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UPDATE: This thread kind of wandered off course over time, so I've decided to close it. I have also rewritten this initial post to update and revise it based on current information and experience. If you have questions about the products I recommend, please feel free to PM me.

For those of you who don't know me: I have had acne since I was 12 or so, and I'm now in my mid-40s. Information I came across on this board has enabled me to clear up my mild/moderate acne to the point where no one ever realizes I have acne at all. And after spending a lot of time and money trying out various products, I'm finally down to a pretty simple regimen that is working well for me.

So ...... if you have primarily comedonal acne (clogged pores, whiteheads & blackheads), here is what I have found to work:

PAULA'S CHOICE BHAs (available at www.cosmeticscop.com)

Great product, at a very reasonable price. On the whole, I think this should be your first line of defense. I never thought salicylic acid would work on my face -- I've had horrid reactions to other SA products -- but this stuff is awesome!

I used the 2% BHA gel. The 1% wasn't strong enough for me; I think it's probably for people with highly sensitive skin. There's also a 2% liquid and a 2% lotion.

I recommend trying this product first because it is CHEAP -- about $15 for a 4 oz bottle, which will last you for months. You can get sample packets extremely cheaply if you want to try out the different formulations before placing a full order.

GREEN CREAM/DIACNEAL/Other mild OTC retinoids, such as Jan Marini and Vivant products

If the BHAs aren't quite enough to purge your pores, or if you want to improve the overall quality and radiance of your skin, I recommend these products. They are not cheap. GC goes for $40-50 per bottle, and a bottle lasts 4-6 weeks .... but it is one of the best products I have ever run across. It really works. There's a long GC thread in the OTC forum, and there's also a product website & message board: www.greencream.com

I buy my GC on amazon.com, but there are plenty of online sellers. Look for a list on the product website. Most people with normal skin can start with Level 6; if you have very sensitive skin, you may want to start with Level 3.

You can layer GC on top of BHAs. After cleansing, apply a thin layer of BHAs all over your face, wait 30 minutes, then apply Green Cream.

I did use Diacneal for awhile, and found it effective as well ... but GC just made my skin look prettier. If you live in Canada or Europe, Diacneal may be easier for you to get your hands on. It is made by Avene. And of course, there are other OTC retinoids as well: Vivant Vitamin A products, Jan Marini, Skinceuticals, etc.

EDIT: Just wanted to add that for people with mild acne, these OTC retinoids can actually be more effective than the stronger prescription products because the irritation factor is so much lower. I used Retin A for awhile, and although it cleared my pimples, it made my skin look horrible .... red, oily, and irritated. It's great for moderate/severe acne but I think it may be overkill for mild.

MANDELIC ACID

If your skin doesn't like BHAs ... try mandelic acid. It is awesome against blackheads especially, and there's a long mandelic thread in the Blackheads forum if you want more information.

If you have oily skin, the best mandelic product is probably the 15% Vivant mandelic serum, available at www.dianayvonne.com (I think she sells samples). If you have dry or sensitive skin, or are using topical retinoids, you are better off using the 10% or 15% alcohol-free serums from www.gardenofwisdom.com. Another wonderful formulation is made by Face Reality, but I think you have to be under their care to buy their products. You might check out their website: www.facereality.com

It's possible to combine mandelic with retinoids, but the peeling can be quite annoying. Best bet is to start with mandelic for a few months and ease into the retinoid after your skin is fully adjusted to mandelic.

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Thanks for the post. I just wanted to mention I ordered some of the samples of 2% BHA Gel to see if it'll help with my clogged pores/blackheads. Those are about the only things I have left now.

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30 years of acne?

:redface:

I hope I outgrow my acne before then. :pray:

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30 years of acne?

:redface:

I hope I outgrow my acne before then. :pray:

Most people do outgrow theirs .... but comedonal acne is notoriously stubborn. It just doesn't go away.

If I stopped using these products, mine would be back in a month ..... or less. :(


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Can I buy any of these products in common stores or locations, that is, instead of the internet?

Not really ...... sorry.

You can get SA-based products in the drugstore .... Neutrogena makes an SA gel, for example .... but they are generally not well-formulated. The Paula's Choice products are all pH-balanced, which is critical to maintaining healthy skin.

