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I'm only 13 and I have horrible acne on my forehead. I do use ProActiv. I've used to for about 5 months. Now, it doesn't seem to clear up my face anymore. I don't want to go back to school with a forehead corvered in bumps. Is there anything out there that will help my acne go away fast?
Deanna from Burke, VA
There are many prescription treatments for acne. You need to have your parent take you to a dermatologist.
Unfortunately acne is caused by a hormonal imbalance that causes your oil glands to work overtime. There is no way to just turn them off. I find that when I get lax with my proactive regimine, I get more breakouts too. Are you using the toner religiously? This is where I get into trouble, if I neglect it, I get more breakouts. At Wal-Marts and several other stores is something similar to Proactive called AcneFree. They have a small tube that you buy separately that is a medicated spot treatment called Acne & Blackhead Terminator. I use it at night on my breakouts and sometimes on my especially oily spots in conjunction with Proactive. It seems to help.
there are so many things that can aggravate acne that its hard to find the right thing just for you.
do you wear bangs? is your shampoo leaving a residue that is getting on your forhead? try rinsing your hair with a vinegar and water rinse.
sometimes your digestive tract has as much to do with your skin as what goes on it. have you tried probiotics? do you have food allergies? do you eat a balanced diet and get enough rest? stress makes you sweat and produce more oil. exercise helps lower the amount of horomones causing problems.
so my greatest suggestion is to eat right , get enough sleep and when you get stressed go out and play hard and get enough exercise. keep your skin clean but don't get crazy about it and aggrivate it by cleaning it every two hours!
My personal teen experience was way before ProActive availability. I learned that most pimples lead to acne if left untreated. I also learned that two things often cause them.
First, know that the natural oils of our skin are designed to protect us from invasion of most common bacteria and virus. If that oil is washed away with strong soap and/or hot water, the skin becomes vulnerable to everything that touches it because all things have bacteria on it, especially hands/nails, dirty pillows, dirty face cloths, dirty hair/brushes, dirty linens, dirty bar soap, contaminated make-up base or brushes/applicators, etc., I have found that if I have infected pimples, I use CREAM Neosporin until well, applied with a CLEAN Q-tip, then when skin is well use only a scrubbing glove every few days, and no soap, rinsing with warm water on a WHITE face cloth that is bleachable each morning, and using only a CLEAN q-tip to apply VERY light makeup base and a dab of cheek color is the absolute BEST formula to keeping skin well.
If one has been in the dust of a field, road, cleaning process, the dust will most certainly cling to the skin. If there is no protection, natural or added cream, the bacteria and dust mites in the dust will have a field day producing first pimples, then if untreated or OVER treated/squeezed, will result in acne/infection.
If a pimple comes to a head, use sanitized fingers and two layers of tissue to gently squeeze anything that will come out easily onto the tissue, tossing immediately since the infection is contaminated and contageous, then always using fresh tissue should there be another. BUT, investigate your actions and the cleanliness of whatever has touched your skin in the past 24 hours. Even a car seat is FULL of dust mites and bacteria. If one has long hair, there is more surface on the long hair to catch more dust mites and bacteria from whatever. Should a pet lick your face/skin, suspect possible contamination since they have different chemistry from humans who are NOT animals, and are not as susceptible to the same sorts of infections each time that affect humans so quickly and severely.
Handle every item that touches the face as if it must be almost sterile, even if it's a baby's hand or loved one who touches it, UNLESS you have learned to allow your own natural skin oils to protect you. Most of us become panic ridden OVERWASHING, using HOT water to bathe(should be only slightly hot and NOT on the face which has a different numbers of layers to it's skin).
I learned that the simpler lotions WITHOUT Mineral oils and lots of chemicals is the best, using the least OILY, even using Cream Rinses for Hair work well to protect IMMEDIATELY AFTER DRYING WITH A BLOW DRYER WHEN FRESH OUT OF THE BATH WATER to prevent any fungus from forming under the cream or lotion. The blow dryer on cold is a MUST. Most overthecounter items are not only overrated, overpriced, and unnecessary, they simply don't work without this info and practice.
Yes, I have Cosmetologist license and near perfect facial skin, but that has not always been the case. I came full circle with everything known to mankind, even unknown items I "experimented out of desparation" with when there was little information available to the general public other than Calamine Lotion and Witch Hazel!! lol
Recap: NEVER use soaps, astringents, moisturizers, heavy/oily creams, or Mineral oil on your face. Mineral Oil makes pores VERY LARGE and permanently. All the rest destroy the natural bacterial barrier from your own oils. How do you keep your own body producing the oils regularly? Simple activity, not sitting a lot. Good healthful foods with the better oils like olive, palm, and peanut oils. NOT foods likely fried, especially if in shortening/lards. Choose wisely, fresh or frozen, grilled or baked, and only small amounts of fruit sugars, chocolates, desserts, and caffeine. You can read and re-read this until it becomes second nature. Should you have tight pores, dry skin, that's another matter even MORE important to care for, especially in what you eat and apply to it. Most folks have a combination skin, some dry, some oily. Don't fret which. Just use this common sense approach and moderation in all things! Good luck and God bless.
I read that if you put toothpaste on your bumps it will dry them up. You have to use the paste. My son used it once but didn't give it a chance. Dab it on before you go to bed and wash it off in the morning. Hope it works for you.
I've found that alternating from something that uses benzol peroxide(like Proactiv) to something that uses salicylic acid every other day seems to help. Also making sure I wash my face morning and evening. The acnefree spot treatment the earlier poster mentioned helps too!
My son had problems with acne and used ProActiv for a while then quit and acne came back. So I got
him a generic bottle of Maalox (for stomach problems) and he applied to his face let dry and rinsed off. His face cleared in a few days he uses
this method daily. Good luck.
Drink lots of water, eat fresh fruit and vegetables - in the long term. In the short term try dabbing the pimples with straight tea tree oil - it is an antibacterial natural oil that can really help. My son uses products that I bought from a health food store in Australia called Bio S - gel, and Bio S - (skin supplement that you take twice daily), his skin was very bad and in just over a week I noticed a big improvement - it is cheaper than Proactive and for my son has worked much better and is a 'natural' product.
I'm almost 17, and have been experiencing mild to moderate acne (as my doctor said) since 12 or 13. I've tried pretty much everything possible, Clean and Clear, Neutrogena, Equate 3 step acne system, Acnedote, Oxy, everything.
Most recently, I began using Proactiv (about 1 or 2 years back) and after a few months of using it, saw it was improving my skin condition and decided to stick with it. Now, years later, I just got my first job and suddenly my face is breaking out like crazy! I haven't seen it this bad in a long time, and yes, I have been making sure I haven't been touching my face, (even while working). And what makes it worse is that last month my face was 99% clear and even-toned. People were complimenting me! That rarely happens, and I was so glad that all of the work I had put into my skin was paying off. Unfortunately, all that has ended. It feels horribly unfair, after I've been using Proactiv devotedly for such a long time, without missing one day ever, that my face should breakout so badly and see no visible improvements from Proactiv.
Could stress (from job), pollen increase (springtime), or something else be causing this travesty besides hormones? Perhaps it's time I try something different, or should I keep using Proactiv? Any advice or recommendations would be helpful and appreciated.
P.S. I am a girl with combination type skin, but the dryness is usually a result of acne products, and the oiliness is normal.
By Naomi B.