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SpiffyNerd
12-19-2007, 01:28 AM
This isn't a question, so much as a thread for people to discuss methods of acne control.

Everyone has different skin--but surely, if a fan is searching desperately to cure the tomato-sized pimple on her nose the night before she cosplays Mana at Costume-Con, if she's got a whole thread of acne cures to test, SOMETHING will undoubtably work.

Please, when listing cures, use a brand name, and a link to buy it if possible!
Bad example: "I use zit cream."
Good example: "I use Clearasil Ultra Tinted Acne Treatment Cream, which can be found here. (http://www.clearasil.us/creams/creams_ultra_tinted.shtml)"

Here's a form you can fill out when replying. Please keep off-topic to a minimum, this is meant to be a resource, not a discussion thread. (PS - some of the questions may seem weird, but they really do affect what kind of acne cures work for you! If you don't want to answer a question, feel free to leave it blank)


Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:
Age Range:
Gender:
Race:
Problem Acne Areas:
Daily Skincare Ritual:
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
Additional Advice:

I'll go first.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average. I rarely get zits, I'm pretty lucky. ;D
Age Range: Teens.
Gender: Female. And I get more zits during my time of the month.
Race: Caucasian.
Problem Acne Areas: Forehead (behind my bangs), left temple, nose, chin
Daily Skincare Ritual: I just wash my face once at night.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I wash and dry my face, then I apply Neutrogena Oil-Free 60 Second Mask Scrub (http://www.neutrogena.com/ProductsDetails_195.asp?lProductLineID=13) pretty thickly and only on problem areas, then I do my other bathroom things, like brush my teeth, use the toilet, etc. When I'm done (usually more than a minute, which makes the scrub come off easier), I use a white wet washcloth to remove the scrub. After that, I use Clearasil Ultra Tinted Acne Treatment Cream (http://www.clearasil.us/creams/creams_ultra_tinted.shtml) fairly thickly (not bothering with blending--you could use non-tinted if you wanted, tinted is just what I have) on the problem areas.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I apply the scrub and cream as before, but in between the scrub and cream I apply some lemon juice with a Q-tip.
Additional Advice: I haven't used it myself, but apparently the Zeno (http://www.myzeno.com/) really works. It's hella expensive, though.

Cats10
12-19-2007, 01:48 AM
Ah I may as well fill this out, I have nothing else to do. xD.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: A weird Combination skin, Oily nose and upper cheek but dry else where.
Age Range: Teens.
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Chin, forehead, Jaw line
Daily Skincare Ritual: Just a good cleaning with my Biore pore minimizer cleanser at night. Sometimes the exfoliator by the same name if I get the time. (I really don't do much because I rarely get zits, mostly little red dots that go away after time and foundation covers them up easily)
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I do as above, making sure to use my exfoliator, and I also use my Oxypads after cleaning, moisturize, then finish off with some tooth paste on the big zits.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I don't really have a emergency other then "poping" the worst of the zits (Don't worry I use two clean Q-tips and stop when blood appears) If really really needed, I usually avoid doing it like the plague.
Additional Advice: None really =3.

DeviousMousie
12-19-2007, 03:07 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry to Average; my jawline and around my eyebrows tends to be dry but everywhere else it pretty normal

Age Range:Tedult? XD College
Gender:Females
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Usually my chin and nose, nothing else really
Daily Skincare Ritual: I use St.Ives Make-up Remover and Facial Cleanser once daily in the shower. Once weekly I use a Biore pore strip on my nose and St.Ives Apricot Scrub as well as their Mineral Mask
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Not much changes. I tend to keep to the same routine which usually controls break-outs pretty well
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:[/i] Toothpaste! I mean it! Mint toothpaste on a zit will dry it out overnight and if applied while still small will keep it from getting bigger.
[b]Additional Advice: As an actress I cannot stress the importance of a proper make-up remover and some cotton balls. I personally love Bill Nye make-up remover, even if it's made for stage make-up, it gets the make-up off quickly so you're not fussing with it forever. Also...no touchie the facey! Change pillow-cases often...blah, blah, blah.

[S]
12-19-2007, 05:25 AM
# Skin Type: DRY
# Age Range: Late teens
# Gender: Male
# Race: Asian
# Problem Acne Areas: Jawline and my right cheek which tends to dry and flake(I usually sleep on this side and I can't help it)
# Daily Skincare Ritual: After waking up, at noon, and before bed I wash my face with Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser and use moisturizer afterwards.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Basically the same except I use more of the products.
# Additional Advice: If possible, change your pillow sheet daily(or flip it over and use the other side for another night then change it) I found it helped out alot more than I thought.

I'm still having a few problems with dry/flakiness particularly on my cheeks so any advice is appreciated...

DeviousMousie
12-19-2007, 06:04 AM
;2211606']
I'm still having a few problems with dry/flakiness particularly on my cheeks so any advice is appreciated...


Have you ever tried a cortisone cream? Or maybe regular body lotion? Sometimes facial moisturizers can only do so much. You also might want to consider applying it more than once. I know that sometimes in the winter and summer the eczema on my jaw will get really bad and applying cortisone or even just a moisturizer up to three times a day will at least take the redness out if not get it to go away completely. Also, Bare Essentials has a really great moisturizer that goes along with their make-up. If all else, give that a try, though it does tend to be a little greasy. :)

[S]
12-19-2007, 08:04 AM
Have you ever tried a cortisone cream? Or maybe regular body lotion? Sometimes facial moisturizers can only do so much. You also might want to consider applying it more than once. I know that sometimes in the winter and summer the eczema on my jaw will get really bad and applying cortisone or even just a moisturizer up to three times a day will at least take the redness out if not get it to go away completely. Also, Bare Essentials has a really great moisturizer that goes along with their make-up. If all else, give that a try, though it does tend to be a little greasy. :)

I moisturize about three times a day so I'm guessing it's the moisturizer I'm using. I've been using some Nivea body cream for a while now and it doesn't seem to work much, so maybe I'll see some change if I switch moisturizers.
Thanks for the advice, next time I go to the store I'll keep an eye out for a cortisone cream.

NotAnotherExit
12-19-2007, 12:51 PM
Skin Type - Dry, mostly. Fairly average forehead though.

Age Range: College

Gender: Female.

Race: Caucassian

Problem Acne Areas: When I get them, above my right eye. Not a very frequent occurance, but when I'm stressed out.

Daily Skincare Ritual: I just use a regular bar of soap to wash my face in the shower each morning (well, more like five or six days a week. Inevitably I'll be late or work/class and have to do without). Also, I apply cocoa butter to keep my face from drying out in the winter.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: "Break out" means one or two zits, aye? I'll pop it/them (q-tips and only until it bleeds, like on the Tyra Banks Show.) and apply cocoa butter, so it doesn't peel.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Cocoa butter and Q-tips, though I'm not above peroxide if I think it's going to be red and angry.

Additional Advice: Don't touch your face. It's the number one way to give yourself bad acne. Also, drink plenty of water. It really does help!

ArtsyFartsy
12-19-2007, 01:49 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry
# Age Range: Early 20's
# Gender:Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: I don't really have any problem areas, my zits usually come in the odd place at the odd time. Never in clusters though.
# Daily Skincare Ritual:I've tried many things, but honestly, I just wash my face with hot water while taking my daily shower. That's it.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:Like I said, I don't really get breakouts.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:Never needed an emergency skincare ritual.
# Additional Advice:
Alright, so many people have a huge problem with acne on their faces, and it's becomming more and more common for people to get breakouts on other areas of the body.
There are many reasons why people break out, women in particular tend to have the problem worse. I shall list the leading causes in acne.

1: DIET
Are you a junk food junkie? Got acne? If the main areas of acne for you is your cheeks and t-zone (up the bridge of your nose and forehead) then that means that you have an improper diet. Anything greasey, full of sugar, processed foods, and the most effecting food type (most people don't even realize this) is dairy. All of these foods cause an enzyme imbalance within your body, and to expell the build-up of toxins, your body does it mostly through the pores of your skin. To see for sure if this is your problem, give yourself a three week challenge. Week one, keep a food diary to see just what exactly you've been pushing into your gullet. And for the two weeks after that, try to change your diet to exclude those four main types of food. Stick to natural foods like vegetables, cut back on how much salt you consume, no more fast food! If you don't like to cook, find some easy-to-do recipes that are still healthy and natural. Like candy and chocolate? Switch your daily chocolate bar with your favourite fruit in season. Chocolate was never meant to be a daily food item, but instead, an occassional treat. If you LOVE your milk, replace it with a bottle of water. Water is the best possible way to cut down on your acne as it cleans the system of toxins and helps your body to stay hydrated, and to function properly. Of course, this change of diet does not mean cut out carbs and calories. Carbs are important for providing your body with energy for doing it's miraculous tasks, icluding healing your skin.

2: CHEMICAL IMBALANCES
Regardless of what people use for excuses. Ance is NOT cause by genes. It is not an inheritable trait but the outcome of an unhealthy lifestyle. For women however, during or before their monthly visits from Aunt Flow. They can have breakouts. Many women take birth control pills to counteract this occurance, however, in truth, taking BCPs can cause a mountain of side-effects that are worse that acne. You're body has the ability to regnerate itself, fight off bacteria and illnesses, and fix anything in your body that causes those chemical imbalances. Often, I've seen chemical imbalances co-inside with heavy weights. My ultimate solution to that is, eat healthy, and get active. Once all those toxins, and extra pounds are off, your body can turn it's attention to correcting the chemical imbalances within your body. And for women, getting fit usually regulates your body's monthly schedule.

3: ABRASIVE SKIN CARE PRODUCTS
Another cause of skin care problems that most people don't realize is skin care products themselves. There are many products that have ingredients in them that tend to completely strip the skin of its natural oils that are important to have. A good example of this are Oxy Pads. The rubbing alcohol in the solution will completely dry out your skin. While it may seem like they are zapping away at the unwanted pimples, in reality, because the natural oils are being completely stripped, your skin goes into a panic mode, and will produce more oil than needed. Instead of this, if you feel you must use a skin care product, use a mild exfoliation cream that have the round beads that if pushed to hard, will pop. This type is safest for your pores as you won't get beads clogging them, and because it isn't too abrasive, it won't damage the fresh skin or strip the skin of all the natural oils. Of course, if you have naturally dry skin, using a perfume-free lotion (preferably not a milk-like base) that is made with Aloe Vera will add moisture without clogging your pores.

You know, I lost my train of thought, there was another problem I wanted to talk about, however I just can't remember. I'm far too cenile...
Well I hope this helps!
My credits go to a night class I took on skin care, and cosmotology a few months back.

[S]
12-19-2007, 01:56 PM
Wow thanks for the milk advice ArtsyFartsy...
My problem area is my cheeks and I practically live off of Milk and Cookies, I guess I'll try cutting back on dairy products and see what happens :D

ArtsyFartsy
12-19-2007, 02:46 PM
;2211883']Wow thanks for the milk advice ArtsyFartsy...
My problem area is my cheeks and I practically live off of Milk and Cookies, I guess I'll try cutting back on dairy products and see what happens :D

Glad I could help a fellow cosplayer. :3

DeviousMousie
12-19-2007, 02:47 PM
I'll agree with you on the chemical imbalances and abrasive products, but not 100% about the diet. It's sometimes grossly over-exaggerated that foods high in fat and sugar causes pimples. That's not necessarily true since a lot is caused by just general dirt, oil, and of course make-up. Now I'm not saying it's not important to eat healthy and exercise, just that diet is not the main cause for acne. Case and point, I used to eat a lot of crap food and hardly ever got a pimple. So pretty much, I'd take the diet with a grain of salt. Yes, it is better for your skin, and yourself, to eat better and hydrate yourself with water, but it's not the main reason for pimples.

ArtsyFartsy
12-19-2007, 02:53 PM
I'll agree with you on the chemical imbalances and abrasive products, but not 100% about the diet. It's sometimes grossly over-exaggerated that foods high in fat and sugar causes pimples. That's not necessarily true since a lot is caused by just general dirt, oil, and of course make-up. Now I'm not saying it's not important to eat healthy and exercise, just that diet is not the main cause for acne. Case and point, I used to eat a lot of crap food and hardly ever got a pimple. So pretty much, I'd take the diet with a grain of salt. Yes, it is better for your skin, and yourself, to eat better and hydrate yourself with water, but it's not the main reason for pimples. Ah but my dear, I never once said it was the leading cause. I merely listed a few of the major reasons for acne, their importance not in any particular order. You're a lucky one if you didn't have breakouts while on an unhealty diet that's for sure. I do agree though there are many other factors why people get acne. Like I said at the bottom...I lost my train of thought haha!

To furthen the subjects of causes of acne, would you mind going into detail on the examples you have just listed as other causes of acne for others to learn?

xxmossgardenxx
12-19-2007, 03:15 PM
1. Great idea! I am learning things!
2. I am no professional but I hope I help.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Used to be really oliy, now it's average, but I do tend to get dry patches from the tretments I use.

Age Range: Late Teens

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian ( See everyone is a little asain!)

Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks

Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash face with warm water first thing in the morning. Then use Dermalogica's Skin Prep Scrub. (every other morning) Then moisterize with Avons Nurtura Replenishing Cream, then Biore's Pore Minimizing moistrurizer. At night, wash face with Biore's Pore Unclogging Scrub, then use Grassroots Mask Get Grounded, leave for 4 minutes, then rinse. Moisterize again with Avons Nurtura Replenishing Cream again.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Wash face with hot water, then use Biore's Pore Unclogging Scrub, then apply Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment to affected areas. Then moisterize with Clean and Clear Oil Free Dual Action Moisturizer.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Clean and Clear Advantage 3 times a day.

Additional Advice: No one has perfect skin, so try everything and find what works for you!

DeviousMousie
12-19-2007, 03:21 PM
I understand that you weren't saying it was the leading cause, I just want to make sure that other people understand that it's not. ^^ I've known some people who actually think that the reason they have pimples is solely based on what they eat...it was strange, to say the least.

Sure, not a problem. I'm no expert...but I'll do my best. ^^

Oils:
Oils are just that, oily. Generally speaking you really have no control over how much oil your body creates during a day, but there are some things you can do to keep excess oils from appearing on your face and anywhere else. One is obviously to wash your face daily, if not twice daily, and come up with a once weekly routine. Another good way is to use a pore minimizer once a week and an exfoliant twice a week (but we'll get to that in a bit.) A thing you can do, if you're prone to dazing off in class or at work, is to not lean on your hands. If you do, but some sort of barrier between you and your oily hands, like a jacket sleeve. This will greatly decrease the amount of oil you put on your chin and jawline. Also, wash your hair everyday if not every other day. Your hair produces lots of oils and if it hangs in your face or on your back, it can add to the oily buildup. Now, as a note for healthy hair, don't use shampoo everyday, just rinse it once a day and it'll keep your hair shiny as well as clean and remove some of the oily buildup. One last thing is to change your sheets and pillow cases often. The oil on your pillow and sheets from when you sweat during your sleep stays there and can build up. Gross. DX

Dirt:
Dirt can be anything from dead skin to dirt itself. Your skin is porous and loves, loves, loves to soak up anything it can get. The important thing is to always wash! Personally, I exfoliate once a week; exfoliating uses little beads or sea salt crystals to help scrub away the dead skin and dirt buildup. The thing is, while daily cleanser will wash away the surface dirt, an exfoliant is made to get deep into the pores and clean them out. Also another thing is pore strips, though I only recommend them once a week if not less. Essentially what they're doing is grabbing onto the exposed dirt and rips it out, which isn't a practice you should use more than once a week. Lastly, to keep more dirt from filling back in you a firming mask right after you exfoliate to help close the pores back up. Do that once a week and you should start to see healthier skin.

On harsh products:
I don't know about anyone else, but I personally find that Clearasil products are way too harsh for anyone with normal to dry skin. Same with Clean and Clear. Biore depends on the product. The Oxy pads work great as an astringent after wearing make-up, but not for a daily cleaner. Though I use it and may be biased towards it, St.Ives is really gentle on the skin and I love the smell of the apricot scrub. Plus they don't test on animals which is a total plus for me! XD

Yeah, I think that's all I have to offer besides drinking water, getting enough sleep, and trying to stay healthy. Does anyone else find they get a break-out when they're sick? Cause I know my skin loves to break-out then. XD

dreamoflife02
12-19-2007, 04:22 PM
Many women take birth control pills to counteract this occurance, however, in truth, taking BCPs can cause a mountain of side-effects that are worse that acne. You're body has the ability to regnerate itself, fight off bacteria and illnesses, and fix anything in your body that causes those chemical imbalances. Often, I've seen chemical imbalances co-inside with heavy weights. My ultimate solution to that is, eat healthy, and get active.

These days BCP has much, much less severe side effects that are much rarer. I recently went into a consult with my doctor to go on it because I've had horrible acne since my early teens and nothing has ever worked for more than a few weeks. I did start eating healthier and getting more exercise when I entered college, and for the most part it's working, but for the week before my period I still get huge, painful breakouts. So for me, the acne that I can't get rid of is due to a chemical imbalance that my body can't cure by itself, and my doctor thinks that BCP will completely clear it up.

I do absolutely recommend seeing a doctor before doing anything involving medication, whether it be BCP or other hormonal acne medicine, but I have it from both my doctor and my mother who's a nurse that birth control is much safer than it used to be.

Varna
12-19-2007, 04:27 PM
A note first: I haven't found anything to actually CURE my acne yet, it's a vigorous process still being experimented with >__<;

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mild oiliness
Age Range: currently 19 but I've had skin problems since I was 11 (yes, it does suck)
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Sides of face, jaw, and sometimes chin
Daily Skincare Ritual: Every morning and evening I use Cetaphil, it's a really light cleanser for sensitive skin, which I have. It works really well for making your skin feel soft and clean, and it isn't harsh or causes extra oiliness.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Well recently I found out that I have hormonal acne, which means the only thing washing my face does is get rid of dead skin, the chemicals in my body are what causes me to get acne. If you wash your face regularly and still find that you get acne, it's likely to be a hormonal imbalance. I don't eat junk food and I and drink a lot of water, but I still get acne because of hormonal imbalances. What to do? Well, though I haven't been doing this for too long, take in LOTS of antioxidants. Bright colored fruits and veggies are a great source, and taking vitamin supplements that contain Vitamins A, B6, and Zinc are also supposed to be effective in controlling hormonal imbalances. (I've been taking One-a-Day vitamins haha)
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Like I said, there isn't much I can do externally to help acne but I do sometimes use salicylic acid medication to do a spot treatment if I have a really bad or painful zit. It usually works pretty well.
Additional Advice: Seriously, eat your fruits and veggies! XD I used to not be very good about eating enough but that's probably why I've had acne problems for so long. Hopefully eating them more often will cause my skin to show improvements~

*edit*
Oh yeah, and I can't take Birth Control because my family has a history of strokes and blood clots. So yeah, trying to stay away from that x__x;

agent_airline
12-19-2007, 06:35 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination
Age: 18 (19 in a few weeks!)
Gender: female
Race: caucasian, european-born.

Problem Acne Areas: From age 13 to 16, I had horrible skin. "Volcanic" is the best adjective for it. My forehead was swollen with bumps, my cheeks had big pimples and scars, my skin was greasy but also flakey, blackheads everywhere. And my skin was suuuper sensitive so some products burned.
I tried perscription pills and creams, I tried proactiv and similar products, I saw specialists and it only got worse. Eventually I checked out www.acne.org and it seemed that a lot of people way worse off than me cleared up! So I ordered their stuff and continue to use it.

For 2 years I have been acne free, except for a pimple or two a month. A lot of my scars have faded.

Daily Skincare Ritual:
+ wash face with cleanser
+ apply 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (as effective as higher amounts, but doesn't dry your skin out)
+ moisturizer
all 3 products from http://www.acne.org
+ sheer spf 70 suncreen from neutrogena

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: same, haven't had a bad breakout in a long time.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: don't wear makeup, use a clay mask, or call my dermatologist.

Additional Advice:
+ Wear sunscreen every day! Not just in the summer. The sun can damage and irritate your skin all year round. If you are worried about it making your skin greasy, there is special face sunscreen that won't do that.
+ Mineral makeup. As usual, I recommend www.fyrinnae.com, great quality at very reasonable prices and way more shades than popular brands like bare escentuals.
+ Soda with a lot of food coloring can worsen your skin. Mountain dew code red used to give me awful breakouts within a day of drinking it. Could be an allergy, but it looked the same as the rest of the acne I used to have.
+ Avoid astringents. The alcohol in them burned my skin and caused some scars, and they open up your pores to more dirt anyway.
And also, birth control did not have any effect on my skin at all.

Axelai
12-21-2007, 12:44 AM
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* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: A little oily.
* Age Range: 15
* Gender: Female
* Race: Half white, half mexican
* Problem Acne Areas: forehead and cheeks
* Daily Skincare Ritual: Washing face every day and using Mary Kay branded soaps
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Use massive amounts of soap when washing, then using a mask
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Wash every chance i get
* Additional Advice: DONT POP THEM

katrinkleeblatt
12-21-2007, 04:20 AM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: both. oily nose, dry cheeks
* Age Range: mid-twenties?
* Gender: female
* Race: caucasion
* Problem Acne Areas: chin, cheeks
* Daily Skincare Ritual: uhm.....washing with water XD
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: applying disinfectant
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: same as above
* Additional Advice: I had really bad acne in my teens - nothing helped. I had to take antibiotics to get rid of it. So if you have really bad acne, maybe go dermatologist.

bubydub
12-22-2007, 09:07 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Very oily.

Age Range: 15 (I had pimples from when I was 9-15, and my skin will keep on breaking out if I don't use the regimen I use now, so it's not that I "grew out of acne" or anything.)

Gender:Female

Race: Asian (Chinese)

Problem Acne Areas: Nose (blackheads), forehead, cheeks, chin, in eyebrows, basically my entire face was like a big strawberry. D:

Daily Skincare Ritual:
Acne.org:
1. Cleanse with Cetaphil cleanser.
2. Apply 2.5 % Benzoyl Peroxide- apply a entire pointer-finger's worth.
3. Moisturize with Cetaphil moisturizer OR apply Bio-oil. (http://www.bio-oil.info/en/home )

The 2.5% (2.5% is VERY important!) Benzoyl Peroxide is from the acne.org website (it's the best place to get it) and I get the Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer from Costco.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
Same as above~


'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
Same as above~

Additional Advice:
The acne.org regimen was the only thing that worked for my skin, Proactiv made my skin worse after a while, and I've tried other acne brands with no avail. My skin cleared up in 3 months, and I started seeing improvements in a week. I only get 1-2 small pimples a month at most, and they usually fade within 24 hours. To get rid of the scars from my acne, I use bio-oil, which fades the scars away. I use it as a moisturizer too, but the Cetaphil is easier to use.


BEFORE: http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e240/bubydub/?action=view&current=Olivia3003.jpg (2 years ago)

AFTER: http://s40.photobucket.com/albums/e240/bubydub/?action=view&current=ohootzdhgth015.jpg (2 weeks ago- I have some eye makeup and blush on, but no foundation/concealer~

ruexbluesummer
12-23-2007, 03:55 AM
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* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination
* Age Range: 21
* Gender: Female
* Race: Asian
* Problem Acne Areas: cheeks, chin, forehead...face... (haha)
* Daily Skincare Ritual: Switching over to Murad
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: (same as above)
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
* Additional Advice: I've had acne since I was in junior high-- it's always been a problem. I've tried just about everything on the market you can get at a drugstore (clean and clear, noxema, biore, microderm, everything!), then I went to a dermatologist for a while who just gave me expensive creams and pills. The pills worked a bit but the prescriptions just kept getting stronger with horrible side effects.

I used proactiv for a while but eventually the effectiveness wore off and I grew a terrible allergic reaction to the benzol peroxide (now any product with that in it causes me to rash and break out)

so I tried Murad solutions, since instead of benzol peroxide it uses saliycid acid instead. I've been using it for a week and things are starting to look up. :) I'm hoping that in the 4 weeks it promises results I'll get some.

if anyone has had a bad experience with proactiv should try murad.

the murad kit is way too expensive on its website, so check it out on ebay. I got a full kit for under $30.

