Post # 1
I am 23 years old and never had any major problems with acne before but even since I turned about 21 I’ve been having breakouts and blemishes. I would like to have nice clear skin again. I am on birth control which is helping a bit but I would like to find a nice over the counter regime that works. I do not want to be on medications.
Is there anything that anyone would recommend?
Post # 3
I was in the same boat, and I tried everything. I finally went to a dermatologist and now I use a topical antibiotic and it works wonders. I guess that doesn’t help you but honestly if nothing else works I think you should do it.
Post # 4
Please read my post in this thread from last month. (first page)
Post # 5
Did you try any f the suggestions and did any work?
I’ve tried proactiv but it didn’t work for me.
Post # 6
How often do you change your pillowcases? You may want to change them more often, it can be a cause of facial acne. Also, make sure you have a facecloth just for your face- don’t let anyone else use it, and use it ONLY on your face. Never go to bed with your makeup on. Exfoliating can be very helpful in acne care as well.
As far as an over-the-counter regime goes, what sort of skin do you have have generally, and what part(s) of your face/body are you breaking out?
Post # 7
@Jessica2014: I’m 25 and ever since I graduated from college I got really bad acne on my chin…that is it! The rest of my face is crystal clear! I have also noticed that I always have it but before my period it gets even worse. Conclusion is that it is hormonal. I was on ortho tri cyclen for a long time and that seemed to work. I have tried proactive and topical treatments but that didn’t work. I recently switched to loestrin 24 fe because the ortho seemed to stop working and went to Ulta and got a travel size of Murad. I talked to several people about it who love it and my sister, who went to esthetician school, said it does not have any of the harsh and bad chemicals of a lot of other name brand washes. I am not sure if it is the Murad the birth control or a combination but my skin has been A LOT better!
Post # 8
I’m 29 and have had acne for ever. The best for me is proactiv. Before that I used prescription topical treatment but it was pretty harsh. I find that proactiv works great and it isn’t hard on my skin.
ETA: Drink lots of water, this helps too!
Post # 9
Do not exfoliate if you have acne. It only makes it worse.
Post # 10
I have had horrible acne in my teen years and up until 21-22, and I tried everything! I then met this chinese doctor who treated my acne from inside out by giving me herb tablets to take for few months and it cleared me up! I would say try to find a chinese medicine clinic and ask if they can help with acne. Also something over the counter that I like to use for the spots I get monthly is Clearasil vanishing acne cream with 10% bronzyle proxide, it works fast 🙂
Post # 11
ProActiv. I had chronic acne (cystnic to be exact) and even took Accutane when I was younger – it still came back. ProActiv is the only thing that worked. You need to follow the regiment though and do all four steps.
My FI has chronic acne as well (our poor kids!) and ProActiv has cleared him up too! Its worth every penny.
Post # 12
My acne is a combo of hormones and sensitive skin. I found that using a gentler cleanser and all-around routine helps me the best.
I use Purpose cleanser morning and night. In the morning I use it with a washcloth. You get a mild exfoliation with that, just enough to keep your skin from getting dull, but not enough to rub the gunk around. And never scrub hard! You’ll damage the collagen structure and hasten wrinkles. At night, I just wash and rinse while in the shower- no washcloth. I use clinique’s gel lotion only when I have a really dry area.
Post # 13
I know this will sound crazy but… apple cider vinegar!!! My best friend has had HORRIBLE acne for years and tried every product on the market… nothing worked! She’s been dabbing a cotton ball in 50/50 apple cider vinegar and water and rubbing it on her acne twice a day for about 4 days now… it’s gotten 75% better already! Try it… it works, it’s cheap, and it’s all natural!
Post # 14
If birth control helps, topicals will only treat the existing acne, it won’t stop you from getting it.
Please don’t use Proactiv. It’s a total sham. You can get the exact same products at half the price from the drugstore.
I’d suggest a sallycilic acid wash at night and a benzoyl peroxide one in the morning. With BP cream to treat specific zits.
Past that there are different things that work for different people. I have heard the apple cider vinegar works also zinc.
I’d also do a mask once a week to keep your pores nice and clean and the changing your pillowcase advice is also sound.
Post # 15
I’ve had acne FOREVER (since I was about 8) and I’ve always taken very good care of my face (washing in the morning and at night, not going to sleep wearing makeup, exfoliating etc) and the stuff that’s worked the best for me was neutrogena fresh foaming facial cleanser. The first time I tried it I wasn’t sure I liked it…it made my face feel funny (like still felt like maybe some was on my face?) but it made my face SO soft and was so gentle on my skin AND best of all got ALL of the makeup off…and I wear some heavy-duty stuff. It was weird because I have literally tried everything it feels like (Proactive, Murad, Natures Cure, Clean and Clear, other neutrogena products) and for some reason this is the best thing I’ve found. I recently went to a dermatologist and got put on some prescription stuff (which is really what you should do), but in terms of something you can just pick up at the drugstore, Neutrogena Fresh Foaming facewash is the only thing that even made the slightest difference for me. So maybe it’s worth a try if you haven’t already?
Post # 16
Im definately changing pillow cases as often as possible and I’m gonna stop using my exfoliant because alot of people are saying that is making it worse. I have oily skin and always wash off my make-up. I was using noxema to take off make-up because a friend recommended it and she is flawless. I will not try proactiv I tried it once and it did nothing and the mask stinks.
The apple cider vinegar sounds interesting, I know someone who uses it on his soars and it has been helping him so maybe I wil try that also.
I recently saw a Neutrogena package that is supposed to help with acne. Does anyone know anything about it?
Also when you say a BP cream, is it literately a plain bp cream that I have seen in drugstores. And for the wash is it any wash that contains the ingredients or a special wash?