Post # 1
Ughhh, so here I am, 24 years old, and my skin has been going crazy with the breakouts lately! Most of them are around my jaw line and chin, and even a couple on my upper lip (ewww! I know)
I have always had acne prone skin, but have really had it under control in the past few years until a couple months ago. i get microderms once every 3 months, which helps smooth out some old acne scars, but isn’t doing a lot to keep new ones at bay.
I went into ULTA to find something, but just got overwhelmed and left! There are so many options and I feel like I’ve tried them all and nothing seems to keep my skin balanced without overdrying.
things I’ve tried that don’t work for me:
Murad spot treatment (besides, it’s smells like sulphure, no thanks)
Proactive (my skin was so dry!)
drug store products like clearisil, and neutrogena
Anyone else out there have oily skin that is also sensitive? What regimin do you use to get it under control!!?
Post # 3
I was going to say Proactive but I see that you’ve already tried that. When I worked in a spa the owner had me try Obagi (its a bit pricey but it worked wonders!) The cleansing system is very similar to ProActive though
Post # 4
I am in the same boat. I use mary kay timewise for oily skin. I am a firm believer. I have used it regularly for 7 years. If I skip, I get a break out. I know it’s not the ideal thing to do, but I buy the set off ebay because it’s usually 60% cheaper than anywhere else. My friend is a consultant and she gets very offended every time I buy a new set. I told her when I start making “real” money I will buy it from her, but for now my options are limited. It really does work, if you are concerned it won’t try a sample set.
Post # 5
While I haven’t had very many break-out issues in my life (my prob is dry skin is the summer from being out in the sun. I know, bad, bad, bad), I do know that most over the counters rely heavily on salicylic acid as their “go-to”. Unfortunately, this has a huge drying effect on the outer layer of the epidermus, and doesn’t really get-rid of the problem–oily pores. That’s why regardless of over the counters, you may get the same result….because they’re all essentially the same damn thing.
I would recommend using witch hazel. I used to work in a dermatologists clinic, and you would be surprised how well this works, because it doesn’t “fight spots” or “eliminate redness”, it legitimately clears your pores, and goes right to the root of the problem. A lot of medical acne treatments use witch hazel, and it’s actually been a remedy for acne for hundreds of years! I know it sounds homeopathic and kinda crazy, but the Dr.’s I used to work for swore by it! Plus it has no negative side effects!
Hope this helps. Good luck, pretty! 🙂
Post # 6
Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil.
Post # 7
I love using a cream exfoliant as a spot treatment for breakouts.
I use Dermalogica’s Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I put a ‘dab’ on the zit, and wash it off in the morning. It does dry out that area, so I’ll put on some neosporin under my makeup the next day.
Post # 7
I’ve tried tea tree oil before and didn’t see any significant results, but have not tried the witch hazel before
Post # 8
clean and clear advantage kit. it sells for about $20 at cvs/walgreens/target etc.
Post # 9
I have to use 10% Benzoyl Peroxide spot treatments, and then a 5% (I believe) Benzoyl Peroxide cleanser/exfoliant. I use Clean and Clear. It doesn’t work 100% of the time, but its the only thing short of a prescription that has worked for me. Salicylic acid does NOTHING to my blemishes. I honestly believe I will be battling acne at least until menopause, so I feel your pain… Seems like everybody else gets to have nice skin now that we aren’t teenagers, so why not us??
Post # 10
@farmgirl2106: I feel this way too 🙁 my mom still gets really big pimples, at her age. And I’m pretty sure I remember her getting breakouts when I was a kid too. So I’m doomed to have acne foreverrrrrrr….
Post # 11
I use MaryKay Acne kit, but switch between the velocity moisturizer and a lactic acid based lotion (LacHydrin is what I currently have, also works wonders on those red arm bumps and dry cracked heels) every couple days. MK has a acne treatment gel that works wonders within 24 hours.
I also find for really stubborn spots and hot compress (a wet washcloth with REALLY hot water) applied for 10 mins before the acne gel makes things go away much quicker…
Post # 12
I use benzoyl peroxide gel which I order from Acne.org all over my face before bed. That is my “preventative measure” against potential zits. Then I spot treat the zits that do pop up with Mario Badescu drying cream, which is really an amazing product. It’s slightly pricey but seriously, good skin is worth it. I bought it at Ulta. For my acne scarring, I use Mario Badescu whitening mask a couple times a week.
In the morning, I exfoliate in the shower, wash my face in the shower with Cetaphil, then moisturize with Cetaphil lotion.
Post # 13
Ok so you all are going to think that I am crazy but MILK OF MAGNESIA! I truely truely works! I put it on right when i get in the shower and then take it off right before i get out! I have super oily skin and have alwayshad acne and this worked wonders!
Post # 14
Ok, soooo don’t laugh, but I always had crazy bad skin. The absolute best thing that I ever did for it was to STOP MESSING WITH IT. 🙂 I have been only washing my face with a white moisturizing bar soap (I use either Dove or Olay, that’s it), then apply a sensitive skin oil-free moisturizer. I do that once every morning, and once every evening, and ever since I started doing that, everything cleared up for me. When I do get the occasional pimple, (again, don’t laugh), I put a dab of toothpaste on it and go to bed…in the morning, it’s half the size that it was and all is well. 🙂
Post # 15
I don’t know what works. I had it bad in high school, then once I went on birth control everything cleared up so nicely. Now since stopping birth control 2 months ago, it all went to hell and I didn’t change a thing in my cleansing routine. I always just used a bar of soap and hot water and it worked amazing. And unfortunately, it’s the worse on my back and shoulders. UGH! Oh and i’m 29. COME ON!!