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so here's my first post,

Hi, i'm 18 and I have moderate acne and oily skin. It's improved much since last year, which i'd say when it was really severe..cysts and all, which i use to conceal, though i stopped because i'd overdo it to the point where i'd irritate my skin and clog the pores. A dramatic difference, but now i'm dealing with the aftermath it seems. I'm left with scarring, red marks, blotchy skin, and of course more acne that doesn't wanna go away. (whiteheads, blackheads, occasional bump.)

Here is what I've been using to try & keep it at bay:

  • Cleanser: Manuka Honey (airbourne brand), but started using Clinique Wash Away Gel for Oily Skin...not sure how this one will play out
  • Moisturizer: I was using the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, but switched to Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel
  • Topical Every Other Night: Tretinoin Cream .025, stopped using it for awhile but started again, i think i'm on my 3rd or 4th month now.
  • i'm a taking centrum mulitvitamin daily, along with seperate supplements of vitamin A, C, E, and Fishoil.
  • I try to workout at least 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes more. & i don't take hot steamy showers.
  • i drink lots of water and orange juice

also i have some sebaceous hyperplasia...which only makes the emotional toll harder.

i'm literally so insecure that i don't leave the house anymore, not even to pick things up for my acne...i ususally get a parent to do it cos i'm too self concious of my face. Right now I think the only thing keeping me from self harm is positive thinking, which i have to just about force on myself. I've almost given up all hope, which lead me to come here and give this a try...not pushing my hopes up for a "cure" unless it miraclously does happen, but useful information? tips, anything! espesically from other people with Oily to Combination skin.

Anything Will Be Much Appreciated,

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Hey man! Check my post 'change your life' a few below yours.

I promise it will work for you and anyone.


The health of your blood is displayed and on show for everyone by your face.

Don't make half deals with 'Accutane' to thin out the dirty blood, because once the course is finished, acne will come racing back! Don't spend money and time treating it topically either.

Realize that it comes from the stuff flowing under your skin and how healthy it really is!

Get to the core of the problem, cleanse your blood and say goodbye to acne!


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The only thing I've used that worked as advertised is accutane but I do believe that there is a topical regimen out there for everyone that will work, it's just a matter of finding it which can be frustrating and time consuming. There are a ton of things to try so I recommend just doing some research picking one and giving it a good 8 weeks at least to work, worst case scenario, you'll be able to cross it off the list of things you've tried and move on to the next.

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Oh and on top of what I said.. Make sure your multivitamin has enough vitamin A, B, D and zinc.

That will control oil.

First thing when you come out of the shower, an aloe vera spray on your face, and oil should be controlled topically


The health of your blood is displayed and on show for everyone by your face.

Don't make half deals with 'Accutane' to thin out the dirty blood, because once the course is finished, acne will come racing back! Don't spend money and time treating it topically either.

Realize that it comes from the stuff flowing under your skin and how healthy it really is!

Get to the core of the problem, cleanse your blood and say goodbye to acne!


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Please keep up the positive thinking! Don't let acne beat you. Try to simplify your regimen even more. Check for sulfites in the products you use (specifically SLS), as that is a common irritant. I agree with the aloe vera suggestion. Get pure aloe vera and apply it topically at night. Don't put it all over as it can clog pores. Honey masks work well too.

Some people don't digest fish oils and/or fruit juices well, so you may want to cut down on those or completely remove them from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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Im with you man oily skin SUCKs. I would give Accutane a try if your up to it. It cleared me 100 percent but only lasted a few months. Everyones different though.


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Please keep up the positive thinking! Don't let acne beat you. Try to simplify your regimen even more. Check for sulfites in the products you use (specifically SLS), as that is a common irritant. I agree with the aloe vera suggestion. Get pure aloe vera and apply it topically at night. Don't put it all over as it can clog pores. Honey masks work well too.

Some people don't digest fish oils and/or fruit juices well, so you may want to cut down on those or completely remove them from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.

