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    Default Help with adult acne

    Ever since the 5th grade I've struggled with acne. I've tried dozens of over the counter products & nothing consistently works. I go through periods where my skin looks ok for a few weeks, but then I break out again. I really really don't want to do anything harsh like Accutane. I have tried some prescription products like Retin-A & Differen, but those didn't help either. And, surprisingly, neither did Pro-Activ & I know several people who swear by that stuff.

    I'm currently using Clinique's Acne Solutions. When I first started using that the results were almost immediate & I thought that I found my miracle product. But, I started breaking out again .

    So what works?? I've been scoping out some products @ Sephora but I don't want to spend $$$ if it's going to work as well as a $7 thing of Oxy, ya know?
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    I've had some problems with pimples on my back, not full blown bacne but a fairly persistent spattering of them over the years - I started taking Oregano oil for a tiny psoriasis patch (thanks for the genes, mom!), which subsequently cleared up, and much to my surprise it has greatly helped my back, too. Garlic can help too, although is far stinkier and may interfere with your enjoyment of frags.

    I should add that the oregano oil I take is diluted,. It's this stuff, in fact: http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Oregano-...F-835003006847

    I take it internally, but it also works topically, but I'd suggest diluting it down further as at that concentration it can cause an extreme burning sensation, and can in fact, on delicate skin (i.e. the nose) cause burns. DO NOT take it internally if you are on other blood thinners though, and ask your doctor if you are on any medication, as it does thin the blood! Here is a lot more information on it, if you are interested: http://www.answers.com/topic/oregano...oil?cat=health

    Tea Tree oil, more specifically Tea Tree Manuka, is also very good, and is much milder on the skin (and the manuka variety, while being a far more potent anti-fungal/bacterial edit: than normal tea tree oil, also smells rather nice).
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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Oregano oil...interesting! I'll have to see if I can get a bottle of that @ Whole Foods next time I'm there. I forgot to mention this in my previous post, But I've also tried using the Body Shop's tea tree oil face wash range & that didn't really do much, either. I have used tea tree oil as a toner, too.
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    Do you have cystic acne? Accutane is a protoplasmic drug and like you mentioned, it is on the harsh side because of this. It does offer relief however, but should only be taken rotationally.

    Over the counter medications are ineffective in my experience with a cystic condition.

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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Yeah I do have cystic acne, but I wouldn't classify it as severe. I've seen people w/ a lot worse acne than I have. Mine's just annoying.
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    It seems as though you have a good skin care regime - which is great, since these problems can get worse with people who don't take good care of their skin.

    If I where you I'd visit a dermatologist. They provide a great service and can suggest a couple of specialised products which will work.
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    Yeah I'm going back to the dermatologist here in a couple weeks to get some moles looked @. I'll definitely ask about what I can do about my face . Oh & that's another thing...the acne is ONLY on my face! I'll get the very occasional zit on my arms or chest or neck, but it's very rare.
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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Proactiv suprisingly works well for me and keeps my acne under control, in fact, since I started using it I rarely get pimples and I always struggled with this issue. It really really works wonders.

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    Cheapest, best solution: sulfur/sulphur soap.

    It's app. $1.00 per bar at all major drugstores.
    (It can also be purchased at most Latin groceries, where it'll likely be labelled jabón de azufre.)

    Lather well and rinse well with it each day for a minimum of two weeks and watch your acne disappear.
    (Btw, don't worry -- the smell doesn't linger on your skin.)

    By the way, Omega 3's are great for the skin, while saturated fats are not. (Fish oil and/or flax oil will help immensely, especially when used in conjunction with sulfur soap.)

    Even worse than saturated fats? Simple sugars -- reduce them as much as possible, and drink at least 8 full glasses of plain tap water each day.
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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Thanx for the advice. I used to take fish oil but I didn't really keep up w/ it. I'll have to start doing it more religiously. I'm also pretty dang good about keeping simple sugars out of my diet, & drinking lots of water. I talk a lot @ my job so my mouth gets dry w/o it! And I'll try to find the sulpher soap!
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    If you stick with it and do what the Regimen really entails, this honestly, really works: www.acne.org. I do order my product from their affiliated site, but you can get started immediately with drugstore products (even though their product is better and cheaper for the amounts you need to do the regime the right way.) They are not in it to make money on product. It is not the same as ProActiv: There are substantive differences in the percentage of benzoyl peroxide, amounts used, mode of application, and use of proper cleanser and moisturizer, etc. It may seem too simple to actually work, and you need to be patient and do it right, but it is worth consideration at least. It is a complete program, and unbelievably reasonable in cost. There are tons of testimonials, mainly good, which you can learn of at that site. It helped me when the doctors and prescription topical meds failed.

