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#3411411 Good Things To Treat Pimples

Posted by Rosalie324 on 30 January 2014 - 08:48 PM

I use Clearasil Adult Acne Tinted Spot Treatment. It has 2% sulfur in it an seems to work great on reducing the inflammation of any pimples that I get. Plus it's tinted to an orangey-nude shade, so I feel less ridiculous walking around the house than with the blue Clean & Clear version haha It definitely is less irritating than using any BHA+ spot treatments, so you won't need to worry about getting sunburned. I do agree with LeadingForce, you should be wearing sunscreen when you are using any type of acne treatment... I can give you recommendations if you need any! Good Luck! ~Rosalie

#3403410 Clarisonic- Not Just A Gimmick!

Posted by Rosalie324 on 25 December 2013 - 09:50 PM

**I have no connection with the Clarisonic company. This review is completely based on personal experience!**


Oh my gosh guys let me tell you... I have found what works! I received the Clarisonic about a month ago (for Hanukkah for course haha) and I was so nervous to start using it. I was terrified that there would be a purging stage or that my skin would become super irritated or something disastrous would happen. I could not have been more wrong. 


I received the Mia 2, which comes with the sensitive brush head, and I finally worked up the courage to start using it about a week and a half ago. My skin has literally not looked or felt this good in more than a year. I usually wake up in the morning with at least one new pimple and this hasn't happened since starting with the Clarisonic! Every time I use it (in the AM and PM) I feel like I'm giving myself a mini facial/deep pore cleansing. It removes makeup like magic and leaves your skin feeling refreshed without stripping it. Lest be known that I am still using my regular cleanser (La Roche Posay Effaclar), which is effective in conjunction with the Clarisonic. They have other cleansers made by their company, but honestly the reviews are a bit iffy. Not worth the money in my opinion.


The bristles on the sensitive head are short and soft, so there is no possible way to cause irritation. I just purchased the acne cleansing head and used it for the first time tonight without any problem. The bristles on that head are longer and thicker, so it covers more surface area in a short period of time. Speaking of which, the whole process takes ONE MINUTE. The machine vibrates after a certain amount of time to let you know when it's time to clean another part of your face. (i.e. one cheek for 20 seconds, then the other for 20 seconds, then your chin for ten seconds, then your forehead for ten seconds) Perfect amount of time to get your face squeaky clean. :D Oh and as a side note, there are two speeds with the Mia 2. I personally prefer the faster vibration because I feel like it's opening up my pores and allowing the cleanser to penetrate deeper within. 


I honestly cannot stop touching my face because of how soft and supple it feels. I am currently 98% clear and am noticing that those pesky blackheads that tend to linger on my nose are starting to disappear, along with the weird skin colored bumps I complain about on my forehead. Plus the Clarisonic is said to even out skin tone, so I can't wait for a couple of months from now to have a smooth even texture and tone to my skin. 


Yes, the machine itself is a little pricey ($160 for the Mia 2 + additional heads). But let's think about it... You only need to put down the initial cash for the machine and only need to replace the heads every 3 months. For the results that I've had within this past week and half, I would have payed triple that amount if necessary!! I can almost promise you that you will not regret making the investment to purchase this wondrous piece of machinery. 

#3397091 Do Girls Find Guys With Acne Unattractive? Or _____?

Posted by Rosalie324 on 25 November 2013 - 08:19 PM

My boyfriend has pretty bad acne on his face and back... Doesn't change how I feel about him or how handsome I think he is. Honestly, I find him one of the most attractive people I know regardless of his acne. So no... it doesn't bother me in the slightest. :D

#3395874 Moisturizer

Posted by Rosalie324 on 19 November 2013 - 07:17 PM

Sheseido Oil-Free Matifying Serum... works like magic. I use prescription acne topical medications as well and this moisturizer has really helped my skin. It's completely non greasy and moisturizes my skin without making it feel like I'm clogging my pores. It makes my skin feel hydrated and well taken care of. It has no scent or skin irritants (actually it only has about 7 ingredients in total), which minimizes any chance of breaking out. It's kind of pricey (35$/bottle), but totally worth it.

#3379174 Calling All Knowledgable Health Junkies!

Posted by Rosalie324 on 30 August 2013 - 11:04 PM

What do you eat?


