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I just moved about 4 hours from home to go to college about a month ago, and the water down here is SO soft compared to having hard water at home.

I don't know if it has anything to do with the soft water, but my skin has gone crazy. I have several BIG zits and then a bunch of tiny little bumps on my chin/jawline and around the top of my forehead.

I use Aveeno Foaming Facewash twice a day, Aveeno Foaming Exfloliating Pads every 2 days or so, & Hope in a Jar moisturizer at night.

Do you girls think I just need a different cleanser since the water is different? I don't know, but I'd like to get it cleared up. It's no fun being a college student with acne.


 
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actually, it may be your water, but not the reason you are breaking out! soft water has less minerals, so it should be leaving you cleaner (even though it feels a little more slick- actually that slickness is your actual clean- the non slickness in hardwater is the minerals depleting moisture from your skin).

so what might be happening is the way your cleansers are reacting to your clean skin... it may be too harsh or the mineral balance could be messing around with it.

move onto a glycerin based soap for a bit and an ultra light moisturizer, like kiehl's ultra face. something with more pure ingredients.... for now, you can spot treat with a sulfur based mask until they go away. sulfur based treatments are the fastest working treatments on skin imo.

also, moving and starting a different lifestyle is a major factor in breaking out.. so give your skin time.

 
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It may be your cleansers. I have over the years that simple is better, you don't need SA and other components in your face wash to have healthy skin. It just matters that you use the right things for your skin.

I agree with Jenuary, sulfer is awesome for healing blemishes, and is widely used for adult acne in the Rx world as well. Cleansers with sulfer, as well as masks, are awesome. Give it a try.

 
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Great advice! I was also going to point out that it could just be the stress of moving away from home and starting college, etc. Those are big changes that could be messing with your face!

 
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i moved from the midwest to the pac. northwest and honestly i had to change up some of my skincare routine to accomidate with the weather and the water.

for me i just changed some stuff up a little bit and saw what worked out.

 
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Originally Posted by brewgrl /img/forum/go_quote.gif actually, it may be your water, but not the reason you are breaking out! soft water has less minerals, so it should be leaving you cleaner (even though it feels a little more slick- actually that slickness is your actual clean- the non slickness in hardwater is the minerals depleting moisture from your skin).so what might be happening is the way your cleansers are reacting to your clean skin... it may be too harsh or the mineral balance could be messing around with it.

move onto a glycerin based soap for a bit and an ultra light moisturizer, like kiehl's ultra face. something with more pure ingredients.... for now, you can spot treat with a sulfur based mask until they go away. sulfur based treatments are the fastest working treatments on skin imo.

also, moving and starting a different lifestyle is a major factor in breaking out.. so give your skin time.

Thank you for the suggestions!

BTW, Do you have a glycerin based soap and sulfur based mask that you would suggest?

 

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