(Closed) Acne, breakouts and blackheads. OH MY!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I use tea tree skin clearing foaming cleanser by The Body Shop.  My clear skin lasted longer than I have noticed with other products and for full body cleansing, try Cetaphil antibacterial gentle cleansing bar. My friend is using it and said it’s really good.

Post # 4
3522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Moisturize. Also, tea tree oil (applied selectively) can help dry up the blemishes. I used to have problems getting my skin to clear up, but once I stopped using all acne products (even Neutrogena) and started moisturizing twice a day, my skin cleared up completely. I’ve found that dumping loads of products on my skin only makes the problem worse.

Post # 5
5269 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2016

Aveeno anything helps me! lotion,washes all of it. I do not use any medicated wash. I love the natural stuff:) I get the occasional “period pimple” but that is it.

Post # 6
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Sometimes using medicated washes can make acne worse. It might be worth trying an oil based cleanser and hot cloths. It clears your skin without stripping it.

Post # 7
4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Proactive body stuff?  I don’t know, I just see all the commercials and it seems like it might work?

Post # 8
7 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

Me too! My period should arrive today/tomorrow – its over a week late. My wedding is next week and I am already getting my period pimples. I’m just going to keep up with my cleansing routine and buy some foundation and concealer for the big day.

Post # 9
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve notice that the tanning bed helps clear up my back too! I thought I was just crazy, but I guess I’m not! 🙂 let me know if you find a good routine that works! [email protected]

Post # 10
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Stay away from Proactiv!  That stuff is so drying and it bleaches fabrics.  I got horrid red patches from it.  Remember to moisturize because your skin will produce oil if it’s too dry which in turn causes acne.  For face I like Aveeno Calming moisturizer and for body I like good old Jergens.

Post # 11
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you don’t have very pigmented skin (and your skin is oily to combination), I would suggest trying a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream applied at nighttime after a thorough cleasing of face and back.

Benzoyl peroxide the active ingredient in Proactive along with salicylic acid (in the Neutrogena wash you’re already using), but there are much cheaper & less irritating alternatives than Proactiv.

You WILL see a bit of redness and “dryness” for the first week, as your skin begins to slough. After that, and in time for your wedding, you should see a reduction in your breakouts and less clogged & enlarged pores as the increase in skin turnover helps reduce the bacteria count and allow pores to clear faster.


Yes – the UVA from the tanning bed will also reduce the number of the acne-causing bacteria and encourage a small degree of increased cell turnover; but likely not as much as tanning in the sunshine in the summer: where the more damaging UVB rays will kill more bacteria and the top layers of your skin cells.


TL;DR = 2.5% benzoyl peroxide is probably more effective and definitely less damaging than the tanning bed.


(I battle acne & backne all my teens and early 20s, and spent a lot of time in dermatology offices and conferences.   I’m now in health care… and recently re-started a daily benzoyl peroxide regime for my nose and chin and am thrilled with the results)

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