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Birth control pills. They made my quality of life way better. Some benefits I’ve gotten from them:
– Cleared up 90% of my acne.
– no more cramps
– No more PMS either
– No more fighting sleepiness for a week before you know what.

Also, I break out using any oil control lotion. Actually, I’ve been breaking out whenever I deviate from Lush’s Enzymion as moisturizer and Tea Tree Water as toner.

Try this…Dial soap with anti-bacterial. Most zits are caused by bacteria. You can buy liquid Dial in a pump bottle. I’ve been using this for 6 months with minimal break outs. I’ve used everything and this works the best! It can be a little drying, so not recommended for dry skin.

Anything with Salicylic Acids.. Clinique, LAB Series for men (HA), Biotherm Acnopure with Salicylic Acid, and Mario Badescu drying lotion.. all these help to control oil and sebum production. I don’t have acne, but will break out minmally if a product (base especially) has too much silicone or is too heavy).

benzoyl peroxide
keeps my skin shine free for almost a day
fights zysts, blackheads etc.
so my skin looks ok but theres no perfect solution for acne if i stop the bp my skin gets worse again

Aveda Balancing Infusion for Acne Skin. It’s salicylic acid in an oil base, so it penetrates the breakout faster.

I just fought a pimple! 😀
what i do is usually pop the pimple, with tissue of course, and clean hands. and then immediately use the Out of Trouble (from Origins) mask over it, just a dot. Let it sit for 10 minutes, wash it off, then put on some acne cream or toothpaste using a Q-tip depending on what is within my reach at that moment. It’s been effective for me so far!

I’ve heard a lot of things about birth control pills and I see that it’s working for loads of ladies out there. I suppose when I’m older I’d love to try that and see if it clears up my skin as well! But for now… I’ll stick with what I have 🙂

When I was younger I had really bad Acne- so I had to take a medication called “Accutane” it comes in pill form- and makes the skin worse at first- then baby smooth. So worth it? I would say so. If you can stand the first stage of the medication…they won’t give it to you unless the acne is really bad though. Systems like Clinique and Proactive are good maintenance systems as well. Also…if you HAVE to pop one…a little plain ol’ Neosporin will heal it right up.

In the long run, your body becomes dependent on Accutane, which is why they don’t prescribe it unless your acne is really bad.

Unless you go to a crazy dermatologist that wanted to prescribe me Accutane after only trying minocycline (I didn’t even have severe acne or cysts!)

I’m 30 yet still have oily skin (I used to have cystic acne as a teenager) and I’m really not adding anything new here, but these help me:
Birth control pills (Yasmin)
Benzoyl peroxide gel
Toner with tons of alcohol and tons of salicylic acid (my skin can take it)
Thorough scrub once a week (Ocean Salt by Lush is great)
An oil zapping, pore minimazing mask once a week (Mask of Magnaminty by Lush is awesome)
I cleanse with Fresh Farmacy (AM) and Coalface (PM) by Lush and I use their Vanishing Cream which helps to control my oiliness. HTH

I really like the new Neutrogena 2-in-1 Rapid Fight and Fade, it’s great for single spots. Otherwise I rely on Philosophy’s purity made simple cleanser, the mircrodelivery peel and the hope in a jar moisturizer. They keep my dry but still acne-prone skin in a good condition.

Birth control more or less stopped any and all breakouts for me. I seriously did not break out no matter what I put on my skin. Its just bothersome to take and can be expensive depending on where you get it from…

Accutane. Nothing else worked over the last 15 years. It hurt to smile and sleep on a pillow. Deep rooted cysts are stubbron buggers.

Ditto on the Accutane. It didn’t cure me of acne and it is said that a lot of people who take it need to take a second course some years later to combat the issue again. Normally it wont be as bad the second time, and a smaller dose can be taken. I am currently doing my second course of Accutane. Its a really heavy duty med. Causes major birth defects, high chance of liver damage. So as per the law you have to take two forms of birthcontrol, have monthly blood test for the liver thing and a monthly pregnency test. That said, I think its worth it.

I am also a big fan of microdermabration to help prevent breakouts.

Clearasil Stayclear, Acne Control Cream with sulphur. It smells bad but it works better then the one with benzoyl peroxide. I usually use it at bedtime. I really like suki lemongrass cleanser I think it’s cleared up my skin quite a bit. The only thing is that it’s expensive. Also a good astringent with Salicylic Acid helps to. I’ve just started using vitamin E cream and I like it a lot better then Cetaphil, which I was using before.

