Finding Effective Acne Treatments

I've been breaking out a lot lately and I've tried so many things, yet none of it seems to work. If it does, it'll work for a few weeks up to a month before I start breaking out again, and not lightly either. I've tried Neutrogena scrub, Morning Burst, soap, foam wash etc. (along with other brands of course). The last thing I tried was Neutrogena soap which has been drying out my skin and not stopping the breakouts.

I'm not sure how to choose a matching treatment or any home remedies to try before I go off and buy a 60 dollar treatment that may or may not work. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do or where I can get some extra help (without going to a dermatologist Dx)? Thank you!

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

As a young teenage girl years ago, I suffered from horrible acne. I took meds for it nothing worked. I tried everything. What I found that worked after lots of trial and error was, Phillips Milk of Magnesia. I would wash my face with Dial, plain Dial and dab on the Phillips and let it stay on over night. Wash with dial in the morning. It worked for me. AS I got older, I started to use salt and ivory soap.

My dermatologist nearly had a stroke when I told him. The ivory soap and salt is real extreme and I used just a very little bit and only like once a week. Good luck please try the Phillips and give it a few weeks to work. There are no quick fixes for acne.

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Jay! I had acne as a teenager and I did go to a dermatologist. The first thing she did was take me off of iodized salt. To this day, I can tell when I've eaten iodized salt (restaurants or dinner at someone's house, etc). She assured us that we got enough iodine in other foods (fish). My daughter is the same way, she can tell when she's eaten iodized salt. Try buying and using plain salt on your foods for a few weeks and see if you can tell the difference. Also, keep your hands and fingers away from your face (or areas that break out).

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

When my 2 girls had acne troubles, they used a cleanser (a pump foam or liquid) with salicylic acid - a Beta Hydroxy Acid. Then they applied a moisturizer with salicylic acid as well. Salicylic Acid is a BHA product, and it soaks into the skin and heals from inside.

For spot treatments, they used a Bonzoyl Peroxide as well. This comes in a 2.5% or 5% solution. It can cause a sensitivity and I'd recommend the 2.5% to start with. All this information was obtained at cosmeticscop.com at the time, and I would highly recommend you visiting that site. It is a wealth of information!

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Try working on it from the inside. Many times hormonal imbalances cause breakouts. Hormonal imbalances can be caused by many things including stress and diet. Believe it or not, sugar and refined starches (high glycemic foods) can severely disrupt hormone levels in our bodies. Eliminate these. I also find dairy causes me to break out. And if I eat lots of leafy green vegetables, I find my completion improves a lot. Juicing veggies is great, too. Oh, and artificial sweeteners are a big no-no, also. They can make your body react in strange ways, and breakouts is just one of them.

The human body is always trying to keep itself in balance. Give it a chance to heal itself (i.e. skin blemishes are a sign it's losing some kind of fight) by removing the toxins and giving it the nutrients it needs.

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

I started with acne when in my twenties. I went to dermatologists for years and was on antibiotics for years. I wouldn't recommend that as in the end it caused me other problems. Also, the antibiotics didn't really work that well. But, I did find a simple solution by the time I reached my thirties. Water. I drank 2 liters of water every day and within a week I had major improvements. To this day, it still works. I still break out and water has been the best remedy for me. Can't hurt to give it a try and it's quick and cheap. Wishing you the best in finding a solution.

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

Tea Tree Oil. Found in a pharmacy by the vitamins (cheapest prices at Walmart) ~ mix with water 50/50. Use a cotton ball and dab all over your face. Keep away from eyes. It will burn if it gets in your eyes.

I've been told this is the effective ingredient in these "expensive" infomercials for acne products. My girls had tremendous success with this. Their skin is beautiful now. If they get a breakout ~ they use a q-tip and dab it full strength on the blemish. Dries up overnight. Good luck!

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November 4, 20080 found this helpful

I have had a problem with acne for over 6 years, but it has gotten really bad in the past 2. I am under a dermatologist's care and it has hardly helped me. The only thing that has improved is that I have hardly any blackheads. I really do not have any good info for you. I am like you. I have tried it all and continue too. The reason it works and stops is because your skin can only get so better.

I have tried so many non-prescription and prescription items that have hardly worked. Right now, I am using mark (from Avon) That's Deep gel cleanser and Neutrogena Fight & Fade Acne gel once a day. I use a non-alcohol toner in a spray bottle when I feel I am drying out too much. I exfoliate with St Ives olive scrub. I go back and forth with moisturizers. I only apply once a day because my skin cannot handle twice a day. I use mostly mineral makeup.

I still have not found anything that is fool proof and works all the time. I have just learned to buy my products from Ulta, Rite Aid, etc that accepts beauty products back if you are not happy with them.

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November 5, 20080 found this helpful

I have used these pills for my own acne in my 30's, and subsequently two of my teen age sons. If my daughters develop acne in their teens (it runs in our family) I'll give it to them as well. It is very effective. When you first start out, your skin may get worse, bu then it clears up entirely. I ended up being treated by the doctor who developed this for something unrelated, and he's a great guy!

http://www.lomalux.com/

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Proactiv is the best. I've tried many different types of acne treatments, and this was the only one that really worked well! I highly recommend it.

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November 11, 20080 found this helpful

Hi! My name is Kate I am and Esthetician in MA. I have clients come into me everyday with the same situation as you. You were given a lot of good advice about (except the Dial soap. I would avoid that one! Body soap is too stripping for the face) First you need to determine what type of skin you have. Do you get oily throughout the day? Do you find yourself dry at all? Why type of acne do you have?

These are the things you need to figure out to decide what steps you should be taking. Have you ever considered booking a acne treatment? Having a professional take a look at your skin to see what's going on? Well if you fill be in on exactly what your skin type is I can see if I can come up with some helpful advice for you.

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November 21, 20080 found this helpful

I have had issues with Acne and rosacea since I was a teen. Recently, I decided to try abstaining from different foods to see if it was a food allergy that triggered my breakouts. All I can say is.... I have been dairy free for 5 months, and I only have an episode when I cheat and have a slice of pizza or something like that. Best wishes on managing your skin care.

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

I had adult acne for years, it started when I was 19 and went on for years. I went the dermatology route and used all sorts of horrible products... and it helped, for a while.

The thing that helped most was changing my diet. I used to eat bread, pasta etc at every meal. Then I cut down on the carbs, especially wheat, and my skin cleared up immediately. Just want to agree here with the other posters that what you eat affects your skin tremendously. I take fish oil and other anti inflammatory supplements for joint pain, I think these help prevent acne too.

I've stopped using all cleansers, just wash with water twice a day, and I use jojoba oil to moisturize at night. When my skin does get bad, I'll apply a big layer of Calamine lotion and it just calms everything down. Calamine has been used for years and years, the zinc dries everything out and I think the calamine removes any toxins, the same way it works for chicken pox.

Good luck with it!

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