Post # 1
I need some HELP! I always had horrible acne as a teen but it cleared up with the use of antbiotics/topical creams from a dermatologist. All through college I was able to keep my skin relatively clear with just a Clearisil wash and a Neutrogena moisturizer.
In the last 6 months or so, my skin has reverted back to its evil teenage ways. My skin is SO oily, I’ve got monster sized pores which are consequently filled with blackheads, and I just feel so gross! I have combination skin – it’s pretty oily but very sensitive and will dry out instantly.
I currently use L’Oreal 360 Acne/Neutrogena toner/Neutrogena combination oil free moisturizer. Not really seeing any kind of great results.
My dermatologist suggested I use a topical cream but it’s way too harsh on my skin, not to mention on my wallet as well as taking vitamins (????? I already do this and STILL have acne).
Has anyone conquered acne so close to their wedding? Did you use a system? Anything budget friendly? What about prescription grade stuff? What worked for you?
Post # 3
I wrote a topic about this a while back and someone suggested using Cetaphil face wash and taking Apple Cidar Vinegar ( i take the ACV pills, i cant stomach the drink) and it is seriously a miracle!!!!!!!!!!!! my face and chest , back are COMPLETELY clear for the first time in my entire life. I swear by it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Walmart, Target, Dollar General, just about anywhere sells Apple Cidar Vinegar pills. Super Cheap!
Post # 4
@MrsRuby: thanks! i’m currently taking ACV (the drink – ick) for weight loss purposes, may have to go investigate the pills!
Post # 5
Aww I’m so sorry that this is happening! Honestly, I think the best cure for your skin will be Yasmin birth control pills. It does wonders for your skin, aswell as regulating your hormones, lightens your period and just balances your body allround. I have been taking it for about 3 months and (TOUCHWOOD) I have not experienced any horrible side effects. I have read a lot of reviews and many girls have said their skin gets worse before it gets better.. so by the 3-4 month mark you should have clear skin 🙂
Here is a link to some reviews if you want to have a read…
Good luck with finding something that works for you xx
Post # 6
i read somewhere that prenatal vitamins are great not only for your nails but also your skin. look into this! just double check that there isn’t anything wrong with taking them outside of pregnancy.
Post # 7
mhm, I tried to use Proactive for 8+months and for me it worked. It took two + months and my face became clear and awesome. That is the only tip I can give you in regards of this. Sorry!
Post # 8
A while back I was having breakout issues. Someone had suggested Purpose face wash by Johnson & Johnson. It did the trick. I cleans without overdrying. You can alos use it to take off your eye makeup because it has the same “no tears” technology as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo! They have it at all major drug stores or anywhere where you would purchase beauty products.
Post # 9
@futuremrswifey:Try glycolic peels. Groupon has been posting many spa coupons
Post # 10
I have skin much like yours – combination and sensitive. I am on Yasmin BC pills and I use a cream for the small zits, I have to. In addition to those, I use the Cetaphil facial cleanser and when it’s warmer, I use plain Aloe Vera gel as my moisturizer. Not the green kind, the clear kind without alcohol. I always get compliments when using that, it doesn’t clog your pores and it keeps your skin calmer. During the winter time, I have to use something with a little more moisture so I use Oil of Olay sensitive skin lotion. Also, drink water.
Post # 11
Tons of water and washing my pillowcases and makeup brushes frequently are my go-to tricks. I’ve also noticed high-quality vitamin supplements help a lot. However, I did see a dermatologist about a month before my wedding to ensure I was clear for the wedding day, and he was VERY helpful.
Post # 12
OMG are you sure your not me…lol I have the same kind of skin and have been using the same products. I recently went through a really bad stint of bad acne and it is just now started to clear up (I have sadly come to terms that I will never have 100% clear skin). Upon a recommendation from a friend I am using proactive and have switched from clinique to bare minerals make up. You definitely have to be very consistent with the proactive and follow all the steps, but I have not had a “big” pimple in about a month and my problem areas have really cleared up. It is also good if you have minor acne on your back or shoulders- we want all our skin to look perfect on our big day. The bare minerals is great also, it really helps control the oil and shininess on my face that used to be terrible around 2pm. Now, I very rarely have to reapply make-up unless I am going out, and we know that the less things on our face to clog pores the better. And washing pillow cases and make up brushes/sponges always help too. Good luck, I totally feel your pain and frustration.
Post # 13
I’m another vote for Purpose face wash. I use it and clinique’s gel lotion when I get a dry spot. I used to use really harsh products or a lot of products, but when I stopped doing that I stopped having redness. Skin still isn’t perfect, but at least I can go without foundation!
Post # 14
I had an acne attack and I now (after washing my face-) use one of two things.
I either use Boscia willow bark treatment or Kiss My Face breakout acne gel. These things sort of get into your pores to keep the other stuff out.
Then I put my moisturizer on over after whichever one I am using dries. It has helped SO much.
Post # 15
I have gone thru a bout of acne myself. What worked for me was black soap not ambi black soap this is 100 natural black soap it looks like a big brownie you only need to pull a lil piece off to wash your face. i started using it in august it cleared up my dark spots and my acne. It is drying at first. especially if you do it twice a day like i was then i would use witch hazel to tone and i apply 100% raw shea butter my face is smooth and my dark spots are faint. i also allow the soap to sit on my face for a lil and it tightens pores maybe give that a try
Post # 16
oh yeah and its for all skin types but dont over do the shea butter it can be oily a lil goes a long way hope this helps