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stubborn pimples/zits

I have two pimples/zits on my cheeks and NOTHING IS WORKING. I've been using benzoyl peroxide in the morning, and 2% salicylic acid and Tretinoin at night. It's been a few weeks since I got them and they're so stubborn. Those products that I mentioned above don't make a difference. Help!

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Which ones do u like? I like the Glamglow, but it does irritate my skin a bit and it has fragrance. Oh, and it is priced as if it containted gold bars. I am not a Real Housewife here and can't afford $70 zit masks on the regular. :-)

 

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I just use the Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask. It's cheap and it works. Hahaha Smiley Very Happy

 

To be honest, I don't think I'll ever use the Glam Glow masks because of the review on Beautypedia. YES, I KNOW, she's not the most reliable source. But I do believe half of what she says. I don't like products with heavy fragrance or irritating ingredients. I don't think the Glam Glow masks are worth $70 if they just have irritating plant extracts and fragrance. And their jar packaging won't keep some ingredients stable. 

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WOW, I just saw the Boots ingredient list on Target. Thanks for sharing, I am going to give it a try!

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Where did you buy the Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask? I tried finding it on target's website and ulta's. But could only find one called Boots Botanics shine away ionic clay mask. Are they the same mask?

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I don't think they're the same. I double checked with mine and the one listed on Ulta/Target. There might be different options in store. I find that mass retailers don't really update their beauty/skincare/health online as much. 

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Thanks, I will go look in the store Smiley Very Happy

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This is what mine looks like 

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Thanks. Now I know what to look for Smiley Very Happy

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I got fed up yesterday and bought a bottle of the Ionic since I haven't used a mask in ages (and probably should). Tried it this morning and I will give it a few weeks to get a balanced opinion of it.

I took a picture of the back, how does it compare to the ingredients in the Conditioning Mask?

 

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Mine has sea silt, water, glycerin, butylene glycol, arctium lappa root extract, sodium, hydroxymethlgycinate. On the front, it says "burdock purifies and clarifies. clay draws out impurities." 

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Rats on the Butylene, the last cleanser product (First Aid remover wipes) I had with that stuff stung and had a lingering burn. Turn #2 of this willow/clay blend tomorrow. Face is doing better but it could be cyclical hormones toning down. *fingers crossed*

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Together they'd irritate your skin!  

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Never tried Tretinoin but salicylic does not work on me, what does work are products containing sulfur, like Murad Clarifying mask or PTR sulfur mask for all over breakouts, or Mario Badescu drying cream for spot treatment.

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have you tried Paula Choice - Resist BHA 9

 

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Adapalene has worked for me. Especially for those hormonal cystic pimples. You may want to check out if you can get your hands on some. I think you can get it in amazon or if not try to see if you can get some Differin (prescription acne cream that contains Adapalene). Good luck, amigo.

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@SirensSong

Differin (adapalene) is a prescription drug & shouldn't be purchased online.

 

 

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I am aware, which is why I said "if you can get your hands on some". Smiley Wink Also when you don't have health care some resort to purchasing their medications/prescriptions online. Of course it's not ideal or "politically correct" but everybody manages in their own way.

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@SirensSong

I understand what you're saying. I'm merely posting the obvious. It's a basic safety issue.

 

 

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I swear by glycolic acid. Murad or PTR or a brand called Glycolix that can be purchased at Dermstore.com

 

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@andyhtrieu you wrote:"...It's been a few weeks since I got them and they're so stubborn..."

 

Sounds like it's time to go back to your dermatologist for reevaluation of your current concerns since it's not responding to self- treatment (even) if you're using prescription topical products.

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Great advice beauty4ashes!

 

Andyhtrieu, it sounds like you have some cystic acne and your dermatologist will be the one who will be able to help you best. Also, cystic acne is what can leave pits in your skin if the cysts remain in your skin too long. 

 

I dealt with cystic acne for about 10 years, so I know it is completely frustrating when nothing seems to work.  you just have to remember it's different than surface acne, so treatment for the surface of your skin (masks, salicylic acids; etc) won't work.

 

Hope this helps and that you have a nice doctor who is able to helpSmiley Happy

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