Post # 17
I have battled TERRIBLE acne for most of my adult life until I tried Accutane 3 years ago. It worked incredibly well, but it isn’t a “cure all”, and I was still having breakouts. I went back on Aczone ( didn’t work), Retin-A Micro ( too harsh) and every OTC acne wash you can imagine.
I decided to go the natural route and have been cleansing with RAW organic honey every night for 20 minutes and I have seen a drastic improvement . You can look up the benefits, but long story short… it doesn’t strip my skin like other cleansers do and it has antibacterial properties to help keep acne at bay. Even Darling Husband commented yesterday how nice my skin was looking, and I had no make up on. Try it out for a week and see if you notice a difference.
Post # 18
In addition to cutting down/out dairy, look really long and hard at the amount of processed food you eat, and consider an elimination diet to see if anything else is a culprit. Cutting out gluten and cutting way, way down on dairy (and only eating hormone-free dairy when I do consume it) helped me go from terrible cystic acne to being mostly clear with only a few break outs around my period. I’m not saying gluten-free is for everyone. But it’s something to look at if you’re having this much inflammation.
Also, definitely consider the naturopath. Mine was excellent, and the holistic approach can be really excellent. Skin is never just skin. It’s related to everything else. Also, have you tried oil cleansing method? It’s really soothing and it helps get the skin evened out.
Post # 19
@jmaze: @Mrs_Amanda: Thanks so much!! I’m definitely going to look into this honey route!!
@mistress_anne: I haven’t tried the oil cleansing method. Can you elaborate?
Post # 20
I only wash my face once a day at night with my shower then use clearsil pads in the morning. Only cause I shower at night after my workout. But you can do tea tree oil twice a day but use a moisturizer like the garnier spot corrector or something and that will reduce acne scars. Stuff works wonders for my face and I usually have like super acne.
Post # 21
i have some acne problems including some acne scarring. even reaching my mid 20’s…my skin still is pretty troublesome. i went the all natural route and spent a load of money on both boscia line and the murad line. both of which made my skin break out like crazy. so much for natural being best for acne prone skin! i especially thought it would be great for me because i have very, very, very sensitive skin. if i use the wrong shampoo or something, my face can break out.
i found that peter thomas roth maximum cleansing/exfoliating pads have kept my skin very, very clear without any harsh side effects. and for being $35.00…it’s so worth it. it kept me in supply for about 3 months. using that with biore ice cleansing wash (which i was surprised worked for me, i was so scared to try it!) has kept my skin pretty clear. i used to exfoliate every single day using st. ives which made my skin crazy irritated. never again. although the PTR pads do exfoliate, it’s gentle enough to not make my skin break out. i cannot say enough of that product. this simple routine of using 1 drugstore product and 1 semi-expensive product has worked for me way more than a very expensive all natural skin care line has.
ps: if you have acne scarring, i also recommend Peter Thomas Roth’s De-Spot serum. it most definitely has cleared up some of my acne scarring and i’ve only been using it for 6 weeks. it’s very gentle on the skin and hasn’t made me break out at all and can see a definite improvement on my scarring. i can honestly say that PTR is a fantastic line for acne prone/sensitive skin.
Post # 22
@MrsTillerResq: Well, I do equal parts castor oil to olive oil, with a few drops of tea tree or lavender oil in the mix. Then at night, I massage the oil into my face, and then put a warm-almost-hot washcloth over it and let it steam my skin gently, like a hot facial. Then I use the washcloth and warm-almost-hot water to wash away the oil. If I’m feeling really grungy, I use a lavender water toner (I get mine from Lush). Otherwise, I put a little bit of moisturizer on afterwards, and that’s it. Maybe tea tree spot treatment (also from Lush) if I’m getting a breakout. In the am, my skin’s usually so soft and moisturized that all I need to do is splash it with warm water and towel off, no moisturizer required. Olive oil is so good for your skin, and the castor oil helps pull out the gunk in the pores. It’s much gentler on your skin than chemical cleansers or soaps, and it helps get your oil production back in balance, which is often what makes the skin get greasy and clogged. I use it on and off, depending on how my skin’s feeling, and shift the ratios of the oils as needed — more castor oil when I’m super greasy in the summer, more olive oil when I’m dry and tight in the winter. It really is a lovely, and inexpensive way to get your skin taken care of. Once a week or so, I exfoliate with baking soda and a tiny bit of water mixed to get a scrub consistency. Otherwise, super simple, super natural.
