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CANDACEMM Posts: 1,218
4/1/14 10:16 A

I struggled for a while with adult acne until I switched to a new soap. I read an article that mentioned African Black Soap, so I decided to give it a try and bought one bar. Now it's the only soap I use. The brand that I buy is Dudu Osun and I get it from amazon (they have the best prices).

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,689
4/1/14 9:41 A

I get it, too. Products with glycolic acids as the active ingredient have been most helpful for me versus the usual salicylic acid that many anti-acne products have. I don't wear heavy makeup to work out (and usually try to clean my face before a workout) and then wipe my face/neck down with a cleaning towelette as soon as possible. I also see an aesthetician once a month - an expense, yes, but my acne is the closest to under control as it has been in my life, even better than when I was visiting a dermatologist regularly.

FERNCREST Posts: 1,023
4/1/14 8:13 A

I haven't but will research it.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
4/1/14 7:20 A

My acne got really bad when I turned 35. Turns out it was hormonal. Once I got my hormone levels straightened out it cleared right up.

LULUBELLE65 SparkPoints: (34,505)
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4/1/14 5:06 A

I'm about to turn 50 and I still have acne issues. (talk about unfair!)
Are you showering right away? If I don't get my sports bra off and shower immediately, I start to break out. Also, you aren't wearing make-up while you work out, are you? Otherwise, I would suggest upping your water intake, which usually helps flush stuff out of your system, and trying a different soap. I have to use something with glycolic acid in it, or my skin breaks out.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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3/31/14 8:12 P

It could even be the cream your dermo gave you. Not all active ingredients are the same and I react badly to one but not the other. If you have a perscription and you're not seeing improvement in 2-4 weeks, go back to your doctor.

SALOHCIN83 SparkPoints: (7,569)
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3/31/14 4:57 P

I have had the same issue and even though it does increase with working out, I find that the best way to prevent/control it is actually diet.

Of course cleanliness is hugely important, but when I eat chocolate or anything very oily or an excess of fatty items, it causes a significant spike in acne issues. Combining cleaner eating (not usually fun :() with the showering that you are already mentioning helps alot.

On another note, alot of times when people have bad acne they are either not showering well (ie not using a washcloth for the face or loofa for the back) or are scrubbbing TOO hard which irritates the skin and causes more issues.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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3/31/14 3:47 P

Contrary to popular belief, acne is not a problem of the young. You can get it at any time in your life!

SP has an article for that, though:

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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3/31/14 3:15 P

At 34 years old, I am too old to have to worry about ACNE!

I have noticed that the more I workout, the worse my skin is. Honestly speaking, my back looks like a teenage boy's! My face is breaking out around my jaw line and neck (where I sweat the most)

I shower after every workout, and use anti-bacterial soap. I have even went to the doctor, and they gave me cream to use twice a day, but it isn't helping.

Has anyone else had to deal with this? If so, what did you do to get it under control?

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