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Stubborn Blackheads

01 December 2012 - 03:12 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm a 20 year old girl who's been dealing with acne since high school. I've gone through about a million different regimens in my battle with acne. In addition to my blackheads, I used to have pretty bad inflamed hormonal acne, mostly in my chin region. I also used to have a lot of clogged pores on my temples as well as my chin. I've managed to get all of that under control with my current regimen and ortho cyclen birth control, except the blakheads all over my nose. It feels like their never going to budge. Through all the things I've tried they always stay the same. It's incredibly frustrating.

Here's my current regimen:

Cetaphil cleanser
Witchhazel astrigent
Paula's Choice 2% BHA gel
Olay moisturizer for sensative skin SPF 15

Cetaphil cleanser
Desert Essence tea tree oil pad
Paula's Choice again
Cetaphil moisturizer

It's the BHA that's made the most difference I've been using it for about 3 months and it really dealt with most of my congestion. It just doesn't seem to be enough to clear out those blackheads.

Things I've tried:
Oil cleansing method - It helped my skin for awhile, but 4 months in my skin became the worst it's ever been
BP - Controled my inflamed acne, but my blackheads got way worse
Basically every drugstore product available without success

I'm really interested in trying green cream, but I'm scared because it's so expensive and I'm worried I'll have a really bad initial break out that I don't want to deal with when my skin looks the best it's looked in 5 years.

What would you wonderful people recommend?

Persistant Blackheads

27 April 2012 - 08:41 PM

So here's my deal, I use to have moderately bad hormonal acne (inflamed) to the point where I couldn't take it anymore. So I started experimenting (as well as starting birth control pills). I've come up with a regimen that keeps my inflamed acne in check, however I'm still struggling with the non-inflamed stuff, mostly blackheads on my nose.

Here's what I do:

Witch Hazel astringent
Olay SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer for normal skin

OCM with Sweet Almond Oil and Castor Oil (2:1 ish)

Also, I do a honey and Aspirin mask twice weekly, but I just started that so I don't know if it's working yet or not.

The skin on my nose is also pretty dry right now so I'm experimenting with my oil blend.

I'm on and off about taking vitamins. Does anyone think taking zinc and vitamin d would significantly affect my skin?

Like I said, non-inflamed acne is all I'm worried about. My nose is terrible, like blackhead in every pore terrible. But also my chin and between my eyebrows. I also have some weird bumping things on my temples that pop if I squeeze them. I'm a compulsive squeezer, I'm constantly pulling all sorts of gunk out of the pores on my nose.

I'm looking for advice for what I can do to add to or modify my current regimen. I love the ocm so I really want to stick with that. Also, I'm a student, so affordability is a huge factor.

Suggestions, please??