Post # 1
I have had mild/moderate episodic acne all of my life, I had a worsening/peak exaccerbation last year and I just got so fed up I decided to really try to figure out how to make it stop
Just something you should try if nothing else works- avoid dairy ( milk and cheese especially) including all the yummy stuff like lattes ( I HATE THAT PART) and ice creme and also avoid white bread/refined starches/pastries
this has cleared up my skin completely
hope this helps- although it does REALLY suck not being able to eat sandwiches with cheese/LATTEs but its worth it not to see cystic acne on my face
Post # 3
Good to know…thanks for the advice. I’ve found Proactiv helps somewhat…it clears up my acne, but my skin is still kinda red and sometimes blotchy. And it gets so oily esp. during the summer.
Post # 4
Really good advice, I had never heard that before! I started using make-up removing wipes and that has really helped my skin!
Post # 5
Birth control. Seriously, my acne disappeared entirely. But mine was mostly because of imbalance.
Post # 6
the no-dairy thing certainly hasn’t helped me! I’ve been lactose-free for years but the acne is still dreadful. But fortunately, tea-tree oil (and the Body Shop’s line of products thatI’ve recently switched to) have helped enormously!
Post # 7
When I was a teenager a doctor told me that I could try to limit dairy intake and it might help my skin… but there’s just no way that limiting milk and cheese would make me a happy person at all. My acne is pretty mild, so I’d rather just deal with it than forsake all dairy 🙂
Post # 8
My dermatologist recently gave me samples of these prescription-only cleansing cloths called Triaz. It’s taken a few weeks, but my complexion has cleared up completely. They are stronger than Proactiv, but they don’t dry up my skin. I’m a little nervous though to see how much they will cost when I actually have to buy them.
Post # 10
Hey ladies.. Ive had similar issues in the past. Ive taken accutane twice, but of course I had to try every topical cream or cleanser under the sun before my dermatologist would prescribe that. I’ve heard about stopping dairy too, but I think that is situational- it didnt work for me. I am lactose intollerant, but since Ive taken accutane, I rarely break out- I mostly have oily skin. What I use now is neutrogena during the day (cleanser, body wash, and moisturizer) and clarins cleanser, toner, and cream in the evening. The combination of the two products seems to keep things under control. I did try Yasmin and it worked wonders on my skin, but the side effects were so awful I decided having flawed skin was better than restless leg, hairloss, eye sensitivity, and weight gain (eek!). Good luck!
Post # 11
My mom just bought me Arbonne… it’s a little pricey but so far it is working great.
Post # 12
I think my skin is TOO tolerant of creams and everything. I’ve had slight acne and redness since I was 15.
I’ve tried using proactive, clean and clear, the body shop tea tree oil, neutrogena, arbonne, and a million other brands and it never helps!
I then thought I may have rosacea, but that cream didn’t do anything either.
I am at a loss now 🙁
Post # 13
I’ve had acne for a long time, moderate as a teenager, and then BC cleared it up. I recently went off of BC and it came back somewhat more mildly, but still upsetting. My forehead was a minefield for MONTHS. I was getting really disheartened and trying everything and I started reading the boards on acne.org. The guy that runs it has this “system” that seems too simple to work. But, it actually works. It is the only thing that has cleared my forehead, and all my skin. I finally have the skin I had while on the pill. It’s relatively inexpensive and so worth it. Just don’t deviate from the “system!” I tried to do that a couple of times when I thought I knew better, and the acne always came back. Good luck!
Post # 14
I’ve been on BC for years because I was prescribed it for my acne. Other than that, I swear by proactive. I recently started using Sheer Cover instead of my old make up and it’s helping my skin too! Try it you will love it!
Post # 15
I’ve been using tazorac but am noticing no difference. Perhaps I’ll try changing my diet…
Post # 16
I’ve been on accutane twice in my life so far -once when I was 17, and then again right before my wedding (24 at the time). This was the ONLY thing that worked for me. The ONLY thing.