Acne
rachelw16
Black and White head removal
I need help on what to do about black and white heads and occasional blemishes
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laurabt
laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi rachelw16, I recommend trying one of our many acne skin care sets.  It's a great way to try an entire acne line without shelling out a ton of money.  I suggest Dr.... see post
rachelw16
Clogged Pores?
I have skin colored bumps on my face at the center of my T-zone and chin (assuming they are clogged pores) what should I use to remove them?
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hackneyfl
BEAUTY PRO hackneyfl / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
Do a search on ...   Brightest Bulb In the Box: Beauty for Critical Minds     * Still looking for the thread see post
sangova
The best spot treatment?
When the day X comes, I always have one or two deep zits on my face, and it's super annoying, I think you all know how   I use origins gel for spot treatment, but I feel it's not doing a very good job. I'm sitting with my Origins "out of trouble" mask at the moment, hoping it might help , and I decided to ask you, guys, what are your favorite ointments/products for this problem? I'm looking for something that doesn't require a doctor's prescription.  
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kariyava
BEAUTY MASTER kariyava / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I hope you like it!  I just picked up a bottle recently and so far I'm impressed.  I have never had anything dry out my blemishes that fast, which reduces their size and... see post
queeenbeee
Clinique Acne Solutions Line
I have oily skin along with some acne. I've been using the Clinique 3 Step Introductory Kit For Oilier Skins for a couple of months now. It hasn't cleared up my skin but has seem to control my oil just a tad. I'm considering trying Clinique's Acne Solutions line, probably the Clear Skin System Starter Kit. My main problem is chin acne along with uneven skin tone and a few stray pimples. Does anyone know if the Acne Solutions Line will help or if there is a different brand I should try. 
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Sn4rky
BEAUTY BUFF Sn4rky / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
The Clinique 3 step wreaked havoc on my already terrible skin!!  Made it so much worse that I had to switch.  I ended up going back to basics (per my dermatologists reco... see post
colorprodigy
Sebaceous Cysts on Face...Help!
I've never had "deep" acne or cysts on my face before, but I have have a sebaceous cyst on my temple...right where a side burn would be in front of my ear. When I was heavier I would get them on my arms and legs where I would sweat (yeah, gross, I know), but never before on my face.    Does anyone recommend anything for this? It doesn't really hurt (unless touched, and then it feels bruised), and it's not noticeable (unless someone was close and could notice the flesh-toned orb on my temple, lol), but it is annoying.    Many thanks! 
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Missie772
HALL OF FAMER Missie772 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Oh no! I am so sorry! I get them every once in a while (once right before my sister's wedding... ugh!) but I would treat it with Kate Somerville EradiKate. I love that s... 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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Goldie12
Goldie12 / NEWCOMER / replied
A dermatologist told me that I should wash with dial soap or an antibacterial soap.  I have been doing this for a while and it really does keep acne at bay so new scars ... see post
curvygirli
calamine lotion for acne and redness
Just wanted to let everyone know that I have been using calamine lotion on my face after I cleanse and tone nightly for about 4 months now. My skin's redness has greatly decreased and it acts like a spot treatment as well. My face is softer, smaller pores, smoother. I got the idea because I had tried Kate Somerville's Eradikate and thought it was too pricey and calamine lotion looks the same lol.   Check it out It's about $9 for a bottle that will last you months. I bought mine in December and still have it. I use about a tsp daily so it will last forever.
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lram1018
Post acne marks / PIH
Looking for a skin care product to help red post acne marks / PIH that I've had for about 3 years that won't go away.   I don't want to use the lightening treatments because I've read that they don't work well for red marks and the ingredient hydroquinone can be dangerous.   Can anyone make a recommendation?   Thanks!
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msbronzegoddess
BEAUTY WHIZ msbronzegoddess / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
For me, the Peter Thomas Roth max complexion pads have really helped with preventing acne and fading post acne marks by chemical exfoliation. The Max pads have 2% salicy... see post
vvib
Should I go on anti bacterial skin care products?
