically spent two years with a lot of painful hormonal bumps on my jaw and the sides of my neck. Always wearing scarves, always hiding from direct sunlight, self-conscious like hell... But the point is, I got through it. Whatever you do, please don't go on Accutane or something terrible like that, I'm glad I've let my body balance itself out without the help of harsh medication. Try zinc, both topically and in supplements, bee products like those containing royal jelly might also help your diet, and see if foods like dairy or sugars aren't making matters worse (it's not necessarily always connected, but some people do have that reaction). I find that stress and lack of sleep is making me more prone to outbreaks as well. Makeup-wise, focus on enhancing the healthy majority of your skin and not covering it with lots of foundation. Only conceal what needs concealing. :)

    And difficult as it may sound, try not to sweat it too much. I met my current boyfriend during the time when my skin was at its worst, he still found me beautiful and was quite surprised when I told him about my problem. The zits never went away completely, but now it's vastly better and they no longer rule my bloody life.

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    1. good, i'm glad you're coping! I do need to evaluate my diet and pick out what could be causing it.. i think i'm going to try and do a food diary.

      I definitely won't be going on accutane because i'm trying to conceive :) x

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  8. I tend to get terrible spots. It is very disheartening for me and I hate wearing foundation because it makes it even worse! Two years ago my mum sat me down and just told me to stop using so many products! I used exfoliators and different face washes in the morning and at night, so she told me to stick to one brand and the same products at morning at night! I have been using Clinique 3 step skincare for over a year and a half now and my skin has never been better! Keep it simple and try samples of high end products before buying to see if they work or not and save money x

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    1. yeah i agree with your mum... I thought using scrubs and stuff was the right thing to do but a lot of products that claim to help, often don't they often make your skin produce more oil and therefore can cause more spots! I did consider clinique but i've heard a lot of their products are alcohol based which can sometimes aggravate your skin, but if it's working for you then carry on! xxx

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  9. We have our spots in the exact same places! Its a nightmare, Ive had them since the age of 10 and I'm nearly 21 now! I'm currently using the clinique 3-step anti-blemish system which is keeping them under more control than before, but i still have terrible bumps under my skin. I've just been Diagnosed with PCOS and they told me that my skin is a massive side effect of it. I'm currently about to have a 5cm cyst removed from my right ovary and then go onto medication to prevent it which they said should help with my skin. I JUST WANT NICE CLEAR SKIN!!

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    1. oh gosh that sounds horrendous!! I've heard about PCOS and people have mentioned about being tested for it as I do show some of the other symptoms (not just spots) x

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  10. I did a post about my skin WAYY back in November -http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-hardest-post-ive-ever-written.html

    I've been to a dermotologist since and have been doing skin up dates:
    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/skin-update-dermatologist-appointment.html

    http://golddustk.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/roaccutane-two-weeks-in.html

    I'm 22 and was desperate for anything to work - ask to be referred to a dermotologist!

    xx

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    1. OMG! your spots have got sooooo much better!! the only problem is i'd like to conceive some time in the next year and I know you can't take roaccutane if you get pregnant or if you're trying to get pregnant, although the results do look AMAZING! xx

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  11. dIanette! I have the exact same skin as you and have had perfectly clear skin ever since taking DIanette (it's a form of contraceptive pill). Honestly, it's made such a difference both physically and psychologically. Sometimes acne cannot be cleared by diet and good skincare alone, so hormonal intervention is often needed. Otherwise there is always roactin which your doctor can prescribe.

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    1. yeah see I want to conceive sometime in the near future so roaccutane and contraceptive pills are out of the question :) xx

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  12. Go to a doctor.. they can give you some cream that is really specific treatment for your skin.. my doctor could help me a lot. Then I used Avene products (Triacneal and Cleanance K) and they reduce my acne to. I'm 25 years old.

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    1. I've heard lots of good things about avene, I'll definitely check them out! x

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  13. look at your diet first, maybe you are eating too much of a bad thing or you might be slightly alergic, try cutting out dairy products for a fortnight.

    moisturise your skin, i started putting almond oil on my skin at night and my spots have significantly reduced. dont forget to exfoliate gently and completely remove makeup at night.. or even better dont wear makeup on occasion.

    and finally destress, and dont fret. pamper yourself and stay balanced

    im probably telling you things someone above has already mentioned, but i hope iv helped :)

    BreezeyBee Blog
    xoXo

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    1. I think i'm gonna have to evaluate what I eat because I reckon it's partly diet related! x

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  14. I feel your pain I suffered for years and nothing truely worked for me my back being the worse.

