Post # 1
I have combination oily and acne prone skin. Sometimes my skin looks amazing, but most of the time I have at least a few breakouts around my mouth, chin, and forehead (where I am most oily). I also have small colorless (they blend into my skin pretty much) bumps all over my chin and forehead no matter what! You can really notice them unless you are super close…but they never go away!
Ik I should make another visit to the derm but everything she has prescribed or suggested is so costly and hasn’t helped at all…so I was wondering if anyone has had luck with any OTC products? Seems like I’ve tried everything :/ Right now I just use a neutrogena scrub every morning and night (plus moisturizer and clinique acne solutions). I wonder if the scrub is too harsh on my skin?
I’ve also thought about tea tree oil because I’ve heard good things–has anyone tried this?
Post # 2
For me, scrubs cause my acne to stick around longer because it delays the healing process for acne bumps. I would stop using the scrub altogether and swap it for a good facial cleanser. Cetaphil has worked great for me, and every derm I’ve used has recommended it to me. It tends to be very gentle and works well in combination with any other products you use. I haven’t used tea tree oil for acne, but I would personally consult with your derm first before using it. I’ve heard that tea tree oil can have some bad side effects if not used correctly.
Post # 3
kortizi0: I had acne only on my forehead, and tried everything – I was trying to keep natural and solve it through diet etc but it didn’t work unfortunately. I did however work on balancing my hormones, but at the same time I started using ziana (it’s a retinoid I think?) and aczone, which I don’t actually know what that does haha. But my skin has been great. Have you tried retinoids yet?
Post # 4
kortizi0: OTC never worked for me however. But your small bumps sound a lot like what I had, I think they may be closed comedones
Post # 5
A good regular facial (once every other month)?…someone reputable that uses good products!
Post # 6
All I know is that my skin doesn’t react to anything! Our skin sounds similar, but I get cystic acne too. I ordered Proatov + and it’s not doing much other than evening out my skin tone, which great…but not for almost $50 a month! Try Cetaphil as suggested or maybe goat soap (all natural).
Post # 7
kortizi0: I have the exact same acne as you. I never got it until I moved to a new city, it’s either the stress or air quality or both… but same exact description. I have just decided to live with the invisible forehead acne that is colorless and I have gotten a regimen down that keeps the colorful break outs to a minimum (I used to have it everywhere, now just one once in a while). This is crazy… I use a sallycilic acne scrub from burts bees, a neutrogena face wash with benzoyl peroxide, and then bar soap with zinc in it, all in the morning. Then in the evening I wipe my face clean before bed with burt’s bees grapefruit face wipes. And I wash my pillow case at least once a week and take a zinc supplement every day. This has seemed to really calm things down. Part of the reason for the zinc is it’s for a different type of acne-causing bacteria than the types targetted by salycillic acid and benzoyl peroxide. Some people have this kind and I am pretty sure I do because my regimen wasn’t working until I added the zinc in. Does your acne get worse when you sweat or get hot? If so you might have the type that needs a zinc treatment!
Post # 8
For the past 3 months i’ve made the following two changes in my life and my skin has never been clearer!
1. Cut down on sugar. No more chocolate, sugar in tea/coffee etc. I am not cutting it out completely but for sure reduced it drastically.
2. 20 min of running daily. Run so that you get your sweat going. Take a shower afterwards.
i swear i have no pimples any more, this has like never happened and it even lasts through my periods. if i remember correctly, the effect took place within a few weeks.
Post # 9
For me…Sulfur soap with my olay cleansing brush and Tazorac. Lots of water.
Post # 10
Oh and i also got pretty good results with infrared light therapy in cleaning my pores in the chin area – they were terribly stubborn.
Post # 11
I have exactly what you have! I went to the dermatologist and he told me my acne is the most stubborn kind. I forget the medical name for it– starts with a “c” though. Anyway he prescribed me something, I used all of it and was told I should’ve seen results by then and I didn’t so I stopped using it and gave up. Now I just deal with horomonal acne and forget about the little bumps, with makeup they’re hardly noticeable anymore to me and I’m over caring about it!
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
kortizi0: I have had the best luck with OTC products for clearing my acne and reducing my breakouts. Here’s my daily regimen which helped me a lot. Best of all, everything is easy to locate in any store.
1) gentle cleanser– i do this twice a day morning and night. My favorite is Oil Of Olay for Sensitive Skin.
2) toner– I do this twice a day a few minutes after washing my face. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control. This stuff really works and keeps my skin in check.
3) benzoyl peroxide– the key ingredient. 2.5% BP applied twice a day really clears acne without over drying like 5 or 10 % formulas will. I bought mine on Amazon but in a pinch I’ll use store bought 5% till I get more in. Without this stuff, my skin is bad.
4) moisturizer– I do this in the morning only but its important to moisturize as it helps keep oil at bay. Neutrogena Oil Free for combination skin is my favorite.
* I take a zinc supplement as well and zinc combined with my regiment cleared it up completely so that I no longer need makeup to hide my skin.
good luck! I’ve been through every expensive acne product there was from Clinique to mail order subscriptions before this worked.
Post # 13
anukk: I forgot to put that….yup I have two GIGANTIC ones on my chin atm like under the skin and they hurt lol
Post # 14
nawella: I’m not sure if it gets worse when I’m hot but when I’m anywhere with humidity it does….but that is probly due to the fact that I usually have makeup on to cover the acne lol
I also live in Denver so the altitude and dryness could also be a factor from what ive heard.
Post # 15
Jaanat: hugkissd: I noticed you both mentioned something to do with diet/water which is something I rly need to work on! I pretty much never drink water and drink at least 2 or 3 diet cokes a day ..and am a sugar fiend lol so that may play a big role. I will start upping my water and cleaning my diet up as well and see if that helps.
I also didn’t mention that I am a smoker (trying to quit I promise!! Lol) which I think probly doesn’t help????