    I went to a esthetician yesterday and she talked about how I have alot of black and white heads that can develop into a full fledged acne if not taken care of..  (not just on the nose but on the cheeks and forehead as well)  and that I should stop squeezing them out to leave scars around the face..    she recommended for me to use a line of skin care that kills bacteria that I'm supposed to pick up next week..  I have acne prone skin, but I'm very very sensitive and dry at the same time.. she said it won't be drying.. but what should I do? she's telling me $184. I can't use anything else. just the set to get rid of the bacteria deep within I've had salicylic acid and benzyol peroxide before which both ended up leaving my skin irritated, dry, red, and just worse.. 
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vvib
HALL OF FAMER vvib / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I honestly have no idea  I tried to ask, but she kept directing the conversation elsewhere if that makes sense.. telling me that it won't be drying.. gets deep into th... see post
callmefafi
Help with these annoying blackheads!!!
After countless months I have worked to get rid of acne.  Everything was going really well with my skin care routine and products I was using.  Now for some reason I'm getting these annoying blackheads instead of pimples.  The start as dark spots, then they swell up and hurt.  As much as I try to exfoliate, use clearing mask, and spot treatments it only gets worst.  If I wait a week or two they usually burst open and leave this gaping hole in my skin that takes weeks to heal over, which leaves a scar that I work hard to lighten.  When I can't take it after a few days I pop them with two Q-tips soaked in toner but that still leaves a scar...just a smaller one.   Does anyone else have this problem? Could it be something I'm using or eating? I thank you in advance for your help.
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krtty1125
BEAUTY WHIZ krtty1125 / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
The white is just the color inside the pores (which really have gotten much smaller, I'm happy to say) no bumps.  So glad to hear it's OK!  Thanks for the clarification.... see post
Ashantiangel
Blemishes
Hi, I am currently going on a trip to Disney, and I want flawless looking skin, I do nit have some, but supper acne scars on my forehead, also my face has uneven skin tones. 
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daeidre
BEAUTY GURU daeidre / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Not necessarily. Yes, definitely make sure you wash SPF and/or makeup off at the end of the day but I know a lot of people who can get away with just a splash of water i... see post
courtjade470
So I started using epiduo and now my face is super dry, really red and flaky. HELP
Should i continue using it? Does it mean it's working and how long before the redness goes down? was using the clean and clear dual action moisturizer and now bought a Equate one, any help??
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SarahK351
SarahK351 / FRESH FACE / replied
I have been using this product for over 2 months with Epiduo manufacturer coupon (link: http://www.manufacturerdrugcoupons.com/epiduo-coupon/ ). At first, my breakouts w... see post
heygirl88
Lately my skin has been breaking out Like crazy. I have combination skin any recommendations?
Nayeli93
BEAUTY MAVEN Nayeli93 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
Try using Philosophy Clear Days Ahead face wash with the clear days ahead acne spot treatment and moisturize with Take A Deep Breathe from philosophy! stop by your local... see post
beccamay123
i have recently moved from london to los angeles and it is extremely hot but can the sun cure acne?
mrsstory
BEAUTY BOSS mrsstory / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Every time I see that woman, I think she looks like a football.  see post
KarleiF
Scars!!!
Hello! My acne has completely cleared up (thankfully) but I am left with some pretty horrible (and dark) scars on my face and upper chest. The scars on my face are manageable thanks you makeup and concealer when needed but my chest is a totally different story. Can anyone recommend any products (preferable with personal results) to help with the lightening/fading of these scars?? Thanks so much!! 
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loveamichelle
BEAUTY BUFF loveamichelle / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Im dealing with some scars too. Im using Truth Serum Vitamin C Collagen Booster  and the Power Peel by Ole Hendriksen and I love it Im also using youth code (drugstore) ... see post
bookluvr23
Proactiv with my Clarisonic Mia 2?
