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Acne-Prone Skin

Acne-Prone Skin

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Share acne-fighting tips for all things involving active breakouts, scarring, and discoloration.

Share acne-fighting tips for all things involving active breakouts, scarring, and discoloration.

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Reply: @AreebaJ I had really bad acne that was quite reactive/sensitive, and at some points the only thing I could put on my face was Fir ...read more
@AreebaJ I had really bad acne that was quite reactive/sensitive, and at some points the only thing I could put on my face was First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration it really moisturized my skin without being too heavy, making my acne worse or clogging my pores. It’s fragrance free and reaaaaally soothed redness. It wasn’t tinted, but maybe a few drops of a foundation mixed in might give you light coverage to even out your skin while still being hydrated!
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Ance In T-zone/nose PLEASE HELP!!!
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Reply: Hi @hotcheetogurl ! Different types of acne may need different kinds of treatment. Rather than focusing on the brand, it's best to ...read more
Hi @hotcheetogurl ! Different types of acne may need different kinds of treatment. Rather than focusing on the brand, it's best to focus on ingredients and product types that can help treat acne. Here are 3 go-to ingredients that can be bought over-the-counter:SpoilerSalicylic acid (aka beta hydroxy acid or BHA) - gets down into your pores to degunk 'em, and removes dead skin cells from the surface of your face. Salicylic acid products are easy to find at your local drugstore. Consider CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser (contains 2% BHA) or the leave-on CeraVe Acne Control Gel. Note that the gel also contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), though I don't know what %. CeraVe claims this gel can be used up to 3 times a day, which sounds awfully excessive to me... applying AHAs that frequently can over-exfoliate skin, especially in addition to BHA. I recommend using the gel just 1-2 times a week (not twice on the same day) unless a doctor tells you otherwise. There are plenty of other BHA products on the market. My personal favorites are all made by Paula's Choice. Many people love Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant 4 oz/ 118 mL . Since my particular skin is very inflammation-prone, I use Paula's Choice CLEAR Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution with 2% Salicylic Acid 4 oz/ 118 mL instead. Both are leave-on products that work quite well. Azelaic acid - attacks acne-causing bacteria, treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (including dark marks left by acne), and has antioxidant properties. A doctor can prescribe azelaic acid at 15-20%. Or (if you're in the US) you can try a 10% over-the-counter option: of those, my fave is Paula's Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster 1 oz/ 30 mL . I've also used The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 10% Suspension Brightening Cream and Facetheory Lumizela A10 serum. Benzoyl peroxide - very effective against acne-causing bacteria. This is another ingredient you can find at the drugstore. The easiest product to find is probably PanOxyl cleanser: it comes in 4% and 10% strength, though the one you'll probably see in stores is 4%—and that's probably all you need. Higher strength isn't necessarily better, depending on your type of acne and your particular skin behavior/condition. Many people are sensitive to leave-on benzoyl peroxide, which is why a cleanser's a good option: it has contact with your skin for just a few minutes before it's rinsed off. If your skin's not sensitive to this ingredient, a good leave-on option is Paula's Choice CLEAR Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide 2.25 oz/ 67 mL . Salicylic acid (aka beta hydroxy acid or BHA) - gets down into your pores to degunk 'em, and removes dead skin cells from the surface of your face. Salicylic acid products are easy to find at your local drugstore. Consider CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser (contains 2% BHA) or the leave-on CeraVe Acne Control Gel. Note that the gel also contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids), though I don't know what %. CeraVe claims this gel can be used up to 3 times a day, which sounds awfully excessive to me... applying AHAs that frequently can over-exfoliate skin, especially in addition to BHA. I recommend using the gel just 1-2 times a week (not twice on the same day) unless a doctor tells you otherwise. There are plenty of other BHA products on the market. My personal favorites are all made by Paula's Choice. Many people love . Since my particular skin is very inflammation-prone, I use instead. Both are leave-on products that work quite well. Azelaic acid - attacks acne-causing bacteria, treats post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (including dark marks left by