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post #16 of 33
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Originally Posted by kabert View Post
go to a dermatologist who specializes in acne. Not any old dermatologist. Must be a specialist. Drive for 2 hours to get there if you have to. Do not settle for the same old salycilic (sp) acid or oxy. Pills and powerful prescription creams are what you'll get, and a clean face.

This is probably the only advice on this thread worth listening to.
post #17 of 33
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Originally Posted by willpower View Post
Zinc Oxide Creme (apply at night before bed). Found in any pharmacy, but this 40% concentrate is the best.
http://www.amazon.com/Canus-Lil-Goat..._sim_dbs_hpc_5

What does this do for you?
post #18 of 33
Most of you won't believe me but since I started using virgin/organic coconut oil to replace the shit oils (canola, cottonseed, vegetable) and started rubbing it all over my body instead of moisturizers and lotion, my skin and body has improved. I get less frequent acne breakouts and my skin is softer for longer periods of time compared to using lotion and getting dry after a while. coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. I'm not here to sell anything, the web has a lot of information on this natural wonder. I even take a tablespoon of it in the morning for an energy booster and kickstarting metabolism. I hope this helps in any way possible.
post #19 of 33
If you're taking multivitamins, stop. Most contain potassium iodide (or kelp), which makes acne redder and more inflamed. Learned this from a dermatologist, worked for me.
post #20 of 33
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
I've always had oily skin prone to breakouts. I've tried a number of products to get it under control, with some success except for dealing with the redness (there will still be red spots even if there's no pimple and the red spots stay for days/week.)

I've tried lots of 2% salycilic acid pads (Oxy) , 5% benzol peroxide washes (Oxy), regular face washes (Zirh clean, Neutrogena) and a few of those premium blemish removers (Biotherme imperfection cream or something like that) and have been able to surpress breakouts with some success, but not eliminate the redness.

90% of the products out there seem to be basically salicylic acid or benzol peroxide. Is there something else I can try to relieve the redness? Also, I shave over the area, is that just making it worse, or does it make no difference?

Make an appointment with your dermo, and ask for a generic sodium (10%) sulfur(5%) face wash.

It's used to treat rosacea, but I've seen it used on acne and it can help deal with the redness.

DO NOT use a lot of it at first, because it can dry out your skin. Used a pea sized amount each day and dont wash with it for more than 10 seconds. Follow this protocal for the first week or so, and depending on how youe skin reacts, start washing with it daily; then twice per day. Get yourself a good quality moisturizer that will not clog your pores, and use it after you wash.

I've seen the sodium wash paired with a low strength tretinoin (0.05%) cream and it's cleared people up totally. Again, if you get your hands on some of this stuff USE IT VERY SPARINGLY at first. Your redness is prob from using harsh acne products to frequently.

You can do the program listed above every day and it should stop your breakouts.

Lastly, drink a lot of water.
post #21 of 33
When I was a teen, I had terrible acne. Once I hit 20 or so, it cleared up for the most part, but came back with a vengeance when I was 23. This time I was like, "Ok, I'm too old for this shit" and went to a dermatologist. If I'd only done that when I was younger, life would have been different. I went through just about every topical treatment imaginable, but none of them could eliminate my acne. Eventually I convinced my derm to prescribe me Accutane, and it completely got rid of my acne. Forever. Totally worth the cracked lips, dry skin and nose bleeds. Another pill that you could check out is Doxycycline, which is an antibiotic that will fight Acne Vulgaris and sterilize the sebum your skin produces. Pill based treatments are amazing, since they effect your entire body. I used to get acne on my chest as well, which wasn't easy to apply topical medication to. tl;dr - Go to a dermatologist. Don't dick around with anything else, just do it. Every month I wasted not going to a derm was another scar to carry for life.
post #22 of 33
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Originally Posted by Morinav View Post
When I was a teen, I had terrible acne. Once I hit 20 or so, it cleared up for the most part, but came back with a vengeance when I was 23.

This time I was like, "Ok, I'm too old for this shit" and went to a dermatologist. If I'd only done that when I was younger, life would have been different.

I went through just about every topical treatment imaginable, but none of them could eliminate my acne. Eventually I convinced my derm to prescribe me Accutane, and it completely got rid of my acne. Forever. Totally worth the cracked lips, dry skin and nose bleeds.

Another pill that you could check out is Doxycycline, which is an antibiotic that will fight Acne Vulgaris and sterilize the sebum your skin produces.

Pill based treatments are amazing, since they effect your entire body. I used to get acne on my chest as well, which wasn't easy to apply topical medication to.

tl;dr - Go to a dermatologist. Don't dick around with anything else, just do it. Every month I wasted not going to a derm was another scar to carry for life.

Accutane has just been recalled again after being linked to more very serious health issues. It's a hardcore drug that can really do a number on someone.