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Please keep up the positive thinking! Don't let acne beat you. Try to simplify your regimen even more. Check for sulfites in the products you use (specifically SLS), as that is a common irritant. I agree with the aloe vera suggestion. Get pure aloe vera and apply it topically at night. Don't put it all over as it can clog pores. Honey masks work well too.

Some people don't digest fish oils and/or fruit juices well, so you may want to cut down on those or completely remove them from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.

I'm trying not to let it, but it sure is tricky. I wish things could be simpler. :/

& sulfites? do you know where i can find a list of these? i can't seem to find one online. or is it "sulfate"?

as for the aloe vera a light application then, or a spray of it if i can find a spray bottle would work?

I've heard, but i don't think the fish oil is a problem yet since i just started it. But I am keeping an eye out.

Though I've never heard about fruit juices causes such problems, hmmm that's interesting.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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Same boat as you. Ive given up on hopes of getting 100% clear skin until i am out of the teenager phase. Hey, atleast your 18, your 2 years away from breaking loose from our crazy teenage hormones unless your destined to have adult acne lol. I would ask my parents if they had acne and when they grew out of it.

But yeah we will look young when we are old :)

Though i want to look good while i am young than looking good when i am old. Lolz

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Okeydoke,

I finally have a bit of time to sit down and reply!

Vitamin A, you want above 5000 UI for results on severish acne and more than 1500 UI for maintaining clear skin but below 10000 UI to avoid the dangerous toxicity zone.

This vitamin and Vitamin D can be taken from a simple tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil morning and night.

Vitamin C, you want all the time. Take about 1500mg breakfast lunch and dinner for bad acne, and 1000mg breakfast lunch and dinner to control it if you don't have terrible acne.

Vitamin D, get this from 15mins in the sun, and supplement with what's found in Cod Liver Oil (320 IU per gram I think).

Zinc, you want to buy separately. This is one thing you won't get enough of in a multivitamin especially if you have scars from previous acne breakouts or current. Buy a little bottle of Zinc Plus or of the kind and take a tablet morning and night.. Pretty sure mine have 25mg of Zinc in it from zinc chelate and something else.. Just get zinc.

Other vitamins depend on you. Stressed? Take executive Vitamin B tablets. This will help.

Particularly oily skin? get more A and up your dose on zinc (be careful and check out the Internet for dosage limits)

Read my post 'Change your life' in general discussions to learn how to get rid of acne for good.


The health of your blood is displayed and on show for everyone by your face.

Don't make half deals with 'Accutane' to thin out the dirty blood, because once the course is finished, acne will come racing back! Don't spend money and time treating it topically either.

Realize that it comes from the stuff flowing under your skin and how healthy it really is!

Get to the core of the problem, cleanse your blood and say goodbye to acne!


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Please keep up the positive thinking! Don't let acne beat you. Try to simplify your regimen even more. Check for sulfites in the products you use (specifically SLS), as that is a common irritant. I agree with the aloe vera suggestion. Get pure aloe vera and apply it topically at night. Don't put it all over as it can clog pores. Honey masks work well too.

Some people don't digest fish oils and/or fruit juices well, so you may want to cut down on those or completely remove them from your diet for a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference.

I'm trying not to let it, but it sure is tricky. I wish things could be simpler. :/

& sulfites? do you know where i can find a list of these? i can't seem to find one online. or is it "sulfate"?

as for the aloe vera a light application then, or a spray of it if i can find a spray bottle would work?

I've heard, but i don't think the fish oil is a problem yet since i just started it. But I am keeping an eye out.

Though I've never heard about fruit juices causes such problems, hmmm that's interesting.