I used proactive once when I was a lot younger and the benzoyl peroxide bleached my clothes! I can’t stand that stuff. The only thing I liked from it was the mask and I’m pretty sure it had sulphur in it.

I don’t have acne myself, but strangely enough, I’ve heard from many people that Bareminerals foundation (not the specific acne treatment) is really effective against acne. I use a sulfur-based mask on the occasional pimple, and it works like a charm.

Neutrogena clear pore cleanser in the morning
Philosophy Purity at night
Philosophy Help me at night (retinol product)

Philosophy On a Clear Day Blemish Serum seems to help.

And I think I’ve finally found a sunscreen that doesn’t break me out. Eucerin Facial Lotion SPF 30.

I have very oily skin. my usual routine is:

Nia24 gentle cleansing cream
ACV as a toner (before bed only)
Lush’s Ocean Salt (at least twice a week)

drinking lots of water, eating next to no sugar and working out

I use Differin gel (prescription), the Zeno (when I get one), and good old benzoyl peroxide cream (Oxy or Spectro). I also like the Proactiv clay masque.

Proactiv (benzoyle peroxide in the treatment, and glycolic acid in the toner)

Neutrogena Stress Control 3-in-1 Treatment (salicylic acid)

Birth Control Pills (Yasmin is one of the ones that have worked for my skin, I’ve tried about 7 types, I’m on Yasmin for the second time now)

A light moisturizer, good cleanser that actually removes oil/grime/makeup.

Good sleep, diet (careful with sugar bc it can alter your hormone levels), exercise to get the blood flowing, etc.

After years of trying EVERYthing and having a drawer full of half used tubes I went on accutane for five months. My skin has never looked better. It’s a big decision and a rough 4 to 6 months.

Avon Cleanse Deep Pore Cleansing Scrub & Avon Clearskin Invigorating Cleansing Scrub
Works so well… isn’t as expensive as some of the other brands
Luv it Luv it Luv it!

Ugh, I’m on four prescriptions (two external, two internal) AND I use a thermaclear three times a day. I still get breakouts, not to mention the topical meds make my skin super dry and irritated. Next time I go to the dermatologist I’m going to attempt to get on Accutane, but I doubt my derm will put me on it because she doesn’t think my skin is that bad -_-

If you have been on your meds for more than a month and still aren’t seeing results, I’d say try to find another dermatologists. Often a different “bedside” manner can work wonders. I had a derm who kept prescribing me stronger formulations of Retin A to get rid of my acne, but my skin was never 100% and she, too, kept stressing that it was “good enough” and that I should stop trying for perfect skin. When I went to college, I chose another doctor, and he was very patient and informative, asking me detailed questions about my cycle, general health, etc. It turns out that those last stubborn bumpy patches of skin (the fine bumps on my nose, and huge pores on the apples of my cheeks that get clogged) were caused by fungus, not bacteria, which explains why the BP wasn’t getting rid of them. He explained it as being “like a mild yeast infection on your face.” I admit that I was kinda horrified at the description, but be put me on an anti-acne medication in addition to an antifungal, and my skin was glowing within weeks. Now I just wash with Nizoral shampoo and alternate between clotrimazole cream (in the foot fungus section – yikes, I know) and BP at night, and my skin has been fine for the last two years or so with no prescription. Make sure your doc is covering all the different options!

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion (toner) contains salicylic acid and no alcohol. Cleared my skin after I started using it. The other clarifying lotions 1, 2, 3 and 4 all contains alcohol with 4 containing the most.

I’m an esthetician who has suffered for YEARS with acne. My Godsend is JAN MARINI, JAN MARINI, JAN MARINI! The creator, in her early 20’s was a 3 time failed Accutane failure, so she created this medical based line. It has cleared up my skin my 80-90%.
Regular microdermabrasions are awesome for helping with oil control, pore size, and scarring.
Also, Yaz birth control is amazing. As is the Clarisonic Facial brush which I swear by for super clean skin.
Changing your pillow cases ever week and keeping your hands and nails away from your face.

I apply Differin (gel based) on any spot that appears. Leave it on for 2-4 hours. And an hour before I go to bed I apply Retin-A cream. Its super because it treats the damaged area of the spot from the inside out. No scars, no dark marks and no redness. Results will appear after 3-weeks of daily use.