acne), and has antioxidant properties. A doctor can prescribe azelaic acid at 15-20%. Or (if you're in the US) you can try a 10% over-the-counter option: of those, my fave is . I've also used and Facetheory Lumizela A10 serum. Benzoyl peroxide - very effective against acne-causing bacteria. This is another ingredient you can find at the drugstore. The easiest product to find is probably PanOxyl cleanser: it comes in 4% and 10% strength, though the one you'll probably see in stores is 4%—and that's probably all you need. Higher strength isn't necessarily better, depending on your type of acne and your particular skin behavior/condition. Many people are sensitive to leave-on benzoyl peroxide, which is why a cleanser's a good option: it has contact with your skin for just a few minutes before it's rinsed off. If your skin's not sensitive to this ingredient, a good leave-on option is . Have you already tried products that contain those ingredients? Since you're a teen, can your parent/guardian take you to see a board certified dermatologist or primary care doctor? I left the entire vitamin A family off my list of ingredients... vitamin A is retinoic acid (tretinoin), and there are several related ingredients like tazarotene, adapalene, retinaldehyde, and retinol. A doctor might prescribe tretinoin or tazarotene for acne, depending on what type you have and your skin condition. Or a doc could prescribe Rx-strength adapalene or another retinoid. You can also find over-the-counter adapalene at lower strength at the drugstore: the 2 most common are Differin Gel and La Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel. Adapalene's often used to treat acne. You might wanna talk with a doc before trying it, though, because it comes with some irritating side effects. One more product you should definitely use if you don't already: broad spectrum sunscreen, at least SPF 30, applied to ALL skin exposed to sunlight (eyelids, ears, behind ears, nape of neck if exposed, hairline, wrists, ankles, feet, etc.), all year long, regardless of weather or season. UV rays can worsen acne, among other badness they can cause (like skin cancer). Do you already use sunscreen?
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Skincare
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Reply: Hi, google Paula's choice pore reducing toner!!
Hi, google Paula's choice pore reducing toner!!
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purging? broken skin barrier?
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Reply: @oilyafskin Also, if you haven't had a new pillow in awhile throw it away and get a new one. ...read more
@oilyafskin Also, if you haven't had a new pillow in awhile throw it away and get a new one.
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Acne prone skin
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Reply: @kyvyle Oh no. Which products from Murad did you get her? ...read more
@kyvyle Oh no. Which products from Murad did you get her?
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Reply: @katyabrousseau @Have you seen a dermatologist? ...read more
@katyabrousseau @Have you seen a dermatologist?
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échantillons
Pourquoi je ne recois pas les echantillons que je selectionne lors de mes achats???? Je pense que j'en ai droit. Nadine
Pourquoi je ne recois pas les echantillons que je selectionne lors de mes achats???? Je pense que j'en ai droit. Nadine
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Exfoliators
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Reply: @BeautifulyNsane Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser ...read more
@BeautifulyNsane Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser
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Struggling with acne
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Reply: Hi @Mirmaid07 ! You mentioned trying medication: was it prescribed to you by a doctor? Or do you mean an over-the-counter product ...read more
Hi @Mirmaid07 ! You mentioned trying medication: was it prescribed to you by a doctor? Or do you mean an over-the-counter product that doesn't require an Rx, like a salicylic acid product? Also, what acne-fighting ingredients have you already tried? If you've already tried salicylic acid (BHA), benzoyl peroxide, azelaic acid, and adapalene, and none of those helped, then it's time to see a board certified dermatologist or your primary care doctor for a proper skin diagnosis and personalized treatment options. What's your current skincare routine (brands + product names)?
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Moisturizer might be breaking me out?
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Reply: @Emntru the Belif products do contain fragrance and that can sometimes be an issue for people. Have you looked into the First Aid ...read more
@Emntru the Belif products do contain fragrance and that can sometimes be an issue for people. Have you looked into the First Aid Beauty line? Their products are generally suited for those with sensitive skin.
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