Cosplay_Kitten
12-23-2007, 05:44 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry
Age Range: 14
Gender: Female
Race: Half Asian Half Italian
Problem Acne Areas: Forehead
Daily Skincare Ritual: Usually I all do is wash my face with Dove soap and water and then break open a vitamin E pill and put the oil on my face
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Don't have one cause my face is ALWAYS messed up X3
Additional Advice: Since my skin is sensitive and I can't use prescription stuff or name brand stuff I just use to cheap stuff and the natural stuff and it works very well. So if your skin sucks and hates you like mine, then use the natural stuff.

k2thyme
12-28-2007, 01:13 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average
# Age Range: Late Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Some acne, but mostly really big pores that cause lots and lots of blackheads.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Washing my face with water, not soap, it clogs my pores.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same
# Additional Advice: Use 100% Natural Shea Butter for dry skin. I have average skin normally, but because I wash my face a lot, and my skin is super sensitive, it gets dry easily esp. in winter (a.k.a. now,). I tried using so many different types of moisturizers, and they all burned horribly when I put them on, I even went to a dermatologist, and got some stuff called "soothing moisturizer" that gave me a rash and burned my skin. Then I got some of the Shea Butter, I would recommend the natural stuff, without any chemicals in it, and it feels really greasy when you fist put it on, but then your skin just absorbs it, and it feels really soft and good, but not greasy. I bought mine in a mom and pop store, but I found at least one place to buy it online.

I'd recommend it anyways.

Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_butter
More Info and to buy:
http://www.sheainstitute.com/21reasons.html

DulceLiduidiou
01-03-2008, 10:25 PM
ive had acne for about two years and it was starting to get really bad,
my parents bought the Zeno a while back and i decided to start using it, i used it for about 3 days and most of my acne is gone my skin gets better every day,so id highly recommend it.i tried a bunch of other stuff before it, (proactive,neutrogena the list goes on i cant remember x_x)
nothing has worked except for this

http://www.myzeno.com/

Sabrtooth
01-04-2008, 02:29 AM
Some useful stuff here. I think I may try out the acne.org business.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Usually normal, but it's been incredibly oily of late
Age: late teens - early twenties
Gender: female
Race: caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: Normally just my chin with the occasionally nose and center forehead.
For the life of me I can't figure out why this past month I have suddenly spawned cheek, total forehead, temples, nose, and chin acne everywhere.

Daily Skincare Ritual:
In the morning - Clean & Clear's shine control facial scrub - helped decrease how oily my skin's been getting during the day
Before bed I use:
Biore's Pore Unclogging Scrub (this stuff smells really nice, feels refreshing, and has gentle exfoliating beads)
A non-alcohol based astringent/toner - right now I'm using proactiv's, but Biore's worked well too
Proactiv's 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide lotion - as of yet this has been the only stuff to not completely chemical burn my skin or dry it up. Most serious acne prescriptions have burned through my sensitive skin while average over the counter either dried it up or didn't help


Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Essentially the same.
I also have this sulfur-based facial mask from proactiv (hey, it was free) that I leave on problem spots for a good while. It hasn't helped much with this epic!breakout, but it did help the smaller occasional ones. It smells terrible for about a day, but leaves the skin feeling really soft.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Toothpaste and antibiotic ointment

Additional Advice: Antibiotic ointment is amazing! It's not a cure-all for problem spots, but for spots caused by bacteria it'll work wonders. Centany was a little greasy for my taste, but the Bactroban ointment isn't (these are prescription ointments). Just a little dab on the zit about three times a day and in about a day or two the swelling will go down and look less red. I honestly don't know how to tell the difference, but to my best guess, it's usually swollen red ones and not ones that have formed "white heads" that this works for. However if someone knows more please feel free to expand on this.

To expand on the toothpaste: Gel type toothpastes don't work as well. Just the generic white. I wouldn't suggest leaving it on overnight either. Some people develop red spots on the skin from certain toothpastes, so try yours out first some place small! I've got a generic travel size Crest (no fancy with scope/extra whitening/whatever else) that I use.

As a side note, I am allergic to Aloe so a whole lot of face products are not available for my use. There may be better products suited to the situation than what I use, but due to my allergy I can't. I'm also allergic to St. Ive's scrub for whatever reason. Go figure.

Edit: Came out much longer than I thought, so I shortened some stuff

Shadowoffire123
01-05-2008, 12:36 AM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average
* Age Range: Teens
* Gender: Male
* Race: Caucasian
* Problem Acne Areas: between eyebrows, nose, between lips and nose
* Daily Skincare Ritual: I first use a gel cleanser, then wash it off, then use a pore opening toner, then apply an acne treating cream. They're all Avon products, the true-porfection line.
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above.
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I get a sharp utensil, pierce the bad area open, and drench it in ClearZit cream. And yes, that does burn. >_>
* Additional Advice: Don't be lazy like I am and do your daily stuff EVERY DAY. >_<

Ka.GAMI
01-05-2008, 01:50 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average usually, but it's been getting pretty oily lately, probably due to my bangs covering more of my face due to their growth.
Age Range: Early-mid teens.
Gender: Female.
Race: Alien.
Problem Acne Areas: My forehead and back.
Daily Skincare Ritual: I'll get in the shower and wash my face and back with Dermalogica Skin Clearing Wash. When I get out of the shower, I usually put on Dermalogica Medicated Clearing Gel.
In the evening, I put on the Dermalogica Medicated Clearing Gel again, and then put on a DDF sulfur mask. I can't tell what it's actually called, but it's 10% sulfur and it works wonders. It says to leave it on at least 15 minutes, but I just sleep with it on and wash it off in the morning. ^-^ I'm glad to say my acne's clearing up.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I wash my face multiple times a day with Demalogica Skin Clearing Wash(I only do it once or sometimes twice a day on my back due to having to use the shower) and either put an asprin mask on or the sulfur mask.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Ahaha. I pop it, wash it, cover it in Medicated Clearing Gel(due to the fact that it's clear and the sulfur one is not). Once it dries, I put on a heavy amount of makeup which includes two different coverups. ._.
Additional Advice: The asprin mask is really effective. You get some asprin, put like...5-8 of them in a bowl for your face. If your skin is dry, you put a small amount of lotion and water in the bowl, if your skin is normal or oily, you just put a small amount of water. After that, you let the asprin disolve(crushing them while they're disolving helps). Then put it on in the problem areas. ^-^
I don't really remember why the asprin mask works so well, but it does. It's something about one of the ingredients drying the pimple out.

Nitasha
01-05-2008, 11:51 PM
# Skin Type - Nose is oily and everything else is average to dry
# Age Range: Teens.
# Gender: Female.
# Race: Indian
# Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks. The thing is, I don't really get the kind of pus-filled pimples, I get the kinds that resemble blemishes and sometimes scar (that unforgiving stupid spot under the skin kind of scarring). =/ Does anyone know the best way to get rid of them or prevent them from appearing without using concealer?
# Daily Skincare Ritual: I wash my face once at night and use benoxyl on my cheeks.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I use this rub-in cream thing called Benoxyl and rub liberal amounts on my problem areas twice a day after a shower
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: =/ None
# Additional Advice: Umm xD;; None, sorry!

Mefis
01-06-2008, 01:11 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average.
# Age Range: 14
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, nose, shoulders and back
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Every morning and night I put Proactiv on my face, and whenever I take a shower I put it on my shoulders and back.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I sometimes use toothpaste on the really bad areas and wash my face with soap and water in the afternoon.
# Additional Advice: Proactiv works really well for me, but you've got to be careful. It's REALLY strong and burns some people's skin. If you have sensitive skin I wouldn't suggest it. =/ Even the first time I used it I got a bad burning feeling, but now it's fine.

Enk
01-06-2008, 02:03 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: dry with T-zone oiliness
Age Range: late 20s
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: cheeks, usually cheekbones and beside my nose

Daily Skincare Ritual: cleansing with Clinique facial cleanser, because of dryness, I use creamy cleansers (Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser) only every other day and exfoliant (Clinique 7-day scrub) only once a week. Moisturizing twice a day with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I used to use clinique extra soothing cream but it has been discontinued. I now use Clinique Redness Solutions. It is made for skin with Rosacea but it works like a charm on flare ups that involve dry skin.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:If I get a really bad flare up (usually from using stage make up), I moisturize every couple of hours with the Redness Solution and ban my face from any sort of make up or exfoliant or harsh cleansers. Apparently there is an acne line from Clinique, but I have not tried that yet, but I would assume that it is a good product.

Additional Advice: A lot of people think acne = oily skin but that isn't always the case. During breakouts on dry skin, the key is to moisturize and to stay away with the dehydrating cleansers and chemicals. I really love the Clinique line because it is free of perfumes and dyes and awesome on my super sensitive skin. It is a bit pricey but honestly, after years of trying to find a product that works well, the choice was simple.


Nitasha, Benoxyl might actually be drying out your skin which in turn causes the type of blemishes you describe. I get the same ones. Try washing your face and moisturizing with a very gentle moisturizer twice a day for a couple of weeks. Also, drink lots of water, it helps your skin as well by flushing out all the dirt and toxins.

Nitasha
01-06-2008, 06:05 AM
@ Enk: Thank you for the suggestion, but unfortunately, my skin is far more dry before I use the benoxyl =/ but I'll try using a moisturizer instead. It might help with the dryness. So these spot-blemish-thing-a-ma-bobs are caused by the dryness? <.< I never knew that. x3 Thanks.

KurzesHaar
01-15-2008, 10:11 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry to average
Age Range: 20s
Gender: female
Race: Middle Eastern
Problem Acne Areas: forehead and chin
Daily Skincare Ritual: I use a prescription acne cream twice a day called benzoclin. I rinse my face with water in the morning, apply the acne cream, and Olay face moisturizer. I use a powder foundation with spf 30 everyday which doesn't clog my pores and helps protect my very pale skin. At night I wash my face with Apricot Scrub (the blackheads and blemishes kind) to get off some of the dry skin and apply more of my acne cream and mositurizer. I also apply Dove skin illuminator night cream before bed to help even out my skin tone and keep moisturized.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I usually do about the same. I try and apply more of my acne cream (3 or more times a day to the problem area) and keep my skin moisturized since my acne cream definately dries out my skin a lot.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Again, just applying my acne cream more

Additional Advice: If you feel that you do have bad enough acne, I would definately recommend seeing a dermatologist. I haven't had very bad acne since grade school using my acne cream. I get the occassional pimple when I get really stressed, but mostly my skin is clear.

PuyoDa
01-15-2008, 12:25 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average, except my cheeks get dry
Age Range: early 20s
Gender: female
Race: Asian
Problem Acne Areas: mainly the forehead, sometimes chin and nose
Daily Skincare Ritual: In the morning and before I go to bed, I wash my face with Neutrogena Acne Wash Cream Cleanser (http://www.neutrogena.com/ProductsDetails_31.asp?lProductLineID=1). I've tried a few other face washes, and I like this one the best. It's gentle but still cleans well. I use moisturizer on my cheeks afterwards since they get dry.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Ritual is same as daily except I may try to wash my face more often. I used to try acne creams, but they dried out my skin and gave me a rash once. I tend to stick to the acne washes now.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as Breakout Ritual.
Additional Advice: I agree with KurzesHaar about the dermatologist. My brother had really bad acne and nothing seemed to work. After seeing a dermatologist for a while, things cleared up and he has no problems now.

ly*chee
01-15-2008, 07:42 PM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mixed, So oily and dry in some areas.
* Age Range: 18-20
* Gender: Female
* Race: Asian
* Problem Acne Areas: forehead
* Daily Skincare Ritual:
-Wash with Clean and Clear Deep Action Cream Cleanser in the morning[link here] (http://www.cleanandclear.com/productDetail.do?productid=40&productpos=0)
- After that I use "Biore pore perfect triple action astringent" [link here]
- Then I put some cream on... Olay classic moisturizing just to keep it moisturized
-And I repeat this for at night before going to sleep (http://www.biore.ca/en/products/productInfo.asp?productId=5)

* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above. I can't use anything that has too much salicylic(sp?) acid...because my skin always gets irritated when I use stuff like Neutrogena etc.

* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I've never had an "emergency" my pimples/acne usually go away within a day or two XD;

Additional Advice: Find something that you'll be comfortable using and won't irritate your skin. If all else fails, SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP 8D!

SuperSushi
01-16-2008, 07:54 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: A little oily, kind of average. :/

Age Range: Late teens

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: Chin

Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash once in the morning with Neutrogena Rapid Clear Oil-Control Foaming Cleanser and once at night with Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control. Then I moisturize with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. All of these products can be found at any drug store, including Wal-Mart.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same thing as stated above except I dab Solugel wherever the blemish(es) is/are.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: SOLUGEL... it's a miracle in a bottle, really.

Additional Advice: Use Solugel! Lol... really, it's the strongest anti-acne medication on the shelves, it can be found in any drug store (I got mine at Shoppers). I just dab it on any area that is sore and I think a blemish may appear or already is both morning and night and within a few days it's gone! It dries out the area quite a bit, so don't overdo it. And I don't recommend putting it on your entire face.

DireKitty
01-20-2008, 04:44 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: I have an oil forehead and chin area, everything else is average
# Age Range: 23
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Generaly my chin
# Daily Skincare Ritual: I use a seaweed cleanser from the body shop when my skin is good.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: When Aunt Flow shows up I use a tea tree oil cleaner from the body shop along with a tea tree scrub on my problem area.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I use Benzac when I get a bad batch... and just apply it to the problem zones.
# Additional Advice: Don't use stuff that's too harsh... I used to use the tea tree stuff all the time, and my skin would get rather dry. I also find after i shower my skin on my forehead can get itchy and dry, so I use the tea tree oil scrub. Liquid foundation is great in a breakout when you have an important event.

Belle-Etoile
01-25-2008, 05:50 AM
Skin Type: Oily
Age Range: mid-20's
Gender: F
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks & forehead.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Gentle cleanser combined with twice a week scrub, oil-free moisturizer, once a week mask, mild toner.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same, just add Clearasil blemish cream.
Emergency Skincare Ritual: A dab of toothpaste on the zit overnight.
Additional Advice: Try not to touch your face unless necessary! :) That has helped me a lot, as well as drinking lots of water.

Lovelychristina
01-30-2008, 01:41 PM
Could Anyone recommend a Black head cleaner? I wash my Face daily with Dial Gold but it don't help O.O I kinda got a very Special Cosplay coming up And I want all of it (Or most of it) Gone O.O

# Skin Type:Average
# Age Range:18
# Gender:Female
# Race: White
# Problem Acne Areas: Chin Forehead
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Dial Gold
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Dont have one O.O
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Dont Have one o.O

Usachan
01-31-2008, 11:36 PM
I use either Clearasil or Clean&Clear for blackheads

Skin Type: Oily
Age Range: 20+
Gender: Female
Race: White
Problem Acne Aareas: Chin, Forehead, Back, and Bum.
Daily Skincare Ritural: (Day) Wash Face, Toner, Moisterizer
Evening: Wash Face *Sometimes Facial* Toner, Moisterizer
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: A drop or two of Zap-it!
'Emergencey Skincare Ritual: Don't exactly have one
Additional Advice: Everyone should use moisterizer, regardless of age.

miao_micks
02-01-2008, 05:25 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Really, really oily on my forehead, nose, the areas on either side of my nose and chin.
# Age Range: Early twenties
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian, Asian, Native American
# Problem Acne Areas: Forehead and chin, particularly during that time of the month.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: I've just started using Proactiv. I just wash my face in the morning with Neutrogena oil-free facial bar soap and moisturize with Clean and Clear Morning Glow with SPF 15 (which, I warn you, annoyingly has orange glitter in it. ~.~ I didn't realize that when I got it. I'm getting something else next time). Then at night I use the Proactiv products - Renewing Cleanser; active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%, Revitalizing Toner--I'm not sure what the active ingredient is in that one, Daily Oil Control--I'm not sure what the active ingredient is in that one either, I only apply the Repairing Lotion to spots I'm prone to break out, whereas I use the others on my entire face and Clean and Clear Shine Control moisturizer, which doesn't have any additional acne treatments and also doesn't actually help control shine from what I've noticed. ~.~ Three times a week, I'll also use the Proactiv Refining Mask, which has 6% sulfur for the active ingredient.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Sorry if I sound like one of those commercials, but Proactiv has been working very well for me. I don't have any different rituals now because within the few weeks I've been using it, my skin has really cleared up, and I had horribly acne prone skin; it was awful before. I noticed someone saying how it burns your face, and this is very true. In fact, my sister had to stop using it because her face just turned red, swelled and started flaking really bad, and she has the same acne problems I do (and we come from families where both sides don't break out at all, go figure). I use probably a little more moisturizer than I need to because of this. My face stings for several minutes after I use it, especially when I use the mask. I'm not sure why she had such an adverse reaction where I didn't; I guess she just has more sensitive skin, so if you have really sensitive skin, I don't recommend it all. But if you have tough, oily skin that breaks out heavily like I do, you might consider it, although is does cost a pretty penny (about 60 dollars a month).
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: As I've noted in the previous answer, I haven't had a problem since I've started using it, even during that time of the month, which I think is amazing because I've never been able to get those series of breakouts under control until now. :)
# Additional Advice: I don't have any additional advice, but I do have a question. I've got the acne under control, but I still have red spots on my skin where pimples once were. Those usually stay for a long time. Is there anything I can do to make that fade away quicker, or do I just have to wait?

Corasinth
02-01-2008, 01:49 PM
This isn't a helpful post, it's a cry for help. So I'll fill out the basics in hopes of getting some help:

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Horrible combination skin. Oily on my nose/beside my nose, and extremely dry everywhere else.
Age Range: Twenty.
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian/Native American
Problem Acne Areas: Temples, forehead, redness on cheekbones.
Additional: My body is extremely temperamental when it comes to skin care. I can't even use Dove soap because it causes breakouts. So far, all natural seems to be the way to go, but I can't seem to find any all natural cleansers and make-up. Maybe I have seen them, but I'm just not looking close enough.

I don't have acne, but I do get the inevitable breakouts. I use moisturizers, especially in the winter, but because my skin gets so dry, it still manages to crack every now and then on my cheekbones. My skin is really sensitive and it's a wonder why I still wear the make-up I do. Can anyone suggest any all natural brands? It seems the safest way for me to go...

nekosensei
02-05-2008, 10:04 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average, I barely get a pimple.
# Age Range: 15
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: None really
# Daily Skin Care Ritual: I wash my face in the morning with skin brightener scrub from Aveeno. I use some type of lotion at night and use a cleanser.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I get more cold sores so that would be something more to worry about for me, but in an emergency I would use that stuff for 8 hours rapid control spot on.
# Additional Advice: I would say drink lots of water and eat HEALTHY. Don't eat fatty foods and junk or the oils may be causing acne.

# Additional Advice: I don't have any additional advice, but I do have a question. I've got the acne under control, but I still have red spots on my skin where pimples once were. Those usually stay for a long time. Is there anything I can do to make that fade away quicker, or do I just have to wait?

I would say its a lot of waiting I've had an acne scar for almost 2 years. =/
Neutrogena has an acne scar product. There are probably more companies that do aswell.

DireKitty
02-05-2008, 10:31 PM
This isn't a helpful post, it's a cry for help. So I'll fill out the basics in hopes of getting some help:

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Horrible combination skin. Oily on my nose/beside my nose, and extremely dry everywhere else.
Age Range: Twenty.
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian/Native American
Problem Acne Areas: Temples, forehead, redness on cheekbones.
Additional: My body is extremely temperamental when it comes to skin care. I can't even use Dove soap because it causes breakouts. So far, all natural seems to be the way to go, but I can't seem to find any all natural cleansers and make-up. Maybe I have seen them, but I'm just not looking close enough.

I don't have acne, but I do get the inevitable breakouts. I use moisturizers, especially in the winter, but because my skin gets so dry, it still manages to crack every now and then on my cheekbones. My skin is really sensitive and it's a wonder why I still wear the make-up I do. Can anyone suggest any all natural brands? It seems the safest way for me to go...

If you go to holistic stores you should find all natural soaps, or perhaps something similar at places like the Body Shop (or any of those fancy girly stuff stores). Health food stores may offer the same. I use a seaweed facial cleaner which is very nice on my skin, and they usually have testers at the Body Shop for people to try (If you are from Canada that is, i don't think they are in the states). I buy most of my facial products at the body shop, but have also gotten all natural soaps from holistic stores. Some of the additives can be irritating on the skin, so i like the all natural soaps.

I use a Tea Tree facial scrub in the winter a lot because my forehead gets very dry... the scrub exfoiliates my skin which helps a lot.

There is a deodorant that's called crystal deodorant stone if you find antiperspirants and deodorants annoying on your skin.

Artema
02-06-2008, 04:19 PM
Hey guys! :) Just to let you all know, I completed a five month training program for Esthetology of 750+ hours and will be taking my state board exams to get my license. I'll try to answer some of the questions I've seen here. :)



Skin Type - Dry, Oily, Combination, Normal or Sensitive: Combination. I have an oily T-zone and dry cheeks.
Age Range: Mid 20's
Gender: Female.
Race: Caucasian.
Problem Acne Areas: No acne, but I sometimes break out along my jaw and mouth around my period.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash and apply toner and moisturizer two times a day- once in the morning, once before bed. Exfoliate twice a week. I use Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser to clean, and I wash it twice. I get a good foam worked up in my hands, start at the chin and work my way up. Rinse, repeat. The first cleanse knocks off the dirt/oil/makeup while the second actually gets to the pores and your skin itself.
Next, I use Neutrogena's Alcohol-Free Toner. I wet and squeeze the excess water out of a cotton pad and /then/ squirt a nickel-sized amount onto the pad before running it over my face. I use a Kleenex to get the excess off: just fold one over your face, pat down and peel it off.
Finally I use Neutrogena's (seeing a pattern here? xD) Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 15. I squirt a bit on my fingertips, rub it between them and press it onto my skin with as little rub-factor as possible.
Currently I use Origin's Modern Friction as my exfoliator, but I really prefer Ogle's Papaya Enzyme Scrub, which my school sold. :) Apply in a single layer, maybe smooth over skin a few times using upwards circling motions, rinse, then TONE.
I don't have a really good mask right now, but I loved Origin's Drink Up mask when my cheeks got really dry. While in school I used Ogle's Royal Jelly mask and would often couple a dry-skin serum with pure aloe vera gel with our electrical treatments for some utterly smashing results. omg. TONE after rinsing it off, before applying moisturizer.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Crushed aspirin is effective, as it contains salicylic acid and will dry the zit out. If it's eyesoreish, I'll exfoliate and stick my head over steaming water for a bit to soften it up before extracting with my fingers wrapped in kleenex. Otherwise I try to leave them alone, but even with all my training it's hard not to want to poke at them! xD
Additional Advice: Great advice has already been issued, actually! :D Changing your pillowcases is a definite must; drink lots and lots of water; get rest; eat right; always use sunscreen.

For those who complained about having really really dry skin, get your hands on an exfoliator, stat. Even a pro-grade moisturizer can't get past a thick crust of dead skin. I'm a huuuuge fan of enzyme exfoliators- the enzymes feast upon dead skin cells so there's less rubbing and scrubbing at the face, which can irritate skin. Enzyme exfoliators are also great for people with sensitive skin.

For those of you more granola types looking for a natural way to go about this, you can easily make an enzyme exfoliator at home with blenderized fresh pineapple or papaya. Kinda messy, but you can stick gauze over your face before applying it so it'll stay in place. Leave on for only about 3 minutes.

ALSO TONE! Tone tone tone omg tone did I say tone?!

Using a skin freshener/toner/astringent after cleansing/exfoliating/masking helps get rid of any excess residue leftover from the previous product. It also helps "reset" your skin's pH and get it ready for the next step of your regiment.