I also recommend L’Occitane’s Sweet Peel from the Apple & Almond line. Its really caring while its scrubbing. Wash off with the Oil Based Cleanser from the same line (has apple vinegar in it). Removes all residue and cleans out pores leaving your skin soft as a baby.

Something I learnt the hard way: always use luke warm water (that is water that is as close as possible to your body temperature). Too cold or too hot will make your skin react to any product you apply.

I had horrible acne. I was fed up and finally went to go see a dermatologist. My doctor prescribed me with Doxycycline Mono 75 mg 1 tablet by mouth twice a day for three months. Cleared my skin in an instant. It has been four months since my prescription ran out and I have still been blessed with clear skin. I have insurance so the pills only cost me 10 dollars at CVS pharmacy. If non-pharmaceutical methods don’t work for you, try asking your doctor about this medication. Everyone’s different! Good luck with anyone struggling with acne. I feel your pain.

I get one ocassionally, so I use Boscia’s Willow Bark right after I wash my face and before I moisturize. Its usually gone by the next day.

I used to get really horrible pimples by my chin. And being a beauty addict, I used to use all kinds of cleansers, lotions, and creams to get rid of it. So finally, I started just using regular Cetaphil cleanser. It works WONDERS. So I use Cetaphil cleanser, then I dab 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (very, very small amount) on my chin, forehead, cheeks, and nose, also dabbing a bit more on pimples you have. And then I wait 15 minutes for it to dry, and I use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion all over.

It has honestly given me beautiful skin FINALLY! I can use self-tanner on my face without feeling guilty about potential breakouts because I hardly ever get breakouts now! (Only during “that time of the month”)

Obagi Nu Derm . It controls acne and hyperpigmentation from acne remnants. Been using it for 2 years. It helps my oily skin from breaking out and reduces the appearance of large pores. It works wonders. I’ll never be without it .

I stopped using all dermatologist recommended products – including comodegenic retin-A (as in PORE CLOGGING), glyderm lotion (very irritating to my skin), and, here it comes, cetaphil. The cetaphil caused a lot of my acne because of the uber-irritating parabens in it. In fact, as soon as I stopped using all products containing parabens, my skin became a lot less inflamed looking. I now use Aveda’s Outer Peace cleanser, and find that to work very well, as well as Physician’s Formula organic tinted moisturizer. Even their mineral makeup (as well as MAC’s and others) contain parabens.

I had only the occasional pimple all through my teens and into my 20s, but now in my late 20s I have acne. It coincided with being taken off estrogen birth control. I have a high risk of heart attack due to family history and migraines, and taking bc with estrogen in it is too risky for me. So now I have to deal with all the PMS joy that was gone for so long because I’m on progesterone only bc (the mini pill).

I use BareMinerals Blemish Therapy as a spot treatment, cleanse twice a day once with Cetaphil (a.m) and again with Neutrogena Mask/Cleanser (p.m.), and use Neutrogena Stress Control 3 in 1 as needed. I get chin zits here and there, I haven’t really found anything that’s worked wonders, though my current rotation seems to be doing well.

I hope this helps someone. I’ve had cystic acne for years and only recently got on Accutane for it. However, my body is extremely responsive to it meaning I’m only taking one or two of the lowest dose a week. But the biggest thing I’ve found to help is the Clinique liquid soap for oily skin and the #3 toner. Despite what some say, I’ve read that Clinique’s toners do have alcohol, but it’s a different quality of product so that it helps deliver product to your skin and then dissolves (i.e. not harming your skin). Either way, I’ve had only a couple of cysts since I started using it. I’ve never had results like this before!

I get hormonal breakouts by my chin area and honestly, switching cleansers made a big difference for me. I have really really dry skin that still breaks out. It sucks because a lot of the anti blemish stuff is made for people with oily or combo skin. I now wash my face with Johnson’s Head to Toe Baby Wash. Then gentler, the better. Tea tree oil for pimples helps a lot too.

I am VERY gentle to my face. I only wash once a day, at night to remove makeup, and then I rinse with lukewarm water in the water. I wash with very gentle soap as well. It has cut down my pimples incredibly. I also moisturize a lot, twice a day, but it took me forever to find one that didn’t make me break out.

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