Best skincare routine for acne?
What is the BEST routine that actually gets rid of acne. I have tried everything from Neutrogena to the Clarisonic and nothing has worked. The suggested products could either be high end or drugstore. I have teen acne and combination/oily skin. Thank you so much for helping!
Hi i am 15 years old and have been struggling with mild acne since i was in 7th grade. Everything i have tried just did not work for me at all!. I will tell you my tips and tricks on getting rid of acne and then at the end tell you what products i use for my face.
-First, if you wear any makeup on your face, look what type of ingredinents are in it, because it probably will have an ingredienent thats breaking you out. Look up on your computer to see the type of ingredients in makeup that will cause you to breakout. Or you can hit up a makeup review site(my favorite makeupalley.com) and search your product and see if anyone else has been breaking out from it. Though everybody elses skin is different. I know giving up your makeup is a hard thing to do, but in the end its really worth it. Personally everything breaks me out, so i stick to a foundation that doesnt break me out as much as others do.
-Wash your face twice i day! I can not stress on how important this is. If you sleep with your makeup on i guarentee that you will get a breakout in the moring. Once you start washing your face twice a day you will see a big difference.
-Wash your pillow cases and blankets atleast once a week. All the bacteria thats on the pillow or blanket will transfer to your face. I never used to do this until i noticed that around my lower chin i was breaking out. I looked on the internet for some answers and they said to wash your bedding so i did and the breakout on my lower chin went away! When i sleep i put my blanket up to my chin area, that is the reason why i was breaking out on my lower chin
- Drink lots of water! If your skin is not hyderated than no acne treatments will work for your skin! I drink 9, 8 ounces of water everyday. I feel like this has really helped my skin clear up DRAMATICALLY.
- Moisturize your skin. If your skin is dry from all the things that your trying to fix you skin with, you will leave your skin dry. Therefore your skin will produce more oil to get back to its regular stage. Oil + Bacteria = Acne!
Now after i followed all those rules i still had breakouts. But not as much as i had before i did all those things. I got an occasinol zit, and some breakouts, but i wanted my skin to be clear!
So these are the things that i picked up from the drugstore!
First my moisturizer i use the cetiphil sensitive skin cream. It is very thick and kind of feels oily, but oh man once i put this on my skin has gotten clearer. Honestly do not know why. I thought it would help my skin be nice and moisturized but has no idea that it would help my skin become clearer.
My cleanser i use is the Neutrogena orange bar soap. I have no idea what it is called but its in a white box and its orange. I use the fragence-free one. It makes but skin feel so squekey clean! Though i do have to admit it does kinda dry out my skin, so defintly follow up with a moisturizer!
My zit treatment i use is the persagel 10 from Clean&Clear.I could go on hours raving about this product it has truly been the #1 thing that has cleared up my acne! Do remember that do not keep on piling this on your face because it will not get rid of pimples and breakouts. Instead apply thin layers of it after you cleanse your face. I do very recomend purchasing this product!
Also, i recomend getting a face mask, i use the mud mask and the mint julep one from Queens st. Helens or somethig like that, but you can find this anywhere i use it 2 times a week and it really does help with acne!
Do not touch your face and try not to stress about it and soon enough your acne will start to clear up. Remember everyones skin is different and not just you are suffering from acne.
We have the same skin type, and I suffer from teenage acne as well, here's what I do to clear up my skin and prevent breakouts
1. Wash your face twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) don't wash your face anymore or else it will dry out your skin.
- use a gentle, oil-free cleanser (I highly recommend Cetaphil, they make a fabulous cleanser specifically for oily/combination skin and it's available at Target, Walmart, CVS, etc
- when you wash your face, make sure your hands are clean, and lather your cleanser well, apply gently using circular motions, and don't scrub your skin harshly (irritation=acne)
2. Use a Benzoyl Peroxide cream or overnight cleanser ( 2.5% will suffice) I use a prescribed overnight cream that works wonders. Talk to your doctor or dermatologist if you think this would work well for your skin.
3. MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN all the washing and harsh scrubs and creams can be really harsh on your skin. Use an oil-free moisturizer after you wash your face to keep your skin from drying out.
- moisturizing your face can also prevent it from becoming shiny throughout the day. When your skin becomes dry, your body works on overdrive to restore the oil balance. Unfortunately, it often works too hard and that's why your skin gets oily. By using a moisturizer to balance the oil level of your skin, your body won't have to work so hard to produce oils and your skin won't get oily throughout the day.
4. Make sure you wash your face or use an astringent to clean off makeup and oils from your skin when you get home from classes, work, etc.
5. If your acne persists, talk to a doctor. They can analyze your particular skin and recommend products that will work for YOU
I would check out acne.org and look at their recommended steps for clearing acne. They have their own line of products and they also recommend other products you can find at drugstores. I haven't personally tried it, but I've heard great things about it.
