(Closed) Acne Help – what has worked for you?

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Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Have you been to the acne.org website? They swear by whats called “The Regime” I don’t use their products but the drug store products they recommend. It’s what finally cleared up by chin acne!

I was CeraVe hydrating face wash, 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, Neutragene for combo skin jojoba oil. Works like a charm for me and not too expensive!

Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I used proactiv for a few months about 5 years ago but recently I’ve found that the Olay ProX Microdermabrasion Plus Advanced Cleansing System works great! It caused a breakout at first because it was cleaning out my pores but has since cleared up and my skin is great!! 

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

The only products that cleared my face were the St. Ives apricot cleanser and scrub for acne. They contain salicylic acid and that seems to work. I still get very mild breakouts so the other week i tried a honey mask with 3 tsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon, leave on for 10-30 min and that worked really well! they recommend testing it on your arm because the cinnamon can be an irritant. If it’s irritating just do honey. Lemon juice can also be great for fading scars.

Antibiotics can work, sure butr for me i developed tolerance for them VERY quickly and they stopped working and I either had to up the dose or try something else. I’d say try the pill before resorting to antibiotics but that’s just my experience.

Post # 19
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Newbee

Hi, I never had any acne problems as a teen or in my early-mid 20’s and then all of a sudden (around age 28) I started to have very oily skin and consistent acne (some mild cystic), which was mostly around my mouth and chin. I tried changing up some of my moisturizers and tried some different drug store brand face washes to no avail, and I wasn’t really prepared to spend the money on a product like Proactiv. I also have sensitive skin so I was pretty hesitant about trying something so harsh. After awhile and some research online (which really isn’t too helpful since you can find ANY theory imaginable as to what could be causing the problem, but anyways…) I decided to look at some of the foods I was eating daily. I eat pretty clean so I was eating a lot of the same foods daily. I axed or cut down on 1 thing at a time to try and see if it alleviated the acne- peanut butter, coffee, sugar. The culprit for me I have since discovered- eggs. I used to eat a 2 egg omelette probably 3-5 nights a week for dinner. I no longer eat eggs and my acne problems have stopped. Just a few weeks ago I went out for breakfast and had scrambled eggs and the next day had 3 pimples crop up, 1 of which was cystic.

I’m not saying food is the cause for everything, but I am a believer that what you put in your body definitely has an effect on it’s function and your skin. I know you did say you cleaned up your diet, have you thought of going to the doctor for allergy tests to see if you might have a food allergy?

I also started to take a Vitamin D supplement (1,000 IU/day) and find that that in combination with not eating the eggs has done wonders for me 🙂

Hope that my drawn out tale helps. Acne is no fun and I completely understand your frustrations.

Good luck and congratulations!

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I too deal with acne still and I hate it! I’ve yet to find an over the counter treatment that works long term. I’ve switched to more gentle products and have started chemical peels. Facials never did a lot for me and I started chemical peels to help with acne scarring before my wedding but I’m not getting huge breakouts anymore and that’s the only thing I’ve changed

Post # 21
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Helper bee

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TacoriBrideDanielle:  super food rich green smoothies, lots of water,

Murad Acne Complex Kit, Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, Clarisonic Mia2

Lots of good suggestions in this thread- I hope you find something that works for you!

 

 

Post # 22
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Busy bee

The only thing that’s worked/is working for me, in the past 14 years, is Accutane. I can tell you what didn’t aggravate it, at least — SpectroJel as a cleanser and washing my pillowcases all. the. time. My friend had a great deal of success with the Yes to Tomatoes line of products.

Post # 22
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Busy bee

Double post.

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Post # 22
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Busy bee

Wow, triple post. Impressive.

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Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have had acne for probably 10 years and tried every product.  My friends brother had the same problem and went to a very expensive dermatologist and was told to get rid of all the products, he was just throwing his skin more and more out of wack.  I followed his advice.

I use a basic sensitive skin unfragranced  body soap twice a day in the shower.  I then put cetaphil moisteriser sparingingly on the parts which get dry (I have combination skin)  I also cut down on the makeup (which was haaard) and just wear a slight tinted moisteriser and mascara to work.

The only time I get breakouts now is when I don’t eat well, drink too much alcohol and don’t drink enough water.  The rest of the time my skin is pretty good!

Remember not to try different things too quickly though.  You have to be patient, if you try something different every fortnight you are going to stress out your skin something major!  I wouldn’t try a different routine more than once a month, you need time to see results and to let your skin adjust.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have had acne for probably 10 years and tried every product.  My friends brother had the same problem and went to a very expensive dermatologist and was told to get rid of all the products, he was just throwing his skin more and more out of wack.  I followed his advice.

I use a basic sensitive skin unfragranced  body soap twice a day in the shower.  I then put cetaphil moisteriser sparingingly on the parts which get dry (I have combination skin)  I also cut down on the makeup (which was haaard) and just wear a slight tinted moisteriser and mascara to work.

The only time I get breakouts now is when I don’t eat well, drink too much alcohol and don’t drink enough water.  The rest of the time my skin is pretty good!

Remember not to try different things too quickly though.  You have to be patient, if you try something different every fortnight you are going to stress out your skin something major!  I wouldn’t try a different routine more than once a month, you need time to see results and to let your skin adjust.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve have mild-moderate acne. It’s not terrible, just problematic. Went to the derm the other week and was given an antibiotic and a topical called Ziana. It’s worked very well so far. after my July wedding I’ll get a hormonal acne medication, but she recommended the antibiotic for now since they tend to be more fast acting 

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

The pill totally sorted my spots out. I get one or two in my break week but the rest of the month I am clear. Although my spots might have cleared with age as as soon as my brothers hit 18 their acne disappeared.

I never had any luck with face washes, creams, etc. The only product I used which slightly helped contained an ingredient called salicylic acid.

Post # 30
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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TacoriBrideDanielle:  Be careful if you take antibiotics. You can’t be on them forever, as you seem to know. They can work but for me, the side effects were not worth it. YMMV. If this pill makes acne worse, you can always try a different one. Everyone has different body chemistry!

The Clean & Clear cleanser has 10% Bridal Party, which is going to be harsher and more drying than using a simple cleanser (like Cetaphil) and then treating your face with 5% Bridal Party. Also, because the Clean & Clear cleanser has petrolatum, that will form a layer on your face, so any products you layer on top won’t be as effective. And stay away from St Ives apricot scrub at all costs — it is waaayyyy too harsh for acneic skin, which would benefit more from a gentle exfoliant mask (like Juice Beauty’s apple peel, Philosophy’s various peeling masks, etc).

What kind of acne do you have? Blackheads? Cysts? I ask because, for instance: if you have lots of blackheads and clogged pores, I’d say you should use a BHA to keep the pores clear. But if you have cystic acne, it’s probably hormonal, and the treatment would be different (and harder).

Are you using any sort of AHA/peel? What body wash are you using? If it has SLS in it, swap it out.

Finally, I will say that stress is a huge factor. Huge. I had not been clear in 20 years but I recently left an incredibly stressful field of work. My face cleared up. I honestly think it’s because I started treating my skin more gently and simultaneously went from having a very stressful life to an enjoyable one. If you can avoid stress and learn some stress-busting exercises and routines, I think that could help you a lot.

For makeup, Colorescience powder will not clog pores. It’s not cheap but I look at it as an investment in not breaking out. Avoid MAC Studio Fix. If you don’t have acne, it’s great, but if you do, it will just aggravate it more.

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