(Closed) What would you do? Re: acne

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I would hold off on taking it since the doc said it could get worse first. 5.5 weeks is cutting it close to change anything. If it was me, I think I’d just rely on my current skin care regimen and makeup.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree – that’s not really enough time for your skin to settle into something new.

Good luck!!!!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was on Retin-A years ago when I was in high school. I never had bad skin, a few zits here and there. I can definitely say it will make you break out, and you will go through an “ugly” phase, and you CANNOT pick your face while your on it. The cream basically just forces whatever is underneath the skin to the surface. You have to use a moisturizer with SPF in it because Retin-A will give you a sunburn if your out without any sunscreen. So, i wouldn’t recommend tanning while on it. Once i got over the ugly phase, my skin was super super clear for the longest time. I was able to move up to the next strength of Retin-A and then after a while i started breaking out like crazy. I stopped using it. I can’t guarantee that your face will be clear on the day of your wedding. As for your back, I am not sure what products you could use other than witch hazel.  

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Don’t start the retin-A yet! Just continue your skin regimine. Retin A will probably make you break out more at first–at least that’s what it does to me. 

Have you tried sea salt baths? I had bad back acne a few years ago, and these worked wonders. Just go to the store and buy some sea salt, put it in a warm bath, and soak for a good thirty minutes a few times a week. This has worked better than anything else for me.  It also makes sense–if you’ve ever noticed your skin clear up while on vacation at the beach–it has the same effect.

ETA: if you do this, make sure you specifically buy sea salt and not regular salt.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Jaynee: Yes, i forgot to tell you, Retin-A does make you peely. It even made my lips peel, so I was constantly using chap stick. The peeling does go away but still, I agree with you in sticking with your current skin care regimen. I also heard that taking vitamin zinc is good for the skin because it helps control the sebum production. So, you could add that to your current skin care regimen. I am 32 and still break out every now and then. It’s really annoying!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

a. I would stop tanning (that is bad in general). b. don’t worry a huge deal since although its not the best acne can be 100% photoshopped out.  c. perhaps get a 2nd opinion on a dermatologist. 

My Darling Husband got a steroid for his acne for our wedding.  Its a great temp solution for special events.  He tested it out a month or 2 before and it worked great.  It was 5 days of pills starting 4 days before the wedding.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Jaynee: no problem! I’m trying to remember how much exactly I put in–I didn’t really measure, but if I had to guess, it was probably about 1.5 or 2 cups. I just poured it out of the bottle until the bath water tasted salty, lol (kind of gross, but before I got in, I would just dip my finger in the water and taste it).Also, I think you can buy sea salt in bulk at drug stores–you might want to check on that.

Here is where I got the idea if you are interested in detailed explanations and reviews, too: http://www.acne.org/messageboard/worked-me-SEA-SALT-t86369.html

Post # 12
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Wannabee

Definitely stick with your current skin care for now!  What everyone has said about Retin-A is true – it will make you red, blotchy and peely before it helps you look clear.  It is also not a permanent solution – the antibiotic will help with the outbreaks, but not the underlying problem that cause them in the first place.

The absolute best things I have done are drinking tons of water every day and taking pre-natal vitamins.  The components of the pre-natal vitamins do wonders for skin, hair and nails even if you are not prego and they’re easy to find at any grocery, drug, or Wal-Mart store.  The water also helps a ton to keep your skin hydrated so it doesn’t produce as much oil and doesn’t look inflamed or irritated.  I never would have believed how much those two things would do, but my skin is definitely living proof.  And they work SO fast – you won’t have to wait for things to get worse before they get better!

The salt baths are also a terrific idea!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

You can also use the sea salt as a scrub. I use it for my face as an exfoliant, and I notice a difference.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

You may want to hold off til after your wedding. Your face will look pretty bad for the first couple weeks. All the pimples that may not have come up yet will now come to the surface. Skin irritation, redness and peeling are pretty common initially so you’ll definitely not want to skip sunscreen and you should use a good moisturiser.

Keeping your hair off your back will help with breakouts. Try braiding it up at night and keeping it tied up.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was having the same issues – I bought the Murad Clarifying Body Spray from Sephora and it is AMAZING.  Best $37 I’ve spent on beauty.  I seriously only started using it about 2 weeks ago and the existing blemishes cleared up right away and I have not had any new ones.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@aubiegirl: Interesting. i will have to pick up some sea salt and give it a try. I don’t have any problems with back breakouts, but it doesn’t hurt to see if it will improve my skin some.

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