(Closed) I just want clear skin!!!

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

Have you tried sticking with any of those for a month? I use this: Neutrogena Complete Acne Therapy System. It’s 3 things, on is soap and the others are a clearing stuff then lotion. Twice a day at first and I noticed a difference after 2 days. It seemed better after the first day but for sure the second. I don’t envy you, before every period I look like I’m 16 again and at 27 I wish I could say I was past acne and all the BS that goes with it but here I am… Oh they sell that product on Amazon and I’ve found it at Walmart for as low as $17 and as high as $22.

Good luck!


Post # 3
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I still get a few hormonal breakouts but for the most part, my skin is clear – I use Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser, the Target version of the Oil of Olay sensitive skin facial lotion for sensitive skin (it was only $4! yes please!), and use Lush Sea Salt scrub once or twice a week. I saw the biggest improvement when I switched from birth control pills to IUD. I also have recently started using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray to refresh my skin throughout the day and it’s REALLY made it look good.

Post # 5
175 posts
Blushing bee

I’ve always battled with acne. As a teenger, that was one of the reasons I was put on birth control. I finally found something that helped me… but of course they no longer make it. So, for the past couple years I’ve been trying to find someting. I thought I had it, and my skin was good in the summer, but as soon as damp weather rolled around and the stress came on at work, my skin was worse than it has ever been.

Here’s what I’ve done the past 3 weeks and my kin is better than it’s been in a while.

1. take vitamin A every day

2. wash with a foaming salicylic acid was morning and night

3. pore diminishing toner once a day

4. oxy benzoyl peroxide treatment twice a day

5. moisturize

6. face scrub w/ salicylic acid every other day

7. water

Post # 6
1489 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

Some people have breakouts and don’t realize it is a direct result of something they are doing. Are you washing your bedding/pillow case often? I know my back starts to break out if I get lazy and don’t wash my sheets after a week.

Also, is your hair in your face or do you touch your face a lot? Some people don’t realize how much they touch their face during the day. This can make a HUGE impact.

Have you tried Proactive? I have two friends who swear by it. Our local mall actually sells it via vending machine.

Post # 7
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Breakouts can be caused by different things, so it helps to identify the source first. Based on your age, you may be exacerbating the problem with all of the different chemicals you are using. As we age, our skin gets drier, so using agressive products on skin that’s already a bit dry can lead to an over production of oil and extra sensitive skin, both of which can cause breakouts. Perhaps your skin needs a more gentle and hydrating approach? Wash your face with raw honey, use coconut oil as a make-up remover, moisturize with something gentle (CeraVe and LaRoche Posay are both good) in the day, moisturize with something a bit more substantial every night (I recommend Elizabeth Arden Youth Ceramide Serum), don’t use hot water on your skin, and generally treat it with extra TLC. Doing this got me 1/2 way clear.

The other key part, for me, was cleaning up my diet. Getting rid of processed foods, not eating anything with added sugar, not eating dairy, and not eating soy we all big factors in clearing up my skin. Right now I am rocking 2 pimples on my chin, courtesy of the non-dairy creamer (I’m guessing it contained soy) I had in my coffee on Friday and the cream cheeses I ate yesterday. I cheated, and the mirror is visual evidence of my naughtiness.

If I eat clean and treat my skin gently, all of my redness and pimples will disappear within 5-6 days.

Post # 8
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

BlueRC:  I totally know where you’re coming from….I had breakouts this year that I actually had to cover up with gauze and medical tape because I didn’t want any dust to get on it and because it just looked gross! I looked like I’d been in a car accident! I had cystic acne plus like a clump of smaller ones on top of the cystic ones that were like two inches across. It was mainly on my chin and lower cheeks. Anyway, I’d used proactiv for years before but it just stopped working for me. A couple of months ago I started using Exposed Skincare and what a difference! No more nasty breakouts and even around my period, all I get are a couple of tiny spots that go away in less than 24hrs. Get the kit that has the cleanser, toner, daytime cream and nighttime gel. Also add the mask and microdermabrasion cloth, both great products. Follow the instructions closely and you should see results in 2-3 weeks. You will see drying and maybe some sensitivity, cut back to using it every other day if you do. 

Post # 10
431 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

i had the same problem and ended up going to a dermatologist when I was 30. he diagnosised me with roseacea and I use a medicated cleanser and lotion  (that helps exfoliation). Skin is pretty clear ever since !!

there are 3 types of roseacea and the one I have causes the skin not to slough normally. I do blush super easy and my mom has it as well but her symptoms are blood vessels close to her skin so she has redish veins that will appear and she can have them zapped by a laser if she wants (and has).  i still have the odd numbs here and there. I have large pores and uneven texture (like an orange peel) and he thinks the condition has something to do with it.

ive also done a few glycolic peels which helps the texture. 

Post # 11
2020 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016


BlueRC:  Neutrogena’s natural stuff did nothing for me either unfortunately 😛 Up hill battle it seems.

Post # 12
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I recently had a major breakout and went looking for a few new products to try.  Although it’s only been a week, my face is already looking and behaving differently.  I use Aveeno Active Naturals Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser in the morning, follow up with Witch Hazel Toner, then Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizer.  Then in the evening I use Burt’s Bees sensitive makeup remover wipes, then wash with Burts Bees citrus facial scrub and moisturize with the same Aveeno.  No new breakouts and the old ones are healing very nicely!   I hope it continues to help me.

Post # 13
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

BlueRC:  have you looked into essential oils? I’ve had some luck with dove soap, tea tree oil on breakouts, and nivea moisturizer.  I use st ives oatmeal scrub 2-3 times a week.  

Post # 14
139 posts
Blushing bee

BlueRC:  I used to have acne flare ups pretty frequently, especially around “that time of the month.”  My skin has been better than ever lately and I think I found the cleansers that work for me, knock on wood.

I use Olay Total Effects cleanser twice a day, and 3 or 4 times a week I exfoliate really well with St. Ives Apricot Scrub.  At night I use Neutrogena Pore Refining Moisturizer.  For some reason these products seem to be keeping my skin balanced.

I also drink A TON of water.

Good luck to you.

ETA: A few estheticians have told me to stay away from the St. Ives scrub (too harsh) but I find it really helps me because I have super oily skin and large pores.  I don’t think it is ideal for very dry skin.


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Post # 15
3090 posts
Sugar bee

OMG…I hear you sister!

All of a sudden, I am having hormonal (I think?) breaksouts on my forehead and all around close to my hairline. I am now in my 30s and frankly, I am disgusted.lol

I just recently started drinking 2 to 4 cups of green tea a day. I am also going to try either maca root or milk thistle (look them both up). *heavy sigh* I should not be dealing with this ish now.smh

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