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Salicylic acid and my skin

Hey guys and girls

I'm a 22 year old male, and I have been using Neutrogena Deep Poor Cleanser for a over a year now. It helped a LOT in the beginning, but now it doesn't seams to help at all, actually it's almost like it's getting worse. I got a lot of outbreaks, and I have tried to be extra careful not to irritate the skin for the last week or so, but it doesn't really seams to help at all (yeah it might be too little to actually see a difference, but I'm beginning to doubt that this product do any good anymore).

So I want to hear if the salicylic acid really is needed for my skin?

I have also used Benzolperoxide but it didn't do much for me so I stopped it after a 4-5 months.

I would say my skin is somewhat oily, and I get outbreaks pretty much everywhere also shoulders/back. Right now I have a lot of red pimpels, some few big ones, many smaller ones, and a few white heads. I also have some scars/deep pimples (not sure what it's called) caused by scratching, but I generally try to be gentle with the outbreaks and not touching the skin.

I read about the acid mantle, and wonder if it actually helps that much to use salicylic acid, and not just try making the acid mantle work for me instead? I'm very much for trying to make my body work for me, instead of applying chemicals (as many times the body will get used to that after a while and it makes no difference).

I have tried to search but haven't really found much about how salicylic acid treatment affect acid mantle, but I appologies if there already has been a post about this.

Oh yeah, I wash my face two times a day.

Have no idea what to do now, but I think about stop using the products and try making the skin heal itself. But maybe it will just make the skin worse as then there will be no acid (because skin is used to the salicylic acid)?

Any input is appreciated. Thanks a million!

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Well, to follow up on this, I'm going to a dermatologists and they can probably find out what's best for my skin. I'll stop using acid, and make my skin work for itself. It was great in the beginning but now it just turned bad and it looks like it mess up my skin more than helping it. I had some few pimples and spots before but now it's breaking out A LOT more than it has ever done before. And this is after a long period of using this product.

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Don't judge all salicylic acid products by this cleanser.

SA works best as a leave-on product. It needs time to penetrate and exfoliate the pores. Also, it needs to be at an appropriate pH and concentration, and you aren't getting either of those with this lousy cleanser. Paula's Choice makes several excellent SA products at an appropriate pH and in a gentle formulation.

This is a harsh, drying, irritating cleanser and I don't recommend it for anyone. It will make your skin worse over time.

I really can't recommend any of Neutrogena's AHA or BHA products. The company will not release pH information, and that's just bad news.

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I used to HATE neutrogena but recently they've made this "acne stress control" line. I only use theyre 3 in 1 hydrating acne treatment, but i have to say i love it A LOT. It works amazingly and is finally getting my comedonal acne to come out thank goodness. i think since its moisturizing as well it doesnt irritate my skin. Anyway this is the best thing ive ever used on my skin personally (i mostly just have clogged pores tho). yay! :wub:

of course like i said most of neutrogena's products are crap Ive found...i guess they put a lil effort into this one haha

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Thanks for the replies girls! Yeah, it might be that Neutrogena product that's just is too harsh. I've stopped using it now for ~9 days, and are going to a dermatologist to get the correct treatment.

There has been moderately breakouts after I stopped using the product, but it's almost the same as when I used the product. I'll continue not using any products, and just being nice to my skin in general. Before I do anything else to my skin, I'll wait for the dermatologist to explain what type of skin I have and how to treat the acne. So until then, I'll try keep up right nutrition, physical activity, and just being allround healthy :)

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Well, now it's been two weeks since my last update and it's going alright. A lot of my bad pimple areas are healing, though I do get new pimples every few days between. I got a time with a dermatologist in february, so one more month of this try out before I can get professional feedback.

I shave every 2-4 days, and it seams to help the healing process.

I'm really happy for not having to be so conscious about treatment, as it has actually propelled some of my insecurities a lot (and in my exerpience, it's the insecurities about acne that helds people back from just being happy).

I'm pretty sure that it is something out of balance in my body that has produced this as I have never before had so much acne (exepct when I was 14-15 maybe), so no more product to hide it, I need to get my body to heal it, and find out why my skin keeps clogging up pores.

Right now I would say that I have about the same break out as I had using salisylic acid.

I'll keep this updated just in case some people find it useful.

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Well, I have decided to try be has careless as possible about having acne. It's just a reaction and it shows my immune system is working. I think I produce more acne to be so focused about it. For now it will be; eating healthy, drink water, and really don't care about me having acne and outbreaks.

After reading some posts here about both nutrition and psychological effects, I have decided that the best thing to do is really just live with it until I get to a dermatologist that can pin-point why my skin reacts this way.

Everyone has millions of issues so meh, I just have to stop being a bitch about this haha. It has stopped me socialising so much and it really annoys me, so now I have decided to just don't care about it.