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Sulfites/sulfates/ sulphates...so many different spellings, and many variations too. Check your cleanser for other forms of sulfites, like Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate. My shampoo had this ingredient and I didn't notice that it was a form of sulfite. I now switched to an all natural brand and have had no flare ups since. Strangely, I almost never get breakouts along my hairline, they are all on the lower half of my face but shampoo gets absorbed into the blood stream and can cause toxicity if you do have an allergy or sensitivity. Not to make you paranoid or anything, but this ingredient is good to avoid anyway for general health reasons. It's also in masks and other acne products containing sulfur. http://www.naturalnews.com/036334_sulfates_skin_hair.html

And of course, it's best to avoid foods with preservatives and colorings as well, but you can start slow and see if you notice an improvement. http://extoxnet.orst.edu/faqs/additive/sulf_tbl.htm

As for concealer, I use Revlon Colorstay Concealer from time to time. I check cosdna for ingredients that may possibly be comedogenic, but everyone is different. http://www.cosdna.com/ Mineral makeup that has minimal ingredients, like lilylolo, hasn't caused any breakouts for me. Meow cosmetics is another good brand, although they add titanium dioxide to their powders. I haven't broken out from their pampered puss foundation though. For some reason, their concealers are different shades and I couldn't find one to match the foundation so I just use the foundation for everything.

Bourjois healthy mix foundation is decent too....and I used to use the neutrogena concealer for acne prone skin, but couldn't find a good color match. All these are liquid, except the mineral foundations....if you find that liquid concealers make you more oily, then try to find a good stick concealer. Unfortunately, I haven't found one that looks discreet - I always feel like I have chalk on my face! Blotting papers help keep the oiliness at bay, I use the plain ones by Boscia but you can probably find cheaper ones at the drugstore.

The key is to take it one step at a time and see if you notice a change....it may take up to a month or two, so be patient! But you know when doctors often say it gets better before it gets worse? With this plan, it will only get better, not worse!

BTW, be careful with supplements, don't overdo it and make sure there is no gelatin in the capsule as that can make more harm than good. I usually go with solgar or enzymedica products - more expensive, but less crap in the capsules and fillers.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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lol I wish I could maintain clear skin for a week


My daily routine:

Morning : Wash face with Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash, moisturize with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer w/ spf30

Before bedtime: Wash face with Cetaphil Oil Control Foam Wash and apply Tactuo on affected areas

Medication: 100 mg Minocycline/day

Makeup routine:

Primer: B.Kamins Corrective Mattifier

Foundation: Mary Kay Timewise Matte-wear foundation

Set: Revlon Photoready Translucent Finisher


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lol I wish I could maintain clear skin for a week

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Sulfites/sulfates/ sulphates...so many different spellings, and many variations too. Check your cleanser for other forms of sulfites, like Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate. My shampoo had this ingredient and I didn't notice that it was a form of sulfite. I now switched to an all natural brand and have had no flare ups since. Strangely, I almost never get breakouts along my hairline, they are all on the lower half of my face but shampoo gets absorbed into the blood stream and can cause toxicity if you do have an allergy or sensitivity. Not to make you paranoid or anything, but this ingredient is good to avoid anyway for general health reasons. It's also in masks and other acne products containing sulfur. http://www.naturalnews.com/036334_sulfates_skin_hair.html

And of course, it's best to avoid foods with preservatives and colorings as well, but you can start slow and see if you notice an improvement. http://extoxnet.orst.edu/faqs/additive/sulf_tbl.htm

As for concealer, I use Revlon Colorstay Concealer from time to time. I check cosdna for ingredients that may possibly be comedogenic, but everyone is different. http://www.cosdna.com/ Mineral makeup that has minimal ingredients, like lilylolo, hasn't caused any breakouts for me. Meow cosmetics is another good brand, although they add titanium dioxide to their powders. I haven't broken out from their pampered puss foundation though. For some reason, their concealers are different shades and I couldn't find one to match the foundation so I just use the foundation for everything.

Bourjois healthy mix foundation is decent too....and I used to use the neutrogena concealer for acne prone skin, but couldn't find a good color match. All these are liquid, except the mineral foundations....if you find that liquid concealers make you more oily, then try to find a good stick concealer. Unfortunately, I haven't found one that looks discreet - I always feel like I have chalk on my face! Blotting papers help keep the oiliness at bay, I use the plain ones by Boscia but you can probably find cheaper ones at the drugstore.

