Acne
Danielleleilei
Breakouts and Acne
How long does it take for a breakout to clear up? I am in that stage of a teen and I was wondering if this is normal? Or was the breakout caused by a product such as the benefit porefessional primer? Are breakouts caused by not exfoliating such as not using the Clarisonic? And if so how could I clear up the breakout and what products I should use?
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Breakouts can be caused by A LOT of things. It could be stress, hormones, reactions to skincare/makeup, dirty pillow case, etc. If you're teen, it's most likely your hor... see post
shyno
acne problem
i have a medium complexion have pores n dark spots on my face.suggest any idea to hide or reduce these
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I think this thread will be extremely helpful for you :) http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/What-cleanser-should-I-get-to-treat-my-pores-and-acne/td-p/1506... see post
Ider
What is best for acne scars on buttocks?
I get infected hair follicles that end up leaving marks...help! Sometimes they start as small pimples then get bigger and hurt after awhile and either become white heads or blackheads that I can pop or they dry up, either way I am left with a mark. Some marks are from boil like pimples I've busted but sometimes they come back, same place. This has happened on and off for 7 years or so...really would LOVE to have my clear butt back!!!!
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Tevali
Tevali / FRESH FACE / replied
I agree that exfoliation is key.  I had a serious butt acne problem before I tried Butt Acne Clearing Lotion.  I was a skeptical purchaser but the results won me over ... see post
echron
Acne and I'm 30!
Hi Everyone! I'm 30 years old and still suffering from acne...I now have cystic acne as well! I am looking for advice on what people are using and works for everything from face wash, moisturizer, foundation, etc...I've tried so many different kinds of face washes, moisturizers, foundations, etc. and nothing works for me...I have countless FULL bottles of face washes, moisturizers, and foundation just sitting in my bathroom closet...what a waste of hundreds of dollars!! I'm even on Doxycycline to fight the acne from the inside along with a prescription Retin A. It's so embarrassing and my faith needs to be restored that there is hope otherwise I don't know what to do anymore! Please help!!!
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Heres a good thread: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Acne/Acne-Please-help/td-p/1456326/page/2   Everyone is different, but you can be successful in managing your acn... see post
Schnauzerlady
mixing sunscreen and salicylic acid
Hi All.... Is it true that salicylic acid and sunscreen cancel each other out?  Does anyone know if sunscreen will cancel out Benzoyl Peroxide too?
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
The powder makes for a great touch up method to apply SPF over make up.     http://www.sephora.com/oily-problem-skin-instant-mineral-powder-spf-30-P235909?skuId=11658... see post
Thuheroine
Have no idea about skincare. Please help me
I've never used toner and serum for my face. My skin is normal, but still breakout and has dark spots.. I think i aslo need eye cream because my dark circles are really bad, even though i've tried to go sleep early... Actually i've tried "neutrogena", " clean and clear" face wash, but it made my face so dry and burn so bad. Please recommend me some good products and reasonable price. Thank you very much
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irenet
BEAUTY GURU irenet / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
It would probably help if you knew what the products were: Toner: Lotion or wash designed to cleanse the skin and shrink the appearance of pores. Clarifying lotion: De... see post
Alice793
acne problem
Hi everyone, I have been struggling with acne. It is only at my chin and really irritating me. I have tried out some medicine and also acne-preventing face washer but they didnt help. I have heard Salicylic Acid and Benzol Peroxide are really good at treating acne, but im not sure what producs or medicine have them. Can somebody give me some suggestion? Many thanks!!!
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY GURU andyhtrieu / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Clean & Clear has an acne treatment called Persagel 10 acne medication. It's one of the few acne treatments with benzoyl peroxide that you can get at Target or Walmart. ... see post
byeoul
Back acne
I don't have acne of my face, but I do have it on my back. It sucks that I can't wear anything that shows my back because you can clearly see the dark spots. What should I do to get rid of them or what products should I use? 
