Blemish/Bl ack heads! Gotta get'em under control!!!
I have mostly small white head pimples and black heads on my fore head and t-zone. I currently use Pro-active but it doesn\'t really help clear the old blemishes on my forehead. Unfortunately I cannot pop all of them unless I want to scar my whole face. Does anyone know what acne solution is best for my face. I read from other discussions that DDF's 5% glycolic cleanser is best for oily skin and it seems to help break outs. However, I am wondering when breakouts DO happen will they help shrink acne and clear them off my face too? I also read about Peter Thomas Roth Acne clearing gel and how it helps with acne. Would you recommend DDF, PTR, or another product for my condition? Again, oily t-zone and forehead with mostly problems on the oily/bumpy forehead, tip of the nose, and right on the tip of the chin. Please reply soon if anybody has an answer, and please be detailed too!! Thank you!
Proactive is bad stuff. It may work for awhile but it may make your skin worse then when you started. I highly suggest Cetapil. You can find it at your local walmart and it cleaned my acne prone skin up! The worst thing you can do is exfoliate because it irritates your skin. Good luck!
DDF's Glycolic cleanser was great! While this product didn't fully clear up my acne (my case of acne sounds much more severe than yours), this product definitely helped! It made my skin feel a whole lot smoother, made it look more glowy, and helped with some of the small bumps on my cheeks and forehead and the blackheads on my nose. I also love the minty cool feeling this leaves my skin with, and how squeeky clean it feels after washing! With this cleanser, I looked forward to washing! Also, following cleanser I used DDF's Glycolic toner, which just added to the benefits of using glycolic acid. In combination, both of these definitely gave results for my bumps. However, just make sure you follow up with a great moisturizer.
Oh forgot to mention, the DDF Glycolic cleanser worked great with my Clarisonic Mia, and gave a nice light-weight foamy effect when using. Worth a shot! I've never tried any of the Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic acid products (like the cleanser, for example), but I've had a lot of luck with other products, and the entire line includes quality products. So if you're choosing between DDF and Peter Thomas Roth, I don't think you can go wrong. But from my experience, DDF's cleanser was an excellent choice for me! Best of luck!
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Stuff with sacrylic acide dries my skin, so I like glycolic. A toner is a must because it wipe away the remaining oil and the dry flaky skin so your medication or moisturizer sinks into the skin better instead of a layer on top (DDF Glycolic is a good one).
Personally I only get black/white head once a week and a couple huge acne once a month, not enough to warrant an acne regimen that dries my skin out. I use Clinique toner 2 (contain alcohol and witch hazel) to make sure my skin is stable, and it gives relief to existing acne. For acne, white head or black head spot treatment, I like using Origin Charcoal and Murad acne mask. I have a couple of whitehead that you can't see but can feel under layers of skin that won't come out. Origin charcoal mask softens it, then brings it to the surface so it went from invisible/redish to white pus to one day, when I pick off the dried clump of charcoal mask, the white goo came off with it and my skin is clear again. Murad mask brings it to the surface, then dries it up, so it's a little hard clump of dried oil/white head that I can just dislodge with my fingers. For both mask, with continuous spot application, it took 3 days from big trouble under the skin to off my face.
Murad have an acne kit so you can try everything together if it's a big problem for you. If you only have it rarely and your skin tends to dry out, I suggest get a good mask and just continuously dab it on the blemish as spot treatment when trouble arises.
The day I discovered glycolic acid was the best day in combatting acne. I know you're deciding between DDF's cleanser or PTR's clearing gel, but I would try to get both, or if the cost is too much, invest in a cheaper cleanser because you need a whole regimen to prevent and clear acne. If you get a cleanser, it may help with preventing acne, but it won't treat your existing acne or vice versa if you get a treatment, but the wrong cleanser, your acne will just keep coming back. One of my favorite cleansers is Dermadoctor's AHA/BHA cleanser. It has glycolic acid and salicylic acid and it's some really strong stuff. However, the price is pretty good for something that lasts you more than 6 months. Since you have oily skin, I would recommend getting Origins Zero Oil toner. It's not drying at all and it contains salicylic acid, which is pretty helpful in removing excess dead skin. And even if you don't wear makeup, it removes a lot of gunk you never knew it existed. It's such a weirdly satisfying experience to know that you're keeping your face clean. I hope this helps and good luck!
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Glycolic acid is great for exfoliating the skin's surface. I always end up using a combination of different brands so it's hard to recommend just one. As far as cleansers go, they're only on your face a short time therefore using one to prevent acne..etc.. isn't really necessary (in my opinion of course!). I use a gental cleanser, Purpose (sold at drugstores) with my clarisonic. That works best for me. I then follow up with a gentle salicylic acid toner which continues to exfoliate and prep the skin for a good treatment product. Currently I use Paula's Choice CLEAR 2% salicylic acid toner followed by the CLEAR regular strength acne fighting treatment. It uses benzoyl peroxide. After that, I really love the Korres advanced brightening sleeping facial for dark spots. It's a little thick so use lightly. It also smells pretty strong, but you get used to it. Anyway, you should check out . There is a great link on her site called "beautypedia.com" (along the left side of the site) that is awesome for product reviews and recommendations. Finding the right products for your skin is like finding the perfect pair a jeans! Takes a lot of time & effort! LOL