Also, and this is REALLY important, please if you /don't/ have acne (acne ≠ I get a sprinkling of zits on my chin around my period), do NOT use products that are made to treat acne. They will strip your skin and they will make you more sensitive in the long run. Quit freaking out over a couple zits, get your hands on a zit zapper (many good ones have been recommended above) and sit on your hands so you don't pick and spread bacteria around. >:U

And finally, get regular facials done. ;P You don't have to get Madame Bourgeois' Pricey Seaweed and Diamond-Encrusted Facial Specialty Treatment of Awesome- most spas should have a plain facial on their menu. You can speak face-to-face with a trained and licensed esthetician who will be glad to get hit with all your skin-care questions and can recommend products/treatments tailored to your specific needs. Also, facials are just yummy to have done. <3

Now, for answering some questions I saw. :3

Acne scars: Exfoliate and use a Vitamin E serum. You want to slough off the damaged skin so the newer, healing skin will be quicker about coming to the top. Vitamin E is just generally made of win for helping speed healing. If you can't find it in a spa or pharmacy, places geared towards pregnant moms might have it- one of my classmates found a bottle of serum in Babies R Us, of all places. oO

Is diet a factor in acne: Sometimes. Dairy tends to be a cause, but it's really only an issue if you're lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance doesn't have to result in gas/bloating/other gastrointestinal ouchies- some people's skin will take the abuse instead.

If all else fails, see a dermatologist. They didn't get that phd and suffer through med school for nothing, after all. :)

If anyone has any other questions, I'd be glad to help answer them. :3 I've got my textbooks out for some hardcore cramming.

bandXaided
02-08-2008, 11:39 PM
Skin Type: very oily on the nose, moderately oily elsewhere unless i'm stressing majorly
Age Range: teens
Gender: Female
Race: asian-southern chinese
Problem Acne Areas: they come out randomly once every few months or so, or my nose's blackheads just build up on me and my nose swells(like it's doing now) i had pimply arms and under nose and lips, but i got rid of those with some prescription cream...
Daily Skincare Ritual: shesheido makeup removing skin cleanser type thing every day when i shower, and when my blackheads are getting annoying i have asian pore cleaning stickies(basically, you wet your nose and stick it on there, let it dry and it'll get your pores cleaned, it's called "pore cleaner" by like, biore and other cosmetics companies...if you've been in hong kong or china, you'll know what i'm talking about, probably)...oil removing paper whenever i feel really oily (very often)
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: i pop it and apply the cream that my doctor prescribed for my eternal pimple-to-be/pimple-in-process-of-dying pimples between my lower lip and chin...and i let it heal.
Emergency Skincare Ritual: doesn't happen to me (knock on wood) much...let it heal and go with the flow.... plus my cream and spiffy pimple-icide that DPC (spa stuff company, makes vit E creams and moisturizers and face creams and other things like that for spas...)
Additional Advice: try not to change your stress level alot, try to stay away from oily foods (for me, after i eat McDonalds, i can feel the oil oozing out of my face...) clean properly and often, and believe in yourself (tack as that may sound, just believing you are better helps you present yourself better and they won't look at your acne that much more? i guess...)

that came out really long ;___;

-GlacialMai-
02-11-2008, 02:34 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Very Oily, usually on....everywhere on my face....

Age Range: Teens

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: FACE

Daily Skincare Ritual: Well, I'm trying to change that, so I'd figure I'd post my beginning stuff here.....Usually I did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING....I'm trying to use Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning ASTRINGENT in the morning and Proactive at night.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Toothpaste.....

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: More toothpaste!

Additional Advice: I would try the Three-Week Challenge posted by ArtsyFartsy on Page 1......Week 1, here I come!

Shuffle Bunny
02-11-2008, 08:43 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry/Average
Age Range: Teens
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, cheeks

I've been blessed by the gods of good skin, therefore I very rarely get break outs (even when I'm on my period). My daily ritual is eye makeup remover (some el-cheapo stuff I picked up at CVS), and a wet wash cloth for the rest of my face. Blam-o. Done.

When I actually do get an outbreak, I apply toothpaste to it. I use Crest, but whatever you have in your medicine cabinet is fine. Just leave it on there for a minute or two while you do the rest of your bathroom ritual, and wha-bam! No zit.

As an after thought, I do have some generally good advice:

I have extremely curly hair, which therefore requires some extra hair products. I figured out that excess product was leading to some not good skin. That's why I try to limit the contact of my hair on my face. I shower at night, then keep my hair away from my face while I put the product in, then throw it up into a bun and go to bed. It only takes a couple of minutes to style in the morning, and my face cleared right back up after I started doing this.

If you're prone to oily skin, it's a good idea to sleep with cotton pillow cases. It absorbs the nasties during the night. Just be sure to wash your pillowcases frequently (I have a friend who strips hers off and washes them with every load of laundry). If you're more prone to dry or average skin, sleeping with satin pillow cases is a good idea.

Water, water, water, water, water, water... Water.

Lots of praying to the gods of good skin.

Mineral makeup. I use a local brand, but lots of major makeup companies are selling their own. And of course, there's Bare Essentials, Bare Minerals, Sheer Cover, etc.

And possibly most important, DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE.

WiredKittie
02-17-2008, 11:41 PM
eat healthy, eat healthy, eat healthy :P

cut back on the red meat, carbs, sweets and fats, but more fruits, veggies, chicken and fish, especially salmon. oh, and TONS of water and green tea!

sometimes we forget the true basics...good diet, work out, and less stress...these are great ways to prevent bad skin, and many many other things.

Jacaranda
02-18-2008, 03:13 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry on my cheeks, oily around the nose and forehead

Age Range: Teens

Gender: Female

Race: Half Asian, half caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: nose, especially where the the lower corners meet my face

Daily Skincare Ritual: I use this stuff called Acne-free. From the looks of it, it's more or less the same as Proactive, and it works fine for me. I use the cleanser, then the toner, and then the repairing lotion on my nose while some moisturizer goes on my cheeks. I try to use exfoliating pads once a week, and also those pore-cleansing strips (they pull out A LOT of blackheads).

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: No change, except that I'll avoid exfoliating.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Also no change. However, if I get a blackhead or pimple outside the normal problem area, then I'll apply a bit of repairing lotion and try not to touch it.

Additional Advice: Water, water, water! Also, try not to touch your face a lot. Also, expensive does not always equal "works well." Shop around a bit to find something that's good for YOUR skin.

TariElensar
02-18-2008, 11:27 PM
Skin Type - Combination - oily on my nose/cheek area, and really dry by my jawline as of late.
Age Range: Teens

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian.

Problem Acne Areas: Now it's down to a couple of spots on my forehead and lower cheek/jawline
Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash face with Dove bar, apply a dermatologist recommended cream (the name of which escapes me) all over, then Tazorac on the really bad problem spots. That stuff is really intense, and will do the job. I also take some pills for it - not birth control, but an antibiotic - it's related to Zithromax. (I'm allergic to penicillin, cephlasporin and tetracyclenes...so it took some searching to find a pill that won't potentially kill me! Huzzah)
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I'm always in a breakout. So...see above.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Run around like a chicken with its head cut off, then attack with Tazorac. It dries out my skin like nothing else, but at this point I don't care. I've had bad acne for all of middle and high school and now that I found something that works, I'm USING it, dammit. =3

Additional Advice: Try a bunch of different stuff, see what works for you - if nothing on the shelves works - SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. It's really helpful.

brunettebarbie
04-22-2008, 04:47 AM
Skin Type - Oily, quite dry on cheeks

Age Range: early twenties

Gender: female

Race: caucasion

Problem Acne Areas: nose, chest, forehaed, chin

Daily Skincare Ritual: i use the beautyskin acne lamp every morning for 15mins then apply E45 cream moisturizer to my face and wait ten mins before applying make up.

Additional Advice: Of all the products i have tried in the past the Beautyskin acne lamp is the best my far. I have used it for 3 months and my acne has virtually gone, i get the occasional breakout but only when its time of the month etc. it really is the best product EVER!!!!!

I have put a link to the site i brought mine from they are only £179 which i think is pretty good considering the results!! AMAZING!

Beautyskin acne lamp available at: http://www.beautyskinuk.co.uk/

strifestreak
04-23-2008, 05:20 PM
Ugh, stupid double posting computer. >>;;

-eats double post-

strifestreak
04-23-2008, 05:28 PM
:+: Skin Type: Sensitive
:+: Age Range: Teens
:+: Gender: Female
:+: Race: Latin
:+: Problem Acne Areas: It varies a lot.

:+: Daily Skincare Ritual:
I only wash my face at night, apply acne-prevention cream, and then moisturize with Neutorgena, for sensitive skin of course.

:+: Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
I try to avoid picking at my face (Which fails 99% of the time) But I use a face-mask if it gets really bad. I avoid over-producing it too. Using more acne products can make your skin drier, and therefore making it release more oil, which causes more acne.

:+: Additional Advice:
Try to avoid consuming sugary treats. This includes, cookies, brownies, chocoalte in general (Just shoot me now) and especially pop. (For those of you who don't live in Michigan, pop = soda.)

A good replacement for pop, I find is Aquafina sparkling water. It's carboanted flavored water, so it gives you that bubbly pop 'feeling' without all the bad acne-enhancing corn syrup.

Opium_Roses
05-12-2008, 11:14 AM
::Skin Type - Average
::Age Range: late teens (18-19)
::Gender: Female
::Race: Caucasian/hispanic
::Problem Acne Areas: I used to have bad acne but it's calmed down a lot. Now, right under my bottom lip and around my nose are the worst but it's rare for that to occur.
::Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash my face every night and morning with just water. I moisturize in the winter to keep the cold from making my skin look icky.
::Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: tea tree oil. I live off of it. Wash every morning and night with facial soap (I find proactive to work the best). After washing, dry off completely and apply the tea tree oil to the blemish.
::'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Mixing some salt with water will do the trick. Salt water dries it up real quick. Use sea salt though, it works better. And again, tea tree oil.
::Additional Advice: Wash your face after wearing makeup! Letting it sit makes for a mess the next day and makes oil build up on your face. If you're using an intense kind of acne treatment (as in there's alcohol of something of that sort in the formula) always moisturize after or your skin will dry out and produce more oil than it should.

Hildi
05-23-2008, 04:45 PM
Skin type: average, dry and I do not have so many problems with my skin
Age range: teenager
Gender: female
Race: caucasian
Problem acne areas: jaw and between eyebrows
Daily skincare ritual: I use a facial scrub every morning and a day cream. And before I go to bed I use a facial cleanser, something to lock the pores and facial cream.
Skincare during a breakout ritual: I do not wear makeup, I just leave my skin alone or I use a zit cream.
Emergency skincare ritual: I put on a facial mask, I buy face masks at places where they sell makeup.
Additional advice: Cliniderm Pure and clean will do wonders if you wan't soft and pure skin. I has done wonders for my skin. Here's a picture of it, I don't where to buy it online but you can buy it in a chemist's shop: http://inoslo.no/images/content/Image/Helse%20skjonnhet/ACO_products720_lores.jpg

Wolfie1812
06-20-2008, 01:25 PM
Skin type: average(?)
Age range: 25
Gender: female
Race: caucasian
Problem acne areas: T-zone oily, everywhere else dry and itchy. Shoulders, chest, and back oily and prone to continuous breakouts.

Daily skincare ritual: I use Pears soap. Its made with cedar oil and is very neutral to use on skin. Wash with warm water and soap and then dry briskly with a rough towel. At night its the same thing but I use bag balm (yes its for cows...no I don't care) I use this product all over... its great for cracks in your hands and feet.

Skincare during a breakout ritual: my daily ritual but I will use extra virgin olive oil instead of bag balm. I don't know why it works but it does.
Emergency skincare ritual: Ice cubes...take one and use it on the pimple for a couple of minutes, remove and let your skin warm up again, repeat for about 10 minutes.

Additional advice: Find something that works for you. You may have to switch it up regularly. BCP can help but sometimes it just makes things worse. Reduce stress, drink lots of healthy fluids, and eat well. Make your body as beautiful inside as you want it to be outside and it will happen... Maybe not right away but it will happen.

Kouga-Fan
06-20-2008, 03:36 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: It never really stays the same, sometimes it's oily and sometimes it's dry, but it tends to be oily.
# Age Range: Thirteen, almost fourteen
# Gender: Male
# Race: Caucasian (25% Spanish, 25% French, and 50% unknown)
# Problem Acne Areas: Forehead and nose
# Daily Skincare Ritual: A facewash and facemask every two-three days.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I'll rub a whipped egg yolk on my whole face, leave it there for about fifteen minutes, and wash it off with soap and water
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I'll steam my face, wash it with facewash, put it in ice water, and repeat. After that I hold an ice cube in a bag on any large pimples to reduce the size and redness.
# Additional Advice: Home remedies usually work very well! A lot of store brands will just make your face more oily or dry it out. Look online. I have found that they usually work better and faster than storebought remedies (ex: Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, ect). The two that work best for me ar the egg facemask amd steaming then washing then closing pores with hot and cold water.

Cosplay_Kitten
06-20-2008, 03:45 PM
I posted here before but...everything with my skin changed since then...

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry
Age Range: 14
Gender: Female
Race: Half Asian Half Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, upper cheeks
Daily Skincare Ritual: Proactive is a god...it honestly works wonders! The sulfur mask smells bad but it clears a lot of the nasty problems up.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Put on the sulfur proactive mask for about 15 to 20 minutes
Additional Advice: Like I said proactive works miracles. My skin is a lot clearer now and I'm just trying to get rid of a few more problem parts and then clearing up the scars. So try proactive...I love it XD

Spinni
06-21-2008, 07:05 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Very oily. I've been told I have 'Acne Vulgarus' (but I'm not sure how it's spelled) :(
Age: 16
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: T zone mostly but usually anywhere/everywhere on the face
Daily Skincare Ritual: Rinse with cold water 2/3 times a day
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: use 2 leaves of Clarity shine control paper morning and night (along with water)
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as above.
Additional Advice: Like others might of said.. wash your face at least twice a day and try not to get your face in contact with anything else (especially skin) ..and be careful with make up

iHallucinate
06-23-2008, 09:53 PM
I do absolutely recommend seeing a doctor before doing anything involving medication, whether it be BCP or other hormonal acne medicine, but I have it from both my doctor and my mother who's a nurse that birth control is much safer than it used to be.

Please listen to her! D:
I used to have MAJOR acne problems (Before I turned vegetarian C:).

Don't resort to prescription medicine right away, use it as a last resort!

I had pretty much grown impatient with my acne problem and did as such, only to have lasting permanent damage from multiple prescription use. Some side effects I retained were extreme intensified sensitivity to sunlight, and ultra sensitive skin. Not fun. I burn by just sitting in outside without protection within minutes, so please...try not to use unnatural methods. D:

I would recommend pHisoderm...(At least I think that's what it's called...^^;)

Feels good and works good for people with sensitive skin or people who are allergic to Benzol Peroxide. C:

StrawberrySiren
06-23-2008, 10:51 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:definitely oily

Age Range:teens

Gender:chick

Race:asian

Problem Acne Areas:temples and jawline. about where my bangs touch

Daily Skincare Ritual:nothing really. i'm quite lazy.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: proactive!

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: err...that proactive mask stuff...

Additional Advice:don't scrath your face. not good. not good at all. and remove all your make up...this is probably all common knowledge... i guess it's good to wash your face at least once a week...?



a have a question...
i have like crazy back-ne. you know...acne on le back? i used to use that stuff that came with my proactive kit. it worked really well but i always ran out in like two weeks. i also have some scarring from it since i...get itchy lol. what are some products i can buy? what can i do?

browneyedkitty
06-25-2008, 11:20 AM
i'm pretty lucky to have typically well behaved skin, but i thought i'd throw in my advice and see if it helps. after all, with very few break outs over my life, i must be doing something right.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: pretty average, a bit oily on my nose sometimes though

Age Range: mid-twenties

Gender: female

Race: native american

Problem Acne Areas: the occasional breakout around that pesky nose

Daily Skincare Ritual: this is probably going to sound bad, but i hardly ever bother with my face. every week or two i'll do a two mask treatment (a grapeseed peel off followed by a mint julep mask) and i use non-greasy facial moistuizer with spf 15. the thing that really keeps my skin soft and exfoliated is body surfing down at the beach. everytime i come out of the water with skin like a baby.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: i swear, toothpaste. when i get a pimple i dab a bit on before bed and when i rinse it off the next morning you can hardly tell it was there, no matter how obnoxious it was the pervious day. and try not to touch the area too much since you'll just make it worse.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: still just that toothpaste

Additional Advice: i avoid all over makeup when i don't have to use it and when i do, i use a mineral powder. keep your pillows clean, your hands clean, and don't touch your face if you don't need to. another thing i do is clean my cell phone on a regular basis with the same type of cloth people use for their glasses. cell phones can get pretty gunky and cause you to break out in the spot where you hold your phone to your face.

Reatrea
06-26-2008, 11:13 PM
Daily Skincare Ritual:
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: i swear, toothpaste. when i get a pimple i dab a bit on before bed and when i rinse it off the next morning you can hardly tell it was there, no matter how obnoxious it was the pervious day. and try not to touch the area too much since you'll just make it worse.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: still just that toothpaste


I have NEVER heard of toothpaste! That is the coolest thing! I will have to try that sometime!

squkyshoes
06-27-2008, 07:27 PM
Well, I don't know what really works for my skin except for this:
I get zits where I touch my face (example: brushing the hair out of my face). I always get zits on my chin and I didn't know why because I never touched my chin. But I realized when I sleep I put my hand on my chin. It's a rule to not touch your face during the day, should be a rule for the night too. I stopped sleeping with my hand on my chin for two nights and it's already getting clearer.

Hello Nozzy
06-29-2008, 07:26 AM
a have a question...
i have like crazy back-ne. you know...acne on le back? i used to use that stuff that came with my proactive kit. it worked really well but i always ran out in like two weeks. i also have some scarring from it since i...get itchy lol. what are some products i can buy? what can i do?

If you condition your hair, try washing your back AFTER rinsing the conditioner out. That used to be the culprit for my bacne.

If you're like me and have a bit of trouble reaching your entire back when washing it, a body brush might be a good idea.


# Skin Type: Combination, sensitive, rosacea.

# Age Range: 20s

# Gender: Female

# Race: Asian

# Problem Acne Areas: They tend to migrate.

# Daily Skincare Ritual: I wash my face with Cetaphil, sometimes twice at the end of the day. If I've been wearing heavy makeup, I'll remove it first with an oil-based emulsifying makeup remover, along the lines of the Shu Uemura cleansing oil. I try to steer clear of water that's too hot because it aggravates my rosacea. In the mornings I apply Clindamycin and an SPF 50 tinted moisturizer, at night I use Differin. Once a week or so, I use Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel.

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Nuskin's Glacial Marine Mud mask. Dab on a little diluted tea tree oil on problem spots. Sometimes I'll also whip up a simple homemade mask of plain yogurt, honey, and a few drops of vitamin E oil, or use an aspirin mask (http://myblogonbeauty.blogspot.com/2008/05/aspirin-for-acne-prone-skin.html) in a base of honey (I swear by honey-- it's a humectant and antiseptic).

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Pretty much the same as my breakout ritual, but I'll also dab some of the mask on problem areas and leave it overnight.

# Additional Advice: Wash your hands before washing your face, with warm or hot water.
If you use anything with benzoyl peroxide, watch out because IT WILL BLEACH FABRICS. Don't use tea tree oil full strength, it's way too harsh for your face.
If you're exfoliating because your skin is dry/flaky, don't forget to moisturize afterwards or it'll only get worse.
Avoid anything that contains alcohol: this includes all astringents.
Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!
If nothing seems to be working, see a dermatologist. I would've saved myself a lot of grief and self-confidence destroying years if I'd just sucked it up and gone to see one earlier.

xKeiri
06-29-2008, 11:27 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily on my nose and forehead every once in a while. Normally average.

Age Range: Late teens, about to be early twenties.

Gender: Undisclosed! D:

Race: Mix of a million europeans. [No really. I'm yellow in some places, brown and white in others. I'm an oreo.]

Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks[rarely] chin, forehead.

Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash in cool water.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Ice and lemon juice, ultraclear [the kind in the blue bottle]

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as above.

Additional Advice: Do NOT. NOT! EVER! Pop a pimple. I can understand if you want to get rid of that big whitehead before a meeting or a date, but it'll just make it worse by the time you get home. Put ice on a newly forming pimple or a white head, and it'll bring it down. For dry skin, use cucumber juice and honey to deplete scars. For oily skin, use cucumber juice and lemon juice to deplete scars.
Unless you absolutely HAVE to have your hair in your face. Keep. it. OUT. If you're at home where everyone sees you every day there's no reason to have bangs covering your face. The oils in your hair will cause pimples, there's no way around that.

DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. I repeat. Do NOT. TOUCH. YOUR FACE. Your hands, mouth, and feet, are about the dirtiest places on your body. I don't want to see you trying to scratch your cheek with your toes, understand me? >_>

DO NOT WASH YOUR FACE IN WARM WATER. Warmth allows bacteria to multiply. This is why Ice works on pimples. Wash your face in cool or flat out cold water. Uncomfortable or not, it's better to be uncomfortable for a moment then a week.

Okay my train of thought died. I'm sure i'll put in more of my slice later.

QuiteVile
07-06-2008, 10:27 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average, oily around nostrils

Age Range: 17

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian [french-irish, if it helps]

Problem Acne Areas: forehead, the crease above the chin

Daily Skincare Ritual:
Morning: Proactiv in the shower, and then Burts Bees facewash over top to keep from drying out. Then Lise Watier spray on toner, Proactiv face cream, then Skin Simple Anti-Aging cream [it tightens skin]
Evening : Skin Simple face mask, Burt's Bees exfoliant, Skin Simple face wash, Skin Simple Anti-Aging cream

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same thing

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: nothing, really

Additional Advice: Get rid of your bangs ! Oils/products from your hair can get in to your skin. Don't use too much makeup, eat your veggies. Talk to your doctor about medications, I used to be on these pills for my immune system that were great for my skin

Also, I have little under-bumps [i don't really know how else to describe it] all over my forehead. Does anyone know how to get rid of those?

captain0marauding
07-06-2008, 11:06 PM
Moi?

Skin Type - Dry, but oily around nose
Age - Around mid-teens
Gender - Male
Race - White
Problem Areas (not that bad for me) - on chin, around nose
Ritual - Oxy pad 2x per day, neosporin (spelling?) or some cream, sinks into skin and disinfects

I need to get rid of this one cut-like thing on my chin that was bad (not so much anymore) and a tiny sore on my nose for next month, I hope it'll be okay....

Lady Saru
07-06-2008, 11:45 PM
Skin Type: Oily to average
Age Range: Early teens
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: My hairline, temples, chin, nose, and cheeks
Daily Skincare Ritual: Just wash with hot water and soap, then dab a little Rescue Gel (yes, that's the name) on any problem spots.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I pop the ones that can be popped and use my mother's skincare lotion on it (sadly, I don't know the name).
Emergency Skincare Ritual: I normally follow the ritual described above, then also use whatever oil neutralizing astringent I can get my hands on, and then use cover-up.
Additional Advice: Just try to eat healthy, stay relaxed, and so forth.

seppe
07-07-2008, 10:51 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily on the T-zone and cheeks
Age Range: Teens
Gender: Male
Race: Asian
Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks/lower jaw/forehead
Daily Skincare Ritual: Washing my face with cold water and an acne soap every night.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Applying a generous ammount of olay (http://www.olay.com/) night cream in affected areas.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I apply Panoxyl then leave overnight, wash my face well the next morning and cover it with mild concealer and/or powder. :]
[B]Additional Advice: REFRAIN FROM POPPING YOUR PIMPLES! And don't use oil control paper when you feel you're face is oily, it actually adds more pimples and black/whiteheads. -- Don't wash your face more than 2 times a day, it would make the face think it's not excreting much oil so it will produce more, therefore making your face look all shiny.

:D That would be all.

Krista-ism
07-17-2008, 02:36 PM
(not sure if this was already said so sorry if it was)

This may sound weird but it does work.

Get a cup or bowl and put some honey in it. Not a ton but just a little.
Put it the Micro for maye 10 seconds until its warm then let it cool down a bit, but so it's still warm then put it on your face in the breakoutish areas. (I recomend doing this before you hop in the shower). Keep it on for 15-30 seconds then go in the shower and wash it off. It may not work at forst but I does help a lot! That's what I do now.