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fluffymuha
BEAUTY PRO fluffymuha / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I bought both because a couple months ago I freaked about some acne spots I was getting on my shoulders :(   I feel the Acne Body Wash is alright. It didn't do much fo... see post
bearthoven
My daughter is 15 years old and has a face full of acne, HELP!
My daughter is 15 years old and experiencing hormonal changes.  She feels very vulnerable about her appearance and it's difficult to find a product that is suitable for her sensitive skin.  She also has an allergy to sunscreen and has eczema.   Currently, she's using Clear Complexion line from Boscia.  Is that suitable for her?  I'm trying to stay away from any salicyclic acid or benzol peroxide.   I'd appreciate any suggestions you have to offer.   Best regards, Shell
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bearthoven
BEAUTY BUFF bearthoven / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I think natural SA is fine, will check out the Neutrgena product.  Thanks for the advice!  She can always eat better! see post
Schnauzerlady
Scrub followed by a mask??
I have oily/acne prone skin. I was considering changing my skin care routine to do a gentle scrub immediately followed by an acne mask....three times a week. Would this be too much?
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Heatoyos1
HALL OF FAMER Heatoyos1 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I like to use Amore Pacific as a gentle chemical exfoliator before using a mask.    I always exfoliate before putting on a mask, unless the mask doubles as an exfoliat... see post
snoox
adult acne
I am 61 and started getting adult acne about 6 months ago.  I have had oily skin and now it's probably considered combination skin.  I use make up, but have always cleaned my skin, exfoliated, and used toner.  I even reccently purchased a Clarion brush.  I have had a lot of stress in the last year, but what else is new.....I taught seniors 35 years and raised two kids.  Wrinkles and major zits....this sucks!!  Help
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi, Snoox! Well kudos for your years teaching!   What products are you currently using for your AM and PM regimen? see post
FashionQueenff
Should i try clarisonic
I have acne and I have super sensitive skin and I've had a bad experience with a similar brush because I broke out immediately so should I try it?
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mpas
BEAUTY BOSS mpas / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I didn't have the clarasonic but I used the Olay knockoff.  It definitely was not a good addition to my routine.  I kept using it for several weeks thinking it was an ad... see post
ohcrista
Acne scarring & hyper pigmentation nightmare
I have had horrible skin since my teen years all over my face and back. Now in my mid 20 I'm sick of having to cover it all up with makeup. I want to clear my skin completely clear from the acne , have a even skin tone ( which the acne has butchered ). I want to feel confident without the pounds of full coverage makeup. If anyone could recommend a good treatment that could help me get rid of this awful scarring, I would be forever grateful.
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voxover
BEAUTY PRO voxover / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Update: I just found this for atrophic acne scars. Interwebz research so far indicates using just trichloroacetic acid 15% or in other concentrations can work wonders on... see post
sarahban
acne scars
I  have a few old scars on my chins that I would like to ged rd of, what would be the fasts way ? Or products that you would recommend using ?. I do actually use clarsonic few times a week and I find that it helped with my scaring but it's too slow process.
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Exfoliation helps with cell turnover, sunscreen helps block the sun from causing the spots to get darker, spot treatments work but can take time.   Popular spot treatm... see post
superkawaiikat
Acne! Please help!
I've been struggling with acne for over a year now. My face, chest, back, and, somewhat, my stomach is mildly covered in acne and red dots (I'm guessing from old acne). I've tried using salicylic acid, Dove's White beauty bar, Aveeno's Clear Complexion foaming cleanser, Proactiv's 3 step program, Olay's take on the Clarisonic (I'm saving up for the Clarisonic), even straight up rubbing alcohol on my back and chest. It doesn't seem to help. I have sensitive/combination skin. I use Clinique's Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup as foundation, it doesn't seem to help either. I've visited a dermatologist and I'm currently on doxycycline to calm inflammation. They don't seem to help. My acne on my face isn't terrible, my acne on my back and chest is, and they're both quickly getting worse. I need a price friendly, holy grail cleanser, toner, moisturizer, or something to clear my skin! A recommendation for a price friendly, holy grail foundation and concealer that has full coverage but won't break me out or clog my pores (I'm thinking of getting Lock-It Tattoo or HD Invisible Cover foundation and NARS Creamy Concealer). Please help!
