OK.. I'm over it! I need some break-out help!

I'm starting to freak out about the condition of my skin and I need some help!!


1. I have sporadic breakouts... side of my face and chin


2. They leave dark red spots... that take forever to go away


3. I'm starting to get laugh lines


4. I don't use SPF... because everything I've tried made me breakout


5. I use 10% Benzoyl Peroxide on my breakouts.. which helps but i think its also making things worse at the same time


6. I went to a dermatologist.... who was horrible! Gave me a cream which I stuck with religiously even though it made my skin a nightmare for 3 months... then he said my acne was too mild for Accutane but he would prescribe it if need be... umm NO


7. I'm not on Birth Control... but heard it helps?


WHERE do I even begin? What products should I try? What about facials.. good or bad?

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm
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If your skin is that sensative I would almost be afraid to recommend anything. I would maybe try a different dermatologist. Maybe Proactive- it really does work. For my minor breakouts I use (dont laugh) white toothpaste. It works like a charm. Put it on before bed and when you wake up the spots will be almost gone.


As for laugh lines, no idea! But I could help w/mine too. Short of Botox (refuse to go there yet) Ive got nothing

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 6:02 pm
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Neutrogena and AVenno products for my acne and they are great and inexpensive.  Don't use anything too harsh because you can strip your skin and cause it to produce more oil.  Neutogena and Aveeno are both very gentle but will help with clearing up acne.


Love this and it works really well!


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Posted on March 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm
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I'm not on Birth Control... but heard it helps? yes, it does. it did for me.

Posted on March 2, 2010 at 6:13 am
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try proactive it worked for everyone in my family. Anything I would recomend for laugh lines (like botox) are really only topical you can't FIX it without botox and anything topical I would recomend would probably make your skin freak.

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 12:02 am
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Girllygirll - your face sounds VERY similar to mine!  I'm experiencing terrible breakouts right now (the cycstic hard pimple stuff that stay forever and leave red spots).  And yes, it is because I went off my birth control in October.  It's been bad news ever since.  So yes, BC (apparently) helped keep the acne at bay for me, although that wasn't the reason why I went on it in the first place.


Here are a few products that I've found have helped me.


1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


Girllygirll your face sounds photo 1472822-1 


http://www.cetaphil.ca/En/Products/Cleansers.aspx


I had an esthetician recommend this to me years ago. She said it's the very best for a basic gentle cleanser (which is all you really need) to take away makeup and dirt.  There are no harsh chemicals in this to dry your skin or strip it of essential oils.  It removes makeup wonderfully and is non-irritating.


2. Clarisonic Skin Brush


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http://www.clarisonic.com/us/


This is BY FAR the best investment I've EVER made in my skin!!!  I don't live in a town that has a dermatologist so getting regular treatments and facials is not an option for me.  IMO, this is the best alternative.   Yes, it's costly to purchase ($195) but just think of the amount of money you'd spend on facials, microdermabrasion, chemical peels etc in the run of a year ....much more than $195!  I use this every night with my cleanser to clear away dirt, oil and makeup.  It has transformed the texture of my skin and also helps aid the reduction of fine lines (ie. those damn laugh lines!)  I've been without my skin brush for about two weeks now because I'm waiting for my replacement brush head to arrive (you have to replace the brush every 2 months or so) and I can already notice the difference.  I'm anxious for it to get here so my skin can get back to normal!!


3. Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion


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http://www.mariobadescu.com/Special-Cucumber-Lotion


Yes, it's the color of Mr. Clean but it's fantastic!  It's a toner and is so soothing to the skin. It acts as an astringent that is effective in drying up existing acne blemishes while preventing new eruptions. Sulfur and soothing Cucumber based, acne fighting formula that is non-drying and non-irritating. I think it retails for about $18 per bottle (not bad) Actually the whole Mario Badescu line is fantastic (IMO)


4. Clinique City Block Sheer Oil Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25


City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector SPF 25


http://www.clinique.com/product/CATEGORY21677/PROD11667/Sun/Sun_Protection/index.tmpl



Okay, so it's a mouthfull to say, but it works!!!  YOU MUST WEAR SUNSCREEN!!  This will prevent further lines and wrinkles and will help in keeping further laugh lines at bay.  Oil free to it won't make you break out and it's also sweatproof (key in the summer months!) Sheer, broad-spectrum UVA/UVB daily sunscreen. Lightweight formula helps wick away perspiration and absorb excess oil. Perfect alone or as an invisible makeup primer. No chemical sunscreens. Appropriate for eye area and sensitive skins. About $17.50


5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


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http://www.mariobadescu.com/Drying-Lotion