You can experiment, of course, everyone's skin is different --- and maybe you will find a product that works for you.

The drugstore products that contain retinol are too weak to be effective, so don't waste your money. And I don't know of any drugstore products that contain mandelic acid.


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Thanks for the post. I just wanted to mention I ordered some of the samples of 2% BHA Gel to see if it'll help with my clogged pores/blackheads. Those are about the only things I have left now.

Keep us posted, I hope it works for you! I am liking this product more and more all the time.


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Keep us posted, I hope it works for you! I am liking this product more and more all the time.

I'm just wondering... I read a small bit on paulas website that when you stop using BHA's, the pores will get clogged again. Is this a sure thing that the pores will go back like they used to be or only for some people? Right now i probably have... an estimated 6 or 7 clogged pores and it'd be annoying if they kept coming back. I'm getting this product regardless.

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I just wanted to put in a second vote for mandelic acid - I use the 15% Vivant (mostly just around my nose, but also as a spot treat sometimes) - the blocked pores I had on my nose became non-existent after using mandelic for a few months. During a recent facial I had from my esthetician (who specializes in treating acne), she said the pores around my nose looked very tight (this said while she was looking at my skin under a magnifying instrument). The pores on my nose used to be very visible - they are much less visible now. I will add that this product is VERY strong though. I am currently testing out a new mandelic from my esthetician's line, which I may use to replace the Vivant.

I also wanted to add a recommendation for another over the counter retinoid by Vivant. I have been using their Derm a Gel product for several months now and I really like it. It is one of the gentlest retinoids you can use. Vivant uses a slightly different formulation of topical Vitamin A. It is supposed to be less irritating than other formulations. It keeps my pores clear and gives my skin a nice glow.


A.M.

-Face Reality Sensitive Skin Cleansing Gel

-Finacea

-MD Formulations AOX Hydrating Gel and/or MD Formulations AOX Lotion (on drier areas)

-Mix a few drops of Niacinamide Gel with Face Reality's SPF 30 for Acne Prone Skin

P.M.

-Face Reality Silica scrub

-Derm A Gel 2 out of 3 nights, PTR Unwrinkle Peel Pads every 3rd night

-Mix Face Reality Hydrating Emulsion with Metazine Niacinamide Gel

-Face Reality's 2.8% BPO (chin only).

*Spot treat any inflamed lesions with Aczone

*Spot treat clogged pores with 8% mandelic

*Diet: Vitamin C and zinc supplements, avoid dairy, avoid iodine, mimimize sugar and salt, avoid peanuts

I also get facials at Face Reality Acne and Skin Care Clinic every 4-6 wks.

My lengthy log:

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/index.php...1620&st=460


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Great thread, LionQueen.

The advice I'm giving isn't really recommendations for specific products, but how to get the best results when using recommended products:

In case anyone reading this doesn't know already, you shouldn't use bar cleansers in conjunction with chemical exfoliants and other treatments needing an acidic pH because bar cleansers typically have alkaline pH's, which will negate the effectiveness of these pH-sensitive products.

Actually, it's ideally best not to use bar cleansers at all because their alkaline pH's encourage bacterial growth, they contain harsh cleansing agents (which prematurely kills skin cells and impairs the skin's ability to function normally, both of which can lead to breakouts), and they leave a potentilly pore-clogging residue on the skin.

Make sure to use lukewarm water when rinsing, which is the gentlest.

Also, a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen is a must. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are sunscreens that provide sufficient protection from both UVA and UVB rays; sunscreens are only required by law to protect against UVB rays (which are the rays primarily responsible for causing tans and sunburns) even though UVA rays have been linked to causing malignant melanoma, a deadly skin cancer, and other problems like premature aging. If your sunscreen does not contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, mexoryl sx, or tinosorb, it is not broad-spectrum and should be replaced with a broad-spectrum sunscreen immediately.

How does wearing a sunscreen specifically relate to treating acne? Sun damage causes the skin to thicken and prematurely kills skin cells, which makes it harder for the skin to slough off normally and increases the risk of clogged pores. In addition, sun damage weakens the skin's ability to protect itself from bacteria, which can also be problematic for acne sufferers.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

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Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

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Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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Keep us posted, I hope it works for you! I am liking this product more and more all the time.