Gluten, soy, dairy, and caffeine free diet


Things I do eat on the regular (everything is organic BTW):


 White fish (tilapia, cod), chicken, sweet potatoes, every kind of fruits and veggies, almonds, almond butter, almond milk, eggs, smart balance as butter substitute, Koala Krisp gluten-free cereal... I don't really stray from those foods. My diet is very limited only because I choose it to be that way.

#3378433 Could Someone Help Me With My Acne?

Posted by Rosalie324 on 27 August 2013 - 10:20 PM

Be VERY gentle to your skin. You could just be re-aggravating the same acne spots which is what I likely did at that time of my acne too.


Scented anything is your worst enemy, cut back on any scrubs or harsh soaps. What brands have you tried thus far if you don't mind my asking?


Medication from dermatologists can help TREMENDOUSLY. You should definitely see a dermatologist since it's been getting worse and over a period of a couple of years.

I do have a bad habit of messing and touching my skin A LOT. Could this make acne worse? I never really use any type of soap on my face, back, and chest, I just wash with water ocassionaly.


What brands have I tried? Do you mean like acne creams? I don't use any type of brands at all, I've just done simple home remedies such as, Aloe Vera mixed with oil, honey mixed with lemon, egg white mask, there are some other things that I've tried, but I can't remember right now. Do you think touching your skin makes acne worse?


Touching/picking at your skin can definitely make matters worse. Whenever you pop a pimple you rub the risk of the bacteria spreading into the surrounding areas of your skin. Not only on the outside, but into the layers of your skin. This bacteria clogs your pores, creating even more lesions which could possibly lead to infection. Not a good thing! Try to keep your hands off your face at all costs! 


You should definitely try and see a dermatologist and get on some sort of regimen if your acne is worsening/spreading. If you don't want to try any topical/oral medications, you can always try the acne.org regimen. Many people have had success with it. Also, natural and holistic methods are available to you!


Being on a strict vitamin regimen and eating a healthy diet can drastically improve acne. (see my signature) Many people find that when they cut out dairy, sugar, or both they're acne immensely improves. If you want to avoid harsh chemicals and seeing a dermatologist, feel free to PM me and I can fill you in on the natural ways I'm trying to cure my acne (in conjunction with being under the care of a doctor). 


Good Luck, Hope this helped! ~Rosalie

#3378310 I Wish I Was Never Born.

Posted by Rosalie324 on 27 August 2013 - 01:02 PM

Hi, thanks for taking a look at this topic,


It seems that acne does more emotional damage than physical to me. And that doesn't mean I'm imagining my flaws, I have moderate to severe acne and many pitted scars and hyperpigmentation. Tried everything from prescribed to over-the-counter,  from restrcited diets to the regimen. Oh, and laser treatments too. Spend about two thousand dollars in the past two years. But I just can't get rid of it.


I began to avoid my friends, public places, Tv shows and youtube, because everyone out there seems to have problem-less skin. People with clear skin gives me a really hard time as they remind me of how montrous I look.


Now I'm house bound and friendless. I have let acne ruin my social life and especially the bonds with my family. It's because all I do everyday is cry and complain, and even verybally attack my mom by asking her why she couldn't have given me proper skin. No wonder she's not talking to me anymore.


Last night I have come to the point of wanting to inch off every bit of my disgusting skin with a kitchen knife. I was frustrated at my skin for ruining my life and I wanted to kill it.


i really need help. I really want someone to talk to. Any kind of message would do. Please help me.




I know the exact position that you're in. I have my own thread on this website describing the battle that I deal with everyday, in reference to my skin. I constantly feel that I'm at war with myself because my mind and body are disagreeing. My mind wants everything to look perfect ad my body reacts by giving me acne and distorted images of my body. I also have a difficult time looking/being around people who have clear skin...But then I try to remember that EVERYONE has their sh*t. My best friend has recently outgrown his acne, but he suffers from Bi-Polar II disorder. My sister has barely had a pimple in her life, but she has Trichotillomania. And just so you know, even the most perceived beautiful people in the world do NOT have great skin. Megan Fox (considered one of the sexiest women on the planet) has pretty bad acne. Cameron Diaz, Katy Perry, Brittany Spears, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Felton, Heidi Klum... All celebrities that have bad skin. I try to remember that it's all lighting, makeup, and airbrushing that makes these people look flawless. It's all a mind trip.


