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Q. Product similar or better than Proactiv?
Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read) Spoiler (Highlight to read)     HI,  I have been using Proactiv for about a year now, but realized how ridiculously priced it is. I was paying over $100 for a "three month" supply. Even though the 1 month supply was the just a tad smaller! Anyways, It didn't work amazingly that i thought it was worth it. So I am looking for an alternative and i am willing to pay a pretty penny for something that works.    I have Oily, sensitive skin that i usually break out easily.  Proactiv, and the Target brand of Apricot scrubs have been the only things in the past that have worked for me. I have been to a dermatologist and had no luck   I am open to all suggestions!!      *PS i do not know how to get rid of the spoiler tab??
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BEAUTY BOSS KellW / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
A. First Aid Beauty is definitely a great brand. I might also recommend adding either argan oil or coconut oil to your daily routine. Also, if you like your local Sephora, ... see post
Q. Cystic acne help...
Has anyone here ever had cystic acne and have been able to get rid of it? Mine always seems to flare up around my time of the month but it's so annoying because it takes months to fully heal and so,rites I am left with scarring. Does anyone have a solution? My skin is combination... Oily on my t-zone and chin but dry around my hairline and eyes sometimes. Any kind of help would be appreciated! Just frustrated! 
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BEAUTY WHIZ BrennaMcD / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / answered
A. I used to have awful cystic acne that never seemed to go away. The only thing that made it finally stop was changing my diet. I cut out most dairy and sweets like cookie... see post
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Q. Reoccurring Pimple!!!!!
The only big acne issue I have ever had with my face is the pimple that occurs over and over again in the middle of my forehead, slightly above my eyebrows. Sometimes a cluster of littler pimples will accompany it, sometimes it is painful and swollen under the skin, and sometimes it is a normal, single whitehead. I have had this issue since the beginning of high school, and am now a sophomore in college. At some points in time it will disappear, but at those times I must keep applying acne spot cream to the area or it will reappear. However, currently, it has not gone away fully since February when I went down south to Georgia. It will shrink and become very small at best. Right now it is small with no head and sparse, little pimples beneath it. It is so annoying and makes me very self conscious because it is so noticeable!!! My skin is very dry and this area will start to peel and look cakey under makeup. Also, I have small texture bumps on the bottom of my cheeks near my jaw line which do not go away either, but they are not pimples. If anyone could help with this I would be so grateful. (-:   Skin Care Routine: -Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Cleanser - Clean & Clear Toner (only on problem areas) - Kate Somerville ExfoliKate (every other day) -Origins Super Spot Remover Acne Treatment Gel -Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion + -Clinique All About Eyes Rich - Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask (Every 2-3 Days) -Ole Henriksen Lemon Strip Flash Peel (once a week) (I've used 100% Argan Oil in the past) ***I have had my pimple issue prior to using these products
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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. If you have bangs, keep them off the face. Acne face mapping would suggest it's an internal issue - make sure to drink water to flush toxins out.   However, since ... 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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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. 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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HALL OF FAMER kelloua / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. 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. 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. 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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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. 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
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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HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. ACNE!
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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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. 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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laurabt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
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. 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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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
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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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
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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BEAUTY MAVEN sirrush / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
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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HALL OF FAMER danimazz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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?
BEAUTY MAVEN Rosebud15 / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
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. Whats you morning skin care routine with acne?
Comment plz! and have you tips for acne type it down below! 
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HALL OF FAMER nikki / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
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. 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 from working out
Has anyone had this problem?   I started doing Insanity so I'm basically sweating 40+ mins almost every day. My skin type is combination leaning more on the dry side. I've never had a problem with acne before but I've noticed that I've been getting pimples or little bumps on my forehead. I know its caused by the sweat because if I dont work out for a couple days, then the acne does clear up a bit.   I do try to wash my face immediately after working out and I'm considering switching to an acne cleanser but am afraid that it might be too harsh for my skin.   Any tips or suggestions?
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HALL OF FAMER ladymeag / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. How long has your skin been doing this? Just like starting a new cleaning regimen, when you start a new workout routine that really makes you sweat your skin will go thr... see post
Q. Very small bumps all over skin, skin texture issues?
I have suffered from acne (particularly cystic acne) since I was a teenager, and I feel like I have finally resolved most of those issues, however, now I suffer from horrible skin texture. Rarely do I have acne surface my skin as white heads or blackheads, but instead my skin texture is full of extremely small bumps (like tiny pimples dwelling under the skin, mostly on my cheeks and chin), acne scarring, and hyper pigmentation. I know there are products for the scarring, but what do I do about the overall texture of my skin and these pesky little bumps?! In the light  the skin on my cheeks and chin looks anything but smooth. It looks rough and bumpy like fine sandpaper because of all the small bumps. I am nearly convinced that these bumps just turn into more little scars, since I rarely get acne anymore but continue to have red scarring all over my face.   Please help!!
