Post # 1
I’m doing my own makeup and I have horribly bad acne. Like, “why is this happening to me it hurts and nothing I do can stop it” bad acne. I went to get a trial with Clinique and I really did like the product. She used the entire acne solutions line and then the acne solutions foundation, which has very good coverage and fights the oiliness longer than most do.
My thing is that I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of this acne. Proactiv doesn’t knock a dent in it, and neither does any other topical medication. So how can I know that this will be any different? If (by some miracle) my skin cleared up between now and then I wouldn’t even used much.
Basically any good/bad reviews out there would be appreciated, or anything about any products 🙂
Post # 4
I got acne as an adult and nothing worked. I eventually had to go to the Dr. I took Minocycline for a couple months in conjunction with in the clindamycin in the AM and retin-a in the PM (still use both) then I use Clinique 3-Step. For the past 2 years my skin has looked awesome!
Post # 5
In my experience, Clinique had the worse results on my skin. It cleared my skin for about a week, then I started getting white bumps under the skin on my forehead. I tried it on 3 seperate occasions, and it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t believe in their hypo-allergenic claims and I haven’t used them since.
A friend referred me to acne.org regimen about 7 years ago, and my skin has been pretty flawless since. I get my one-two pimples at that time of the month, but they appear smaller and disappear faster. I’d read their website just to get an idea of the regimen. It really has changed my life, and I’m not embarrased by my skin anymore!
Post # 6
I have had acne since I was in the third grade, and nothing helped. I finally realized I was hurting my skin more than helping it by using all these products on it. I now use a very gentle cleanser (Purpose, from the drugstore) morning and evening. In the evening, or more when my skin is drier, I use the Dramatically Different moisturizer gel from Clinique. My skin is much less red, and while I don’t have perfect skin, my pimples aren’t as large or as numerous. The pimples I do have heal much more quickly, too.
Post # 7
If you can manage it financially, it really is worth it to go see a dermatologist. I can’t even type out all of the struggles I went though with my skin and I know how hard it is to find something that works for you.
Additionally, there’s a YouTube video of a wonderful girl who shows her skin with cystic acne and how she gets it to look flawless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ex33wtqnNz8
Post # 8
I think Clinique’s acne system is salicylic acid based. Am I correct about this? I know that salicylic acid stuff does not usually work for me. However, it can and does work well for others. Lately, I have been doing three things to try to make my skin better before my wedding. I have been drinking a lot of water instead of sugary drinks (I don’t know if this actually has anything to do with my skin but I do feel better in general), not wearing any makeup unless I need to go someplace special, and have been washing my face religiously with a benzoyl peroxide based cleaner. I find that my skin is slooooowly improving but it is a very long process and I am still getting breakouts from time to time. I think what has helped me the most though is not wearing any makeup on my face. The only thing I put on is some light (oil free) moisturizer with sunscreen in it to protect my face. It was really hard to go without makeup at first but now my face feels and looks much better. I don’t know if any of those things would work for you but figured I would let you know what has been effective for me. Good luck!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Clinique worked way better for my acne than Proactiv did, but I found that their regular oily line was better for me. I found all the ahrsh chemicals in the acne stuff, in Proactiv, and in most other products, was actually dehydrating my skin and making it sensitive and was making my acne worse.
Post # 10
@OohShiny: I can not tell you how much i would love to do this. Alas, not possible at this point in my life, but down the road this will happen if I’ve yet to grow out of it.
@Erika_Meep: I need to practice a habit of drinking more water, i admit. Thanks for this.
I have struggles with chemical problems and sensitivity too like a lot of you guys, it is tough to find a middle ground.
I forgot to mention I will be going on BCP in a couple of weeks, makes me nervous about how it will react to my skin.
Post # 11
In my experience, the best thing to kill acne is tanning! I know, it causes cancer and blah blah blah…. It WORKS! Plus, you get a nice tan out of it! My back is always full of pimples until I start tanning. My face clears up too, as long as I go with no make up on.
Post # 12
Ortho Tricyclin birth control pill helps control cystic acne – I had a real problem with those awful cysts under my skin until I went on this pill, and now I hardly have any skin issues at all, ever. But I also use Bare Minerals foundation since it helps as well.
Post # 13
I used Clinique when I was much younger (mid-20s, in my 30s now) and didn’t find that it did much with acne. The product line that saved my soul was (is) Mario Badescu: mariobadescu.com They’re around the same price point at Clinique (maybe even less?) just a bit harder to find, though they ship (if you’re on their email list they seem to have free shipping promotions regularly).
Also, I’ve found that some of the absolute best things I could do for my skin were to: exfoliate twice a week and NEVER skip the moisturizer just because my face felt too oily. Seems counterintuitive, but helps a lot.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
@bythebook: I second moisturizer.
My acne also got a lot better when I stopped washing my face in the morning, which was also counterintuitive, but helped so much. The last time I got a facial, the lady suggested I only wash my face at night and then rinse if with clean water (in the shower) in the morning and then immediately mositurize. It really did help.