Post # 1
Does anyone have any recs for products for acne? I don’t have a lot of it but it’s really large lumpy, red spots on my neck. Exfoliating doesn’t seen to work. I’ve tried creams from the chemist that supposedly dry it out but they don;t work very well. I’m thinking I might just need to go on antibiotics
Post # 3
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
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
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
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.
Post # 7
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
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?)