    The only treatment for me that worked was Roaccutane! I am a firm believer working from the inside out!

    Once the spot is has eruppted on your face you can only treat it what you idealy want is to stop the spots in the first place!

    Have a read of my post
    http://kierstenslifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/roaccutane.html

    And let me know if you have any questions! Iv been off the treatment a month and so far so good!

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    1. I'd like to have a baby quite soon so I don't think roaccutane is a good idea unfortunately although I can see it does give some great results x

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  15. I cut out dairy a week ago, no new spots since and all my old spots have gone - whereas I've suffered for 3 years with my skin (23-26), and yet didn't have a single spot as a teen, so I figured it was diet rather than hormone related, and it looks like it might be, as I tried everything to no avail, and yet my spots seem to have miraculously disappeared after years of trying, with simply cutting out dairy. I'm not missing dairy at all, as there are so many soya and other dairy alternatives out there - good luck with clearing your skin once and for all! x

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  16. I have a similar story to you hun - Bad skin from 11 onwards its only in past few years mine has finally cleared (Im 25 now) This is partly due to the pill I am on tho and have noticed it gets worse if I have a few months off.

    Have you tried Angels on Bare Skin cleanser from Lush? I swear it helped my skin no end!

    Keep you chin up mrs and get yourself back to the doctors if not :o)

    Lara - youtube.com/user/bakemyday87

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  17. HI:) Please have a look at this...hope it helps:) http://www.amodelrecommends.com/2013/02/02/can-milk-cause-acne-skincare-question/
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCDlkA-rTWg
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_bS-bFzk1M

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  18. i used to have really bad skin and after using the dr nick lowe purifying foaming cleanser and sebum control cleanser for a few months my skin really cleared up. more recently i have used the la roche posay effaclar duo which has also really helped!!

    http://www.drnicklowe.com/products/anti-blemish/cleanse
    http://www.boots.com/en/La-Roche-Posay-Effaclar-Duo-40ml_1002787/

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  19. I feel your pain lovely, I am 25 and still suffer with spots. I have found that treating my skin as dehydrated rather than oily spot prone has made a huge difference. I went for an Elemis facial and it really helped me understand my skin better. Even though I still have a few constant spots, I think a lot of that is down to what I eat, my skin looks so much more healthier and my skin seems to heal more quickly. Facial oils have been the big thing that has helped my skin and chemical exfoliants. You should try and book in for a facial and see what they say about it. I hope you find something that helps soon. xxx

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  20. I am just about to write a post about how I got rid of all my spots! I used clearisil and reapplied every four hours and stopped using any products except my eye make up remover and made a home made scrub of oil and sugar which I used once every two days and washed with warm water the rest of the time, really cleared my skin up! X

    amberluiselove.blogspot.com I'll have the full skincare post up soon!

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  21. I'm just about to turn 22 and have just started getting spots. :/ What's that all about? Hahaha.

    Need to find a routine that will improve my skin.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

    Your latest follower, Lauren x
    http://laurensbeautyinnovations.blogspot.co.uk/

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  22. I just found your blog through the lovely London Lipgloss and I couldn't feel your pain any more! I'm 22 and also suffer from spots. I recently read a review on a product called Skinetica and decided to give it a go.
    It's an anti-blemish skincare treatment that claims to be kind to skin, non toxic, non staining, non greasy (and more).
    All you have to do is dab it on the affected area with a cotton wool pad and leave to dry. You can even use it before applying makeup!
    I fully recommend it as I've been using it for about a week and can already see a difference! My spots have reduced and skin has cleared.
    And you can get a free sample on their website (you just pay £1 for postage)
    I actually got the free sample, which I am still using after a week!
    http://www.skinetica.co.uk/

    Tamsyn-Elizabeth
    peachpowxo.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. I've been there too! I now take 25mg of Zinc daily, and it's the one and only supplement that has ever helped and it's fab - wouldn't go without it now. xxx

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