I'm at my wits end. I had been using proactiv but I hated it. It dried out my skin so that when I did break out I also got flaky patches around the pimple which let me tell you made make up application super easy. BUT I went from having multiple pimples all the time to one during that time of the month and a few itty bitty ones on my nose. I wasn't happy though plus the stuff is supposed to be like HORRIBLE for you. So for Christmas my mom gave me some money and I got a Clarisonic Mia 2. I got Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, Dermatolgica (if that's spelled wrong do not judge me)multi active toner, & Light Argan Oil. Well my face went NUTS. I always get pimples around my mouth, on my nose and between my eye brows, I also NEVER got blackheads.   Well so I thought I was doing too much at a time. So I stopped using the Clarisonic except once a week instead of 2 times a day(I stopped using it for a week then went in once a week). I also got the acne brush head & cleanser. It was also recommended that I try the Dr. Dennis Gross peel pads. So at night I use the Clarisonic stuff (without the clarisonic) & in the morning I use the peel pads (like 1/4 of a pad). I eased myself into using these products so my skin didn't flip out again but no dice. In fact my skin is WORSE! I have HUGE pimples coming up. I used to have like little annoying ones but you pop it and 2 days later it's gone. Now? I have a pimple that has been below the surface for a week and it's painful!. I also have pimples on my cheeks & forehead (never happened before EVER) Pimples that pop up? yeah they NEVER go away. I have had the same "healing" pimple for a month now. Not to mention that I thought my skin was dry but it's super dry now. The thin skin around my nose is cracking (shout out to GlamGlow ThirstyMud for fixing that though). I've tried cutting back on the peel pads & the face wash and still no success.    So here I am Sephora Beauty Talk with all you reading my skin care woes. I'm going back to proactiv. That's the best option for me. I had better skin when I used it. The only problem is now I have this $150 face scrubber that I LOVE using. I mean it feels like heaven on your face. Plus my boyfriend got his own brush and he's got like fantastic skin now. He never breaks out when he shaves any more and his dry skin is better. So I hate him. SO people please help me. Has anyone actually used their proactiv WITH the clarisonic mia 2? If you have what brush head did you use? Please people share your wisdom because like I said at the beginning, I'm at my wits end. I'm so far gone I'm debating giving up sugar? It's bad...  
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Manda
HALL OF FAMER Manda / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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cheesie
Need a moisturizer! Acne/combination skin
Hey all,    I'm searching for a new daily moisturizer! I currently use a gel based oil free moisturizer from Vichy. I have just started using NARS tinted moisturizer, which I love, but I find it's not moisturizing enough to wear alone.  I am looking for a moisturizer that will help with my skin. I get small breakouts, usually around my cheeks and my chin. I guess I have combination skin, my face gets oily and I'll start to breakout if I have too much make up on, though I'll also get small dry almost flaky patches. I think this is from the clindoxyl gel I use for spot acne treatment.  Any good suggestions?? Thanks!
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LauraBellSue
BEAUTY BUFF LauraBellSue / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
It sounds like we have pretty similar skin.  I use an antibiotic and retinoid combination gel for my acne that can be pretty drying on my skin, yet I still get those hor... see post
hannahleiker23
Q. Skincare recommendations
I have several whiteheads that will not go away no matter how many times I pop them and dry them out. I also have dark spots where previous pimples were. I use my clarisonic with the acne head every other day. I would like some spot treatment suggestions as well as a recommendation for all new skin care... cleanser, toner, moisturizer..etc. My skin is very sensitive and oily. I don't think I need a full acne skin care line because my skin isn't really Bad. I just have some spots that need cleared up and need to stay cleared up. Thanks! 
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I wouldn't use a full acne line, too much of the same type of ingredients will dry the skin out.   I'm very sensitive, acne prone:   cleanser: philosophy purity made... see post
heatherbee
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Products
I was just on Estee Lauder's website and they have a new acne serum.  I'm excited about this because I LOVE Estee Lauder's night repair serum (so good!) and this might be a great addition to my skin care routine  Hopefully Sephora will carry this soon! They also have a new spot treatment and BB cream for acne skin!   Sorry if this has already been posted, I did a quick search and didn't see anything.   The Sephora at Ala Moana has Estee Lauder products so hopefully I can get it on sale if they have it!      
