I just turned 36 and I don’t even like looking at myself in the mirror any more
I have age spots appearing, acne scars and I breakout once a month and it seems to leave more. I have large pores and this stupid deep wrinkle in the middle of my eyebrows.
Does anyone have any suggestions where I can take a few steps back and repair it? I am so miserable I swear I would take out a small loan to have surgery to fix it.
I even have problems with short term fixing. I go to work at 9 get out at 3 and my make up is off completely by the time I get home. Exposing all that I cant stand to look at.
So make up suggestions would be appreciative as well.
I’m sorry you’re having a hard time.
I understand, I’m only 25 but feel like my face looks like crap. I have acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. If you can possibly see a derm get Retin A or Bio Oil. If not, wash with Cetaphil morning and night and then apply a cream with 5% (I think, it’s the higher amount) of benzoyl peroxide. You won’t have to have surgery to see an improvement- go to a med spa. A little botox and some chemical peels, maybe some microdermabrasion should make a difference.
I can kinda relate.
I had terrible acne scars and hyperpigmentation. I bought a glycolic gel 35%. You’re supposed to do a series of 6 peels once a week. I also bought a clarisonic and I use a 5% glycolic wash. I do the peel at night, and wash my face with the clarisonic every day and night. When I first started the glycolic peel, my face was super dry and rough a few days later, but now it is so smooth and I noticed that my acne scars are fading. I had to use cetaphil skin restoring moisturizer. That was the only thing that worked to ease the dryness. I have 3 more treatments to go and I can tell that it is going to help. The peel is supposed to be good for wrinkles as well. If you can deal with the dryness and roughness for a few days, I think it would be worth it. I also had to stop wearing makeup during this whole process. Trust me it will all be worth it in the long run though. I already feel so much better going outside without makeup, whereas before I put my “face” on everyday I hope that helps
Thank you for answering!
I have my annual doc appointment in April I will ask her about seeing a derm.
Is there any certain kind of peel I should look for and I see there are roll on ones and regular ones. Which is better?
About how long did the dryness last and not begin able to wear makeup? I have a week coming up off of work and I was thinking I will try it then.
Do you the moisturizer everyday?
Thank you so much for answering. I hope you don’t mind me asking more questions.
I want to know about the glycolic acid! Tell us more!
I had a couple peels last Spring- I got the $120 one (TCA maybe?) and didn’t peel, didn’t see a difference so they did a $300 one for free and I seemed to fade the scars. I think that one was a lightening. I say to use Retin A because not only does it treat acne but it lightens the skin over time like a peel, that’s why my first peel didn’t do anything. Btw, that was a year ago and I’m starting to feel like my skin is looking icky again
I would go to the Clinique counter and get the age spot corrector and the acne cleansing set. And maybe some makeup from them too. I have been using the acne cleansing set for about a year and I love it. I went to several dermatologists before that and the stuff they gave me was too strong and made my skin peel in spots and it burned and they wanted me to take antibiotics by mouth for a couple months and that totally can mess up your stomach so I said no.
I haven’t tried the age spot corrector but Clinique claims it is the best thing out there for that.
I don’t mind the questions at all. I’m glad to help The one I use is the regular one. I found it on amazon.com for $18.95. I dont know about the roll on ones. I found out about this because I went to the spa and spent $120 for one session. I thought that was too much and decided I wanted to do it at home. The esthetician was very helpful and let me know about the glycolic wash. She said I could use that or the Salicylic, but the glycolic is stronger and works much quicker. She also told me I couldn’t use makeup unless it was a special occasion. I was so mad at first since I was so used to putting my “face” on daily lol.
The dryness didn’t start until about 3 days after I used the peel. So if you use it, do it before your time off. I’m sure it’s different for everyone though. My skin was dry and rough for about 5 days. The cetaphil works well though. It seemed like all the other moisturizers just irritated it more. You may need to use it more than once. I kept mine in my purse for a few days just in case. I haven’t worn makeup since I started using the peel. Even my co-workers have noticed. One of them asked me today if I had makeup on. When I told her no she wanted to know what I used.
I moisturize every time I wash my face. In the morning I use weightless defence oil-free hydrator withspf 45 by DDF from Sephora. It doesn’t have to be spf 45, it just felt better to me than the lower spf’s. You need a spf anyway when going outside whether your doing a peel or not. Also a little goes a long way. I’ve had mine for 5 mos already. At night I use the bio oil.
Oh honey, you are not alone!
