Skin care routine for face?

posted 2 months ago in Beauty
Post # 2
9328 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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@BlueSkies57:  I’ve never had acne that bad, but my best friend did. It’s painful! The only thing that ultimately worked for her was going on accutane. Is that something you could explore with a dermatologist?

Post # 3
593 posts
Busy bee

I’ve never had cystic acne, but my sister did.  Going to a dermatologist was the only was she ended up treating them.  It actually only ever happened when she was in the military, since she has been a civilian her skin is a lot better.  But anyway the dermatologist said she had very deep pores.

my skin struggle is more combination with occasional to intense redness.  I always loved Dr. Dennis Gross alpha beta peels but don’t recommend them if your skin is really struggling.  I had surgery a month ago and my skin ended up being super sensitive (even more so!) and I had a chemical burn feeling from using a clay mask I’ve used for 10 years.  Right now all I’m using in my face is VaniCream gentle face wash, Eucerin anti aging moisturizer, and occasionally Lush Beauty Sleep face mask.  My skin has felt pretty good with just that for now.

Post # 4
1638 posts
Bumble bee

   @BlueSkies57:  I’d definitely  see a doctor. It’s likely you need aa systemic approach, not topical. 

Post # 5
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2022

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@BlueSkies57:  i have always struggled with acne but have had excellent luck with using a benzoyl peroxide leave on treatment from jan marini each morning and then use juice beauty oil free sunscreen and then i use cleanse at night with alba acne dote face and body scrub and then put on curology (online prescription) every night … also for some ppl cutting out dairy helps a lot (doesn’t really help me) … also EXERCISE and drink water! those help the most (and try not to drink too much caffeine or alcohol)

Post # 6
312 posts
Helper bee

Your best option will be to get a facial at a good spa if you can afford it.  A good facialist will work with you and answer any questions you have and recommend products for you to use.  She will try to sell you the line they use which will likely be expensive, but you can use her recommendations to buy your own products which the same ingredients.

We can say what works for our skin but it’s not as simple of just having acne prone skin. Your skin can be dry or oily, dehydrated or over hydrated (yes you can have oily skin and still be dehydrated), and many other factors as well. You have some good advice here. Diet and water goes a long way, washing your face every night. I definitely recommend using a cleanser with salicylic acid, but I definitely encourage you to get a facial and speak to an expert.

Post # 7
5999 posts
Bee Keeper

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@BlueSkies57:  have you been to the dermatologist? You may have peri-oral dermatitis. I had this and was prescribed minocycline which cleared it right up. If you’re having skin issues I recommend medical care first.

General notes: drink water. Remember to exfoliate. Don’t use hot water to wash. A cold splash after cleansing gives you a nice glow. Not going to recommend serum and moisturizing products since I don’t know if you’ve seen the MD, tried Retin-A, etc.

If you’re getting blackheads, you’re not exfoliating properly. I do recommend Dermalogica daily microfoliant for all skin types.

Post # 8
717 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2020

Derms, as others recommended, are always a good start. But if you can’t afford or get to the derm rn some basics:

For blackheads try a chemical exfoliant such as salicylic acid.

For white heads or inflamed acne, try benzol peroxide. 

Retinoids help with acne however an over the counter might not be sufficient so consider asking for a tretinoin perscription.

Other than that remember to wash your face with a gentle wash to avoid stripping your moisture barrier, hydrate and moisturise and wear sunblock. Goodluck! 

Post # 9
1046 posts
Bumble bee

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@bctoquebec:  Agreed!

I had acne issues when I was younger and tried every product and facial under the sun, and nothing worked. Then I went on birth control and woosh – gone (that won’t work for everyone though).

With persistent acne it’s usually more about whats going on in your body than what creams you’re putting on your face. Hormone imbalances, dietary issues, genetic glandular differences etc. are way more likely to be the cause. 

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