The key is to take it one step at a time and see if you notice a change....it may take up to a month or two, so be patient! But you know when doctors often say it gets better before it gets worse? With this plan, it will only get better, not worse!

BTW, be careful with supplements, don't overdo it and make sure there is no gelatin in the capsule as that can make more harm than good. I usually go with solgar or enzymedica products - more expensive, but less crap in the capsules and fillers.

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Multivitamins don't really do much as they don't contain enough doses...try taking in a higher amount of Vitamin C, this helps with acne and especially red marks! i take around 2000mg of it daily and have seem improvements towards my red marks, oh and use and Oil-free moisturizer.

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I checked, and the only things with it are my shampoo which I'll be switching once it's finished.

& oo! I use to use Revlon too, i loved their foundation but idk...the concealer always seems to break me out. And I'll be sure to look into those when I go shopping again. c:

i'll do just that, and if i find a stick concealer that works well I'll be sure to let you know too gasp.gif

as for blotting papers, i've always found elf's shine eraser to help... and it's only worth $1 at target.

Acne wise, it has been improving...so i'm starting to feel a little better.

I've also been eating healtheir lately, which seems to be helping.


Current regimen: garlic supplements [as needed], Enzymedica gluten blocker [as needed], nicadan [not sure if it works yet]. I try to simplify as much as I can. Don't take more supplements than you need....try one at a time and be patient.

The supplements that really helped me when my acne was at its worst: inositol, DIM [not as frequently now!] digestive enzymes [don't need them every day anymore, only on cheat days], herpanacine & vitamin C with rose hips/ low acid [not every day], regular sun exposure for vitamin D3, superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme supplements. NOTE: I do not recommend DIM for long term use, and I do not recommend hormonal creams without doctor supervision.

Lifestyle & Skin Care: acupuncture, regular exercise/ yoga, low histamine diet, avoiding unnecessary stress, balancing skin's PH (using Image Ormedics), using distilled/ filtered water to wash face, occasional high frequency facials...

 

Grocery list:

 

** Find the cause, find the cure **

** If you have a question for me, please ask it publicly so that others can benefit from the discussion**

 

 


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so here's my first post,

Hi, i'm 18 and I have moderate acne and oily skin. It's improved much since last year, which i'd say when it was really severe..cysts and all, which i use to conceal, though i stopped because i'd overdo it to the point where i'd irritate my skin and clog the pores. A dramatic difference, but now i'm dealing with the aftermath it seems. I'm left with scarring, red marks, blotchy skin, and of course more acne that doesn't wanna go away. (whiteheads, blackheads, occasional bump.)

Here is what I've been using to try & keep it at bay:

  • Cleanser: Manuka Honey (airbourne brand), but started using Clinique Wash Away Gel for Oily Skin...not sure how this one will play out
  • Moisturizer: I was using the Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, but switched to Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel
  • Topical Every Other Night: Tretinoin Cream .025, stopped using it for awhile but started again, i think i'm on my 3rd or 4th month now.
  • i'm a taking centrum mulitvitamin daily, along with seperate supplements of vitamin A, C, E, and Fishoil.
  • I try to workout at least 2 to 3 times a week, sometimes more. & i don't take hot steamy showers.
  • i drink lots of water and orange juice

also i have some sebaceous hyperplasia...which only makes the emotional toll harder.

i'm literally so insecure that i don't leave the house anymore, not even to pick things up for my acne...i ususally get a parent to do it cos i'm too self concious of my face. Right now I think the only thing keeping me from self harm is positive thinking, which i have to just about force on myself. I've almost given up all hope, which lead me to come here and give this a try...not pushing my hopes up for a "cure" unless it miraclously does happen, but useful information? tips, anything! espesically from other people with Oily to Combination skin.

Anything Will Be Much Appreciated,


~ Ask lots of questions. Learn lots of things. ~


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