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

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Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Accutane got rid of my terrible cystic acne in my teens, but I still was breaking out every now and then afterwards. The Clarisonic facial brush completely changed my skin – I use Neutrogena or Clean & Clear gentle foaming formulas with it and now I rarely have an acne issue. I use it once daily at night and actually wash my face with the same cleanser and my hands before using the cleanser with the Clarisonic so my makeup doesn’t clog the bristles. I know for a fact the Clarisonic is what makes the difference in my skin because I don’t use it on my back and my back still breaks out regularly. I also have a prescription antibiotic/retinoid gel that I use once a week to keep my T-zone clear.

Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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MouthOfTheSouth:  +1 This is exactly right. I used to have breakouts in the same areas. They were horribly painful and left really dark scars. I tried several of the commonly advertised (and very expensive) prescription options in addition to just about everything at the drugstore. Finally my doctor prescribed clindamycin gel. I noticed a difference almost immediately, and my face was completely clear in a couple weeks. On the rare occasion I get a breakout, it doesn’t last long, and they no longer scar. Plus, it’s only $5 for the tube and it lasts several months. I started out using it twice a day. Now I only use it every other day.

For facewash, I just use the Aveeno clear complexion bar. It’s super gentle but still leaves my face feeling clean. Moisturizer is Cetaphil oil control moisturizer.

ETA: I haven’t noticed any side effects from the Clindamycin. I’ve been using it for a little over two years. I will say, though, that I ran out at one point and was unable to get more for several months, and my breakouts did not return as bad as they were before. They were more noticeable than with the antibiotic, but they weren’t as painful or dark. So it might be something you can use for a few months or so and then switch to a different product.

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Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lubeznik Center for the Arts

If you have hormonal acne, you might try going on birth control for a few months. I realize there are major downsides to this, but frankly, it works like magic.

My skincare routine has been kind of unique, but it has really helped. In the morning I use grapeseed oil (link)<br />http://www.vitacost.com/natures-alchemy-grapeseed-oil-with-vitamin-e-16-fl-oz<br /><br />and give myself a massage before I jump in the shower. In the shower I let the water run down my face for a minute, then I use a washcloth to gently remove the oil and exfoliate lightly. After my shower I put fresh aloe on my face, and I don’t need any moisturizer.

In the evening, if I wore makeup, I use Burts Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile face wash with a washcloth, to make sure I get all the makeup off. Then I do the oil cleansing again, and turn my water up pretty hot and steam my face a little. After that, I put AcneDote (link) on and go to bed.

http://www.vitacost.com/alba-botanica-natural-acnedote-invisible-treatment-gel-0-5-oz

 

I’ve also been taking Evening Primrose Oil supplement daily, which does seem to help me have less oil in general (but I’m trying too many things right now to really be sure)

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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MouthOfTheSouth:–  this

I was prescribed topical antibacterial lotion by my doctor, it is erythromycin-zinc and it worked wonders for my cystic acne caused by bacteria 

Post # 35
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I have been drinking the same tea as runlolarun and I have to say…. it is AMAZING!!! I suffer from horrible cystic acne and I’m 26. The Yogi Skin Detox tea has been a life saver. As long as I drink that and wash my face daily (with ANYTHING), I am free from any breakouts. I am also on OrthoTriCyclen-Lo and that has helped TREMENDOUSLY. I was on other birth controls, but came back to this one and it has cleared up my skin like no other!

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Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Zinc

Epsom salt & sea salt baths & patted on face

Benzoyl peroxide lotion, specifically persa gel

 In that order.

Get the right zinc for you and the other two will rarely be necessary.

Post # 37
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Busy bee

I’ve been struggling with acne since I was 9, but I started to get it under control at age 15. What kind of skin do you have? Mine is oily, so my advice is best for someone with this skin type. What I do:

– Wash face morning & night with cetaphil cleanser.

– After washing face at night, apply lavender essential oil.

– Never fall asleep without washing face.

