Post # 1
Hi! I just got engaged and I’m posting this SOS well ahead of my wedding date because I have a big problem that I want to fix before the big day. I have nasty skin! I always have huge clogged pores, and then for a couple weeks out of the month I have acne and super greasy skin (hormone related I guess). I have had bad skin ever since I was an early teen and after 12 years I’m sick of it! Please please if anyone has stubborn skin problems and has found a beauty routine that works, I would love to hear it! I have used neutrogena, hydrogen peroxide scrubs, witch hazel, charcoal scrubs etc. Nothing’s really helped. I really want to get this resolved…and I really don’t want to have a pizza face and nasty pores in my wedding pics. 😛
Post # 2
Drink a lot of watter, with a lot I mean 3Lts per day. Eat fruits with Vit. A as carrots, buy a sulfur soap and aply 3 times a week. Buy a vit. C cream like Cethopic, wash your face 2 times/ day and go to the dermatologist and make yourself a peeling once a month until your wedding!
Post # 3
Are you on any kind of hormonal birth control? That can really get things under control. The next thing I would suggest is, if you don’t want HBC, try spironolactone.
I also suggest you read this website: http://www.skinacea.com She really goes over how you should be treating your skin. Scrubbing with those over the counter “exfoliator scrubs” usually causes more damage. Gentle skincare products are best for acne-prone skin as well. I use Mario Badescu’s acne facial cleanser and it’s perfect for my oily skin.
Also, have you been to a dermatologist? There are lots of good prescriptions that can help. Just stay away from Differin. It will cause purging. You’re better off getting a benzoyl peroxide wash to balance the pH of your skin.
Finally, be mindful of what you put in your body. Lots of water, cut back on all caffeine, eat fresh fruits and veggies, and take your vitamins. I suggest looking up D-3 and going from there.
Post # 4
Have you tried going to a dermatologist? I went in high school, and antibiotics always helped me. You can probably even just go to a regular doctor/walk in clinic to get medicibe for it. Ask about it next time you have a check up (if you’ll have one before your wedding).
Post # 5
I too suffer from chronically clogged pores and blackheads. Charcoal masks are what have worked the best for me, so far my favorite is actually made by Avon. The clarisonic facial brush has also drastically changed my skin for the better and is worth the investment in my opinion. I switch up my cleanser and scrubs quite often so I can’t recommend a brand for those.
My routine is: cleanse with acne-clearing cleanser or exfoliant immediately upon waking followed by moisturizer. I use the clarisonic with gentle cleanser before bed and use a heavier anti-aging cream afterwards. Charcoal mask 1x/week, remove with warm water on clarisonic.
Good luck! I know how frustrating it is to be unhappy with your skin. If you can’t find anything that works, a dermo can prescribe an oral antibiotic for the short-term to purge your pores. If you go that route, do it a couple months before the wedding because the purge phase usually isn’t pretty, but the result is!
Post # 6
I also had super oily skin and hormonal breakouts. My dermatologist recommended Spironolactone. It worked wonders! My skin was so unbelievably clear and it wasn’t oily at all. Seriously, miracle drug. That being said, it has side effects and some can be serious. I ended up taking it for about two years, though, because I loved how my skin looked. I stopped taking it when we started trying to get pregnant.
Post # 7
Lots of water and healthy eating. Also, Fish Oil supplements have saved my skin! No breakouts, or eczema flareups. I used to have really clogged pores and using a Clarisonic has helped immensely, I use it every three days. On off days I use Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder (super gentle exfoliant) and Ole Henricksen Berry Enzyme Mask. I used to have stubborn acne on my forehead and general skin roughness. My face is baby smooth now.
Post # 8
Feel like I’m reading something I wrote … For me I’ve tried everything the best thing for me as been good old fashion noxema (I use it as a wash a mask a couple times a week) and giving my face make up breaks… I also keep a clean and clear scrub on hand in the shower to bc occasionally it helps for me to mix it up (I think my skin gets immune every now n then)
Post # 9
Clarisonic is amazing. Use it with a mild cleanser before your regular acne cleanser. Then apply your toner and topical creams. 10% benzoyl peroxide is the only thing that works for me in cleansers and topicals (store brands leave a residue and defeat the purpose). For toner I use one with alpha hydroxy. I get clogged pores too and have oily skin.
I also agree to maybe change bcp.
Post # 10
pretty much the only thing that has ever really helped my acne was prescription medications. i’ve been on so many over the years to help the various forms of acne i experienced. otc treatments helped a little, but they were always just short-term/temporary fixes.
and lots of medications/treatments cause skin purging (as well as other side effects), so don’t dismiss something for that reason alone. a lot of times, your skin will get worse before it gets better, so just give yourself plenty of time to go through the necessary period of adjustment. in my experience, it’s always worth it!
Post # 11
I went on roaccutane as a teenager so I can sympathise with having bad skin as it has left a lot of scarring. I recently had a course of 3x fraxel laser treatments and initially I didn’t think they worked but I can definitely say now a few months since the last one that I can see a difference.
For skin care, I try to use Cetaphil (it’s a non-soap cleanser) everyday and I wear Neutrogena Sunscreen for face (non-comodogenic) and have stopped wearing foundation/make up to work everyday and just going fresh faced and I’ve stopped getting pimples now.
Bought some neostrata (it’s a brand created by dermatologists) renewal cream to use for the next few weeks until the wedding.
I think look for products containing AHA’s and retinol (make sure you wear sunscreen though) as these are amazing for skin.
Post # 12
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I use the Shea Moisture African Black Soap line of products (face wash, toner, lotion, mask.) It has really helped me to get my pores and excess oil under control, and it’s pretty inexpensive as well.
Post # 13
Go to a dermatologist. No over the counter product will help as much as retin A, accutane, antibiotic, or spironolactone. Dermatologist can prescribe what is appropriate for you.
Post # 14
I second spironolactone. Ask your family doctor or dermatologist about it. It does wonders for the skin and significantly reduces oil production. I’ve been on it for years, along with birth control (which worked initially for my skin, but then I found I needed something else too), and people are always surprised when I mention that I used to have problem skin. Good luck!
Post # 15
I would get a dermatologist consult and prescription – it’s the only thing that has worked for me long-term. I have clogged pores too, and my acne can get pretty bad at times. Salicylic acid is helpful for unclogging them and preventing keratin plugs from forming, but prescription retinoids are better.
I currently use PocketDerm, which is online and costs $20 a month. I highly recommend them if you are in a state where they are licensed. It’s awesome – rather than waiting for an appointment, you just upload photos of your skin and send messages to an actual dermatologist, who writes you a prescription and has the company ship it to you. The $20 covers both the consultations and the medication. I always get a quick response – much faster than I’d be able to get from a traditional dermatology practice. You also get one cream with as many active ingredients as you need that you use only at night, whereas with a traditional dermatologist, if you needed more than one active ingredient, you’d have to buy each cream separately from the pharmacy, and use one during the day and one at night.
My skin is not perfect, but it’s wayyyyy better than it would be without the prescription. I strayed from the prescription for a few years because I hated benzoyl peroxide, but found that nothing OTC worked. It’s good enough that I can go without makeup most of the time, and my skin looks pretty perfect under a coat of mineral makeup for special occasions. (I use Alima Pure, which doesn’t have the sparkly stuff you find in some brands, so it covers my large pores instead of highlighting them.)
I’ve had one facial where the esthetician did extractions, and that helped some, but was not permanent. You need a medication that will stop your skin cells from shedding too fast and sticking together, or else the clogs will just form again.