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Saying good-bye to your days as a teenager doesn’t mean saying good-bye to blemished skin. The occurrences of adult acne are increasing among women in their twenties, thirties and even forties and there’s plenty of evidence that points to two major culprits – stress (physical and environmental) and hormonal activity.

I’ve been experiencing hormonal acne flare-ups since my twenties. For the most part I’ve been able to keep the acne blemishes under control through skin care and prescription medicine. However I discontinued hormone prescription treatment in September 2005 and over the last eight months my skin has revolted and keeping the acne under control has been extremely difficult. I’ve been under a lot of stress and I’m dealing with severe hormonal surges due to possible poly-cystic ovarian syndrom – my doctor is narrowing down the problem. And my diet has been less than perfect. For me personally, diet is a big influencer in how my skin looks – bad food=acne flare ups.

I have searched endlessly online and in the “bricks” world for a decent and lasting solution to my hormonal acne problem. I’ve found products and routines that help keep the pimples and blackheads at bay (the three to four cystic acne bumps which I get like clockwork every month are harder to clear up). Unfortunately, in looking for a good skin care regimen that actually works for me I purchased products and services that were a complete waste of time and money.

I’ve also spent way too much time searching the web for good resources – most of the time I just came across spammy sites that had links to even more spammy sites that promised to cure my acne if I spread some magical snail slime all over my face, ate only X Food for X Months, or purchased the “How I Miraculously Cleared My Skin Up Overnight” booklet. Sadly those spammy sites are simply preying on those suffering with acne.

It’s because of all that disinformation and bogus “Miracle products” about a serious problem that affects many women like myself that I decided to start this blog. My goal is to help other women find their way to a clear complexion by providing good, sound and proven advice, product reviews (what’s worked for me and I hope that in time you will provide reviews on what worked for you) and above all providing a social network in which we can support one another as we deal with this problem and the often depressing side-effects it brings. Because as anyone who has suffered with acne whether a teen or a women in her thirties knows, acne can be a positively devastating blow to one’s self-esteem.

ms. distressedDERMA
October 22, 2006