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Jenniem84
BEAUTY BUFF Jenniem84 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
the Aqua Glycolic line is very affordable..they have facial and body products.  I've been using their toner and it's really smoothed out my skin and stopped breakouts. G... see post
obxbabe521
dark spots after breakouts
I am pretty sure they are a "scar" but I don't have a history of scaring. However being a viable dark spot on my face it bugs me.
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Jenniem84
BEAUTY BUFF Jenniem84 / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
glycolic acid helps with those acne "scares" to fade them way quicker. I get them too.  Where they basically just stay a reddish/brown spot on your face..its flat...and ... see post
alexandra4453
what foundation would be best for me? i have acne and also oily skin on top of dry patches
Mary092
BEAUTY MAVEN Mary092 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I love Tarte's Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation! I have the same type of skin as you it sounds, minus the acne (but like any other person, I do get pimple... see post
FashionQueenff
I have acne and acne scars and i need products to help but my skin is super sensitive
ive been having acne since i was ten and im tweleve now and im sick of it i really want to get this all off before seventh grade
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
If your dr has prescribed it and you have faith in your dr, then, yes!, go for it.   it is usually a good idea to tell your dermie everything you're using on your skin... see post
poppit
Weaning off Proactiv
(Apologies if this has been posted before, I tried searching and didn't find quite the same question.)   I've been using Proactiv for about 8 years since I was 16 and am really ready to get off of it because of how horrible it is for your skin. I have tried several times before, but I usually end up crawling back to it after a few weeks of being really badly broken out. I've never liked the toner, and for the past couple years my routine has been: Mornings: "R enewing Cleanser" and "Repairing Treatment"  Evenings: Philosophy Purity face wash, and "Repairing Treatment" if I think I need it.   While I'm using it my skin used to stay fairly clear, but lately it has been less effective, and it's always made me SO oily. Four hours after putting my makeup on I basically feel like I need to wash it off and reapply because the oil has caused it to shift so much. I also am very pale now; I'm naturally olive-toned and tan really well but because you're supposed to limit sun exposure while on Proactiv, I never get tan and am very pasty. My skin also just looks dull, thin (almost has a translucent quality), and every little discoloration and dark acne scar is obvious. I'm also already seeing the signs of premature aging it causes. I'm just so done with it.   I'm 24 and don't think that in it's natural state my skin would actually be acne prone anymore, or at least not as bad as in my teens, so I'm pretty sure I just need to get past that horrible break out hump. I'm also switching off my birth control for a while as I think it's having an impact on my skin and weight (I started bc about the same time as Proactiv, hard to remember which came first). So my questions are:   - Has anyone had success weaning off Proactiv? - How long should weaning off it take before my skin normalizes? - What plan would be best for scaling down bit by bit? (Should I completely cut something out now, or scale back applications of both items slowly?) - Are there any products that would be a good neutral to start replacing Proactiv with, that aren't likely to add flame to the fire? (Like I said I don't know that I am truly acne prone anymore, or maybe not as bad, so products don't have to be directed at acne). I was looking at something natural and simple like Origins.    I would really love any experienced feedback on this topic. I'm on a war path of self improvement right now (weight loss, etc.) and would really like to limit the reign of terror my skin has over me as I make this transition. Please let me know if I can provide any more helpful info. Thank you!!
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poppit
BEAUTY WHIZ poppit / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Getting close to a month off Proactiv with mixed feelings about my skin...   - I definitely think it's starting to thicken back up and not look so pallid.  - I'm suuu... see post
jeellis
What is the best moisturizer for dry and acne prone skin?
