-keep your hands off of your face at all times if possible
-use non-comedogenic make-up if you must use make-up at all.
-use a gentle cleanser (such as the one from mario badescu or ponds) anytime you want to remove make-up and at least once per day
-follow that up with a toner, but only use toner AFTER cleanser with clean hands and no more than 2x a day
-once or twice a week use a drying mask such as a clay mask to dry out your remaining acne
-use a salycilic acid on your zits after following these steps. I love the one mario badescu sells because it is a salicylic acid/calamine lotion mix. Don't shake the bottle though, you stick a q-tip straight in and straight out and dab it on your spots. It doesn't sting because of the calamine lotion in it!
-exfoliate using a gentle brush and a 2% acid once a week but no more than that. Always follow directions!
-moisturize!!! Even extremely oily skin needs moisture with this regiment. I use an oil-free moisturizer generic brand from wal-mart. I use it every single day, especially in my t-zone because it's important or your skin will peel too much
-drink lots of water and try to eat clean, healthy balanced meals
-take fish oil and vitamins if possible, they DO make a difference
-stress less! It helps
Hopefully this advice will help some of you. I figured this out just before signing the papers at my dermatologist agreeing to all sorts of horrible conditions before going on Accutane, and thanks to this regiment, I didn't need Accutane at all. Here are my before and after pictures: not perfect, but definitely better!!! I saw serious changes in less than a month. Please be gentle because these pictures aren't flattering whatsoever, but I'm putting myself out there to help others. Thanks and best of luck to you! acnebefore.JPG 744.53K 284 downloads acneafter.JPG 57.25K 247 downloads
Edited by Acneinremission, 10 April 2012 - 08:56 AM.