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Acne

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Mutt, Dec 22, 2004.

  1. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. dusty

    dusty Senior member

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    What regimen do you recommend for those products?
     
  3. benchan

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    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.
     
  4. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  5. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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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.
     
  6. dusty

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    Does the BP never bleach the necks of your shirts?
     
  7. esvoboda

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    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.
     
  8. Bislane

    Bislane Senior member

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    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.
     
  9. DirtySouthGentleman

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    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
     
  10. chucklehead

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    whey protein can help with skin problems, after all your outsides are a mirror image of your insides.
     
  11. bmwftw

    bmwftw Active Member

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    I find that wet shaving causes my acne to flare up, which forces me to stick to an electric, poor shave though it may be.

    Keep in my though, I'm a teenager, so you may not react similarly at all.


    Im a "teenager", and before acutain, had exactly the opposite. I would get horrible bumps on my neck from an electric, but with good cream and a sharp razor, never had anything.
     
  12. oxide

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    benzoyl peroxide and antibiotics are very strong products. your doctor didn't say any of that stuff mattered because as long as you keep a good skin regime (wash your face morning and before bed) the other skin hygiene factors don't matter.

    Do you eat a lot of sugars lately? It is a big cause of breakouts.

    I say listen to your derm because that stuff he prescribed will wipe ur face clean.
     
  13. dunknow

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    Eat right. Sleep. Exercise. No stress.

    I've been researching this shit for months and I have a lot to contribute.

    First of all, cut all sugary stuff, basically go low carb.
    Adopt a lot of meat, fish, eggs, poultry, vegetables, moderate amount of fruit.

    Forget about vegetable oils, cut out alcohol, possible allergens, any processed food.
    Basically eat home made food and stuff that you don't have to right down 100 ingredients to say what you're eating.

    For supplements I would recommend zinc, vitamin C, cod liver oil (liquid, capsules are shitty), coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil.

    Digestion is very important, so are bowel movements. A little bit of apple cider vinegar before each meals helps you acidify the stomach and destroys all kinds of bacteria.
    Try to get at least a bowel movement per day so that said drink lots and lots of water. Digestion slows down after 8 pm. so try to have all your meals during the day.

    Exercise is very important - needless to say sweating. And all the other benefits you already know.

    Sleeping is also vital. Get 8 hours of sleep and try to do that in complete darkness.

    Stress seems also to contribute so anything that helps you - from music to walking in the nature, do it.

    Avoid gluten. Vitamin A is essential - excellent source: liver. Vitamin E - extra virgin olive oil.

    Here's an extremely good link:
    http://www.arthurdevany.com/?p=1317

    In my opinion, if you even have moderate acne doing just few of these will help you enermously. Cutting out bad carbs, exercising and getting enough sleep will probably change things dramatically.

    And please guys, don't go the Accutane route. I've read so, so, so many stories that I will never consider it in a lifetime. Antibiotics are very harmful so if you can avoid those.

    I know it all sounds like a 'paradigm shift' but if you spend the amount of time I did on this thing you know practically everything I'm saying is right. There's a lot of controversy going on about everything, but these are pretty much the things that everybody has agreed on.

    And I did the topicals/antiobitcs routine and it didn't work. Major changes were after serious reconsideration of lifestyle and diet.
     
  14. blackdarkeye

    blackdarkeye Senior member

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    does anyone know how to get rid of acne scars?
     
  15. Crakaveli

    Crakaveli Senior member

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    i'm on anti-biotics, panoxyl 10% bar, and retin-a-micro.

    works for me.
     
  16. mensimageconsultant

    mensimageconsultant Senior member

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    does anyone know how to get rid of acne scars?

    If they aren't lessening on their own, the only likely improvement will be with a cosmetic procedure.
     
  17. Casey

    Casey Senior member

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    I am currently getting injections for my allergy problems. I've been on the shots for about 2 or 3 years and my acne hasn't gotten much better since then. Is it possible for them to be a cause of my chronic acne problem? I'm only breaking out on my forehead right now.
     
  18. gamblor

    gamblor Senior member

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    Anyone use Mandelic Acid Serum?

    I've hopped on this and the Jojoba Oil trend and in a few weeks have seen nose whiteheads evaporate while other markings are fading.
     
  19. GucciKid

    GucciKid Senior member

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    For a much more comprehensive acne resource, a SF for acne if you will, visit the acne.org message boards http://www.acne.org/messageboard/forums.html

    I've never been able to get totally clear, I'm a young adult mind you, but there is a ton of great information on there.
     
  20. cory22

    cory22 New Member

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    I've been heavily into many different things for the last 6 years. I've tried antibiotics (Erythromycin and doxycycline), proactiv, 7 laser treatments, stuff from the dermatologist, every over the counter thing, various diets, apple cider vinegar, aspirin masks, sleep, eliminating stress, vitamins, oils... I don't think there's much I haven't tried but accutane. I have FINALLY found what works for me... it doesn't work 100% of course, but its to the point where my acne doesnt really bother me too much anymore because its not really a problem.

    I wash my face with Clearasil deep action exfoliating gel scrub (its kind of heavy duty and drying, but is a must!) 1-2 times a day, and use Differin. Its pretty expensive from the pharmacy, ($160 a tube without insurance) but you can get it through online pharmacies for about 1/4 the normal price. That's it! The Differin takes a couple months to work but its worth the wait. The key to finding what works is sticking with it 100% until you know it doesnt work, and only testing one thing at a time and keeping everything else in your life constant.

    Good luck!
     

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