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Q. hard painful pimple like bumps on neck, under chin and along lower jawline take weeks to go away
I keep getting these hard pimple like bumps on my neck and right under my chin also along my lower jawline, they are huge, painful, they never come to a head and take weeks to go away....What is this??? Im 22 and this has been happening for about a year now i need help its so annoying!!
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A. This is what you call cystic acne, and it sounds hormonal to me since it started in your early 20s and is on your jawline. It could also be in conjunction with not proper... see post
Q. Complicated skin is an understatement!
I've tried EVERYTHING! Murad? Kate Sommerville? Clairsonic?   I am looking for any advice on my never ending skin problems. I just turned thirty and for as long as I can possibly remember I've had problem skin. I get acne breakouts---the worst being hormonal break outs around my cycle. I get blackheads, white heads, large blemishes, small blemishes---you name it. Unfortunately it is not only on my face but also on my neck, chest and back. It feels like I have tried everything. From perscription remedies from my dermatologist, acutane and I am sure I have spent a small fortune on skin care products. I am currently using Kiehl's products. I have been using them since October and I have seen minimal results. I have heard good things about Kate Sommerville, Murad and the Clairsonic but before I change my skin care line once again I thought I would get as much advice as possible to avoid spending more money! Please! Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
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A. RainbowNinja, I can so relate.  I'm 31 and you could have written my story!  I've had acne in varying degrees of severity since high school and have been seeing a derm j... see post
Q. Clarisonic clearing up Acne?
Hi Everyone!    I'm seeing that a lot of people are having great results with the Clarisonic as far as clearing up their acne. I have a Clarisonic but I don't think it is helping. Maybe I'm doing something wrong? How often should I be using it to see results?My face is oily on my nose but dry everywhere else and I have really bad under the skin bumps (not so much active whitehead acne). Any advice would be very helpful!   Thank you!
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A. I too have struggled with acne and if I've learned anything it's that everyone's acne is a little bit different and that what works for someone may not work for someone ... see post
Q. Itchy rash from Kate Somerville Blemish Banisher kit? Anyone else have a bad reaction?
Ok, this is going to be long....hopefully someone can give me some advice. I found the Blemish Banisher kit on and picked it up in the store. My acne breakouts have been crazy lately and all the great reviews gave me so much hope that maybe this could be the thing to finally turn my skin around. The first night I used the kit, it immediately made my skin feel better. The next morning, the EradiKate had significantly reduced the size and redness of my cystic pimples. Fast forward a about four more days, and my skin is SO ITCHY and dry! I also first noticed a patch of little itchy bumps, like a rash, on my left cheek. Today I noticed it on the other side two in two different places. Tonight the itching on my face is bothering me so much I just can't use the kit whatsoever, even though I really wish I could apply the EradiKate again because it has been helping my pimples decrease in size a lot which is nice. Downside though is I am breaking out more after starting to use this, but not sure if it was caused by the kit or it was just going to happen anyways.   I do find the Detox Cleanser to be a little drying (once I rinse it off, my face feels more tight), and the Oil Free Moisturizer stings a little when I apply it. I wouldn't consider my skin to be sensitive to products whatsoever. Even though I have acne prone skin, nothing has ever given me a rash or adverse reaction. I've gotten dry skin from overwashing or using harsh products with 10% benzoyl peroxide, etc....but never this bad and usually it was during the winter and I just didn't moisturize enough. I've been using this kit as directed, and I think the EradiKate is the reason behind the dry itchy skin but the rashes I honestly have no idea how those came about because i don't apply the EradiKate anywhere near over on the sides of my cheeks (I do not have acne there)...   Has anyone else had a not so great experience with it? Should I only not be using EradiKate every night? Also, the EradiKate is supposed to dry up the pimples...but how do I remove all that dry skin afterwards (like going out the next day and not having flakes everywhere?)...simply moisturizing doesn't help. I feel like exfoliating would be the only thing to help but that would further irritate my skin. Not to mention, I'm breaking out even more..   ANY advice would be appreciated. Maybe I should just try Philosophy's Clear Days Ahead kit...I don't know.    
