Post # 16
ilikeballet: She has great products!! As an ICU nurse, I appreciate that they have been developed using research published in peer reviewed journals.
To the OP, ditch the noxema it has irritants that may be contributing to your breakouts. Chemical exfoliants are the way to go. BHA has the ability to penetrate the pore so is best for acne prone skin. You may also need a topical antibiotic because acne is caused by bacteria on your skin. Benzoyl peroxide (the stuff in most OTC acne preparations and in Proactive) acts as an anti-infective and kills bacteria, this may be enough for you. It didn’t work for me at all when I was a teenager so I had to get Rx strength treatments. I also used (and continue to use) Retin-A. This really helped to clear up my skin and, now at 54, most people think I’m 40 or so 🙂 Can’t neat that. Paulas Choice are great products and her site is full of research based advice (quality, scientific research!) Good luck!
Post # 17
If you have months of clear skin then months of pimples, I doubt changing your skincare will make a massive difference. It sounds like more environmental changes might be a factor.
If your skin is generally try good in summer and worse in winter, taking vitamin d3 and zinc (read some of my past posts!). Have you also been consuming more milk than normal lately (I consume more milk in winter than summer)? Milk, esp skim milk makes my skin crazy.
Don’t get me wrong, proper skin hygiene and exfoliation is important, but for me, vitamin d3 and zinc were my saviours. Since using them, my skin has never been less oily and any wounds/pimples heal within a day.
Post # 18
Just going from personal experience….i barely have any pimples ever anymore. Pretty much the only big difference was changing my pillow cases. I sleep on one side of the pillow for two days then flip it over. Two days after tha, i wash it.
Post # 19
No no no no! Do NOT use St Ives Apricot Scrub! The jagged edges will scrape your skin and give more places for bacteria to hide.
Also, ditto on zinc.
(I spent 6 months in school to be an Esthetician, and this was the one product the licensed instructors warned against!)
Post # 20
Mrs.Bill: Agreed! I never buy anything without her stamp of approval!