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Skin woes

Hi folks,

I have never written on a forum before, but I had no idea where to turn.

After moving from Australia to Switzerland, my skin has gone nuts. It has changed from generally-smooth to acne-city. I am 23 and I have never had acne before. I have lived here before and I have lived in other parts of the world. This, however, has never happened!!!

I have no idea what to do. Has this happened to anyone before?
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Old 30.07.2014, 19:41
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Re: Skin woes

I have the same problem. Moved here a couple of weeks ago from Singapore. I now have unsightly pimples and dry, flaky skin even if I slather 6 lbs. of moisturizer on everyday. I tried over-the-counter topical stuff but they didn't help at all

I guess a dermatologist can help us. You should try to look for one in your area.
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Has anything change in your diet? You can try Tea Tree Oil or Apple Cider Vinegar.
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Re: Skin woes

We experienced similar problems. I think it is the water, and the dryer air.

Try changing your cleansing products in the shower. We use soap or shower gel.
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Re: Skin woes

Some of the responses on this thread may be of help to you: Dry itchy skin.....

Hope you find solutions soon.

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After moving from Australia to Switzerland, my skin has gone nuts.
Less sun?
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Re: Skin woes

In my first year here I experienced a similar problem a couple of times (also from Australia).

I put it down to the climate change, diet, hygiene products, .... everything.

After a while you seem to 'adjust' and the problem goes away by itself. Given that the problem seemed to correct itself, I wouldn't worry about a dermatologist. You will just spend cash on advice and products for something that may go away on it's own.

Best thing is just to drink more water (>2L/day) and try to flush your skin clean.


I thought I was on my own with this problem, so it's comforting to know others experienced it as well.
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Re: Skin woes

I put up with bad skin for my first year here, tried to alter my diet, elliminate foods and drink loads of water then gave in and saw a dermatologist, I was pleasantly surprised by the cost and would highly recommend it, I was diagnosed with adult acne and have been using the recommended products (they arent medicated and are a similar cost to buying Lancome or Clarins in London) along with tablets and have had great results.
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I put up with bad skin for my first year here, tried to alter my diet, elliminate foods and drink loads of water then gave in and saw a dermatologist, I was pleasantly surprised by the cost and would highly recommend it, I was diagnosed with adult acne and have been using the recommended products (they arent medicated and are a similar cost to buying Lancome or Clarins in London) along with tablets and have had great results.
Did you have acne for the entire time for the year? or was it just on occassion that you would experience a 'break out'.

Chronic persistent acne is worthy of a visit to the dermatologist for sure. But I'm not sure if this is the OP's issue. For me at least, it was just a couple of random episodes that didn't last for more than a week.
I'm not talking about the odd spot either, it was a hideous break out that covered most of my back...... then a few days later it just went away again.

I don't have it anymore though, and have no idea what caused it.

It was so rapid, I couldn't see any product working any faster than it would naturally disappear (hence, no value in a diagnosis and products to purchase).

I guess what the OP has to ask, is "how severe, regular, and prolonged are the acne episodes?"
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Re: Skin woes

Started using this Taiwanese Herbal Anti-Acne Mask, it feels so soothing and the pearl paper conforms to the face well.

Below what is written on the box:

My Scheming Herbal Anti-Acne Mask: The mask contains orris and green tea extracts, which can balance oil secretion and relieve youth oily skin problems. Allantoin, hamamelis, and chamomile extracts in the mask can relieve skin problems, reduce inflammation and pore, moisturize skin, improve skin quality, and prevent an allergic reaction.

Directions for use: After cleansing, remove pearl paper and place the mask over your face. Press it lightly onto your face. Leave on for about 20-30 minutes. Remove the mask. Pat and leave for essence absorption.

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Re: Skin woes

Anyone find that strange that multiple noticed their Acne increase after coming here? I have Acne and feel like I always had and can't really get rid of it completely, also I live in france nearbly so I guess the water is the same, if not worse ..

Some guy at the end of that thread someone posted talks about the hardness of the water, I think that might just be it !
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Less sun?
And less chocolate
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Re: Skin woes

I've noticed the same things since I've been here. Sometimes it seems that no matter how much I rinse, I just can't get rid of the sticky feeling you get when there's still soap residue.


It's gotten a bit better though. I'm drinking 2+ litres of water a day and using less of my cleanser (which I brought with me because it was always amazing before I got here). I've also gone to the steam room and Solbad twice, which also seemed to help.
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I've noticed the same things since I've been here. Sometimes it seems that no matter how much I rinse, I just can't get rid of the sticky feeling you get when there's still soap residue.


It's gotten a bit better though. I'm drinking 2+ litres of water a day and using less of my cleanser (which I brought with me because it was always amazing before I got here). I've also gone to the steam room and Solbad twice, which also seemed to help.
Do you use a toner after cleansing? That should get rid of the residue
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Do you use a toner after cleansing? That should get rid of the residue


I haven't been able to find a good toner without alcohol that my skin accepts. I have extremely sensitive skin. I don't think it's my cleanser that is leaving a residue, it's the water here. My hair has been different since I've been here too.
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Re: Skin woes

Most pharmacists should be able to help u
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I haven't been able to find a good toner without alcohol that my skin accepts. I have extremely sensitive skin. I don't think it's my cleanser that is leaving a residue, it's the water here. My hair has been different since I've been here too.
If you like, you can try this once or twice a week ....... take some baking soda (Natron, in German) (Bicarbonate of Soda) about a teaspoon full and with water work it into your skin, massaging in gentle circles, then rinse off, and apply your usual face cream. Good for acne, greasy/flaky skin - acts like a gentle exfoliant. Skin will feel amazingly soft. Don`t forget the throat/cleavage area.

A good toner is simply . . . . . . Vodka.
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Re: Skin woes

At Migros, they have a big selection of makeup removing towelettes in the cosmetic section. The I AM brand has one called "Clear", which is supposed to help prevent breakouts.

I hesitate to recommend things like this because everyone has different skin types and just because it worked for me, it may not be great for someone else! BUT. As for me, I really like them.
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