THIS IS THE BEST INVENTION EVER!!!  I'm not kidding.  You put it on a night right before you go to bed.  With a Q-tip and sleep with it on and then wash your face in the morning.  It's not pretty to wear (you'll have pink spots all over you face as you put in on your pimples....and you'll look like you have chicken pox or poinson ivy) BUT IT WORKS!!!  It totally dries out your pimples and makes them go away FAST.  DH and I are both addicted to this product.  They also make one for cystic pimples call Buffering Lotion that I've recently starting using and it's working well.  Both products are around $20.00


6. Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation


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http://www.janeiredale.com/bases_pp.html


AWSOME AWSOE AWSOME.....I love this stuff.  I was turned on to it 6 years ago when I worked at a spa.  I never wanted to spend $60 for foundation but now I'm addicted and its my makeup splurge.  I HAVE to have it.  Jane Iredale was one of the very first to create mineral makeup (even before bare minerals etc) and is the one that really got it right (in many opinions).  It's buildable coverage, put on with a kabuki brush.  You can go really sheer or quite heavy if you want.  It's fantastic for covering up blemishes and fine lines.  It's got SPF 20 and doesn't budge all day!!  It's virtually weight free.  You don't feel like you are wearing makeup at all and doesn't look that way either.  It's highly pigmented so a little goes a long way, as well as very water proof and sweat proof.  AND because it's talc free and pure minerals, it won't make you break out.  I could go on about it but won't.....


WOW...that was long, but these are the products I truly love and I hope some of them can help you out.  I wouldn't post products I don't truly believe in and haven't made a difference for my troublesome skin.  HTH!!!


 


 

Posted on March 3, 2010 at 1:32 am
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WOW.... THANK YOU soooo much Miz.Biz!! I need to get myself to a Sephora.... I LOVE your suggestions.... and they really sound ike things that could work and I have not tried!


I'm just getting so tired of this cycle... some days I actually love my skin and on others.. I just want to hide!! lol

Posted on March 4, 2010 at 12:06 pm
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do you have an aveda salon nearby. I normaly don't break out at all, but due to wedding stress I started so when I got my normal highlight and cut I booked a facial for the outer peace facial. I loved it, and I picked up some of the things she used one of them was balancing act for oily skin and in just a few days its really helped. I recomend going for the facial and then picking up the things that they use. I don't remember all of them, but the balancing act really helps.

Posted on March 22, 2010 at 2:56 am
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I work at a salon/medi-spa where they use Obagi and Skinmedica, both of which clients sually have a consult with our nurse of certified skincare specialist, but they both work great once you get on a regular routine with the products. Getting microdermabrasion treatments and IPL will also help to remove excess dead skin build up and dirt that causes breakouts as well as kill bad bacteria which can also lead to breakouts. The IPL/Obagi also helps to fade redness and scarring from previous breakouts.

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 4:12 pm
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I 2nd MizBiz!!! I use cetephil (or any gental cleanser) & Jan Marini C-Esta & THE clarisonic facial brush too (swearrrrrrr by this one!)


My skin care regimen is:


AM:



  • Cleanse with Jan Marini C-Esta OR Cetephil (gental cleansers) using the Clarisonic Facial Brush (key item).

  • Moisturize with Jan Marini Bio-Glycolic Cream

  • Thin layer of Oil of Olay tinted moisturizer WITH SPF (aveeno has good SPF for sensative skin)


PM:



  • Cleanse with Jan Marini C-Esta OR Cetephil (gental cleansers) using the Clarisonic Facial Brush (key item).

  • Use SkinMedica Retional (key item to why my skin cleared up!). Got from Derm.

  • I moisturize with Creme de la mer (Oil of Olay has similar results) - Creme is very expensive, but was a gift to me, and I really love it on my skin. Lasts FOREVER. 


(DONT TOUCH your pimples! Its hard not to, but just DONT! Trust me.... That changed my skin also!)


Although the Clarisonic Facial Brush is expensive, its not nearly as expensive as trying new things every other month because all those things DONT WORK. Also, keep in mind that "Less is More" when it comes to your skin. I use to spend so much money on multiple serums, lotions, cleasers, etc. Using all at the same time & my skin got too overwhelmed with stuff. It was horrible. Then I bought the the Clarisonic & cetephil. Those in combination with a good moisturizer your skin should start clearing almost instantly.


AND - sad to say, but BC does work.... (for me at least it did). When I went off of it for a period of time, my skin was outrageous... horrible. But YAZ worked wonders on my skin.


Def go to a different Derm. Mine is a God send.


Having good skin is essential to feeling confident. I remember I honestly wouldnt leave the house if I had a breakout. I would call in sick to work... Now that I found a regimen that totally works for me, it has changed my life. Go to a GOOD Derm. Also check out Acne.org, I found a lot of great info on there.

Posted on October 22, 2010 at 7:00 am
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great post

Posted on August 21, 2011 at 1:43 am
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Thank you for this post! I am having so much trouble with my skin and this opened my eyes to some new ideas.

Posted on September 24, 2011 at 11:46 am

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