(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 # 45
    213 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I’ll first say that I still don’t have completely clear skin – but this is what works best for me and gives me the clearest skin I’ve had in years.

    I use the Clinique three step products (foaming face wash, clarifying toner, clearing “moisturizer”), Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector twice a day, every day, in that order. I also use a tool similar to the clarisonic to wash my face at night (with the Clinique foam) that seems to really help my skin. I also use the Mario Badescu silver powder once a week. I also take an oral birth control pill that helps keep my hormones under control and helps keep my face clear for most of the month. 🙂

    Post # 46
    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I use Spectro Jel – the kind for sensitive skin.  It was reccommended to me by a dermotologist when I was in highschool and I’ve been using it ever since.  Weird texture, weird smell, but it works.

    Post # 47
    172 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I actually have pretty okay skin, with only pimples popping up around my period. I use Biore Daily Cleaning Cloths Daily Recharging twice a day to get rid of make up and oil. Works pretty well. 🙂

    Post # 48
    381 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    So I feel like a teeny bopper when I say this, but I use the Oxy Clinical face wash and creams. I got a free sample about a year ago and it has worked wonders on my skin!

    Post # 49
    2319 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Hmm… I use the oil cleansing method (A.k.a., OCM). You may google this.

    I’ve had horrible luck with breakouts since as long as I can remember and this regime works fantastic! Now my face GLOWS and I get tons of compliments on it.

    Daily I use pure 100% organic: jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and castor oil for my OCM. I splash with cool water afterwards and then put on Bridal Party (only at night), then NeoStrata Level III creme (It’s glycolic acid based). Then follow with few drops of jojoba oil. This REALLY controls my oily skin.

    Mornings I don’t do OCM. Just wash with warm water. Splash with cool, and use the Neostrata Level III daytime version. Then follow with few drops of jojoba oil. This REALLY controls my oily skin. (I can’t stress that enough. Lol! I had oily, zit-prone skin since forever!)

    Twice a week I use a gentle exfoliator. (ok, this is not all natural!) When I do this, I don’t do the above Oil Cleansing.

    Once a week I put a mask of Fuller’s Earth or organic Rhassoul’s clay mixed in with equal parts water and Apple Cider Vinegar (<– this latter one makes pimples disappear almost overnight!)

    4-5 weeks I get a very good deep-cleansing facial.

    I also drink a LOT of green-tea throughout the day. Hard to say how many cups but it definitely surpasses the daily water limit.

    I exercise whenever I can and eat well as much as I can. (Doesn’t always happen and I don’t stress about that.)

    I get (strive to!) more than 7 hours of sleep a night.

    Post # 51
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’ve tried the whole gamut of “stuff” to clear my skin:

    Antibiotic pills, Differin, a whole bunch of other topicals, Retin-A, and Accutane when I was in high school (way back when). None of the topical stuff or the antibiotic helped much or I stopped using things because they burned/hurt/made me feel crappy etc., but the Accutance did wonders. It SUCKED, but it worked for a *long* time after I finished my two courses. When my hormones got weird in my 20s, though, I got adult cystic acne on my chin/jawline.

    I tried to avoid going back to the derm (so expensive :/) so I tried benzoyl peroxide…and found out I’m allergic to it. My whole face swelled up and I couldn’t open my eyes for a day. Not so purty. OTC stuff like salicylic acid and sulfur helped, but never got me 100% clear.

    I finally sucked it up and went back to the derm and he put me on Retin-A Micro and an antibiotic (which I refused to take, since it didn’t help before and I’m allergic to so many and don’t want to build up a tolerance to the rest). We found out I’m too sensitive for the RAM (a year later and I was STILL in the gross red and peely stage), so he recently switched me to Azelex, which is kind of awesome. It stings for a split second when I first put it on, but my skin tone is so much more even now, and it doesn’t hurt to smile. I’m not 100% clear yet, but it’s only been 3 weeks on the new stuff, so I’m giving it time.

    I pair this with a gentle face wash (right now I like the one from First Aid Beauty…I get mine at Sephora) or oil cleansing, 2x weekly exfoliating by adding a tablespoon of baking soda to my cleanser, and a super thick cream to ward off flakies (I love Dermalogica’s Intensive Moisture Balance, anything from Avene, or Creme de la Mer if you want to splurge). My skin is pretty dry to begin with, so if you’re not as dry I’d stick with good ol’ Neutrogena moisturizer or Cetaphil from the drugstore. My derm has a thing for the Neutrogena, but it’s not thick enough for me 😛

    I am also an advocate for drinking lots of water, keeping your hair pulled back from your face, NOT picking at things, and wiping down your cell phone/office phone with alcohol at least once a week to prevent blemishes from leaning on something scummy. For some people, hormonal BCP is an option, and I know other ladies who have had great success with spironolactone (which is a diuretic that has anti-androgenic properties). If you use BCP for acne though, be sure you’re not on a high androgen pill! Some pills can make your acne much, much worse (for me Levlen was KILLER), check with your doc!

    Sorry for writing a book…!

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