Acne!

  • tt888

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    Jun 18, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    I'm 19 so I know that this is a problem for a lot of people my age but no matter what I try it doesn't seem to budge Admittedly, it's not that bad (maybe like a 3/4 out of 10) and I'll be the first to admit that I'm quite vain so the fact that I can't seem to shift acne is a real blow to my confidence. As a result, I'm not that great in terms of dating because I just get too concerned by the fact he'll reject me because of my skin so I end up breaking up with him first.

    I have a dermatologist who's prescribed me two different antibiotics and topical stuff, but both of which were only temporarily effective. Basically, I was wondering if anyone has any tips because I'm at the end of my tether here.
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    Jun 18, 2012 7:10 PM GMT
    As the old cliche goes: "Time heals all wounds" ...including acne.
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    Jun 18, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    When yah got it, flaunt it -

    http://www.popthatzit.com/
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    Jun 18, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    Castor oil. Once you get out the shower put a penny size on your palm and massage morning and night and watch the miracle happen.

    At least that happend to me after i tried everything else in the book

    Ps You should ix it 60% castor oil with 40% jojoba oil since it ballances oil production.

    Research Castor oil and skin benefits. Its anti viral and contain lots of rich omegas 3 + 6 and is known to dissolve tumors and warts.

  • choubi

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    Jun 18, 2012 9:20 PM GMT
    Wash your face every morning and night with a good solution in France its called solution micellaire!

    It really helped me.

    Then I was applying pure essential oil at night. It was a mixture of Green Tea, Lavenda and Geranium.

    And Morning I was applying a Non comedo moisturizer cream to re-hydrate my skin.

    But if you have a lot of ACNE i really think its the oral products who will help you! It's often an hormonal problem! You have to see and continue with your dermatologist! If you re not satisfied with the results go back to her, she might change the dose or the product!

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    Jun 18, 2012 9:25 PM GMT
    First, you need to stress less about your appearance. this, in itself, might be making the situation worse.

    Secondly, find out what works as everyone's face is different and the cause of it maybe different as well. I've used ProActiv and it worked very well. Now I use Charcoal Face and Greased Lightning with my own moisturizer and it's worked perfectly for years.
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    Jun 18, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    For some reason potatoes give me zits. Even after I had had Accutane. And the potato-toxin-or-whatever-it-is takes ages (like 4-6 weeks) to clear the system and even small amounts are a problem.
    For other people it's milk/dairy (and I think some folks chocolate - that must suck).
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    Jun 18, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Ask your family doc for doxycycline antibiotics. My brother had really bad acne and nothing helped except that.
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    Jun 18, 2012 9:59 PM GMT
    grofte saidFor some reason potatoes give me zits. Even after I had had Accutane. And the potato-toxin-or-whatever-it-is takes ages (like 4-6 weeks) to clear the system and even small amounts are a problem.
    For other people it's milk/dairy (and I think some folks chocolate - that must suck).

    Yep, chocolate for me. icon_sad.gif

    Too much and even at my age (63) I'll briefly break out for a couple of days. I can also get a chocolate headache.
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    Jun 18, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    vegs, fruits, water, sleep, gym, and laughter yoga wew...
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    Jun 18, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    drink a shit load of water!
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    Jun 18, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    I found the best solution washing my face twice a day with a cleanser. I use 10% Benzyl Peroxide. I also have a vitamin A cream that I put on at night that totally helps.

    Best bet is going to a Dermo. Everyones skin is different.
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    Jun 18, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    My Acne was HORRIBLE when I was in my teens. In my early 20's, the acne subsided to only along my jaw line with the occassional flares. By my mid-20's it was ALL gone, and I felt more confident than I ever have. My only advice is to stay healthy, drink water, wash up, and Wait. In the meantime, don't do anything that will cause scars. Now that I am entering my 30's, my skin is all clear and I'm happy!
  • metta

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    Jun 18, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    The one thing that I found helped me the most is putting a bath towel on my pillow. I didn't know why it helped at first but I was told that it has something to do with the oils in my hair getting on my pillow and then on my face, but that the towel absorbs it, keeping it off my face. I still use it even today and have not had acne problems ever since.
  • commoncoll

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    Jun 18, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    Acne is most often caused by a bacteria. You can get a broad spectrum antibacterial, or you can clean you face with simply soap and water often and put hydrogen peroxide or another cleaner or a first aid antibiotic cream on it as they will help lessen bacterial growth. You don't need fancy creams or cleansers, they are most often for peace of mind so you stress less.

