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

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Accutane helped me for a while, but what really got rid of it for good was Spironolactone. I started taking Spironolactone after learning I had polcystic ovanrian syndrome. It’s a hormonal imbalance, and one of the effects is acne. (Other signs include unwanted hair growth, irregular periods and carrying your weight around your tummy, though I didn’t experience any of thsoe.) Might be worth looking into more if you find antibiotics do not work. 

Post # 47
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Newbee

I developed acne as an adult. I’ve had it more or less under control for a couple of years now (knock on wood), although stress does make it flare up.

I tried a lot of presciptions that didn’t work, but then I saw a new (and excellent) derm who put me on Atralin, Aczone, and Finacea, which did the trick. I no longer need any of those prescriptions, as long as I manage my blood sugar and my stress levels as best I can.

I also stopped using any powder blush, foundation, etc. Although powder makep seems as if it would be acne-friendly, it makes many people (including me) break out. 

 

ETA: Clinique’s oil-free foundation and Boscia’s BB cream are pretty much the only makeup that won’t irritate my skin. I tried birth control, and unfortunately it didn’t help my skin, but friends of mine have had better experiences. I’m happy to PM you my derm’s name if you’re in the NY area–just let me know. 

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Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

TacoriBrideDanielle:  I know it sounds like a myth, (it took me about a year to try it after hearing about it) but I now only wash my face with organic, unpasturized honey and then tone with organic apple cider vinegar (with the “mother”) and my skin has never looked better.

I have a bath every night, wet my face and apply the honey like a mask. Then after a little bit I use my clarisonic to scrub it off. I tone with diluted ACV then moisturize with regular moisturizer.

I’ve also done the zinc suppliment thing and I’m not sure if it helped or not, but I’ve heard about it a lot, so perhaps try that as well.

ETA: also, wash all of your makeup bushes regularly!

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Post # 49
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I started to get acne around the age of 18 – not horrible acne, but I would get a couple of zits that were big and painful, and it always made me self conscious. I would never have perfectly clear skin. I tried almost everything over the counter. I decided to go to a dermatologist, about a year ago, and got prescribed erithromycin (spelling?) which is an antibiotic, and then used epiduo each night. I took the antibiotics for probably about 3 or 4 months. The only time I ever get a zit (which is rare) is  because my diet is poor. Save your money and go to a dermatologist! You won’t regret it.

Post # 50
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Worker bee

Well first you should figure out what’s causing the acne. If it’s hormonal, it could be improved by birth control pills. If it’s because your skin is constantly getting inflamed (like mine was), I’d get a jar of manuka honey and mix it with cinnamon and warm water and have it first thing in the morning. It’s a great cleanse, and both cinnamon and manuka honey have great antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. I’d also recommend glamglow clearing treatment mask (you can get at sephora). It’s pricey ($69), but it works quickly and you can see improvements right away. Hope this helps!<br data-mce-bogus=”1″>

Post # 51
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

chelseakayd:  How quickly did you see results with the erithromycin? I have been taking it for a month and it doesn’t seem to be helping much. 🙁

Post # 52
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club

I have had acne forever.  I have been on every single medication possible (including accutane), diet, OTC cure, even holistic medicine.  I have found taking extra Zinc along with my multi-vitamin greatly reduces breakouts!!  I take 50mg once a day in the morning.  I also do sunflower pulling every single morning while I shower.  It is the only thing that consistently has kept my skin clear.  I highly recommend looking into those two.  Pulling can be done with either sunflower oil or sesame oil, they also say coconut oil (but it’s not as effective).  You just swish about 1 tablespoon around in your mouth for about 10-15 minutes, or until the oil is thin and white.  It pulls all of the toxins out of your body and into the oil through the capillaries in your mouth.  You simply spit it out in the toilet and brush your teeth and floss after.  It helps much more than just your skin too. 

Post # 53
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Briarwood Golf Course/ Country Club

 

niedmanns:  Where do you get your tea at?

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: Huracan Cafe

I completely understand your problem. I’m 22 and almost alwsys had some acne since 5th grade. I treid just about everything under the sun. Prescribed stuff like creams and antibiotics. What I found to work was accutane. It’s a super serious drug. Definitely to think about and something to avoid if you want to have a baby within the next year.

I went in two different cycles of accutane once sophomore year of high school and Freshman/sophmore year of college. I’ve been off it for about 2 years now and still get break outs. My skin is super sensitive to products and they make me break out so easily.

 

I still get chin, check temples and no nose acne when I’m not ontop of my skin care routine as well as around my time of the month.  

 

What I use now is Peter Thomas roth anti aging cleanser gel. Had all the good acne fighting ingredients in it. But watch out it can be drying so I only use it at night With my clairisonic. I follow washing my face with dickenson’s witchhazel toner. And effaclar duo acne treatment. For my face lotion I use olay beautify lotion. 

 

I hope ole all the advice helps and stears you in the right path.

Post # 55
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’ve had acne since way before puberty (I had pimples in 2nd grade) and considered them a way of life well into my twenties. I’ve tried every OTC remedy known to man (but never did the mail order or prescription ones). Honestly, once I stopped using those chemical acne products, my skin improved dramatically. I get a facial as often as I can (I shoot for once month, but it ends up being like once a quarter sometimes) and wash my face morning and night with natural black soap. I live in a humid climate, so I don’t currently wear moisturizer, but when I was in the states, I moisturized daily. 

 

Post # 56
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Penang1885:  I want to say it was probably a few weeks, but I think that the topical cream that I put on at night really helped too! The problem with antibiotics is there are so many, and they each effect people differently! I believe I tried 3 other antibiotics before trying erythromycin. I would suggest asking your derm to switch you to a different antibiotic if you don’t see results soon!

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

chelseakayd:  Do you mind if I ask what kind of topical cream you use? Did the acne kind of fade away slowly or did it suddenly kick in after a few weeks and boom, fixed?

The main difficulty is that we want to TTC soon, and apparently erythromycin is one of the few that are compatible with that. 🙁

Post # 58
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Penang1885:  I used Epiduo! I had used a few other creams before that, but they didn’t do much ( I know my derm wanted to use weaker creams and see how those worked which was frustrating). I used Epiduo every night and I noticed clearing up within a couple of weeks. It did cause dryness, but I used a St. Ives moisturizer each morning so there were no issues. I also know other people who had success with this topical cream. Good luck! Also, I was taking Erythromycin 2X a day. 

Post # 59
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

My doctor prescribed a cream, called Tactuo. Not sure if you have tried it. It actually works really well, apply before bed and it cleared up my skin quite a bit. It’s pricy if you don’t have insurance but the tube lasts almost 6 months. It also minimizes the acne scars, I’ve been using it for about a year, it’s a slow progress but I can definetly see a difference. Worth a try!

Post # 60
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

If you’re getting acne on your chin and jawline, its hormonal…not bacterial and some PPS mentioned. I have had acne for about 13 years and after atralin, finacea, tazorac and 2 years on doxycycline(back to back yeast infection) im finally seeing progress with retin-a-micro and spironolactone. Retin a micro is gentler than retin a and still as effective. retin a(atralin) was too strong for my sensitive skin. To get on spiro you do have to get bloodwork i forget what for.

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