I'm just wondering... I read a small bit on paulas website that when you stop using BHA's, the pores will get clogged again. Is this a sure thing that the pores will go back like they used to be or only for some people? Right now i probably have... an estimated 6 or 7 clogged pores and it'd be annoying if they kept coming back. I'm getting this product regardless.

There is no true cure for acne as of now, so treatments that cleared you in the first place should be used to help keep you clear continually.

Many people who don't suffer from acne like to use chemical exfoliants like Paula's Choice BHA products (which are fabulous, by the way) because they help the skin look and feel healthier.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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There is no true cure for acne as of now, so treatments that cleared you in the first place should be used to help keep you clear continually.

Many people who don't suffer from acne like to use chemical exfoliants like Paula's Choice BHA products (which are fabulous, by the way) because they help the skin look and feel healthier.

Thanks, although the only thing that has "cured" my acne is not using soaps/cleansers or anything on my face. I'm hoping that maybe once I get rid of the clogged pores/blackheads that I currently have, they wont come back... but reading from Paulas website it almost sounds like they will come back for sure. I guess I'll just have to play the waiting game and see what the end result is.

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There is no true cure for acne as of now, so treatments that cleared you in the first place should be used to help keep you clear continually.

Many people who don't suffer from acne like to use chemical exfoliants like Paula's Choice BHA products (which are fabulous, by the way) because they help the skin look and feel healthier.

Thanks, although the only thing that has "cured" my acne is not using soaps/cleansers or anything on my face. I'm hoping that maybe once I get rid of the clogged pores/blackheads that I currently have, they wont come back... but reading from Paulas website it almost sounds like they will come back for sure. I guess I'll just have to play the waiting game and see what the end result is.

I'm not sure what you mean when you say that your acne has been "cured" by eliminating the use of products on your face since you still experience comedonal acne. Do you mean that eliminating the use of topical products stopped inflammatory acne? It could be that the soaps and cleansers you used to use on your face were much too harsh for anyone, and aggravated a worse inflammatory response than what you would have experienced otherwise. Why not try a facewash like Eucerin's Redness Relief? It's very mild, and cleansing your face with a mild detergent-based product rather than just water will more thoroughly remove surface debris and help improve the penetration of the BHA product; not to mention the fact that just using a gentle cleanser alone can help prevent clogged pores in the first place.

It could be that you'll outgrow acne, but until then your comedonal acne will come back once you stop using treatments which have worked to clear it.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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I'm not sure what you mean when you say that your acne has been "cured" by eliminating the use of products on your face since you still experience comedonal acne. Do you mean that eliminating the use of topical products stopped inflammatory acne? It could be that the soaps and cleansers you used to use on your face were much too harsh for anyone, and aggravated a worse inflammatory response than what you would have experienced otherwise. Why not try a facewash like Eucerin's Redness Relief? It's very mild, and cleansing your face with a mild detergent-based product rather than just water will more thoroughly remove surface debris and help improve the penetration of the BHA product; not to mention the fact that just using a gentle cleanser alone can help prevent clogged pores in the first place.

It could be that you'll outgrow acne, but until then your comedonal acne will come back once you stop using treatments which have worked to clear it.

Well what I mean is... I have gotten any acne, whether its inflammatory or clogged pores in over 2 months of just water. I only have the clogged pores/blackheads that have been there for a few months, when I had been on CSR(DKR).

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I'm not sure what you mean when you say that your acne has been "cured" by eliminating the use of products on your face since you still experience comedonal acne. Do you mean that eliminating the use of topical products stopped inflammatory acne? It could be that the soaps and cleansers you used to use on your face were much too harsh for anyone, and aggravated a worse inflammatory response than what you would have experienced otherwise. Why not try a facewash like Eucerin's Redness Relief? It's very mild, and cleansing your face with a mild detergent-based product rather than just water will more thoroughly remove surface debris and help improve the penetration of the BHA product; not to mention the fact that just using a gentle cleanser alone can help prevent clogged pores in the first place.

It could be that you'll outgrow acne, but until then your comedonal acne will come back once you stop using treatments which have worked to clear it.

Well what I mean is... I have gotten any acne, whether its inflammatory or clogged pores in over 2 months of just water. I only have the clogged pores/blackheads that have been there for a few months, when I had been on CSR(DKR).

