Post # 1
So Ive always had forehead pimples. You know the tiny ones you get from puberty? Well 20 years later I still have them. Dermatoglist gave me Retin A Micro but it made me look worse so I never went back. It never bothered me too much and its not that noticeable but now with the wedding I want to obviously try to look better.
Should I get a clarisonic? Is it worth the money?
Right now my skin cleaning ritual is cetaphil and a moisturizer.
Post # 3
@janinaPK: If you’re breaking out you need something with salicylic acid in it. The Cetaphil isn’t enough to really clean your skin and prevent your pores from clogging up. Try the Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser once a day, it will clear you up without drying you out too much. I use Cetaphil in the mornings and the Clear Complexion in the evenings since the retinol I’m using drys me out a bit. I’d also recommend something with retinol, but maybe over the counter would be a good place to start since you experienced irritation with the prescription strength. I’ve used a ton of stuff, and right now I’m using the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair with Retinol SA. I have sensitive skin, so I had to start by only using it every other day, with just a moisturizer on my off nights. I’m now able to use it nightly a couple of weeks later. Good luck!
Post # 4
I have owned the Clarisonic for about 6 years and have used it hardcore when I first bought it. I wasn’t overly impressed with the results. I was going through a rough skin patch (due to stress) and did a regiment of microdermabrasion and clarisonic for abouot 3 months. I cannot tell which product worked the best. But, my skin did clear up. I hadn’t had a prior history of acne.
Before you make the plunge and buy a pricey Clarisonic, I would do a couple of things first: buy facial wet wipes (ponds) and try that every night before bed. Buy Palmer’s Vitamin E scar serum and put it on your affected areas every night before bed. Try Aveeno facial wash. Do this for a month and see if you have any improvements. If you don’t see any, I would try Clarisonic.
You could also look out for Groupon deals. They had a similar clairisonic product for $55 http://www.groupon.com/deals/gg-episonic-facial-cleansing-brush-kit
Post # 5
Bleeehhhhh don’t get a Clarisonic. They’re far too harsh on skin. Overexfoliating is not good. Acne can be caused by many things, including ingredients in the products that you’re using–there’s a great list here. I suggest getting a low-percentage benzoyl peroxide cleanser (non-foaming)–I use a 1.5% due to very sensitive skin–and washing your face twice a day. Get your face wet with warm water to soften the outer layer and massage in the cleanser. Get a washcloth (preferably white, since BPO bleaches) wet and gently remove the cleanser. This will exfoliate without irritating. Moisturize while your face is still damp. You can exfoliate with a BPO cleanser with microbeads 2x a week, as well, just make sure to GENTLY use it (like you would with moisturizer). Gabriel Correctives is the next lowest percentage I’ve found for BPO products at 3%.
Post # 6
@janinaPK: I have a clarisonic and I still get those little bumps, they’re so tiny they don’t bother me and certainly won’t show up in photos but mine may be smaller than yours. Where my clarisonic comes in handy is getting rid of blackheads and making my pores appear smaller. I use the gentle brush (the green one) and only use it in the shower 2-3x a week (usually just 2 times) so I don’t overexfoliate. I feel like the clarisonic is much more gentle than a standard washcloth but that’s just me.
I’ve been using an acne wash from DDF and a treatment cream that has seem to clear/brighten up my skin, I usually don’t have many pimples throughout the month but breakout around my period, with this sutff I only had 1 pimple vs 5. It might be worth looking into.
Post # 7
I have pretty bad acne from PCOS, I got a clarisonic a while back to see if it would help. My acne isn’t 100% but it is definitely better.
Drink a ton of water, seriously. I find that when I add fresh lemons and limes that helps clear out my face too.
Post # 8
@janinaPK: that is exactly what my forehead has looked like most of my life. And then I found my product. Dr Dennis Gross All in One foaming face wash (not with toner). I’m telling you I have tried every.single.Product. both over the counter and script and this is it. You can get it on amazon. If you have a little room in your budget his face pads are also great. I promise you!
Post # 9
Go to bed early and try to get 7-8 hours of sleep. Reduce the amount of junk food, soda, refined sugars and processed foods you eat. It could also be caused by a reaction to eating dairy (if you do eat it). Exercise for 20 minutes everyday, even if it’s just a walk and like PP said, drink lots of water. Doing all of this stuff will also just make you feel better in general. You could also try switching the shampoo, conditioner or hair products you use.
Post # 10
I recommend trying a glycolic acid face cream. Put it on once a day and they should clear up. This is what my dermatologist recommended to me. I bought an over the counter cream and it’s worked on the smaller bumps. It took about a month to see the difference.
Post # 11
I have a clarisonic. It’s nice to have, but it never cleared up my forehead bumps. A friend introduced me to some products that are from the dead sea. Dead sea mud, minerals, etc… I use their mud mask once a week on my full face, and to spot treat. It’s freaking amazing. When the little bumps show up, they’re gone within 2 days or less after using the mask.
I also became an agent after deciding I loved their products so much so if you want more info, or want to get it for a better price feel free to PM me. I won’t sit here and peddle my skincare stuff though and be obnoxious 😉
Post # 12
@TealMarie: I do all this already. I havent had soda and processed foods If I can help it for years. Ive been working out 3-4 times a week for my entire adult life. I eat a mainly low carb high lean protein with some carbs and dairy. Basically my lunch and dinners are low carb (meat and veggies only) and breakfast usually oatmeal and or fruits or cereal. I dont think its my diet and if it is that sucks because I already dont feel like I eat crap!
Post # 13
I don’t know if I’m allowed to post links, but I found a woman who started her own natural skincare line and her stuff is AMAZING. I liked her products so much, I even bought my daughter some of her products. Said daughter deals with occasional acne issues. Let me know if you’d like the link.
Post # 14
@janinaPK: The Clarisonic didn’t do anything for mine (though it doesn’t hurt to try). Those forehead ones are a bitch, but honestly I’ve met very few adults in this world who don’t have them. They’re so common you shouldn’t even stress over it.
Post # 15
I have a clarisonic and it cleared up all the little bumps around my hairline, I love it. After using it for 2 weeks straight now I use it a few nights a week to maintain and it has made a night and day difference In my skin. My face feels so clean after using it too which I love. I guess the results vary depending on your skin. I’m not sure on the return policy on clarisonics but if you can find a store that will take it back if you don’t like it, you have nothing to lose 🙂
Post # 16
Using certain moisturizers on my face gives me those types of bumps on my forehead. Are you sure you aren’t sensitive to what you’re using? As soon as I switched it all went away within a couple of days. Now I only use Clinique Moisture Surge as a moisturizer as it seems everything else makes me break out with those bumps.
I’ve used Retin A and it did make me look like a hot mess at first, but after a couple of weeks it makes your skin so nice.