Acne remedies?

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    May 09, 2011 5:04 AM GMT
    I know this must already be a stressed topic on the forums so I apoligize in advance.
    Anyway, my skin isn't terrible but I still tend to break out. Over the course of 5 years I've been on three cycles of accutane. It really works wonders but a few months after I quit the accutane I begin to break out again. When I first started accutane I tended to break out on my forehead and back (disgusting I know). Within 6 months of taking the drug my skin was clearer than a kid before puberty! However, after a few months I began to notice I was breaking out along my beard/jaw line. This was also the same time my beard was actually growing in. It seemed more like folliculitus but my derm assured me it wasn't. Anway, I've been on and off of Accutane and I'm STILL having issues with breakouts. My derm is hesitant to let me go on Accutane again because it's supposidly dangerous.... I tried some other remedies but they haven't really helped. My facial routine consists of washing my face with Hibicleanse antimocrobrial cleanser, then masking with baking soda for ten minutes, moisturizing with Cetaphil facial lotion, and then drowning my problem areas with 10% benzoyl peroxide. It keeps things under control but I STILL have issues with ingrown hair/breakout in my beard area. I also never shave with a razor. I always use an electric shaver to prevent irritation.
    About two weeks ago I started using at home 50% glycolic acid facial peels. Overall, it really makes my skin look great and it seems to be helping but it's still too soon to say if it's been completely effective. I'd really appreciate anyone else's input on what I should to to have consistently clear skin ALL the time, or what tends to work for you. Thanks!
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    May 09, 2011 6:20 AM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 10:46 AM GMT
    Is your dermatologist really recommending all this?

    You are already in a decently dry climate. So many people believe their skin to be oily, but it's actually not at all. Our bodies will over compensate with oil production if we aren't getting the hydration. Do you drink enough water everyday? Im pretty sure accutane diminishes oil production.

    The baking soda has got to lower the pH of your skin so low, and then balance it with a moisturizer. In my opinion your skin is probably freaking the fuck out. On top of that the b. peroxide will dry your skin further. The glycolic will destroy the natural barrier for your skin to hold moisture and hydration.

    Suggestion: get your hydration naturally through water everyday, the microbials are fine, and lay low on the acids and bases a bit.
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    May 09, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    Have to agree with Delta; either way, you are using Way too many products on your skin. To put it in perspective, if someone with perfect skin were using all of that all at once, they would begin having skin issues. And stop using Cetaphil: I have somewhat sensitive skin & Cetaphil always freaked my skin out. And use the least amount of products you have too.
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    May 09, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Honey, tea-tree oil (both great natural remedies for acne) and almond oil (for scarring/even skin tone).
  • bad_wolf

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    May 09, 2011 1:32 PM GMT
    After a steaming hot shower use an alcohol solution on a cotton pad, and use it after shaving too.

    Shaving and showers will open the pores and then move in with alcohol to kill off anything there. Should help reduce them.
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    May 09, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    Papaya-Soap... icon_eek.gif ...or just wash ur face everyday/everynight with moisturing/antimicrobial soapicon_eek.gif
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    May 09, 2011 2:02 PM GMT
    stop eating oily food and dairy, or lower your intake. I dunno if that works, maybe it's an old wives tale.
  • commoncoll

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    May 09, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    Lemon juice-Clears skin, moisturizes, reduces scarring/spots

    Just put it on when you go to sleep.

    Just don't go outside in the sun with it on, it will oxidize and you will tan.
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    May 09, 2011 2:07 PM GMT
    I break out if I eat chips or fries. The effect lasts for almost a month and there's a non-linear dose/response (so if I eat a small amount I get zits but if I eat double the amount I don't get double the zits). I've had Accutane twice (once at 18 and once at 24) and I wash my face with water. I use a moisturiser if I'm dehydrated and I use a Biotherm Homme exfoliator after I trim my beard/stubble i.e. once per week. I almost never have any problems. In my beard I get pili multigemini around my chin but I just rip those out.
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    May 09, 2011 5:22 PM GMT
    1. Only drink water
    2. No dairy, the hormones in milk effect hormone balance in your body.
    3. Watch refined sugar/flour

    Acne is genetic, but also based largely on what you eat. Dairy was the big one for me, cut dairy and instantly cleared up.
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    May 09, 2011 7:43 PM GMT
    The whole idea that acne is relevant to your diet really isn't true. Of course if you have a healthy diet your skin will reflect upon it but eating chips now and then will not make you break out. "Scientists have not found a connection between specific foods and acne. The common train of thought "chocolate causes acne" is a myth. There is no scientific link between sugary and greasy foods and pimples, however, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet. The Journal of the American Medical Association recognized, "Diet plays no role in acne treatment in most patients…even large amounts of certain foods have not clinically exacerbated acne."

