Anyone else have mommy acne?

I have had terrible acne for a long time and I’m just so sick of it. I feel like I should be too old for acne and too young for wrinkles, yet I have both! There are so many acne products and so many anti aging products. I have no idea what I should be putting on my face. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’ve tried the neutrogena grapefruit stuff, the tea tree items from Trader Joe’s, and a few things from Burt’s Bees. Nothing seems to help and it’s recently gotten worse from stopping birth control pills.

  • Chelly
    Dec 16

    Hello! I have had acne for most of my life, not just hormonal acne although I do get breakouts from that too. What I have learned that helps me the most are a few things: 1.) Drinking as much water as I possibly can, good filtered water 2.) Not over washing my face, only wash any makeup and dirt at night, in the morning I just rinse 3.) Hypoallergenic face moisturizers, no scents or additives 4.) Changing my pillowcase often 5.) Manuka honey has natural antibiotic properties and you can apply it to your face as a mask and rinse off; Get a good quality brand from New Zealand 6.) I think dairy has a lot to do with acne too. If you can avoid dairy and gluten, you may lower some inflammation. 7.) Any topical products Should be natural, organic products like sunscreen, makeup etc. 8.) Vitamin A as Beta Carotin, Retinol containing products etc, but have to be careful taking those if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Really diet probably plays a huge role in my acne and I don’t always eat what I should, so I need to practice what I preach more often, and maybe you are already doing those things, and more, so if there are any other tips you have for me as well, would love to hear them!

  • Lauren
    Dec 16

    Thanks for all these tips Chelly. I had no idea dairy had anything to do with it. I don’t eat that much dairy so it would be pretty easy to cut it out. I have previously had good luck with tea tree cleanser, witch hazel toner, and organic jojoba oil to moisturize, but now my skin has changed and it’s not helping anymore. I just picked up a box of detox tea that says it’s supposed to help clear skin, so I’m excited to try that. I also don’t eat as healthy as I’d like to. Too many of my sons leftover chicken nuggets!

  • Christa
    Dec 16

    I have suffered from adult acne- especially right after my son was born my skin went to hell! What I discovered is washing my face with coconut oil, I rinse my face with warm water, and rub coconut oil on it, let it sit for a minute or two and then rinse it off with warm water. what it does is it hydrates the skin, disinfects the microns that are on our skin when it’s dirty and then also replenish the cologen in our skin when keeps it tight and firm. If I want to use a toner or have a really big issue, I wipe ACV (apple cider vinegar)- and water on my face. The Apple cider vinegar and water combine is 50/50 and I just use a cotton ball to wipe it on my face and off I go about my day. If I want to use soap on my face- which is rare but I use my son’s Johnson and Johnson head to toe baby soap on my face- because every else tares my skin apart and I look like I’m 15 again!! It is really gentle and doesn’t terrorize my skin! Best of luck’. Sometimes go back to the absolute minimal of ingredients and you’ll find the biggest results!!!

  • Lisa
    Dec 17

    Recommend Differn gel .. it’s over the counter, proactive works great

  • HR
    Dec 18

    I’ve battled terrible acne my whole life long, and mine also got worse after having my child. One thing that has helped me has been using soap with tee tree oil in it (my favorite is the Northern Lights Bar from https://www.crystalbarsoap.com ; they also have a smaller/cheaper version of the same bar called Evening Aurora) on both my face and body. It’s great for cutting through the grease and oil, but you’ll only want to use it once a day and to moisturize after—otherwise, it could overdry your skin!

  • Nik
    Dec 18

    It depends on what your acne is. For years I battled with acne and tried everything. It wasn’t until I actually saw a dermatologist that it finally got under control. Some people have a bacteria in their body that causes acne breakouts. For me it was cystic acne that was very painful. I’m addition I have black heads, white heads and regular pimples. In my 20s. After being on an antibiotic for 2 years, as well as a topical cream, I can say that my acne is down to a cyst every a few months. It’s been amazing. Find a good dermatologist. If yours is due to a bacterial issue no matter how much you try at home nothing is going to work.

  • Renny
    Dec 18

    Different products & routines work for different people. Having said that, Chelly’s advise is on point. Christa’s ACV toner is also great for oily/acne prone skin, although a lot of experts now shy away from coconut oil because it’s comedogenic properties. I’m 45 yo. I have combo/acne skin. Issues: acnes, blackheads, hormonal aches and cysts. Here’s my routine and the products (see attached) that I use. It works for me so far to keep those pesky acne and blackheads at bays. AM 1. Wash with gentle water based face wash. If it makes your face tight or dries after washing - it’s too harsh. 2. Swipe gently with toner - toner is great to pick up any remaining grimes (oil, dirt and dead-skin) not wash away by face wash. 3. Dab on essence - hydrates your face. Wait until it absorbs in the skin then next step.. 4. Put on serum - I use vitamin C serum to brighten my face 5. Moisturize - I use face oil. All skin type needs moisturizer - even oily skin. You just need to choose the right one. 6. SUNSCREEN. Alway always put on sunscreen when you are planning to be out and about - even if the weather is overcast. Sunlight is only good for a couple of hours after dawn. After that it would be too damaging for the skin. PM 1. Double cleansed. I massage my face gently with my own DYI oil cleansing. Follow by water-based face wash. 2. Toner 3. Essence 4. Serum 5. I mix my facial oil with Curology treatment I do mask once a week. I know it sounds like a lot but once you get the routine down it’s pretty simple and quick. Also sometimes I feel like like this is my me time when I pampered myself 😊

  • Julie
    Dec 22

    I use a product called unblemish from Rodan + Fields that is awesome! It helps acne, scars and prevents future outbreaks. They are the doctors that created ProActiv. Since I’m not on here often or get notifications, message me if you want more info on it. Julie_Beckta@yahoo.com

  • Lauren
    Dec 22

    Thank you everyone for the advice! I think I was using too many things at once. I’ve simplified my skincare routine and found a spot treatment that I think is working for me.