Allright. I still say that you would get better results with the salicylic acid if you used a mild cleanser first, but I understand why you're against using one. If you don't mind my asking, which specific cleansers were you using when you were on the CSR? Some of the cleansers recommended, especially the bar soaps, can cause problems. Also, even though it looks like discontinuing the use of all products stopped your acne, it could just be that you experienced hormonal/environmental changes. Even when it's likely that someone cleared up from a certain treatment/regimen or lack thereof, this possibility should still be taken into account.

How long have you been clear for?

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My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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Allright. I still say that you would get better results with the salicylic acid if you used a mild cleanser first, but I understand why you're against using one. If you don't mind my asking, which specific cleansers were you using when you were on the CSR? Some of the cleansers recommended, especially the bar soaps, can cause problems. Also, even though it looks like discontinuing the use of all products stopped your acne, it could just be that you experienced hormonal/environmental changes. Even when it's likely that someone cleared up from a certain treatment/regimen or lack thereof, this possibility should still be taken into account.

How long have you been clear for?

I've been totally clear for 2 months... err where I didnt have any new things surface. About a month and a half ago is when all my old acne disappeared also, minus the few clogged pores I had. I've used tons of different cleansers, including a Dermatoligist Prescribed "Rosula", Cetaphil Gentle, about 4 or 5 different Neutrogenas, Purpose bar and liquid, Clean Pore, and a few others. I did try to stay away from bar cleansers after reading they can be harsher. If I dont see great results with Paulas Choice 2% BHA Gel then I'll gladly give the cleanser you recommended a try.

The thing is, I started using cleansers after I got my first spot ever because my dad was yelling at me "YOU GOTTA CLEAN YOUR FACE" and so I started overdoing it and my acne got worse. Sometimes i'd wash 4, 5, or 6 times during the day. This went on for 2 years, along with retinol use(differin, retin-a, tazorac). I then went on the CSR and learned to only wash 2 times and it got me in the habbit of that. The CSR worked decently, but not that great. After I dropped the CSR(where I am now...been off for a good 3 months) I decided to go without a cleanser to see what would happen, and so far the results have been more than I could have imagined.

What I have kind of gathered from all of this experimenting is, maybe my skin isnt meant to use a cleanser, seeing as that's where all of my problems started.

Now I know 2 months of being clear isn't that long of a time, but it's definately an improvement over what I had seen.

Thanks very much for the tips and i'll definately keep them in mind.

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Allright. I still say that you would get better results with the salicylic acid if you used a mild cleanser first, but I understand why you're against using one. If you don't mind my asking, which specific cleansers were you using when you were on the CSR? Some of the cleansers recommended, especially the bar soaps, can cause problems. Also, even though it looks like discontinuing the use of all products stopped your acne, it could just be that you experienced hormonal/environmental changes. Even when it's likely that someone cleared up from a certain treatment/regimen or lack thereof, this possibility should still be taken into account.

How long have you been clear for?

I've been totally clear for 2 months... err where I didnt have any new things surface. About a month and a half ago is when all my old acne disappeared also, minus the few clogged pores I had. I've used tons of different cleansers, including a Dermatoligist Prescribed "Rosula", Cetaphil Gentle, about 4 or 5 different Neutrogenas, Purpose bar and liquid, Clean Pore, and a few others. I did try to stay away from bar cleansers after reading they can be harsher. If I dont see great results with Paulas Choice 2% BHA Gel then I'll gladly give the cleanser you recommended a try.

The thing is, I started using cleansers after I got my first spot ever because my dad was yelling at me "YOU GOTTA CLEAN YOUR FACE" and so I started overdoing it and my acne got worse. Sometimes i'd wash 4, 5, or 6 times during the day. This went on for 2 years, along with retinol use(differin, retin-a, tazorac). I then went on the CSR and learned to only wash 2 times and it got me in the habbit of that. The CSR worked decently, but not that great. After I dropped the CSR(where I am now...been off for a good 3 months) I decided to go without a cleanser to see what would happen, and so far the results have been more than I could have imagined.

What I have kind of gathered from all of this experimenting is, maybe my skin isnt meant to use a cleanser, seeing as that's where all of my problems started.

Now I know 2 months of being clear isn't that long of a time, but it's definately an improvement over what I had seen.

Thanks very much for the tips and i'll definately keep them in mind.