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A. I have had exactly the same reaction and I am fighting a bunch of new itchy horrible pimples under my mouth 😢.  This is truly a nightmare considering it is Christmas an... see post
Q. Starting from scratch: New skin care routine
Hi,  Sorry if this is long, but I really need help with starting a whole new skin care routine and curing my acne. Please bear with me!   I am a 19 year old college student who has absolutely no idea what she is doing when it comes to skin care. (Honestly, I will probably be posting a whole different post about makeup too.) My skin was doing well during the summer, but once I came back to start my sophomore year, my skin began to act against me. The place my skin likes to breakout the most seems to be in between my eyebrows and all over my forehead. Recently, I have also been getting two or three zits on my cheeks, around my mouth, and under my chin. Some of these zits have gone away, but they have left scars that honestly look like I still have a zit. I have been trying different products these past few months, but nothing seems to be working.    About my skin: I have combination skin: Oily T-zone, and fairly normal skin on my cheeks.  My main problems that I would like to fix : (from top priority to it would be a nice addition ) -The cluster of acne in between my brows and on my forehead. This acne is mainly just bright red dots; only a few are painful. Reducing redness would be great as well.  -Getting rid of the red scars that have grown on my forehead and between the brows.  -The others places I have been breaking out: chin and cheeks (mild) -Shine/oil control -Pore minimizing   My current skin care routine:  I wash my face both in the morning and at night: neutrogena facial soap bar, then Clinique toner (purple one), then Clinique yellow moisturizer. I exfoliate with St. Ives apricot scrub around 3 times a week. Sometimes I do masks but I have been slacking. I also use neutrogena eye makeup remover and burt's bees grapefruit face wipes.  I am fairly active. My college requires a ton of walking every day, but I do not go to the gym or sweat a bunch. My diet is healthy with lots of fruits and veggies, but honestly it could probably be better. I also 100% make sure to drink 7-8 glasses of water a day.    Really, I'm looking for a new skin care routine that will help solve my skin problems. I need a whole new cleanser, toner, moisturizer, mask, exfoilator, acne treatment, etc. I am open to ANY suggestions and feel free to load on the advice about better ways to take care of my poor face.  Preferably, any products under $40 would be wonderful. If you really want to suggest a product that is high price but you believe it will help me, feel free! I can always save up.    I like to use products that are fairly natural (but they don't necessarily have to be.)   I need serious help because I feel so self-conscious about my face and it's a pure struggle to be in college with this problem. I seriously appreciate any sort of help. Details on how to go about the new routine would be awesome. I literally have no knowledge when it comes to this.    If you need any other information, just ask! Thanks a bunch      
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BEAUTY GURU comeoneileen88 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. It sounds like you have a very good basic routine, that just needs a little adjustment to meet some of the skin concerns you have right now.  When I was in college I use... see post
Q. Small bumps all over my face!
I have so many small bumps all over my face. I don't know if it's keratosis pilaris or milia or clogged pores I just really want to get rid of them. I've always suffered from acne, and I've come along way, it's just these **bleep** small bumps!     
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yesika / FRESH FACE / answered
A. It looks like subclinical acne. Make sure you're removing all your makeup at night and exfoliate well. A clarisonic might help as well as First Aid Beauty facial radianc... see post
Q. Acne prone, oily, red skin. HELP
I have oily, acne prone, skin that is also red due to acne/acne scars. I am sensitve to tea tree products and things with lavender.  Looking for a AM/PM lotion that won't break me out and will help with oilyness.  Any other skin care regime products are appreciated.   
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SCENE QUEEN dilarawashere / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A. I'd definitely recommend Dr. Murad's Acne Starter Kit. Just use it constantly; it will even eliminate the acne scars. I have used it a year ago and since then I am acne-... see post
Q. Clarisonic purge
I usually only get a monthly hormonal break out on my chin. I bought the Mia a month ago and my skin has been purging ever since. I have been breaking out for 4 weeks straight. How long does this purge usually last? Is that what Im experiancing, or do I need to switch to a sensitive brush head, or stop using the Mia all together? I havent changed anything else in my routine, I'm using the same cleanser, the same moisturizer, same serum, same foundation, same everything. Please help.
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A. Hi Kristamarie- How often are you using it?  2ce a day as recommended?  I found that was too much for my skin.  I switched to the delicate brush and use it only at night... see post
Q. Best acne scar treatment?
I've never had a bad breakout in my life, but my first few weeks at my humid college apartment (no AC! Wah!) really ruined my back/shoulders. I have this nasty trail of pink/purple scars all down my bra strap line. I've never dealt with acne scars. I have NO idea what to use. I'm going home for Columbus Day weekend and want to stop by Sephora to buy something. Thoughts?   Thanks so much!
