Acne Breakouts

by Brianne
(Struthers, Ohio, United States)

Hello, my name is Brianne. I am 22 years old have just recently (within the past year) been facing a lot of acne breakouts on my face. I understand that things like this are likely to happen to college students; however, I finished college in May 2010 and through the toughest college times I saw no breakouts.

I have been to the Dermatologist and she first had me on Epi-duo acne cream for use at night. It was terrible and made my face breakout twice as bad! So next she had me on Tetracycline pills which worked pretty good for the first 2 months but once I was off of them, my face went back to breaking out.

So now I am at the point where I am not stressed out (at least I don't feel that way), so I am trying to pin-point what is making my face breakout and if it is due to a skin care product. I have never had trouble with allergic reactions to any skin care product before, but I know our bodies change over time so I'm wondering if I am just becoming allergic to something. I use normal shampoo, conditioner, and body soap, along with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Oatmeal and Sephora foundation. I have slightly oily skin therefore I always try to use the best products I can get.

I am also very active and I am a health-nut. I exercise regularly and I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables (raw) daily. I have always, always been a healthy eater and it has always been my lifestyle. Therefore, I'm almost certain that my breakouts are not due to my diet because I haven't changed anything about it, and like I said, I am a health-nut.

Do you have any suggestions as what I should try? I am currently reading your e-book, "How to Clear Any Skin Problem," and I really like the idea of cleansing the entire body and purifying to rid of the toxins. That is definitely my next step in determining what is causing me to breakout. I am desperate to purify my body and heal
my skin.

Also, I am thinking about ordering hypoallergenic skin care products from the one supplier that you recommend, because I think maybe my skin is becoming very sensitive.

If you have any other suggestions or recommendations I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you for your time, and thank you for providing so much helpful information through your website!

God Bless!
Your new friend,

Our reply

Hi Brianne, you are so welcome! Thanks so much for your message and your warm words. I'm so glad you are finding our site and our free eBook helpful.

Yes, that is a great idea to try and pinpoint the cause of your breakouts. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially during times of major change. Think back to when the acne breakouts started, and anything else in your life that you can think of that may have changed at that time.

Our bodies are always changing, and we are also affected by changes in our environment, our home life, changes to our diet, the type of water we are drinking, and so forth. Our bodies are affected when we move to different locations, even if our general diet stays the same, (that is wonderful that you are caring for your body so well with a healthy diet!) the source of your food may change (for example some food stores may sell fewer organic vegetables) which may also have an impact.

Some people are even sensitive to changes in the type of clothing they are wearing, the type of mattress they are sleeping on (many mattresses contain chemicals which can affect some people who are sensitive in this way) or other changes.

Yes, one simple think you can do is to consider trying some safer skin care and personal care products that are less likely to cause irritation or allergies. Most major brands of hypoallergenic products still contain fragrances or other chemical ingredients that may cause reactions for some people. Look for products that contain no added fragrances or perfumes, as fragrance is one of the top allergens.

I hope these suggestions are helpful for you Brianne in finding the source of the acne breakouts.

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