Acene problems. Any advice?

  • Johnnyhuu

    Posts: 66

    Feb 24, 2013 6:12 AM GMT
    I've been breaking out when I don't even touch my face. I was wondering if there are certain foods or diets I can use to get less pimples? Or does anyone know any good products I may use? Thanks in advance!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:48 AM GMT
    i use this:
    f81e81e87ef205688a1a80a122bda5dd_ra,w403
    and it works really well, i see results the next day. they have a line of products, you could ask about it at a local pharmacy or whatever
  • Lukehiker

    Posts: 161

    Feb 24, 2013 7:01 AM GMT
    I still have acne issues myself.

    Diet can affect how your acne develops, however keeping your skin clean is equally important. I use an SOS pad(yeah, I do) and a general purpose body wash; alcohol scrubs will take care of whatever is left.

    Using specialty washes is a good option too, but don't follow some add or another's recommendation on these; everyone has different skin, and some washes will actually make your acne worse. If you go with a wash, get a professional opinion from a dermatologist.
  • AMoonHawk

    Posts: 11406

    Feb 24, 2013 7:11 AM GMT
    Stay away from all greasy foods, and chocolate.
    Cotton swab and rubbing alcohol (the lower percentage, I think it is 72%) 2 to 3 times a day. You will be surprise at how much dirt seems to be coming off your face each time you clean, but in about 3 days the cotton swab should not come out as dirty. Depending on how oily your skin, you may need to stick to 3 times a day for a while, but eventually you will only need to do it once a day, and then down to 2 or 3 times a week. Be careful how hard you rub, you could give yourself friction burns, which just looks like a mild case of sunburn (and feel like it to) but then you have to lay off the cleaning until you heal. Get the big cotton swabs, those small ones are worthless.
    NOTE: do not use peroxide to clean your face, you can permanently damage your skin and end with dark spots and actually burn your skin.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 5:58 PM GMT
    I have found that stress and nutrition is the number one combination for causing acne. Just stop worrying too much about it--it only makes things worse. It's hard, but acne is generally going to do whatever the hell it wants, so the less you care about it the better sometimes.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 5:59 PM GMT
    That really depends on what you have tried already and the severity of what you are dealing with.

    1) Witch hazel always worked pretty well for me. It's a fairly mild astringent that is sold at most drug stores.

    2) Try finding astringent solutions that have a high concentration (like as high as you can find OTC) of salicylic acid.

    3) I know people who have had great luck with Proactiv.

    4) Sometimes doctors will give prescriptions for really mild antibiotic regimens which work for some people. I don't recommend that though. No reason to aid in the rise of super bugs.

    5) Accutane is still probably the best solution on the market. Especially for really severe cases. You have to get a prescription from a dermatologist, but it's well worth the hoops you have to jump through.

    Good Luck!
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:06 PM GMT
    after my teenage years, that i spent trying every possible solution to limit the damages, i realized that some foods are much worse than others.
    I cannot stand milk, so when i started drinking only the lactose-free one, and eliminated everything else made with normal milk, including ice-cream, muffins and whatever, my skin got so much better. I am totally spot-free right now, so check your diet and eat as clean as possible. Maybe it'll work for you too.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:10 PM GMT
    Acne isn't much of an external problem.. It's an internal. Stop eating processed foods, go early to bed and sleep longer, exercise..

    Getting a new facewash won't help.
  • kietkat

    Posts: 342

    Feb 24, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    I had acne in my teens and found Proactiv Solution to work very well. Saw a major difference in a couple weeks. It really forces you not only to wash your face but also get rid of dead cells/dirt (exfoliate). It was my first successful infomercial product icon_biggrin.gif

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:22 PM GMT
    For me stress makes me breakout.. I'm 18 and I don't even have acne, probably because I had it at a very early age..

    I use the regimen and It cleans my face well
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:32 PM GMT
    Wait another 5 years... it mostly goes away. icon_razz.gif

    Except at the most inconvenient moments. I still get minor outbreaks. icon_lol.gif
  • tylerc

    Posts: 16

    Feb 24, 2013 6:41 PM GMT
    There's this thing called Acne-Aid, a facial cleanser. Totally works, try it out.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    Drink lots of water, change your diet to fresh foods, and use facial cleanser. If this doesn't work, you probably need accutane.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:50 PM GMT
    Some people are blessed with naturally flawless skin, and some aren't. There's not much we can do.
    But you can pinpoint what causes your breakouts. I know for me, it's sugar, whenever I load up on sugary foods, I get those godforsaken spots.
    Keep a mental track of what you eat and what happens to your face a day or two after, then, you can at least kind of figure out what to stay away from, or limit.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:52 PM GMT
    Face Wash + Persagel + Good Moisturizer (twice a day). I get very few acne breakouts on my face and I've been dealing with it for 10 or so years. My back is the same way... it practically breaks out if you touch it.

    Make sure your pillow covers are being washed (at least weekly). Avoid touching your face.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    If you're having really chronic trouble and just don't feel like you're managing, if you're able, go to a dermatologist. They can do wonders for you.

    Rule 1. Do not buy into all these commercials that sell products with the selling point that they're dermatologist-recommended (I'm talking to you, Neutragena). Most of these products are total bunk. I've never heard ProActiv mentioned once in the office.

    This is the lone product my dermo said to even let near my face:

    113080.jpg

    This is a prescription gel that dermatologists swear by for their own personal private use, so you know it's good. It's very effective, but use it very sparingly, because it's strong. This can shrink a blemish down overnight -- sometimes within mere hours -- and if you have persistent, residual redness from previous breakouts, it will produce a light peeling effect that will reveal new skin beneath. I've used it for years and love it:

    rby-tazorac-de.jpg
  • monet

    Posts: 1093

    Feb 24, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    Make a homemade face mask out of mashed avocado and olive oil. Apply to face for 30 minutes and wash off. Do this three times a week and all your acne will be gone in 2-3 weeks.
  • LJay

    Posts: 11612

    Feb 24, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    PanOxyl is available over the counter at pharmacies. My dermatologist recommended it as a reasonably priced treatment.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    If it's severe or chronic acne, Accutane is the way to go. You need to see a dermatologist for that because it's prescription med, and there are side effects for which your derma will have to monitor.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:08 PM GMT
    Stay away from astringent. It is not good for your skin
    Stay away from On The Spot Removers, they DON'T work.
    Stay away from salicylic acid. It works for the now but fails to protect for later.

    The only thing you should really use is a good facial cleanser and then make sure to moisturize your face so it doesn't get dry.

    I suggest Clean and Clear Continuous Cleanser (10% Benzyl Peroxide) it is the best on the market.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:19 PM GMT
    In my experience, I get breakouts regardless of my diet.

    I've been using a product called Panoxyl, and it has helped a lot.

    You can probably find it at Walmart or CVS.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:30 PM GMT
    Acne is generally a bacterial infection of your skin. Generally, a physician can find a cure to be rid of it once and for all without product x, etc.

    Go to a qualified medical professional and just get rid of it.
  • MidwesternKid

    Posts: 1167

    Feb 24, 2013 8:32 PM GMT
    This is by no means a cure or full blown remedy, but I would change my pillow cases more frequently. When I had problems with acne, this helped to some degree.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:39 PM GMT
    MidwesternKid saidThis is by no means a cure or full blown remedy, but I would change my pillow cases more frequently. When I had problems with acne, this helped to some degree.


    Agreed and normal sheets. You shed dead skin when sleeping and it clogs pores.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 24, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    what is Acene?