(Closed) Want clear skin for my wedding! Help!

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I have breakouts with my cycle, so I started a skincare regimen. I wash my face with an all natural soap (Dr. Bronners) then use a with hazel and alcohol astringent, and moisturize. I have combination skin so I use a regular moisturizer on most of my face, then an acne moisturizer on my breakout regions. It’s a 2% Benzoyl Peroxide one and it’s working very well. I got the kit at CVS. It came with a face wash too, but it was too harsh for my skin. I use the regimen daily and I don’t have any new break outs, and the old ones are fading slowly but surely.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Try a dermatologist?

Also note that anything new you try takes 4-6 weeks to show the full effect.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I think I actually used to do basically the regimen on acne.org — I used to use a cleanser, apply a benzoyl peroxide (Clearasil 10%), and moisturize.  I did this for about 10 years and at some point it just stopped working for me.  What has really really helped me was changing my regimen to include a chemical exfoliant, which for me is a salicylic acid based toner.  Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are the two big acne products, but I think putting them together is the trick.  The cleanser gets rid of the surface oil build up.  The Salicylic Acid exfoliates dead skin cells on the surface of the skin and inside your pores.  The Benzoyl Peroxide kills the germs that cause acne and help prevent more from forming.  And of course, moisturize.  So I really really recommend adding a salicylic acid based toner to your regimen!

I have sensitive acne-prone skin so I use this regimen every day (and my skin has never been better) — if you only breakout sometime, I don’t know how often you would want to use this full regimen!  Good luck!!

eta I use Paula’s Choice products (they have a line of products specifically for acne) and highly recommend them but realize they are at a high price point.. but here is their website and information regarding acne: http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/acne/_/all-about-acne

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I used Proactiv in high school and it worked great for me, but that was when it first came out and they only had like three or four different things to buy. Now they have tons of different stuff and I’m sure it works just as well as it used to.  Drink lots and lots of water and don’t eat chocolate! Good luck with everything!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@hopestruck:  I have been also trying to find the right products to give me perfect, acne-free skin. It’s soo hard since my skin is so sensitive and picky! I also bought the acne.org skin care regimen (just the face wash and BP treatment). I find the face wash to be effective but strong… I was using it with a face brush and it was too harsh. Now I do exactly as it says. But I first use my all time fav face wash ever which is DHC Oil Cleanser to remove makeup then the acne.org cleanser. Love love love. I honestly haven’t used the BP treatment. I am nervous it’s going to try the crap outta my skin and my acne is somewhat better with just the cleanser.

 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I use a modified version of the acne.org regimen: wash face 2x a day the same way (but with WAY less cleanser), and use a wet washcloth to remove the cleanser rather than letting water wash it away. That’s a twofold thing: the washcloth gently exfoliates your skin (my skin is SO soft now), and still leaves some of the BPO on your skin to keep working. I also do NOT allow my face to dry or dry it off–you need to moisturize your skin, whether oily or dry. I put on moisturizer while my skin is still damp, as this seals in the moisture that’s already there–if you do this when dry, your pores are already closed. I really dislike that advice from them, as it is very counterproductive.

The cleanser I use is a 1.5% BPO cleanser, and it doesn’t foam. For those of us with sensitive skin, SLS and its derivatives (the stuff that makes it foam) is very irritating and drying. I was given a chart of irritants and comedogenic ingredients commonly included in beauty products and have to steer clear of all but the very least irritating. I clean my makeup brushes once a week and am verrrrry vigilant about checking ingredients. I only wear mineral makeup now because everything else has something that breaks me out.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@raisedonrobbery:  Facial brushes are way too harsh on sensitive skin. I kept reading about how they were a “miracle worker” on red and sensitive skin, but it just made me worse.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@hopestruck:  I have the AHA too! I use it on my body, not face. I like Neutrogena’s 3 in 1 stress free 2% salysilic acid treatment. It has been great for my skin.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

My skin problem area is my shoulders and back. When we got engaged this was my beauty priority! I immediately got back on birth control and I also started using Clinique’s acne soap on my face, back and shoulders. Mind you, I’ve never had what’s considered to be bad acne, but to me, any acne on your wedding day is bad. 

Birth control helps tremendously! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@vorpalette:  I totally agree with you. When I was younger I could scrub my face till it was raw and it was fine! I love microfiber cloths. They are amazing!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@vorpalette:  I know someone who got a facial brush and began using it and broke out like crazy. No thanks.

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