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crayzeeRN
HALL OF FAMER crayzeeRN / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Um, and furthermore there is a 10% coupon code right now... FFPREVIEW14 :D see post
princeslj
Q. In my early 30's and still have acne!
I need help finding a new skin regime.  I have combination skin and still get regular breakouts, however I am also aware that I should probably start some sort of anti-aging treatment.  There is so much out there and I have no idea where to start.  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I am looking at a cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream and some sort of treatment.  Thanks in advance!
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Springshowers44
Springshowers44 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I'm also in my early 30's...just turned 31 two days ago, and just started using Clinique's acne solutions system and have been REALLY broke out for the past week. I alwa... see post
frustrated42
help! adult acne, sensitive skin
I'm a 26-year-old female and have had crummy skin since I was 13 that seems to just get worse and worse.  My skin is sensitive and dry.  I get lots of little white bumps, never-ending clogged pores, occasional big sensitive zits, and occasional deep cystic zits.  I do not have health insurance/money to see a dermatologist, but I've only been using grocery store products up to this point, so I would like to try investing in some higher end products that might work better.   My current routine: -Cetaphil cleanser, always use washcloth (tried using clean hands, makes acne much worse - dead skin and grossness build up like crazy) -Neutrogenia moisturizer for sensitive skin -Neutrogenia exfoliating scrub 1 or 2 times/week (salicylic acid I believe) -little bit of 2.5% benzoyl peroxide every other night or so (too much makes me rashy) -have been using maybelline foundation, but think I'm going to switch to something else because I think it's making my skin worse -some kind of makeup remover wipes   Diet:  Overall, pretty healthy.  Hate milk anyway, but I've been cutting way back on cheese over the past few months.  Have a weakness for nightly glass of wine and once a week pizza.   I am SO frustrated and ready to fix this!!  I am HIGHLY prone to itchy, gross rashes, and it seems like every time I try something new, I get rashy.  I tried a tea tree oil routine for 3 months, and it didn't help (maybe made it a little worse).  Occasionally I'll get the urge to be proactive and try something new, and often I will end up with a rash on my face.  I've settled on my current routine because it at least doesn't make things worse, but things don't seem to get better either.  Going totally without makeup seems to make things a little better, but not a lot better (and damages my confidence immensely).  Once tried a sort of clarisonic rip-off brush and it gave my a terrible, terrible rash.   Also get clogged pores on chest, shoulders, and quite a lot on my back.  Clogged pores turn into zits if I pick at them (unfortunately I have a problem with this).   Suggestions from anyone are soo greatly appreciated!!!  I'm being brave and attaching pictures in hope that someone will have some insight on what I'm dealing with.  Thank you in advance!  
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cherrybombtastic
HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm on the same boat as you. Same age. Same age when acne started popping up. The degree of acne on your photos even look like mine. However, just two months ago I went ... see post
goldenqueen
Q. Clinique - Clearing Gel
I just started using Clinique's acne solution kit and I saw results in just one day. Why I haven't discovery their greatness sooner? Talking about money just wasted on other products that failed me. The only thing I am wondering is Do I need to buy the Clearing Gel for blemishes? All the products in the kits says it clears blemishes. I have acne blemishes on my back and I also wonder if I could just used it on my back after using the Body bar? Would love to have clear skin, especially on my back, before the summer. Thanks
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Titian06
HALL OF FAMER Titian06 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi, goldenqueen!  I looked at the kit and how to use it.  There does not appear to be any reason why you cannot use it on your back as well as your face.  However, rathe... see post
Nick720
Need Help with Acne
I use an oil-free acne wash gentle scrub twice a day. I was using a Foreo device but it did not quite seem to be strong enough to get into my pores to clean out the blackheads. Is it bad to be using the scrub 2x per day 7 days per week? Should I use the scrub one day and the Foreo with a regular cleanser the rest of the days? I'm very confused. I have been spending so much time and money on products to get rid of my acne and still nothing. My pores feel huge and dirty, my face feels oily and heavy, and overall my skin just looks dim and dirty. Help! At 21 years old this acne is getting extremely embarrassing.
