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Adult Acne Blog - thebroadroom.net: January 2006

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, nutritionist, herbalist, or otherwise medically trained person. I am an ordinary person who has suffered from adult acne since 1995 and have found no solution to my acne through conventional medicine.

One woman's experience with adult acne.

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Oh yeah...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, January 31, 2006 at 12:48 PM (Pacific)

I forgot to mention how many sites were selling "cures" and "treatments" for adult acne. Some of them pulled up when I was searching for my own blog, i.e. those sites used my blog's name inside their content.

I do not advocate any of these sites' promises. I don't take any of the stuff myself. I don't go to a dermatologist anymore. The last time, was years ago. I found a reference to Differin in my 2002 adult acne blog...I don't remember getting anything from a derm since then. Differin as an all-over acne treatment, freaked me out. It can't be beaten as a spot treatment, but it didn't do anything for my face back when it was still covered with acne. All it did was shred my skin, hence the freak-out, hence...that is probably when I concluded that the approach of your average dermatologist was simply to prescribe whatever was on the market...rather than delve into the causes of acne and start there.

posted by Colleen Shirazi, at 12:43 PM (Pacific)

It's interesting. It is 2006. I've just googled around some to see if anyone has yet discovered the cause of adult acne.

The usual, the same old stuff. First of all there is so little admission that adult acne is a new phenomenon. Adults did not have acne when I was growing up. Gee, how do you know that? Because all of the acne treatments were marketed toward teenagers until recently. That's how I know (never mind that I remember that no adults had it).

There is the same casual statement tossed out..."50% of all women have adult acne at some point in their 20's, 30's, 40's and even 50's." Really????? Wasn't like that when I was growing up.

There is next to no admission that adult acne is not a global phenomenon. Adults do not have acne all over the world. It is regional.

There is quite a bit of admission now, that adult acne is environmental (this is alluded to rather than stated outright). I've seen people sell books based on the advice I published here years ago. (Side note: why buy the book?). i.e. the same people who no doubt sneered at my advice years ago to change your diet, first and foremost, are now going about as if they invented the concept.

But, yet again--no breakthroughs.