Originally Posted by FidelCashflow
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.