    Oh, and consuming iodized salt, too, can stir up acne. So all those wonderful specialty sea salts often contain a lot of natural iodine in them, which can increase acne. If you add salt to food (or boil your pasta in salted water...), it's better to buy Plain Salt. And supposedly it's not true, but I've always found that chocolate increases acne, as well as real black licorice.

    Good luck.

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    I've heard some people reduce dairy in their diet and it helps with their acne, might be worth trying for a couple of weeks. Nelsons' acne gel is pretty good for those deep down, hurty breakouts. Lots of people have also had good results using a drop or two of jojoba as a moisturizer. You could also ask your derm about topical antibiotic like erythromycin if you've never tried it before.

    I know how frustrating it is to try so many different products to find what your skin likes and responds well too. I finally found my combo after years and years, mine always broker out from dryness. check out DHCcare.com, I really like their products and they do have a new acne line. I use their deep cleansing oil and washing powder everyday. For toners I like Thayers rose petal and for mositurizers Complex 15 and Alba sea plus renewal for extra moisture and Nelson's acne gel for spot treatment. Sleeping with a humidifier has done wonders for my skin and my allergies. Also, check out MUA skin care board and product reviews if you haven't already, that's where I finally found a combination of stuff that worked for me.

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    I had cystic outbreaks from the ages of around 16 until I was about 35. While it's true that there wasn't topical OTC medications available then as there are now, I found nothing worked externally to any extent. Even accutane, which was the strongest treatment I tried, worked somewhat better than the drugstore remedies, but was not the answer

    I have seen, in recent years ,the ads on television for treatments like other members have already spoken of. They look promising. I wish I had an answer / remedy for you that I knew worked. Outbreaks are a painful thing...both physically and emotionally.

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    I have trouble with oily skin, oily hair and occasional breakouts. I have found that keeping my hair off my face and using a very cleansing shampoo helps. Right now I am using Paul Mitchell Shampoo 2. I used to use L'Oreal Professional--they have a special shampoo for oily hair. However, it is a bit too harsh, and made me dry and oily at the same time.

    Face-wise, I am using the new Neutrogena Rapid Clear cleanser, an oil control toner (salicylic acid) and no moisturizer (even the lightest ones are too greasy for me). Even oil-blocking moisturizers make my face really oily.

    I also found that I need to cycle my hair and skin care products because they lose effectiveness after a while. I understand your frustration!!!

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    CologneJunkie, I sympathize. I'm in the same boat. In my experience, no topical treatment will effectively combat cystic acne. For me, Diane35 and Yasmin (hormonal birth control) both worked wonders - but they come with all the traditional downsides to hormonal BC. Plus, they cease to work when you stop taking them. It's worth considering, though.Topical antibiotics can be useful too, although they too have limited use on cysts. You should ask a dermatologist (clindamycine or erythromycine).
    Currently, I'm taking oral antibiotics in the hopes of seeing more permanent improvement. It's the last option before trying Accutane, so I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed it works.
    Hope you find something that works for you!

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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
    Currently, I'm taking oral antibiotics in the hopes of seeing more permanent improvement. It's the last option before trying Accutane, so I'm keeping fingers and toes crossed it works.
    Hope you find something that works for you!
    CologneJunkie, I was surprised you hadn't mentioned trying oral antibiotics. I had severe acne until I hit 20 years old. Nothing topical worked for me until I started cycling through the various levels of antibiotics (starting with Tetracycline and Erythromycin and eventually ending up at Minocycline). Any particular reason you've been avoiding them?

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    A co-worker @ YeOldeSweatShoppe returned recently from an extended trip to the exotic sub-continent.

