Post # 1
The wedding stress is getting to me and I’m breaking out like crazy. What skin cleansers/skin clearers do you use? What works best to clear stress acne?
I can’t use Proactive because I’m alergic to the active ingredient.
Post # 3
my dermatologist recommends Cetaphil cleanser w/ Cerave lotion…right now I’m on differen (sp?) and taking some vitamins (prescription, all I can think of is Zinc & Folic Acid) and my skin is doing much better
Could this also be other things like are you eating comfort foods? I just found out dairy makes me break out 🙁
Post # 4
I’m also allergic to Proactiv (which I found out the hard way…), and I’ve found that anything gentle works really well for me. I think I have the same sensitivity to other products with acne-fighting ingrediencts as I do to Proactiv, and therefore the products designed to clear acne just make things worse for me.
I use Pond’s Cold Cream (the classic variety), and it works really well. It’s way more emollient than you would think would be good for acne-prone skin (which mine is), but as counter-intuitive as it sounds the acne-fighting stuff just makes my skin worse.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
My dermatologist ALSO told me to use Cetaphil. I’ve tried all different OTC acne washes and even prescription ones…. and yet my dermatologist said that cetaphil is a nice gentle cleanser to use every day. I’ve been using it for a little over two months now.
Post # 6
My former dermatologist recommended Cetaphil, but I never liked it. My current dermatologist recommends plain ol’ Dove beauty bars. I love it!
Post # 7
Cetaphil is awesome… I also love philosophy’s purity cleaner. My face feels SOOOO clean afterwards!
Post # 8
I use Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel…. It’s good for sensitive skin and washes off well… 🙂
Post # 9
I’m currently using Purpose cleanser and it’s wonderful. My skin has been dried to a desert by Retin-A and it’s the only cleanser I’ve found that doesn’t make the problem worse. When I got my last facial, the girl also suggested I switch from a lotion to a cream for my face and it has made a HUGE different. I’m currently using the Olay Complete SPF 15 day cream and I love it.
Post # 10
I used to use combination skin cleansing gel from Peter Thomas Roth, but they stopped making it. I’ve switched over to Cetaphil and I’ve been using it for a few months. It does take some getting used to since it doesn’t leave my face feeling squeaky clean like my other cleanser. It’s just a different kind of clean feeling. I haven’t had any breakouts since the switch.
Post # 11
I love Cetaphil for clear skin and would definitely recommend it! And not to sound like a mom, but I think the best help for clearing up your acne would be trying to lessen some of your stressors. Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done, especially with wedding planning… but if you can, you will feel so much better and your skin will thank you 🙂
Post # 12
Cetaphil is awesome! If you have sensitive skin – type breakouts it rocks. I agree that the liquid regular formula takes a bit of getting used to. Your face doesn’t feel squeaky clean. If you like that squeaky clean feeling their formula for oily skin, or their bars will do the trick.
Post # 13
I’ve just discovered St. Ives Apricot Scrub this year. I’ve always known people who used it, but I never did until recently. I love the way my face feels after using it! (although i actually prefer to buy a store brand rather than the name brand — the name brand’s scent is a little too strong for me).
That said, I don’t know how much it has done for me in terms of clearing/preventing pimples…but it’s a good exfoliator. For acne reasons, I’ve used a few different Clearasil cleansers and also like those.
Post # 14
Biore face wash that is a cleanser and toner in one. It is a foam and works like magic. Also sleep a ot of toothpaste over the acne area. I have just started having a 1/2 teaspoon of cram of tartar a day and it seems to be helping my issues too! GOOD LUCK!
Post # 15
I use Dermalogica products, and the Special Cleansing Gel for my normal skin type. I also use a daily scrub (Clean&Clear). I went to Esthetician school and was taught to wash twice, every morning and night. So I start with my Special Cleansing Gel – to get rid of the dirt, oil, other debris, and then end with my daily scrub to "clean" my skin.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about the St. Ives Apricot Scrub. It seems that people LOVE it, but one esthetician told us that it’s long term effects on your skin is bad – that it is leaving tiny scratches on your face because the beads are rough.. but I dunno if that is true. Either way, I don’t use it. Instead, I use scrubs with beads that are non-abrasive.
Post # 16
I am a huge fan of Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser. I find it to be really gentle and it even takes of eye make-up.
I find a gentle cleanser is best for acne as you do not want to use abrasive scrubs that will damage the skin even further. The best thing to do (in my experience) is to use a gentle cleanser and your fingertips and massage it in really well – for a couple of minutes. Then rinse off with fresh water and pat dry with a clean face towel. Then moisturize any areas which are dry and use a benzol peroxide solution on any areas which are broken out during the daytime and a AHA or BHA (Salisylic acid) solution over acne-prone areas in the nighttime. Instead of using a scrub I would recommend using a clean facecloth and buffing the skin after it is clean. Because the areas where you have acne are very sensitive you may end up damaging your skin with an abrasive cleanser.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – just a little time and care!
Good luck 🙂