The breaking out in our 30′s is an easy fix though, it’s time to balance your hormones…especially if your breakouts are mostly concentrated on your jawline. This can be fixed sometimes with something as simple as a birth control prescription. When your skin looks good, then you’ll feel better about the other stuff. But again, you are not alone! I went through it at 31 and again a few months ago at 36. Hang in there! I’m rooting for you!
This is so embarrassing having my face on here without makeup, but I just wanted to show you a before and after of me. The before pic was in January and the after I just took today. I’m so excited because usually it takes about a year for my scars to fade. I would NEVER take a close up pic without makeup before.
I’m right there with you, darling.
I am 43, and for me its been so hard because I worked in film, theatre and did print work some time ago, and seeing the difference in how my face looks now to then is completely disheartening and deflating. I have gaping acne scars because my skin has lost some elasticity, so they look deeper now than ever before. My pores have turned into craters that look like they’re sliding off my face rather than sitting on my face. Add to the party broken blood vessels at the top of my nose and now I’m ready to put a bag over my head. Mercifully, my eyes are still in fair shape (very few wrinkles and such).
Primers don’t seem to help fill in anything any more either, but was wondering if anyone knows if there’s any out there can recommend one that works good.
I’d like to know if I should even bother with the peels at this point or just go for more heavy duty intervention. I still do some performing and am in the aesthetics biz so i really feel like I have to do something to step it up.
I hear yeah to.. I am in the same place as you are. I don’t have time to do the make up when Im working.. I go from the driver seat to the bed back to the driver seat. My skin is sooo broken out most of the time. I hate getting out of the truck to be seen. I am 46 and it has been like this since I was a teen. I did the Bio Oil didn’t work for me, I was even on pill to help. I to need to find something to make me feel better about showing my face.
See a dermatologist! They can prescribe Retin A or they can do a laser. Its usually between 3-6 treatments for laser to be done. Its expensive. $500 a treatment. Start by not touching acne AT ALL except to apply medications. NO popping. Retin A smooths the face. Age spots, you can only prevent more unless you do laser. Wear sunscreen 30spf everyday all over your face, and buy a normal one for your body. Wear daily!
Do not mechanically ex-foliate ever (like scrubbing) use a chemical exfoliant. No microdermabrasion or such. Chemical peels are great. Solitone can help you too (light therapy).
- Daily duties (twice a day)
- remove makeup if needed
- Exfoliate 2-3 times a week
- then primer and other cosmetics.
Yes! I thought it was a bunch of hype at first, but it really does work well. I went to Sephora and they did a demonstration on my hand. Afterwards, one hand was about one shade lighter than the other. I ended up buying it. I’d rather get that than spend thousands of dollars everywhere else. I think it’s well worth it. My skin is much brighter and I’ve only been using it for about 2 weeks now.
I bought dermalogica products about 2-3 weeks ago and LOVE it. They have all kinds of different products. I bought a resurfacing cleanser and it is awesome. I have seen a huge difference in acne scars. I also bought the overnight clearing gel and a spot cream. Works so awesome. Down side is I paid $120 for 3 items. But I think it is totally worth it.
I use bio oil for scars
and it really works it has also been said to help wrinkles age spots etc so I use a small amt everyday, than I use lancome cremes( they will advise at car what is best for you) I cant live with out them, my skin is softer and more supple. I use Lancome renerge lift Pricey yes but worth it and you just use small finger amounts
I can totally relate and since I am breastfeeding I cant use any Bio Oil the dermatologist recommends. A few things have worked for me though including tweaking my diet and adding nuts and berries and seeds all rich antioxidants. Yogurt works wonderfully with pigmentation the milk fat helps remove impurities, the lactic acid helps dissolve the dead cells and lighten the pigmentation every day. Let egg whites dry on your face for 10-15 mins it will help with the pores.
well this will prob be long so bare with me ;P
I have acne scaring from bad acne when i was younger and I still break out (I’m 24). i have been using clinique makeup but i just tried the ‘fit me’ collection, its cheaper and does really well too! so i am switching over to it (its at walmart). its great because by the foundation in the store it also lists the powder and counsellor for you too. i cant use bare minerals because it doesn’t cover any of my stuff well and my mum had the same issue with it. MAC covers great but if you don’t remember to take it off at night you will HATE what happens to your skin. Here is my skin routine.
wash with reg face wash. put on gentle exfoliator and then use a soft tipped electric toothbrush over your face. rinse. put on lotion after lotion dries put on primer. after primer is dry dab on counsellor then put on foundation. then dab on more counsellor in places you may need it. put on powder then eyeshadow,eyeliner, mascara. done.
there is something you can buy from Clinique that is called “even better” that helps fade discolouration on your face as well.