(Closed) Need someone NOT paid by Arbonne to give me advice ;)

posted 10 years ago in Beauty
Post # 17
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347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This close to the wedding, stick with the antibiotics. My dermatologist gave me a prescription, and within a few days I could see the difference. I was completely clear by my wedding day.

As for Arbonne, I haven’t personally used their products, but I had three coworkers buy from Arbonne at various times, and each of them returned the products because they caused them to break out. They may have been isolated incidents, but I won’t use the products because of that.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I found this today – I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds good.

http://hubpages.com/hub/Honey-Cinnamon-Powder–Acne-Cure

Honey and cinnamon are both anti bacterial and I’ve noticed the wounds heal faster with honey.

My understanding of ProActive is that it’s the same ingredients as most acne washes from the drug store (either salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide – I forget which), but because of the system people actually use it regularly so it works.

Post # 19
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139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@rachelss: honey is a moisturizer… i’m not sure if that’s the best when you are breaking out.

im not familiar with arbonne… only that it’s ‘pseudo’ natural. i know kaia house has some pretty amazing stuff… their rhassoul clay mask (you mix it with water yourself) works wonders for brightening and acne spots while their cranberry willowbark mask is good for acne. they also have this moisturizer called green tea clarifying moisturizer which helps with the inflamation… i use that every night and at least i get the small spots that are starting to pop up.

proactiv works because it forces people to clean twice a day. but since it’s full of chemicals your skin will get used to it and most people that were on proactiv say it stops working after a while… at least that happened to me.

check out http://www.kaiahouse.com i think they just got reviewed by new york times.

either way, i think it’s your hormones right now. important thing is to close up those pores before dirt gets in them by using a really good toner to close pores up after cleansing, and calm inflammation before they turn to big pimples- ie.- cysts.

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@rachelss: honey is a moisturizer… i’m not sure if that’s the best when you are breaking out.

im not familiar with arbonne… only that it’s ‘pseudo’ natural. i know kaia house has some pretty amazing stuff… their rhassoul clay mask (you mix it with water yourself) works wonders for brightening and acne spots while their cranberry willowbark mask is good for acne. they also have this moisturizer called green tea clarifying moisturizer which helps with the inflamation… i use that every night and at least i get the small spots that are starting to pop up.

proactiv works because it forces people to clean twice a day. but since it’s full of chemicals your skin will get used to it and most people that were on proactiv say it stops working after a while… at least that happened to me.

check out http://www.kaiahouse.com i think they just got reviewed by new york times.

either way, i think it’s your hormones right now. important thing is to close up those pores before dirt gets in them by using a really good toner to close pores up after cleansing, and calm inflammation before they turn to big pimples- ie.- cysts.

Post # 21
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273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i use arbonne for my face and i think it’s helped to even it out some.  i’ve had acne since i was 12 and while it’s not entirely gone, i still feel like it’s helped it become more controlled.  

however, three weeks before your wedding is not going to be enough time to start a new cleansing regiment and see clear skin in my opinion.  if you do decide you want to try it, i recommend the cleanser toner facial wash (not the acne line).  the acne line was a little too drying for me i found and the lotion was not as moisturizing as i would have liked.  

are you perhaps overwashing your face?  you can wash your face so much that it strips all the oil off causing your skin to make MORE oil leading to more pimples actually.  (seems like you can’t win)  i would honestly stick with the water and the script from your doc.

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@SHESCOUNTRY:  i think it sucks how there’s the delicate balance between washing “enough” and “too much” when it comes to acne.  feels like you just can’t win!

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I tried Arbonne products as well and they made me break out.  Some of my friends love their products, however I had to stop using them.  I wouldn’t risk it right before your wedding.  Stick to a perscription from your doctor 🙂  All the best!

Post # 25
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Wannabee

DO NOT TRY ANY NEW FACE PRODUCTS!  It takes at least 6-8 weeks for your face to adjust to a new product.  You may end up breaking out even more!  Try antibiotics…and then try that new zeno thing on your newest pimples…i’ve read reviews, and so far it’s the greatest thing.  You HAVE to use it on a “fresh”, newly emerged pimple.  That’s one of the few alternatives you have!

Post # 26
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610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was a clinique user for years, I just switched to Bare Essentials… 1. has improved my skin tremedously (less break outs) 2. it looks so much better! I used to use liquid and it made my skin look so oily. Now it looks really smooth and warm. I’m never going back!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say go straight to a professional instead of wasting time and $, doing it yourself. I too tried all OTC products like proactiv, arbonne, etc etc etc….

Then saw my dermatologist. She identified what kind I had and the best way to treat it. I am now taking solodyn (tetracycline family med) retina micro & benzaclin 10% gel. My acne is “cystic” So when I get a bump, its large, itchy & very painful.

It is now controlled & I have had 1 chemical peel now before my upcoming wedding. Ask around for recommendations for  a great derm…..good luck hun…I feel ya. 🙂

Post # 28
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

i don’t know what you should do for short-term, but if this persists long-term and it’s a big problem see if your dermatologist would prescribe you accutane.

Post # 29
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303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t agree with not trying new products ebcause your face needs to “adjust” to a product. I think it’s more to to see if your face has a reaction or not. I like Arbonne, I have a ton of their products and use them regularly. I find every time I use the face mask, my face feels super smooth! I’ve only reacted to the toner so I don’t use it. Your pores are probably clogged from the sweat and oil and makeup and god knows what else. Do a deep cleansing mask, try to calm down because it looks like your wedding date is pretty close! If you have the time and money, go for a facial. It’s relaxing, you need the pampering anyways.

Post # 31
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Blushing bee

Glad you’re having good luck. I’m not sure how much this will help now, but Sephora is doing a skin care challenge. I talked to someone there that actually knew what she was doing. I didn’t have acne, but my skin sort of got dull and I have a few break outs hear and there. They steered me in the right direction!!

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