Post # 17
My acne problem isn’t my face, it’s my upper back and shoulders I’m mroe concerned about for my wedding day. I’m on birth control that’s supposed to help and it is, I guess. I mean, the acne is nothing major, but I’m 27 and I shouldn’t be having back acne! I also use the Clinique acne soap on my face and upper back.
I echo what PP said about drinking lots of water, moisturizing, eating clean, etc. The second I stop eating healthy I can see it in my skin.
Post # 18
My absolute favorite thing I’ve ever bought (and it was a splurge) was my Clarisonic. It’s expensive, yes, but my skin has never, ever looked better.
For face wash, I use Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser. Again, expensive, but I use a 1/2 a pump with my Clarisonic and it’s plenty.
For spot treatment, I use Philosophy Clear Days Ahead. LOVE!
And for moisturizers, I use plain ol’ Cetaphil (with SPF) for the day, and CeraVe PM Lotion at night. You can buy it at CVS, it works like a dream.
Post # 19
I have a clarsonic too. It is fantastic!
I took the plunge and made an investment in my skin. Begining last month (5 months pre wedding) I purchased a package from my derm’s office for 5 glycolic peals. I had done this in the past and it helped SO much. I have done one and my skin has not looked better.
At night I also use retin-a. That has been great for shrinking my pores and clearing up past scaring.
Post # 20
I’ve been wanting to try a glycolic peel, but I think my skin is too sensitive. Sounds like yours reacted really well. What is your skin type?
Post # 21
Ooh I’ve been thinking about researching spot treatments- glad to get a recommendation for one.
Post # 22
If you’ve always had acne as an adult, I would recommend starting with your diet. Some people are intolerant to dairy, and that’s the main source of their problems. Once I cut out cheese/milk, I saw a pretty quick change in my skin. It didn’t clear up instantly, but even after a week things were improving. Cutting dairy, limiting added sugar, and making sure you’re getting a lot of fruits and dark, leafy veggies. I read the Clear Skin Diet and there’s a lot of good information in there for people long suffering adult acne.
The other big thing I notice that makes a difference is the amount and quality of sleep I get. If I got a week getting 7.5+ hrs a night, my skin looks great. Anything less is bad news. I also second the tea tree oil wash.
Post # 23
Yes, easier said than done. But for the last 2 months I have made it my personal challenge every single day to take things for what they really are instead of letting them grow and become worry in my head. In the past, I would stress myself out to the point of crying or just wanting to sleep to escape it and within a couple days I would have a nice pile of zits on my face. Since I’ve consciously made the decision to not worry, I have not had a single breakout.
I also wash my face every night with “Really, Really Clean” by AminoGenesis (nice and gentle) and moisturize with Olay face cream. But I’m not sure it’s that preventative since I have done this for over a year, through breakouts and clear skin.
Post # 24
I have adult acne and figured out that diet and stress levels cause it. I know that dairy causes some of my acne, so I have avoided all dairy since I got engaged and have not had any zits. I drink almond milk instead of regular milk. I’m not sure if I will stay on this diet after the wedding because I really miss Greek yogurt. I also try not to get stressed out because that is the main culprit. It’s easier said than done, but I just try not to get stressed about things I can’t control. I make a conscious decision not to stress/worry about it and move on.
I use Cetaphil face wash and lotion and Neutragena toner in the evening. I use the wash and toner in the morning and then use tinted moisturizer (Laura Mercier). I also regularly change pillow cases and switch out wash cloths. I also dry my face with a separate hand towel.
I used the Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector, and that worked pretty well but is expensive. (Do not wear it without sunscreen during the day.) I have been using the Garnier BB Cream for a few months now, and that works just as well. Plus, it’s cheaper, and there’s a tinted version that I use as my daily foundation.
Post # 25
I use Paula’s Choice products, a mix of the CLEAR and Skin Balancing lines. They are the only products that have worked for me and haven’t caused major irritation for my sensitive skin.
Post # 26
I’m intolerant to dairy but have always thought of it as a gastric issue, but it makes sense that it would help my skin. The only dairy I regularly consume are greek yogurt and cheese, milk and I don’t get along and I also don’t eat ice cream or any heavy dairy desserts. Maybe I’ll go 30 days without and see the effect it has.
Post # 27
Birth Control, birth control, birth control!
-Changing my sheets regularly, Clinique dramatically different moisturizer, and using this face mask when my skin feels a little oily (usualy right before my period).
miracle over night product: mario badescu drying lotion!!!
Post # 28
If you are able to see a doctor, I recommend asking for a low dose retin-a product. It made my skin care routine simpler and more effective.
I wash morning and evening with Cetaphil, use Cetaphil moisturizer as needed, apply a low strength retin-a cream every night and sunscreen every morning. I’ve previously used mild peels but I’ve gotten busy and find I don’t really need them now. My skin is really clear although I get the occasional pimple with monthly hormonal fluctuation.
I don’t think there is anything that will work for everyone but tretinoin aka retin-a has been studied scientifically and it is generally effective for reducing acne and the effects of aging. Too high a dose can irritate the skin, and it increases photo sensitivity so you have to wear sunscreen. Also, it is not safe to use if you are pregnant. You only asked about clear skin, but I’ve included the second article incase anyone is interested in anti-aging as well, I think its a pretty good review of the research.
Keri, J. and Shiman, M. (2009). An update on the management of acne vulgaris. Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigative Dermatology, 2: 105-110.
Mukherjee, S., Date, A., Vandana, P., Korting, H.C., Roeder, A., and Weindl, G. (2006) Retinoids in the treatment of skin aging: an overview of clinical efficacy and safety. Clinical Interventions in Aging. 1(4):327-348.
Post # 29
@Mrs McCain 2012:
I’ve never tried any Maria Badescu products, do you use the drying lotion only on your face or have you used it other places, as well?
Post # 30
@ caits615 I cannot speak more highly of his products. I have used the drying lotion on my chest and on my fiance’s back. It works wonders!