Acne Investigation Diary!

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Hey folks, I thought I would start an "acne diary" here reporting on my observations and experiences trying to get rid of acne.  I hate those days (which sometimes stretch into weeks) when my face feels like a battleground full of acne and post-acne marks and I either feel bad when I look into the mirror or spend way too long messing with concealers/foundation before going out.  


We've had so many posts here about what products to use to combat acne, but fewer posts about the actual causes of acne.  I think this is because it's so different from person to person, and also unless you have the patience of a saint it's really difficult to force yourself through the intensive trial and error needed to figure out WHAT is causing your breakouts.  And even then, it might be due to vague causes like "stress" or "environmental irritants" that you have no control over.


I'll try to update once a week or so, to report on what I'm currently adding (or removing) from my routine and what the results are.  I would also love to hear other people's personal experiences and maybe we can all learn from each other.


EDIT Apr 28:  Here's the new motto for those of us trying to isolate ingredients at the root of our skin problems:


So what do you do when your skin is freaking out and you don't know which product is causing the issue? "Quit everything cold turkey," advises Dr. Chapas. "Makeup, moisturizer, sunscreen—stop everything you're using. Try to use a mild topical hydrocortisone on the skin until your reaction goes down. Start adding products in slowly and use mild, fragrance-free formulas. Eventually, you'll find out what's offending your skin. If your skin continues to react, see a dermatologist."


thanks to krunce (is that pronounced "crunchy"?) for pointing me to the Victoria Stanell Beauty Myths article on beautylish!

Re: Acne Investigation Diary!

Great thread! I don't have to much to offer but here is what I have:

1) My clarisonic has helped a great deal clearing pores to prevent acne and I am going to get the brush heads specially made for acne.

2) When a pimple gets inflamed I like to wrap an ice cube in a paper towel and apply it to the spot

3) I agree with @makeupmaven what you eat plays a big part in how your skin looks. Antioxidants are good so foods like, leafy greens, dark berries and green tea.

Re: Acne Investigation Diary!

I just stumbled upon this thread, and I'm really glad I did!  I'm 29 and have been battling oily skin and acne since I was in 4th grade.  My first memories were of Sea Breeze and Stridex pads (I'm sure they're formulated differently now).  I think I've finally reached a point of successfully conquering my oily face (it will still get oily for sure, but I'm no longer conscious of feeling my face by noon- those with oily skin know what I mean).  As for the acne, the journey and interesting occurrences continue.  Last November, I got a Paraguard IUD (non hormonal), in the hopes it would improve my acne.  Actually it made it much worse, and made me realize that acne that is predominantly on the chin, jawline, and neck is most definitely hormone related (and my dermatologist confirmed this).  For some people, not having the extra hormonal component can make acne better and for some (like me) it makes it worse.  I developed huge, cystic acne on my jaw line.  So a couple months ago, I went back on the pill and noticed some improvement but not completely.  I still have the copper IUD, so that may be contributi