(Closed) Favourite Acne Treatment?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 17
367 posts
Helper bee

Honestly – I agree with PPs and really think you should make an appointment with a dermatologist if at all possible. As someone with acne-prone skin, I think most OTC acne treatments are not worth the money. They almost all have the exact same weak ingredients (diluted benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid) in colorful packaging to make us THINK it’s some kind of new technology, but it’s all marketing and fragrance. A dermatologist can suggest what kind of products will help with your type of acne, so you don’t spend money on things that don’t work for you. Plus, they usually give you free samples to try before you have to buy anything, so that helps save money – and if you do get a prescription, it should last you for a long time, because you’ll only need it once a month 🙂

For emergencies, you can try putting a little hydrocortisone cream on the pimple (they say only to do this if it hasn’t popped), and it helps reduce swelling/inflammation. You aren’t supposed to do this too often, though. I do it occasionally before covering a zit with makeup. 

FYI – Persa-Gel and Proactiv have the same active ingredient (benzoyl peroxide), and as I understand it, it isn’t a good spot treatment. I use the equivalent of Persa-Gel every day all over my face, because it’s great for preventing zits before they happen. This website has some info on how it works: http://www.acne.org


Post # 19
2783 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought this stuff on a whim at wal-mart…it’s like $5..and it is AWESOME for zits once they come up-I swear it dries them up overnight! Use a moisturizer though because I find it can be drying for the skin around them…

Post # 20
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Tea tree oil.  I dilute a tiny bit of tea tree in water and make my own toner.  Nothing has worked better at clearing my pores.  It is a bit stinky (and the smell lingers when I mix a batch with too much oil/not enough water), but works so very well.  And cheap!

Post # 21
4272 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I get a few zits here and there. Only if I forget to wash my face or I have been touching it alot. Generally just soap and hot water works for me actually, I use the apricot scrub once a week.  

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