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Unread 07-25-2012, 05:34 AM   #1
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ACNE Problem?

I dont know if this belongs in the Fitness area but lately I have had this really bad acne problem!

I have tried EVERYTHING to get rid of them.

I haven't had this bad of a break out since I was 17 and now they are back and make things look worse!

I am on bc to control the acne and I used to use proactive (was using it for 3 years) but it never did anything for me then I started to use Clinique (for 2 years)

And now nothing is working for me!
I get these SUPER Bad break outs (they are usually the size of my thumb!) They hurt and I hate it T_T
I have about 24 active zits on my face and its painful!

Here are some pictures of my zits T_T

http://i.imgur.com/qWdud.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/iFH5i.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Okigz.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/xSNSM.jpg

How can I get rid of them? No matter what I do they just wont go away! I have tried toothpaste and everything T_T

How can I get rid of them?!

I have also started to break out all over my body as well and that has NEVER happened to me before! D=

I wash my face in the morning and at night and sometimes in the afternoon, I have literally tried everything but it just keeps getting worse! T_T
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Unread 07-25-2012, 06:24 AM   #2
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How to get rid of them largely depends on what is causing them and your skin type. Sometimes stress or a change in diet or exercise can cause a break-out like that. Most products don't do much for me, or if they work, they are so harsh and irritating I just don't want to go through with them.

However, I had a friend recommend two things from LUSH for me and I was really surprised it actually worked. Check and see if there's a store where you live, because they will give you free samples.

1. First, use an exfoliant or scrub. I prefer Dark Angels, but there's a few other ones depending on your skin type. DA has charcoal in it which is nice at absorbing oils that can cause a lot of breakouts.

2. Grease Lightning: Seriously, just a dab of it on after you've washed the area and a lot of the acne problems just go away. It took about three days for mine to seriously diminish. As long as I keep up with exfoliating and putting a dab of it on over the area, I have next to no breakouts, and ones that do pop up disappear before they turn into face-volcanoes.

Also, best thing about this stuff is it doesn't burn. At all. Also it doesn't have enough alcohol in it to clear my sinuses out when I use it.
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Unread 07-25-2012, 08:10 AM   #3
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How to get rid of them largely depends on what is causing them and your skin type. Sometimes stress or a change in diet or exercise can cause a break-out like that. Most products don't do much for me, or if they work, they are so harsh and irritating I just don't want to go through with them.

However, I had a friend recommend two things from LUSH for me and I was really surprised it actually worked. Check and see if there's a store where you live, because they will give you free samples.

1. First, use an exfoliant or scrub. I prefer Dark Angels, but there's a few other ones depending on your skin type. DA has charcoal in it which is nice at absorbing oils that can cause a lot of breakouts.

2. Grease Lightning: Seriously, just a dab of it on after you've washed the area and a lot of the acne problems just go away. It took about three days for mine to seriously diminish. As long as I keep up with exfoliating and putting a dab of it on over the area, I have next to no breakouts, and ones that do pop up disappear before they turn into face-volcanoes.

Also, best thing about this stuff is it doesn't burn. At all. Also it doesn't have enough alcohol in it to clear my sinuses out when I use it.
I have heard of LUSH products before when I was looking for a dry shampoo sadly didn't purchase any. But I think I will give it a try!
I wont be able to get it till I return to Canada in September but that might just work! =D

Thank you so much! =3

ALSO

Does anyone know any good products that I can purchase here in Japan =3
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Unread 07-25-2012, 01:15 PM   #4
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Hey,

I'm not sure of any specific products, but I would suggest talking to a doctor. I know it might sound a little silly asking about something like acne, but they would be able to give you some prescription strength acne medication if the over-the-counter stuff doesn't work.
I got a couple of products from my doctor before, and they work EXTREMELY well. My face was completely clear within a couple of days. I'm sure your doctor would know of a couple of products too.
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Unread 07-25-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
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Aspirin mask is the most direct way to treat these as aspirin is BHA.

I use BHA (Butylated hydroxyanisole/Butylated Hydroxy Acid) toner to get to the core of a break out. You can make your own aspirin toner with just some uncoated aspirin and dissolve them in purified water.

Using BHA won't clear them up over nigh but over time and and prevent them from forming in the first place.

Also surfer mask really helps to speed up break outs as well and won't burn your skin tike too past does. I know that you out of the country so going to a skin specialist might be scary but try to talk a doctor with someone else to help bright the language barrier.