Be careful.
post #23 of 33
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Originally Posted by FidelCashflow View Post
I've always had oily skin prone to breakouts. I've tried a number of products to get it under control, with some success except for dealing with the redness (there will still be red spots even if there's no pimple and the red spots stay for days/week.) I've tried lots of 2% salycilic acid pads (Oxy) , 5% benzol peroxide washes (Oxy), regular face washes (Zirh clean, Neutrogena) and a few of those premium blemish removers (Biotherme imperfection cream or something like that) and have been able to surpress breakouts with some success, but not eliminate the redness. 90% of the products out there seem to be basically salicylic acid or benzol peroxide. Is there something else I can try to relieve the redness? Also, I shave over the area, is that just making it worse, or does it make no difference?
If it's only redness that's the problem, something containing a lot of Zinc is going to be far more helpful to you. A little dab of diaper rash cream (they contain a LOT of Zinc) at night and the redness should have calmed down if not vanished by the next day. Another option is to just use a sunscreen that contains high amounts of Zinc, there are lots out there if you google; Elta MD and Dermaquest do some nice ones. Another product you may want to look in to is the Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Toner , you can swipe it on twice a day and the anti-inflammatories should help to tone down the redness. Someone up thread mentioned the Clinique Redness Solutions line which is decent, I mentioned it in a post about Rosacea here. Finally a lot of people are mentioning acne cures but since you said you have your acne under control I don't think that's needed. If you are interested in acne treatment options though I'm going to plug my blog a final time and tell you to read this: A complete guide to treating your acne: from 'Minimal' to 'Severe'. Pretty much everything you need to know about acne and how to deal with it.
post #24 of 33
A tip for treating acne in general (aside from regular cleaning, exfoliating, and diet) is washing the bed sheets at least once a week. The best way to prevent redness is to prevent them in the first place.
post #25 of 33
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And wash your sheets, towels, face cloth frequently. Try to not use any fabric softener.
post #26 of 33
I'm sure you do not have severe cystic acne to even dare to try Accutane. It has been pulled off the market but the generics like isotretinoin is still not banned. I think Accutane is one of the worst blunders that came out of the pharmaceutical industry. The potential life altering side effects do not worth the risk of treating any acne.

For over the counter products your other options is to try DDF sulfur mask as it helps dry zits fast; plus a zinc supplement, aloe vera based moisturizer and a gentile cleanser like Cetaphil. Your best bet is to try the dermatologist route at this point. Ask about Azalaic Acid like Finacea which is specifically designed to treat redness but also has anti-bacterial properties that help fight acne. Other prescription options that work well is Sodium- solfacetemide/Klaron with combination of retinoids like Retin-A or Tazorac. (Differin does not get a good review compared to other retinoids.)

If you go the dermatologist route, do not ever try to treat acne with oral antibiotics. It works for short time and makes acne worse once acne bacteria builds immunity.
post #27 of 33
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Originally Posted by Reggs View Post
What does this do for you?
Speeds the healing, reduces likelihood of scarring. Works great on many types of wounds.
post #28 of 33
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Originally Posted by nystyle86 View Post
I'm sure you do not have severe cystic acne to even dare to try Accutane. It has been pulled off the market but the generics like isotretinoin is still not banned. I think Accutane is one of the worst blunders that came out of the pharmaceutical industry. The potential life altering side effects do not worth the risk of treating any acne.

For over the counter products your other options is to try DDF sulfur mask as it helps dry zits fast; plus a zinc supplement, aloe vera based moisturizer and a gentile cleanser like Cetaphil. Your best bet is to try the dermatologist route at this point. Ask about Azalaic Acid like Finacea which is specifically designed to treat redness but also has anti-bacterial properties that help fight acne. Other prescription options that work well is Sodium- solfacetemide/Klaron with combination of retinoids like Retin-A or Tazorac. (Differin does not get a good review compared to other retinoids.)

If you go the dermatologist route, do not ever try to treat acne with oral antibiotics. It works for short time and makes acne worse once acne bacteria builds immunity.

Honestly, accutane was one of the best things that ever happened to me. Especially since acne is so prevalent in my family; I am the only one out of 6 kids that is completely acne free, hell even my brother who is 33 still has pretty bad acne (and yes he uses topical prescription meds).

It does have some pretty bad side effects, but seriously "the worst blunder that came out of the pharmaceutical industry" is a bit much i'd say. If it wasn't for that drug, I wouldn't be as confident as I am now, and that confidence has helped me in school, jobs, relationships. No one wants to look like a sack of shit.
post #29 of 33
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Originally Posted by m.gway View Post
A tip for treating acne in general (aside from regular cleaning, exfoliating, and diet) is washing the bed sheets at least once a week. The best way to prevent redness is to prevent them in the first place.

Wow, great tip. I often over look this. Change your pillow cover every one to two days. And if you're like me and like to sleep with the blanket over the face, wash your blanket and/or cover too.
post #30 of 33
After having had acne for a long time I found out some things through trial and error and from my dermatologist. First, Accutane works to get rid of acne, but does cause permanent and temporary side effects. I had to stop taking it because it was inflaming something near my lower back which caused non-stop severe eye twitching. That stopped when I went off, but now years later my skin is VERY susceptible to scaring. Every facial cut must be treated with moisturizers, aloe, Vitamin E, petroleum jelly over night etc. I also suspect it has caused some reduction in my night vision clarity. Now beyond pimples, general redness, also known as rosacea, can be caused by many things. I found for myself, the acid products that would treat my pimples would then cause severe rosacea. My advice is to avoid acid products if your skin gets inflamed or red often. Use it sparingly only when needed, not as part of a daily routine. And I usually will use a moisturizer a few minutes after on the rare occasion I use anything with acid. I find this helps greatly. The best product I've found to reduce redness is regular old (but probably not so well known) over-the-counter witch hazel. Applied with a cotton pad it near instantly reduces any redness in my skin, acne related or not. It's also a great dirt and oil cleanser that doesn't cause the dryness and burning of acid products. My regiment is wash with Cetaphil (a gentle soap substitute), wipe down with Witch Hazel before bed and/or after getting home from work, and using plenty of vitamin rich moisturizer (the accutane has dried my skin a bit). I also use this stuff every couple of mornings and it does a great job of preventing breakouts. I like their mud masks too every so often to clean out any blackheads.
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