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post #16 of 46
I had it bad as a kid and got the same standard routine as you. As I ripen (age 43) it still crops up. I have found the Neutrogena stuff with salycic acid helpful on breakouts, and a lady friend recommended their "Healthy Skin Face Lotion" - also good.
post #17 of 46
Every dermatoligist in the world would recommend shooting me for this but if you want an effective quick fix... Tanning bed. Ok, so you may die of skin cancer... but meanwhile you will be acne free.
post #18 of 46
Proactive worked for me too, but since I've got sensitive skin, now it's making my skin too dry. A friend of mine who works as a facialist recommended the hydroderm line to me and I have been so happy with the results. I also use their oil free facial moisturizer, which is great.
post #19 of 46
I generally always had a few flareups on my face throughout the first 2-3 years of college, especially during the winter. I used tazorac gel, benzoyl peroxide face wash, etc, pretty much every topical acne medication there is. Then one summer I ended up travelling to China and ran out of my face wash when I was there. It being summer and all, I didn't have to worry so much about acne so I went without and just washed my face with water briefly at night and throughout the day whenever it got too greasy. I didn't experience any zits at all during my time there and continued that same method after I got back. I almost never get zits now. So either my method of just washing my face with water 1-2 times a day works for me or I just grew out of them at the right moment.
post #20 of 46
You can give DIFFERIN a try. Don't wash your face a zillion times per day even if you have acnes and oily skin, and avoid using hot water on your face.
post #21 of 46
1. Non-comegenic, unfragranced facial cleaner like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleaner 2. Benzoyl Peroxide product to kill the bacteria that causes acne 3. Retin-A cream (topical vitamin A) to normalize the pores (prescription) 4. Non-comegenic sunblock like Neutragena Ultra Sheer SPF 45 because the Retin-A will make your skin more sun-sensitive and also because it's just a good idea to keep your skin looking good over the long haul In particular, the combination of Benzoyl Peroxide and Retin-A will do wonders for most people. The Retin-A will cause some minor irritation in the beginning. This can be reduced by using a lower concentration such as 5% instead of 10%. There's also a time-release version that is supposed to help even more. Usually, you'll have some irritation and over the next few weeks actually appear to have more of a problem. However, after this your skin will be better than ever. Retin-A will also reverse skin damage that comes with age. I'm 36 and had some brown spots on my face and some minor wrinkles near my eyes. Believe it or not, the Retin-A has reversed that. Retin-A isn't for everyone which is why it's a prescription product.
post #22 of 46
What regimen do you recommend for those products?
post #23 of 46
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In particular, the combination of Benzoyl Peroxide and Retin-A will do wonders for most people. The Retin-A will cause some minor irritation in the beginning. This can be reduced by using a lower concentration such as 5% instead of 10%
I dont' think Retin-A is available in such a high concentration? An alternative for Retin-A is Differin......suppose to give your skin less irritation.
post #24 of 46
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What regimen do you recommend for those products?
I wash my face in the morning and before going to bed. I don't scrub with a washcloth but rather use my fingers. I do this to avoid unnecessary irritation. Use warm water to open your pores but never use hot water. If the other products you are using chemically exfoliate your skin, you don't need to scrub with a washcloth to mechanically exfoliate it. You can use the benzoyl peroxide in the morning and the Retin-A before going to bed. Put the sunblock on before you go outside, preferably at least 30 minutes before. There are lots of combination products like moisturizers with SPF 15 sunscreen. If you're going through the trouble you might as well use the most effective product so I'd go with SPF 45 or whatever you can get. That Neutragena product is interesting because you don't end up with a shiny sticky face. Until I discovered that product, I avoided sunblock. Retin-A has been out for a while and it is indeed quite effective. The irritation issue affects some people more than others. You can test in a small area if you are afraid of what might happen. The only way to know is to try it. Of course, talk to your dermotologist.
post #25 of 46
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In particular, the combination of Benzoyl Peroxide and Retin-A will do wonders for most people. The Retin-A will cause some minor irritation in the beginning. This can be reduced by using a lower concentration such as 5% instead of 10%
I dont' think Retin-A is available in such a high concentration? An alternative for Retin-A is Differin......suppose to give your skin less irritation.
I stand corrected. I shifted the decimal point. When I was first prescribed Retin-A, I received 0.10%. I am now using 0.05%. I noticed less irritation with the latter and it seems just as effective on me.
post #26 of 46
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I wash my face in the morning and before going to bed. I don't scrub with a washcloth but rather use my fingers. I do this to avoid unnecessary irritation. Use warm water to open your pores but never use hot water. If the other products you are using chemically exfoliate your skin, you don't need to scrub with a washcloth to mechanically exfoliate it. You can use the benzoyl peroxide in the morning and the Retin-A before going to bed. Put the sunblock on before you go outside, preferably at least 30 minutes before. There are lots of combination products like moisturizers with SPF 15 sunscreen. If you're going through the trouble you might as well use the most effective product so I'd go with SPF 45 or whatever you can get. That Neutragena product is interesting because you don't end up with a shiny sticky face. Until I discovered that product, I avoided sunblock. Retin-A has been out for a while and it is indeed quite effective. The irritation issue affects some people more than others. You can test in a small area if you are afraid of what might happen. The only way to know is to try it. Of course, talk to your dermotologist.
Does the BP never bleach the necks of your shirts?
post #27 of 46
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Does the BP never bleach the necks of your shirts?
I didn't have acne on the lower part of my neck so the benzoyl peroxide never came in contact with my shirts. You do need to be careful because it will bleach.
post #28 of 46
Resurrecting this thread instead of starting a new one: My face is really very clear, but I literally always have at least one pimple going on. Not only is it just one or two most of the time, they're always just in the same spots - directly under my nostril where my face transitions to my nose, around the edges of where my upper-lip hair grows, or along my sideburns where I also have facial hair more present, even if it isn't visible. So it seems like it's basically concentrated in areas where I either have hair growing or in the case of the nose area where my face will sometimes feel oily. There would seem to be a simple reason for this whole ordeal but I really can't figure it out - I'll shave daily with an aloe-vera infused shaving cream for a week and it's there, I'll wait a couple weeks without shaving and it's still there. I wash my face with a fairly gentle cleanser at once a day (more than that at this time of year leaves my face seriously flaky and dry anyway) and then more like 3 times a day at other times, still to no avail. Can anyone help pinpoit what the problem could be and how to solve it? Thanks.
post #29 of 46
i also have had some bad acne experiences, and recently i got tired of it and made some drastic changes to make sure i conquerd it. here is what i did
1.) never never never touch your face with your fingers since they are filled with bacteria. if you have an itch, use your shirt sleeve or something else clean
2.) only dry my face after a shower with a clean towel, never use more than once, again bacteria
3.) replace my pillow case with a clean one every night to fight back against the bacteria. i usually rotate 7 wash all of them once a week.
4.) use a 3 part face cleaning system. not to drop names here there are a few they consist of a face wash, a toner, and a time released cleanser.
5.) cut out all fried foods.

in my particular case i had to cut out dairy from my diet as it was leading to some seriously large breakouts.

everyone is different and this may or may not work for you, it has taken me about a year to find out how and what works for me, now NO more acne, and its worth all of it!!

just my 2c
hope this helps

C14
post #30 of 46
whey protein can help with skin problems, after all your outsides are a mirror image of your insides.
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