It sounds like almost all the cleansers you were using, especially the bar cleansers and I'm presuming those by Neutrogena (since almost all of Neutrogena's cleansers designed for oily skin or breakout prone skin are harsh and irritating), were contributing to your problems. Cetaphil isn't bad, but it's not great either. While the CSR works for some people, I disagree with using a full fingerlength of benzoyl peroxide, which is too irritating, moisturizing the entire face, which can cause clogged pores, and its lack of pointing out the importance of broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreens.

Maybe you outgrew acne, maybe not; just do whatever you feel comfortable doing so long as you keep an open mind. Also, please consider wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen, since salicylic acid makes your skin even more sun-sensitive than it already is. UVA and UVB rays penetrate cloud cover, and UVA rays penetrate glass. Damage caused by the sun happens long before you see a tan and is cumulative. If you wear a sunscreen though, you will need a cleanser to remove it, which I know you'd rather not use.

I'm glad you're clear and hope you stay that way.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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Hi,

Just want to make sure I understand correctly.

I had a recent outbreak of whiteheads a few months ago (poor Lion Queen got an ear full from me on it!). I've been using Diacneal to get rid of them and now after they've almost all turned into pimples, most have disappeared. Do you recommend I continue using Diacneal to prevent new ones from forming? I never had whiteheads before this sudden breakout and I suspect it was caused by a retinol I stupidly used when I really didn't need it. Does this mean now that my chin (where the breakout occured) is now especially prone to whiteheads? Should I stick with Diacneal or is there something better/cheaper I can use to help prevent them? And if I do try something new, will there be another IB?

I guess because the Diacneal caused my skin to purge the whiteheads, I'm scared that applying more will result in more breakouts (because I associate it with that) even though I guess it doesn't totally make sense - just a fear. I don't want to go through this again. I had over 20+ pimples in the last 2.5 months (and big ones!). Now my chin is a mess and the redmarks are horrible.

Thanks....


My current regimen:

AM

Cleanse with Avene Cleanance

Moisturize with Complex 15 only on dry areas

PM

Cleanse with Avene Cleanance

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel (only 3x a week)

Diacneal

Tricyclen BCP

*Advil daily one week prior to menstruation

*drink lots of water all througout the day and stay away from pop.

*use mainly mineral makeup

NOTE: I totally stopped using BP as a spot treatment because it just dries the pimple out TOO much and the skin around it. The flakes end up looking worse than the pimple and it's impossible to cover. Plus it leaves a mark.


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thanks for the info! that helps alot!


Skin status: On my first month of my second course of accutane. Still breaking out, but acne is drying up.

Skin Care: origins clean energy oil cleanser, aubrey organics vegecol toner, olay complete moisterizer, jojoba oil


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iam currently iam using dans bp gel which has improved my skin texture and got rid of 'cluster' pimples. but now im getting alot of black heads/clogged pores and spots under the skin. iam thinking of using BHA gel instead of bp but i have used clearasil face washes which have SA aswell but leave my face in a horrid condition. would the BHA gel keep my spots in control and do i use the regimen but use BHA instead of the bp? im 15, i have had acne for a few years now, my skin is a little oily if anything and here are some pictures.

right cheek

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left cheek

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thanks


morning

johnson's head-to-toe baby wash

simple replenishing rich moisturiser

night

johnson's head-to-toe baby wash

apply some jojoba oil

started taking 7 pine's wheatgrass tablets daily

alot of spots on left cheek


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I never thought salicylic acid would work on my face -- I've had horrid reactions to other SA products -- but this stuff is awesome!

That's very interesting. I've had nasty reactions to SA and avoid it like the plague. Do you know why this product is different for you?


Currently - all clear!

Maintaining my last Accutane course (10/05-04/06) click here for log

Yasmin on Seasonale schedule

Green Cream lvl 6

Shiseido White Lucent system

(cleanser, and SPF 16 moisturizer (no way, SPF that doesn't sting!?))


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how are aha's and bha's different.

the green cream sounds great for me..i get small bumps that last forever on my chin..the never do anything..just stay there for months and months..then go away.

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Hi,

Just want to make sure I understand correctly.

