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Most Effective Regimen: My Experiences With Acne

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Tried And Tested Home Remedies For Acne

Even though fancy store-bought or prescription medication helps heal acne, sometimes it's everyday household items that pack a punch! There are countless home remedies out there that claim to reduce pimple size and quantity, desperate in my search for clearer skin, I tried just about all of them! This is my review of some of things that worked for my skin (I am 19 year old female with very oily skin). Everyone's skin in different! What worked for me may not work for someone else and vice versa. Remember, you'll never know unless you try! What Has Worked Best for Me: 1. Tomatoes Yes, fresh ripe tomatoes are a natural astringent. What I like to do when faced with a terrible breakout is get a tomato, slice it open, spread the juice and pulp all over clean skin, and then let it sit for about an hour before washing it off and applying my favorite topical medication. You may notice a slight stinging sensation at first that you may experience with other store bought astringents. Messy, but definitely effective. 2. Lemons These babies are also a natural astringent, like tomatoes, and I think work equally well. I get a fresh lemon, slice it open and squeeze the juice into a bowl. I dip a cotton ball into the juice and apply it all over a clean face, carefully avoiding my eyes. Again, you may feel a slight sting at first. I let it sit for an hour before washing it off and applying medication. I have used lemon juice from a bottle before, but it isn't as effective seeing as it isn't always 100% pure lemon juice. 3. Aloe Vera I am lucky enough that my mom keeps several aloe plants around the house, but you can buy 100% pure aloe vera gel at almost any vitamin or health food store. Aloe is not only great for soothing redness from sunburn, but also for taking the redness from zits, scars, and healing scabs. What I like to do is clean my face, apply my usual medication, let it dry, and then liberally apply aloe to any especially red areas on my face. The gel is odorless, clear, and is absorbed nicely into the skin. 4. Green Tea Some suggest drinking green tea because it is an anti-oxidant, but I don't. It also contains caffeine that aggravates acne (although you can get de-caffeinated) and stains teeth. All I do is let the tea bag sit in hot water for about two minutes, take it out, and rub the wet tea bag all over a clean face. You'll find that the tea temporarily darkens your face, don't worry, just wash it off in an hour or two! Green tea gently dries out existing pimples and helps reduce redness, it's great for dry or sensitive skin. Remedies that Didn't Work Too Well For Me: (Please, still feel free to try them because they may be great for your skin!) 1. Honey Mask One word---sticky. Didn't see especially smoother skin, but then again I only tried it once. 2. Jojoba Oil I know this site endorses this stuff, but it just sucked for me! I bought 100% pure jojoba oil, used it as a moisturizer for about two weeks, and saw that it actually broke me out horribly! I didn't have the heart to stick with it and my skin cleared up right after stopping use. 3. Potatoes Honestly, I've never tried them! I just want to hear from somebody who has and read what they have to say! 4. Witch Hazel/ Rubbing Alcohol They both just dried out my skin, maybe even aggravated it a little. Both are present in a lot of acne products, but I don't think they work best alone. 5. Asprin Mask/ Baking Soda as Face Wash Some claim that these are great for drying out pimples, I just wanted too impressed with either. 6. White Tooth Paste Did not help my skin at all, just left it minty fresh. 7. Tanning Now this one is iffy, I regularly tanned for about two years because I thought it was helping my acne, but here are the conclusions that I've drawn. The UV lights do zap existing zits, but they also potentially aggravate skin which will in turn cause new pimples within days. The overall redness and appearance of pimples and scars are less noticeable on a tan face. Tanning can cause drying and peeling of the skin and over time can lead to wrinkles. My suggestion would be to not over-tan like I did. It has its pros and cons but is by no means a miracle remedy for acne.

AmyyBabyy

AmyyBabyy

02/26/2012

 

