Acne?

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Acne?

Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
I have battled acne for as long as I can remember. My acne is not horrible but I always have at least one blimish on my face. Do any of you deal with this same problem? If so, what kind of cleaners and treatments have worked for you?
08/25/2011
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wetone123 wetone123
Since I have over active oil glands, I deal with blemishes regularly. I found that Pernox facial scrub helps more than others for me. Just make sure to rub it in your hands first, then onto face as scrubs can be a little harsh on some people's faces. Sulfer products like Acumel work to dry up blemishes well for me. On the bright side, my dermatologist told me oily skin may give me blemishes, but I will not have wrinkles! YAY!
08/25/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
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Originally posted by wetone123
Since I have over active oil glands, I deal with blemishes regularly. I found that Pernox facial scrub helps more than others for me. Just make sure to rub it in your hands first, then onto face as scrubs can be a little harsh on some people's ...
Where can I buy the Scrub at?
08/25/2011
Avant-garde Avant-garde
I have always suffered from ache on my face and back. I use cheap generic stuff from the drug store I don't remember what they are called, appearance is not something I stress over much.
08/25/2011
Papershotglass Papershotglass
Oh boy, acne has been a fun journey for me and it has mostly calmed down now. But the calming down was and still is an ongoing battle.
First, I looked at my diet. Skin is an organ, right? So it should stand to reason it will reflect when bad stuff comes in. So, stopped eating junk food (most of the time), stopped eating gluten/casein/most soy and drank a lot more water and less soda. That took care of about 80% of the cysts.
The water here is pretty hard and being close to the city, heavily chlorinated. Apparently, this drys the crap out of your skin, destroys what vitamin e you have on your skin and makes the toxins and minerals have an easier time getting in. Pass on that!
I wash my face with water that has some dissolved vitamin c powder in it and use alcohol-free rose witch hazel with vitamin e afterwards (Thayers).
Some acne isn't acne at all, but just clogged pores. So exfoliation is key - I adore the basic dissolved aspirin and honey mask. If you're oily, you need to exfoliate every day though and the Clarisonic is really, really nice, but it's a costly investment that does have a period of purging, so that's something to consider.
In terms of cleansers, Desert Essence tea tree cleanser and if you want to get indie about it, One Hand Washes The Other Black Magic soap. DE is foamy and medicinal smelling and OHWTO is really creamy (even for a bar soap!) and reminds me a bit of licorice.
In terms of treatments - sulfur. Kate Somerville's Eradikate is amazinggg and I love Nelson's Acne Gel for the lighter stuff.
Hope that helps and remember, ymmv.
08/25/2011
Wild Orchid Wild Orchid
The only thing that's been actually helpful for me is to take acne for what it is - a skin disease. When you have a skin disease you take it to your dermatologist. It may be costly but it's effective so you're probably going to pay less than if you try to cure it on your own.

Also: don't over-wash and over-scrub. When you remove all the protective layers from the skin your oil glands will work extra hard to replace it.
08/25/2011
froggiemoma froggiemoma
I have never had issuses except when i eat a lot of chocolate....I love chocolate
08/25/2011
Naughty Student Naughty Student
I am 25 and still have blemishes. I don't wear make up all the time but most times if I am going out, I feel uncomfortable without it.

It has been getting extremely well since I stopped being so worried about it. Every time I saw I blemish, I would tell myself it would go away, it was temporary, and that my skin was getting better...and it did. I stopped using acne facial cleaners and it helped A LOT! I use regular cleaner and I use toner too and hydrate my skin in the morning with a very light cream that exfoliates. I love it but it was really expensive.
08/25/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
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Originally posted by Papershotglass
Oh boy, acne has been a fun journey for me and it has mostly calmed down now. But the calming down was and still is an ongoing battle.
First, I looked at my diet. Skin is an organ, right? So it should stand to reason it will reflect when bad stuff ...
Thanks for all the great information! I have very large pores and oily skin which is a horrible combination! I try and take good care of my skin but I just can't seem to fully stop my acne. It sucks so bad!
08/25/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Purpleladybug
I have battled acne for as long as I can remember. My acne is not horrible but I always have at least one blimish on my face. Do any of you deal with this same problem? If so, what kind of cleaners and treatments have worked for you?
For isolated spots like that, witch hazel, from your local pharmacy, may prove helpful. Some of the more powerful over the counter salysalates, the stuff with 10% solution, can really help too.
08/25/2011
BlackxxxRose BlackxxxRose
I've had acne since forever. My mom says I had baby acne too, fun. I've been using Mary Kay for the last year and a half and I've finally gotten it manageable and not constant cystic acne anymore. I have very senstive skin and get clogged pores easily too so I use a homemade scrub for exfoliation and that helps prevent some of the acne too.
08/25/2011
Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
my skin is pretty good, but i do vitamin e tablets and i find that helps a lot
08/25/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
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Originally posted by Ms. Spice
my skin is pretty good, but i do vitamin e tablets and i find that helps a lot
I am going to have to get some of those. Thanks!
08/26/2011
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by Purpleladybug
I have battled acne for as long as I can remember. My acne is not horrible but I always have at least one blimish on my face. Do any of you deal with this same problem? If so, what kind of cleaners and treatments have worked for you?
I work for a dermatologist, I can make all kinds of suggestions for you

Just let me know if you need any additional advice and I'd be happy to share!
08/26/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
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Originally posted by Peggi
I work for a dermatologist, I can make all kinds of suggestions for you

Just let me know if you need any additional advice and I'd be happy to share!
I would love any advice you have to offer!
08/26/2011
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by Purpleladybug
I would love any advice you have to offer!
I'll send you a message on here then
08/26/2011
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by wetone123
Since I have over active oil glands, I deal with blemishes regularly. I found that Pernox facial scrub helps more than others for me. Just make sure to rub it in your hands first, then onto face as scrubs can be a little harsh on some people's ...
If you have over active oil glads, Clenziderm Acne Kit by Obagi will clear the oil out of your glands and re-hydrate with the same natural oils that prevent wrinkling
08/26/2011
Purpleladybug Purpleladybug
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Originally posted by Peggi
If you have over active oil glads, Clenziderm Acne Kit by Obagi will clear the oil out of your glands and re-hydrate with the same natural oils that prevent wrinkling
Thanks for all your help Peggi!!!
08/28/2011
Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by Purpleladybug
Thanks for all your help Peggi!!!
Any time!!!

If you ever have any other medical related questions, I've worked in all types of settings
08/28/2011
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