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Acne Investigation Diary!

Hey folks, I thought I would start an "acne diary" here reporting on my observations and experiences trying to get rid of acne.  I hate those days (which sometimes stretch into weeks) when my face feels like a battleground full of acne and post-acne marks and I either feel bad when I look into the mirror or spend way too long messing with concealers/foundation before going out.  

 

We've had so many posts here about what products to use to combat acne, but fewer posts about the actual causes of acne.  I think this is because it's so different from person to person, and also unless you have the patience of a saint it's really difficult to force yourself through the intensive trial and error needed to figure out WHAT is causing your breakouts.  And even then, it might be due to vague causes like "stress" or "environmental irritants" that you have no control over.

 

I'll try to update once a week or so, to report on what I'm currently adding (or removing) from my routine and what the results are.  I would also love to hear other people's personal experiences and maybe we can all learn from each other.

 

EDIT Apr 28:  Here's the new motto for those of us trying to isolate ingredients at the root of our skin problems:

 

So what do you do when your skin is freaking out and you don't know which product is causing the issue? "Quit everything cold turkey," advises Dr. Chapas. "Makeup, moisturizer, sunscreen—stop everything you're using. Try to use a mild topical hydrocortisone on the skin until your reaction goes down. Start adding products in slowly and use mild, fragrance-free formulas. Eventually, you'll find out what's offending your skin. If your skin continues to react, see a dermatologist."

 

thanks to krunce (is that pronounced "crunchy"?) for pointing me to the Victoria Stanell Beauty Myths article on beautylish!

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Do you have any suggestions for someone who can not go to the dermatologist due to a medical condition that prevents me from taking prescription acne medication, who has tried proactiv, clearasil, and Neutrogena....what kinds of products should I use? (I am on birthcontrol, but my acne is still pretty bad. I just want clear skin for prom)

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Hi summer888, what kinds of prescription acne medication are you unable to try out?  Do you mean really strong medication like Accutane?  There are other things a doctor could prescribe for acne that work differently than Accutane (like retin-a or spironolactone if appropriate).  A visit to a dermatologist is the best way to find out for sure, if you tell them about your medical condition they will definitely be able to explain what treatments will or will not work for you with regard to your condition and whatever other medications you may be taking.

 

What type of acne are you struggling with?  Is it mostly cystic acne, blackheads, etc?

 

Let us know more details about what products you're currently using in skincare and makeup.

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If you suspect your acne is hormonal, especially if you're an adult, Talk to your doctor about Spironolactone!! It has been literally a miracle drug for me. (For all the rest, I know this will sound crazy, but try not wearing foundation all the time and using so many products. Less is more! Ever notice how guys don't have so many skin issues? Its because it works itself out.)

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Wow it's helped get rid of sun spots for you?  I'll check it out for sure!  I think for the hot and humid summer season I'll be looking for something like that.  I think toners with interesting ingredients are great since they still add good stuff to your skin, but without the extra emollients or creaminess that makes oily-skin people cringe.    boohoo on not using my free money though, lol.

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@trrriciaann -- i didn't know what you meant by "skin tag" at first and was visualizing a tattoo or something! LOL!

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LOL!!!  i'll check in again later and see if you're here, drunkenly posting random stuff.... Smiley Very Happy

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