Post # 31
- Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse
Try a naturally based acne scrub…tone with witch hazel…use some tea tree oil on the spots and moisturize with a natural based oil free lotion. At night I use my Alba oil free moisturizer and during the day I use Neutrogena tone repair with spf. Make sure you clean up your diet too and drink plenty of water.
Post # 32
Dermatologist visit–probably a mild antibiotic and topical. For home products check out Aqua Glycolic–the set is ofen on sale for about $35 at drugstore.com–it helps with acne and fine lines.
Post # 34
I would stay away from cleansing pads as they are usually full of alchohol that dries your skin out. I have had good results with benzoyl peroxide applied to trouble areas. Avoid messing around with a bunch of different products and confusing your skin this month- stop the cle sing pads, and layer up on bp on top of the pimples. Drink a lot of water and keep makeup and sunscreen off your face.
Post # 35
I have always had acne and I find that my Clarisonic has helped clear up my skin. I use it morning and night with a light night cream and a face gel that doesn’t clog the pores. Drinking 2 litres of water and using face masks weekly has helped.
Post # 36
Coconut oil has really helped me to clear my skin. I still get occasional breakouts but they have reduced!
Post # 37
I will share with you how I cleared my adult acne skin in 3 weeks. My acne is not totally gone but everyone has noticed that my skin is clearer and I get several compliments.
- Stop using acne products for teens. They are over drying your skin and your skin will produce more oil because of it. I switched to cetaphil cleanser and Thayers witch hazel with rose.
- Always use a moisturixer. I love Ambi fade cream. I still keep clean and clear with salicyclic acid on hand for days when I will be wearing makeup becsue it halps control oil but I do not use it everyday and do not put much on…just on oily areas.
- Buy face wipes to remove your makeup and be gentle.. follow up with the witch hazel. and moisturizer
- Drink plenty of water…I drink over 1 gallon a day but just one gallon should be enough to see a big difference
- Eliminate all milk based products from your diet. This is not practical in the long run, but if you want clear skin for your wedding I suggest that you try it
- Eliminate sugar from your diet. also not very practical for the long run but reducing sugar made a huge difference. this included artifical sweeteners becasue some of them can cause acne
- Instead of using astrigent to remove oil during the day use oil absorbing sheets.
Post # 38
For me, vitamin D and makeup primer transformed my slin. Drink lots of water. Oh, and I use an oil cleanser.
Btw, you can mix a lot of pricey products yourself via skinactives.com.
Post # 39
Bamboo Charcoal Soap (The healing tree brand) I found on Amazon for the best deal. Make sure you wipe your phones down too, that can cause some chin/side breakouts.
Post # 40
JaybirdsInJackboots : I feel your pain, this is my biggest concern! I’m 29 and figured my occasional break outs would be gone by now. I don’t get s lot of pimples so my doctor won’t send me to a derm because she thinks it’s so “mild” but it doesn’t feel mild as any pimple I get hangs around forever. With a lot of trial and error this is what has helped me:
1) Cetephil cleanser – I switched from proactive and this works probably better because it is not over drying.
2) a benzoyl peroxide for spot treatment – my doctor did give me clindoxyl which seems to work but it does have a purging period
3) antipodes aura manuka honey mask twice per week – this stuff is magic
4) a good moisturizer for oily skin – I’ve used Clinique even better lotion and Marcelle multi defense lotion and both are great
everyone is right about changing pillow cases, drinking lots of water, don’t touch your face. I still wear make up but try to wear it lighter in coverage on normal days, and be careful about any sponges you use
Post # 41
Another vote for eliminating dairy!
Post # 42
Hi there! You really do not have time to go chasing down a lot of products that may or may not work! I would baby my skin by using the most gentle methods I could find! Until the wedding I would keep it simple and focus on pampering the skin:
1) cut dairy and soy out completely … they can mess with your hormones and cause breakouts! Also, cut out dark sodas if you drink those!
2) I believe the products that you are using are way too harsh which is why you are breaking out! My skin gets more sensitive as I age and the harsh scrubs, toners and Clarisonics. I do not recommend that you exfoliate with anything other than a gentle rag. You can wash with water only or a gentle hydrating cleanser … CeraVe is my favorite! Mario Badescu Enzyme cleaner is good.
3) spot treat with benzoyl peroxide. I also like Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for drying up zits overnight, but make sure to keep these areas moist as they can become dry (see below)
4) MOISTURIZE! At night time, I sleep with CeraVe Healing ointment or aloe vera gel on my face to help moisturize my skin. Dry skin will be spotty skin for me!!
5) Try peppermint/spearmint tea once or twice a day (no added anything). Mint can help regulate hormones. I also add a drop of saw palmetto and milk thistle for hormone regulation!
THAT’S IT! Not very much money at all!! Good luck!
Post # 43
Trying a plethora of products at this point with a month to go will only make your skin worse. Even antibiotics take a month to have effect. Your best bet would be to work with your makeup artist to conceal as best she can on your wedding day. You should invest in looking for a good makeup artist with experience and skill in covering large acne spots.
Meantime just wash with a gentle cleanser and basic moisturizer. Nothing fancy. Cetaphil works well and is within your budget. Don’t try stuff with a heap of whitening or exfoliating ingredients, the more chemicals the worse it will be. If the zits are hormonal, in the long term birth control pills can help stabilize your hormones. Discuss it with your doc.
Post # 44
JaybirdsInJackboots : If you’re willing to bump up your budget to $33, Nordstrom has a nice set of Mario Badescu products packaged up for their anniversary sale. The Dry Lotion is some next level dark magic against acne, and Nordstrom accepts returns on pretty much everything if you don’t like it.
Post # 45
Hi, all. I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on this thread.
About a day after I posted this I started using witch hazel all over my face and about two days after that tea tree oil on just my handful of stubborn pimples and today they’re all gone! I haven’t had a completely pimple-free face in, well, probably since college if even then!
I’m so happy with the results.
Thank you to everyone who chimed in with their suggestions!