As for how it actually goes with the acne, then christmas holidays hasn't done much good with my skin, but some large areas where I had loads of red marks and pimples are healing slowly. There is many red marks in that area. I got new pimples on my forehead in the last 14 days.

It's pretty hard to try not to think about me having acne though. It has been a part of me for the last one and a half year. But there's only one way :) And why I have decided to go this way is because I don't want to be dependent on topics, or having to do something a certain way all the time, and a major one, the magic pill search for the final one way to get rid of acne. I decided that it will go away in time, and I really can't do much to it anyway. Being more happy is the way I'm gonna fight this :D

And of course, to see a specialist that actually knows why my skin reacts this way. I know nothing about it myself.

Going to be exciting to see how it is in a month and look back at this!

Take care guys and happy new year!

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New update; my skin begins to look much better, not so wrecked, but I still have a lot of acne. It's really hard to forget it, but I'm getting better and better to not mind the acne. I also stopped thinking about "oh this is bad for my skin", and if I do I correct myself.

This, not thinking my acne, actually does seam to improve my skin though it's going very slow.

I tend to get a big pimple (thoose that are quite painful if you touch them, and that can't break that easily) every 3-4 days between, but they are mostly gone in 4 days. The big areas of acne I had is healing and looking much better.

One place I got more acne is my forehead. I almost had nothing there while using products but now I have quite a few spots.

However all my acnespots looks like red areas and not really pimples anymore. Hopefully that means that the areas are actually healing.

The only thing I do to help healing acne is, drinking enough water and sleeping on my back instead of face down in the bed.

Take care!

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Another update.

I really can't get it out of my head just yet, but I'm trying to. However I do ocasionally pick and squeze but I try not to, just sometimes it is way to hard to resist it. I have got some few big inflamed pimples on my forehead, and there is some weird bumps on one side of the jaw, that has always been there (like deep in the skin acne). Overall, I would say that it's about the same as 15 days ago :/

It has really helped the skin to not use these topicals, but I still have a lot of red areas. However, I would say that it's getting close to just being mild acne again, while I guess it will take a lot of time to heal all the red marks and the weird pimples far in the skin.

It doesn't look as good as before I used topicals or when the topicals worked at it's best though.

Emotionally I have some issues with having acne in my face still. It's hard to get rid off, so I guess I really have to take the bull by it's horns now and go all in on really not caring about the acne. Logically I can easily see that it's stupid to think about the acne, but emotionally I have a pretty hard time to not being affected by it.

Anyways, dermatologist soon!

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Thanks for the updates!

Sounds like you've got the right attitude, hope your visit to the derm is successful.

One thing I read on here that does seem to help the red marks is the egg white face mask. Just a little bit of egg white poured into a small container, whisked up a bit with a teaspoon and applied for 10 minutes.

Not sure why it helps, but I noticed my red marks faded quite a bit quicker doing this several times a week (I only started it a couple of weeks ago). It doesnt dry out my skin or upset it either. Might be worth a try for the red marks?

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Good luck at the derm, i tend to agree that overuse of SA is not good, it will irritate the skin. It is best used as a toner or in toner pads. Dont pick at any of your zits, that causes the red marks or PIH. They go away in 3-6 months or faster if you do a SA peel or microderm. Considering the state of your skin, do not do a home SA peel. Have one done by your derm. I go to my derm for micro and it helped a lot to get rid of the PIH. I also tend to break out in the same areas, but lately since those areas are clearing I have had some spots on the other side, weird. Acne just wont leave me alone! BTW I broke out from SA pads, it was either break thru or just a bad reaction. I stopped it and wont go back until a few months. I'm 99 percent clear from spots so i'm not looking to add any more

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Thanks for the replies girls! Well, I won't put egg white on my face before a derm has check out my skin I really don't trust anything now, until I can get some professional advice.

This last days has been pretty horrible. I don't know why but I have been pretty depressed about my acne, because I have got some nasty breakouts (in forehead, and right side in a line down to the chin, places I haven't been hit before). It's so weird that I got so many breakouts, when last time I had that was when I was 15, and not until I was 22 did any real acne occur. It's like this mental focus has just made it so much worse, guess it's some hormones acting up or something.

Good things is those big areas I had with acne is healing much (there was some deep in the skin acne but they are much smaller now). But the places I have picked has turned out pretty bad, and I'm being more insecure/feeling down than ever about it. Haha, enough self-pity I just have to deal this one week and then I can get to a derm. Too bad I have some meetings to lead, but whatever. Can't really do much about it, so just have to face it. Good practice for keeping my head high! :)

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Finally at the derm! I got some pills and a creme I'm going to take for the next 6-8 weeks. So hopefully it will kill off the acne.

It has been a bit indifferent lately, and it's ups and downs, sometimes I don't want to go out and show my face other times I'm saying to myself to fuck it and take control of my life. At least I'm a very positive person so I take this mostly lightly even though my acne has been pretty bad lately.

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