(Closed) really bad acne

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I use proactive. It seems to work for me, but i have mild acne. They have a extra strength one and a mild one. So i think it will work for anyone… I only use step one and occasionally the second and then the clean and clear morning burst moisturizer.

Post # 4
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

sounds like the kind that you might need antibiotics for. i get those same ones and it was the only thing that cured them. that and a special face wash that was also perscribed


Post # 5
18628 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree about considering the antibiotics.  I have tried Proactiv and it only worked for my back when I was in high school.  I tried it again for the past few months and it’s actually caused breakouts in places where I didn’t break out before and super dry skin.

Post # 6
47 posts
  • Wedding: October 2011

I get red lumpy acne too and here’s what I do: apply a cloth soaked in hot water, refreshing the heat in the cloth several times. It seems to soften and minimize the lumps and makes them go away a lot more quickly. Also wash regulary with a non-comodogenic cleanser like citaphil and apply a benzoyl peroxide cream.

good luck.

Post # 7
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m going to add another vote for antibiotics. What you’re describing sounds like cystic acne, which generally can’t be fixed by over-the-counter stuff. Usually, the big nodules need to heal from the inside out. If they’re on your neck and your chin/jaw area, I might also recommend getting your hormone levels checked out – when I started getting deep red spots along my jawline, it turned out my birth control pill was causing the damage! A good derm (or even a GP) should be able to help you clear it fairly quickly (about 4 weeks).

Post # 8
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you been to the dermatologist?  I got adult acne at 19 or 20.  I tried Cetaphil and a ton of benzoyl peroxide (I think it works better for cystic acne than salicylic acid).  I also tried BenzaClin (topical antibiotic with Benzoyl Peroxide), Differin, Retin-A, and antibiotics.  At 25, I took Accutane.  I’m 28 now and am “cured.”

I thought the Retin-A and BenzaClin regimen worked best.  Have you tried birth control pills (or switching them if you are already on them?) 


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