 

This really keeps my acne under control and mine is worse than yours! I can get it everywhere, but mostly it’s on my cheeks, back and arms. The cause of my acne is extremely oily skin, though.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee

This precise routine is the only thing that has worked in over 10 yrs of trying thousands of dollars worth of products:

-I do a Queen Helen Mint Julep mask every morning, then exfoliate with St. Eves apricot blemish scrub. After my shower I apply Blue Plasma by Dr. Perricone, then a layer of benzoyl perioxide (persa gel) before my makeup. I use only BareMinerals makeup. Wash brushes nightly and change pillowcase every 3 nights. -Wash with St. Eves scrub again at night, followed by prescription Sodium Sulfacetamide/Sulfur facewash with the Clarisonic. Lastly, I apply prescription Trentinon cream (Retin-A). I also do not drink alcohol at all, I drink plenty of water/tea, never skip washing my face and that’s been my fixer! The 2 prescriptions I mentioned made all the difference adding them into the routine.

Good luck! I opted to completely avoid anything that altered my hormones (due to some small benign breast lumps that I don’t want to mutate) or any antibiotics (b/c they can throw off the vaginal yeast balance and that is a worse problem in my opinion than acne!)

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I posted the same thing on facebook yesterday!!! I’m going to try and drink way more water, zinc, and then a friend who just got married recommended this stuff: http://www.mariobadescu.com/drying-lotion , she swore by it so I ordered some and it arrived today (which is crazy haha). They also offer three free samples with the purchase so I got a kiwi face scrub, acne facial cleanser and a drying mask. I’ll let you know how it turns out for me! Honey is also really good!

Post # 41
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Newbee

ill start off by saying that are many, many misconceptions about acne. As someone previously stated, you may need an antibiotic if it’s bacterial. Also, your skin may be sensitive and be breaking out from too harsh if products, which isn’t acne. 

Maybe try something with no allergens or irritants. Clinique has a very good 3 step called acne solutions. Typically what I would see is people who aren’t consistent. You should wash, tone and moisturize night AND day. Also, cleanser is not a makeup remover. if you wear foundation, you need to use a makeup remover then cleanse at night. It’s such a pain in the butt but your skin will love you for it. 

 

Good luck though! I hope you find something that works!

Post # 42
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

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TacoriBrideDanielle:  I had great results with accutane.  I had the fat 3D-style volcanic pimples covering a good 60% of my face from age 11.  Took accutane for 6 months at age 13 and haven’t had more than the occasional baby-sized time-of-the-month zit in the 17 years since.  But the stuff is seriously caustic and causes really awful side effects for lots of people – I still have patches of eczema that started on accutane, and while I was on it my lips were peeling off in sheets they were so dry.  In gym class my mile time dropped by a minute the week after I stopped taking it, it just tears your body up.  If your ache is bothersome enough to brave the side effects then I had great results with it, but please read up on it before you decide.

Post # 43
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Blushing bee

You sound like me! I feel like I’ve tried every OTC and prescription acne treatment under the sun.  The one thing that helped really clear my acne was going on birth control pills.  I’ve been taking Yaz for about two years now and I FINALLY have clear skin. I’m a little afraid of what will happen to my skin when I go off BC to try and get pregnant.

Also, I love Paula’s Choice skincare products (especially the 2% BHA exfoliant).  Her products are pH balanced, fragrance free, and designed with sensitive skin in mind. Her sunscreen is the only brand I’ve ever used that doesn’t make me break out!

I know how frustrating it can be to still be dealing with acne as an adult, especially when you’re planning for your wedding. Good luck in finding something that works for you. No matter what, you will be a beautiful bride!

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN

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TacoriBrideDanielle:  Are you sure you have acne and not Rosacea? I treated myself for years for acne until, at the doctor for something else, he asked me how long I had it. You may want to speak with your doctor about it.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee

I’ve been suffering from acne that comes and goes since I was in gr 6.. I’m 20 now!

I have SUPER sensitive skin.. Never found anything that helped.. Only things that made it worse lol.

UNTIL A WEEK AGO!

my girlfriend told me that she’s been using acetone (nail polish remover) on her face to remove scars. So I figured I’d try it! My skin improved after the first try! It’s literally amazing and had made a huge difference. Now I definitely don’t know about the risks of using it (but truthfully I don’t care lol) 

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