My only other suggestion is to check out Murad's line if you haven't already. They have a couple of acne kits that are reasonably priced with a bunch of different treatments you can try. The first one is a 30 day kit but you get more products to try (albeit smaller sizes). The second one is your basic acne kit with larger size products.
Acne can really give self esteem a hard try. My best advice would be to see a dermatologist. It sounds like you need something stronger.
For people who have TRUE acne and not occassional breakouts, DO NOT USE A CLARISONIC! Acne is caused from a bacteria produced in skin and when you are using something that exfoliates and spreads all over your face, it will spread the bacteria.
I really hope you find what works best for you. I suffered with acne for 10 years until I went to a dermatoligist who then prescribed retin-a micro (i wear sunscreen on a daily basis).
Hi, I feel your pain. I suffered from acne from the time I was 13 til the age of 33.
I finally found something that worked for me after trying countless products, without results. Hopefully sharing what works for me, will help save you the years of embarrassment that I went through.
I still have acne prone skin; but if I stick to this routine, I have clear skin. My clear skin routine is using ProActive Solution. Walgreen has a brand that you can buy for half the price, that is just like the ProActive kit. The ingredients and items in the kit are the same. I forgot the name of it, sorry. But it says, "Compare to ProActive" on it. The lotion in both the ProActive and the Walgreens knockoff version, are the best acne fighters that I've found. So whether you choose the ProActive, or the other one, they both give good results. I've tried both. I just prefer the smell of the ProActive over the other one. And because the benzoyl peroxide is only 2.5%, instead of 5% like lots of other acne products, it's gentle, yet still effective at treating acne. If you find that using the whole 3 part system is too drying for you, you can use it every other day. Sometimes I use my Cetaphil lotion to keep my face nice and hydrated. Cetaphil is also recommended for acne prone skin (although it doesn't have any acne fighting ingredients in it-it's just unscented, gentle, non-pimple-forming moisturizer).
I had pretty bad acne all over my face, along with some large pimples. I'm happy to say that now it's all a thing of the past. Someone even complimented me, saying, "You have such clear, smooth skin. What do you use?" I was shocked to hear that kind of compliment because I'm so used to thinking of myself as having bad skin. But as long as I stay on my skin care routine, I guess I do have good skin now.
One other thing that really helps a lot of people (myself included), is if you take acidophilus, by mouth. It is a beneficial bacteria that kills the bad bacteria from the inside out. I hope this helps you!
I've suffered from acne most of my life. In Nov 2012 I started using OCM (oil cleansing method) and it's the best thing I've ever tried. I also use apple cider vinegar as a toner and I also drink 2 tablespoons twice a day and even my hormonal acne has improved drastically. Here's where I found it.... http://www.healthydiaries.com/2012/07/17/how-i-imp
It really depends on what you've tried. Through trial and error, you might have figured out by now if your skin can tolerate salicylic acid and/or benzoyl peroxide. Personally, I've tried Murad, Philosophy's On a Clear Day, and REN's Clear Calm 3 Clarifying Cleanser with the most or at least some results. I steer clear from Clinique and Proactive, both of which use benzoyl peroxide in their products. DDF also has some products with steller reviews (above 4 stars) that are for acne prone skin, but I've personally never tried them. I might actually look into using those products next because my skin has been going through phases from traveling so much. I hope this helps and good luck!
I would suggest you look into products by Peter Thomas Roth or DDF, they both carry a sulfur clay mask that helps reduce breakouts, as well as acne washes and treatments. I also recommend you try Mario Badescu's acne products, their Buffering lotion really fights cystic acne and their masks are also very good. Try samples of everything and see what works best for your skin type and kind of breakouts.
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Exfoliating is KEY! AND staying far away from sugar in all forms from ketchup to fruit juice to desserts. Hard but true unless it hormonal.
I've recently discovered to my utter happy surprise and astonishment the chemical exfoliants work like a charm for me in getting rid of pimples and breakouts that start to appear on my face. Particularly First Aid Beauty Radiance Facial Pads and Tatcha's Gentle Rice Powder Enzyme Wash (every other day, skip a week and then go again) have worked amazingly like magic! When the tout that exfoliants get rid of old skin cells they mean it! When I see a breakout starting to occur I just wipe my face with a quarter pad of FAB's Radiance Facial Pads (I don't even need a 1/2 or a full pad, I'm sensitive so I try to use as little product as possible and it still works!) and they start to go! I just do that for a couple of days and BANG they don't even develop they just GO!! It's Ah-Ma-Zing!!! On a regular basis I like to interchange Tatcha's enzyme powder wash and FAB's pads every other week, every other day. And that works out great for keeping them away. That and not eating sugar! BUT I've been VERY sloppy these days and have been eating too many cookies (just 2 little cookies is enough for me to break out) and sloppy with not keeping to my exfoliating regime and if that happens I use the FAB pads 3 days in a row to get rid of them.