    He brought me a nice big batch of shavekit/skincare goodies. Among them, a bar (75g size) of "Margo Soap with Neem Oil".

    I use two bars of soap daily. In the shower I keep a bar of the Fabuluos & Wonderful "Terrazza Latte" soap from Italy.

    Sink-side, I keep another bar of soap for use, well, for use, Sink-side. (Makes sense to me).

    My last sink-side soap, Burt's Bees Tomato Soap for Troubled Skin expired thru use, so I unwrapped the Margo Soap and deposited it Sink-side.

    The Margo is a striking deep green Jade color, almost black. It has an odd, but not unpleasant, odor which is new to my nose.

    After using this soap twice daily for about a week, I gotta fess up that I'm very very impressed with the quality of skin care it imparts to my delicate, sensitive, adult-acne prone epidermis.

    Neem Oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral & deep cleansing properties. It does not not violently strip the face of it's natural sebum so
    the face doesn't crank out gobs of oil to "compensate" for being ravaged & "dried out".

    From a Google Search on Neem:
    "Neem soap has a reputation to tone and nourishes skin, keeping it healthy. Neem oil's anti-microbial properties remove viruses, bacteria’s, funguses, and parasites, from skin, removing germs. This helps the complexion to maintain its delicate sheen and enhances beauty naturally".

    After a week, I'm a "believer". It's been many a year since my face has been so healthy & blemish free. This is a superb skincare product.

    Availability: you could try a local "Indian Market" if you have one in your town or buying online.

    As an added Big Bonus, Margo Soap is very cheaply priced & IMHO represents a "sterling" price/value ratio.

    This product has done a world of good for my adult-acne & I fully intend to
    keep using it now that I've found it.

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    Default Re: Help with adult acne

    Astaroth - I took antibiotics for acne when I was younger & they didn't work then, either. I may look back into it when I go to the dermatologist next week since I'm sure antibiotics are different then when I took them 15 years ago.

    Hyperwarp, I'll have to look out for that soap.

    Speaking of soap...tvlampboy if you're still lurkin' around this thread I haven't been able to find sulfur soap @ Walgreens or CVS .
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    I am telling you; I have been using Proactiv for years and I swear by the stuff; it really works.

    I tried sulfur soap and it was horrible; it dried me out 100% and then made me break out because my skin had to produce all this excess oil to compensate for the dryness. If you have good skin then sulfur tightens it up nice but if you have acne prone skin then it will dry you out bad and cause real nasty breakouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie View Post
    ...but those didn't help either. And, surprisingly, neither did Pro-Activ & I know several people who swear by that stuff.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheAttorney View Post
    I am telling you; I have been using Proactiv for years and I swear by the stuff; it really works.
    (I do know from friends that PA does not work for everyone, nor do antibiotics. I know it's frustrating, CJ. )

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    try using panoxyl 10 % face wash and a salicylic acid wipe or face wash....use them both in tandem every day...its the same process as proactiv but cheaper. Keep your face moisturized and get a toner like sea breeze astringent. Also get some persagel at walgreens to use as spot treatment at night. this has helped me.\
    If over the counter stuff does not work as a dermatologist about acutane...really works well!
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    I have adult acne and the only thing that has helped is a combination of things. High concentration salicylic acid (peeling and drying effect) and glycolic acid. The glycolic acid needs to be 10-12 % and can be found for a good price in a brand called Alpha-Hydrox (drugstore.com has this brand I believe). But make sure you use the thicker, more highly concentrated cream. And a couple of times a week the Olay microdermabrasion kit works just as well and has almost the same ingredients but doesn't smell as good as the Philosophy one that's twice as much. I think it's called Regenerist and comes with the dermabrasion "sand" and activator. If you need more info on where to find, & actual (not remembered) names, pm me. Also Accutane works great for cystic acne. You may never need it again after one treatment but 1.you absolutely cannot get pregnant on it and 2. it can wack out your liver function tests and lipids so it requires lots of monitoring (and it's prescription). I have not found retin-A particularly helpful and it tends to cause redness and irritation. And sometimes makes the acne worse. Nor have I ever found metrogel helpful. Hope this helps!

