(Closed) Help! My face is a disaster!

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Honey bee

You can over clean your skin and your skin will overproduce oil which then causes acne.

Try removing all your major heavy products including the peels and then follow a simple, less caustic regiman. Make up remover, face wash, light moisturizer.  

Give it a week or so to see how that works. It happened to me when I moved and my skin reacted differently in another state. I was over compensating with products making it worse. I now use the Origins face wash after I use Ponds Cold cream and my moisturizer.  I use a light toner in the AM when I wake up and moisturizer.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

 

@elired: I too have never had skin issues until about a year ago (I’m 33). I tried Proactive which didn’t work for me and was expensive. I tried chilling out and just using a face wash and toner which worked for about a month or so. I just started using a product called AcneFree which is 3 step like proactive but a bit stronger and a lot cheaper ($20 at CVS) Been using it for aweek now and I still have had a monster zit or two pop up but my skin is soft and smooth and hopefuly will clear up, gotta give it time! Maybe this will help you! They have coupons too and CVS has it’s own coupons you can print if you have their card

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Drink tons water and change your diet! thats what I did- anti-oxidents, and I totally agree with PP- you need a more relaxed and kinder regime for your face

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My Fiance had terrible acne through high school and his early 20’s. He tried every face wash on the planet and the only thing that worked for him was accutane. It’s honestly NOT as bad as people make it out to be, it makes him a little dry and a little thirsty but a light oil free face moisturizer and some lip balm takes care of it. It also makes his hair really nice. The most annoying aspect is you have to go into the doctor for regular blood draws but his insurance covered the accutane (10 bucks) and blood draws (20?). Because you’re a woman you’ll have to prove you’re on birth control since it causes birth defects. I recommended it to a friend with terrible acne and she’s like a new person! Her skin is crystal clear and she has loads of confidence. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I like the Neutragena Skin kit from the drug store.  I also like Noxema to cut through my oily skin.  If you have a really red and painful zit put ice on it.  It takes the redness out and makes it less painful too.  On my face it always seems that its the same pores that break out over and over again.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

instead of doing those super harsh peels, you could try doing an at-home alpha/beta peel, like these from Sephora by Dr. Dennis Gross. it helps smooth the skin and tighten pores, but then relieves the harshness with the second step that restores the skin. I don’t know what it does for Millia, but it helped my skin look brighter and got rid of some acne.

How close are you to the wedding? I really wouldn’t suggest accutane less than 6 months or more away from it. It pushes all of the oil out of your skin (read: gives you more acne) and then makes your skin really dry (read: chapped lips) before it starts to show a positive change. It’s also really harsh on your body, especially your liver. I did it when I was a teenager, and it helped a lot with cystic acne, but I wouldn’t do it unless your acne is really severe. 

for spot treatments, I’ve used zapzit from any drug store, it’s amazing. good luck!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TheFutureMrsLamkin: honestly I am really into natural remedies and what not so I drank green tea, ate food high in vitamins, also I treated myself to tea tree oil (Im sure you have heard of that? its a great cleanser for the skin and its alot less harsh, I use it as a spot treatment). Also I go for VERY kind to your skin daily cleaners like Olay daily facial wash( with added Vitamin E). Use vitamin E! I also use a scrub (which I may not suggest for you, but what I use is Neutrogena blackhead removal scrub). Again sleep, diet and water help a great deal in cleasing out your body. Go to the pharmasist at your local drug store and ask for remedies specific for your skin- tea tree oil, aloa vera, and Vitamin E will all come up…also they are preventatives for scaring!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@TheFutureMrsLamkin: Also, if that scrub might be too harsh for you, I would use a mixture of honey, water and sugar (white refined). Its really good as a scrub when I run out of the Neutrogena stuff!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second the tea tree oil, it really helped me.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My derm recommends Cetaphil for washing and I use renova which has retin-a.  If you are really having trouble, go to a dermatologist and get him to give you a series of peels.  Don’t waste money on exprensive creams and scrubs.  The derm can give you a higher grade for same price that will work much faster.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

*sigh* skin problems in my opinion are some of the hardest things to deal with and clear up. I’m working on 25 and still have acne.

There are usually two routes to choose from, natural, or medicinal. There is SO much information on both choices I suggest doing tons of research. I have done both medicinal and…. halfway did the natural route.

I personally tell everyone to go to a dermatologist.

There could be different reasons that they peels are making your skin worse, but it’s a good chance that you are being too harsh on your face. Only a trained professional can determine that by looking at your skin though. Estheticians are great, but I think good dermatologists are a step up.

I’m currently using differin at night and this so far has worked the best for my skin. Not perfect, but I’m sure that if I worked to make my skin healthy, went to bed, cut the crap from my diet, drank water etc, I would have perfect skin.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Tunacupcakes: I couldnt agree more. Going to a professional, getting your skin examined and determining your skin type and major problems really help in eliminating trial by error remedies and short term solutions. Only then can you supplement the medicinal knowledge with natural remedies or lifestyle changes that actual work. Great advice

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was the same way. Never had issues. Now I am breaking out everywere. I litterally had a zit on the inside on my elbow and on my neck. I’ve tried everything. I found out pretty quick that the harsh stuff got rid of the zits but made my skin really dry and rough, even painfull. I started useing neutregena acne wash one day and Ivory soap and witch hazel the next, alternating every day. Then instead of foundation I use tinted moisterizer. And once every few weeks I’ll use a home remedy mask. It has really helped. I got the idea from my sisters derm who suggested this to her when she was in high school. It has really worked. I haven’t had a break out in a little over a month. (for body acne I do the same except I use neutregena body wash and jergens lotion)

The Mask is as fallows

1tsp honey, 1 egg yolk, 3 drop lemon juice: apply to face and leave for 20 min, rince off with warm water. Wait one day then mix

1 Tbsp oatmeal, 1Tbsp honey, 3 drops lemon juice, water to desired thickness. Apply to face and leave for 20min. Rince with warm water.

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