(Closed) Acne skin regimen?

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Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I had to work with my dermatologist for over a year to find a solution, and tried multiple medications. We finally did have to go with Accutane and I am so thankful I did! Since then, Neem masks and multivitamins are my go to. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I use the Acne.org regimen, sans moisturizer. I was super skeptical of it at first because the name sounded scammy, but it has worked really well for me. I used to get really bad cystic acne on my chin and I haven’t had one now for about a year! I was able to wean myself off of wearing foundation/powder every day after using their products, which I’m sure helps my complexion as well.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

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piper628:  Do you take birth control? At 28, your acne is probably hormone related. Taking the pill will stabalize hormone levels and could help clear up breakouts. 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I had really bad acne (almost accuntane level) up until I was around 22? The key here is to identify what type of acne you have, either its hormonal or environmental.  Mine was a little bit of both. I had sensitive dehydrated combination skin that made my acne worse if it got too dry (winter months) or it got too irritated (sunburns and whatnot). 

My advice to you is to work on a cleansing/exfoliating routine. Things like changing your pillow ideally every 3 days (or a week if you have a few pillows and just cycle through them). Using those makeup removing oils if you wear makeup (I use Shu Uemura but there are cheaper alternatives). Washing your face 2x a day with a non-frothy cleanser. And probably just weekly scrubs or mud masks to help if your skin feels dull.  I particularly like Clarisonic’s acne brush, but I realize this might not be what everyone’s willing to invest in.  Honestly after that I just use a non alcohol based toner, oil free moisturizers, sunscreen when appropriate and go from there.

In the end, going to salons and dermas did help but only temporarily.  You have to figure out the root of the problem and work at fixing those because no matter what cream you use, if you don’t fix the underlying problem, it will just keep coming back.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I was in a similar situation. I felt funny going to a doctor for my skin because it wasn’t severe, but it was affecting my confidence and I felt like the little spots on my face made me look unclean kind of. (I don’t know if that made sense lol) My dermatologist recommended Cerave products, and they have been a godsend. I use the foaming facial cleanser and the PM lotion. I also use a product called Thayer’s Rose Water with Witch Hazel toner in between cleansing and the lotion. I should also note that I take spironolactone and use Differin cream. It took about 6 months, but I am finally clear. Hallelujah. If you weren’t having luck with the meds, I still would highly recommend the Cerave line.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

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piper628:  The pillowcases are still my number 1 hardest thing to have to keep up (I now have 3 pillows dedicated to me just in case). It’s going to be a time consuming process, but I’m sure you’ll find something that will work for you and your lifestyle!

Something that I now swear by (the oil and then cleanser process) is not really anything new and was introduced to me by a Japanese friend with flawless skin.  You could google more info and articles about two step cleasning, the double cleansing method, and other variations of that name.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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piper628:  My skin never grew out of the teenage years either. I’ve tried a lot of different regiments. For me, natural didn’t really work. I use clinque 3-step acne solutions. It’s the only thing that’s ever really worked for me. I don’t use it at night, only in the morning – because it can be too drying. 

Hydration helps. Changing my pillow cases about once a week. And moisturizer! At night I use a moisturizer. I also exfoliating about twice a week. And of course making sure I remove my make up at the end of the day. 

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My dermatologist actually reccomended trying just regular unscented and uncolored bar soap. That always worked for me, as it would dry my face out. Now I use bar soap on my face, but I prefer to use mud bar soap (Seacret, which is all natural – my SO sells it), but I use the cheap bar soap if I run out of that. I also use a sulfur acne mask probably once a month (normally right around my period as that’s when I tend to break out), and it always makes makes my breakout go away quicker. I also use a foundation (Almay 4 in 1) that has salicylic acid in it, which it is supposed to help blemishes. I also had a period of 2-3 years where I had horrible cystic acne, and ended up finding out it was caused from a medication that I had been on for almost years – it developed a gradual negative reaction. I guess there are several medications that can cause this.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

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piper628:  the thing is that, acne is not just caused by environment or hormones, it’s could be in your genes. Like me, I barely stop getting them, although they’re not as bad as needing accutane, but when I was in Japan, my doctor would give me some kind of medication like antibiotics of some kind, and it works, no side effects. He would usually just give it to me every two weeks until it’s gone, then I’d stop. Now I’m in the US and have never been to the dermatologist, but my acne has come and go. I’ve tried everything! But it’ll always come back if it’s in your genes, and probably won’t go away until you hit 40’s.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

I am 25 and still struggle with acne.  I’ve tried so many things, minocycline antibx, epiduo, the caveman regimen, natural skin care from a holistic beauty salon called savarna’s, gluten free, dairy free, birth control(s), apple cider vinegar, honestly probably everything but accutane, but like PPs my acne isn’t severe, just persistent. (I gave everything at least a month before I discontinued using it)

I’ve come to realize that a purely natural solution just doesn’t cut it for my skin.  I need to have a chemical exfoliator (neutrogena PM retinol cream) and benzoyl peroxide (LOVE the BENZD by Pom skincare) to keep it clear.  I also used benzaclin in the past from my derm, which was honestly incredible but my skin always adapts and loses efficacy in about 6 months.  Plus I don’t like using anitbiotics in general.  salicylic acid doesn’t work for me either.  A couple of unexpected culprits I found:  
-I tried not washing my hair everyday because it’s “good for it”, well that just lead to breakouts on my cheeks.  I now wash it everyday if I use any kind of product in it, even hairspray.  
-The double cleansing method.  I tried using neutrogena makeup wipes and my cleanser, thinking that would be okay, it definitely wasn’ t.  I now use the camomile cleansing oil from the body shop then follow up my with my cleanser
-sodium laurel sulfate – THE DEVIL.  I was using Purity facewash by philosophy thinking it was great, it ended up really knocking the pH balance of my skin off.
-Manual over-exfoliation.  If my face is starting to look pink, I lay off.
-Excess oil, taking a vitamin D3 supplement REALLYY makes a difference.  Not sure if that’s a problem for you though.
-Over moisturizing.  I was reading over and over that ‘you should be moisturizing even if you have oily skin’, maybe for some people but for me, moisturizing dry areas and leaving the rest of my face alone is the way to go.

I know what a ding to your self confidence acne can be :(.  I’ve cried over mine a lot before when I was going through my trial and error process.  Good luck!!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Grandover Resort

My story… My face was flawless all my life until age 20. As soon as I went off birth control my hormones went crazy. 

My acne is by no means that bad, I only get it occasionally on my jawline or the corners of my chin. I’m now 25 and it took me a long time to really find a skin care routine/diet that really helped my skin. 

I drink a lot A LOT of water, and no milk what so ever, also no greasy or fried foods! I exercise hard 5 days a week. Wash my face immediately after with a mild cleanser.

I use Neutrogena Acne Stress Control in the mornings…

…then at night I use Queen Helene Oatmeal & Honey natural scrub. I swear by this one!!!! It’s hard to find in stores but you can always order it online, and it’s very inexpensive. I do highly suggest trying this one if you’re looking for something natural. 

I moisturize wirh Aveeno, or Cetaphil. 

Everyone’s skin is different but this routine has worked for me! Good luck bee!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

Stick with a dermatologist even if your acne is mild. Most over the counter stuff is a waste of money. A dermatolgist will be able to help you determine what ingredients are actually proven to work and what is just marketing bull.

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