Post # 1
I’ve struggled with my skin my entire life. Since the age of 12 I’ve had oily skin, blackheads and acne and have tried numerious remedies to solve the problems. I would say my biggest issue is the blackheads that cover a LARGE portion of my face (nose, chin, apples of cheeks and some on my forehead)and I struggle everyday with trying to hide them. I’ve tried numerous foundations and primers but everything seems to settle in my skin and you can still see my pores. I’ve tried ProActive, Cetaphil, Dermalogica, the Clarisonic brush, and getting facials just to name a few. I just want my skin to look clear on my wedding day and nothing seems to be working! Has anyone had this experience or know another remedy to try?
Post # 3
Have you seen a dermatologist? It sounds like you could really benefit from going to one! They are able to perscribe special products only available by perscription that can do WONDERS for you skin. Best of luck!
Post # 4
I’ve always had similar issues and finally last year I just went to a dermatologist. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t gone sooner! If you haven’t yet, I really suggest you do.
Post # 5
i can totally relate (i started the other recent thread about acne…*sigh*)
i’ve had 4 different dermatologists since my early teens when i first started having acne. ive tried pretty much every prescription medication (ive avoided accutane cause it scared me, but i’m totally requesting it after my wedding!) and every major drug store brand. they either worked for awhile and then stopped working, werent strong enough, or were too strong. i feel you that makeup often just makes things worse, especially when you have enlarged pores.
when is your wedding? if you have a few months, i think seeing a derm would be a good idea if you havent already. if s/he prescribes something, there will probably be a few weeks of side effects/breakouts before you see results (if it works out). or you could go a more "natural route" and try a series of microdermabrasian treatments at a spa – they are supposed to be good for clogged pores and blackheads. ive heard that the drugstore versions are not quite as effective, but comparable if the spa version is too pricey.
in the meantime, i would recommend focusing on your overall health – drink at least 8 cups of water a day so your skin stays hydrated and doesnt overproduce oil; get at least 8 hours of sleep so your skin has time to heal; minimize stress by exercising 3+ times a week; keep your hands off your face (as hard as that can be); and dont try too many new products at a time so your skin doesnt freak out. for some people, simpler is better.
look at me…i need to follow my own damn advice! im in the SAME boat. but anyway, i hope this is helpful…
Post # 6
I prefer the Diamond Tome.
I’ve heard great things about Isolaz as well. Though I have no personal experience with it.
I’ve started with the microderm and will add chemical peels if I feel like I need the extra exfoliation.
Also, you might look into the Obagi skin care products. A cosmetic surgeon friend of mine recommends it to all his patiences and my I second recommendation from the girl at the DermaSpa.
I am currently using Skinceuticals and Natropathica.
I know this is a frustrating process. But there is hope and the treatments are so much better than even 10 years ago, gosh, even better than 5 years ago. Accutane is now just as effective and not as strong. You might want to consider that route. You get great results and since it shuts down your oil production and you get so much peeling, all blackheads are gone and your skin will have a much smoother apperance, and for years to come. However, you probably need at least 6 months to get through this treatment.
I noticed about an 80% improvement in clogged pores after my first microderm.
Post # 7
mizunoheaven – did you break out at all after your first microdermabrasian treatment? would you recommend it for someone with a wedding coming up soon? …. 🙂
Post # 8
Thanks for all the recommendations ladies! I might look into a dermatologist. I live in a small town so it will mean some travel, but is probably worth it. I have 4 months until my wedding, do you guys think it’s safe to start some treatment now?
Post # 9
i read a post about mixing water and baking soda to form a paste and putting that on your skin for about 10 minutes to get rid of black heads. You can probably google it. It supposedly works.
Post # 10
I see you have just a month before your wedding.
I did not break out after the microdermabrasion and I’ve had two treatments. It is possible for breakouts to happen, this depends on where the blockages and how much suction they use. I would find a Dermaspa or Spa with a good reputation, and keep in mind that most treatments should be around $110 to $150, they can start to pile on things you probably don’t need and hopefully they don’t push product on you. Heaven knows that the least amout of changes are better. However, the dermabrasion cleared my pores out after one treatment. I would avoid the peels this close to your wedding.
If it were me, and soon it will be (in the wedding situation that is), I would have a treatment this week. See how it goes….even if it doesn’t clear out every pore you should get that airbrushed look and that is what really stands out to most people. I felt a lot polished that first day but the pores were clear and the next day my skin looked great! Then about 10 days later I felt like I needed another just…and apparently this is how it happens at first, every 7 to 10 days is good for treatment. But you are close to that day, so I wouldn’t start some new crazy routine.
But if you go this week and really like the results, then maybe the week to 4 days before your wedding go again for a touch up.
They can also do extractions. Proceed with caution. If you trust the person, then fine, but too close to the wedding this could be a little too much.
I will say that I am astonished that my brazilian and dermabrasion at the Dermaspa was the same price as just the dermabrasion at the spa and the Dermaspa, because it is a doctors office does not have tipping!
And of course, please share the outcome. I really can’t say enough great things about the dermabrasion.
Post # 11
If you go to the dermatologist, make sure they do a mole check all over as well. If you have to travel to get to one, it’s good to have them check your skin as well.
Post # 12
I think you would benefit from accutane