Post # 1
It’s a little embarrassing to admit this, but, I have horrible skin. I’m getting married in three months, and I’ve been plagued with acne for most of my young life. I’ve tried everything- including proactive- and nothing seems to work. I’ve gotten it down to a few areas, but it’s still very noticeable. I’ve really pale, so the red blotches show up no matter what I do.I’d prefer to not have to slather myself in makeup (which, by the way, won’t really do much). I would love to have clear skin in time for my wedding, but I’m at a loss for what might help.
Do any of you have suggestions?I’ve been to a dermatologist, I’ve tried proactive, I’ve tried anything and everything I can think of. I don’t know what else to do, so I’m hoping someone out there could possibly help.
Post # 3
i used to suffer from horrible acne and oily skin too! a couple of years ago i went to chicago for my friend’s bachelorette weekend and stopped into the H2O+ store. i came out with some of their mattifying products that they recommended for my skin. and i must say, i hardly had a blemish since! it’ll probably take a couple of weeks to get used to your drier skin, but i think it was worth it. just be sure to use their recommended moisturizers and you should be okay. here’s the site… https://www.h2oplus.com
this is the line that i’ve been using… https://www.h2oplus.com/retail2002/productlist.aspx?category=Acne
Post # 4
I would suggest 2 things. First take a look at your diet. Whatever we put into our bodies is reflected in our skin. Make sure you are taking in enough water each day, and cut out all fastfood. For a few weeks don’t put anything into your body that isn’t natural. I promise you will find a difference after 4 weeks!!!! Then you should def purchase a skin care line specifically for acnetic skin. Do not use grainy exfolliators on your acne as this will spread bacteria and aggrivate acne. You can use an enzyme exfolliator 2-3 times a week. It’ll take time to clear up, but if you make the commitment, you will see amazing changes!!!
Post # 5
I know what you mean. My boyfriend actually suffers from severe acne. He has seriously tried everything and has spent thousands going to various dermos and paying for products. He has recently been getting laser surgery and intensive extraction facials (he needs a combination of both because his skin is THAT bad) and is paying a lot of money for this but after one laser treatment and two facials we are already seeing great improvements.
Maybe this is something that you may want to consider. It is about a 4 week session once a week you will go in. So you will definitely be done in time for your wedding.
If you are interested contact me and I can give you his derm’s location (it’s in Los Angeles)
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
Hi miss stellar,
my dad’s office is next to a dermatologist’s, and i used to chat with the people there. one of the simplest things that might have a profound impact is to change your pillowcase everyday.
mrs. milkshake and mrs. shortcake wrote about the treatments they’ve tried:
here is a previous board thread that might be helpful: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/acne-problems
and finally mrs. shortcake said that ponds cold cream changed her life:
I know this must be difficult for you, and I wish you the best of luck. but i’m sure you will be beautiful no matter what on your wedding day.
Post # 7
Yikes, only three months! I agree with Mrs. Bee–you’ll be so stunning, no matter what. But I can relate to skin issues… it’s more about how you feel than how you look.
Have you seen more than one dermatologist? I once visited one in college whose philosophy was apparently to "start slow." I left his office in tears because he told me to start washing my face regularly and use Oxy 10! It was like he was deaf–I had already tried several things!
So, I went to a different one, who put me on some different medications. It felt like nuclear warfare (although, it wasn’t even close to the harsh effects of accutane)–Dove soap in the morning, a special acne cleansing bar at night, followed by a topical prescription acne cream, and for medication, I took both an antibiotic and spironolactone (a hormonal medication that only women on birth control can use). Yes, it was a very regimented process, and my skin had a difficult time adjusting (lots of redness and dryness at first), but it was so worth it! In only two and a half months, my skin looked so much better!
Post # 8
I probably should’ve added more detail in my first post. But, I’ll add it now!
My FH and I don’t have a ton of money- he’s going back to school, and we’re stretched as is. I’ve seen a few dermatologists, but because my acne isn’t as severe as it was back in the day, they never seem to give me anything that actually works. (I’m in Michigan, in the Metor Detroit area, if that helps anyone).
I was taking BC pills that controlled it for awhile, but then those stopped regulating my periods, and now I take a different kind.
I’m very careful about what I eat- I like organic foods, lots of water and I don’t eat chocolate.
I currently use Clean & Clear, and it works, or at least it worked for the first few weeks.
That actually seems to be more of my problem- I try to stick with a cleanser for awhile, simply because I know you don’t see results unless you use the same stuff for a long time. But, my skin seems to get ‘used to’ whatever I’m using, then out come the horrible red bumps. I know that no one would ever say anything, but I don’t feel beautiful. I don’t feel like being the center of attention when all I want to do is hide my face.