    Dust, oil, stress, and your own immune status along with some other factors determine how much "bad" bacterial growth you get, thus how much acne you get. The best solution is to keep clean by washing your face regularly, be well hydrated, and to try to keep a healthy body and mind.

    You can also go to a dermatologist to get professional advice seeing as all of us can only offer opinions.
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    Jun 19, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Accutane. Also, consider eliminating wheat and other inflamatory foods from your diet. That might also help.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    This is what my ma always told me:

    Dry those suckers out.

    What she means is sit in the sun and cook yourself. It's what I do whenever a blemish pops up. It might hurt like a bitch if your skin is lighter though.
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    Jun 19, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidAccutane. Also, consider eliminating wheat and other inflamatory foods from your diet. That might also help.


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    Jun 19, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    Scrub your face with a loofa everyday using gentle body soap. Also, whenever you feel stressed about anything, no matter what it is, take a deep breath and relax, until you can even feel your skin relaxing. Also, wash your sheets and pillow case as often as you can. And DO NOT touch your face
  • D300

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    Jun 19, 2012 2:59 AM GMT
    I've been washing my face with dove bar soap twice daily for almost a year now. I had pretty bad acne for around five years, but dove cleared it all up. I think everything else that I tried was just agitating my skin and making me break out more.
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    Jun 19, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    drinking alot of water and washing your face several times a day worked for me. if your acne isn't that bad then there's no real need for prescriptions. for light cases it usually comes down to what you eat and drink and keeping your face clean.

    I flag karts on a racetrack every day so i'm out there with sunblock and bug spray and all sorts of nasty things on my skin and in my pores so every two hours or so i take a break and go wash my face and neck with a scrubbing cleanser to take all that stuff off and then reapply the sunblock. Oh, and i use a Neutrogena sunblock (SPF30) on my face that's supposed to help prevent clogged pores and breakouts (Coppertone Sport everywhere else).
    Oh, and wet shaving instead of dry helps with exfoliating if you do it nightly or daily (i like Gillette Fusion) and if you walk outside alot or ride a bike you should always have some sort of SPF protection on. Neutrogena makes a simple day lotion that also has SPF15 in it. I drive a convertible so sunblock of some sort is always a must and the lotions usually smell better than actual sunblock.
  • musclmed

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Zinc

    Vitamin A

    supplementation.

    OTC Nizoral shampoo 1% as a bodywash
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    Jun 19, 2012 9:26 AM GMT
    At your age, simple solutions are the best:

    - Wash your pillow case or sleep on a fresh towel every night. Cotton towels are a good idea too. They help pull oils off your face and let your skin breathe. This also stops the accumulation of bacteria where your face sleeps.

    - Sleep. Seriously. Getting enough sleep will do pretty much everything for you. Sleep = boost immune system; will help with acne.

    - Nutrition. You are what you eat. If you're eating sloppy, changing this habit will also reduce acne by a lot. Drop soda and grab water.

    - Since you're still in your teen years, I'd really recommend against using Accutane. That shit is pretty dangerous. It's a last ditch effort kinda thing.

    If these don't work, it's probably hormonal. Testosterone = androgen hormone = increase sebum production = oilier skin = acne. Best bet is to keep your face clean with face wash all the time and wait it out. Good luck man!
  • kiwi_nomad

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    Jun 19, 2012 9:48 AM GMT
    yeah been having this issue lately - as a teen I never really had it bad but in the last 3 months I've been getting break outs like crazy, and I'm almost 27 WTF??! Have always been frequently changing bed sheets and pillow cases, and started showering twice a day which seems to have helped it a little but still is an issue for me.
  • allatonce

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    Jun 19, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    I did accutane. Worked wonders.