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hey i found this mesage board while googeling around.. now im 17 (oily-normal skin) and ive had acne since grade 8 (14 years old) and ive been to a dermatologist who gave me this antibiotic which contains benzol peroxide. That gave me an allergic reaction in which i had to go to diffrent hospitals just to figure out it was that ingrediant. Then a dermaologist said i had a skin infection (i forgot what it was called).. .she thhen put me on acutane for about 6 months, which worked really well... now im off it, and i find i still have some pimpels (maybe 1 whitehead, and some blackheads on my forehead, nothing that bad). But i use products such as Noxema deep cleansing cream, clearasil daily deep cleansing foaming wash, and clear and clear black head exfoliator scrub alongside with stevia-a topical cream. Now i wash my face about 2 times a day, i dont touch pop (if anything ice tea), and i stay away from sugary junk food such as chocolates and what not. The products i use on my face are not really helping, i havent noticed much a diffrence, and i was wondering, what are some good over the counter products that dont contain benzol peroxide and are effective?

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hey i found this mesage board while googeling around.. now im 17 (oily-normal skin) and ive had acne since grade 8 (14 years old) and ive been to a dermatologist who gave me this antibiotic which contains benzol peroxide. That gave me an allergic reaction in which i had to go to diffrent hospitals just to figure out it was that ingrediant. Then a dermaologist said i had a skin infection (i forgot what it was called).. .she thhen put me on acutane for about 6 months, which worked really well... now im off it, and i find i still have some pimpels (maybe 1 whitehead, and some blackheads on my forehead, nothing that bad). But i use products such as Noxema deep cleansing cream, clearasil daily deep cleansing foaming wash, and clear and clear black head exfoliator scrub alongside with stevia-a topical cream. Now i wash my face about 2 times a day, i dont touch pop (if anything ice tea), and i stay away from sugary junk food such as chocolates and what not. The products i use on my face are not really helping, i havent noticed much a diffrence, and i was wondering, what are some good over the counter products that dont contain benzol peroxide and are effective?

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thanks for the help, i purchased the olay clear facial scrub with 2% SA... it works great on my chin, dried the heck out of it and basically stripped down a layer (got rid of all the bumps), but its not helping on my forehead. I have been using a facial brush to ge all the dead skin cells off, and ive noticed that applying products now feel better, like they feel tingly (in which i assume its working)

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Since your condition isn't that bad right now, I'd recommend a KISS (keep it simple stupid) regimen. Since you can't use BP, I'd also recommend using a SA solution for your blackheads and whiteheads. Also, if you do add new products, give them at least 2 weeks to see if they work or cause problems before you add any new products.

Here's what I would recommend (YMMV):

1. Gentle face wash 2x a day (Purpose Gentle Wash, Cetaphil, Baxter's)

2. 2% SA solution 1x a day to start (Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Lotion, Paula Bergon's product)

3. Gentle moisturizer (if you need it) (Cetaphil, Complex 15 lotion)

Try that for a few weeks, then if want to add additional products, add them one at a time.

I don't think you need to manual exfoliate unless you get dry scaling skin. SA is a chemical exfoliator so manually exfoliating at the same time might be overdrying and irritating. If you do manually exfoliate, only do it 2 times a week. Also, you might look into an AHA (Gycolic Acid) if the SA isn't working for you.

Good luck.

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Some people find Salyic Acid, which is a low level alcohol toner, to be very effective in helping to dry out oily skin. Most over the counter acne products do contain this ingredient.

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Some people find Salyic Acid, which is a low level alcohol toner, to be very effective in helping to dry out oily skin. Most over the counter acne products do contain this ingredient.

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Also don't worry about foods, what you eat won't make a difference. Try to drink plenty of water each day though (makes a surprisingly big difference if u do), i think ~5 glasses a day is the ideal.

Good luck!

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you are what you eat

if your diet doesn't affect your skin then i guess you have superior genetics for it

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thanks for the respnses, actually the SA in olay cleansing exfoliator scrub affected my chin area, it became red and is dry like a mofo (maybe even scaling)... i try to avoid that area of my face because it is really dry and there is no oil on there, but whats weird is that the olay cleansing exfoliator scrub worked wonders on my chin, though i dont see a diffrence when i apply it to my forehead...

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I'd stay away from scrubs, in my experience they've only made acne worse. DesertRat has some great suggestions in a post above. I agree and think you should go for a simple unmedicated/unscrubby wash + a GOOD salicyclic acid leave-on lotion or gel (this will deal with comedonal acne and exfoliate chemically so you don't need a scrub, the problem is that there are not really any good ones available in drugstores, Paula Begoun's 2% BHA gel at cosmeticscop.com is agreed to be the best one but you will need to order it online) + a good non-comedogenic moisturizer if you experience dryness. Medicated washes are not a good way to deal with acne because the ingredients don't remain on your skin long enough and a lot of them have alcohol in them, anyway.

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