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I've been dealing with acne for a really long time now and I'm absolutely fed up! I've tried pretty much every drugstore product and many high end products from Sephora. I have a Clarisonic, so I was wondering if anyone had any holy grail products or remedies they could share with me? My acne is effecting me in social outings and even sometimes causing me to want to stay home all day. PLEASE HELP.



the only two things that ever worked for me, when i had acne, was proactiv and tazorac. have you tried either of these?


Have you seen a dermatologist? My acne is finally more under control from prescriptions. I just use philosphy purity made simple with the clarisonic and every now and then a clay mask.


If its frustrating you so much I would schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. What type of acne are you having?- Blackheads, closed pores, cysts. Skin type? Also, what is your age range and climate location? Internally, I would suggest look at your diet- are you eating clean, do you have any allergies. Dairy and gluten can effect the skin. Water and Omega 3s are your best assets right now! 


I've been on two different types of antibiotics from a dermatologist, Doxycycline and Minocycline. Neither of those worked. I'm 17 and live in New England. My skin is fair but not very sensitive. I mostly get whiteheads and cysts. I have a lot of scarring and dark marks. I've also tried ProActive


Ask your dermatologist for another oral prescription for what they recommend. I would also look into birth control because  of your symptoms, it sounds hormonal based. Doxycycline did nothing for me either. What skin type do you have? 

Cycstic acne is internal. Seriously take a look at your diet. Eat as clean as possible as I've said. I'd also make sure to get lots of Omega 3's, either through your diet or vitamins (flax seed oil if youre a vegetarian) I'd take an antihistamine to relieve the inflammation. And a retinal for scaring. But be VERY CAUTIOUS with this. It makes you very sensitive to the sun. Now the obvious (drink water, sleep, exercise, relieve stress) Also make sure nothing dirty touches your face (pillows, hands, makeup brushes)  


Since your skin is acne prone, I would still suggest using products for sensitive skin. Acne prone = inflammation so anything that balances and counteracts that would be perfect. Is your skin oil, dry, combination? 


Here are my holy grail products for when my skin is acting up. I have Combo/Normal skin in the winter and combo/oily in the summer but use these anytime my skin flares up. 


Makeup Remover - Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm.

Cleanser - Ren Clay Cleanser (during breakouts - everyday it is too strong for me)

Toner - Perricone MD Firming Facial Toner (acid), Claudalie's Beauty Elixir (hydrating)

Moisturizer - If my skin is doing bad things and being super sensitive I use Eucerin. 

Treatment - I have prescription topical treatments but as a mask, the GlamGlow masks are wonderful and for hydrating the Korres yoghurt sleeping facial is nice. 

To prevent scars the mederma gel is amazing. 



I would avoid any skincare products with alcohol, Mineral oil, or silicone. I hope this helped! I can better recommend products once I know your skin type. If you have any other questions, please let me know! 



Thank you! I'm on birth control now and I have noticed a slight difference in my skin but it's still very red and scarred. Lately my skin has been pretty oily, but dry and a little flaky around my bigger breakouts


Okay, great!  Any products that reduce inflammation and focus on balancing your skin's ph levels should be good. I would also going to a good aesthetician, get a facial and ask them and having them look at your skin.

For scaring, a retinol cream is amazing but make sure to not get too much sun and MOISTURIZE! The sun can turn scars purple and there for quite a while. Also, make sure you still moisturize. I'm assuming that you have been using a lot of harsh products (proactive, spot treatments, etc.) on your skin which has stripped your skin of its natural oils so its on overdrive. I thought that I had oily skin for the longest time. Get yourself a good light moisturizer! Believe me, it will get better!  



Caroline Hirons has an AMAZING blog for information 


So you may look at my like I'm crazy for this buuut have you tried African Black Soap? I know it sounds crazy but the stuff works. My boyfriend is rather fair skinned and he has a tendency to get really bad acne (large, red looking, kinda nasty acne). I read about it online, bought him a bar, and so far it's the only thing that's worked for getting rid of his acne in a decent amount of time. We even bought him Clinique to try, hasn't done much compared to the soap.


But the brand he uses (and I use when my acne starts to act up) is Dudu Osan, it can be bought on Amazon. It does sting your face a bit the first one or two times, but after that it's smooth sailing. I only use it before bed though as my acne tends to look a little mad after I use it, but by morning it's gotten a lot smaller.  


I have found a few products that work really well for me:


  • DDF 5% benzoyl peroxide cream with tea tree oil - i apply this to my face every night before bed and it really helps keep most of my blemishes away.  i used to use the clean and clear persa gel 10 which is 10% benzoyl preoxide, but this one by DDF works soo much better!  i get this from Ulta


  • Peter Thomas Roth 10% sulfur mask - i use thi s mask a couple times a week and i notice that it really helps to target deeper, cystic type acne. i got mine from sephora


  • kate somerville's eradikate acne treatment - this is a 10% sulfur spot treatment that i apply on any blemishes at night before bed.  this really helps clear them up faster.


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