How to treat Acne Redness

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  1. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    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?
     


  2. frenchy

    frenchy In Time Out

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    Polysporin or zinc cream
     


  3. willpower

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    Sea Breeze Astringent Original (the original formula is by far the best). It has a menthol like coolness that really soothes. This you can only find online (at least in the States). http://www.amazon.com/Breeze-Astring.../dp/B000VWS1U8 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 French Green Clay - This is dry clay powder that you mix with water into a paste and apply it to whiteheads - especially good when they've ruptured and they're oozing. As it dries, it removes the moisture from the zit. This stuff is amazing and I used it when I had adult onset Chicken Pox. http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/clay/clay.html
     


  4. frenchy

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    also DO NOT wash your face with anything but water,i used to break out even with 99% pure perfume free soaps now i just use water and no problem.
     


  5. Reggs

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    For shaving, get this: [​IMG] It's the lest aggressive razor I've ever used. It's a single blade with a guard on the blade itself. You wont finish the shave with smooth skin, but it will not irritate your skin a bit; a lesser of two evils. As for the redness, get some spray on tan and use it on your face at night. Having bronze skin makes irritation much less noticeable. As for getting pimples in the first place, please tell me you have used Rx creams/pills/treatments before? I'll never understand people who deal with acne problems constantly and never try any of the several silver bullets just one order away. Here is a reputable site for ordering Rx products: http://www.inhousepharmacy.com/ It's in the UK and takes about 3 weeks to ship to the west coast.
     


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    i work with a girl who has acne prone skin and she swears by Neostrata's Skin Renewal Peel (it contains glycolic acid) to get rid of the red spots and uneven skin surface left behind as a result. i know Neostrata is a good derm line and is sold at most shoppers drug marts so it's worth looking into. other than that, with any kind of lightening cream or chemical exfoliant meant to diminish skin discolorations, make sure you're wearing at least a 30 spf during the day, or the sun will just reverse any positive results.
     


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    One best way is, Apply a thin layer of aloe vera gel to your acne. Opt for pure aloe vera gel that hasn't been treated with irritating fragrances or dyes. For a more soothing option, chill the aloe vera gel in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before applying.
     


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    If interested in diet and supplements, you might look to eat a low carb/paleo diet. I've read also that the supplement vitamin D3, the sunshine vitamin, can be of help. You might check out this web sight for diet information concerning acne: http://thepaleodiet.blogspot.com/ And for vitamin D3: http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/
     


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    Fish oil seems to get rid of reddish spots for most people, or at least reduce them.
     


  11. kabert

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    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.
     


  12. Biscotti

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    I would go on Accutane ( took two full sessions of it in HS).

    But whether or not you do that, I've had the best luck with Cerave cleanser and moisturizer (morning and night). And Retin-A Micro at night, Aczone in the morning, 25 SPF clinique sunscreen w/ tint everyday (keeps down redness, sunexposure can also cause scarring to redden).

    Go to a dermatologist! I had severe acne for about 7 years, and the combination of Accutane and the above advice has kept me acne free for the past 1.5 years (I may get the odd small blemish once a month! that is it!)

    Maybe try some of those oil blotting sheets too? They helped a shitload before I went on Accutane.
     


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    I would go on Accutane ( took two full sessions of it in HS).

    But whether or not you do that, I've had the best luck with Cerave cleanser and moisturizer (morning and night). And Retin-A Micro at night, Aczone in the morning, 25 SPF clinique sunscreen w/ tint everyday (keeps down redness, sunexposure can also cause scarring to redden).

    Go to a dermatologist! I had severe acne for about 7 years, and the combination of Accutane and the above advice has kept me acne free for the past 1.5 years (I may get the odd small blemish once a month! that is it!)

    Maybe try some of those oil blotting sheets too? They helped a shitload before I went on Accutane.


    ^ this.

    I was on Roaccutane (as it is called here in Australia/NZ) back in 2008 when I was in Auckland. My skin definitely improved, then I moved to Sydney and the acne came back, but not as worse as before.

    I'm on the same medication again, taking in two in the morning and one at night. I think I was only taking it two times a day two years ago. And my dermatologist also prescribed Cetaphil with 1% of something called Clindamycin to wash my face with 3x a day and to apply after every wash (probably to act like a moisturizer?).

    And yes, those oil blotting sheets are good. I get mine from the Body Shop, those tea tree oil varieties. I used to use three sheets every few hours because of too much oil - I could probably fry an egg on my face. But if you go on Roaccutane (or Accutane), you wouldn't be in need of these blotting sheets much.
     


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    ^ this.

    I was on Roaccutane (as it is called here in Australia/NZ) back in 2008 when I was in Auckland. My skin definitely improved, then I moved to Sydney and the acne came back, but not as worse as before.

    I'm on the same medication again, taking in two in the morning and one at night. I think I was only taking it two times a day two years ago. And my dermatologist also prescribed Cetaphil with 1% of something called Clindamycin to wash my face with 3x a day and to apply after every wash (probably to act like a moisturizer?).

    And yes, those oil blotting sheets are good. I get mine from the Body Shop, those tea tree oil varieties. I used to use three sheets every few hours because of too much oil - I could probably fry an egg on my face. But if you go on Roaccutane (or Accutane), you wouldn't be in need of these blotting sheets much.


    This is good stuff.

    DO NOT USE salicylic acid products. They are no good. As far as OTC products go, I use a benzoyl peroxide face wash in the shower in the morning and Cetaphil gentle facial wash in the evening. Prescription stuff (either antibiotics or accutane, combined with creams like clindamycin or [even better] Duac) will really take care of it.
     


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    Clinique has a good redness solution,give it a try
     


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