I had a recent outbreak of whiteheads a few months ago (poor Lion Queen got an ear full from me on it!). I've been using Diacneal to get rid of them and now after they've almost all turned into pimples, most have disappeared. Do you recommend I continue using Diacneal to prevent new ones from forming? I never had whiteheads before this sudden breakout and I suspect it was caused by a retinol I stupidly used when I really didn't need it. Does this mean now that my chin (where the breakout occured) is now especially prone to whiteheads? Should I stick with Diacneal or is there something better/cheaper I can use to help prevent them? And if I do try something new, will there be another IB?

I guess because the Diacneal caused my skin to purge the whiteheads, I'm scared that applying more will result in more breakouts (because I associate it with that) even though I guess it doesn't totally make sense - just a fear. I don't want to go through this again. I had over 20+ pimples in the last 2.5 months (and big ones!). Now my chin is a mess and the redmarks are horrible.

Thanks....

I think what you're saying is that you used Diacneal to treat a breakout of whiteheads, and those whiteheads became inflamed after using Diacneal. I'm not really sure if you're saying that you got a new breakout after using Diacneal, or just that your old breakout got worse.

How did you apply Diacneal, what other specific products were you using, and how long after using Diacneal did you experience a new breakout (if you did beacuse I'm not sure what you're saying)?

Lots of people who don't have acne like to use retinoids and exfoliants to improve the health of their skin; using these products when you don't "need" them doesn't necessarily mean you'll get a breakout.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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iam currently iam using dans bp gel which has improved my skin texture and got rid of 'cluster' pimples. but now im getting alot of black heads/clogged pores and spots under the skin. iam thinking of using BHA gel instead of bp but i have used clearasil face washes which have SA aswell but leave my face in a horrid condition. would the BHA gel keep my spots in control and do i use the regimen but use BHA instead of the bp? im 15, i have had acne for a few years now, my skin is a little oily if anything and here are some pictures.

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left cheek

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thanks

Medicated cleansers are no more effective for treating acne than unmedicated cleansers because the medication is not on the skin long enough to have any real effect. If you let the cleanser sit on your skin in hopes of giving the medication time to work, you're also giving the surfectants in the cleanser time to irritate your skin. With cleansers containg salicylic acid and alpha hydroxy acids is the added problem of pH; most cleansers have a pH of 5 or higher, which is too high for chemical exfoliants to act as anything other than water-binding agents. Also, many salicylic acid cleansers contain drying surfectants and/or skin irritants like menthol to make consumers think a product is working when all it's doing is causing irritation.

Do you wear a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen?

Do you use a moisturizer, and if so, do you moisturize your entire face or do you spot-treat dry areas only?

What specific products are you currently using right now?

Paula's Choice BHA products would help keep your pores clear because unlike most other salicylic acid products on the market, they are pH-correct and are free from unnecessary skin irritants. You can use salicylic acid in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide, but I don't recommend using the full fingerlength of benzoyl peroxide that Dan does. A pea-sized glob should be enough for your entire face. Salicylic acid can be used as often as twice daily and as little as once every other day; though you'll probably want to use it at least once daily. I recommend applying the salicylic acid before the benzoyl peroxide because it will help increase the benzoyl peroxide's penetration.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

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Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

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Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

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Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

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Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

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Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

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Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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I never thought salicylic acid would work on my face -- I've had horrid reactions to other SA products -- but this stuff is awesome!

That's very interesting. I've had nasty reactions to SA and avoid it like the plague. Do you know why this product is different for you?

Most salicylic acid products have too high of a pH, contain skin irritants like drying alcohols and menthol, or both. That's why salicylic acid has gotten such a bad reputation- it's not usually the salicylic acid that's the problem, but the irritating "inactives."

There are very few salicylic acid products on the market that are effectively formulated; the only ones you'll find at the drugstore are Neutrogena's Rapid Clear Lotion (not any of the other Rapid Clear products) and Olay's Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Moisturizer. Neither one of these products is formulated as well as the Paula's Choice products and they are more expensive per ounce, but they can be somewhat effective.


My Clear Skin Maintenance Regimen

Morning

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer

()

Protect with Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-Free Daily Face Protector; SPF 15

Evening

Wash with Olay Gentle Foaming Face Wash

()

Exfoliate with Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid

()

Normalize skin cell production with Retin-A Micro 0.1% Tretinoin Gel

()

Selectively Moisturize with CeraVe Moisturizer


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