(Closed) Suggestions to fight acne, wrinkles and scarring?

posted 6 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Sorry, but you will have to have medication to get rid of that type of acne. I have had it for years and I chose not to take the meds as the side effects were not worth it to me at my age. I have tried everything, most things make it worse, especially anything that exfoliates. The doc explained why, I just dont remember. Sorry you are going though that, I know how hard it can be, but a dermatologist is really the only answer.

Post # 4
879 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@lawyerchick13:  My fiance has used Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing Gel, Daily Microfoliant and Active Moist for the past year. It’s made a huge difference to his acne, it’s smoothed his skin out and reduced the scaring. I use the same products, not that I have acne, but they make my skin feel gorgeous. They’re gentle but effective. He tried Proactiv but it dried him out very badly and caused him irritation so he stopped using it after a month. Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 5
276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Rentin-a micro and the clarisonic have been a GOD SEND to me

Post # 6
649 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Having suffered from acne for several years, I have been to 5 dermatologists, and tried nearly everything out there. 

1) For scarring try a few acid peels with a dermatologist.  It will hurt like hell, but it does remove some scarring. 

2) I have tried about every cleanser out there, and my skin has never been as good as it is when I use Coastal Scents Black African soap. 

3) If all else fails, Acutane works wonders, but does have to be monitored closely because of some serious side effects that can occur. You can’t even consider this medication if you are ttc. 

Im so sorry that you are dealing with this. I know it is such a headache!  I hope it clears up for you soon! 

Post # 7
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I definitely feel your pain! I don’t get cystic acne for the most part, but my acne is concentrated in my chin area and it scars very easily. I know how hard it is to find the right balance of products, but you definitely have to tweak it. If you’re using heavy duty stuff, sometimes that stuff can make it worse if you pile too much of it on, hoping the more products the better. 

Right now my routine is this. Every other night I will use my Clarisonic Mia with a sensitive skin, Oil of Olay facewash. I do not use any acne fighting cleansers with it because it caused too much irritation and only caused me to break out more.

Every morning I wash my face in the shower with Vichy Normaderm facewash. I lather it up real good in my hands and then very lightly apply to my face. It is SO tempting to go over the problem areas again and again, especially since you can obsess about it while you touch it. But definitely try to avoid that! I will then use Vichy Normaderm Anti-Blemish, Anti-Wrinkle moisturizer.

On the nights when I don’t use the Clarisonic, I will wash my face with the Vichy and then apply a bit of AHA (glycolic acid). And by a bit I mean a BIT (because I broke out in little red bumps when I applied more), and then go over with an Oil of Olay sensitive skin moisturizer. Using acne fighting moisturizer with this apparently reduces the effects of the AHA. I’ve only been using it for about a week now, but I can definitely see the difference in the scarring, and spots that I thought were going to turn into zits actually just flaked off instead!

I think the thing I had to come to terms with is that I have sensitive skin. I should have guessed that with how easily I scar. So be gentle! Don’t over scrub! 

I have also taken to drinking LOTS of water. Seriously. I go to the bathroom probably 10-15 times a day. And in the evening, it’s worse because every time I go to the bathroom, I chug another glass of water, which means I’m back to the toilet every 30 minutes or so. I’m also taking omega-3 supplements (fish oil x cod liver oil), and Vitamin C chews.

Yeah, I’m a little obsessive right now about my skin… 

I hope this helps, and THE BEST OF LUCK TO YOU!!!!! And I also tell myself that I am the only person who thinks my skin is as terrible as I think it is! No one else is looking at you in such a judgemental manner, so stop doing it to yourself!

Post # 8
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

A prescription-strength retinoid (Retin A, Retin A Micro, Differin, Tazorac, etc) is the topical that will help the most for acne, wrinkles and scarring.

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