I'm doing that until January so my skin looks fine for Allen Walker.

silentstardust
08-01-2008, 09:45 PM
Having fought with acne almost my whole life so far I have tried a lot of things, yes proactive didn't work for me. Anyway sometimes I find some things are too harsh for your skin.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination

Age Range: Mid 20's
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: Chin, back, and sometimes cheeks and nose.

Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash face in hot water and scrub with Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. Pat face dry and wash again in ice cold water. The ice water closes the pores after the hot water opens them up. Apply Clarins Blemish Control (found at Macy's and Dillards) to problem areas like chin and nose.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I use Clearasil Ultra on problem zits. I still continue my regular face routine and try to keeps my hands away from my face.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: If I need to desperatly speed it up I take an asprin, crush it, make a paste with water and apply to zits.

Additional Advice: If you are a female I suggest you get on the pill. This has be proven to be able to control your hormones and help control zits. I went from having many zits on my back to I haven't seen one in years after I went on the pill. And from having 5 zits on my face at a time to one or two at a time, if that. The two I found that were most effective for me have been Yasmin and Loestrin but it varies with each person.

Dermatologists will disagree but avoiding chocolate really does help. It's not the chocolate's fault it's yours. Many ppl don't even know that they may have stomach problems that can cause your skin to be affected by things you eat. If you have any food allergies these can cause zits too if you eat what you are allergic to.

Put a towel down on your pillow and change it every night can also help. And another way to help is to brush your teeth and gargle with something like Listerine. Killing the germs that might end up on your pillow can prevent them from getting to your skin.

If you use makeup buy a package of cosmetic wedges to apply makeup to your face. Never use the same one twice and throw it out when you are done.

DireKitty
08-02-2008, 07:52 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:definitely oily

Age Range:teens

Gender:chick

Race:asian

Problem Acne Areas:temples and jawline. about where my bangs touch

Daily Skincare Ritual:nothing really. i'm quite lazy.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: proactive!

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: err...that proactive mask stuff...

Additional Advice:don't scrath your face. not good. not good at all. and remove all your make up...this is probably all common knowledge... i guess it's good to wash your face at least once a week...?



a have a question...
i have like crazy back-ne. you know...acne on le back? i used to use that stuff that came with my proactive kit. it worked really well but i always ran out in like two weeks. i also have some scarring from it since i...get itchy lol. what are some products i can buy? what can i do?

Sleep without a shirt on... worked for me~

kandell
08-04-2008, 09:50 PM
Skin Type - Oily-ish on nose and forehead

Age Range: late teens

Gender: female

Race: caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: forehead and chin

Daily Skincare Ritual: wash with MaryKay something or other

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: same as usual, with toner or astringent

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: haven't found anything that works T-T

Additional Advice: i'm here for help lol ^^"

abubacar
08-04-2008, 10:55 PM
Skin Type - Oily

Age Range: late teens

Gender: Male

Race: caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: Chin/cheeks/forhead (basically my whole face) even my neck sometimes.

Daily Skincare Ritual: Either a benzoyl peroxide wash, or just plain dial soap (does a good job killing bacteria and dries your face well)

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Well, i can't really remember a day i didnt have a break out... I have had really bad acne since i hit that damn puberty. So what i do is use my benzoly peroxide or soap, and use a sulfur cream, does well drying them out.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: My 'emergency' ritual is a very painful one, but if you are willing to sit with a stinging face for 10 minutes is generally pretty good. I use salt water as a rinse. I mix about 3 table spoons of sea salt with hot water. Stir it up and apply to problem areas nightly. I then sit and let it dry (usually it hurts bad) and then it leaves a salty residue on your skin which dries out any pimples. I also put a sulfur cream on bad pimples then go to sleep. And then I actually go tanning. I know strange right? but UV light actually works wonders for pimples. I go once a day for like 8 minutes. It works really well.

Additional Advice: Really try the UV and the Salt water. I discovered this by going to the beach. I noticed after i came back from my vacation on the beach (being in the sun and salt water all day) that my pimples were the best i had ever seen them. I only had a few compared to my regular bunches. I would suggest it!

yokotei
08-04-2008, 11:52 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: bounces between oily when not dry and dry when not oily.
# Age Range: teens
# Gender: femme fatale
# Race: pacific islander
# Problem Acne Areas: cheeks, forehead when i have bangs. the corners of my nose also get very dry and flaky (yuck)
# Daily Skincare Ritual: morning- clean and clear oxygenating scrub, i first tried the oil reducing scrub but when i went back to the store they didn't have it anymore, and i prefer it now that i have something to compare to. follow up with clean and clear oil-free medicated lotion. night- neutrogena oil-free cream cleanser.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: same as daily :P
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: clean and clear advantage medication sticks. i have both clear and with color to blend with skin, but since i get so tan in the summer it's not much use atm they're nice and portable and good in pinches. my younger sister started using proactive so i might crack into that
# Additional Advice: dry skin is just as awful as broken out skin. i only break out in very tiny spots, so it isn't my main concern. a good moisturizing cleanser is made by dove ( i tossed it out a while ago and don't kno the exact name) that i use in the mornings instead of my usual scrub if my dry-problem areas are being... themselves

Dango!
08-05-2008, 02:40 AM
♤Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily. D: It keeps my skin happy and moist, but it's such a pain in the metaphorical balls. >_o

♠Age Range: Teens

♢Gender: Female

♦Race: Asian

♡Problem Acne Areas: My whole face, except my eyes and upperlip. >_o So that's my T-Zone, cheeks (mostly toward my nose), and chin.

♥Daily Skincare Ritual: Morning face wash with Olay Deep Cleanser (or something along those lines), then a toner, then some Olay All-Day Moisterizer (cream with 15 SPF). Then during my shower, I wash again with Olay Deep Cleanser and use toner again. Then before I go to bed, I use toner again and use my perscription cream. o.o' I use an avacado clay mask from time to time. It tingles a lot (kind of stings), but it gets better after a while. :'3

♧Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: ... I can't remember the last time I had purely clear skin... ._. That's bad...

♣'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: ... Erm... I don't really have one. xD I guess if I haven't used my cream in a while (I get lazy, stfu D: ) I use that and that usually clears my skin fairly good overnight.

☃Additional Advice: Don't touch your face. ._. Seriously. All the oil and grim is all in your fingers, and when you touch your face all of it just smears on your pours and it's all yucky. ><'

`Cut down on oil/junk foods. Those really kick your ass again in the future. D:

`Don't pop your pimples. I'm trying to get away from that habit, but it causes scaring and screws your face over. D: Seriously, then you had discoloration all over the place... not fun. I have that problem, so I need to get something to get rid of that. >_o

`The ocean + salt water is your friend. I don't go to the beach [cause I suck like that, yay for logic in Hawaii] but when I do, my face tingles and the next day your face will look a lot cleaner. Tis awesome.

`Try to avoid make-up (any types, oil-based especially) and oil-based sunscreens. I only use the sunscreen from my moisterizer cream, but I try not to put anything unneeded on my face.

`Wash your face in warm water and then do a few splashes of cold/icy water to close your pores.

:'X I'll stop here.

Covet
08-08-2008, 10:03 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: I'm a mix, I have oily cheeks and nose but a dry forehead and chin.
Age Range: 20's but I've been using the same treatment since I was 17.
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Chin and surrounding jawline, bridge of my nose.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Splash my face with water, cover in Asda Clear 'o' derm facial cleaner (Have used Avon Clearskin cleanser with microbeads until recently but both work the same), leave it for 5 minutes and wash off thoroughly. Pat dry with a clean towel (don't scrub at your face). Moisturise with Lush Shangri-La moisturiser and pat with a cotton wool pad to soak up excess moisturiser (it's quite a heavy one). Leave moisturiser until face feels dry and soft.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above only I wash my face in the morning and before bed aswell as applying Avon Clearskin immediate response blemish cleanser. During a breakout I use E45 moisturiser instead of Lush Shangri-La.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as above and above above but I'll dot some of the blemish cleanser in the breakout section on the pimples and leave it there for about 2 or 3 minutes and then wash off and moisturise.
Additional Advice: When I know I can feel a pimple coming (ya know when they hurt a bit under the skin) that's when I get them, clean them properly and for the love of jeebus DON'T touch them. If you find one the day or two before a con or even during one, just leave it well alone, even if it's a massive one. Just clean it and avoid touching it if at all possible.
Remember to clean your face AND neck, getting right to your ear line and hair line and remember to wash all products off properly and pat your face rather than scrub it dry.
Try to clean your face with warm water instead of hot if you have dry skin. Hot water will just dry it out even more.
Hope that helps anyone with the same problems.

LoveTheBomb
08-08-2008, 09:57 PM
Any suggestions for girls who don't have the money for acne products? Honestly, most of my money either goes into cosplay stuff of music equipment. The only thing I have at my house is bar soap.

Reuss64
08-08-2008, 10:47 PM
I just went to the dermatologist yesterday and we got into a good hours talking about acne, he said that most acne creams now use chep products, so if your really having an issue the best thing to do is go see a dermatologist. He gave me 4, yes 4 things to use.
1st; A cleanser, to cleanse your pores, and get rid of bacteria and stuff like that. (twice a day, night and day)
2nd; A bottle of pills, they look like something out of Doctor Mario, but there normal sized. These are for opening pores. (twice a day, night and day)
3rd; A face mask that I go to sleep with, It is used to get rid of oily skin, but it does really dry my skin out. (only at night)
4th; The solution to the dry skin, a moisturizer, this one is specifically made to help cleanse skin and keep it health. (whenever)

Also I'm going for a pore opening treatment in a couple weeks.

I just started using it but I hope it works out. ^^ It was really costly though, so If you don't have insurance it might be outta the question.

LoveTheBomb
08-08-2008, 11:15 PM
I'm fifteen and I have a very time consuming commitment so there is no place for a job.
Cheap skin care techniques please?

Hello Nozzy
08-09-2008, 04:06 AM
Cetaphil. It's gentle (because the last thing you want to do is aggravate already broken-out skin) and inexpensive.

Also some at-home recipes you can try:
- mixing baking soda with water for a cheap & gentle daily exfoliation.
- dissolve some aspirin (preferably uncoated) in a little bit of water and apply it as a mask, or dab it on problem areas. Rinse once it dries and begins to flake off.
- egg white mask. Beat an egg white (if your skin is prone to dryness, you can leave part or all of the yolk in there), smooth on a thin layer, and rinse it off again once it gets dry and tight.
- honey mask. Honey is a natural humectant (helps keep your skin moisturized) and antiseptic (kills bacteria).
- witch hazel is an effective and inexpensive toner.
- I've also heard of dabbing toothpaste onto pimples and leaving it overnight. I think toothpaste contains benzoyl peroxide or something? (a common active ingredient in many over-the-counter acne medications)

Madcap
08-09-2008, 07:51 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: It varies on how stressed I am. At the moment its quite oily but dry around the nose. The smallest amount of stress causes my skin to go insane.

# Age Range: 21. To be blunt.
# Gender: Female.
# Race: Caucasian.
# Problem Acne Areas: Chin, cheeks, jaw line.

# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash my face with Witch foaming facial wash(Depending on how clogged my skin feels, I will occasionally use Simple's Oil balancing exfoliating wash). If I don't have time(which is quite often) I use Lush's Tea Tree water toner before moisturising with Simple's hydrating light moisturiser, I leave that for about ten minutes to absorb into my skin before applying make-up. (Please don't start the 'Make-up causes acne' argument, i've been using make-up since I was 12 to cover my skin up, and the one time when I didn't wear it for months at a time, my skin actually got worse. >.<
Its all about buying the right sort of make-up, like non-comedogenic, fragrance free etc. Bear in mine it often bulks up the price of make-up, but its woth it.) I try hard not to use any of the spot treatments you can buy, like clean & clear etc, as I find that these aren't targetted at people with actual skin problems, it seems are targetted at people who ocasionally get a tiny pimple.

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: The same as above. I find that if I change my routine too much, my skin actually gets worse due to the use of too many producs.

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: The same as above again, but I will use Oxy Emergency zit blitzer and Oxy On the Spot Benzoyl peroxide cream, which I apply directly to the effected area at night and after washing my face in a morning. It seems to help dry the area out, but even then, my skin will take weeks to heal up, and by that time, i've had a new breakout someplace else.

# Additional Advice: Its such an obvious one, but i've found that drinking more water really does help. I'm the type of person who can go for a good two days without drinking a thing, but since i've started drinking roughly two to three litres of water a day, i've found my skin has improved. I normally break out in several places at once, now it just seems to be one or two areas.

I've tried the toothpaste method and I have to say it did naff all.
Toothpaste contains a tiny amount of triclosan, which is an antibacterial sometimes used in skin treatments, however, toothpaste has other things added that often don't agree with skin, so if you do decide to use it, be careful as in alot of cases, it can make your skin red and very irratable.

Personally, I don't want to go to a derm anymore. I've been to two of them and they gave me the same treatment, Duac cream, which i'm allergic to(It makes my face burn to the point of having to wash it off, and leaves red blisters on my skin which end up being very deep and painful and take a good few weeks to heal D: ). Even after telling them this, they still give me the same cream at a high percentage. -___- I probably will end up going, as I want to discuss Accutane with them. ;_;

LoveTheBomb
08-09-2008, 10:56 AM
Cetaphil. It's gentle (because the last thing you want to do is aggravate already broken-out skin) and inexpensive.

Also some at-home recipes you can try:
- mixing baking soda with water for a cheap & gentle daily exfoliation.
- dissolve some aspirin (preferably uncoated) in a little bit of water and apply it as a mask, or dab it on problem areas. Rinse once it dries and begins to flake off.
- egg white mask. Beat an egg white (if your skin is prone to dryness, you can leave part or all of the yolk in there), smooth on a thin layer, and rinse it off again once it gets dry and tight.
- honey mask. Honey is a natural humectant (helps keep your skin moisturized) and antiseptic (kills bacteria).
- witch hazel is an effective and inexpensive toner.
- I've also heard of dabbing toothpaste onto pimples and leaving it overnight. I think toothpaste contains benzoyl peroxide or something? (a common active ingredient in many over-the-counter acne medications)
you're wonderful.

Covet
08-09-2008, 11:03 AM
- I've also heard of dabbing toothpaste onto pimples and leaving it overnight. I think toothpaste contains benzoyl peroxide or something? (a common active ingredient in many over-the-counter acne medications)

I was told by my doctor when I was 15 that this doesn't work. All it does is dry out the blemish which 99% of the time moistens after removing the toothpaste and comes back up again :(


Best cheap way of preventing pimples in the first places is to keep your face clean. Don't leave makeup on over night, clean your face when you wake up in the morning and just before bed with some water and keep your hands clean, or don't touch your face if you've eaten greasy food etc.

SquallsGirl
08-09-2008, 12:57 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily >_>
# Age Range: teens =]
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian (part French/Acadian, part Spanish, part Swiss)
# Problem Acne Areas: T zone XP
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Um.. does attempting to pop them count? XD
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I only wash my face when I feel like it. Which is only usually when I shower.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: pop those little suckers!
# Additional Advice: exercise and eat right. :]

Dango!
08-09-2008, 09:51 PM
._. Toothpaste is actually very bad for your skin. It leaves discoloration and possibly scaring, makes your skin irritated and red and sensitive to everything. ><' Not fun.

Also, use a washcloth when washing your face. :'> It really helps getting rid of the 'sandy' feeling and gets deeper in your pores. :3 Delicious.

Zemen1
08-09-2008, 11:31 PM
# Skin Type- Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily on the nose and around the chin, dry around my eyebrows.
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Chin, forehead, side of face around hairline.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: I wash my face once a day with Clean and Clear morning face wash (at night), and apply cream.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as daily. Apply coverup.
# Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as daily. Apply coverup.
# Additional Advice: None, sorry. -_-;

HI SCORES
08-09-2008, 11:58 PM
I used to have it incredibly bad, well, not incredibly bad, but bad in my opinion. I've gotten over it though, for me I had long hair back when I had it and I found out that the long hair was pretty much causing it, that and having a shitty diet and generally not giving a shit about my opinion. I cut my hair off and I dont really miss having long hair at all, I also didnt drink alot of water before I started caring about myself and almost ended up with kidney stones, I started washing my face twice a day (no more no less) first with soap, then with actual face wash and it's pretty much gone, despite the fact that sometimes I get whiteheads if I dont shave for like a day, but thats rare.

I tried that proactive stuff and it was an absolute waste of money, if anything it made my face even more oily and worse, I cant speak for other people though but the best thing I found that works for me was to drink a normal ammount of water a day (even if its a bottle) and wash your face twice a day, wash your hair if you have a long style and you'll be golden. I neglected drinking water for awhile because I have obsessive compulsive disorder and one of the things I was weird about was drinking plain water, however, I fixed that and I started working out a bit more, that way when im working out and I want a drink or whatever, I can just chug some water without it having bother me. I'm kind of glad the proactive didnt work because that shit was expensive (30 dollars plus shipping and handling).

RealitySandwich
08-11-2008, 11:13 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Really, really oily on my forehead, nose, the areas on either side of my nose and chin.
# Age Range: Early twenties
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian, Asian, Native American
# Problem Acne Areas: Forehead and chin, particularly during that time of the month.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: I've just started using Proactiv. I just wash my face in the morning with Neutrogena oil-free facial bar soap and moisturize with Clean and Clear Morning Glow with SPF 15 (which, I warn you, annoyingly has orange glitter in it. ~.~ I didn't realize that when I got it. I'm getting something else next time). Then at night I use the Proactiv products - Renewing Cleanser; active ingredient Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5%, Revitalizing Toner--I'm not sure what the active ingredient is in that one, Daily Oil Control--I'm not sure what the active ingredient is in that one either, I only apply the Repairing Lotion to spots I'm prone to break out, whereas I use the others on my entire face and Clean and Clear Shine Control moisturizer, which doesn't have any additional acne treatments and also doesn't actually help control shine from what I've noticed. ~.~ Three times a week, I'll also use the Proactiv Refining Mask, which has 6% sulfur for the active ingredient.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Sorry if I sound like one of those commercials, but Proactiv has been working very well for me. I don't have any different rituals now because within the few weeks I've been using it, my skin has really cleared up, and I had horribly acne prone skin; it was awful before. I noticed someone saying how it burns your face, and this is very true. In fact, my sister had to stop using it because her face just turned red, swelled and started flaking really bad, and she has the same acne problems I do (and we come from families where both sides don't break out at all, go figure). I use probably a little more moisturizer than I need to because of this. My face stings for several minutes after I use it, especially when I use the mask. I'm not sure why she had such an adverse reaction where I didn't; I guess she just has more sensitive skin, so if you have really sensitive skin, I don't recommend it all. But if you have tough, oily skin that breaks out heavily like I do, you might consider it, although is does cost a pretty penny (about 60 dollars a month).
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: As I've noted in the previous answer, I haven't had a problem since I've started using it, even during that time of the month, which I think is amazing because I've never been able to get those series of breakouts under control until now. :)
# Additional Advice: I don't have any additional advice, but I do have a question. I've got the acne under control, but I still have red spots on my skin where pimples once were. Those usually stay for a long time. Is there anything I can do to make that fade away quicker, or do I just have to wait?

The revitalizing toner and repairing lotion sting simply because it's working! :D Happens to me a lot too, it's like that itch you can't scratch xDD It's never painful though...
Are you talking scars or just irritated areas?

joey_XDD
08-12-2008, 07:06 AM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average
* Age Range: Teens
* Gender: F
* Race: Asian
* Problem Acne Areas: Cheek area
* Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash face with Neostrata face wash then use Aqua Gel EX (Esthetique) as moisturizer.
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Wash face with Neostrata, put Aqua Gel and use Oxygen Face face cream by Karin Herzog.
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Use a pimple cream prescribed by doctor
* Additional Advice: Wash face but not more than twice a day I think.

ruexbluesummer
08-20-2008, 02:06 AM
www.acne.org
is a great resource. :)

the regime they talk about though requires benzyol peroxide... and I'm allergic to that stuff.

so i started using philosphy's acne kit because its BP-free. :)
http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=87814&catid=25815

thus far-- I like the kit. :)
its only been a week tho, we'll see how it does.

rockthedojo
08-20-2008, 05:52 AM
Hmm Im 23 and ive never ever had skin problems... but I do know a way to work with it...

I use a lot of airbrushing makeups when i cosplay... I use it mostly for concealing my tattoos and making fake scars and facial highlights but one of the recommended uses for it is concealing acne.

Its fairly pricey where as one application for a cosplay costs me like 15-20$ worth of the stuff but it gets the job done. The lil compressors made especially for spray on makeup cost too. But when it comes to getting that flawless anime look theres nothing better.

Search around for Airbrush makeup or Dinair is the brand that i use they spray super models and chicks in magazines.

Annette
08-26-2008, 10:41 PM
I posted this in the proactive thread but I felt this was relevant so here's to copy/pasta!:

Just so everyone knows - if you want to get rid of bad skin - what you must do is tackle the problem from WITHIN. That is what is truly creating the problems it is. It's like trying to rub aspirin onto a person's head to make a headache go away.

Things like proactiv may make it go away temporarily, but usually acne is from eating foods that are too acidic. (nursing student here lol - I took a nutrition class) Basically, all foods except most fruits and vegetables have an acidic effect on the body. Dairy, meat, fats, bread are all acidic. (Yes I know - milk is considered an alkaline, but we're talking about the effect it has on the BODY. Citruses have a similar idea - they are considered acids, however once digested they have an alkaline effect on the body.) Fruits and veggies have an alkaline effect. Most of the foods we eat are acidic, and acids generally tighten, alkalines loosen.

So if you detox your body with a solid green diet (only fruits and veggies) for a week straight, your acne is bound to go away. Look at vegetarians - or even better, vegans - how often do they have bad skin? Rarely. Now I'm not saying cut meat from your diet - but the bulk of our diets should be greens, with meats and dairy and everything in between as extras throughout the day.

Try it! I betcha even just adding a few fruits and veggies to what you already eat will clarify the problem! For more info - read my blog entry, make sure to read the comment posted by Thomas who is a doctor and explains things pretty well.
http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=274810391&blogID=423057530&Mytoken=1D616291-6D24-4EC7-A304B555EA5A064060639456

Hope this helps!!