I think I will take all your advice (thanks for being willing to share your stories with me, by the way). I’m going to be VERY careful what I eat, I think I’ll try to find a different dermatologist that will actually help me, and I’m going to watch what cleanser I use.
I have noticed that scrubs do help my skin, but I don’t know if it’s because they’re being too harsh or what.
Thanks for all your help 🙂
Post # 9
I’ve had bad skin my whole life. I had bleeding cystic acne in college and that was after a 9-month round of accutane. Switching to a single-dose birth control that allows me to skip periods has helped me skin more than anything at this point. A lot of what was causing my acne was hormonal and stress-based, so topical things (like cleansers) didn’t help much.
Now that the cysts are under control, my problems are primarly clogged pores and redness. I use Eucerin Redness Relief moisturizer when my skin is particularly aggravated and blotchy, and it really helps; on other days, I use Neutrogena Oil Free Sensitive Skin lotion with SPF 15. Moisturizing is key, even if you’ve got oily or combination skin like me.
I also use a salycilic acid scrub cleanser, but only at night; I find if I use it more than once a day, it aggravates my skin too much. In the shower in the morning, I use plain Cetaphil, which is really gentle and really gets my skin clean.
Finally, I bought some masques (IMAGE brand) that I can apply at home between microdermabrasian sessions. One is a Vitamin E enzyme masque that hydrates, and the other is a salycylic acid masque that exfoliates. I got these from my aesthetician, but you could probably experiment with some things from the drug store. I use them together once a week and they really, really, really, really help my overall skin tone. They cost $30 per bottle, but each bottle has lasted me 3 months so far.
Also, I found that Proactiv not only didn’t work for me, but was way too harsh for my skin. It made me break out in little red bumps that weren’t acne at all, but rather an allergic reaction. When you say "red bumps," are you talking about aggravated cysts? If so, the scrubs you’re using could just be making them worse by drying out the skin on top without treating the hormonal stuff going on below.
Post # 10
I am also fighting acne & rosacea…started retina about a year ago & switched to differin in September…I’m so frustrated that I am grossly broken out now and have less than a month to go…my Dr has prescribed me a special vitamin, all I can remember is that it has zinc & folic acid.
Both the dermatologist & an esthetician said zinc supplements would help & to GET RID OF DAIRY. I’ve only gotten rid of daiy for a few days, but I plan to keep that up until the wedding. For me, I think my current explosion is stress, as my semester starts this week, and we are behind on wedding plans!
Even if you can’t afford to see the derm multiple times, make an appointment 2-3 days before the wedding. They can inject any current blemishes with cortisone and POOF gone!
Post # 11
I feel your pain because I had severe cystic acne since high school. The topical stuff they prescribed never worked. I never found long term relief until I started Accutane in college and I think I ended up doing 3-4 courses over a 5 year period (it just kept coming back). Then my dermatologist put me on spironolactone after I finished a course of Accutane and the cystic acne has not come back! I still break out occasionaly, but nothing like it used to be. Also, I suggest going to a dermatologist at a University hospital…that’s the only place I found a dermatologist who treated my acne seriously. GOOD LUCK!
Post # 12
@ iluvnate I second that!
I would go with a diet change. My skin use to be pretty bad too, and then I changed my diet. Lots of water, very little sugar and eating more fresh fruits and veggies. I also started a multivitamin and multimineral. If you aren’t into eating a lot of fresh fruits and veggies, you can get them in capsule form from your health food store.
Also try changing your pillow case every few days, the oil from your hair gets on it and then you sleep on it, which could be clogging your pores too.
Post # 13
The regime at acne.org helped me- they are over the counter products and you do it before bed and in the morning. It would take around $15 to start out and can’t hurt to try!
Post # 14
I’ve had the same issues- since 6th grade. I’ve done accutane twice and tried countless OTC and prescription products. My current dermatologist offers facials at their office, and it’s changed my life. My doctor said one of my problems is that my skin doesn’t exfoliate itself well. I’ve started using Ponds Microderm pads every 2 weeks, and it’s been great! They get rid of my dead skin and keep me glowing.
Exfoliation is the #1 thing that’s helped my skin. I definitely recomment it.
Post # 15
If you like organic/natural products try out Origins…they are great, and have a wide variety of products for every skin type. I just posted more in depth about this here… http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/recommend-your-organicnatural-skin-care-regimen
Post # 16
You must Drink dandilion tea everyday! its the only thing that has dramatically improved my acne!!! i’ve been plagued with it since i was 14