ACNE!!!

  • adidas0783

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    Apr 20, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    Ok guys, so here is the deal. I have very sensitive skin that is prone to mild acne flare ups. I have dealt with it since my teens. However, since I have moved into my 20s it has calmed down and cleared up remarkably.

    I am almost 26 and over the past year have really gotten into shape, working on building muscle mass/definition and have changed my diet. I know that weight training and the boost in testosterone can cause breakouts. Pores can become blocked with sweat and excess oil being produced. I also watch my fat intake (I know you need saturated fats - I get what I need for hormone regularity, ect.) and have cut out refined carbs (which I have read can cause acne flares). I eat a heart healthy diet and take fish oil (noticed some improvements in skin).

    So, for any of you guys out there who have similar issues with your skin - what has worked for you? I just want any tips I can get to get these blemishes under control long-term.
  • gymguy81

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    Apr 20, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    honestly it may have been time but i noticed my face cleared up almost compleatly after i started lifting havent changed much welll my diet but i was clear be 4 that idk i was sweating the oild and durt off me i guess but thats all i did and with my con dition i can have break outs into my 40's
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    Apr 20, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    hey man when iw as in middle school i had gross pizza face and it went away when i was liek 17 but i still get little groups of pimples here and there, i went to the doc and he gave me a pill but those pills really mess up ur immune system and i hate taking pills, what keeps it under control for me is i wake up, wash my face with toner. in the middle of the day after my work out i hop in the shower and just cleanse my body with OXY body wash and use soap on my face and then b4 i go to bed i use noxema.

    its been working pretty well but every1s skin is different, mines not very sensitive but i hope this helps a bit icon_smile.gif
  • metta

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    Apr 20, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
    Using a combination of things tends to work better than just trying one.

    Proactiv
    http://www.proactiv.com/

    keep your hands off your face

    eat healthy

    change your bedding frequently, especially your pillow cases

    steam room

    and Tanda

    http://www.tandaskincare.com/clear.shtml

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    Apr 20, 2009 3:00 AM GMT
    I just discovered Clinique Acne Solutions. I have to admit that I was skeptical about using products from a department store but took the chance. I started last week and am starting to notice oil has been controlled and my face just feel's clean and glow's.

    I have combination skin and being Hispanic tend to be rather oily. I notice that working out actually help's to keep my skin clear, maybe all that sweating is good.
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    Apr 20, 2009 3:12 AM GMT
    I used to use Proactiv Solutions and it worked very well for over 10 years. I didn't like the bleaching effect of the benzoyl peroxide.

    I recently discovered products by Lush cosmetics. The charcoal face wash bar, used in conjunction with the tea tree water and enzymion moisturizer has been the perfect, natural combination. It's a bit pricey, but lasts a very long time: $20 on charcoal bar, $17 on tea tree water, $35 on enzymion moisturizer, but I'm on month 4 with still plenty left. The charcoal bar cleans and calms the face. The tea tree kills bacteria. The enzymion moisturizer prevents oil.
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    Apr 20, 2009 3:17 AM GMT
    Dude.....You should be:

    #1. Be drinking a ton of water.
    #2. Eat one cup of yogurt, or drink 1 or 2 Activia drinks each day for about a month or two.......the active bacteria acts somewhat as an antibiotic type of agent that will help fight the acne breakouts.
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    Apr 20, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    KansasAthlete saidDude.....You should be:

    #1. Be drinking a ton of water.
    #2. Eat one cup of yogurt, or drink 1 or 2 Activia drinks each day for about a month or two.......the active bacteria acts somewhat as an antibiotic type of agent that will help fight the acne breakouts.


    does the activia thing really work for helping with breakouts?
  • Hunter9

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    Apr 20, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    you know what used to work well for me; making sure i shaved every day with a RAZOR. obviously you only shave certain parts of your face, but on those parts, i feel like shaving removes the dead skin cells (and other shit) that is accumulating on your skin... doesnt work much for the forehead but you get the idea
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    Apr 20, 2009 4:08 AM GMT
    "Are there any foods that can help prevent acne?"

    http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=fightdz&dbid=5

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    Apr 20, 2009 6:02 AM GMT
    It sounds like we're in a similar boat. My suggestion is to find a good gentle cleanser and moisturizer. The reason why your skin gets oily is that the stuff that you're using is probably sapping all the oil out of it so your body's overcompensating.

    Try looking at your local natural foods store. I've found that with sensitive skin...use a chemical product, expect a chemical reaction.

    Omega 3s are good...maybe try a B complex vitamin as well. That seems to help as well.
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    Apr 20, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    surferdude1101 said
    KansasAthlete saidDude.....You should be:

    #1. Be drinking a ton of water.
    #2. Eat one cup of yogurt, or drink 1 or 2 Activia drinks each day for about a month or two.......the active bacteria acts somewhat as an antibiotic type of agent that will help fight the acne breakouts.


    does the activia thing really work for helping with breakouts?


    No. Active cultures in yogurts and probiotics in specialty products do nothing for bacteria on the skin. Acne is an external problem and yogurts, kefir, and the like are for internal maladies only.
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    Apr 20, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
    I use a facial scrub every second day (its a gentle one) along with face wash twice a day, moisturise.. sorta does the trick for me, but the company who produced the facial scrub I liked stopped making it for some reason and now I"m struggling to find another one that works for me icon_sad.gif
  • gallus81

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    Apr 20, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    while I never got really bad acne on my face, I did get my fair share, as well as on the tops of my shoulders and back ... a doctor told me when I was around 17 to simply stand in the sun for 5 to 10 mins every few days to "seal the pores" ... or something to that extent, can't recall his exact words.

