Post # 1
So it seems my skin has decided to break out with a month to go. My face isn’t as bad as it coud get, but my back is terrible. I’ve been using the Neutrogena Acne face wash and body wash when I shower, but not religiously. I know this is usually frowned upon, but I’m going to start using the tanning bed to zap ’em, just ‘ti the wedding. I never have breakouts in the summer as I’m usually tanned out in the sun, so hoping this will give the same effect.
Any other tips on how to get rid of them?
Post # 3
I use tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser by The Body Shop. My clear skin lasted longer than I have noticed with other products and for full body cleansing, try Cetaphil antibacterial gentle cleansing bar. My friend is using it and said it’s really good.
Post # 4
Moisturize. Also, tea tree oil (applied selectively) can help dry up the blemishes. I used to have problems getting my skin to clear up, but once I stopped using all acne products (even Neutrogena) and started moisturizing twice a day, my skin cleared up completely. I’ve found that dumping loads of products on my skin only makes the problem worse.
Post # 5
Aveeno anything helps me! lotion,washes all of it. I do not use any medicated wash. I love the natural stuff:) I get the occasional “period pimple” but that is it.
Post # 6
Sometimes using medicated washes can make acne worse. It might be worth trying an oil based cleanser and hot cloths. It clears your skin without stripping it.
Post # 7
Proactive body stuff? I don’t know, I just see all the commercials and it seems like it might work?
Post # 8
Me too! My period should arrive today/tomorrow – its over a week late. My wedding is next week and I am already getting my period pimples. I’m just going to keep up with my cleansing routine and buy some foundation and concealer for the big day.
Post # 9
I’ve notice that the tanning bed helps clear up my back too! I thought I was just crazy, but I guess I’m not! 🙂 let me know if you find a good routine that works! [email protected]
Post # 10
Stay away from Proactiv! That stuff is so drying and it bleaches fabrics. I got horrid red patches from it. Remember to moisturize because your skin will produce oil if it’s too dry which in turn causes acne. For face I like Aveeno Calming moisturizer and for body I like good old Jergens.
Post # 11
If you don’t have very pigmented skin (and your skin is oily to combination), I would suggest trying a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream applied at nighttime after a thorough cleasing of face and back.
Benzoyl peroxide the active ingredient in Proactive along with salicylic acid (in the Neutrogena wash you’re already using), but there are much cheaper & less irritating alternatives than Proactiv.
You WILL see a bit of redness and “dryness” for the first week, as your skin begins to slough. After that, and in time for your wedding, you should see a reduction in your breakouts and less clogged & enlarged pores as the increase in skin turnover helps reduce the bacteria count and allow pores to clear faster.
Yes – the UVA from the tanning bed will also reduce the number of the acne-causing bacteria and encourage a small degree of increased cell turnover; but likely not as much as tanning in the sunshine in the summer: where the more damaging UVB rays will kill more bacteria and the top layers of your skin cells.
TL;DR = 2.5% benzoyl peroxide is probably more effective and definitely less damaging than the tanning bed.
(I battle acne & backne all my teens and early 20s, and spent a lot of time in dermatology offices and conferences. I’m now in health care… and recently re-started a daily benzoyl peroxide regime for my nose and chin and am thrilled with the results)