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A. It's not a true acne breakout, rather the skin adjusting to the new climate (protecting itself) and will balance out in a few months.   As for hair products, there's a... see post
Q. I have really bad acne. What can I use to make it go away, forever!
I have really bad acne, and I just can't seem to get rid of it or cover it up with makeup. What can I use to get rid of it or cover it up?
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A. I was the same. Finally started to use prescription Retin-A and it is wonderful :) At first it makes your face dry and peeling so just hang in there a few months but the... see post
Q. Does argan oil help with acne scars and hyperpigmentation?
A. I wanted to bump this thread up since I have an answer and a relevant question.   About a week ago I bought a large bottle of pure organic argan oil online (not the Jo... see post
Q. Help! My skin is sensitive dry and recently suffering from moderate acne.
Anyone with similar issues can you share your regimen? Clinque has not been successful and FAB has not been moisturizing enough, Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
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ashe18 / RISING STAR / answered
A. I would highly recommend Glamglow super mud clearing treatment its a mud mask (a bit on the pricier side) but its worth every penny it helps with everything from breakag... see post
Hi, I'm 13 years old and I have acne and I can't seem to get rid of it. Any suggestions? I'm willing to do anything (besides any surgery's)! PLEASE HELP ME. I NEED HELP!!
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IzzyMc / FRESH FACE / answered
A. Im 13 too and I used to have really horrible acne, Ive heard previously that proactiv doesnt work but i tried it anyway and now my face is all clear, its amazing! Yes, i... see post
Q. Makeup for Accutane users?
Hi everyone! I will be starting Accutane treatment this fall for acne in my T-zone, and I will need a new daily makeup routine to deal with dry, flaky skin. I'm very, very self conscious without makeup, so going fresh-faced probably won't be an option. I have very sensitive, very pale skin, and I'm worried that my usual makeup will look weird and fake if my skin is flaking. It would be amazing if y'all could help me choose some products for daily use! Thanks! This is what makeup I wear on a daily basis: -primer -foundation -concealer -powder -blush -highlighter -bronzer -nude eyeshadow -eyeliner (pencil) -mascara -lip gloss So if y'all could help me find moisturizing products that won't look conspicuous with dry skin, that would be amazing! Oh, and one last thing: my Sephora+Pantone Color ID is 1R02! Thanks so much!
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A. Hi, Skk150, in addition to finding new cosmetics, please also be sure you're practicing sun safety (sport SPF even if it's not super sunny outside) daily and ensuring yo... see post
Q. New product/skin care routine for combo/oily/very sensitive acne skin?
I'm on acne medication right now (Differin in the evening, clindamycin phosphate topical lotion in the morning, and an oral antibiotic) and my acne has gotten a lot better! However, my skin has now transitioned from just oily to combo/oily/acne-prone and very very sensitive.    In the evening I use the acne line from Mario Badescu skin care and I love love love it. In the morning I use a drugstore cleanser called Biore because I think it helped with my VERY oily skin a little bit before I went on the meds.    But I've noticed that both cleansers (MB and Biore) have stung/burned a bit. My skin doesn't react to it the instant I put it on, but more like after I start rubbing it into my skin a bit (with a very gentle hand,too.)    So I'm looking for a cleanser (1 for both M/E is fine, but 2 seperate ones are okay too,) that helps keep my skin clear without any acne-fighting ingredients because my skin's already getting that from my acne meds. I want a gentle cleanser that keeps my skin clear, and also helps with a lot of the redness, uneven skin tone/dark spots/hyper pigmentation, very large pores and oily skin that I have right now.    On top of that cleanser, are there any serums or moisturizers or something else that I could also use? I've tried a small sample of Murad's Pore and Line Hydrator and I absolutely love it. I haven't seen a difference in my pore size (because I only have a sample,) but the moisturizer is extremely light weight (more than Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel, which I've been using for MONTHS and I also really love. But I think I like Murad's better.) I've also used FAB's Anti-Redness Serum and I loved the lightweight gel feel of it. I think I might go and purchase that and use it instead of Clinique's Redness Solutions (I find it to be too heavy for my oily skin and pores.)    Any recommendations? If so, please let me know the formulation/texture of the product and how it felt and looked on your skin. Thank you!! 