My Personal Regimen

I am a 19 year female that has suffered from moderate to severe acne since the age of 12. I have very oily skin and was subject to cysts, pustules, whiteheads and scarring before finding relief. Believe me when I say that I tried everything before finding a regimen that suited my condition. If your skin is anything like mine, then hopefully you too can benefit. Keep in mind, my skin is not 100% clear, most, like myself, are genetically prone to acne and there is no miracle cure for it. But, I can definitely tell you that this regimen has finally given me the clearest skin I can hope for at the current time ------ I have gone from having a face literally covered in huge, nasty, pussy zits to just a few here and there. 1. First, eliminate all dairy products from your diet! There is a direct correlation between the hormones in dairy products and the production of acne. Seriously. I used to consume cheese, ice cream, heavy creams and butter on a daily basis. Within a week of cutting it out of my diet, I saw a dramatic reduction of whiteheads. When I do consume dairy, I notice that my acne will flare up. Caffeine also makes me break out and is related to acne as well. Try to eliminate or significantly lower your caffeine intake for best results. 2. Keep your face clean! This pretty much goes without saying. Avoid touching your face at all costs and wash it between one and two times daily. I have oily skin, so I like first using Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash (orange bottle) to wash off all of the built up oil and impurities. Then, I like to gently scrub with Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub. Throughout the entire day I pat the excess oil off my face with Clean&Clear Oil Blotting Paper. I go through so many of those wipes, it's crazy! They keep me shine-free and my skin stays so much clearer without that extra oily buildup! 3. Topical Medication Perhaps I owe the majority of my clear skin to Clean&Clear Persa-Gel!!! I have tried tried countless topical acne medications, but this is the most effective, I saw results overnight within my first use! The benzoyl peroxide in this products is comparable to prescription strength brands. I use this product after washing my face. Before I apply it, I use Clean&Clear Astringent (orange colored kind) because the salicylic acid helps to dry out existing pimples. I only use a moderate amount of the Persa-Gel because too much can dry out the skin in certain areas, even really oily skin like mine. 4. Avoid Additional Irritants If you notice something in particular causes your acne to flare up, then avoid it, whether it's a certain kind of make-up (look for non-comedonegenic on the label), food, moisturizer, shampoo, or face wash--- many even find that smoking hurts their skin. Only you know your skin best, everyone's acne is different and will react differently to certain things. I know that I'm no doctor, but I have had success with all of the products and methods that I've mentioned and I hope that it will also work for you. I appreciate your feedback--lemme know if you have any luck!

AmyyBabyy

AmyyBabyy

02/25/2012

 

My Personal Regimen

I am a 19 year female that has suffered from moderate to severe acne since the age of 12. I have very oily skin and was subject to cysts, pustules, whiteheads and scarring before finding relief. Believe me when I say that I tried everything before finding a regimen that suited my condition. If your skin is anything like mine, then hopefully you too can benefit. Keep in mind, my skin is not 100% clear, most, like myself, are genetically prone to acne and there is no miracle cure for it. But, I can definitely tell you that this regimen has finally given me the clearest skin I can hope for at the current time ------ I have gone from having a face literally covered in huge, nasty, pussy zits to just a few here and there. 1. First, eliminate all dairy products from your diet! There is a direct correlation between the hormones in dairy products and the production of acne. Seriously. I used to consume cheese, ice cream, heavy creams and butter on a daily basis. Within a week of cutting it out of my diet, I saw a dramatic reduction of whiteheads. When I do consume dairy, I notice that my acne will flare up. Caffeine also makes me break out and is related to acne as well. Try to eliminate or significantly lower your caffeine intake for best results. 2. Keep your face clean! This pretty much goes without saying. Avoid touching your face at all costs and wash it between one and two times daily. I have oily skin, so I like first using Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash (orange bottle) to wash off all of the built up oil and impurities. Then, I like to gently scrub with Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub. Throughout the entire day I pat the excess oil off my face with Clean&Clear Oil Blotting Paper. I go through so many of those wipes, it's crazy! They keep me shine-free and my skin stays so much clearer without that extra oily buildup! 3. Topical Medication Perhaps I owe the majority of my clear skin to Clean&Clear Persa-Gel!!! I have tried tried countless topical acne medications, but this is the most effective, I saw results overnight within my first use! The benzoyl peroxide in this products is comparable to prescription strength brands. I use this product after washing my face. Before I apply it, I use Clean&Clear Astringent (orange colored kind) because the salicylic acid helps to dry out existing pimples. I only use a moderate amount of the Persa-Gel because too much can dry out the skin in certain areas, even really oily skin like mine. 4. Avoid Additional Irritants If you notice something in particular causes your acne to flare up, then avoid it, whether it's a certain kind of make-up (look for non-comedonegenic on the label), food, moisturizer, shampoo, or face wash--- many even find that smoking hurts their skin. Only you know your skin best, everyone's acne is different and will react differently to certain things. I know that I'm no doctor, but I have had success with all of the products and methods that I've mentioned and I hope that it will also work for you. I appreciate your feedback--lemme know if you have any luck!

AmyyBabyy

AmyyBabyy

02/25/2012

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