    I know there'll be plenty of people who will reject that claim and demand the exposure will be more detrimental than beneficial, but the fact I've never really had acne ever since I feel is testament to it's worth.
  • nhnelson

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    Apr 20, 2009 8:09 AM GMT
    Try Kiehl's Energizing facial scrub, man. It changed my life. Don't use proactiv, shit's too intense. It'll bleach your skin. I used it for two years and at a point there was a reversal of its effects. Proactiv is bad news bears.
  • adidas0783

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    Apr 20, 2009 9:39 AM GMT
    KansasAthlete saidDude.....You should be:

    #1. Be drinking a ton of water.
    #2. Eat one cup of yogurt, or drink 1 or 2 Activia drinks each day for about a month or two.......the active bacteria acts somewhat as an antibiotic type of agent that will help fight the acne breakouts.


    So, I drink plenty of water and seldom drink coke or any soda for that matter.

    I eat yogurt, not every day - I will give it a trail run and see. I live the stuff! icon_smile.gif

    Guys, you all have given wonderful advice and I greatly appreciate it icon_biggrin.gif I am going to look into some of these products especially for sensitive skin.

    I do agree - Proactive is BS...been there, done that, doesn't work. It had the opposite effect on me.
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    Apr 20, 2009 11:10 AM GMT

    Eating chocolate does not cause acne. However, many people are sensitive to chocolate in a way that may cause breakouts. Chocolate may cause the oil in the skin to become stickier and not flow from the pores as readily. This can contribute to having pimples. Try giving up chocolate for a month to see if you are one of the sensitive individuals.

    You mentioned that refined sugar can cause acne. The reason for this is that white cells in the skin will consume the excess sugar rather than consuming
    P. Acnes bacterium the cause of acne.

    If you have red pimples, go easy on milk from cows that have been given antibiotics or hormones. This might pass on to you through the milk and could cause hormonal upset that irritates the skin. Chicken might be a better choice than beef, for the same reasons

    Iodine can cause cystic acne. This is a little known fact. A few years ago there was an actress with major problems with acne. The cause eventually was found to be her vitamins with iodine. This was all over the news at that time. Freshwater fish is superior to seafood because of the iodine in seafood, especially lobster and crab. Iodine causes flare ups in cystic acne. In the grocery store, look for plain salt. It will say, "Does not contain iodine." This is what you will cook with. Stay away from other salty snack food, prepared food, and fast foods. They are all heavily salted with iodized salt. Cheese is high in salt.

    Drink plenty of water ( this was mentioned before) . Stop sodas especially diet sodas since there is they have no health benefit. Water will cleanse impurities out of the system

    God foods include vegetables and fruits (without a lot of salt). Raw or dry roasted nuts, tofu, beans, legumes, and eggs are good for protein.

    Products containing benzyl peoxide are the most effective over the counter acne preparation one can buy. However it may cause your sensitive skin to become irritated. Dermatologist prescribe benzyl peroxide in even a higher concentrations.
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    Apr 20, 2009 12:38 PM GMT
    i found that using non animal fat soaps helps

    http://www.ilovemiceelf.com/glossary/sodium-tallowate.htm
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    Apr 20, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    i used to have real bad acne and my skin is still very oily and prone to breakouts when i'm stressed or haven't gotten to wash my face in a 24 hour period (camping 'n stuff). i get really shiny too which i hate.

    basically i trained myself in puberty to never touch my own face unless there was cleansing foam on my hand lol. you see guys leaning with their face in their palm, or rubbing their face- every time they do, it reintroduces dirt and bacteria to the pores.

    i eat well, take supplements and omega three fish oil, wash my face about three times a day (if i'm working out, otherwise twice) with good product, use a good sebum-reducing toner after that, and have a great facial moisturizer formulated for oily skin to reduce sebum production and mattify. i also got these great mattifying rice papers to carry in my pocket and blot the grease from my face during the day (i know, hot, right? lol). i used to use Neutragena products but have been using L'Occitane products more recently (from the men's care line and the Rice line) and i love them. all in all, this has worked and my complexion is better than it's been in years.
  • adidas0783

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    Apr 21, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    surferdude1101 said
    KansasAthlete saidDude.....You should be:

    #1. Be drinking a ton of water.
    #2. Eat one cup of yogurt, or drink 1 or 2 Activia drinks each day for about a month or two.......the active bacteria acts somewhat as an antibiotic type of agent that will help fight the acne breakouts.


    does the activia thing really work for helping with breakouts?


    I am about to find out....sounds like it would be great for your immune system, thus good for healthy skin.
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    Apr 21, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    ^^^ If Activia serves a purpose, it's that it helps to calm your body from the stress of not having bowel movements. Or to clean out your bowels, which, in turn, helps calm your entire system, thus decreasing stress. It, in itself, does not have a direct impact on your skin like an internally ingest antibiotic would.
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    Apr 27, 2009 8:43 AM GMT
    i like this thread icon_exclaim.gif but i use facial scrubs and moisturizers that don't have oil. I have to was my face about three times a day. No touching the face. Most everyone has covered it. I have doctor prescribed pills and such.
  • Latenight30

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    Apr 27, 2009 11:40 AM GMT
    Activia/probiotics and skin.
    The Skin is the larges organ in the body...no matter what the guy last night said.
    So if there is shit in your body it will show on the out side because your skin gets rid of toxins. So healthy inside, healthy outside.
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    Apr 27, 2009 1:11 PM GMT
    I used this stuff called "sea breeze" (you can get it at walmart or almost anywhere). Its a cleanser for your skin..
    you'd be amazed at how much dirt you can get off your skin even after your shower!!!
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    Apr 27, 2009 2:20 PM GMT
    WATER, WATER, and More Watericon_lol.gif