(Closed) Embarrassing skin issues…

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
36 posts
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
24 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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!

Good luck!

Post # 9
1246 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

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
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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
294 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

@ 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
221 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

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
353 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

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 # 16
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 1969

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

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