IchigoBunny
06-01-2009, 02:55 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average but when I'm stressed i break out
# Age Range:early 20s
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: forehead, chin
# Daily Skincare Ritual: wash face every night, wear moisturizing lotion with sunblock on my face before make up
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: was and use mary kay product to remove all dirt from face, biore nose patch.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: other mary kay and use a medicated acne removal
# Additional Advice: my face is sometimes oily and i dont always wear a full face of make up

sugarfueled
06-09-2009, 03:12 AM
=Skin Type: Average? I've been complimented on my OMG AMAZZIING skin before, but I dont think its all that great myself >.<
=Age: 19
=Gender: Female
=Race: Norwegian and german. Basically white as all hell xD
=Problem Acne Areas: It kinda migrates. Right now its my jawline. Although its not very bad at all, I'd prefer *sparkle* perfection *sparkle*
=Daily Skincare Ritual: Use Clean & Clear Continuous Control Cleanser when I wake up and before I go to sleep, use St. Ives Apricot Scrub in the mornings. After washing, I put on a mixture of (all Clean&Clear products) Advantage Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer, Oxygenating Ultra-Light Moisturizer, and Benzoyl Peroxide Gel. If I'm having a break out, I add more of the BP Gel and less of the Oxygenating Moisturizer, and vice versa if my face is getting dry. It sounds like a lot to think about, but I'm used to it xD
=Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as daily, but with more BP gel, and occasionally I'll use a peel-off or cleansing mask of some kind. I dont favor any brand in particular, just whatever *shrug*
='Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Toothpaste! It feels weird/hurts the first time you use it, but you get used to it in time. My advice is use mint, not cinnamon! Spicy is not a pleasant feeling outside of your mouth T^T Anyway. If I'm just getting one small problem area, like one REALLY BIG zit, I put some toothpaste on a bandaid and put it over the zit and sleep on it. It works really great to get rid of the zit, but also tends to dry out the skin, so be careful! And if I'm dealing with a large area of unruly skin, I wash my face morning and night with toothpaste instead of other cleansers. This also can dry your skin out really bad though, so use this method sparingly. In lieu of toothpaste, applying an extra dab of BP gel to the problem spots can also work.
=Additional Advice: Be nice to your face! And pay attention! If you're drying out, lay off the harsh stuff for awhile. Having your face flaking all over the place is grosser looking than acne, to me >-< Also, drink lotsa water and minimize your sugar and fatty foods intake. This is good for your WHOLE body ^^ I'm bad at following this myself and I know it >.< I'm going to go drink some water now to not feel like a hypocrite *woosh!*

Tsunaii
06-09-2009, 12:16 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Extreme Combination, Very oily t-zone, dry cheeks
# Age Range: Early 20's
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian with European/Hispanic ancestry
# Problem Acne Areas: Chin, Nose, Forehead, Hairline.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Steaming from bath or sink, and rinsing with warm water. I use "Scrub your nose in it" Face scrub from Soap and Glory*, it doubles up as a mask. Rubbbing gently over t-zone area in little circles, then working outwards then leave to allow it to absorb oil for 3 mins before rinsing off with warm water. Sometimes I use a Clearasil Sensitive Skin Toner, but not often since it tends to make my skin too tight, which is annoying and irritating.
I vary my moisturisers, from Olay Nature infusion day fluid with spf15, to Regular Olay Day Fluid Sensitive. I use No7 Protect and Perfect Serum before my moisturiser which makes moisturiser more effective, and stops free radicals absorbing into the skin.
I use an eye gel during the day and an eye cream at night, Currently i like No7 Time resisting Day and Night Eye care.
If i need to remover makeup I have a bad habit of just using baby wipes, but when i can be bothered i will use a lotion on a cotton pad and leave it to soak into the makeup before wiping away.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Depending on the stage of the breakout, i use witch hazel or tea tree oil, and occasionally Magnesium Sulphate paste (which stings but it used for pulling out infections) Toothpase doesnt work for me, usually it just encourages the spot along. I use Boots Tea tree and witch hazel nose pore strips once a week.
If the pimple has become yellow and really swollen i will pop it and squeeze til it bleeds, and if a blackhead had appeared i will not hesitate to use a blackhead remover tool or a fingernail to ease it out. I use tea tree oil afterwards to prevent infection.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Lots of Witch hazel lotion and tea tree oil to reduce swelling and inflammation, if it can be squeezed, i will squeeze it first, and have a good scrub in some warm water then a good splash of cold water and then i will use witch hazel and tea tree.
# Additional Advice: Keep your hands clean as possible, wash often, or keep a hand gel/foam handy, bacteria on your hands is a prime suspect of acne on the face! Avoid touching your face, even more so if your hands are not clean, and resist picking spots, and if you must squeeze a spot, clean your hands before and afterwards, and always use an astringent and antibacterial agent to stop bleeding and prevent further infection.
*I do not use this scrub everyday, although it is gentle enough to be used daily if you want to. I use a non-pore blocking soap instead, such as Pears transparent soap but never normal soap. however i find this can be slightly drying and i would only recommend it if your skin is particulay oily, and non sensitive, as it tends to tighten the skin a little.

Leeah
06-09-2009, 07:52 PM
Skin Type: Dry or Oily? It varies from time to time...
Age Range: teenager
Gender: female
Race: Asia/Canadian (Half)
Problem Acne Areas: nose/cheeks?
Daily Skincare Ritual: wash my face with cold water+Neutrogena Deep Clean Scrub Exfolient (my bathroom sinks hot water doesn't work.), use benzaclin gel, moisturize with Clean&Clear Oxygenation Ultra Light Moisturizer
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as Daily Skincare Ritual
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment twice a day

lostsummoner
08-17-2009, 10:10 PM
My doctor put me on a prescription. Minocycline. It's a antibacterial I think, and I take it twice a day. It helps although I don't like the fact that it gives me a belly ache if I don't eat before I take it.

I also use Immediate Response cleanser from Avon, and I use wipes at night. [[They vary by brand, but usually it's Biore?]] Mostly because at night I'm too tired to think about washing my face [[although I wash it every morning]]. I use a mask once a week if I have something coming up in the next couple of weeks. Most of mine tend to be on my chin and jawline, but I think they're ingrown hairs from me shaving the stubble off my chin [[stupid german heritage >.<]] I don't get them if I actually get my chin waxed or use nair on it lol, go fig.

Touya no miko
08-18-2009, 12:55 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily.
# Age Range: 21
# Gender: Female

# Race: Asian

# Problem Acne Areas: Mostly on my temple, or lower jaw. I discovered that the cause was my hair. It's pretty oily and covers parts of my face.

# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash with Dove's Beauty Bar sensitive skin soap, or Queen Helene's oatmeal and honey scrub for dead skin, apply Thayers Rose Witch Hazel toner mixed with Jojoba oil, and when going out, apply Olay Complete moisturizer.

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Acne.org benzoyl peroxide treatment.

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Tea tree oil for spot treatments or popped zits. Make sure to dilute the tea tree oil since it is very powerful stuff. Sometimes I use Queen Helene's mint julep mask.

# Additional Advice:

For those of you have tried Proactiv, I'd throw that stuff away. While it helped calm my acne at first, it became much worse when I stopped using it. Therefore, I had to order it constantly.

Just like what other posters have said, acne starts from the inside. Make sure you're eating a healthy balanced diet, and drink plenty of water. Drinking water flushes out toxins, which are known to cause acne. Remember to exercise to help relieve you of your stress. If you plan to go outside, wear plenty of sunscreen on your face. I use olay complete, which has a 15 spf, or Shiseido's face sunscreen which is 55 spf.

For the dry or oily skin types, I would recommend using Jojoba oil as a moisturizer. I know putting oil may sound scary, but this is actually pretty effective. You see Jojoba oil is chemically similar to human sebum, which is the natural oils your body produces(and one of the causes of acne). When you apply the oil onto your face, it sort of confuses your body and produces less sebum. I sometimes mix it with a witch hazel toner and it helps lower the redness on my face.

An important note to frustrated teenagers. Keep in mind that you are still growing and your hormones are working their magic. Even the best acne products can be deemed ineffective sometimes. Don't give up hope.

Nitasha
08-18-2009, 10:14 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily nose, dry skin around my lips and above my eyebrows.

# Age Range:19

# Gender: Female

# Race: Indian

# Problem Acne Areas: (only during breakout) Near lips and jawline

# Daily Skincare Ritual: I use the Aspirin mask every other day. Twice a day I use a little Bio Oil on the scars on my face. I only have two noticeable scars, but the Bio Oil has made them less noticeable since I began using it. I tend to stay away from putting lotion on my nose to let it dry out a little after using the Aspirin mask, and I use extra strength vaseline to moisturize the rest of my face. Once in a while I will make a face mask that Indian women like to use especially. It's called a Basen mask and it contains chickpea flour, rose water, turmeric powder, honey, and plain yogurt. Each ingredient works to help your skin too. For example, the flour is good for exfoliating, the rose water is like a toner, the yogurt makes your skin soft, the turmeric powder is an antiseptic, and the honey is a kind of moisturizer. I don't have any scientific evidence for this, but from my personal experience using this mask, that's what it does for my skin. I understand that these ingredients aren't household items in other cultural homes, so you might have to go out of your way to get them. Another thing that I do is put ice in a plastic bag. Then I rest it over my eyes if I have puffy or red eyes. Not only does it help reduce the swelling, it feels really nice!

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Spot treatment with aspirin, and instead of leaving it on for the usual 10-15 minutes, I will leave it on for 20 minutes. This will make your skin a little dry in the emergency area, but nothing some moisturizer can't fix in a jiffy. Overnight I put lemon juice on my face as well. I rarely have breakouts or pimples any larger than the small whiteheads.

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as the breakout ritual.

# Additional Advice: Invest in a makeup remover! Even if you only use a little bit of makeup, most of the time that makeup doesn't come off properly with soap and water. Many of my friends have noticed that even the tiny bit of makeup that remains causes irritation and pore clogging after a night of sleep. If you have oily hair, tie it back when you sleep and wash your pillowcase more often.

DancerYuna
08-18-2009, 11:16 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination/Very oily. The only spots that are dry are where medicine has overly dried me out.

Age Range: Almost 20.

Gender: Female.

Race: Vietnamese/Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: All over. usually: chin; nose; around mouth; between eyebrows; hairline.

Daily Skincare Ritual: Morning: Clean & Clear Blackhead eraser; Origin's Oil Refiner (http://www.origins.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5818&PRODUCT_ID=PROD154);Origin's Matte Scientist (http://www.origins.com/templates/products/sp_nonshaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5813&PRODUCT_ID=PROD155); Makeup:[only one to ever match my more yellow than gold or pink undertoned skin and is oil free/ also feels super natural]Origin's Stay Tuned (http://www.origins.com/templates/products/sp_shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY5723&PRODUCT_ID=PROD110)

Evening: (i wash my face in shower to avoid make-up stained washrags) Neutrogena's Grapefruit Oil Free Acne Wash; Neotrogena's Clear Pore Cleanser Mask(used as cleanser); Spot treatments(Listed in during a breakout)

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:Neutrogena on-the-spot (http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=16553&catid=13549&trx=PLST-0-CAT&trxp1=13549&trxp2=16553&trxp3=1&trxp4=0&btrx=BUY-PLST-0-CAT) bye bye blemish (http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.asp?pid=87444&catid=13549&trx=GFI-0-PLP&trxp1=13549&trxp2=87444&trxp3=1&trxp4=1&btrx=BUY-GFI-0-PLP)
I use the Neutrogena(benzoyl peroxide) on the not-as-problematic ones, and the bye-bye (sulfur) on the gross ones.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Emergency? Uhmm.. If it's a huge whitehead that just cant be ignored i pop it wait for it to stop oozing (usually i employ the sulfur to help dry it up) and then cover it up w/ extra foundation. Those huge yet to break the skin ones i have to just get over. They're hard to cover up. Usually a little spot treatment(benzoyl) in the morning under makeup helps.

Additional Advice:

LadiesMan217
08-23-2009, 08:49 PM
Skin Type: Average to oily
Age Range: early 20's
Gender: female (yes, most of the pimples I get are one week out of the month)
Race: caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: chin, forehead
Daily Skincare Ritual: wash thoroughly nightly with Dial antibacterial soap, then moisturize with a light facial lotion. Every other night I scrub my face in the shower with a facial buff (which is basically a dried sponge pad)in the morning, i usually just rinse my face in warm water.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: continue my daily ritual, then use spot-treatment with clean&clear acne treatment with benzoyl peroxide
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: stop wearing makeup and continue washing rituals. skip clean&clear and use TOOTHPASTE spot treatment. I have found that gels work better than pastes. But if i apply it to a pimple overnight it usually clears up really fast.
Additional Advice: There are several things I do to PREVENT acne:

1. make sure my pillowcases and bedsheets are washed regularly. (bacteria can build up in your pillowcase and get into your skin, so no matter how clean your face is when you go to bed, it won't help if your pillows are nasty)
2. I wash my hands frequently and try not to touch my face, I think this has been mentioned before.
3. Make sure i clean my cell phone and phones at work, bacteria can build up here too.
4. Make sure my hair is clean and relatively away from my face. hair has natural oils (and unnatural if you use hair products) that can affect your skin.
5. I always moisturize after washing my face. This seems to help a lot.

Lady Marionette
08-25-2009, 02:34 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination of both. I have a oily T-zone and dry cheeks/jawline

Age Range: College/ 19y/o

Gender: Female

Race: Vietnamese

Problem Acne Areas: Forehead mostly, but I do get the occasional one on the nose.

Daily Skincare Ritual:
- Morning: Washing with Nuetrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser then moisturizing with Plenna Moisturizing Cream by Pola. Apply make-up afterwards.
-Afternoon: Blotting paper for blotting away oil and sweat without messing up my make up. I like to use Boscia Green Tea Fresh Blotting Linens for this.
- Evening: Remove make up with Ponds Cream Make Up Remover and a tissue. Then exfoliate while showering with Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel.
-Before Bedtime: Moisturize again with Plenna

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above but with an added professional facial at a spa. (I have a cousin who's a cosmetologist and she does it for me for free)

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I've never really had an 'emergency' ritual, but it I did I would probably go out to buy both Desert Essence Jojoba Oil and Queen Helen Mint Julep Masque to replace the facial and add it to my 'Breakout' routine. I heard they work really well, I'm already planning on adding/replacing them to my daily routine.

Additional Advice:
- I always carry hand sanitizer and blotting paper with me in my purse. Even though hand sanitizer have small traces of alcohol in them, it's always better to have clean hands then a dirty face.
- Birth Control does not work for every women. Yes there is the people who love it because it cleared their skin, but there are also people who simply hate it for make them break out. Remember, BC deals with hormones and hormones are a major part of your how your skin secretes oil.
- I wash my pillow cases at least once a week with my weekly laundry. I also do the fliping method of flipping the pillow every night so that dead skin doesn't rub against my face.
- I've tried the toothpaste method before and it doesn't do shit for me. I'm willing to try out the aspirin mask, but I have yet had the chance to.
-Don't try washing/exfoliating more then twice a day. One in the morning and one at night. By doing more then this, you're just irritating your skin more then it needs to be which can cause enlarged pores, redness, dry, flaky skin and even scarring if you're too rough with it.. All can happen at the same time if you're just plain unlucky.
-Remember to always moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Moisturizing is basically hydrating your skin to become soft and smooth while exfoliating and washing is to get rid of surface oils. Oil-free moisturizer doesn't necessary mean it's completely oil-free. It just means there isn't any mineral-oil, which can clog your pores if you're not using the right one.
-Drink lots and lots of water. Although you should moisturize alot, do not let it replace actual H2O, which, not only is better for hydrating your skin, but is also healthier for you in general.
-Include at least some SPF 15 when you go out AT ALL. Sun is good for you and all but the UV radiation that the sun gives off can give a variety of bad effects as well. Pigment coloration, texture change ( wrinkles, ewww ) and you can bruise quite easily since UVR basically thins out blood vessels.

Irlina
08-27-2009, 08:19 PM
sometimes when u put toothepaste on pimples for a while they go away... it burns a little...

Dango!
08-27-2009, 10:41 PM
Toothpaste on pimples are bad. Baaaaad. -Hiss- D:

They might take care of the problem at the time and it may look magical, but it'll leave some wicked scaring. Like... Giant pores, ugly scaring. D: So dun do that.

Irlina
08-30-2009, 02:42 PM
ok lols i only do with the giant ones thnx

Stormraven24
08-30-2009, 05:28 PM
I use Clean & Clear wash, lotion, and quick pimple remover stuff (I forgot the actual name of it, but it's still C&C). It's been about the only thing that's worked for me. I've been slacking off on using it lately, though, but I really get back into using it after I have makeup on; for some reason my face hates makeup and I start breaking out again after I take it off.

That stuff has done wonders for me, even after having to go to a dermatologist for bad acne a few years ago.

Flainorkeyblade
12-26-2009, 05:07 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Sides of my nose(Super annoying) and chin(even MORE annoying)
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash my face with warm water and ivory soap in the morning followed by moisturizing with Maui Babe lotion, and repeat at night
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same thing but I make sure to use more soap for longer and rinse for longer, rinsing is key
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as breakout ritual but I'll occasionally put Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (available at your local Trader Joes) and that seems to do the trick
# Additional Advice: Rising is key, splashing your face with warm water opens up your pores and helps rinse out toxins.

Lightane
12-31-2009, 12:15 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average accept for my forehead (under my bangs Dx)
# Age Range: teens
# Gender: female
# Race: caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: i have a "T-zone" which practically means my forehead, nose, chin, and nose bridge. which makes a T
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Three step proactive treatment before i go to bed.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: the three step proactive treatment in the morning and at night.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: three step proactive treatment and then whichever spot treatment cream i have. usually i have either Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream or Oxy Spot Treatment but if i don't have either of those at hand i use Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Yes, that is first aid cream but it seems to work fairly well for me.
# Additional Advice: I think the best way to find a solution for your acne is to experiment. I've been through SO MANY different face washes, and I've only started the Proactive treatment. But don't get discouraged, somewhere there is a solution to your acne you just have to find it. Also no matter what DON'T pick at you're acne. I personally think that picking at it is one of the worst things you could possibly do. I'm sad to say that i pick at mine. I just can't help it and i wish i could. When you pick at it, it will scab up (which makes it harder to cover up with makeup), and if you proceed to pick off that scab it will bleed. No joke i recently had one that started bleeding like crazy and it was really hard to stop. But, if you continue to pick at it even after that it WILL scar. Because i can't help it i have scars all over my forehead and between my brows. And for this silly habit of mine i will have to live with these scars for the rest of my life. So just don't do it, believe me.

Ryoko-and-Yami
12-31-2009, 12:30 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily
# Age Range: 19
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: face, back
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Shower in the morning. Wash my face and back with Benzoyl Peroxide 4% Creamy Wash; when dry apply Tazorac along with Sunblock; at night I was my face with benzoyl Peroxide again, when dry apply Duac Topical gel

# Additional Advice:
I am under perscription from a dermatologist. If you are having serious acne problems I suggest seeing my and asking about the three creams I mentioned. :D And I really suggest that you take a shower daily if you have oily skin and especially wash your hair, because your hair is usually full of oil (especially if you are blonde). I know many people say not to shower everyday, but I start breaking out if I don't.

Braithcakes
12-31-2009, 01:41 AM
what about blackheads? I've gotten ok at taming pimples, sometimes....

but...I have blackheads on my cheeks, and the sides and front of my nose, and on my chin, some of covered in the freckles I have but I notice them and can't remove many of them without damaging my skin D:

showering every single day is a good thing, you just don't shampoo every day, conditioning is fine, but repeated shampoo is bad for your hair and leaves a nastey coat of wax on your hair that can also...clog pores :]

Ryoko-and-Yami
12-31-2009, 01:50 AM
what about blackheads? I've gotten ok at taming pimples, sometimes....

but...I have blackheads on my cheeks, and the sides and front of my nose, and on my chin, some of covered in the freckles I have but I notice them and can't remove many of them without damaging my skin D:

showering every single day is a good thing, you just don't shampoo every day, conditioning is fine, but repeated shampoo is bad for your hair and leaves a nastey coat of wax on your hair that can also...clog pores :]

hmm I know you can get blackheads professional removed at a dermatologist.
You could also try scrubs and facial masks. I know there are some that are made to remove blackheads.
The ones on your nose met be able to be removed if you take a clean/alcoholed bobbyhead back and scrapping them gently off. That what mom tells me she used to do.

Yeah, I've been told not to watch my hair daily, but I do it anyway, because I have found if I don't shampoo it, it still is oily and flat.

JazzyJailer
12-31-2009, 02:51 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Slightly oily, blehhh
# Age Range: Late teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Chin, forehead occasionally.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash face with warm water and soap first thing in the morning and just before bed. After washing face use a cotton ball to lightly apply alcohol over the face.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Wash face, then apply Aveda Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser (Best for slightly oily skin.).
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Wash face then apply Aveda Outer Peace Acne Spot Relief -- Expensive but WORKS. If need be I'll apply a notch of peroxide if it looks really bad.
# Additional Advice: Try and keep your face pretty clean all the time; avoid foods that have a lot of sugar or flour in them too terribly often. Change your pillow case frequently--it actually helps a lot.

Braithcakes
12-31-2009, 05:08 PM
my hair is a spoiled rotten brat, so I shampoo every three days, but I condition every single day =.= my hair tends to....get wirey and dry very easily.

Touya no miko
12-31-2009, 11:08 PM
I recently found something interesting for taming acne. Jason Natural Cosmetics pure vitamin E Beauty oil. Amazingly since I started using this, it has made my oily skin slightly less oily.

StrawberrySiren
01-03-2010, 04:15 PM
ah my hair gets gross if i don't shampoo too! anyway i started using this new stuff and i thought i'd share.

for starters, i have VERY oily skin and i can never get it to stay nice and not greasy. so i've tried tons of things to try and help. and i've found that nothing really worked. i've gotten acne down to a minimum but the oil is still there.

now for acne, i used to use proactive but then i switched to using biore foaming 4 in 1 cleanser and the matching toner.

in terms of moisturizers (which is the real tip here) i started using boots no.7 rebalancing gel and its matching night cream, available only at target. these work amazing and it helps keep away the oil longer than anything i've ever tried. i'd like to try their mousse foundation but they didn't have any when i went to target last time.

godmi
01-04-2010, 11:33 PM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mine is perfectly average. Sometimes it's oily, sometimes it decides to be extremely dry.
* Age Range: Newly 20.
* Gender: female
* Race: human. That should say "ethnicity."
* Problem Acne Areas: High on cheekbones, chin
* Daily Skincare Ritual: ProActiv! I've been using their system for about three months now and seriously, it really helped me out. I don't think there's anything different about their actual products; it's really just the ritual of cleaning your face, applying toner, and then applying the lotion. The accessory things they send you help, but it's all about consistency.
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I also have a prescription Benzoyl Peroxide tub that I use during a breakout. However, first I always use my ProActiv mask. On for ten minutes, then wash it off with tepid water. I put the Benzoyl Peroxide on whatever problems I have, then go to sleep. Wake up, repeat, until the breakout is gone.
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Superhot compresses usually work in combination with the benzoyl peroxide.
* Additional Advice: Do not touch your face! And go see your dermatologist. They have a degree for a reason.

Does anyone know what would cause me to suddenly get one of those under-the-skin acne nodules all of a sudden? I haven't changed my routine or my diet lately and I've had great skin since I started using ProActiv. Then, all of a sudden, last week I got this crazy, really painful nodule under the skin. It's going away now, but I want to find out what caused it before it happens again. D:

Touya no miko
01-05-2010, 12:35 AM
* Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mine is perfectly average. Sometimes it's oily, sometimes it decides to be extremely dry.
* Age Range: Newly 20.
* Gender: female
* Race: human. That should say "ethnicity."
* Problem Acne Areas: High on cheekbones, chin
* Daily Skincare Ritual: ProActiv! I've been using their system for about three months now and seriously, it really helped me out. I don't think there's anything different about their actual products; it's really just the ritual of cleaning your face, applying toner, and then applying the lotion. The accessory things they send you help, but it's all about consistency.
* Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I also have a prescription Benzoyl Peroxide tub that I use during a breakout. However, first I always use my ProActiv mask. On for ten minutes, then wash it off with tepid water. I put the Benzoyl Peroxide on whatever problems I have, then go to sleep. Wake up, repeat, until the breakout is gone.
* 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Superhot compresses usually work in combination with the benzoyl peroxide.
* Additional Advice: Do not touch your face! And go see your dermatologist. They have a degree for a reason.

Does anyone know what would cause me to suddenly get one of those under-the-skin acne nodules all of a sudden? I haven't changed my routine or my diet lately and I've had great skin since I started using ProActiv. Then, all of a sudden, last week I got this crazy, really painful nodule under the skin. It's going away now, but I want to find out what caused it before it happens again. D:

I used Proactiv for a while. Worked okay at first, but then it started to irritate my skin. Made my acne even worse later on, so I had order it constantly. Instead of putting all those chemicals on my face, I found just washing my face twice a day and then moisturizing works more effectively.

