Post # 1
I am curious to hear about your skin care secrets that work when you have minor acne flare ups. I have fairly clear skin, but with the stress from life and the sweat of summer, I keep reoccuring pimples in the space between my eyebrows and I’d like them to go away or at least heal faster before my wedding. Let me know what works for you! Thanks!
Post # 3
@sarageu: do you use a toner? That has helped me.
Post # 4
@FoxyBride14: I used to, but haven’t in probably about a year. Is there one in particular that you would recommend?
Post # 5
I have tried many skincare products.. from super high end to drugstore. For the occasional zit I keep coming back to 5% benzoyl peroxide.. you can find it at any drugstore. Clean & Clear makes one called Persa Gel 5 (I think that’s the name).. it’s cheap and effective.
I think consistency is key too… keep up the skincare routine even if you’re busy/tired. Always wash your face before bed.
Post # 6
I’m on accutane right now for acne, but that’s a totally different beast. When you have persistant acne that is unresponsive to anything else, it’s impossible to help that without accutane basically.
But now that my skin is more like normal people skin, if I have a breakout I will put a very tiny bit of alcohol on a Q-tip and dab it on the tip of the pimple. This is surprisingly effective, and doesn’t irritate the skin around the pimple, which is something I don’t like about toner.
Then just be sure that your face is nice and moisturized so it doesn’t dry out too much.
Post # 8
a dab of peroxide and some none gel toothpaste over night does the trick usually!
Post # 9
I’ve had some good results with tea tree oil diluted with water.
Post # 10
None of the over the counter (or prescription, for that matter) treatments have ever made a difference for me other than birth control. However, what has worked recently with some flareups is using a damp, steaming towel (I just wet it, wring it out, and microwave it for 20 seconds) first thing in the morning instead of washing my face. Somehow, the steam removes the oil from my face without it feeling stripped or dry the way it does with cleanser. It’s also super refreshing. I do wash at night because I assume my face is dirty AND oily and I want to get that off with the real deal.
Limiting chocolate and taking zinc has also made a big difference for me.
Post # 11
I’ve tried a million different products, seriously. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is my go to these days. It’s fast and effective (1-2 days and spots are gone). You just dot it on with a q-tip and wear it over night. It doesn’t budge one bit. Wash it with your normal face wash in the morning. Also, I just stated using Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil. It’s an oil but it doesn’t make your skin oily at all.
Post # 12
I absolutely reccommend Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. Literally an overnight difference (coming from someone with PCOS who breaks out regualrly).
Post # 13
@sarageu: I use Mario badescu’s glycolic acid toner. You can get it at Nordstrom.com (free shipping!!!), the regular Nordstrom store, or Ulta
Post # 14
I’m also a Mario Badescu believer. I was having regular breakouts and couldn’t figure out the reason. Since using his face wash (I use Enzyme Cleansing Gel in the morning and some nights, and Glycolic Foaming Wash a few nights a week), I’ve noticed a huge difference. I have much clearer skin and it’s even less oily. I used to go through so many oil wipes a day. I have used the Drying Lotion, but usually wipe the Buffering Lotion all over my face with a cotton ball and my skin clears right up.
Post # 15
I’ve tried pretty much everything. For the last 19 years battling acne I’ve tried all the over the counter products, prescription gels/creams and pills. Abut 6 weeks ago I received the Mario Badescu buffering lotion and it did nothing.
Currently I’m using tea tree oil on active pimples, it IS drying them up. I hope it keeps working.
Post # 16
Definitely look into a good exfoliator to unclog pores (made worse during these summer months, I feel you!)
I’m a big fan of Dermalogica microfoliant.