(Closed) Pre-wedding acne

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash – Pink Grapefruit works really great for me to combat occasional breakouts on my chest or back. It’s pretty inexpensive and a bottle lasts a while, so it’s worth trying out to see if it works for you! I used it religiously leading up to my wedding.

I don’t have personal experience with endometriosis, but I’m so sorry you’re going through this. It may be worth trying out some different BC to see if you have a better reaction to anything else? I know there are definitely ladies on the board who are going through/have gone through what you are right now, so hopefully they can chime in and help too!

Good luck hun!!!!!!

Post # 4
5001 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hmmm no advice really except see a dermatologist!!

Post # 6
3720 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I also get birth control related acne. It sucks, but for me the annoyance of having acne is far worse than the pain associated with not being on birth control.

I have tried everything and found that little helps to prevent and some stuff helps to treat. What I found that helps to prevent is cutting out hormones in my dairy and meat. Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and Whole Food’s products are all hormone free (including store brand). It really helps. I also cut down on soy.

To treat, it is hit or miss. I generally use CVS’ Cetaphil twice a day and an aveno scrub every other day. Good luck!

Post # 8
43 posts
  • Wedding: July 2013

@jamielb:  I agree with RunnerBride with the dermatologist advice. The doctor who put you on your medication should also be able to help you with any problems. If not, seeing a dermatologist is the way to go. In the long run, it might help you save money… You might waste more money by buying OTC products that might not work for you. I still sigh when I think back on how much I spent on drugstore acne products. The reason why I had acne was different from yours. I had to get on Accutane for a year to clear up my cystic acne. 

I hope things clear up for you! I tried the depo shot two years ago and I didn’t have a good experience. I was very moody and my period wouldn’t stop! I had it for 3 weeks. Yikes! Anyway, I also broke out while I was on depo, but my face and back cleared up one month after my first (and only) shot. 


Post # 9
511 posts
Busy bee

Drink lots of water and ask our doctor about vitamin A cream. At 35 my skin changed and after having a whopping 3 pimples to that point, started acting all wonky.  The vit A stuff will make it seem a little worse at first but it will get better! I found using a harsher cleanser actually made it worse, but SpectroJel (you can get it at any drug store) was awesome.

Post # 12
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My doctor put me on the prescription anti-biotic Soladyn. It’s a form of minocyclin. Within the first month I noticed a huge difference in the amount of break outs I had. I wash my face with Thursday Plantation lavender and tea tree bar soap. (It’s about $5 a bar at the health food store, but it lasts forever..)  I also have been using Thayers All Natural Witch Hazel Toner. It’s alcohol free and is mostly witch hazel and aloe vera juice, it doesn’t have much of a scent and doesnt dry me out.  Everyone’s body is different, but I credit these three things to helping my skin change from having consistent, moderate acne to being clear. My skin has been clear for about 3+ months now. Good luck!

Post # 13
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’d try to get in with a dermatologist. A Clairsonic is an amazing investment, if you have some cash to spare. 

Also, don’t just wash your face. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize. You really do need all three.

And be better than me, and don’t pick!

Post # 14
2902 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yup birth control related acne over here too! I went on BC 2 months ago and within a few weeks had a big breakout of cystic acne all around my chin. I found a great product at Winners for $8.99 (probably around $15 at a chemist) called Alpha Hydrox Enhancing Lotion with 10% glycolic acid. It helped almost overnight and now 2 weeks later my skin is looking waaaaaay better. I still have a couple of little spots but not acne. The reviews on MUA are great:



Bottle looks like this

Edit: I would NOT recommend a Clarisonic. It will just stimulate already irritated skin probably making it worse.


Post # 15
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Ha!  I went the opposite route from all of you guys…i got off of bc and now i’m getting acne!!!  Ugh. 

I’m doing the gentle cleanser (Boscia purifying cleansing gel), moisturizer (clinique moisture surge) and occaisonal salycilic exfoliation (neutrogena makes several that are AWESOME).  If i’m feeling particularly acne prone, i’ll also soak a cotton ball with Neutrogena Pore refining toner and just hold it on the “trouble spot” for a while.  I also use steivamyacin which was Dr. Prescribed to help exfoliate the skin’s outter layers.  

So tips:

1) use a gentle cleanser.  If Boscia is too pricey ($27.00 at Sephora), cetaphil is always a top contender.  Don’t strip away all of the oil on your face because that will confuse your skin into making more oil to compensate!

2) use a  gentle oil free moisturizer.  

3) get a toner and an exfoliator

4)  salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide are your new best friends.


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