Alwayzbored
01-05-2010, 03:18 AM
•Skin Type: combination of dry, average, and oily
•Age Range: late teens
•Gender: female
•Race: Asian
•Problem Acne Areas: mostly forehead, sometimes nose and cheeks
•Daily Skincare Ritual: I'm not much of an expert on skin care. I mostly just use this face cleanser thing (Kirkland brand) my mom bought me and wash in the morning and night. Doesn't seem to be of much help to my skin. Sometimes I use something called Cetaphil, and it's supposed to be really soft on sensitive skin; and I suppose it is, because it feels... well... soft and gentle. I moisterize with Neutrogena lotion spf 15 or something like that. That's pretty much it. I also don't wear make-up, although I trying this b.b. cream thing I bought from Korea: BRTC Perfect Recover. If I knew how make-up worked, I'd write a review, but I don't. Sorry. >-< It's supposed to be spf 30, and it whitens my skin when I put it on. Feels pretty light on my skin, but because I don't layer it with anything else, it makes my face look obnoxiously shiny on camera. Ech. Sometimes I exfoliate with a mixture of 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of green tea, and a little bit of honey, and I use Michelle Phan's (the Youtube makeup artist) toothbrush skincare method. I think it works...
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Nothing really. :/ I just wait it out. Haha.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Um... I wish I had one.
•Additional Advice: Egg mask? I think raw egg is beneficial to your skin. Subtract the eggshell and divide the yoke and egg white into two separate containers.

squkyshoes
01-06-2010, 03:01 AM
Sometime in March I started taking a magical pill called Actutane. (ok, I took the generic)
I took the pill twice a day every day for 5 months. There were some side effects and medical procedures of course. With this prescription it is mandatory to have a blood test every month and be on some sort of birth control (for males, your girlfriend needs to be on one). The side effects I had was mainly dry eyes for about a month, and dry lips which persisted through the process.
I ended the 5 months in September with outstanding results.
Since ending, I do not have to wash my face on a regular basis. I'd have to say I've only had only ONE zit per MONTH.
Bonus: My acne is now cured for life.
Now I'm working on getting rid of the scars caused my my past acne.

Skylight_sakura
01-19-2010, 11:03 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average to Oily
# Age Range: teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: White as a sheet
# Problem Acne Areas: bit on face and back
# Daily Skincare Ritual: foaming cleanser, whole food's grain facial cleanser, Purpose soap, foaming clenser again, and moisturizer
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Rub extra hard with everything, and depending on how your skin feels, use the purpose soap if oily, and foaming cleanser if dry.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Vitamin E. Bite open those little pills you get over the counter, spread it ALL OVER YOUR FACE.
# Additional Advice:
As mentioned in the Emergency skin care

VITAMIN E is just about the best thing that ever happened to my skin. If you are a popper, it gets rid of scars faster. It makes your skin smoother, it reduces blackheads, stops your skin from being dry, or too oily. Only drawback is that it can get in your hair if you have bangs.

Also, even for people who have really oily skin and think they should only dry out their skin: I use to have really oily skin when I first hit puberty, but my acne and skin problems shrunk substantially when I used a little moisturizer anyways. Even if it's just a half-squirt of the bottle, it does you good.

Exlulu
01-19-2010, 11:45 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average - Combination (my skin is very bipolar -.-).
Age Range: 18.
Gender: Female.
Race: Caucasian.
Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Lately I've been using St. Ive's Apricot Scrub: Blemish and Blackhead Control (http://www.stives.com/products/facial-products/naturally-clear/apricot-scrub-blemish-blackhead-control.aspx) every other day and Clearasil's Ultra Gel Cleanser (http://www.clearasil.us/cleansers/cleansers_ultra_gelwash.shtml) everyday. Once a week, I use those Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips (http://www.biore.com/usa/products/pore_strips_detail.asp?productId=10). I also use Bare Escentual's Skin Rev-er Upper (http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P61007&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5737) daily under my makeup and Biore's Hard Day's Night Overnight Moisturizer (http://www.biore.com/usa/products/skinPreservationDetail.asp?productid=29) every night mostly because I just want to use it up but it works pretty good. Oh yes, and I drink LOTS and LOTS of water.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I use some random spot treatments that have extra acne fighting ingredients I find around my house but I don't usually change anything. Most of my breakouts are temporary anyway. If I get a really bad breakout I usually try to avoid any kind of makeup for a day.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: My emergency skincare is mostly internal. If I notice my skin is getting bad, I'll avoid any kind of greasy foods for that day or until my skin gets better.
Additional Advice:
First and foremost, read ALL of the ingredients in whatever you put on your face. Sometimes higher end products can cause more damage to your skin than good. Next, when you have the opportunity to use organic ingredients, please do so for your own benefit. I've found extra virgin olive oil to serve as a great makeup remover. It saves you money and you know exactly what you're putting on your face which is always wonderful. Finally, really everyone just needs to find their own acne regimen that works for them through their own trial and error. There is never one solution to skincare.

Toodles!

inufan52
01-20-2010, 12:11 AM
for combination skin: i would exfoliate once a week. (maintain that certain day)
im asian and i have combo skin but i only have acne during menstruation. (which is one giant pimple and a LOT of blackheads)
use oil free moisturizer/combo skin moisturizer
(i use JAPANESE/HONGKONG/KOREAN brands: Kose, SKII, Laneige, Shiseido, etc)
and i use Neutrogena I.D. facial cleanser set.
just take the survey and they tell you what to use...
when you use them, they work almost instantly!
its very good!

and i like to do this when i get home from school/work (but maybe its just me) i usually put my bangs up and use a washcloth in warm water to wipe my face and then use cold water to pat on.
it seems to 'cleanse' it? idk... maybe its just me...

RICEDUCK
01-20-2010, 01:57 AM
^ I find the warm and cold is nice because the warm water/steam etc opens up your pores then you pat with a cold cloth and it feels nice + closes them anywho..
If you wanted to rid of pimples for lifeeee why not just go to your normal doctor and get this acne gel Stievamycin. It's really awesome, my pimples were all gone ^^ I was in the middle of puberty well I still am I guess but uhm I had a lot on my forhead and I didn't want to have any for graduation. OR take whatever your doctor suggests, but I'd say no to pills |: annoying.

•Skin Type: Avg to Oily
•Age Range: teenagerr
•Gender: female
•Race: Asian
•Problem Acne Areas: faise. not really problem one or two cos of acne gel ^__^ <3
•Daily Skincare Ritual: USE VICHY gel exfoliant its pretty cool..green ~ you can get it from shoppers or your normal drug store. . Good skin wash before I got the acne gel it actually made some of my acne go away unlike other facewashes; now I just use it to clean my face.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: don't do nothing. Wash your face.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Wouldn't need one if you had acne gel =) -so cocky about it-
•Additional Advice: Don't kill your face with washing, you're gonna dry it out and then you'll regret it =D

Alyxiane
01-21-2010, 12:31 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Pretty average. Dry in some places. Oily mostly on the T-zone
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Asian
# Problem Acne Areas: T-zone
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Mary Kay Velocity® Facial Cleanser (http://www.marykay.com/skincare/cleansers/cleansers/10001600/default.aspx) in the shower in the morning and sink at night and its Velocity® Lightweight Moisturizer (http://www.marykay.com/skincare/moisturization/10001500/10001500/default.aspx) soon after.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Mainly the Acne Treatment Gel (http://www.marykay.com/skincare/specificneeds/10011300/10011300/default.aspx) from the same brand. (Mom's a beauty consultant. Gotta use resources. heh)
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: .... None. >_>;
# Additional Advice: Get those hands off the face! Break that habit if you have to, dammit! D<

Chei
01-21-2010, 02:01 AM
+ Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:
I have the worst skin ever for cosplay, seriously. My face and shoulder/upper back is very oily, and I have a bunch of pimples all over my chin, right cheek, and forehead. My lower back and legs are dry and cracked, and constantly goosebumps even though I apply lotion to them a lot.
+ Age Range:
Teens.
+ Gender:
Female.
+ Race:
Chinese.
+ Problem Acne Areas:
"Bacne". Forehead around the top of the bridge of my nose, above my ears, right cheek, left part of chin.
+ Daily Skincare Ritual:
I use this Neutrogena face wash in the shower every single day. Afterwards, I use this Shiseido lotion thing my mom chucked at me. It helps keep your pores clean and your skin moisturized. Avoid eating greasy foods, ESPECIALLY instant noodles. One box can kill your face.
+ Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
My doctor prescribed me this kind of white cream thing that you leave on your face when you go sleep. Kind of like a facial, but it can sting and it gets all cracky and stuff by morning when you wash it off. You just do it for a few days and it works wonders, surprisingly.
+ 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
See above. Just some sneaky foundation/concealer.
+ Additional Advice:
Avoid eating greasy food at all costs! And spicy foods. If you have bangs that make your skin oily but are too ashamed to pin them back and let the world see your bad skin, clip them up at home when people won't judge you.

TenshiUyoku
01-21-2010, 06:31 PM
Skin Type - Average (I'm super lucky and usually only have blackheads)

Age Range: Teen

Gender: Female

Race: Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: My chin (I rest my head in my hands alot)

Daily Skincare Ritual: Proactiv. If I'm busy I just put some of the Proactiv toner on and rub some cream in just before I put make up on. Then usually every three nights I put on the Refining Mask and use a pore strip.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Definately double dosing on the refining mask. Also this might sound weird, but TOOTHPASTE on a zit that's getting ready to break out (y'know when you can feel it like getting ready?) after you've put anti-zit cream (for me the refining mask) on will make it either disappear or go down quicker. (No guarantees but it works for me)

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:

Additional Advice:

inufan52
01-24-2010, 09:05 PM
+ Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:
I have the worst skin ever for cosplay, seriously. My face and shoulder/upper back is very oily, and I have a bunch of pimples all over my chin, right cheek, and forehead. My lower back and legs are dry and cracked, and constantly goosebumps even though I apply lotion to them a lot.


you probably have acne on your right cheek:
a. you have layers or bangs on that side
b. you talk on the phone using your right ear....

oil gathers up on phones and they can easily clog up your pores...
thats why always wipe it down with a towel or something.

KittenToofs
01-24-2010, 10:25 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry, and oily. Terrible, I know. My face is dumb.
# Age Range: Mid-teens. :s
# Gender: Lady female.
# Race: Caucasian.
# Problem Acne Areas: Face, back, and upper chest.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Every night I clean my face with Oxy-Pads (http://www.walgreens.com/store/catalog/Acne/Cleansing-Pads-Acne-Treatment/ID=prod1940244&navCount=1&navAction=push-product?V=G&ec=frgl_596811&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=sku1939724), followed by using Clearasil acne cream. (http://www.amazon.com/Clearasil-Daily-Treatment-Cream-Vansihing-1/dp/B000NZWKQE) Whenever I shower I use this Clean & Clear (http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/190-9756444-3827505?ASIN=B001KYOCVI&AFID=Froogle&LNM=B001KYOCVI|Clean_&_Clear_Deep_Action_Cream_Cleanser_-_9oz=&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=B001KYOCVI&ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001) face wash. It works wonderfully, but does tend to dry out skin, which can make it quite itchy.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Usually the same routine as above. Face foundation helps allot, but does tend to clog pores.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Foundation.
# Additional Advice: Find a good (non-pore-clogging) face moisturizer. It will save you allot of itchy, peeling troubles.

-Alicè-
01-25-2010, 11:18 AM
••Skin Type – Incredibly oily

•Age Range: Teens

•Gender: Female

•Race: Caucasian

•Problem Acne Areas: T-zone of the nose, and right under nose. Sometimes chin.

•Daily Skincare Ritual: Twice a week, I use Marcelle’s Essentials Purity Clay Mask (Link (http://www.marcelle.com/Produits/Soins-de-la-peau/Par-Soin/Soins-nettoyants/Masques-et-exfoliants/Masque-a-l-argile.aspx)), Daily, I scrub my face with Marcelle’s Hydra Complex Facial Exfoliating gel (Link (http://www.marcelle.com/Produits/Soins-de-la-peau/Par-Soin/Soins-nettoyants/Masques-et-exfoliants/Gel-exfoliant-visage-Hydra-C-ComplexE.aspx)) following that with Marcelle’s gentle foaming wash (Link (http://www.marcelle.com/Produits/Soins-de-la-peau/Par-Soin/Soins-nettoyants/Nettoyants/Mousse-nettoyante-adoucissante.aspx)) and toner (Link (http://www.marcelle.com/Produits/Soins-de-la-peau/Par-Soin/Soins-nettoyants/Lotions-tonifiantes/Lotion-tonifiante-peaux-mixtes.aspx) if and only IF my skin feels dry do a use a moisturizer.

•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above, I dab some rubbing alcohol on the pimple, it helps to clean it out and kill the bacteria, I don’t get breakouts often.

•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Use a mask on the problem areas, clean the pimple with rubbing alcohol. Use ice to take down the redness, and then cover with foundation.

•Additional Advice: Stay away from Proactive, the refining mask is fine, but the cleanser and toner have bleach in them which is most definitely bad for your skin.

Blanko
02-05-2010, 07:32 AM
I want to share something I did that actually worked REALLY well on me xD

•Skin Type: Average, some oily spots (VERY dry when I come out of the shower and dry off)
•Age Range: 18 (Teen)
•Gender: female
•Race: Whitey
•Problem Acne Areas: Everywhere, but not all at the same time
•Daily Skincare Ritual: Listen VERY closely to me. Eat, Green, Apples. Right before I go to bed I enjoy a nice apple, I don't even have to clean my face (because I get VERY lazy about that) and when I wake up my face is usually clear of any redness, and most acne.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I usually break out right before my period or right before a con (Lol thank you stress) And then I receed to washing my face (soap works just fine) and eat a bit healthier. If you want to clean your face you need to work inside and out.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I recently tried this, and it's worked WONDERS. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKrUEtk01Js I broke out one day and I was saying "Nice, I'm trying to impress a guy tomorrow at school, thanks a bunch" so I got desperate and tried this. FYE, I used salt at first because I always get sugar and salt mixed up. Don't do that. It hurts, burns, and turns your face ugly. This reaaaally helped my skin and I did not expect that.
•Additional Advice: Additional info on my acne, I also get some pimps when I eat a lot of Nutela or junk food. Or even when I rest my face on my hands. <- this fact is annoying because I have a lot of boring teachers.

If you have the same breakout routines as I do, I would REALLY suggest eating green apples and doing that tomato thing maybe twice a week (oh and btw when you're done, eat the tomato, it's good for you) Don't do it everyday because then it starts to lose effect/value to your skin.

HollowDoll
06-29-2010, 03:54 PM
Is it possible that the change of weather can affect the skin and produces more pimples?

•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Used to be oily but ever since we migrated in this very cold country, my skin is now mixed with dryness. (I came from a 32°-38 Celcius country)
•Age Range: 18
•Gender: Female
•Race: Asian
•Problem Acne Areas: Almost anywhere they want to travel, they even go at my back and some parts of my chest. It is actually getting worse day by day.
•Ritual: I'm still experimenting with countless over-the-counter products, atm.
•Additional Advice: Read Artema's post in page 3!!

more..
+Dab an ice cube at the surface of your face. Ice have properties that closes pores, which is very helpful.
+Avoid eating fatty foods. Foods such as eggs, prawn/shrimps, chocolates, nuts, chicken skin, chips and sweets. (I know, I'll kill myself right now!)
+Don't forget your beauty sleep. Sleep at least not later than 11pm. Explanation here: Sleeping Late Causes Acne (http://www.natural-acne-solution.com/biorhythms-acne-article.html)
+Having a facial treatment once a week is a must. This is to exfoliate your skin and eventually erases your scars.
+Acne treatment is really expensive unless you know how to take care of your skin. If it's your first time encountering it, consulting your Dermatologist is very important. It's better than experimenting things yourself.

I haven't read any post regarding about Hypo Allergenic Soap. It's my soap from my previous country. It works like magic. The small soap costs less than $5 and it lasted for a year! I'm not even kidding! It doesn't melt very fast but still can lather very well. (Sadly it's only available at my Dermatologists skin care shop though. Dx)
I have to wait a couple of years before I can get back and buy it. Please if you're like me who is compatible with Hypo Allergenic stuff and have problems regarding the weather/temperature where you live in, please share some products you use. It'd be vey helpful for me. Thanks!

emROARS
07-25-2010, 08:01 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: combo
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: white
# Problem Acne Areas: T-zone
# Daily Skincare Ritual: normal water, olive oil + sugar/lemon juice + sugar (depends on what's there) as a clenser and facepeel (once or twice a week), manuka honey for moisturising.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: manuka honey or garlic on the spot.
# Additional Advice: manuka honey has antiviral and antibacterial properties. This also means I use it when i'm feeling a little down or on a cut.

lemon + sugar is similar to a mini face peal since the lemon juice is acidic while the sugar is used to get rid of dead skin.

Your face will feel weird when you only use water, but it'll be ok in the long run. it'll even out your natural oils. This is also why you shouldn't wash your hair every day. Stripping your body of oils that it needs is NOT a good thing.

Olive oil is great for any skin type. It's been used for over 5000 years for the skin in it's purest form. It promotes a smooth, radiant complexion and helps maintain elasticity of skin. Olive oil is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. (And as someone said above, vit.E is VERY good for the skin)

And Garlic is similar to Olive Oil.

I use everything as though I can eat it at the same time. Your skin is an organ, you wouldn't want to eat your moisturisers or anything right?

Using this method, I only get like one pimple in a blue moon. I need to use the lemon juice method though, my red splotches are comming back V_V

Chirudesu
07-26-2010, 02:45 AM
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combo: Oily T-zone, dry cheeks.
•Age Range: Young adult (20)
•Gender: female
•Race: Black
•Problem Acne Areas: cheeks/forehead
•Daily Skincare Ritual: Proactiv system and eye cream. I got a 5-piece set: cleanser, toner, repairing lotion, oil control, mask, and moisturizer. I also use eye cream just for my eyes.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Exfoliate ONCE every other day, with normal skin care in between days until it's better. Or use Proactiv mask on the zit every other day until it's gone, usually takes 2 days.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Flouride toothpaste over the zit for 10 minutes or overnight. Dramatically reduces.
•Additional Advice: MOUSTURIZE!!!!! Eat healthy! And don't get desperate and overwash your skin. Be patient, stay consistent, and you'll be fine!
You don't NEED a super-expensive prescription acne system, just find something that's good for you. Like if you have blackheads, get a blackhead scrub. Some people need prescriptions, others just need to eat a little better, either way, find out what you can do to help your skin.

snowpeas
07-27-2010, 12:53 PM
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krysrussell14
07-27-2010, 02:06 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily yet gets super dry at certain times. Lots of scarring
Age Range: Teens
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks, Nose, Sometimes forehead
Daily Skincare Ritual: Clean and clear acne lotion in the morning. It gives a base for my make up, and a quick face wash.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: St. Ives apricot scrub & coconut oil mixed with aloe. Im not even kidding on how well this works. It moisturizes super well and helps not only get rid of acne, but helps the scarring fade. Make sure to get the right kind of coconut oil though.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Wash face, Use st. ives, coconut/aloe wash, and lotion after. No make up that day.
Additional Advice: Look twards the natural remedies. There are so many chemicals that make acne worse or dont even help at all in the leading brands. Or they add way too much of the harsh ones.

HEYOashley
07-27-2010, 02:31 PM
@ snowpeas: Eh~ Yeah, it's fine. It is cool for a home remedy for a mask, but if you're treating your skin for acne, I personally saw no effects. I think you are better off buying a facial mask with a little bit of sulfur in it. It may be a little stinky, but it really does help tighten and clear up the pores.

LolitaiX
07-28-2010, 06:53 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry as chalk
Age Range: teen 17 lol
Gender:female
Race: blasian lol bi-racial
Problem Acne Areas: tzone/ chin and jaw

Daily Skincare Ritual:wash 2 times aday [Morning & b4 bed] firstly start off with aveeno clear complexion daily cleansing pads then avenoo skin brightening daily scrub then aveeno ultra calming foam cleanser or cream cleanser both work i prefer foam then avenoo clear complexion cream cleanser then moisturize with aveeno ultra calming daily moisturizer with spf 15 and aveeno clear complexion daily moisturizer [i love avenoo and im allergic to every thing so this stuff is really good if u can use soy products] on Wednesday and Sunday i exfoliate with a honey+ extra virgin olive oil+ sugar scrub [u can make it 3 tbl spoons extra virgin olive oil[extra virgin wont clog your pores] then 2 tbl spoons honey then half a cup of sugar mix and scrub it on ur face like u normally would and rinse it works really well you should see a difference immediately

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:just wait it out

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: if i got a pimple and it isnt ready to be popped i put vicks on top of it and then it like makes it rdy to pop then i pop it [gross huh!] after doing that i wash my face and put ice on the are so redness goes away and an hour later i use a lemon and rub it on my face and wash it so i dont get a scar this also helps for removing scars

Additional Advice: drink alot of water eat fresh fruit daily get an allergy test and or visit your dermatologist to learn if there are things affecting you that maybe causing you acne change ur bedding and dont touch your face dirty pillow cases can do alot of damage so change them every other day or once a week at the most break some aloe and vitaminE capsules and mix them in with your facial wash and itll help keep ur face moisturized all i can think of now hope i helped some one

Braithcakes
07-28-2010, 07:23 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Switches between Extremes, usually Average
# Age Range: 18
# Gender: Male
# Race: Causasian [Spanish-Italian/German]
# Problem Acne Areas: forehead, chin, cheekbone(sometimes)
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash when wake up, Toner, correction cream, Middle of day wash, Night time after shower toner correction cream, and overnight stuff.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as before, but use 'overnight' stuff in morning on problem areas.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: usually my zits are just very red, so I put eyedrops on them, it gets rid of the redness for a little while.
# Additional Advice:Water...water water water WATER. sweets are good, but sugar will destroy your skin. DESTROY.

Some other skincare tips!

-If you mix organic rice with water, and take the rice water[the cloudy stuff] it works as a skin toner and has good vitamins for your skin, just put it on a face cotton thing, put it on, and let dry, then wash! (organic rice only)

-If you take the part of a tomato with a stem, use it as a holder, put organic fine-grain sugar on it, and rub your face till your face drips with sugary tomato juice, let dry, and wash off, good vitamins, exfoliation, cheap and at home.

amjl81
07-31-2010, 06:43 PM
I use Bare Minerals powder over Cover Blend liquid.
I hate oil based makeup, it doesn't work on me.
I am prone to acne on my jaw line and I have pink cheeks. So the Cover Blend works great, it gets into the pores and stays there, and it hides the dark circles around the eyes, because at conventions we all have those. haha
Then I use Bare Minerals powder to brush over the Cover Blend to blend it in over the edges and to make it less noticable. With these two combined I can go all day without worrying about the making moving into my pores or going into my skin.
I swear by these two.

LOVEUlquiorra<3
08-12-2010, 10:44 PM
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Uh, it's really weird. Sometimes it's dry, sometimes it's oily.
•Age Range: Early teens
•Gender: Female
•Race: Caucasian
•Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks and forehead...yeah...nastiest forehead EVER.
•Daily Skincare Ritual: I wash with Avory (I think thats what it's called) soap twice a day, and every fews days I do an Elizabeth Arden mask thingy.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Going emo-mode and beating myself up XD
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I know it's not good, extra make-up.
•Additional Advice: I'm afraid that I'm the one in need of help...

RoseHanabira
08-12-2010, 11:14 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average I think? I don't think have overly dry or oily skin...

# Age Range: Early 20's

# Gender: Female (also break out during that time of the month)

# Race: Caucasian...? Lots of Greek blood in me though.

# Problem Acne Areas: Chin and cheeks. Used to be near sideburn area but not anymore.

# Daily Skincare Ritual: Proactiv, 3 Steps applied to entire face, every morning. For any red zit areas, apply a little extra Step 3 (Repairing Lotion).

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I'm lazy, usually I don't really do much during a breakout since it only lasts 3 days tops, I just suck it up with more makeup.

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Polysporin OR Ozonol (whatever is handy) on the problem area, morning and night, or lunchtime if I need it gone by nighttime. Sometimes I'll use Proactiv's Refining Mask, but I've had mixed success with this. I'll also do this if I have a really bad zit that sticks around for 4+ days, it helps it go away so much faster.

# Additional Advice:
1) ALWAYS be gentle with it, when I started using it I scrubbed WAY too hard and just irritated my face so much I thought it was an allergic reaction. Pretend you're washing a baby's face, that's how gentle it should be.
2) In addition to face care, Proactiv also has a body lotion (that I can't seem to find on the store, but I'm able to buy it at a mall kiosk in Canada). If you have body acne (I'm particularly bad with back and upper arms), I find it does a quick job of healing it.
3) If you do decide to use towels along with Proactiv, be forewarned that it WILL bleach your towels. Use cream/white towels, or even makeup removing sponges to wash away the Proactive since it can stick to your face a bit.
4) If you're allergic to aloe, steer clear, I think every Proactiv product has it as an active ingredient. My sister and cousin are both allergic to aloe and cannot use Proactiv.
5) Before I saw the commercials, I used the Refining Mask as a full-face mask, I found it works as a great exfoliater (sp?). However my face wreaked of sulphur for about 2 days afterward. I don't recommend it as an expholiater because I don't think that's what it is supposed to be used for, but I thought I'd mention it.

