(Closed) ACNE TREATMENTS THAT WORK?…. getting desperate!

posted 4 years ago in Beauty
Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I had really bad cystic acne and it was made worse by BC pills and nothing worked. Mine actually went away once I got my IUD (Skyla). I also use Cetaphil face wash, and depending on the season (combo skin that’s oily in summer and dry in the winter) I use Cerave for normal to dry skin or Cetaphil oil control facial moisturizer.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m on spirolactone, 4 weeks in and notice a difference. I’m also on aczone.  I hate acne… GRRRRR.

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

LLMMCC:  Definitely Proactiv. It takes a couple of months (I think the product says 2) to see significant results, but it is incredible.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

LLMMCC:  Proactiv saved me. Once my acne cleared up after using proactiv for a couple years, I switched to Clinique 3 step line for oily skin and use that every day now.

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Proactive made my face WORSE. Made my skin so red and irritated, hope you find something OP!

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I was on accutaine as a teenager and have never had perfectly clear skin.  Proactiv works for me but is very drying so I only use it during a severe breakout.  I will also use it to spot treat cystic acne.  I just started using Mario Badescu products and I’m very happy with them.  I bought a starter kit at Ulta and will replenish my faves.  I’m using a cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask.  I also bought the silver powder for my T zone.  I can actually go out without make up now!  And I’m 41.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I had acne since I was 14 and I am 30. I did all the antibiotics,prescription ointments possible.Including Accutane twice

what helps me is cetaphil and Skinoren before my bedtime, it helped me get rid of acne scars too. Try it they have it on amazon. I know when it comes to acne anything is worth the shot !

Post # 38
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Same issue as you bee. It’s awful, thank God for makeup. I recently splurged on a Murad facewash and Petee Thomas Roth AHA/BHA gel. I am using those at night (washing with an Olay spinbrush) and in the morning just rinsing with warm water so I don’t overuse products. just started a week ago so unfortunately can’t give a good review, but the PTR gel has amazing reviews!! 5 months until my wedding praying this is my saving grace!

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Winery

SammiCoJo:  Seconding the African Black Soap! It’s been great for me so far. It works well if you have body breakouts, too. 

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I just started pocketderm. I’m not sure if it will work (I’m only 20 days in) but the price can’t be beat, you get a real dermatologist and most of the reviews are awesome.

grrrr acne!

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Rodan and Fields.  I use their #3 unblemish treatment and it got rid of my cystic acne and blackheads.  My makeup artist for the wedding could stop talking about how amazing my skin looked

Post # 42
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Blushing bee

a_day_at_the_fair:  I second the murad I’ve been dealing with acne I buy it off amazon you can get the full size for $45 and it has changed my skin I can actually go without makeup now when before I wouldn’t want to go ANYWHERE coffe gym anywhere! Oh and clay masks! The DIY glam glow is awesome my face used to get really oily before using them

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Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Evening primrose oil! Read reviews on amazon 🙂 I feel like my skin is glowing

Post # 44
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Sugar (and anything that the body quickly breaks down into sugar, e.g. grains), dairy, and anything with any kind of soy all make me breakout. Cleaning up my diet and using super gentle products is the only thing that worked for me.

My diet triggers were fairly easy to identify. But a friend’s daughter went through allergy testing to figure out hers. It turns out that she is allergic to birch trees, and there are oodles of fruits that are in that same family, like apples and pears. So all of the “healthy” food she thought she was eating were actually awful for her body, and were making her skin go crazy.

Products I ues-

face wash- raw honey

face moisturizer- jojoba oil with a bit of sea buckthorn oil mixed in

face mask (2-3 times per week, left on overnight)- GlamGlow Thirsty Mud, buy on amazon for the best price

spot treatment- tea tree oil

make-up remover- coconut oil, wiped off with an old t-shirt

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I stopped taking hormonal BC a few months ago, and my acne came back. What helped me was having a skin care routine. I follow these guidelines: http://www.reddit.com/r/SkincareAddiction/wiki/sca_routine

AM: cleanse with Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser 

PM: cleanse with Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser 
PM2: Exfoliate with Stridex Maximum Strength Pads (aka Stridex in the Red Box)

Eventually I am going to add in moisturizing and sunscreen steps. But when trying new products, you want to slowly introduce them to your routine. 2-4 weeks per product. I have about another week before I add the moisturize part. You want to make sure your face won’t have a negative reaction to the product, and that can take a while to show up. 

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