Post # 16
I had moderate acne for over 10 years and the only things that ever helped me were spironolactone and accutane. I swear, my skin is like glass-smooth. Unfortunately you canz’t be on either of those long term and my problems ALWAYS come back… 🙁 🙁
Post # 17
I feel you! I have this exact same wish! I envy those girls with perfect skin. I wear make up every day because of my acne and redness. The pictures I’m posting are my skin this last year. My skin goes from super bad to really good all the time. In this picture my skin isn’t at its worst. There are days I get SUPER BIG cyst nodules and every now and then I need to get antibiotics.
What helps me alot is eating clean. ALOT ALOT of water. NO GREASY/SUGARY FOODS. Taking off my make up everyday and NEVER sleeping with it. All derms wanted to do was put me on these harsh pills and since we eventually wanted to have kids I didn’t want to risk it because you’re suppose to be on 2 kinds of birth control with some of those meds. My acne blow up after I got off my birth control 5 years ago. I’m always switchin my routines and always trying new products. It takes alot patience and I’m constantly taking picures of my skin to see what is working. I hope I was able to help. Wishing you the best. You’re not alone!
Post # 18
Go to a dermo. Saves time, rather than trying to self diagnois. Better to get personalized attention for your unique needs.
Post # 18
I definitely recommend seeing a derm. if you’re able to. I suffered from horrible cystic acne since about 7th grade and after everything failed my doc finally put me on accutane at about 17 yrs old and it was a miracle drug for me. I can’t remember exactly how long I was on it for but I think little less than a year or so. It gets worse before it gets better but it totally cleared up my acne and I’ve been breakout free for about 6 years now (except for the random single breakout every few months due to stress etc). It’s not for everyone and it does have really strong side effects (made me suuuuper sensitive to the sun) but I’d definitely look into it and schedule an appt to discuss it with your doctor if its something you’d be interested in!
Post # 20
hey, my skin is exactly like yours naturally. I have been using this benzoyl peroxide product since i was 13. it’s called ‘fix zit 5%” and you order it online from sageskincare.com
it also comes in 10% but I find that way too drying. I have tried other benzoyl peroxide products, but something about the formulation in this one makes it the only one that has ever worked for me
I had also tried antiobiotics before. they worked but i hated taking them and i had to keep switching to new ones
Post # 21
Go to the dermatologist. I had terrible skin throughout middle school and high school and I tried everything to get rid of it. Nothing worked until I saw a professional. You can try things that work for other people…but its better if you save time and get someone to give you recommendations based on your personal skin type.
Post # 22
- Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House
I agree with LadyPeacockk… I feel like I’m reading something I wrote! I have extremely oily skin and I am very nervous about my makeup lasting all day for my wedding. Ontop of that, I’m very prone to breakouts. Best of both worlds right? Not!! I’ve found a routine that seems to be working for me right now, and the best part is that it’s mostly natural. I only wash my face with African Black Soap. You can find this at Target or Walgreens. I use Tretinoin (dermatologist prescribed) cream nightly, followed by two DoTerra skin products (the essential oil company). If you PM me I can give you more information about those. Hang in there OP. This thread is full of good advice!
Post # 23
When is your wedding? If it isnt for another 6 months I would go on accutane! It is horrific but it is a miracle. I habe had acne all my life and at 21 I was sick of it. It is amazing. 23 and still no acne!
Post # 24
- Wedding: March 2016 - Surfer\'s Beach, Grand Cayman
I don’t know if this applies to you, but I also go through hormonal and seasonal breakouts (once the weather warms up I go from dry to oily). I am in the middle of a breakout now and was reading up on it and found a blog post about a girl who suffered from acne for years and finally someone said to her “greasy skin isn’t moisturized skin”, she started a routine of cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer twice daily and had a lot of success. It occured to me that as soon as I get oily or breakout I stop moisturizing and I tend to over wash and over medicate my face. So a couple days ago I decided to moisturize morning and night after using cleanser and toner and honestly I’m not sure if it’s a fluke but I’m seeing my skin clear up a lot more quickly than usual and actually seems less oily. So maybe something to try? Definitely drinking lots of water is important as well and making sure to keep pillowcases and make up brushes clean will help a bit.
Post # 25
- Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC
have you tried Seabreeze? It’s an astringent/toner. I have the WORST skin and it does a pretty good job I think. Not an overnight solution by any means, but it definitely clears things up faster. when I get a breakout it shrinks it enough that I’m not quite so self conscious the next day. It is also not drying at all (for me at least). I use it for a few nights, then give it a night or two of rest.
Tea tree oil also helps! The Body Shop has a whole line of products.
Post # 26
Ok so i tried all of these when I was a teen and I felt it just made it so much worse, so I did a bit of research to find that the ingredients in these products are making it worse so I would suggest to stop using them. Are you using liquid foundation, if so change it for powder maybe have a look for a powder conceller too. The other day i had used an alcohol free and perfume free anti-age cream and run out before applying to my whole face, so I then put a bit of nivea sensitive on and couldn’t believe how fast I had a reaction, even though I knew I would I just wanted to test it so now its in the bin.
For the last few year other than the Nivea (now in the bin) and my anti-aging cream I use Simple, Simple is an alchol, perfume free prodcut but it is great, I use the moisturiser, facial scrub, shower gel, and bath foam, I use their makeup remover, their spot catcher and wet wipes so basically most of thier products lol
If you try using it, I wouldn’t use anything else along side it. Steam your skin a bit like a sauna use the scrub and wash it off with cold water. You could do it more than a few times a day if your skin is bad, but be patient.
Unfortunately my skin is left with some scars but its nothing to be able to cover up.
Post # 27
Have you heard of Roaccutane?? you will need to see a dermatologist to have it perscribed. I had acne (still at 26 years old), I did a 6 month course of the medication and now I only get a spot here and there ocassionally usually around my period. It has some side affects but well worth it! cleared my skin right up! good luck x
Post # 28
My skin has never been terrible but I have always had spots here and there, despite being in my late 20s now!!
I’m also working on getting clear skin for my wedding in August and it seems to be working well, it’s all diet related changes:
– Drinking 3 litres of water per day.
– Avoiding alcohol and any drink other than water.
– Drinking green tea every morning before food.
– Blueberries with my breakfast every morning.
– Eating salad and homemade soups for lunch (lots of different vegetables)
– Drinks smoothies a few times a week (containing berries)
Post # 29
same problem. tried everything there is…most effective so far is using olive oil on my face at night. you have to do it relgiously for it to work though. before you wet your face, use the olive oil which will take off all your makeup if you wear any, massage for one minute then wash the majority of it off with a wash cloth and hot water. leave a little left on your face and then pat dry. it’ll feel wierd because there should be some oil left on your face but its the best moisturizer and I promise it will help.
Post # 30
I recommend the Acne Free line of products from acnefree.org. They worked really great for me. It’s a cleanser, benzoyl peroxide, then a moisturizer. They will give you a refund if you’re not happy with the results.