Cosplay_Kitten
08-12-2010, 11:49 PM
Posting I think for the third time since I finally have a routine that works really well!

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry
Age Range: 16
Gender: Female
Race: Asian/Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, Between the Eyes, Chin, Side of the nose

Daily Skincare Ritual: I was twice a day with Ivory soap with aloe in it. I rinse, scrub then rinse again. If a current pimple breaks I rinse it immediately then I use Neutrogena grapefruit acne wash on the affected area.

Twice a week I do a homemade scrub made from sugar, honey, green tea, and apple cider vinegar. Youtube link bottom of post

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above, I'm currently in a breakout so what I do is clean extra well and try and gently break open the pimples and rinse immediately to prevent anything from spreading then going onto the acne wash.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Break and wash again.

Additional Advice: I HIGHLY recommend this mask/scrub http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e--d_n073pc by bubz beauty. It worked really well on my skin and left it soft right after through to the next day. Its cheap, easy and it worked really well.

principe
08-13-2010, 01:19 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: I am just average, which I am okay about.
Age Range: Teenage at the moment.
Gender: I don't exactly have a gender or a sex, so for now we'll just leave that blank.
Race: I am pretty much Asian-Pacific Islander..
Problem Acne Areas: I only get them around the nose, my hair line and between my eyebrows.
Daily Skincare Ritual: I just wash my face with Neutrogena or Olay natural white. I also use Olay complete after I am done after washing since it gets dry. After some time I use ice cubes to tighten my pores.. well I use green tea ice cubes.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Overnight.. I take some organic honey, put it on my acne and normally it is reduced a lot.
Additional Advice: Don't overflow with products and use more natural remedies.

JellySpIIrt
08-13-2010, 10:36 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: A bit oily, sometimes dry.
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: Cheeks, chin, forehead. I do not have that good of skin. Most of my acne is from makeup...
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Dead Sea Minerals Face Mask for Acne, and Proactive. Wash my face off with water.Apply proactive in the morning before putting on any make up, and apply Only powder foundation (unless for cosplay, I use liquid). Every night before bed, I use this $250 (Yes..I paid that much for skincare) skincare product made with Dead Sea Minerals. When I wake up in the morning, any new acne and a lot of it is cleared up.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Apply Dead Sea Mineral skin care product to my face and leave on for 40 minutes, that will help a lot. When I wake up in the morning, almost all of it is gone.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Use many different products , such as Proactive and then Burts Bees and then the Dead Sea stuff. It actually works...

# Additional Advice: I cosplay people from Jrock Bands, as I am also in a band, and wear make up every day. Never sleep with foundation on, especially liquid foundation. It will clog up your pores and just it is horrible. Also be careful of Ben Nye, that stuff is horrible for your skin. I use powder foundation for everyday wear, and I use a natural brand. It actually helps your skin, and I use liquid only for costumes and conventions.

Oreha
12-01-2010, 08:33 PM
Well it seems like this hasnt had an actual post in a while... but i figure i can still share my insight.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: ...Combination/Oily.

Age Range: I just turned 19... is that teens or adult? I started getting acne when I was 9 though, and judging by my fathers side from which i get my skin it will never ever 'go away' so to speak.

Gender: Female

Race: white. irish italian german.

Problem Acne Areas: cheeks generally are the worst and forehead is generally the least. but in general it can affect any part of my face. ...on very rare occasions small ones may appear on my shouler/back area.

Daily Skincare Ritual: I use the boots cosmetics acne medications which are just like any multi part regimen with a cleanser a toner an actual medication and a moisturizer/pre makeup lotion. its fairly effective. My problem is mainly the already existing scars from the truly horrid acne i had at 15 that cover my cheeks and make my skin look like the surface of the moon. for this i have yet to find an effective alternative to cosmetic surgery.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: same

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: for those really big horrible almost painful ones that may appear i use a salycilic acid spot treatment.

Additional Advice: ................do nottttttttttttttttttttttttttt pop the big ones. ever. you will get scars. dug into your face.

ShinobuWind
12-01-2010, 10:35 PM
Great Idea for a thread! ^_^
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Dry or Combination/Dry..not sure.

•Age Range: Teens (late teens i guess (17))

•Gender: Female

•Race: Caucasian

•Problem Acne Areas: Chin, Nose, T-Zone. Sometimes i get some around my hairline.

•Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash my face in the morning with Aubrey Organics Seaware with Rosa Mosqueta Facial Cleansing Cream, Rosa Mosqueta & English Lavender Facial Toner, and Rosa Mosqueta (Rose Hip) Moisturizing Cream, all these products are for Dry Skin. At night remove my makeup with Garnier Nutri-Pure Oil-Free Detoxifying Wet Clensing Towelettes. And sometimes once a week or two i use a Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strip on my nose.

•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: All the same ritual as above, but sometimes i add Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment to problem areas.

•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as breakout ritual, but i apply the Clean & Clear Spot Treatment on more than once.

•Additional Advice: Don't use acne washes if you only have occaisional pimples or very few pimples. I did this and i dryed out my skin so bad it was literally peeling off my face (gross i know).
Always remove your makeup throughly before going to bed.
Try to avoid touching your face..it's difficult sometimes ^^'

tunesonatuesday
12-02-2010, 05:33 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average with just a bit of oil around the creases of my nostrils.
# Age Range: Young adult
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: I get blackheads on my nose that occasionally manifest into pimples.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Oxy Pads - Deep Clean. When I get out of the shower sometimes my skin gets a little dry and tight right between my eyebrows so I dab on some moisturizer.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Still Deap Clean Oxy Pads. I find that for my skin they just do everything. They take all the oil out of my face. If I have a pimple I may hit it a couple times during the day, and when I get up in the morning it's almost always gone.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: See above
# Additional Advice: My acne is almost always a blackhead that's become "angry" and they are on the surface of my skin. A Deep Clean Oxy Pad will almost always eliminate these within a day, because it dries them right out. Also, I have a very rosy face, and I find they help cut down on redness by cleaning your pores, which I imagine reduces irritation.
I also have very sensitive skin, and I find these don't irritate me at all. In fact, the do the opposite.

Ichigo Knight
12-02-2010, 06:33 AM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Super combination.
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian, but my father's Indian, so oily skin is in the genes D:
# Problem Acne Areas: Some blackheads on my nose, and the occasional pimple on my cheeks, forehead and chin. Also some dry patches on my nose and between my eyebrows. My cheeks can get a tad dry too, if I don't apply moisturiser. If I'm in humid weather too long, I can get the odd under-skin pimple, which I hate with the intensity of a thousand suns.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash in the morning and night with Neutrogena Oil-Free cleanser, in the morning I use Neutrogena SPF 15+ oil-free moisturiser, then in the night I use Duac gel (it has Benzoyl Peroxide, but also Clindamycin, which I'm pretty sure is an antibiotic, so it helps get rid of infections). The Duac gel needs a doctors prescription, and it'd be best to see a dermatologist first to check that it won't react with your skin!
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Basically same as above, but switching to Duac instead of moisturiser in the morning. I also use The Body Shop's Tea Tree Face Mask. It's super cooling, so it reduces spot size heaps, and gets rid of excess oil and muck in your skin!
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as above~
# Additional Advice: If you're using Benzoyl Peroxide products, or products with Benzoyl Peroxide in them, try not to use them if you're going out in the sun, as the Benzoyl Peroxide makes your skin more sun-sensitive. I only put my Duac gel on during the day if I have a breakout~

Apsara
12-06-2010, 09:43 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: All of the above. >_< I get one or two large pimples before my period.
Age Range: Late 20s,
Gender: Female,
Race: Asian,
Problem Acne Areas: Chin, and once in a blue moon, on my right cheek, but I also break out into random rashes all over my body from time to time
Daily Skincare Ritual: At bed time I apply Vaseline Aloe Fresh Hydrating body lotion to my face, the non-sticky formula (http://www.amazon.com/Vaseline-Hydrating-Lotion-Cucumber-Extracts/dp/B000NWGD1K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=baby-products&qid=1291645807&sr=8-4).
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: A friend recommended Pine tar soap (http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_beauty?_encoding=UTF8&node=3760911&field-brandtextbin=Grandpa%27s%20Soap%20Co.) and I really like the way it dried out my skin without feeling tight. My acne usually dies after I wash with this. I then apply moisturizer. I've been using it on a recent stress-related rash and the rash disappeared after a few days. It does make me horribly itchy but I moisturized a lot and use Cortizone 10 (http://www.amazon.com/Cortizone-10-Maximum-Strength-Intensive-Healing/dp/B004AI72N6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=beauty&qid=1291646496&sr=1-1) for when I really have to scratch.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: N/A
Additional Advice: The squishy stuff on the banana peel seems to help with redness and irritation. It's a folk remedy my parents used on my teen acne that helped a lot. I don't know why. I still don't. Once I wash it off my skin feels...fluffier? Soft and cushion-y. XD I still put on moisturizer but not as much.

LeilaNami
12-06-2010, 07:17 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mostly oily, dry patches here and there
# Age Range: early 20's
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: it would be easier to say where I don't have acne
# Daily Skincare Ritual: (you mean if I'm not lazy?) Neutrogena soap and water
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
Neutrogena soap and water
Bentonite face mask (natural and easily made at home!)
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Bentonite clay works really fast so the ritual is the same as above along with chugging water
# Additional Advice: If your acne is bad and scarring your skin, make an appointment with a dermatologist. If you are big on wearing makeup, avoid it like the plague as much as you can. (gasp I know you girls love your makeups.)

DaemonForce
12-07-2010, 12:09 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Usually a bit dry when in Washington. Normal elsewhere.
Age Range: Mid-20's
Gender: Male. I break out a little bit during the Fall/Spring equinox.
Race: I'm a half. Caucasian/Mexican.
Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, above the left temple, between eyebrows, chin, right jaw, arms, chest
Daily Skincare Ritual: I shower for a long time, burning away the oily mess after my workout.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Change pillowcases, bedsheets and towels! Ugh. I just pop the pimples like every normal guy does(while in the shower). I have a topical moisturizer that keeps my skin from getting worse but it's useless during the Fall and Spring changes. x_X
Additional Advice: Stop touching your disgusting face, wash your hands and eat more natural foods! As a guy you know that 95% of our physical problems are caused by what we put into our bodies. Fix the problem before it starts. Also, take better care of your teeth. Even a pizza face looks more attractive than a guy with a yellow and black mouth.

That's about all I have to say on the matter. *hides* o.O

WonderlandAlice
12-07-2010, 12:13 PM
Ohhhh....acne. Here we go.

•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily with eczema
•Age Range: mid-20's
•Gender: Female
•Ethnicity: Caucasian
•Problem Acne Areas: Mostly face (everywhere), but also have had acne on back, legs, neck, and earlobes.
•Daily Skincare Ritual: Morning: Clean and Clear Deep Cleaning Astringent on a cotton ball. Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer. Evening: L'Oreal 360 Clean, Olay Regenerist, Olay Eye Roller. If L'Oreal 360 Clean starts to dry me out, I will switch to Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser for a couple mornings.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Drink more water. If I notice I am breaking out I will cover up body acne with clothes (such as not wearing a tank top but a t-shirt) or try not to spend too much time looking in the mirror without makeup because this makes it more tempting for me to pick at spots rather than leaving them alone.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I do not have one.

•Additional Advice:
Ok folks, I have had severe acne for 15 years and have had three dermatologists over the course of 15 years. My acne is not so much about quantity (though nearly my entire body is subject to it) but the fact that my acne is large and will last over the course of weeks. This is to the point my skin with the zit will bruise and turn blue/purple. Have you ever had a bruised earlobe? Not the most enjoyable feeling (and no I do not wear earning to where I would have an allergic reaction).

I have been through nearly every prescribed medication by a dermatologist because, mind you, some acne medications or cleansers have the same active ingredients. I have taken antibiotics, I have been put on medications to correct potential hormonal imbalances (which can cause a low blood pressure and mood swings to the point that I cried at Taxi with Queen Latifah), I have tried ProActive, I have gone without fragrances (no perfume, white Dove soap, organic shampoo, fragrance free laundry soap), I don't tan or have extended sun exposure without SPF 100 lotion, and on, and on, and on. I don't take any vitamins, medications, etc. so I am essentially a clean slate and I went to a endocrinologist and all my hormones and internal workings are balanced. I was recommended Accutane/birth control by my last dermatologist, but my endocrinologist advised against it.

What I want to say that not everything will work for everyone....ever. But try it out to see how it works with your skin and if your acne is severe, please seek out a dermatologist or two for a professional opinion. At this stage, I am more focused on maintaining my skin. Due to my acne, the collagen in my skin has been damaged, according to the dermatologist, so I have deep set lines around mouth and under my eyes which is why I use Olay Regenerist.

If you start to see deep set facial lines when you are a teen or early 20's, but your skin looks like women in their 30's and 40's....TALK TO A DERMATOLOGIST! Your skin may 1) need more hydration 2) have had too much sun damage 3) or your acne may be cause.

Each individual is different so don't ever let acne deter you from trying. There are a lot of products out there and it is just a matter of finding what works for you!

sunflowercandy
01-07-2011, 06:52 PM
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:
It's pretty average except around the noes which can get a bit oily

•Age Range:
17 going on 18

•Gender:
Female

•Race:
Caucasian

•Problem Acne Areas:
Forehead, chin,around the temple area, a bit on the checks, and around the shoulder and upper back portion

•Daily Skincare Ritual:
Just wash with soap and rince since lots of skin care products dry my face out after a weeks use

•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
Same as the above

•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
Really don't have any since I never been in an emergency situation before

•Additional Advice:
Try to drink as much water as possible since that improves skin a lot, also try and avoid anything that's greasy, high in sugars, and fatty since that won't help you at all. Once you finish any exrcise or come home form a hot day just jump in the shower and have a nice bath to wash of the dead skin and grease of your skin. Also the most obvious, done with the make up on your face? wash it off since it will clog pores up.

StrawberrySiren
01-07-2011, 10:05 PM
So you know that Neutrogena Oil Control cleanser that's been advertised all over TV? I gotta say, for my extremely oily skin, this works really well. Better than their Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash, which dried out my skin majorly. I washed my face around 7 this morning and it's still not oily. It's amazing! I also started using this Olay moisturizer and it's working really well with giving me just enough moisture. Just a heads up for anyone looking for cleansers.

rubyspitfire
01-08-2011, 07:41 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: usually dry with flaking skin. sensitive and allergic to most cleansers and lotions
Age Range: late 20's
Gender: female
Race: caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: oily forehead, blackheads across nose and chin, pimples on back and shoulders
Daily Skincare Ritual: hot shower, scrub down with body wash, use exfoliating cloth with no soap on face. i have yet to find a moisturizer i'm not allergic to
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: witch hazel as astringent after shower
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: tell me a good one for sensitive skin
Additional Advice: those plasticky wash cloths (walmart $3) are amazing for getting rid of dry skin

i have a progesterone deficiency so a lot of this could probably be cured with birth control pills, but i don't have health care and am reluctant to start because of my age

Ichigo Knight
01-08-2011, 08:28 PM
So you know that Neutrogena Oil Control cleanser that's been advertised all over TV? I gotta say, for my extremely oily skin, this works really well. Better than their Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash, which dried out my skin majorly. I washed my face around 7 this morning and it's still not oily. It's amazing! I also started using this Olay moisturizer and it's working really well with giving me just enough moisture. Just a heads up for anyone looking for cleansers.

Oh, I use this, and it's aaaaaaaaaamazing. It also doesn't dry out my skin, which a lot of other oil-free cleansers do! It's rather snazzy.

StrawberrySiren
01-12-2011, 03:14 PM
Oh, I use this, and it's aaaaaaaaaamazing. It also doesn't dry out my skin, which a lot of other oil-free cleansers do! It's rather snazzy.

Dude. My new fave.

So I realized today that the skincare regimen I posted here years ago is quite possibly the worst advice I've ever given. I'm taking a lot more care with my skin since then. So I'm going to update.

Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Definitely oily. When it gets really cold, the area around my nose and mouth gets dry.
Age Range: 18
Gender: Female
Race: Asian
Problem Acne Areas:
Usually my jawline and temples.
Daily Skincare Ritual:
I wash my face in the morning with a normal cleanser and at night I wash with a gentle scrub from the same company. I switch cleansers as soon as I finish one. Right now my two favorites are Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil Control Daily Scrub and the corresponding cleanser/mask, and the Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser and the Skin Brightening Daily Scrub.
After I wash, I apply a moisturizer. I started using the Olay Complete moisturizer for sensitive skin. Before I was using Boots No.7 Rebalancing Day Gel and Night Fluid.
I also have a "pampering day" when I feel like my skin just looks bleh. I use a facial mask from Elizabeth Arden (any mask will do; I got it as TJ Maxx) and Biore Pore Strips on my nose.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
I carry on as usual, really.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
I don't really do too much if I have any acne popping up. If anything, I dot on Clean and Clear Persa Gel or whatever it's called.
Additional Advice:

Be sure to remove all makeup before going to bed. Use those make up removing towelettes. Those are really good for removing everything.
I wash my make up brushes every time I use them, but you should give them a good deep cleaning every week or so. For brushes that you use with cream or liquid products, wash them before using them again.Not only will they feel softer (I notice this with brushes I use for powder foundation), but you will be eliminating bacteria build up.
Don't wear makeup every day. During school, I wear makeup every day during the week but I rarely wear make up on the weekends, and never on Sundays. During breaks, I only wear makeup if I'm going out (and I mean when I'm hanging out with friends or going to a party).
On that note, try and wear lightweight make up if you're not going somewhere too special. I wear a mineral makeup usually but for things like concerts or cons or parties, I wear the "holy crap her skin is like a doll's it's so perfect!" foundation.
Go through your makeup collection every once in a while. You could be collecting things that you don't wear anymore that's been sitting there for years. I recently threw away a foundation that I bought about three years ago and I couldn't remember the last time I wore it. Make up has an expiration date. Also, if it smells funky, throw it out.
A lot of things specifically meant for acne clearing is also very drying. Be sure to moisturize.
If you're new to the game, don't be discouraged if something doesn't work for you. Remember that everyone's skin is different so you're going to need to experiment to find out what's best for you.

UllaBritta
01-12-2011, 04:02 PM
Since I live in Sweden, the products I use might not be available where you live.

•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mixed, gets very oily during summer (t-zone)

•Age Range: Early 20s

•Gender: Female

•Race: Caucasian

•Problem Acne Areas: Temples, forehead, chin, neck. Sometimes nose and cheeks.

•Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash: Natuvive Essential Almond (gentle cleansing creme for DRY skin) from the pharmacy. Tonic: Lumene Balancing Toner - Matt touch/shine control (for oily/mixed skin). Cream: L'Oreal Hydrafresh Creme (gel creme for sensitive skin). I mix brands and type of products because I found out that it balances out in the end if you mix for oliy skin and for sensitive skin. When I used wash for oily skin my skin became dry and felt tense. By using wash for sensitive skin, it becomes smooth and soft and then I apply toner to minimize shine. The gel cream is very light despite being for sensitive skin so I don't become oily. I really recommend gel cream for those with skin problems. It keeps you moisturized without being fat. At night:I sometimes use Tea Tree Blemish Fade Night Lotion from the body shop. It can help with acne that isn't so severe. Note that my acne isn not gone, I take medication for that but if you have some minor acne or if you just have oily skin then these products might help.

•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above

•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Nothing really, maybe some conceler if I feel like putting it on :P I've had acne for some time now, it made me stop caring so much about what other might think, I've become lazy *shrug*

•Additional Advice: Don't use scrubs! My dermatologist told me it will only make things worse if you irritate the skin like that.

msaliciak
01-13-2011, 07:36 PM
• Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Mixed. My cheeks tend to get extremely dry, but my T-zone is ridiculously oily. I tend to get worse when the seasons change and my skin tries to adjust.

• Age Range: 15 going on 16.

• Gender: Female.

• Race: Caucasian - Mediterranean (Greek)

• Problem Acne Areas: Chin, nose, hairline. I tend to get more blackheads than anything.

• Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash with warm water in the morning, Bigelow Vitamin Boost Cream Cleanser - No. 1670 at night, and apply Clindamycin Phosphate cream to problem areas before bed (every other day). Occasionally I'll start to use a Neutrogena Moisturizer for combination skin.

• Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I follow the same skincare routine, but I use the Clindamycin cream every day rather than every other.

• 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I don't have one. I wait it out rather than irritating my skin even more.

•Additional Advice: Eat well, avoid too much sun, and do not touch your face a lot.

YaoiLover13
01-15-2011, 06:55 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily
# Age Range: 14
# Gender: Female
# Race: Caucasian
# Problem Acne Areas: cheeks, forehead, Nose!, And chin. Also black heads on the nose :c
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Haven't found anything that works yet :(

Yukikittie
01-16-2011, 06:42 PM
• Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average? : Combo of oily and dry. My chin and forehead get dry very easily, the rest gets oily easily.
• Age Range : 15 (Turning 16 in May~)
• Gender : Female
• Race : Caucasian. Mix of Swedish, Polish, and Irish, mainly.
• Problem Acne Areas : My chin! I get acne on it all the time, and it's always dry! The sides of my forehead are bad too. Other than that, everywhere else is decent.
• Daily Skincare Ritual : I wash my face in the morning, sometimes when I get home from school, and then again in the evening. My products vary because I'm trying to find something that works for me.

Just to let you all know, I really recommend that you do not use Skin I.D by Neutrogena. I filled out their test very accurately, and seriously it dried my entire face out. :( It. Hurts.
The only major skin care corporation I really trust is ProActiv. While it didn't work wonders and completely kill my acne, it did do a pretty decent job and didn't dry my skin out to high heaven! I may order it again.
.... I hate you Skin I.D.

cupofjasmine
01-16-2011, 06:54 PM
# Skin Type - Dry
# Age Range: Teens
# Gender: Female
# Race: Multiracial
# Problem Acne Areas: I never really had a problem with acne until I tried the Biore' Pore Unclogging Scrubbing. OMG, it gave me terrible acne along my jaw and chin and I'm struggling with it.
# Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash with St. Ives Green Tea Scrub and follow up with the Dermalogica A.M. Face Mask. I use the mask at night, as well.
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above.
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Same as above.
# Additional Advice: Don't use products that are too abrasive on your skin and use a toner and moisturizer after washing your face.

Kiotoko_Solo
01-18-2011, 01:39 PM
I'm posting this on behalf of my BF cause he's too lazy to do it himself lol


• Skin Type - Average. Actually really delicate tan skin.

• Age Range: 22

• Gender: Male

• Race: Caucasian

• Problem Acne Areas: Just along his jawline REALLY bad and on his upper back, and that's it.

• Daily Skincare Ritual: Shaves with electric razor, washes his face with water, then does it with a simple face wash/acne treatment (evidently It doesnt work but he still uses it XD)

• Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: He wipes the sweat away often as possible after workouts so he wont have more breakouts.

• 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: He doesn't have one cause it's so bad XD

•Additional Advice: He's a really bulky guy (like DBZ bulky lol), powerlifts 600lbs and does sweat a lot. He breaks out when he eats chocolate, but is rare now that he gained a bit of belly fat over the semester while in school and is trying to loose his belly fat.

andprosper
02-10-2011, 12:44 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily
Age Range: College Age (I don't want to say Teens because I'm 19, twenty in May, and Teens implies I'm younger than that.)
Gender: Female
Race: White - Scandanavian (Just wanted to clarify that I've got the pale, ruddy, Northern European skin, rather than the smooth, olive skin of the Mediterranean.)
Problem Acne Areas: My face. All of it. Don't have a "back-ne" problem. I was cursed with oily skin and big pores.
Daily Skincare Ritual: I've just started Proactive (again...but the last time I tried it I was 12. So...here's hoping it'll work this time). So I'm doing exactly what the box tells me to.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Same as above.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Well, occasionally, I go get an acne clearing facial from my local spa. I look terrible for two days, but it really helps clear things up. It's about $40, which is significantly less than when I was getting microderm abrasion done.
Additional Advice: Well, to be honest, if I had good advice, I wouldn't have been struggling with acne for the past 7-8 years. I'll be sure to tell people if the proactive works, though.

