Dealing with Acne

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    Nov 16, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    It is flustering dealing with acne. I should not have it. No one on either side of my family has ever had a zit in there entire life. So I should not be getting acne. I have tried everything. I am using the cream from the dermy. I can't use antibiotics because I do not react well with those. It is just flustering being the only one in my entire family and extended with acne trouble. I don't think it will ever go away. Anyone else have this problem? Also this is my first post on this site. Probably not the best way to start is by venting.
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    Nov 17, 2009 12:25 AM GMT
    I had bad acne, and I can still get breakouts. For me it was a dietary issue as well as dealing with sensitive, oily skin. I have no idea what kind of skin you have so I can only speak for myself, but I think general things such as diet are important to consider. Creams and stuff can help, but it doesn't really fix the underlying problem, and treatments aren't universal. For me if it has benzoyl peroxide in it, my life will be miserable. Here's what works for me.

    1. If I drink a lot of sodas, sugar, artificial sweetener or coffee I'm guaranteed a breakout, no questions asked. I also do not drink alcohol anymore, but when I did that broke me out too.

    2. I need to shave just about daily. If I start getting whiskery I break out. I use gel formulated for sensitive skin because I find other gels to be irritating. I do not put aftershave on, but I will use a gentle moisturizer if I feel like I need it (like I said my skin is sensitive).

    3. I cleanse with an exfoliating scrub that I buy from the health food store. It's especially effective during weather like this. In the Summer when I tend to get more oily I'll wash my face 3 times a day...in the winter it's twice otherwise it'll get dried out. .

    4. Look into B complex vitamins, and getting some zinc into your system...initially I really noticed a difference when I started taking them and stopped using all the prescription and "specially formulated" stuff.

    5. I think eating foods with antioxidants helps too...that's why I drink a lot of tea, eat berries, and leafy greens. Drinking a lot of water will also help.

    That's been my experience...for me getting rid of my acne really involved so much more than the latest cream or doc this or doc that. It's really simpler and cheaper to control it now. It takes awhile to find a balance.
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    Nov 17, 2009 12:39 AM GMT
    cool thanks. I wash my face with cetaphil twice a day and use the zit cream. I haven't changed my diet and I eat a lot of what we would call fast food. It is funny because technically there is suppose to be no link between diet and acne but everyone swears that food does affect if you have a breakout. You think they would be able to find a direct link. Currently I am using duac and differin with washing my face twice daily and a moisturizer.
  • B71115

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    Nov 17, 2009 4:53 AM GMT
    have you tried vitamin B5? panthothenic acid
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    Nov 17, 2009 5:29 AM GMT
    I think the evidence between diet and acne is "inconclusive" because acne is a big money business. If the answer were as simple as following a diet, and using a nourishing cleanser and moisturizer then they'd be out of business. One thing I've learned is that healthy skin does not peel, itch, or burn, but just about all the products I took for 10 years made it do just that.


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    Nov 17, 2009 5:30 AM GMT
    Stick with the Cetaphil because it really does work. Throw all of your toners and astringent away and buy something with witch hazel in it, preferably the pure stuff or if you want a commercial product try Thayers. For breakouts i'll put on tea tree oil from the Body Shop but any other will do. The moisturizer I use is Men's Moisture Cream from this German company called Weleda (it's all natural). Dont' wash your face too often because your skin will just produce more sebum and you will end up exacerbating the problem. Definitely stay the fuck away from fast food because that will kill you faster than crack. And I hate to say it but tan often icon_smile.gif

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    Nov 17, 2009 5:35 AM GMT
    Have you tired Proactiv? Unnecessarily expensive, but you can get the same active ingredient - benzoyl peroxide - for much cheaper in Benzac AC.

    Break out Google. I don't think we think that it's diet-related any more, so don't stuff around, get the benzoyl peroxide onto it.
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    Nov 17, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
    i feel your pain.

    im on accutane (4th round) its expensive and fucks you up. but it works.

    try it if you can. or you can do laser, chemical peels.... the list goes on. facemasks and creams will only help so much, depending on the severity
  • gallus81

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    Nov 17, 2009 7:59 AM GMT
    I used to get acne on my upper back / shoulders until a Dr saw it one day (while looking for sun spots) and said just stand in the sun for 5 mins or so each day to let it dry the skin and "seal it". I have no idea what he meant by sealing it, and there are people who will advise that even 5 mins in the sun is bad, but I no longer have any acne at all, so it worked for me.
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    Nov 17, 2009 8:03 AM GMT
    tinymike saidi feel your pain.

    im on accutane (4th round) its expensive and fucks you up. but it works.

    try it if you can. or you can do laser, chemical peels.... the list goes on. facemasks and creams will only help so much, depending on the severity


    I was on accutane several years ago. Once you take a full cycle of it, you'll never have acne again...anywhere. It's amazing stuff.
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    Nov 17, 2009 8:15 AM GMT
    I use Epiduo, it seems work.
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    Nov 17, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]tinymike said[/cite]i feel your pain.

    im on accutane (4th round) its expensive and fucks you up. but it works.