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A. I have very similar skin. I use philosophy purity made simple (original or gel version) which doesn't react to my acne rx. It's gentle and takes the day off well - has b... see post
Q. Are there good BB or CC creams?
Hello darlings! I having been using the Amorepacific tinted moisturizer as a correcting cream and as my SPF. I really love it because the color matches so well with my skin tone but I have to change it because it is causing more breakouts for me and the scent is too strong. I really need something good for covering up my acne scars and acne. My skin is oily but sensitive. An organic item would be best.    Thanks! xx
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A. Hi lioness, BB & CC Creams are pretty sheer, and do not offer a lot of coverage for covering acne scars.  However, they are multi-funtional, and provide a lot of othe... see post
Q. Makeup and skincare while taking accutane
Can anyone recommend good makeup and skincare products that work well for someone taking accutane? I will be starting treatment in a month and I'd like to be prepared. I know it causes MAJOR skin and lip dryness and flaking of skin. If anyone has taken accutane and found good products I would be grateful for their recommendations. Thank you! L 
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sephorable / FRESH FACE / answered
A. Hey there,   I did a low-dose accutane treatment that I completed just over one year ago.  Even on my low-dose regimen, I experienced painfully dry lips (and the occas... see post
Q. how can I keep my face clear of acne?
I use ProActiv, I usually don't do it on a daily basis ( 2 times per day, all 3 steps in the morning & again before bed) i usally do it at night. Well is there any other way of getting my face clear, without having to use ProActiv? Maybe any suggestions for common household materials?
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A. Acne in general: 1. Salicylic acid (SA) doesn't irritate the skin/dry it our nearly as bad as benzyl peroxide, which is great if that's one of the things making ProActi... see post
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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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
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 / 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
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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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
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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A. Yes any type of an oil (expect mineral oils) will help with acne prone skin :)  see post
Q. Makeup Breakouts
EVERYTHING  I've tried, even Bareminerals, has caused acne on my face. It just keeps getting worse. EVERY TIME I put makeup on (liquid foundation, powder, blush, etc.), I have new breakouts. And yes, I do remove everything at night and cleanse my face. Any help/tips?
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A. Have you ever thought about giving up on the foundation for a few weeks? I finally gained control over my acne-ridden skin when I just got so fed up with trying to hide ... see post
Q. Breakout Post-Glamglow!!
Help! I used the Glamglow Supermud a few times in one week, hoping it would completely improve my skin. Quite the opposite- my forehead is completely broken out with acne that I have never gotten before. Has anyone else had this problem? HOW DO I SOLVE IT?! 
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A. I had this problem when I first used Glamglow.  It had turned me off the product for a while, but once I started to use it again regularly - once a week, my skin was muc... see post
Q. How can one get clear skin like this?
A. A cleanser with some sort of "treatment" ie salicylic.  The Clearisonic Mia. A HG moisturizer, mines clinique's moisture surge.  And time.  Give your new new routine at ... see post
Q. How to fix wrinkles without causing acne?
I have a bit of T-zone acne due to peri-menopausal hormones. I have also noticed significant new wrinkles around my mouth and fine lines around my eyes. Every time I try to use something for the wrinkles it seems to cause a break-out. My acne treatments seem to work fine, but what can use for wrinkles that won't cause break-outs?
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HALL OF FAMER gogreyhound / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. i feel your pain! My skin is still oily during the day, and sensitive/acne prone. it is hard to find anti-aging products that aren't super moisturizing and heavy. I had ... see post
Q. acne face scrub
Can anyone recommend a good face scrub that helps with acne? Thanks in advance!
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A. I use The Body Shop's teatree blackhead exfoliating wash. When I'm in the shower, I put on my Murad cleanser from their acne line, then put this on on top, then use my O... see post
Q. What is the best peel to fade mainly acne marks/scars and general discolorations on the skin??
What is the best peel to fade mainly acne marks/scars and general discolorations on the skin??   I have combo/oily skin with occational breakouts
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HALL OF FAMER beautylovingirl / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. The Perricone blue plasma peel would be a really good product for you to try, it's a peel but won't be harsh in your skin like a regular peel. Hope this helps! see post
Q. Whats you morning skin care routine with acne?
Comment plz! and have you tips for acne type it down below! 
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A. I use my Clarisonic every morning, which has been the best thing for my acne. I use the Acne brush and Acne Cleanser.   I follow with Origins Zero Oil toner, and MAC's... see post
Q. Moisturizer for dry-combination, acne-prone, sensitive skin
I have severe combination skin: very dry in most areas, normal almost everywhere else, but with acne. It's also very sensitive. Is there any moisturizer (non-SPF as it irritates my skin) that will properly moisturize without clogging my pores or giving me more acne?
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BEAUTY PRO katiedivadoll / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. Ok, I'm going to rant here, but you have to try First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream! It is all natural, perfume and gluten free and works amazingly well for my dry and... see post