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    As far as all the other advice, thank you! I appreciate all the feedback. . I also eat a regular diet and I drink plenty of water. I stay away from soda and sugary drinks anyway so that isn't an issue... TO be honest what I'm noticing most results with is the Glycolic facial peels. My face scabs slightly but it's worth it. I can really see a difference so I think I might keep this in my regular regimen. I will take the advice of leaving out the Baking Soda and the microbial cleanser...that does seem like too much. Thank you!

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    May 09, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    You might also try topical Retin A (like Accutane, a derivative of Vitamin A, just topical where it's much less toxic). Get a script from your derm or if your insurance doesn't cover it order it from overseas much cheaper online. Side benefits are increased overall skin health and minimizing wrinkles for the future, but you have to be religious about applying sunscreen.
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    May 09, 2011 8:25 PM GMT
    A winning combination for breakouts and cystic acne is part of what you're doing (glycolic acid) but to enhance the results, you should ask for a prescription for tretinoin preferable .05% to .1%. This commonly is marketed in Canada for instance under the retin-a label or renova in the USA. This is NOT the same as over the counter products being sold as retonic acid and vitamin A.

    I've used this combo (8% glycolic acid toner) during day with retin-a at night for over a decade, my skin is not only flawless but it looks phenomenal.. where people often compliment me on it.

    Your dermatologist would be aware of this. Both products work in a similar fashion, but tretinoin is very powerful, and you cannot use a lot of it all at once.
    You can get it cheap and without prescription in Mexico.

    The other thing is to tan, whether outdoor or in a salon. Of course, only moderately. You will notice that with tanned skin, your acne will significantly improve and/or go away.

    Good luck!
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    May 09, 2011 8:27 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    acne.org!

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    May 09, 2011 8:32 PM GMT
    I kinda agree that you are using too much. I had pretty bad acne in middle and high school and I went to the dermatologist constantly. I used every cream known to man and even went on Accutane once. Accutane worked a bit, but I started breaking out again once I went off of it. Well around my last few years on high school my dermatologist was suggesting I go on Accutane again and after about 6 years of trying everything I just told her I was done trying all this bullshit.

    I kid you not, months after that my face was completely clear. I will get zits occasionally here and there but its usually when I am exercising a lot and leaving the sweat on my face, but if I wash my face soon enough, my face stays very clear.
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    May 09, 2011 10:33 PM GMT
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    May 09, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    My mom took me for two treatments with the dermatologist when I was 15 or 16. Cleared up and no problem after that.
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    May 10, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    way back, about 2 years ago, i had horrible break outs on my face, tried proactiv, nothing, tried other popular products and nothing, it wasn't until i ran into a routine online that my face cleared up, they advised to go buy the CVS spot treatment medication a gentle face wash, and a non-comedogenic, fragrance free moisturizer, i went with Cetaphil on the moisturizer, olay face wash for the face wash and the cvs brand acne medication.

    Washed my face 3 times a day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once more before bed, dabbed my face with a towel as opposed to wiping when you dry off as it irritates the skin, applied the CVS "on-the-spot" treatment all over my face, you dont need much just enough to cover the whole face, allow it to dry then apply the moisturizer. and thats all i did, within weeks my face went back to normal and till this day i follow the same routine.

    Goodluck man :]
  • KissTheSky

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    May 10, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    The benzoyl peroxide solution you're using is too strong, IMO.
    From what I've read and heard from a dermatologist, anything beyond a 2.5% solution will not do anything more positive for you skin and will irritate it, which can result in more breakouts.
    BTW, those ZENO devices actually work for me, and I feel better about burning myself a little than slathering chemicals all over my skin. Might be worth a try for you.
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    May 10, 2011 12:31 AM GMT
    Eat more veggies high in Vitamin A....green leafy stuff, or broccoli.

    Canataloupe is especially good the skin.


    Are there any foods that can help prevent acne?

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    May 10, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Eat a lot of these:

    Cantaloup, honeydew, watermelon, cucumbers, strawberries tomatoes. Try to eat like a pound per day.

    Avoid food with high iodine, especially seaweed.

    Your pics look ok though...*shrugs* maybe an outbreak?
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    May 10, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    For topical treatment, try tea tree oil or a prescription of Fusidic Acid.

    For daily treatment, take 50mg of zinc after a big meal (you need to have it on a full stomach or it will make you very sick) each day. Drink rooibos tea. Drink lots of water.

    There are more and more theories linking acne to poor digestion. Do you ever have acid reflux? Either way, you could try taking hydrochloric acid with meals... eventually ween off until your stomach has relearned how to produce enough stomach acid to break down your food properly.

    Clearly I've put way too much thought into this... but I had to do my research back when my skin used to be really bad. I've suggested all the things that worked for me. Accutane worked very well for me but it was BRUTAL... I still have the side effects almost two years later.