BloodOfAutumn
02-15-2011, 11:09 PM
Skin Type- Combination/oily
Age-Teens
Gender-Female
Race Asian Chinese (ABC)
Acne-Forehead, temples, cheeks, chin/jawline, and side of nose. Also some on my back, and some on the chest. They are mostly pus-filled, and if they aren't, they are the large ones that won't go away for a week or two >_<
Skincare Ritual-Wash my face twice a day with Neutrogena Deep Clean Cleanser, Put some Vitamin E oil, before putting on Aloe Vera Gel as lotion.
Breakout Ritual I've never gone through a day in my life without Acne since it started when i was 10 ;_;
Emergency Breakout Ritual- same thing on top. Eats more veggies and vitamins, and drinks more water.
Additional Advice- KEEP EVERYTHING ORGANIC AND NATURAL. MORE PROCESSED CHEMICALS = BAD TREATMENT ON SKIN = MORE AND WORSE ACNE. Trust me, i 've tried store brand stuff, dermatologist stuff, commercial ad stuff, even Accutane. The more un-natural stuff that's in there, the more harm it's going to do to your skin. Always search up products and check the reviews before buying.
Personally right now, i use Vitamin E oil, even though i have very oily skin with dry spots. Vitamin E and Aloe Vera are the best things to use, especially with acne. Acne is caused by bacteria clogging the pores, which sends the immune system a message to send white blood cells to it, which attacks the bacteria, causing an infected patch of skin. Aloe Vera is Alcohol in nature's purest form. Vitamin E is proven to help the skin with blemishes and scars. Don't trust dermatologists. They mostly say things that are true, but most of them just prescribes you with something that probably won't help :P Go for it anyway.

chrisy-spazz
02-25-2011, 06:18 AM
I use Proactive and it works well for me but it doesn't work for everyone.

MisaChan
02-25-2011, 08:18 AM
I use off brand stuff I found at Target... :/ I hope my face clears up better before the con.

MisaChan
02-25-2011, 08:24 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Umm... average? I really don't know :/

Age Range: teens

Gender: female

Race: American

Problem Acne Areas: Mostly forehead, and blackheads on my chin. Its starting to clear up though.

Daily Skincare Ritual: I use... *goes and looks* Clear Pore Oil Elimating Astringent. It "effectively treats and helps prevent breakouts without over drying." by Neutrogena. I squirt some in my hands, then rub it on my face twice a day. Sometimes I clean my face with Targets, "Deep cleanser liquid".

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I wash my face twice everyday.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: I wash my fash over and over, add the clear pore stuff, then put on correcter :/

Additional Advice: Some care products might not work on certain people. Don't be afraid to ask somebody if the product will work for your skin type.

krys-chan
02-25-2011, 08:43 PM
Skin Type Oily

Age Range: 20

Gender:Female

Race:Caucasian

Problem Acne Areas:Face, Upper Arms

Daily Skincare Ritual:Wake up, either in the shower shower or wash face with Dove Barsoap. Then I use either Acne Free of Clean and Clear Spot treatment. I make sure I don't have any makeup on when I go to bed.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:Wake up, either shower or wash face with Dove Bar soap. Then I use either Acne Free of Clean and Clear Spot treatment. I make sure that I am not wearing any makeup when I go to bed.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:After I wash my face- I take a small band aid and put the spot treatment on the center of the bandaid before putting it on where I broke out. This is just like those 'pimple patches' but I use this instead. I usually do this at night so I sleep with the bandaid on.

Additional Advice:I have to rotate between Clean and Clear and Acne Free because my skin accustomed to one of them.

I never sleep with makeup on.

nekobakaz
03-01-2011, 11:03 PM
# Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: combination of dry everywhere except my face, which is oily.
# Age Range: mid-twenties
# Gender: female
# Race: Caucasian, from the German-Holland area.

# Problem Acne Areas: Face, mainly my chin and up the sides of my face. Also down my neck and a bit on my chest.

# Daily Skincare Ritual: face my face with tea tree oil soap at least once a day, with St. Ives Apricot Scrub Exfoliating between once a week to once a month.

# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
wash with tea tree oil, as usual. Use the St. Ives every day, wash my pillowcases and pajamas each night, as well as towels, wash my hair each day.
For really bad breakouts, I'll also use Proactiv Repairing Lotion.

# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
generally, I start using Triple Action Oxy pads, and all of the Proactiv combination therapy. I also use polysporin, because I have a habit at picking at blemishes.

# Additional Advice:
I don't wear a lot of make up very often, and when I do, I make sure to remove it with La Roche-Posay Effaclar. Most of the time though, I'm wearing make up for conventions, and those are in the summer time, when I'm sweating a lot even out of costume. So about half a month into convention season, I start washing my face with Neutragena Fresh Foaming Cleanser as well as the Proactiv system. I alternate, because they're all like "don't mix cleansing systems" and whatnot. Also because otherwise, that's a lot of face washing in one day....

Jem_Girl
03-18-2011, 08:11 PM
I don't know if this has already been posted (didn't have time to go through all the pages) but this (http://www.acne.org/) is a great website. The regimen it talks about really works. I read a ton of the posts on its forums and everyone talks about how great it works and they're all different skin types and ages. It's not a quick fix, but the longer you stay on it, the better it works. I used to always break out no matter what. I'd dismay whenever I'd see a zit comes up because that meant more were to follow. Now if I do get one, it's only one and it goes away quickly.
What I do specifically is wash in the morning and evening with Neutrogena's Pink Grapefruit Cream Cleanser (it's in a pink container), then use Neutrogena's On the Spot Acne Treament and follow with a moisturizer. I haven't found one I really like yet so I've been trying out various ones. These products can be found at Walmart, Target or any drug store.

NiwaNiwa
04-19-2011, 01:51 PM
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:
•Combination skin ^^

•Age Range:
•Teens~

•Gender:
•Female

•Race:
•I forgot..

•Problem Acne Areas:
•the dreaded T-zone and dry cheeks (thank niwa i don't break out on my cheeks)

•Daily Skincare Ritual:
•wash face 2x daily with cetaphil, but i'm probably going to switch to two different routines so my skin doesn't get used to it and ruin my life. I'm currently searching for a good moisturizer (probably going to use cetaphil mixed with aloe vera) and I've heard good news on St. Ives scrubs C:. My toner is straight yerba mate tea, and it works great!

•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
•I only break out around "that time" that somehow always comes around a convention XD I wash face 2x and do a tea tree oil spot treatment (I use burt's bees)

•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
•I switch to the big guns!! I also use a good face mask that usually clears me up completely. I drink tons of water and eat as healthy as i can, too!

•Additional Advice:
•Treat something natural WITH something natural. With more natural remedies than chemical remedies, I garuntee you'll find something that works for you and stays with you [chemical "cures" usually stop working after about a month.]. Not only is natural cheaper, but healthier too-you'll get healthy glowing skin :3
Definitely study your skin type (Get it tested too! You might have dry skin that seems oily because it produces too much oil to hydrate itself, causing a breakout~).
It's been said hundreds of times, but water and a healthy diet full of fresh natural vegetables and fruits (go raw!) is the ultimate cure... if you start drinking 8 glasses, you'll see the difference in your skin immediately~!
Acne isn't forever, but that doesn't mean you should suffer and live through it; Everything takes time and patience, but that doesn't mean you should settle.
OH! Be sure to switch up your routines! Your precious skin basically hates you, and will find a way to get used to what you're using. If you have 2 routines [example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfjD3HaWmFM] you'll most likely keep your clear skin.
Don't EVER pick, pop, stab with needles, poke, rub, scratch, altogether touch, any pimple or really anything on your face. With most acne, it'll actually spread the oil around to other places on your face and make you break out more!
oh my gaww so much to say so little time! Just PM me if you need any help, I'll help you as best as i can C:
I am not a dermatologist or whatever, just a girl who has had acne trouble and gone through the many phases of acne. I tried simplifying some advice i would have loved to have when my skin was bad.
I'm almost acne free guys~! and my skin is GLOWING!

kittymutt
04-19-2011, 03:53 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination. (oily in the T zone)
Age Range: college age (or 19 )
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: Nose, around the mouth and sides of face.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Purpose gentle cleaning wash, then Moisturize with Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: same as above
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Again, same
Additional Advice: Don't use Proactive if your skin is sensitive. When I used it, it made my face really red and dry!

tarinalove
04-19-2011, 06:13 PM
Interesting thread.

Age: college age 18
skin type: dry and acne prone (sensitive slightly)
where i break out worst: cheeks (dryest spots!), slightly on my forehead and chin.
Regiem:
every day: wash face with boots cleansing foam wash-contains willowbark and rosemary (no sacylic acid or benziol peroxide in it)
apply moisturizer (currently st. Ives since it is hypo allergynic but planning to switch to avalon oragnics vitamin C with spf moisturizer)
apply tea tree oil concealer onto problem areas. I have been using this for a week and have no new pimples! The ones i did have reduced in size over night and now even the scars are fading! :D

I do that when I wake up and before bed. I wear makeup daily but it is all non-comedegenic or hypo allergynic aside from my powders. (which just set my makeup and does not break me out)

once a week: apply a chocolate deep moisturizing mask-brand i will look up but it is at walgreens for 2 for 3$ or mint julep mask by queen helene. Which is 4$.

Nothing extreme.

Advice:
sacylic acid deterioates your skin and makes it worse over time not better. It is awful. I used to believe it worked but tbh it just made my skin worse.
Benziol peroxide over drys out your skin.
Witch hazel is a good toner but it takes very little.
Tea tree oil and products that contain it are good for your skin and help fight acne.

Learn your skin type. Get feedback. :}

millychu
04-20-2011, 10:51 AM
@BloodOfAutumn- Wah this helped me a lot, thank you very much~ I have mostly the same problems as you and it is very troublesome *sigh*, hopefully it'll get better soon. Thanks again!

Riko-chan
04-20-2011, 12:50 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Um...average I think?
Age Range: 20s
Gender: Female
Race: Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas: on and around my nose, chin. Rarely, my browline.
Daily Skincare Ritual: Well, I only recently started this, but it's been pretty good, esp. at that time of month. I wash in the morning with some ProActive scrub (nothing else) then in the evening to use something a little soapier, I use St. Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea scrub. I like it because it makes my face feel more "washed" than ProActive, which kinda just feels like thick water with sand in it...
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Extra washings.
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Um...I will change to something a little harsher, like an oxy pad cleaners of something, on the problem areas. I used to use a mask, but I am out and haven't bought a new one.
Additional Advice: Um...wash after exercise. And exercise often. Sweating I hear is good for the skin, but don't let that gunk stay on your face afterwards.

Hagane No
04-22-2011, 12:57 AM
I have acne, and it's sort of because of a...weird situation.

I have PCOS. I recommend everyone look that up and spread awareness!

Basically, my hormones are out of loop. So acne, as well as a bunch of other embarassing things, come and are hard to make go away!

I have used mario badescu, proactive, burts bee's, clean & clear, clearasil, Neutrogena...nothing seems to work! :/ But since my situation is different, i assume that I have to take some pill to get my hormones back in check. ugh. frustrating...

PockyPanduh
04-27-2011, 01:17 AM
use soap and water >_>

Regenerator
05-10-2011, 04:11 AM
use soap and water >_>

Sorry but I personally HATE smart talk like that :fuming:. If you're not gonna provide something useful, let alone something helpful and positive in this thread, then keep it to your ******* self!! :angry:

Now to be on topic:
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: It's oily.
Age Range: College age (over 18, before 21)
Gender: Male
Race: Asian? ...Filipino :D
Problem Acne Areas: Jawline and cheeks.
Daily Skincare Ritual:
I stick to Acne.org's Big Kit Regimen. (http://www.danielkern.com/category-s/25.htm) I just wash my face with the Cleanser, and then follow up with the Treatment. After that I finish up with the Moisturizer. They have directions there, although I tweak it out based on my skin's reaction.

After that routine, I take Vitamin A and E supplements, and I take Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil liquid soft gels. I also take Zinc for the inflammation. Since it's sunny here most of the time, I use a 30+ spf sunscreen before heading outside.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:
Whenever there's an important event coming up, or I can feel my stress levels kicking in, I use Acne.org's AHA+ (http://www.danielkern.com/product-p/aha-6.htm)
I would also try to stabilize my stress levels by taking a walk, jogging, or even doing a mile if I have enough free time.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:
For 'emergency'... well i never had an emergency. If there was an emergency, then I would exercise more frequently than the regular morning jog. Maybe some "Suicides" or HIIT to work off the stress.

Additional Advice:
My Acne is mostly generated from stress, or too much of it. Try getting active in awhile for 3-4 weeks and see if that helps with your acne to work it off. :)
Oh and the community forum (http://www.acne.org/messageboard/forums.html) at Acne.org is very supportive and provides some reviews on products that could help you out. You don't really have to be a member to read reviews and whatnot.

Well I hoped I helped out someone :D

Jetaski
05-16-2011, 05:18 PM
Not sure if anyone mentioned this, but my shower water has a lot of chlorine in it and I changed to a filtered shower head, which helps some with the acne.

StrawberrySiren
05-16-2011, 07:38 PM
\After that routine, I take Vitamin A and E supplements, and I take Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil liquid soft gels. I also take Zinc for the inflammation. Since it's sunny here most of the time, I use a 30+ spf sunscreen before heading outside.

Just wondering, what are the benefits of Fish oil? From the wikipedia page, it seems to help with cardiovascular problems, which does appeal to me. Also, if I ever try using something like Fish oil gels, what would be a sufficient supplement? I have a severe allergy to fish and am weary of trying it out.

Regenerator
05-17-2011, 01:41 AM
Just wondering, what are the benefits of Fish oil? From the wikipedia page, it seems to help with cardiovascular problems, which does appeal to me. Also, if I ever try using something like Fish oil gels, what would be a sufficient supplement? I have a severe allergy to fish and am weary of trying it out.

http://www.fish-oil-advice.com/benefits-of-fish-oil/:
"The Journal of Lipid Research announced in 2005 that a few benefits of fish oil regarding skin condition are oil production regulation, increased hydration, reduced acne and fewer wrinkles."

I basically use fish oil mainly for hydration and oil regulation. I take the 1000mg soft gels that I buy from Vitamin Shoppe;however, since you did mention that you're allergic to fish, Do Not Take Fish Oil!!

http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-flaxseed-oil.html:
"Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea: The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores."

Flaxseed oil is very similar to fish oil, just without the fish :D
I'd recommend taking these instead of the fish oil. I usually take "NatureMade" 1000mg soft gels. I think you could get these at Walgreens or Safeway. Hopefully that helps you out :)

StrawberrySiren
05-17-2011, 10:10 PM
Yeah I wasn't going to, hahaha. I've just always wondered what they were suppose to do. I think my mom takes them. The flaxseed oil does seem interesting, though. Right now, my forehead is like a frying pan it's so oily. Thanks for the info! I'll definitely look into it.

UchihaVicky
05-18-2011, 01:01 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: oily
Age Range: College age (over 18, before 21)
Gender:Female
Race:Latino
Problem Acne Areas: the cheeks
Daily Skincare Ritual: wash face with baking soda and soap for 60 seconds. then, I rub face with peroxide and afterwards rub on oil control lotion.

EkoOtsurone
05-18-2011, 01:33 AM
Usually I use hydrogen peroxide. That stuff is a godsend in an rx container.

mysterin
05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oil
Age Range: 20
Gender: Male
Race: African American/Native American
Problem Acne Areas: RARELY my face, and used to be my chest when I was young
Daily Skincare Ritual: Wash my face thoroughly (Behind ears, neck, nose, forehead, etc.)
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I'll pop the zit before the day starts and wash my face. After that, I apply facial cream to the entire face and battle wound (:P).
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Make-up. Yes, men can do it too.

Additional Advice: If the problem persists, drink lots of water and watch what you eat. Junk food can make you break out and not getting any sun can be harmful too. Wash your face DAILY, especially if you KNOW you have oily skin. Definitely wash blackheads, and use a cream if you have excessive acne. I used to be a victim of having excessive acne, and now I'm free! You can do it too! :D

spooked
05-18-2011, 10:25 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average? Dry.
Age Range: 15.
Gender: Female.
Race: British.
Problem Acne Areas: Cheek!
Daily Skincare Ritual: Erm, drink lots and lots and lots of water, making it a habit. No other skincare rituals ever worked for me... Also plenty of sunlight.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: The above, and hope it goes away soon!

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Make-up. :P

xamaterasux
05-19-2011, 04:46 AM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?:Average I think. I do have a problem with my nose having flaky skin even though its oily =/
Age Range:22
Gender:Female
Race:Caucasian
Problem Acne Areas:Chin,jawline,and sometimes my forehead
Daily Skincare Ritual:St.Ives green tea scrub. I also just recently started using loreals revitalift >.> Its actually helped most of my acne go away but I still have breakouts.
Skincare During a Breakout Ritual:Nothing D:
'Emergency' Skincare Ritual:Nothing again :(

thatgalsagenius
05-19-2011, 05:06 AM
•Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combination more oily around the "T' area
•Age Range: Mid teens
•Gender: Female
•Race: Chinese
•Problem Acne Areas: 'T' area
•Daily Skincare Ritual: See below
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Gentle cleanser (such as Neutrogena Gentle cleanser) then Johnson's baby lotion
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: ...FOR BLACKHEADS ONLY I don't know how to steam, but generally sweating a lot after sport also works. Use a metal spoon (like buy one just for this purpose) and use the edge to wipe the oil away/press gently to get the oil to come out. This is emergency, remember. Wipe on paper and repeat until much oil is gone. Wash with a gentle cleanser (NEVER SOAP IT'S SOOOOO BAD) and apply moisturiser. ALTERNATIVELY if you have little time, use something like Garnier Blackhead control (has eucalyptus beads) apply to the problem areas, use fingers to 'scrub' in and leave for a while, rubbing every minute or so while you're washing. Then wash off, pat dry and apply moisturiser.
•Additional Advice: I don't know if this has already been mentioned, but if you have really oily skin, use a GENTLE cleanser and apply non-oily moisturiser afterwards. During the day if your skin is oily, use blotting paper. And once a week/fortnight use a deep cleanser.

I hope this helps. :)

RicanPlatano
05-19-2011, 08:52 AM
i'm not sure if this was mentioned but i heard PROACTIVE works really well since they changed it up this past year. this girl i work with had really really bad acne and now her face is so clear... when i asked her what she used she said PROACTIVE i told her that never worked for me and she said it never worked for her until recently since they added some new and improved formula or something... also i like to use a 3 piece Mary Kay face wash.. its just so hard for me to obtain but i bought it was and i had no acne and no dirt/oil.

Jacky_theNerd
05-20-2011, 10:20 PM
Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Average

Age Range: 18 to 20

Gender: Male

Race: White/Native American

Problem Acne Areas: jawline and around my lips.

Daily Skincare Ritual: I use facial soap in the shower every morning.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Wash once in the morning, once in the night.

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Toothpaste. I put it on at once I know I'm home for good and at night. The next day, I wash the toothpaste off and rip a hole into the zit using a pin and squeeze the junk out. I also use baby powder when I'm low on toothpaste. That works pretty well despite the fact it don't stick too well.

Additional Advice: Don't be like me. When I'm thinking i rub my cheeks and face like a madman. Also, to the guys, shaving regularly helps control zits. Zits love to grow and hide in whiskers.

Big Sister
05-21-2011, 11:33 PM
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Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Oily.

Age Range: 18.

Gender: Female.

Race: Caucasian.

Problem Acne Areas: Forehead, chin, cheeks, temples.

Daily Skincare Ritual: I take a shower every single day. When I shower, I normally wash my face with Johnson's Blackhead Scrub. I do this after I'm done with everything else - it's my last thing to do. I scrub for 10 - 30 seconds, and then wash it off. I also take Tetracycline and birth control, both for acne control purposes.

Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: I have none. I keep washing my face and pray for the best. V.V

'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: Again, none. I just use as much coverup as I can and pray that they all go away soon.

Additional Advice: If you have blackheads, DO NOT PURPOSEFULLY POP THEM. You'll end up turning something completely tiny and miniscule into one of those huge red bumps. Not only that, but it WILL have a whitehead because you were going after it so much.

So just leave blackheads alone, PERIOD.

I was hoping somebody could help give me advice about minimizing pore size and getting rid of blackheads? I would love for my acne to go away. I'm tired of red bumps on my face. D:

hildebrande03
05-22-2011, 11:48 PM
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I was hoping somebody could help give me advice about minimizing pore size and getting rid of blackheads? I would love for my acne to go away. I'm tired of red bumps on my face. D:

First off you've got the right idea with not popping blackheads. Biore strips work well with blackheads and minimizing pores. My dermo told me that enlarged pores (which I am guilty of as well) result from sun exposure. It's just how some people's skin reacts to the sun. So. Sunscreen, every day. Get a moisturizer with at least a 30 spf. They have these great sunscreen sticks you can get for under ten bucks that are great, not greasy at all. I got the generic at CVS and it's a 30 spf. It looks like a mini deodorant stick.

Also, water, water, and more water! Drink as much as you can. In general the rec is 8-9 cups, not counting other beverages. I try for 10 plus. I've seen a huge difference in my skin just by upping the water intake.

Hope this helps! oh, right, since I've given advice I might as well fill out the little form.

••Skin Type - Dry, Oily, or Average?: Combo
•[B]Age Range: early 20s
•Gender: Female
•Race: Caucasian
•Problem Acne Areas: upper cheeks
•Daily Skincare Ritual: wash my face in the morning with cool water, at night with clean and clear sensitive skin or when I exfoliate (three times a week) with an apricot scrub for sensitive skin.
•Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Moisturize as usual, Use cortisone cream on breakout(to eliminate swelling), pop an advil (eliminate swelling), then use cover up (I only use bareminerals), drink LOTS OF WATER, eliminate caffeine until breakout clears.
•'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: See above.
•Additional Advice:
Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I tell my girlfriends this: WASH OFF YOUR MAKEUP EVERY DAY. Those bareminerals commercials that claim the makeup is so pure you can sleep in it are LIES.

Also, I wash my makeup brushes regularly. Not only does this keep them in good shape but it keeps things sanitary and my skin clear. Finally, watch out for a product that makes you break out. Sometimes that redness comes from a new product or makeup your using. It's happened to me plenty of times (hence why I use sensitive skin products and mineral makeup). Don't discount baby products if you have really sensitive skin. After all, what is more susceptible and vulnerable than baby skin? If it works for them it can work for us, and they're often more reasonably priced.

pinapplegum
05-26-2011, 07:24 AM
# Skin Type: Average
# Age Range: 22
# Gender: Female
# Race: White
# Problem Acne Areas: cheeks- nearer to the jaw line / forehead (small, nearly mature zits are always there; they're few, but still there) / shoulders (I have so many acne scars there!) / neck (once in a while I get a deep zit or two here)
# Daily Skincare Ritual: 1-2 times a day I use cleansing pads (either Stridex Dual Solutions, Exchange Select [military stores sell them. they're cheaper versions] Cleansing Cloths for Face and Eyes, or a combination of both). I mosturize with Hydrocerin Moisturizing Cream for Dry Skin (Dr. Gave it to me for my bumpy arms, so I use it for my face too)
# Skincare During a Breakout Ritual: Pop, clean, band-aid if it comes back infected. (I can't help myself - I have impulses to pop that I cannot resist)
# 'Emergency' Skincare Ritual: none
# Additional Advice: Um. Don't pop zits. You'll get scars.

Note: The pores on my nose are usually slightly oily all the time, and they're always clogged. At night I have to squeeze the dirt out. Pore strips seem to do even less of a job than squeezing them out, and the strips never take even half of the stuff out.