Controlling monthly breakouts

How can I control face breakouts? I have had on and off breakouts since I was 16, now I am 25 and I still get them. In the morning I shower with Lever 2K and moisturize with Neutrogena Body Moisturizer For Dry Skin on my face, neck, hands, and arms. When I get home from an 8 hour workday, I wash my face again with Lever because it feels very oily. On days that I work out I take a shower as soon as I come home. But still I get clusters of acne sometimes in these places: near/around my mouth, on my cheeks, forehead, neck, upper back, or on trapezius. Occasionally, I will get a zit or two on my chest or back. I think the testosterone in my body is causing this because since I have been working out regularly and putting on muscle and doing lots of aerobics, the breakouts occur more regularly, about 2-4X a month and last about 4-7 days. I am lucky to have no scaring from this but it takes away from my appearance when I get a breakout. The breakouts are usually pimple clusters that don’t come to a whitehead, and I never pop or pick them, but just wash them over when I shower. Is there any OTC medication that I can use to control or prevent this? Or any change in behavior(like not touching my face) or change in routine(like washing my face at work)? Or possibly a change in diet? Thanks for the help.

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7 thoughts on “Controlling monthly breakouts

  1. Just wanted to comment about face washing – first of all, stick to washing your face twice a day (don’t start washing it at work), unless you workout like in the middle of the day, then three times is fine. Lever2000 is probably stripping your skin of oil, which while you think that’s a good thing, it’s really causing your skin to overproduce oil in order to compensate. I would switch to a gentle cleanser for your face, maybe even one medicated with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if you haven’t ever tried one of those. It sounds as though you’re using the same stuff on your face that you use on your body. The thing is, facial skin is a lot more sensitive than the skin on your body and you need to use more gentle products on your face than on the rest of your skin.
    As for actually getting rid of breakouts, there are tons of things you can try, from over the counter topicals, to prescriptions from the dermatologist, to altering your diet and trying supplementation (B5, fish oil, detox, etc). I’m sure you can find information on all of that on this forum, so start reading and good luck!

  2. if yur name is jonh how come u get them monthly break outs like girls do?????????

    I think it is all the sweating I do while doing aerobics, I perform 30-45 minutes 5Xweek.

  3. I agree with Nymue, skin face should be treated different as from your bod. You can try a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or Purpose liquid cleansor (thats the one I use) This should help. Moisturizing only if you need too. Is your skin oily?

  4. Just had a breakout this week, did not pop anything I have just been washing my face and using benyzol peroxide and lever 2k.

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