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    I saw a dermatologist today & she hooked me up with a couple of samples of some topical gels. One is Atralin, the other is Duac. I'm looking forward to trying these .
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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie View Post

    Speaking of soap...tvlampboy if you're still lurkin' around this thread I haven't been able to find sulfur soap @ Walgreens or CVS .
    Try the Mexican grocery stores up there in KC, luv. If you still can't find it, let me know and I'll drop you a bar in the mail.
    (We go through about two bars a month here in our house.)
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    hi
    I am 41 and have had minor to moderate acne over the years. Maybe it has subsided with age, but here is my current regimen that appears to keep it in check:

    No caffeine (it affects my sleep and my skin)
    Enough Sleep (I notice skin is worse at night and worse if not enough sleep)
    Glycerin soap to wash face (I use a soft brush to wash/exfoliate face before shaving)
    Aveeno shave cream (swear by this stuff)
    Neutrogena Healthy Skin Night Moisturizer as needed (has alpha hydroxy - I like the night version b/c no sunscreen)
    Multivitamin and B Complex every day (this seems to help)

    good luck!

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    Hi there!

    I've been battling acne since i was eleven... I'm thirty now...

    Appart from Accutane, what has really worked on me are Paula Begoun's products, available at www.cosmeticscop.com

    They have a good sample program so it is worth a try, but I'm telling you, her 2% BHA gel is amazing for acne, so are her other products...

    I hope it helps!

    Best,

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    I used to have pretty bad acne, I tried so many stuff but none of them really worked. Until one day I came to see a doctor, and she prescribed some Tetracylin antibiotics, and they work wonders, my face started to clear up after 1 month, and it has been great looking ever since. What I even love more about this stuff is it doesn't take any effort, just take a couple of pills a day. But one thing to remember, even after your face has cleared up, do not stop the medication.
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    I get occasional breakouts from too much snacking and humid weather and have found tea tree oil to be the very effective and non drying and less harsh on skin. It takes a longer time to see results tho, but i find it the most natural way to combat pimples

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    I'd recommend Arcona's acne set. It really made all the difference in my skin. It's natural but with active ingredients. It's really tremendous stuff.

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    Hey colognejunkie, just checking in with you to see how things are going. Have you found any products that work for you?

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    Just one thing:
    australian tea tree oil

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    The only success I have ever found has been Weleda Skin Food, in the green tube at Target in the US. I think its made in Germany though. I use it after every shower, where I clean my face with either a gentle exfoliant couple times a week or a gentle cleanser the other days. Makes a huge difference for me.

    I also had to stop touching my face during the day. That includes resting my hand on my chin, etc etc. Made a huge difference.

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    How about the infamous Aspirin scrub/mask? That helps me during the occasional outbreaks. Also, Tretinoin (prescription only) works like a 2-in-1 cream - it not only gets rid of the pimples, but works as a great anti-aging cream.
    (I know - I sound like a freaking commercial.)

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    I have been suffering from acne since my teens (i'm 27) and I have tried various types of products. Recently I have started using Avene Diacneal at night on my spots. After using various types of medication I believe I have found something that works for me in the form of Diacneal. Also I have stopped using all those harsh anti acne cleansers and moisturizers and it helps too. My current cleanser is by Shiseido Men and it's a simple non drying cleanser that does it job very well. I got a sample of the Shiseido Men Hydrating Lotion and I was afraid to use it at first as hydrating products ain't exactly ideal for oily skin. After about a week of applying the Hydrating Lotion in the day my oily skin seems less oily and I get less breakouts. So I have come to a conclusion that using all the drying acne products won't really help and best to use products that are gentler to skin as the skin will normalize itself.
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    I used a product a long time ago called Pernox, it really worked, a gal had suggested it to me, back then I was broke out bad.

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    sulfur/sulphur soap---one more vote for this.

    plus: aspirin masks. mix 3 aspirins with few drops of water (they solve fast, not much water needed) and a bit of honey (one little tbs is enough) than rub your face with this mix, and keep it on for 5-10 minutes.

    This aspirin trick works very well! Just don't do it too often, it's ok once at every 3 days or so.

    Plus- always clean your face before you go to sleep, and make sure you don't touch your face useless during the day
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