(Closed) Acne… Please help me?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

It really depends on what your skin type is like.  I decided 6 months ago to get off anything involving benzoyle peroxide or salayic acid, I was tired of my sheets and towels getting dyed and I figured if it could do that to my things there was no way it was good for my face.  I’ve been dealing with breakouts for months now.  Last week was the worst ever, like middle school bad.  I didn’t want to go out, hated myself and vowed I would figure this shit out….

About a month ago I had tried something new: Neutrogena Microdermabrasion kit, Neutrogena Oil Free Toner, Deep Cream Cleanser and Mousterizer.

After the terrible breakouts this month I started removing things piece by piece.  First to go was the micro kit, I think my skin is just too sensitive to it.  

Then I took out the toner.

Last week was the week of doom and I was in tears scouring acne.org for any help.  I discovered green tea :).

I switched my cleanser to Purpose (by Johnson and Johnson, I no longer use the Neutro Deep Cleanser) I wash 2x a day.  Then I make myself a cup of green tea, let it stew for out two min.  Then I take the tea bag and run it under cold water for a sec and then run it over my face.  In the morning I mousterize afterwards.

It sounds gross I know, but a week later my skin is clearing really well, I’m no seeing any new breakouts, my pores are smaller and I actually have a little bit of a glow.  Also drinking tea is so good for you as it detoxes you (I’ve read that you should stay away from Lipton for some reason though).

My skin is fairly oily so this may not work for you and keep in mind that when you’re doing a system that detoxes your skin it will bring everything to the surface and will probably get worse before it gets better.  Good luck!

Post # 4
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have battled this for years.  It might be cystic acne if it hurts like that.  If it is, you will need to go to a dermatologist as the only cure is antibiotics.  None of the over the counter stuff has ever helped for me.  If they prescribe something, make sure that you do some research into the side effects.  I just really gave up because the risk of the side effects wasn’t worth it for me, I am older and just accept it now.  I do the basic washing, moisturizing, and little makeup and that helps, but it really never is gone.

I would do some research on the internet to see what type that you think that it is, because only you can really see it well and feel under the skin stuff.  That will better point you in the right direction.

Post # 5
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Vandiver Inn

I haven’t had to battle anything quite like that, but the older I get the more my skin breaks out, especially around my chin. It got seriously bad sometimes. Anyway, I recently started using the Clinique Ace Solutions kit – it has a wash, toner, and lotion that you use twice a day. Literally days after first using it I saw a difference – I’ve adapted it a bit with certain Neutrogena products, but it could be worth a shot! They also make a spot corrector. I do agree that it’s a matter of findng the right combo of things for your skin, which can be a bitch for sure.

Post # 6
487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I suffer from cystic acne and basing only from what I’ve seen on my face, that looks like cystic acne.  I can give you a whole list of things that I use (I have it in another thread just like this, I can find it for you) but I really recommend seeing a derm first and seeing if some prescription topicals or even some antibiotics help.  I also use Cetaphil, and that is a good choice.

My suggestion though, if you get antibiotics, stay away from Solodyn.  It works, I’ve taken it, but I’ve done a lot of research on the meds that I take and there is no long term research over 3 months and from what I have read, people have seen pretty bad side effects when they’ve taken it for longer than that (plus I’m a former pharma rep and Medicis, the manufacturer, used to call me all the time for interviews and they’re total creepers -so maybe I’m biased)

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