(Closed) Acne…ugh

posted 12 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I can totally sympathize… my skin was ok during my teen years, but seems to have taken a turn for the worse now that I am in my early 20s.  Have you tried ProActiv?  It didnt really work for me, but I have friends who would sell their first-born for it. 

Also, are you on birth control? I am told that it is really helpful, too!


I hope this gets better for you! Hugs!

Post # 4
257 posts
Helper bee

harmonyee – can you tell us what products you’re using? there are a lot of us acne brides out there so we might be able to help you improve what you’re doing.

facials "make it worse" b/c they remove the topical dirt. everything that is underneath will come up to the surface so people usually break out the week after a treatment. I think facials/chemical peels are very helpful but since you’re a month out from your wedding, I wouldn’t recomend doing something so drastic right now since you don’t know how you’re skin is going to react. 

Post # 6
257 posts
Helper bee

are you moisturizing?

Post # 8
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Well, you would not benefit from Accutane in a month. Long term, yeah, but it builds up and takes  6 months or so. Try getting peels at the dermatologist every 3 weeks until the wedding day.

Post # 9
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I don’t know what sort of acne you get, but when I was about 20, I started to get really nasty big, isolated zits (my mom calls them UGZ (Under Ground Zits))- if you’ve had one, you know what I’m talking about- the really painful ones that take a week to "surface" and then leave big nasty scars. Anyways, I started using a topical anitbiotic called Clindagel (clindamycin) and it has completely gotten rid of the problem for me. I now use it preventatively in my "problem areas."  My derm said that sometimes the "delivery" mechanism for the topical antibiotics makes a difference- so some people respond better when it is a cream, others to a gel, others to a liquid that is applied with a sponge-tip applicator.  You might look into that?  I hope you find something that works!  It’s so frustrating.

Post # 10
257 posts
Helper bee

Oh good, you had me worried there for a sec! Ha.

OK first off I’m not a medical professional but I have had acne forever so my advice is based purely on my experience.

It’s possible you are over drying your skin with both the yaz and the tazorac. Try using the tazorac every other night (esp if you are still flaking). Exfoliating will help but you need to use something mild/slightly moisturizing and I would suggest only doing it once a week. I’m not familure with the Aveda shammy but I use Kiehl’s pineapple scrub and love it. It is mild but still gets the job done.

It’s also possible that your moisturizer is clogging your pores but that’s a really hard thing to determine b/c the only way to find out is to switch to another kind. You might not want to do that so close to the wedding. Even if a moistizer is oil free it doesn’t mean it won’t clog your pores since everyone’s skin reacts differently to different brands (ie philosophy hope in a jar is super popular but it reeked havoc on my face).

I would dial back on your tazorac use and see if that helps first. 

Post # 11
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Hi! Harymonee, I’m not sure where you live, but I went to see an ethnic dermatologist in Chicago, for the very same problem.  She specializes in skin issues for women of color.  If you are in a major city, I’m sure you can find a comparable doctor.

My doctor put me on Duac and it has been working great.  This past month I only got one annoying bump during my cycle, and I do notice the dark spots going away.  She also suggests wearing at least 30spf daily.  Which as a darker skinned female I honestly never thought we needed to wear a daily spf that strong, but the sun make spots from the acne worse. 

 Also, I gave up soda for lent and I think that is helping my skin too ๐Ÿ™‚

If I can find her original plan, I can email it too you. 




Post # 12
101 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2021

I totally feel you! I’ve struggled with skin problems as long as I can remember, and remedies like Proactiv and even prescribed meds from the dermatologist only made things worse (I think I have a senstivity to the active ingredients or something).

Like you, my breakouts are often hormonal and even though my skin is pretty fair, it also scars and marks very easily from breakouts. It’s so frustrating and I completely understand where you’re coming from! One of my biggest worries about the wedding (even bigger than how we’re going to pull off paying for it all) is what my skin will look like.

But I’ve had some great luck with a product recently, and I’m really hopeful. After seeing the Clarisonic giveaway that Weddingbee did the other day and then reading up on the product, I went ahead and bought one from Amazon. It’ was a little pricey but 


After only four days of using this skin brush, my skin looks beter than it has in as long as I can remember. It is soft and smooth, and any marks I have have already noticably faded! I would recommend it to anyone.

Check out the consumer reviews through Amazon and Sephora — they’ll convince you! There are hundreds of reviews on both sites, and in both cases the product receives 4.5/5 stars overall. The best part is that you can get a full refund if you’re not happy with it. This kind of thing definitely wasn’t in my budget (as a poor grad student), but I’m so glad I splurged.

I thought I’d chime in with this recommendation since our skin problems sound similar. Best of luck to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
257 posts
Helper bee

harmonyee – this is a great SPF (its expensive but it lasts forever b/c you need so little). it has Niacin in it which is great for dark spots and other things I can’t remember. I’ve been using it for a month now (after moisturizing, morning only) and my dark scars are visibly lighter (I have an olive complexion so I also scar very easily). My skin care specialist recommended it to me:


Post # 15
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I totally understand how you feel.

I’ve had horrible acne since I was 12, and it jsut won’t go away. Nothing worked! But, finally I got an IUD, and that has cleared my skin up like you wouldn’t believe!!

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