(Closed) Clear, blemish-free skin: How do you achieve it?

posted 9 years ago in Beauty
  • poll: What do you do/use to have clean/clear skin?

    Regular facials

    Store product -- Please explain

    Doctor prescribed product

    Proactive or something similiar

    Clear skin...what is that?

    Other -- Please explain

  • Post # 3
    389 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I use Young Pharmaceuticals and that shit works.  My skin was becoming increasingly awful in the fall and when I started using several Young products, my skin cleared up in a couple ofweeks.

    Post # 4
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve tried all kinds of store bought products, prescription drugs (oral and topical), and proactiv. I have really sensitive skin that turns red really easily and I have adult hormonal acne, meaning I get breakouts on my lower cheeks/chin area. I currently use a salicylic acid wash twice a day and a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment on any blemishes I get. But the thing that has made the biggest difference has been going on hormonal birth control (NuvaRing specifically).

    Post # 5
    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Good ol’ soap and water hahaha

    Post # 6
    438 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I drink tons of water and take flax seed oil pills.

    Post # 7
    101 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m 36 and have combination skin, normal all over, but a little oily in the T-zone area…..i get the occaisional monthly breakout, but if I dont use the right stuff, I get them more frequent.

    The best stuff for me is from The Body Shop.

    I buy the stuff from the Seaweed Line.



    Post # 8
    37 posts
    • Wedding: August 2011

    One round of Accutane about 5 years ago cleared up my persistent acne. I haven’t really had a problem with breakouts since then. Even though Accutane gets a bad rap because of its side effects, it really was a miracle prescription for me.

    Post # 9
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I use clean and clear, but if your skin is sensitive it’s probably not the best choice for you! It’s cheap (which is why I buy it) and kind of harsh.

    I had a roommate who used the mary kay 3 step stuff for a while, and I used to borrow it when mine ran out (shhhh…don’t tell her! it’s expensive!) and while it made my skin nice and soft, I never felt like I was getting that good alcohol-y burn that I was used to from using the cheap stuff – maybe a gentler option like that?

    Post # 10
    410 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

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    @Meealissa: I agree. Young rocks.

    I am an esthetician, so I totally advocate facials if it’s in your budget. You can do a lot for your skin at home too though. I am not suprised Neutrogena dried you out. A lot of people equate getting a pimple to “having acne”. Acne is a chronic skin condition. Getting a pimple or 2 is not the same thing. So using products for acne skin will totally dry you out if you don’t actually have the excess oil that often comes with acne. I would recommend getting a more gentle face wash. If you want to go the drug store route, get Burts Bees, or Boots brand at Target. Also, Exfoliate a couple of times a week. If you exfoliate you won’t feel the need to over cleanse your face. Use a light moisturizer and an SPF. You can PM me if you have any questions about products. I don’t know about a ton of drug store brands because I have worked in spas and dr’s offices for a long time, but I can try to help. I totally love Boots though. I get it for my Fiance because he’s a product waster, so I don’t like to get him the expensive stuff.  🙂

    Post # 10
    1732 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I have found that the less I do, the better my skin reacts.  I use spf moisturizer (Olay) day and night, and Olay fashwash in the shower.  I also drink a lot of water (100+ oz per day) and eat a very clean diet.

    Post # 11
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I can’t use any of the acne face washes.  They make my face red and flakey.  Currently, I’m using Origins Checks and Balances cleanser, United State toner and Balanced Diet moisturizer.  I get occasional break outs still but I think they are caused by makeup, hair products and not cleaning my sheets often enough.

    Post # 12
    676 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    Clear skin how I dream of thee…

    I’ve had stretches of perfect skin – I didn’t really start having regular breakouts till I was about 23. From then on I’ve had cycles of good skin and then bad. Proactiv was great for awhile and then Clearasil for a couple years…now Clinique is helping keep things under control. I am sure if I had regular facials that would help too but there’s no facial fund.

    Post # 13
    850 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    water and a good diet


    after I started eating natural food and practically chugging water on a daily basis, my skin cleared right up. No lie. Improving your diet will make your skin healthy, elastic, and moisturized. I started getting compliments!

    Post # 14
    794 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I equate part of my skin to good genes and the other to good products/maintinence. 

    I always wash my face before bed with Cetaphil’s facial cleanser.  LOVE this stuff and a dermotologist actually recomended it.  Plus side it is only $8 at Target.

    I always use a mouisterizer before I go to bed and when I wake up.  I love the Oil of Olay Total Effects Mousterizer with SPF.  And bonus:  It is only $15 from target.

    Also, be sure that your foundation is paraben-free.  Otherwise it could totally clog your pores and create breakouts.  I use Pur Minerals foundation and love it.  

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