My skin sucks and I don't know what to do!

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  1. So, traditionally, I've always had really good skin. With the exception of dark under-eye circles (I'm anemic), I've never needed much makeup.

    But, post-baby, I always, always get pimples around my chin and mouth. Not big red pimples, but the little hard ones, black heads. I've started washing my pillow cases everyday, and I always sleep with my hair back and gloves on now, but it still happens. I live in Manitoba, so the air is very dry, but I'm going to be moving to Ontario soon, where it's much more humid, and I need to get this under control!

    Additionally, my under-eye area has a really bad texture now. It's not pimples, but it's really uneven. I don't know how to fix this! I'm only 24, I don't know why I suddenly look so old! I also get a miimum 8 hours sleep a night.

    So, does anyone have any idea what products I should use to fix my face?

    (I currently use Kiehl's Cryste Marine for the under eye, and Alba oil-free moisturiser along with Christian Dior Forever foundation. I wash three times a week with Origins Never a Dull Moment and daily with Cetaphil.)

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. a coworker had something similar after her baby. she went to her dermatologist, and it did wonders. i think she prescribed a cream or two. i've learned the hard way to just nip a problem like that in the bud by going to the derm, instead of trying remedy after remedy, especially when body chemistry changes.
     
  3. im sure its hormonal and not wat ur doing wrong kwim? i would suggest seeing a derm as well.
     
  4. Ask the derm for a topical antibiotic -- what that will do is kill the bacteria that is causing the blockages in your pores. Right now I am using one, along with Retin-A every other night to induce cell turnover, and it's starting to show an effect.
     
  5. Do see a Dermatologist, it will help.

    It could be your foundation, or your eye product, that causes the problem. Try to find a foundation that doesn´t have mineraloil in it. Bare Escentuals is great!
     
  6. I think bagaholic85 hit the nail on the head. Pimples on the chin and mouth area tend to be hormonal. I know I get a couple every time I start a new BC pill pack.
     
  7. Try doing a Queen Helene Mint Julep mask at least once a week. It will help you get your pores clean, and clean pores will "close up" a little bit, simply because they are no longer being stretched out by oil and its friends.
     
  8. Thanks for all of the advice so far. I'd love to see a dermatologist, but it's really difficult in my province, because they're classified as "medical specialists," so you have to be recommended to one by your primary care doctor. At least that's the way it works in my city...
    I'm pretty sure it's hormonal too, since it's post-pregnancy (could also be stress, etc.), but it's been two years now without changing, so don't think it's going back to what used to be "normal."

    I'll give that Julep Mask a try, maybe.
     
  9. i would love to suggest Obagi's Clenziderm set. It works wonders for my Acne prone skin. I'll be posting this on my blog one of these days too.
     
  10. It's probably hormonal...the chin is a hormonal area. Going to a dermatologist is probably the best way to address your problem. Good luck!
     
  11. I have had great luck using Lush's Sweet Japanese girl cleanser on my blackheads, check out the Lush thread for more info on how to use it.
     
  12. I love Lush products, but their skin care line just doesn't do it for me. It always leaves my skin worse than where it began. Thanks though.
    I bought the Julep mask and will give it a try, and I'll look in to Obagi. Where can I get it outside of a derm's office? eBay, maybe?