I currently have dry skin, but my skin is also very prone to ance. I'm afraid that using a moisturizer all the time will only make my skin severely break out. What is the best moisturizer to use in such a situation?
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jeellis
jeellis / FRESH FACE / replied
my acne isn't severe but it enough to want to get rid of them asap. The main areas of the breakouts are my checks and my chin.  I'm not reacting to any of the products I... see post
hiiiworld
Help please!
I don't get huge breakouts, but whenever I do get acne, they last forever! They get red and later harden and they sometimes leave acne marks (which eventually fade but don't disappear). Any tips on how to control this and prevent acne scars? It takes days to weeks for my acne to disappear. I have sensitive skin.
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HarlemJPN
BEAUTY BOSS HarlemJPN / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I totally agree that a visit to a good dermie is in order. I also have sensitive skin that is acne-prone, I am on two topical Rx: AcAnya (benz peroxide + clindamycin) an... see post
tay625
all over acne treatment!
Hello, I've been struggling with acne for many years. I'm 21, on orthotricyclen lo birth control and a basic skincare regimen. I don't get big pimples but I do have extremely clogged pores all over my forehead that WILL NOT BUDGE and haven't for 8 years. I get actual zits on my cheeks which drives me crazy. So I need a good/powerful all over acne treatment to unclog my pores. I have a cleansing brush that I use 2 times a week. Use mario badescu glycolic foaming cleanser at night, cetaphil gentle cleanser in the morning. Clinque moisture surge gel moisturizer both am and pm.
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Roselysa
BEAUTY MAVEN Roselysa / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Hey, my skin is similar to yours except it's a bunch of clogged pores on my chin instead of my forehead. Recently it's gotten so much better and I think it's a combinati... see post
avengersgal
OLE NEWBIE
I have very oily acne-prone skin and have struggled for probably six years. I used to use Clinique 3 step and found that the effects began to wear off after a couple years of dedicated use. So I decided to try something new that was more natural. I bought the Ole Henriksen 7 wonders kit and it worked wonders! However, now I need to slim down the set to figure out an entire routine fit for me (i.e. the eye cream is not something I really need to purchase full size). I also bought the lemon strip peel in the full size and loved it! I really like the African Red Tea cleanser as well. The invigorating night gel and sheer transformation are an absolute must. I have my night set down (ART cleanser, night gel, and sheer transformation). I need to now get a day set down. I tried the Aloe vera deep cleanser, grease relief tonic, and vitamin plus a couple weeks ago because a rep said this would work even better for my oily, acne-prone skin. I added each item into my routine separately to test the results accurately. I first added the vitamin plus, it was horrible for me, I was an absolute grease ball the whole day! And I began to break out on my jawline/chin horribly. So then I just started using the Aloe Vera Cleanser instead of ART, it was ok but didn't seem as much of a deep cleaner as ART and then I started getting tiny white heads, so I stopped using that. Then I started using the toner after ART. And although it does pick up leftover grime, I didn't like the residue it left, and it really didn't do much for my oiliness, in fact it may have made me more oily throughout the day. Alas, I really need to to find a natural moisturizer with spf  and toner that is good for oily-acne prone skin. I am definitely going to return the vitamin plus, but I may give the Aloe Vera Cleanser and grease relief tonic another shot, as I was using a pretty cheap complexion sponge. Ole actually sells a two pack for only $6, so maybe the white heads were coming from using a bad tool rather the cleanser. With all this said again, the lemon strip peel, ART cleanser, walnut complexion scrub, invigorating night gel, and sheer transformation has really helped my skin tremendously! I also liked the vitamin c collagen booster, but the super creme was much too thick for my oily skin. 
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RandeeBT
RandeeBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi  avengersgal!   Thanks for posting! There is no need to post your question more than once. :)  see post
Kriley20
Help
what are some skincare products that can help with cystic acne without irritating it?
