(Closed) What are your tips and secrets for fixing acne breakouts?

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Use clearasil wipes twice a day! It’s probably from oil from your hands.

Another idea: I get breakouts on my shoulders from sweating when i run and i use rubbing alcohol! It is strong so don’t over do it but you would be surprised how much dirt can still be cleaned off with it even right after a shower!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Being on the pill is the only thing that’s really helped my skin.  But, even then I still break out a bit.  I usually wash my face morning and night with a gentle cleanser followed by moisturizer and then spot treat with clearasil spot treatment cream stuff. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

The pill definitely helped me too.  When one is coming on, mix some zit cream with some hydrocortisone (sp?) lotion and rub that in.  It helps a ton with the swelling and redness, even if they are under the skin.  Keep your hands, phones, etc. away from your face as much as possible and/or make sure they are super clean.  A dermatologist can also shoot it with cortisone.  Painful, but fast-acting!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Dont touch your face and change your pillowcase twice a week or more.  I am a total pimple face.  I have to be so careful.  Always dry your face with a fresh towel.  I wash my face with organic facewash and this works the best for me.  If the pimple is open, you can see a head or has pus then put benzoyl peroxide on it.  If the pimple is closed with no head then put salicylic acid on it.  If you have to pop your pimple put a hot towel on it.  Then use tissue to touch your skin, not your hands or fingernails.  Only squeeze once or twice, otherwise it is not ready and you dont want to damage your skin more.

I totally have the same problem, one pimple goes away another pops up.  But DONT touch your face. Where surgical gloves if you have too.  Disinfect your work area with alochol, your keyboard, anything you might touch and then touch your face.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Make a paste with water and baking soda. Apply with a q-tip and let it sit on your face for 20 min then wash off. This has helped me a lot and I hope it works for you too.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I read on a previous thread to put visine on a qtip and freeze it, then use when needed.  People swore by it, I have yet to try! Anyone use it?

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I’ve always worn moisturizer, but sometimes it makes me break out. (I’ve always had small breakouts) I switched to Clearasil’s .5% salicylic acid moisturizer (or Neutrogena has a 2% salicylic) and it works perfect! I haven’t broken out in the year that I’ve worn it. 

It’s genius!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It took me years to come up with a skin care regime that works to get rid of my pesky zits around the chin and mouth area. I get only a couple here and there now, but when I was younger I had days where I didn’t even want to leave the house. Here is what has worked for me:

I switched from using acne cleansers to using a cleanser that is specific to my skin type. In particular I now use Vichy Thermal Cleanser (something lke that) it has vitamin e and some other natural products in it that help to cleanse and calm my skin. It comes in a little blue tube and it’s for sensitive skin. Getting a good clean face is the first priority.

Next I have two strategies for combating those sudden breakouts. First I use green tea extract oil (it comes in a little bottle at health food store or the like for about $10-15) and I dab a tiny bit on the zits that have whiteheads. Green tea oil is a natural cleaning agent to kill bacteria so I find that it zaps the zit right away. Be careful not to use too much or to put it on uneffected areas as it can cause dry skin. Second, to repair damaged skin or broken zits I use lavender extract oil (same thing from a health food store) it naturally helps your skin to heal (can also be used for burns and rashes) so this speeds up the healing process. Use a combination of both the green tea and the lavender to find the mix that works best for you (I usually do green tea for 15 mins then lavender on top both before bed)

** If you do use these essential oils remember not to put them directly under makeup. On clean skin they are fine, but if you put certain cosmetics on top they have a tendency to draw these products into your pores. Best use is before bed.

After years of trying everything I have found that going the most natural as possible works best. I have had percription pills, percription topical treatments, over the counter products, benzol peroxide, scylic acid, Proactive etc. NOTHING fully worked. The problem skin would always come back. If you are really dedicated try doing some research into the natural products that will work best with your skin type.

Also load up on tons of water, fish oil, and vitamin e as these all contribute to healthier looking skin.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I start with benzyl peroxide, the strongest one, to spot treat.  And I use polysporin.  If it’s obvious that the pimple is going to come to head, I put the polysporin on it because that draws it out faster and then it can heal faster.  i go back and forth.  I put the benzyl peroxide on to “kill” it and the polysporin to heal it.  So there’s no scarring and it works pretty fast.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The pill is what helped me too. I still got breakouts now and then, but when I’m off the pill, it’s so much worse. I went off it to get pregnant, obviously, and my acne started right back up. I usually use Aveeno clear skin foaming cleanser, and started proactive again, but nothing is really helping.

I had a friend who would scrub and pick at her face all the time, and when I told her to stop and only wash her face gently once a day, her skin cleared right up. I try not to pick, only use a face lotion during the summer with an spf, and don’t use any makeup.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Ok so I actually got REALLY bad acne for the first 4 months I was on the pill! I’d never had acne before (just breakouts?), but it was bad and I had to contribute it to being on bc. Right after going off the pill (after being on it for a year) my skin cleared up perfectly. I guess my body couldn’t take the BC hormones?

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My Darling Husband had a very similar situation.  He had gone to the dermatologist starting almost a year in advance to make sure he was clean on our wedding day.  Nothing was working!  Then they offered him steriods.  He tested it a few months before to make sure it would work.  He took them for 4 days prior to the event and it worked amazing!  It’s only for this type of situation, not long term but it was great!

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