Skin Problems

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    Oct 23, 2009 12:36 AM GMT
    Hope this is the right place for this. Lately I have been breaking out like mad! I have no idea why and what is causing it. I eat right and don't eat a lot of junk food or even eat a lot for that matter. Its staying basicly on the side of my forehead for the most part and I can't seem to stop it. I kind of went through something like this around this time of year last year but I thought it was because of the medicaiton I was on. (had complications from surgery and my anxiety wasnt helping so the put me on blood presure meds.) Anyone have ideas of what to use to control their acne. For some reasons too that part of my skin has become much more oily than ever before. HATE IT! Help! =(
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    Oct 23, 2009 2:33 AM GMT
    if you are getting oily a mud mask might help, I use one every 3 days or so and it helps me a fare bit.

    It could be your body is kinda fluctuating seasonally causing it to happen, maybe you have started eating something new? using a new product in shower, clothes, that sort of thing.

    Oily skin can make you break out something BAD, I have combination skin, drives me nuts, a good face wash designed for oily/normal skin and a moisturiser designed for the same helps me, along with regular exfoliating and the mud mask sorta keeps it under ok control (nothing brilliant however)
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:24 PM GMT
    well I normally have combination skin but lately its like WTF, MATE?! ill have to try that. thanks for the tips.
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    Oct 23, 2009 4:36 PM GMT
    Try Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
    It has 3.5% Benzyol Peroxide and isn't expensive at all
    Make sure you have a good moisturizer to use after you do the mask
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    Oct 23, 2009 5:01 PM GMT
    Have you switched shampoo recently?
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    Oct 23, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    I'd say go easy on the over the counter acne products, as they can sometimes do more harm then good. I've had good results with La Roche-Posay products, a little more expensive than the average Clearasil, but not as harsh.

    Also avoid all products that have alcohol in them, as they really make things worse.

    Diet wise, I find for me, Probiotics work really well.
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    Oct 23, 2009 7:19 PM GMT
    surferdude is right.

    for clearing acne Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask
    3.5% Benzyol Peroxide is best.

    use it was a wash every morning and evening and where it as a mask every couple of days at night.

    also, it makes your skin sensitive, so sunscreen in the day is best. using a dry sunscreen like a powder is best if you have oily skin.

    also, the best way to make benzyol peroxide penetrate your pores is to use an exfoliator BEFORE using the wash. no chemical exfoliator, just something gentle since the Benzyol Peroxide is somewhat irritating.

    clean and clear also makes a 10% Benzyol Peroxide cream. works really well if your acne is confined to small parts of your skin. only use this at night.
    Benzyol Peroxide bleaches, so careful what towels you use or clothes you wear and what sheets you sleep on.

    this regime usually seems to work for cystic acne the best. if you have deep acne that can't be extracted, you should start using a retinoid cream to increase cell turnover. prescription Differin or Epiduo is best because of the level of retinoid, but if you dont want to see a doctor; the brand Roc is best. wrinkle cream has the retinoids needed for cell turnover.

    keep your skin clean and protected.

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    Oct 23, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    I think the best thing for ADULT acne is a foam face wash with 5% glycolic acid. Yes I know, a Dermatologist would advise salicylic acid, but I think glycolic acid works better for older adults. As already suggested, a well formulated mud mask works well and once a week buffing is also suggested.

    In the real world many people comment on my healthy looking skin, but no one takes my advice. A good friend of mine would rather go get botox then listen to my skin care regime.....he believes without a doubt I get botox.

    The question remains though, what are you currently using on your skin and hair, and did you recently change any of the products. Many formulations contain agitating ingredients and well known allergens.
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    Oct 23, 2009 7:39 PM GMT
    I believe in harsh chemicals! LOL

    I used to have really bad skin and I took the easy way out and took a 6 month course of accutane.

    from what I have heard from dermatologists, the best things for skin are the simplest of cleansers and lotions. I've been recommended Cetiphil many times. I've been using it for years and swear by it!
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    Oct 24, 2009 1:32 AM GMT
    thanks guys. I really wanna get this crap cleared up. been using the same stuff but I did notice that american crew seems to be causing more problems than what it was worth. stopped using it.
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    Oct 24, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    This is what I'm currently using for my skin.......

    Mornings
    Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
    Spot Treat (if needed) with Benzaclin
    Jergens Daily Glow facial moisturizer SPF 20

    Nights
    Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask (usually leave on as mask for 1 or 2 mintues before adding water and massaging into skin to work as a cleasner)
    Spot Treat (if needed) with Benzaclin
    Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (the thick cream in the jar, not the bottle, works alot better)
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    Oct 24, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    You might want to give ProActiv a try. It helps to balance out and clear up your skin.