Post # 1
My skin is looking terrible these days, and it needs to be looking great by the time my wedding rolls around! I have tried all of the over the counter stuff, including proactiv. Any other ideas? I’m thinking I’m going to need something prescription strength. If any of you have had any success with this, I’d love to hear about it!
Post # 3
Get a Clarsonic! I have a Mia and have been using it for about 5 months and my skin is the BEST it’s ever been!!
Post # 4
Try to lay off any concealer, foundation or powder if you can stand it! That stuff just clogs your pores, which makes them more likely to form acne. Not accusing you of bad hygiene, here, lol, but if you shower in the morning and at night the steam from the shower will also help open your pores up. Good luck!
Post # 5
To add onto jo.lee’s point, I definitely notice that my skin improves when I work out regularly and its prob because I shower twice a day
Post # 6
This kit from Sephora is awesomeness. Pricey but seriously it’s amazing.
I went off BC and my skin started freaking out (I’d never had a problem before). This is the only stuff that’s worked for me – it was drying at first but now my skin has adjusted.
I’ve also heard really good things about the Clarisonic (I really want to get one but I only have 5 weeks till my wedding I’m worried about the time it will take my skin to adjust)
Post # 7
I had this same problem before my wedding and the makeup man at the Bobbi Brown counter told me to use an exfoliant so I went out and bought St. Ive’s scrub and it totally did the trick. I have a lot less buildup on my face so I don’t break out nearly as much. Also, my makeup looks better since my face is smoother.
Post # 8
Have you tried the Clinique acne line? That’s what I use.. and you can return it for a full refund if it doesn’t work. i’m also addicted to their turnaround mask/scrub thing.
Post # 9
I second the Clinique line from above. I used it a couple months before my wedding for my moderate acne and I literally don’t have it anymore!! It did take a couple weeks to see the effect though…but I’m glad I stuck with it. I still use it.
Post # 10
Make up wise- I went to Bare Essentials… makes your skins look and feel so much better!
Prescription wise… just ask your dermatologist, there are lots of options out there, that can get you cleared up in a week or two!
Post # 11
For breakouts on your face, try zitender from Skinactives. I don’t know exactly how it works, but when I feel a pimple beginning to flare up, I dab a bit of zitender on it (what a name!) and by the next morning, it’ll have shrivelled up!
I was dubious when I ordered it, and even more dubious when I saw its consistency–a pale, blobby brown with bits in it, but it works for me. You only need a dab the size of a pinhead.
(I’ve got the whole acne kit.. not sure how great the cream + serum are, but zitender definitely gets my thumbs up!) Wow, I sound like a salesperson… but I generally looove skinactives.
Post # 12
I’d make sure to take a look at what you’re eating and drinking first – I’ve noticed that plenty of fruits, veggies, water, and whole grains for a couple of weeks makes all the difference in my skin. Beyond that, I only really cleanse and moisturize 2x a day, but definitely have to keep up with both!
Post # 13
For me, switching to a mineral makeup helped – turns out I’m allergic to talc. I was put on Retin-A by my dermatologist, but it took a good six months for that to really help with the cystic acne. A new Neutrogena face wash has really been helping though! It’s the anti-redness face scrub. It has glycolic and salicylic acid in it, but is really gentle; man, does that help get the dead skin off before it can clog my pores. Hope this helps!
Post # 14
First, make sure you’re drinking enough water. Second, all you really need is a basic cleanser and moisturizer. I use Cetaphil for Normal to Oily skin. I follow that with just a basic oil free mosturizer twice a day. I used to have annoying acne and even proactive did nothing but dry out my skin. Cetaphil is recommended by dermatologists everywhere and is a really pretty gentle product. I love it.
Oh…also I use a st Ives scrub twice a week in the shower to get rid of dead skin. And I wear bare escentuals makeup.
Post # 15
For breakouts, check out Pauala’s Choice’s system!
I’ve always had oily slightly problematic skin and Proactive wasn’t as effective anymore. I have been using Paula’s stuff for almost 10 years now and it has consistently done the trick for me—I NEVER travel without the Extra Strength Targeted Acne Relief Toner (2% salicylic acid)! It is a godsend and probably the best kept secret out there.
Post # 16
I have sensitive skin, so I have to be careful about what I use on my face. I can’t use anything with benzoyal peroxide (I turn red as a lobster and peel!). I use a Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub once a week, plus a gentle cleanser and lotion everyday, called Cera Ve (like Cetaphil, but so much better!). The Cera Ve helps build and repair the barrier in your skin with ceramides, and I’ve never had a better cleanser! It’s now available at Target and Walmart, but you have to check with the Pharmacy, because it’s a special order item and not stocked on the shelves like everything else. If you go to the website, you can get a coupon. They each run about $10-12 a piece, which is nothing compared to what I paid for Philosophy skin cleanser at Sephora (which was not good for my skin at all!). I also have a prescription for the Dermatologist for Retin-A, but the generic works just as well, and it was $7! I only use it when I start to see problem spots, and then just used it until my skin improves. I also switched to Clinique’s Superbalanced Powder Makeup SPF 15 from the Physcian’s Formula Loose Powder and have noticed a difference – my skin feels so much better now, and I’m getting the SPF coverage that I didn’t have before. I don’t wear liquid foundation everyday because I don’t like how it feels.