If they recommend a product also find out what the active ingredients in it are and make note of those when you come back if they work so you can look for similar products back home.
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Unread 07-26-2012, 04:43 PM   #6
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This pubmed article pretty much sums up what I would say to people that have cases of acne.

As a precautionary method, diet can significantly reduce the frequency and severity of breakouts. People have less acne when they consume less refined sugars than people that do, combined with hormonal changes during growth (pubterty), causes a perfect storm for breakouts.

For general skin care and treatment, I used to go benzoyl peroxide (5%) and Salicylic Acid (2.5%+), the former for short-term treatment for breakouts and the latter because it's a mild chemical exfoliant. Over time I stopped taking benzoyl peroxide mainly because my eating habits drastically changed over time, which included less refined carbs (I do find that the ocassional weeklong fast-food binge gets me a few breakouts). I do get the occasional breakout now and then, but they aren't as severe as I had them in the past.
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Unread 07-28-2012, 03:38 AM   #7
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I use the website http://www.acne.org/regimen.html. http://www.acne.org/acne-products-guide.html But me personally I use St. Ives exploitation scrub, clean and clear foaming wash, clean and clear toner I think or witch hazel, netrogena spot on (all over face...the website explains it) and Centapil moisturizer lotion.

You basically need to know your skin type, oily, normal, dry, sensative and expolitate to remove dead skin every other day, clean, protect and moisturizer.
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Unread 07-28-2012, 05:10 PM   #8
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Going to a dermatologist would help because they can pinpoint the source of your acne. I went to a dermatologist and a month later my acne was almost completely gone (save for all the scars I got from picking at my face all the time).
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Unread 07-28-2012, 06:42 PM   #9
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I went to my dermatologist and was prescribed "Ziana", it's some fancy cream that works well. I also use beauty water (very easy to get a hold of in Japan) and spray it on my face in the morning. If it's a scam or not I'm unsure, but it at least made me feel better.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 08:29 PM   #10
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I know your pain, for some odd reason everytime a con comes up my face decides to break out. I have found also that nothing workd on my face, the only thing I've found that worked for me is FreeMans Facial Clay Mask-Avocado and Oatmeal works wonders on my face, if I'm breaking out, or starting to, I use it and the next morning my face is much better. It's hard to find this stuff, its only really sold at certain pharmacys but it works really well for me, I cant say if it will for you though

the stuff looks like this http://pics.drugstore.com/prodimg/20971/300.jpg
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Unread 07-29-2012, 11:17 PM   #11
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If you switch out your pillowcase once every 3 days, eat a green apple every day or every other day, and wash your face with a good cleanser every morning and every evening, along with applying aloe vera to your face every day, then the problem should completely clear up in a matter of about a week! :3
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Unread 07-31-2012, 04:33 AM   #12
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I've tried countless of methods and medications but let me give you a little secret that I just discovered. Bragg Organic Raw~Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar! It's a cheap yet healthy alternative to clearing up your skin along with some many other great benefits for your body.

I drink 1-2 teaspoons with 8oz of water 3 times a day. Before I sleep I apply it directly onto my face with a cotton ball and let it sits for 20mins then rinse it out with water. It will burn because it penetrates into your pour and fight against the bacteria and daily contaminants. It's also only $6 for a huge bottle at your organic whole food store.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSXWZQcusgw

I wish you best of luck.
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Unread 08-02-2012, 08:00 AM   #13
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They look so painful! I used to have really bad acne like you. I took BC for 3 months and nothing happened, then the doc made me take it for another 3 months and I'm glad they did because I switched my facewash and BAM; it cleared up. I found that using facewash for sensitive skin can really make a difference with the painful spots, maybe you should try switch yours around. I also exfoliate with a gentle exfoliator once a week. Going to see a dermatologist may also be a good solution too.
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Unread 08-04-2012, 11:59 PM   #14
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Get a facial. A good cosmetologist will be able to profile your skin much better than a dermatologist, trust me.
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Unread 08-06-2012, 05:04 PM   #15
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I used to have terrible terrible acne that made it to my shoulders! D: I tried proactive and clearasil which both didn't work... I then found Dove bar soap with moisturizer. It comes in a light green box and along side of Neutrogena's oil free acne cleanser with redness calming stuff in it my face is almost completely clear! I use the Dove in the morning and the Neutrogena at night.
ALSO when washing your face, make sure you are using a clean rag every time. The rag helps get in deep and to take off all the grime that accumulates over the day better than just soapy water on your hands.
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