I completely relate being housebound. I am basically living the same way. I also know what it's like to snap and yell at people. I sometimes lose control and yell at my parents telling them to "make it better" or ask them "why aren't you doing anything to help me?". As if they have any control what my body will and will not do. If things seem horrible right now and couldn't possibly get any worse... there is some good news. You can only go up from here! You can make the conscious choice to construct a life worth living. I don't know you and I don't know what your skin looks like, but regardless I know three things:


You is kind. You is smart. You is important... Say it to yourself enough and one day you'll believe it. Xo ~Rosalie

#3378141 Does Going To The Dermatologist Help Acne?

Posted by Rosalie324 on 26 August 2013 - 08:42 PM

In two weeks, I will go to my first visit to a dermatologist, since I've been breaking out ugly (first on chin, then on cheeks, then on forehead and rest of face with large pores. This, starting on May and dragging itself through the days, till now), which never happened before in this way. I had clear skin before this... I'm 19 years old, a female, and over-the-counter products like benzoyl peroxide or honey masks aren't working anymore. I have been having increased stress because of this over the time. Might this be the cause? I doubt that Pond's Dry Skin Cream triggered acne. I used it for over a year...

I have been looking through reviews on products like Retin-A, Azilic Acid, Tretinoin. In fact, these products scare me a bit, since, at first, they make acne worst. I don't want this. I want it to improve, not seeing it become worse; and, I don't want to use oral medications, because after their use, acne can come back worse than it did before. So, does going to a dermatologist help acne? If you've visited, did it help you?


Hey there! Let me ease your fear about the antibiotic theory. i was on doxycycline for three months (for Lyme's disease not skin care) and my acne did significantly clear up. When I went off of it, it took a couple months for the breakouts to return, but they were NOT more severe than before I ever took the medication. The tactic behind using antibiotics is that you start building up the dosage until you reach an aggressive amount, then slowly ween yourself off to prohibit your body from becoming dependent upon the medication to keep you clear. So, that's that.


Any retinol product will make your skin worse (the dreaded IB) before it gets better. Your skin cells will rapidly be overturning and bringing all the acne to the surface of your skin. This in fact is a good sign, but it sucks to have to deal with. Usually the IB lasts between 1-3 months, but normally people get great results. Unfortunately there are some people, like me, who cannot tolerate retinol/retinoid because of super sensitive skin. Tretinoin cream should be a last result, as it is the most harsh chemical that you can use on your face to combat acne.


There are products out there that can fight acne without causing an IB. Aczone, Avar e, and basically any topical antibiotic will not cause you to breakout worse than what's already there. This is because it works as an antibacterial agent and works to kill P.Acne within the layers of your skin. There is not as much cell turnover so an exfoliation method is usually required in conjunction with using those products. Also, things you can be using over the counter are Salicylic Acid (or any BHA+) as a chemical exfoliation to open your pores and allow the toxins to release from your skin. Paula's Choice is a great brand for those type of products. 


Honestly, you just need to have an open, honest conversation with your dermatologist. Make sure that he/she is aware of every aspect of your skin (oily, sensitive, combination, etc.) so that they can prescribe the best regimen for you. It's a process to find what will work for you, but as long as you're patient and willing to do some trial and error, it will work out in the end. 


Good luck! Hope it all works out! :)

#3377407 Scrub That Acne Away!

Posted by Rosalie324 on 23 August 2013 - 01:50 PM




Exfoliating GENTLY a few times a week is fine, but anything more than that is going to irritate your skin. Why not have a specialist do extractions instead? 


I had my esthetician do an extraction once, and I didn't notice a significant reduction in the tiny papules on my forehead. I mean it was hard to tell if anything improved afterward because I had a horrible reaction to a 10% glycolic peel that she put on my face. Anyways, even after that healed it seemed like i still had the same amount of bumps as before. Could it be due to the fact that the peel damaged my face? Or maybe she didn't do that great of a job? 


I think maybe next time I go to an appointment with her I'm going to to microdermabrasion, followed by an extraction. Then just do my own skin regimen at home to avoid any further irritation. Wish, what is your experience with extractions?

I avoid glycolic peels like the plague now after I had a reaction to one. 10% is way too much to start with I think. Mine did a gentle aloe vera peel, left it on for 5 minutes and my super sensitive skin loved it. She uses Image cosmetics products, and used their botanical line on me with no adverse reactions. 