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HALL OF FAMER marydiva / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Sounds like you have milia. I have it on my jawline/chin area and it's the absolute worst. I'm getting a Clarsonic as soon as January rolls around, and I'm crossing my f... see post
Q. Product that help with blackheads?
I was wondering as to what you guys think are the best products for blackheads. I have a lot on my cheeks and nose and I want to get rid of them. So what do you think are products that are worth the money?
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HALL OF FAMER starletta8 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I second the recommendation for BHA!  I like the Peter Thomas Roth AHA/BHA gel.   I'm also a huge fan of the white Glamglow mask, which does a great job of opening up ... see post
Q. does murad work for cystic acne?
I get hormonal, cystic acne along my jawline. I don't want to take birth control forever, and I am looking for skincare products that will reduce/eliminate the cysts. Any ideas if the Murad line works for this? Thanks!
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HALL OF FAMER kssweetheart / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Been there. I'm sorry you're going through this, it stinks. Mine was due to medication I was on. I Never had acne during my teens into 20's until that medication, AAARRG... see post
Q. Best acne scar treatment?
I have been struggling with acne scars for the past few years now. It seems like any time acne emerges on my face it ALWAYS leaves a mark once it goes away even though I dont pop it or anything I just let it run its course and go away and it is VERY frustrating as you could imagine. I have tried a few "dark spot" serums which have helped fade some scars slightly but not much of a difference. Also, they arent really dark spots they are a reddish/pink it makes it look like there is a pimple there still but there isnt. Its just a flat reddish/pink spot where the acne used to be. It makes it look like it is active acne when in fact it is not it is just the old place where it was before. These scars or "spots" are the only reason that I wear foundation and I wish I knew of a product that could get rid of them so I wouldnt have to continue wearing foundation a lot. Any suggestions? Also, The previous serum i used was the Dr. Brandt dark spot serum which again faded very slightly but not much. Looking for better results in a new producut!!
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BEAUTY PRO Piwie / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / answered
A. I also have the same problem, people keep saying that they will go away eventually, but they never did! I started having acne 2 years ago when I was 21 ( never had a pi... see post
Q. Getting rid of whiteheads
I really need some advice. I have quite a few whiteheads on my forehead and a few on my cheeks. I've tried a couple of drugstore creams and facial cleansers, but they either don't work or are much too harsh for my extremely allergy-prone skin. My skin is also extremely oily. I have tried a few facial washes, creams, and gels with salicyic acid, and they didn't seem to do much of anything. I followed the package directions and applied it 2-3 times a week for about a month. But there was no real change in my whiteheads. I was thinking of trying an acne cream with benzoil peroxide, but it says on the package not to use if you have very sensitive skin. Can someone please recommend a facial cleanser, cream, or gel that will help clear up my whiteheads? I don't want something super expensive. I've been thinking of maybe trying something from Clinique, but I don't know what. I was also wondering if a toner or astringent would help? I'm kind of at a loss as to what to do next. Any advice or recommendations would be very helpful. Thank you!
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HALL OF FAMER SydBristow / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi lms526! Do you think perhaps you have milia?  They are white, kind of hard and don't go away, they just stay in the same spot.    If so, I had them too and found (a... 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. post acne marks....
Does Murad exfoliating acne treatment gel help get rid of post acne marks?
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Take a look at your post acne mark thread here when I gave a break down on the Murad product in regards to whether it targets post acne marks and other items to look int... see post
Q. Is the Clarisonic worth the money?
I am getting over a bad break out due to dreaded hormones I am assuming. I have it under control now, but I am still getting pimples mainly on my jawline and a little on my cheeks. Nothing too severe, but it's annoying. I only have a few active pimples right now, which are located on my jawline, and one little cyst on my chin. (Which THANK THE LORD is going away with just BP cream.)   I still have a good amount of acne scars on my face. Mainly on my right cheek. There is this massive scar that was two angry zits together, and now it's just a glob of ugly, weird, purple/red scar that takes a while to conceal.     Anyway, I was wondering if the Clarisonic was worth the money? Will it help my hormonal breakouts get under control when I have them, and also my just regular breakouts? Will it help my scars possibly fade faster?   Another quick question to add to this: What's a good acne scar cream for my face that is under $50?   Thanks!! xoxoxoxoxoxoox    
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TexMex77 / FRESH FACE / answered
A. I have been using my Clarisonic for 2 years now and I absolutely love it.  I too suffer from hormonal breakouts and while the Clarisonic hasn't all together gotten rid o... see post