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I probably should have mentioned I'm very sensitive, hence the need to change things depending on skin. I also don't have a regular schedule with my clarisonic plus for ... see post
productaholic
Clarisonic Mia made me break out!
Ok, I just used the clarisonic for the first time 3 days ago. I'd been debating getting it for 2 years now for this very reason...but finally took the plunge hoping it would help me with my large pores/blackheads on my chin. I used the sensitive brush, and planned on using it just once a week until my skin got used to it. But now I'm wondering if I made a $150 mistake...I've got huge, cystic like bumps coming up on my chin, and even one under my eye on my cheekbone ( I NEVER break out there). What gives? Should I stop using it or just give it time? What was your experience with clarisonic?
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Panda168
HALL OF FAMER Panda168 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Yea. I was at the clarisonic area during the Beauty Trend show and the rep was saying how clarisonics vibrations shake the pore open so that your cleanser can get in the... see post
lecia1167
My tip on using face oils for acne-prone, oily skin
I am still so in love with my Ole Henricksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil. I know there are lots of BTs like me, who have oily skin that is acne prone. But I will tell you why I think oil works so well for me.   I use various acne products on my skin, which of course dry it out. So after I apply those products, I put a small amount (2 drops) of oil on my face and gently rub it in. Then I follow that with my oil-free moisturizer. I only apply my oil at night.   Honestly, I think you'll dry your skin regardless when treating acne. So adding back a bit of oil after you've done all that cleansing and acne lotion applying for me helps breakouts. It's because if your skin is overly dry, you will break out from that. Applying oil helps keep my skin happy. And honestly the next morning, my skin is not oily and it's really soft.   Hope this helps some of my fellow BT lovelies with the same skin issues.   http://www.sephora.com/pure-truth-vitamin-c-youth- activating-oil-P378347?skuId=1500669
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stephyd216
BEAUTY GURU stephyd216 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Good luck! It seems like people either hate or love argan oil! Hope it works out for you! see post
jenni1234
Q. Does argan oil help with acne scars and hyperpigmentation?
MBhullar
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curvygirli
Q. castor oil for acne?
I read somewhere that castor oil can help with zits on your face. can anyone vouch for this?    
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MBhullar
MBhullar / RISING STAR / answered
A. Yes any type of an oil (expect mineral oils) will help with acne prone skin :)  see post
loveamichelle
best products for hormonal cystic acne?
What are the best products to treat hormonal cystic acne, i just started getting this a couple months back and its horrible and very painful. It is also leaving dark spot and scars on my face. I cannot cover it up, with bb cream, foundation, concealer, liquids, creams, powders you name it. I bought Mario Badescu drying lotion +buffering lotion +drying cream. It helping a bit with acne but what about the dark spots and deeper acne. If anyone has suggestions please help bc i dont like this one bit =(.   My skin is normal/sort of dry with very large pores/blackheads. I use cleanser, toner, and moisturizer daily 2x a day
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BellaKroll
BEAUTY MAVEN BellaKroll / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
If the acne truly is hormonal acne and not caused by clogged pores I would stick to your normal regimine and change you're diet. Trying talking to your doctor about birt... see post
lulupiee
Im breaking out..
I need a good cleanser, I have been breaking out I have no idea why.
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catf
BEAUTY MAVEN catf / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I agree with the previous post that you should see if anything you're doing recently has affected your skin.  Once, in college I started breaking out and I just drank a ... see post
Alexandra9172
Minor-moderate acne, forehead mainly, easy scarring, need product to get rid of acne and scars
I have minor acne just a little on my forehead and occasionally one or two else where, and its not very serious, its not under the skin, just the average pimple or white head. As well my skin scars very easily even if I leave the pimple alone.Is there a product which can help get rid of the acne but also fade the scarring? Its only minor to moderate so I would prefer nothing that is harsh and will strip me of my natural skin.
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pinktorridora
HALL OF FAMER pinktorridora / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I second this! But, for me, it was ineffective if I used a moisturizer on top. Try both ways and see what works. I can't rave enough about this product! see post