I have been having extractions done since high school, but I lived in Europe back then and the extractions European estheticans do are nothing compared to what they do here. Here they do them very superficially and sometimes there's scarring afterwards, so I was really lucky this time because I found an aesthetician who went through acne herself and knew exactly how to get them done. She went at it for 30 minutes straight with an extraction tool. Then she showed me all the stuff that came out an it was so gross! Other times I had them done they were using tissues, which is fine, but they were usually only getting at the surface so the pimples weren't fully extracted and so they didn't disappear, they grew back lol. The key is to ask for high frequency (an electric wand that gets rid of any possible infections afterwards). This time, she used a peel before the extractions to help the pimples come to the surface, which helped. Usually they do the peels after when the face is already irritated. I think it's important to find a good esthetician - I went to this one because she had experience with acne prone skin and I was lucky.

Have you tried microderm before? What was your experience with it? I'm nervous to try it because some people have a reaction to it. 


That's interesting. My esthetician did use an extraction tool (the loop tool thing). She first steamed my face, the extracted for about half an hour, then put the glycolic on. I knew my face would be irritated from the extraction, but man, that peel made my skin feel like it was going to fall off my face. Were you able to use your normal skin products after an extraction? Like, would I still be able to use my topical medications?


And yes, I have had mircoderm done once before. My skin was red and irritated afterwards, but I was able to put my makeup on when it was over no problem. Walking out of the office people commented that my skin looked "glowing". I don't think I had an adverse reaction to the procedure. My skin felt a little dry and taut, but I heard that was to be expected. The irritation went away after a day or two, I would just recommend maybe doubling up on the moisturizer. My biggest concern is that my skin will be too irritated to use my topical medications. I know that I can't skip a couple days a week for 6 weeks. Has anyone on here had experience with microdermabrasion? 


I don't use topical medications, so I don't know about that but the esthetician would be able to answer that question. I always tell them to go easy on my skin, so they do gentle peels and high frequency after to minimize irritation. I've had better results with gentle treatments than harsh peels. The glycolic peel even made me break out on my forehead, which never breaks out! It's also important to find someone who is clean. I got infections a few times from estheticians who touched my face without washing their hands or weren't sanitizing their extraction tool properly. 


Definitely important to be hygienic. My esthetician is apart of a major Plastic Surgery practice down where I live, so I really think it can't get much better than that. I just don't think she understood me when I said my skin was "super, duper, spectacularly, unforgivingly sensitive". Although, I'm not sure how you can miss the message with an explanation like that haha I definitely need gentle treatments for my face. Otherwise, I'll probably just be making matters worse! 

#3376222 Water Fast For Scars And Acne

Posted by Rosalie324 on 19 August 2013 - 05:03 PM

Wait... What? How is fasting helpful to your skin? Besides the initial detoxing, wouldn't fasting just be depriving your body of essential vitamins and nutrients that are important to heal your skin? Not to mention not eating for 40 days is kind of ludicrous.... I think your person safety would be compromised.

#3376219 The Realities Of Acne

Posted by Rosalie324 on 19 August 2013 - 04:59 PM

I don't pity you. I wish better for you. You are the way you are because you are choosing to be that way. I can't "pity" your decisions. I may not have severe acne, but my acne still causes me pain. I also know how life can be cruel, and beat you down until you feel as if you can't get up anymore. I'm only 18 years old, but I've had more than my fair share of suffering. Between psychical illness, mental illness, trauma, deaths, and many other crappy life experiences there's plenty of times where I could have adapted your attitude and blamed society. Or take out my frustration and anger on society. Instead, I focus on myself and how I can improve ME. I would gain NOTHING by trying to even the score with society. I would only feel worse in the end. 


I'm sorry, but you are wrong. People do care. I have friends and family that love me. It may not be perfect, but I can go to sleep at night knowing that I'm not alone despite how I feel. I know you said that it applies to the vast majority, and yes people can be rather selfish. But people can also be wonderful. There's giving, and sharing, and talking, and laughing, and most importantly, loving. Why focus on the negative?


For you to feel as bad as you feel right now, you must know what it's like to feel good.. Otherwise you wouldn't be able to feel sad, because you'd have nothing to compare the emotions to. If you are able to be this angry, fed up, and depressed... You must have, at one time or another, felt at ease, peaceful, and happy. 