Also note that I found scrubbing or even rubbing when my skin was very sensitive to acne over many years was the WORST thing for it. I had to be very careful never to do that so I wouldn't break out. So using any mechanical exfoliating scrubs or a Clarisonic was out of the question. Now I can use a mechanical scrub and my gentle Tatcha enzyme powder but not the Clarisonic on a regular basis. I also had to be careful not to use clay face mask as that would give me terrible acne breakouts or even just the everyday oatmeal ask would do the same thing. Something about them draws out every pore in my skin giving me acne! Horrible! Also, drinking loads of water helped too to cleanse out my pores. Never underestimate water. The true fount of youth! Also, I've heard rave reviews of Murad's Clarifying Cleanser with 1.5% Salicylic Acid working wonders on acneic skin. Or you can try Paula's Choice Clear Skin Regular Strength Acne Kit or Clear Skin Extra Strength Kit OR Murad's Acne Complex 30-Day Kit. Look at YouTube video's on skincare routine's for acneic skin for great ideas of products that help. They were a real learning curve for me!
I hope this helps. And good luck. I know what it feels like as I've had acne all my adult like until I discovered these key things. And believe me it's no fun never growing out of acne. The scars on my brown skin. As brown skin leaves black scars. Humf! So I hope this helps!
This is not very tasty but every morining I take 1 teaspoon of honey followed by 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar the honey is to coat my throat I dread doing it every day but since I started I can tell the difference, and I have stopped due to traveling and my skin is having an awful breakout .... :-( good luck
Hi, greenglitter. There are a few really effective acne skincare regimens that Sephora carries, but I'm not sure what you've already tried and what you haven't (besides the Neutrogena you mentioned). I'm going to list a couple of good options that come in trial kits so you don't have to buy the full-sized products until you've had a chance to try them to see if you like them first.
REN’s ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Start Kit is a collection of products that introduces the ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish skincare regimen. These products work together to combat breakouts while helping to prevent future blemishes. REN's natural, clean, bio active approach to beautiful, healthy skin uses soothing and replenishing formulations that leave your skin feeling comfortable and calm and looking perfectly clear. The paraben-free and sulfate-free set contains:
- 0.85 oz ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser
- 0.5 oz ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Day Fluid
- 0.5 oz ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Night Serum
This kit is the perfect way to try out this skincare regimen without having to buy all of the full-sized products before finding out how well you like them first. You can find the kit here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessi
Another option is the GoClear 3-Step Acne & Blemish Regimen Kit which is an acne-fighting starter kit that targets persistent acne and/or the occasional breakout. This easy-to-use kit will help nourish, correct and protect your skin and it includes—an exfoliating cleanser, a spot treatment and a UV-blocking moisturizer that deliver 30-days' worth of product for you to try and see how you like before spending the money on the full-sized products. This system helps eliminate acne blemishes, unclogs pores and allows your skin to heal. The advanced clarifying products feature maximum-strength salicylic acid (in quick- and extended-release forms), powerful anti-irritants and free-radical-fighting antioxidants. GoClear is an exclusively acne-focused skincare line committed to creating products that work well for all types, ages and tones of skin, and are free of potentially irritating ingredients, which can cause post-treatment dark spots for acne sufferers. The products in the 3-Step Acne & Blemish Regimen do not contain alcohol, propylene glycol, lanolin, PABA, or artificial dye or fragrance, and are all oil free and allergy tested. GoClear does not formulate with benzoyl peroxide. Research results from a clinical study of the GoClear Intensive Acne Treatment – Salicylic Acid 2% conducted on people of all skin tones showed:
- All panelists stated that the product was easy to use.
- 66% improvement in acne severity was achieved after just three weeks of use.
- By the end of the 6-week study 97% of all panelists had experienced a decrease in their total number of acne blemishes.
- All panelists stated that the Intensive Acne Treatment was easy to use.
You can find the kit here: http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P26
If you get no results from either of these acne-fighting kits, I'd suggest you make an appointment with a dermatologist in your area and make sure that what you have is simple acne and see what kind of treatment plan the dermatologist recommends for you.
Hope this helps!
Have a great day!
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I've had the best of luck when I don't switch brands or routines. When you try one, many of the suggestions already made are great products, but when you try one, try it for about 6 months before giving up on it and switching again. I find that when I even sway from my routine for a day, or two, I have breakouts. When trying one, it may seem to get worse for a time, but it's your skin getting used to the new routine and the pores being cleansed differently. Make sure to get through the breakout period and give your skin plenty of time to calm down before trying a new product. Switching as soon as you see a breakout just keeps your skin in a constant frenzy. I do the same thing with make-up too. The free sample are so hard to resist because they are so cute and small, but I don't use them because they change my skin's routine and they usually cause breakouts. As you get older your skin may change enough that you can try new things more frequently, but even at 35, I'm careful. Hope this helps.
I will say that Sephora doesn't carry much products that are good for acne-prone skin like Murad/Clinique (which I don't like). I've seen better products elsewhere, but I do like Kate Somerville's Exfolikate for exfoliation. But I don't leave it on for just the two minutes. I usually leave it on for 8 minutes.