Post # 1
Since going off my BC, I have gone from a girl who pretty much ignores her skin and gets the occassional pimple to not having a variety popping up as “that time of the month” comes closer. Any suggestions for spot treatments, masks or something that can help reduce them or make them disappear? My sister recommended leaving a spot of the Proactive mask on overnight over each pimple, but it didn’t make a single difference for me.
Post # 3
My husband swears by proactive but u have to use the whole system not just the spot treatment
Post # 4
@GelaMac: I have a normal system that works (I use the line of Burts Bees and love it), but lately I am getting massive break outs around the time of my period, regardless of what I am using. I need more of a spot treatment for those times. I get about 15-20 pimples that all come out the same day and then it’s done.
Post # 5
I was prescribed Differin by my Derm and it is awesome. Even if something pops up it is gone within a couple days and I don’t get the big bumps anymore. It is really drying and I already have dry skin but I use Eucerin q10 wrinkle stuff at night to get rid of the dry patches.
Post # 6
I finally went to see a dermatologist and it was the best thing I did for my skin. Duac gel and Retin A are a life saver. I highly recommend them.
Post # 7
Retin A didn’t work for me- it actually made my acne worse. Although I have known people who it worked for. You can also go to your regular doc for a prescription (you don’t need to go to a derm).
I find that the tea tree oil products from The Body Shop work really well for me.
Post # 8
Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
you can get it at any major retailer for about $4 a tube
Post # 9
I have cystic acne so I had to get an antibiotic from my dermotologist. But for spot treatment I love to use Clean and Clear Persa Gel, plus I wash my face daily with Puirity Made Simple.
Post # 10
I strongly recommend just biting the bullet and going to a dermatologist. I’ve had various types of acne for years and my skin is always best when I get professional help. You will save yourself theheartland the stress of trying to find that one holy grail product.
Also, derms have all these cool toys that you can’t get in stores like light therapy, lasers, cortisone injections, etc.
Post # 11
I just posted a few days ago about finding something that’s kept my skin clear for the past three weeks since I started using it! I’ve tried everything…Proactiv and all of its steps, clean & clear, biore, and some other three step thing that was much like Proactiv and absolutely nothing could bring my skin back to normal like this did. I’ve been breaking out all over since I started college courses, so two years now and now I have better skin than ever!
It’s Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting Toner with Witch Hazel and yes, there is alcohol in it too, but if you’ve tried acne systems…you’ve tried stuff with alcohol ;). Not only has it kept me clear and my oily skin much more matte, I don’t have any dryness and it actually helped to get rid of the eczema on my right eyelid! Who knew haha.
I should mention that my whole skin care routine goes something like:
First: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads (Seriously, I only wash my face once a day, if not every other day because I wear light make up now due to having better skin and the witch hazel removes everything for me!). These exfoliate so nicely!
Second: Use a cotton ball and soak the top with witch hazel and dab it all over my face and neck. Let it dry before the next thing 🙂
Third: Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer (the most expensive part of my system haha). A light layer at night and a healthy amount in the morning!
The best part about the toner is that you can find it for about $3-5 online and in stores. I just stocked up on more today and some more cotton balls too. Can’t wait to take this puppy to the beach tomorrow to keep me feeling clean! I use it at least twice a day and sometimes in the afternoon if I’m feeling a little bit greasy if it’s hot!
Post # 12
I have dry, acne-prone skin. This started a few years ago, and I had no idea what to do about it. I can’t afford to go see a derm, but I bought a Groupon for a facial and this lady was seriously a miracle worker. I use her products, but the cleanser and exfoliator are benzoyl peroxide, which is the same active ingredient in ProActiv.
I wash my face 2x a day and use the exfoliator 2x a week in place of the cleanser. I massage the cleanser into my wet skin with my fingers and then wipe it off (usually going in circles) with a wet washcloth. I moisturize with my face still damp, put on eye cream, and go.
The way she explained it to me was that what I was doing before (aside from using the wrong products) was doing too much to my skin, and in response, it was building up a layer of dead skin to protect itself. By using a non-foaming medicated cleanser and wiping it off with a washcloth, I was still exfoliating, but in a gentle way, and then still properly exfoliating twice a week with the medicated cleanser with beads. Since I have dry skin and with the medication in the cleanser, I don’t use a toner because it would be too irritating and cause more acne.
Post # 13
I must say ladies, as a former Mary Kay consultant and a future Naturopathic Doctor (graduating in 3 weeks or so) that acne is a symptom of a larger systemic imbalance- hormonal, dietary, etc. The cure is to treat the cause! See your local Naturopathic Doctor ;).
Post # 14
I use Dermalogica products. I swear by them! I use the Special Cleansing gel, Active Moist, and Active Toner twice a day. I use the Daily Microfoliant once a day, except for twice a week, when I use the Daily Prep Scrub. My skin has never been in better shape. I have had friends that have used Proactiv…it overdried their face, so to compensate, their skin produced more oil…it was a vicious cycle.
ETA: I also have an Overnight Clearing Gel that I would use if I would get a zit…works like a charm!
Post # 15
I had the same problem! Went of the BC pill and my skin went a little nuts. I’m taking lots of vitamins/supplements and drinking lots of water which helps the most with healing, but I also use 3 of the Proactiv things the regular white Benzol Peroxide cream, their sufur yellow mask, and their night cream. I also make sure to always remove my makeup asap and skip days when possible, and wipe down my face with a warm wash cloth in the morning and at night. This has helped alot.
Don’t know how long you’ve been off, but the first 3-4 months were the worst for my skin and hair… started to normalize after 6-7 months.
Post # 16