Post # 23
@MrsTillerResq: I’ve had the same problem since coming off Bridal Party. I’ve always had acne and it just got worse.
I went to a skin clinic (asking about ISP laser treatment) and I was put on a skin care regiment. The brands are called Alyria and Vivier Skin, they aren’t cheap but they have helped a lot. Feel free to look into them 🙂
Also – a non-cheap fix is aspirin paste. Crush aspirin with some water and apply the paste. It helps sooth and calm down the redness.
Post # 24
Oh my gosh I’m having the same problem too! I’ve been off BC for a couple of months (not because I’m TTC, but because I’m trying to eliminate unnatural products) and my skin is breaking out all over my face! In particular my chin and it’s driving me crazy. I had flawless skin before BC, and now I’m regretting ever going on it! Apparently it takes a few months for our hormones to return to normal, which is when the skin should start clearing up.
Have you tried mixing salt in water and washing your face with that? It’s also really important not to clean your face too often because you’ll get rid of the good oils and the skin breakouts will get worse.
Post # 25
I have acne and dry skin, and started seeing a facialist who specializes in acne. I had been using L’Oreal Go 360 sensitive skin face wash with that scrublet thing and I don’t even remember what moisturizer, but it obviously wasn’t working. My skin was dull and flaky, and I had spots all over. Yuck.
She gave me a list of comedogenic/irritating ingredients to avoid. They’re rated 0-5, and I have to basically avoid anything that’s a 2+. : Check the labels on ANYTHING you put on your face for these ingredients. I like this list because it’s well laid-out.
As for skin care routine (I use her skin care line):
– Wash face 2x/day with 1.5% benzoyl peroxide (BPO) face wash (non-foaming!); get face wet with warm water to soften top layer (allows cleanser to clean/work, aids in exfoliation, which also allows you to use less cleanser), massage cleanser into skin, remove with wet washcloth in assertive circles (her words lol).
– While face is still damp, apply moisturizer.
– 2x/week, sub BPO wash for BPO exfoliant (with microbeads). Gently massage into face, rinse, and moisturize as usual.
Because I have dry skin, I do not use any kind of toner/astringent. Even with as sensitive as my skin is, I have no reaction issues with BPO because it’s such a low concentration. I also use ELF Zit Zapper on any spots and Acne Free sulfur and copper mask every now and then. I also get regular facials from her (probably 3-4x a year).
Post # 26
- Wedding: County courthouse
I feel your pain. i haven’t had completely clear skin since i was 13. I use acne free three step system. it costs $20…which is half the cost of proactive. it works good. i also use neutrogena acne body wash. i used to have bad bacne and bad chestne. Im also on month three of the pill. it really helped clear up my skin. defiantly stay away from dairy….fried foods…and processed foods. all three food groups case the levels of insulin…which boosts oil production.
Post # 27
@skipanther: I picked up some tea tree oil two nights ago and am amazed at the difference it’s already making!! I still have a few large pimples that are healing but NO new ones (knock on wood)! This stuff is amazing! Thank you for the suggestion 🙂
Post # 28
@MrsTillerResq: Tea tree oil is like my saving grace… It not only works for acne but if you have a nasty stain (blood) it takes it completely out of the clothes even if it is dried on. Glad that its working out for you though!
Post # 29
derm put me on gycolic acid lotions. i bottle usually cost between 30-60 and can only get it at the dr office. Dr also gave me antibotics to help kill of some of the bacteria. it wasnt a large dose and took it for about 2 months. I did help. I was in my 20s
Post # 30
@MrsTillerResq: I didn’t get the chance to read all of the responses, but when I was having acne trouble, I drank vinegar water. Yes—vinegar water. I had an 8 ounce glass of water and added two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and it works like a charm! The first two days, my acne worsened. I figured that had to happen, and within 5 days, my skin cleared up!
I would also switch to a natural facial cleanser and moisturizer if you haven’t already.
Post # 31
This is probably bad advice, but whenever I’m having a bad breakout… I hit the tanning bed once or twice. I think it might dry them out? Im not sure but it always clears up my whole face and body in a pinch