#3375993 I Think I Found What Causes Acne With Me

Posted by Rosalie324 on 18 August 2013 - 10:07 PM

Hi there... I'm sorry to hear about how sad you're feeling. It's wonderful that you have figured out the cause of your acne though! Think about how many people, including me, are still scrambling for answers to what's behind their acne! Even though you may be struggling, you are on your way to your own personal cure! 


I completely understand being emotionally scarred. My acne has torn me up inside and out, leaving me both psychologically and emotionally fragile. Even after the problem (acne) starts to get better, we are all left with the residual effects that years of suffering caused us. I think that's the most difficult part. People can be so cruel sometimes. They don't understand how much words can effect us. They think that their comments won't hurt, but the truth is they cause long lasting pain that's vert hard to get over. The fact that you have almost forgiven that guy, shows immense personal growth! You are above that pettiness. People who make nasty comments are in reality insecure about themselves. That's why they lash out others. It's a sad fact of life. 


You did not "used to be pretty", you are pretty. You are beautiful. We are all beautiful people despite what society may tell us. Acne cannot ruin a pretty face. That's just what we tell ourselves. And anyways, true beauty comes from within. The hardest part is letting go and trusting other's judgment more than our own. Because when it comes down to it, we are our own worst critics. We will always be harder on ourselves than anyone else in the world. Be happy for what you have discovered! You can cure your acne! WOOHOO! The next step is learning to accept yourself for who you are. It will take time, but if you're willing to let go and let yourself be happy, you'll wake up one day and finally be at peace with yourself. 


I hope you feel better soon! Xo

#3375979 The Realities Of Acne

Posted by Rosalie324 on 18 August 2013 - 09:03 PM

Maybe some of us still have hope? Despite that severe psychological and emotional pain our acne has caused us... Maybe we don't want to give up? I'm sorry that you have given up and decided to stop all efforts to move forward. That must be a very painful existence for you. I for one, as much as I may suffer and digress into self loathing, I refuse to believe that this state of torture I live in is permanent. I wish you could feel the same.

#3375837 Red Marks, And Dark Marks, And Scars! Oh My!

Posted by Rosalie324 on 18 August 2013 - 12:02 PM


If your skin can tolerate it, perform a TCA peel. I'd bet my mother and her cat that, that would give you the skin you had pre-acne, in about 6 months.


I've read such amazing things about TCA peels. My skin can't tolerate it, which makes me so depressed. My skin can't even tolerate 1% BP SPOT TREATMENT!! I get horrible sallow, red marks on my face every time I used to use it on a zit. I can't imagine what a TCA peel would do to my whole face. I did a glycolic peel 10%, performed in my esthetician's office, and horrific things happened to my skin. My face didn't recover for about month. *shivers* I honestly think that it worsened my acne to this day... Thank you for the reply though!


I unfortunately need "gentle"methods for scar treatment, which I'm sure a few and far between. 


Aw that sucks. Have you tried lactic acid?, a gentler alternative to Glycolic acid. The best I can recommend would be:


-Manual exfoliation (baby brush) 2x week.

-Likas soap (Kojic if you can handle it. An acid lightener, but still very gentle) nightly.

-Retin-a (0.025/0.05%) at night 3 x a week (never consecutively).

- Lactic acid peel (20% EXTREMELY gentle) 1 x a week. OR lactic acid lotion (Very low concentration, suitable for sensitive types) on the days you don't use retin-a.

-sap (sun avoidance and protection) for a while.


That's the best I have for one with sensitive skin. Hope you find the answers you're looking for.


Thank you so much! I'm going to look into Lactic acid because I've heard a lot of people have success with that for lightening dark marks. I wish so much I could use Retin-A... It just tears up my skin. I thankfully already stay out the sun because of my topical medications, so that won't be an issue. Hopefully my dermatologist will also have a few recommendations when I see her in 3 weeks. Although, I doubt she'll have organic suggestions because then she wouldn't be making any money lol these doctors mann

#3375625 Adderall & Acne

Posted by Rosalie324 on 17 August 2013 - 02:56 PM

Hey there! When I was on Adderall, I never noticed a worsening in my acne. There are definitely medications out there that will cause acne, or worsen existing acne, but I don't believe Adderall is one of them! Are there any new stressors in your life? Are you using any new products (i.e. cleanser, laundry detergent)?