(Closed) Let’s talk about … acne.

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

my chest has been breaking out actually this past week…not sure why. I have had terrible acne since I was a teenager, so I have to use Proactiv every night and I am also on the pill. The combination of these two is the only thing that works for me!

But whenever my chest breaks out I just wash it with some of my Proactiv and it usually clears up within a day or two. I also sometimes use a product called Differen that my mom gets from her Doctor and lets me borrow.

Other than that, I just make sure that I wash my sheets and blanket and am using a fresh towel and that usually helps a lot too.

But if I were you I would try getting the Proactiv body wash that they make. Proactiv may be a bit pricy, but it gives you results!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@jennaanne: Drinking lots of water and taking a good multivitamin help me a lot, as well as exercise and changing sheets/pillowcases often, but I went to a dermatologist before my wedding.  I no longer take those medications due to side effects, but it was worth it for my wedding day.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I find that I break out MORE if I let my skin dry out, almost like it’s overcompensating for the lack of oils. I love the aveeno oatmeal lotion (or the target brand knock off!). It’s not too greasy and no fragrance.

Other than that, I’ve found that the Neutrogena pink grapefruit SCRUB (NOT the cream cleanser!) really helps exfoliate and keep problem areas zit-free. I used to get really bad acne around my hairline at my temples, and since I’ve been using this it just doesn’t happen anymore.

Post # 6
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588 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was just having the same exact problem – breaking out everywhere! I finally figured out that it was because of the type of birth control pill I was on. I switched to ortho tri-cyclen (I’m pretty sure it’s FDA approved to treat acne) and after a week I was completely clear. My face is clearer than it ever has been and I love it.

Post # 9
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526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have horrible acne problems.  I’ve tried all the medications, but the only thing that’s really worked for me is changing my diet.  I drink a LOT of water, avoid greasy food and chocolate, and eat lots of carrots.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Changing my pillow cases often helps me a lot.  I also second the suggestion that you should keep your skin moisturized– find an oil-free face lotion to put under your make-up.  The more dry I try to make my skin, the more oil it produces, and the more zits I get!  I was so against lotion for years, because I couldn’t understand why my oily skin would need it, but it really helps balance things out. 

I hate BC, it made me have mood swings so much, but that’s a personal decision.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I break out so badly that my derm wanted to put me on Accutane.  I get cysts, whiteheads, you name it, I get it.  I’ve tried everything.  My Dr. had me on Duac and Differin which didn’t really do much but dry my skin to the point of painful peeling and when I got my eyebrows waxed by skin came off with the wax.  I’m talking bloody mess.  Ouch.  I’ve finally gotten it under control with a regimen of Cetaphil facewash and moisturizer, a salicylic acid treatment (Neutrogena or Clean and Clear make ones that work just fine) and once a week I use Philosophy’s Oxygen Mask and another day I use their Microdermabrasion.  The week before my period I tend to break out like a mad woman so I do 3 Oxygen Mask treatments (it’s called Boot Camp) 3 days in a row to keep the acne under control.  I also use Mario Badescu’s Buffering Lotion and, I can’t remember the name of it but it’s pink on the bottom, when I get bad break outs.

I used to use Proactiv but I kept getting milia.  When I went to get a facial to get it removed, the aesthetician said that is a common side effect of Proactiv.  So I’ve stopped using that except for I do occassionally use their Refining Mask.

Oh ya.  And I love my Clarisonic.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pharmy: I agree about exfoliating…it’s another really important part of keeping your skin clean!

Post # 13
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2891 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Acne can also be caused by an excess of yeast in your body. My ND suggest eliminating flour and sugar for 8-10 weeks and seeing if that doesn’t clear it up. I thought she was crazy until Fiance went to police academy. They do not allow cadets any sugar and his life long battle with acne was over. Amazing!!!

Post # 14
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487 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Since you mentioned flour and sugar, milk also has a lot of hormones which can cause a lot of people problems with acne.  I’ve noticed when I drink a lot of milk, or dairy products, I break out as well. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I find that only salicyclic acid works for my chest and back (which is odd because it doesn’t work at all for my face…)

I use the clean & clear dual action moisturizer on my back and chest just after showering.  I also use the neutrogena pink grapefruit body wash, but if you are sensitive you should probably not use that one

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@jennaanne: I’ve struggled for years like many of us and I stick by the same things-clean sheets, lots of water, and a good cleanser/moisterizer. I never saw a difference when I stopped using my BC.  I have never gone to a dermotologist either.  I’ve also accepted that I will never have PERFECT clear skin but I will do my best and for the most part, my break outs have minimalized.  I get the occasional black/white heads but my pores are large and thats forever a lost cause for me.

As far as products go I’ve tried everything you can buy in the store.  The super cheap to the super expensive.  My favorite to this day is the Clean &Clear Advantage line.  My body acne has diminished a lot from using the Neutrogena clear skin body wash too. 

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