Post # 1
So, I’m at my wits end with my skin and just need some advice (other than going to a deramtoligist, which is where I will be going if I can’t sort this out soon enough.)
Anyway, I’m 22, so my skin is still fairly young, I don’t do much to “take care” of it as in like a 3 step program or anything, at night I wash with noxzema original cleansing cream, which I’m not in love with but I bought a tub and am just kinda trying to use it up, after I use the cetaphil moisturizing cream, which I do love.
My problem is, my skin just will not be clear, I’ve struggled with acne on and off for years, I’ll have months where my skin is partially clear (no noticable bumps or pimples) then all heck breaks loose and I look like a pubescent teenage boy. I would describe my skin as being combonation/normal or oily depending on the weather. In the summer my skin is more oily, and in winter it’s more balanced but still gets kinda oily around my nose.
Does anybody have any skin care advice on dealing with breakouts or just tempermental skin in general? My skin is not sensitive or anything, so that’s not a worry but I don’t want to be depending on things like salylic acid or benzoyl peroxide if I don’t have to. Any prodcuts that have worked for you guys? I’d prefer drugstore as I’m on a bit of a budget but at this point I’m open to nearly anything.
Post # 2
i’m very into skincare, so apologies if this is long! i also have oily/combo skin, and have struggled with my skin in the past. I used accutane in high school and regularly visited a dermatologist, now i see her once or twice a year for maintenance and check ups.
the biggest question i have for you is – do you exfoliate? do you have a physical exfoliator (micro beads etc) or a chemical exfoliator (bha acids, salicylic acid etc)? exfoliation is extremely important to keep your skin clear. I used to manage a high end spa, and I learned a TON about skincare from the facialists – exfoliation is HUGE. congested skin needs exfoliation to clear pores of excess sebum, dead skin cells, makeup and grime, so that the pores can a) breathe and c) absorb the cleansers, toners and moisturizers you’re applying. if the pore is blocked, the cleanser can only reach the top of the blocked pore, and the moisturizer won’t penetrate deep into your skin.
you need to find an exfoliant that works for you, and incorporate it into your routine. start with 3 x a week and adjust from there. my skin LOVES exfoliation and i exfoliate 5 x per week, but that’s what works for me and my skin, yours is different. when you DO exfoliate, don’t scrub the crap out of your skin – let the product do the heavy lifting. with consistent use, you should see a big improvement in a week or two. when your skin is clear – still continue your exfoliation etc. your skin will respond to a consistent routine and just because you don’t have pimples that week doesn’t mean that there isn’t makeup or dead skin in your pores, so stay consistent.
also try incorporating a mask once or twice weekly. origins has a charcoal mask that is AMAZING – it’s 25 dollars, but will last 6 months easily, you only need a small amount. that will help draw out deeper impurities and encourage healing of active breakouts.
wow – sorry i wrote you a novel, but i’m very into skincare!
Post # 3
i would also cleanse in the morning, instead of just at night. doesn’t need to be a long, deep cleanse, but a quick rinse with your cleanser will help
Post # 4
Go to http://www.paulaschoice.com. This stuff will change your skin and you will never look back.
Post # 5
I recently stumbled onto a website called Pocketderm. It’s not available everywhere (It’s primarily located in a lot of US states) but you take a whole slough of photos and send them to your assigned dermatologist (Through the website, the dermatologist will be licensed in your state) and they send you a prescription every month for 20 bucks a month. I’ve only heard raving good things and have pondered doing it myself but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, mostly because they don’t have a dermatologist from my state. Might be an option for you. Not sure if it will fit into your budget, but the 20/mo covers the prescription + the shipping. If they prescribe you an antibiotic, you’re on the hook to pay for that. They just give you a script for it.
Post # 6
buzzingbridex: I found that my breakouts were generally located along my chin and my hairline/temples.
I realized that the way I sleep my shoulder was rubbing against my chin a lot – long sleeve tops to bed, breakouts super minimized.
I make sure I rinse my hair REALLY well in the shower so I don’t have leftover conditioner or anything.
I also make sure to wipe down my phones more frequently and this has also helped.
Post # 7
I’ve started using coconut oil as moisturizer overnight and I haven’t had a breakout since. Its a natural antiseptic and moisturizes so your skin doesn’t have to overproduce oil.
I wash my face with cetaphils daily face wash and I love it. It’s pretty cheap too!
Of course drink lots of water, wash your phone case, wash your pillow cases, don’t touch your face, and try to keep your hair out of your face. 🙂
Post # 8
I agree with the PP who mentioned exfoliating – that is huge.
I think Neutrogena’s pink grapefruit line is pretty good – and affordable. Might be worth a shot. You can either buy the scrub, which can serve as your exfoliant, or the cream wash/regular wash and then buy another exfoliant.
Post # 9
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I agree with exfoliating as well (just don’t use an exfoliant with plastic microbeads – they end up in waterways and have been found clogging the insides of marine life – very bad!), personally I love the St Ives apricot scrubs which use walnut shell as the exfoliant. I started out using it every other day but have adjusted down to twice a week and my skin has never been better. I tend to use it in the mornings in the shower and then cleanse every night and of course moisturise morning and night and sunscreen every morning.
Post # 10
I would recommend dr. Gross acne eliminating pads (free samples at sephora)… They sting like crazy at first but don’t irritate my skin and help my acne A TON!!! Also, regular facials have helped clear up my skin and switching from liquid makeup to bareminerals powder concealer/foundation… Hope this helps! I’ve struggled with acne for 10 years and tried all sorts of prescription meds. I agree with exfoliating too! I use a cleanser and lightly rinse…then cleanse again with an olay face brush. The double-cleanse helps me a lot! Good luck 🙂
Post # 11
There is a cucumber peel mask available in most drug stores. It’s green, sticky goo you smear all over your face. When it dries, it’s like having rubber cement on your skin. Peel it off in one big sheet and see the dead skin and pore-clogs come with it. It’s MUCH more gentle than Biore strips, and it really makes your skin glow, without being harsh and scrape-y like chemical or scrub exfoliators.
Post # 12
I just wanted to say thanks for all the advice guys. 🙂 I decided to pick up a new cleanser, so I got cerave foaming cleanser on my friend’s advice and also picked up some of the St.Ives apricot scrub until I find a better scrub/exfoliant (Any suggestions?) I’m hoping that those two things along with a gentle moisturizer and a toner will help.
ALso upping my water intake by a lot. ha.
Post # 13
buzzingbridex: garnier makes a great exfoliant called ‘pure 3 in 1 cleanser-scrub-mask’. i’ve used it for about 2 years now and love it. it’s got kaolin clay which is great for excess oil, and when your skin needs a little something extra, you can put it on as a mask, let it dry for a minute or two and then rinse/scrub it off. (extra points if you hop in the shower to get it off under the hot steam!)
anyways, it’s a cheap, effective product i love and recomend if you’re looking for a new one after the apricot scrub.
other easy things that help – change your pillowcase twice or three times a week, clean your phone each day and keep bangs off your face when you can 🙂
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The eucalytus in the Noxzema may have been irritating your skin– think it’s a good idea that you stopped using it.