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voxover
BEAUTY PRO voxover / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
What really helped my cystic acne were the Clarisonic with a cleanser containing salicylic acid and Peter Thomas Roth's sulfur mask (my favorite product ever for acne). ... see post
jaylarae
Airbrush Foundation & Acne
I was wondering if the Sephora brand airbrush makeup was a quality item to buy, and if it would help cover up acne scars/acne? If not, what would you recommend? I rarely have luck finding something to work, but am very interested in the airbrush idea.  Thanks!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome!   Aerosol foundations can also be used to lightly mist over and set traditional forms of foundations like liquids or creams. You can also still top off... see post
MakeUpLover108
Please help me find a tinted moisterizer or BB cream
I have really large pores and a lot of blackheads, I'm in theatre so stage makeup is really thick and I really want something to wear everyday with some coverage but it isn't terrible for my skin. I have oily-combination skin that can get really dry in the winter but stays oily in the summer. I would prefer something that's actually beneficial for my skin and help clear up my blackheads and breakouts but anything will help. Oh, and I'm 15 years old so it has to be something for teenage skin.
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rebekah17
SIGHTSEER rebekah17 / SIGHTSEER SIGHTSEER / replied
Hi! So, I'm in theatre, too - and I feel you on this... UGH, what the make up does to the skin is awful! I've found a few things over the years that have helped my skin... see post
xoinesxo
Skin Regime for Acne
I'm 18 and I have combination skin and lately( 3 months)I've started breaking out on my forehead. I cleanse and moisturize my face everyday morning and night and do a mask once a week but what I'm doing doesn't seem to be working. I wanted to know what you'd recommend as a sort of skincare regime. I've tried the murad facial cleansers and I didn't like them. I've also tried the glamglow mud clearing mask and didn't like it either.
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voxover
BEAUTY PRO voxover / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Ahaha I I don't know. The combination of being 14 and very very desperate made it happen though. XD I must have moved my forehead a biiit, but I noticed my forehead's ac... see post
elizabeth419
What does everyone think of Fresh skincare products? Favorites?
What does everyone recommend from the Fresh skincare line? I have oily skin and I'm 20, with acne prone skin and acne scars with uneven skin tone. 
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Zpsid91
HALL OF FAMER Zpsid91 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I liked the Rose Mask - but not enough to justify the price. I have a sample of the Black Tea eye concentrate that I need to try also, but unless it is life changing I d... see post
babybear04
your retin-a experience?
How long did it take for retin-a to work for you or did it even work at all?  What was your experience like? How did your skin react/change throughout the entire process? Tips?     Right now I'm on finaca (azelaic acid) in the mornings and retin-a (Atralin) in the evenings (all of this for acne) and I'm having a hard time adjusting. Some times my skin is super dry, and other times it's fine and/or oily.  Also, I will notice my acne will start to clear up then get worse all of a sudden, and it seems like my overall skin texture is getting worse.  I've been on it for about a month (the first week being the worst with super dry, red, irritated skin) but since then it's been up and down.  I know they all say that it's supposed to get worse before it gets better and that super dryness can occur, but I'm kinda getting discouraged everytime I look at my skin.  I know not expect immediate results, but I figured I would just ask you all what your experiences were like to see if I'm on the right track or not.     Please and thank you!
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annekevdb
HALL OF FAMER annekevdb / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I have used Retin-A for about 15 years now. When I first started with it my skin was very red, irritated, and dry. I stopped the use for a while and had Accutane for acn... see post
melaD3
Acne Scars
I am looking to get rid of or just help my scarring. I've researched a few products like Murads post acne lightening gel, PTR gentle complexion correction pads, and Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial but I would appreciate other opinions. It can be any type of product that has helped with your own spots.   My daily routine consists of: -washing face 2x daily with Cetaphil face wash -for a scrub I use st. Ives oatmeal scrub -murad hydrating toner -tarte maracuja oil -PTR Therapeutic Sulfur Masque Acne Treatment Masque
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reflectsgold
BEAUTY GURU reflectsgold / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
dermatologist. see post