    http://www.acne.org/accutane-side-effects.html


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    Nov 17, 2009 11:06 AM GMT
    I think I will stick with my dermatologist for now. Accutane I would stay away from. The side effects of it are so dangerous that I don't think it is worth it for me. I was on epiduo but I switch derms and she put me on something else. Someone mentioned getting sunlight. I thought sun dried out the skin cause irritation causing acne to get worse. that is why you are suppose to wear moisturizer with sunblock. I have the exact opposite happen with me shaving. If i dont shave my acne gets better. if i do shave I break out. Of course i shave though.
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    Nov 18, 2009 6:41 AM GMT
    My recommendations
    1. Drink lots of water.
    2. Get some sun.
    3. Don't eat crap.
    4. Don't smoke.
    5. Cold showers (if you can take it, I love them)
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    Nov 18, 2009 7:17 AM GMT
    chris8787 saidI think I will stick with my dermatologist for now. Accutane I would stay away from. The side effects of it are so dangerous that I don't think it is worth it for me. I was on epiduo but I switch derms and she put me on something else. Someone mentioned getting sunlight. I thought sun dried out the skin cause irritation causing acne to get worse. that is why you are suppose to wear moisturizer with sunblock. I have the exact opposite happen with me shaving. If i dont shave my acne gets better. if i do shave I break out. Of course i shave though.


    I used BenzaClin for several years. It worked well, however I thought I would try Epiduo to see if it was any more effective. I'm not too sure if there is any huge difference. I think the BenzaClin dried my skin out quite a bit more than the Epiduo does.

    With regards to the shaving piece, I used to use a regular Mach Razor, but that caused my face to break out, my doctor told me to get a electric razor, that fixed the problem.
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
    You probably just need a good skin care routine. Cleansing the face,exfoliating,moisturizing and maybe a facial mask if you need it.


    but the thing with masks that a lot of people don't know, is that they will make your skin look worse before they make it look better. That's why it's important to give yourself 30 days when you use a new type or brand of facial mask to see if It's actually working.


    as far for shaving I would go with Jmals23 advice.





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    Nov 18, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
    They don't always like to suggest this, but...my dermatologist suggests that I tan. Not to the extent of becoming orange or anything close to that. If the problem is an infection in your skin causing the acne, the UV rays will kill the bacteria.
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    Nov 18, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    Some things can work to clear up the skin for a while. Such examples as not eating certain foods, changing your pillow case every once in a while, and all those other things you have heard.

    I personally did what was considered a cure for Acne. It is called Acutane. It is only reserved for certain cases and some insurances don't cover it. It is a 6 month process of pill taking that rapidly turns the cells that produce oil in your skin and kills them. The less oil being produced, less acne. But like I said it is reserved for certain cases, your doctor would have to evaluate you. I had a rather strong case in my opinion, and after going through the six months, my face has never been clearer. It made a huge impact on my personality and my self esteem.
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    Nov 19, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    That is great midwesternkid. I am happy that it worked for you.
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    chris8787 saidThat is great midwesternkid. I am happy that it worked for you.


    I have never had acne, but I dated someone who did-they got great results from Brevoxyl- I hope I spelled it right.-Good Luck
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:28 AM GMT
    I'm wishing I had done accutane back in high school or college. There was never a time I wanted to go through the process, but after seeing the skin of a few friends that did it early, I think I would have avoided a lot of permanent blemishes. Their skin is weirdly clear and smooth.

    For those who've done it, has it interfered with tanning later? I've heard that could be a problem, but I don't know why you'd mess with fair skin that looks great in it's own right without a tan.

    Also, what's the cost all said and done? I've had a hard time finding total number of doctor visits with cost of prescription.
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    Accutane. But on European dosing- longer treatment, lower dosing, more frequent liver function checks... just make sure they throw in the medicated lotion for the rest of your body in the first prescription. Diet has a lot less to do with severe acne and more to do with breakouts. That said, Accutane ain't for everyone, especially if you've got issues... even though i was on it while practically crazy and it didn't hurt anything. It can screw up your digestive track in some instances though... so be careful if thats the road you choose.
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    As for tanning, because i had problems with my skin drying out too soon and causing surface scabbing (i'm predisposed to it though), i had some lighter scar-ish areas for a few years. Nothing major now. And i would never dream of the process without good insurance. Accutane is (or at least was) an EXPENSIVE drug, especially given the frequency of taking it. And Dermatologists aren't cheap.
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    Nov 19, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    I had a weird situation of adult onset acne when I was in my early 30's... was so bizarre and frightening because (I'm obscenely vain &) I never had acne even as a teenager.
    I've been using Proactive for years now and have had great results.
    Ordering online is totally ridiculous and highway robbery. I'd suggest that you call around to dermatologists in your area to see if any of them sell it through their office.
    I'm lucky because I live in SF & one of the creators is a dermatologist here. I go directly to her office to get each item as I need it. My standard order is never higher than $20 every other month. Much more reasonable than having to order the entire line every three months for something like $70. Look around locally it's worth the leg work.
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    Nov 19, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    I used to absolutely blast my face with every type of face wash known to man.
    No use....
    A friend said to me "why don't you give your skin a break from it all".
    So i went off all the stuff. Washed my face morning and night and after the gym with plain old water .
    I upped my veg intake to 8 a day and 4 fruit...its tough so if your not used to eating a lot of f+v then aim for 8 (2 fruit and 6 veg) it will lessen your likely hood to snacking on junk food coz it will fill you up. Eat carrots for Vit A which will improve your skin and hair bro.
    Biggest difference i've even noticed and i've just tried this recently (last 2 weeks)
    I know it seems a far out option and like its been said there's no direct link but people have been telling me i got a better glow and skin looks waay clearer.

    Good luck in whatever you do!