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  1. Hey, I’m 14 years old supposedly struggling with hormonal acne. I’ve got spots and blackheads on my forehead, acne scars on my cheeks, whiteheads and blackheads on my nose and clogged pores pretty much everywhere. I’ve considered using AHA and BHA peels by The Ordinary as I’ve heard chemical peels really benefit your skin. I was wondering if they really work or if they make things worse. Has anyone tried chemical peels or are there alternatives?
  2. Sorry went a little nuts with the tags on this thread probably. Anyway, Ive been meaning to make a post about this for months. I literally cannot stop using BP gel (cream? gel? not sure its white). I have been using it pretty much every time I shave/wash my face for years. I wash my face about once a day, sometimes every two days. I have good hygiene, but I find if I wash more than that my face looks 10 times worse. Also, the BP is necessary every time now. I will have the same areas (on sides of chin, neck around adams apple) cropping up with the same big red breakouts. They arent like normal pimple, there is no white head or core, its just a hard PAINFUL red bump. You cant even pop them, they are just big painful red bumps. These also show up on my legs and butt. The products I use are the following: Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser (cleaning, also use for shaving as its better than any cream ive used)) Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Store brand BP gel 10% (I try to dilute this a little with water before applying) Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant (I also use some crafting clay in my hair, professional Sebastian, figured should mention as I am a side sleeper, i use this rarely) Not only am I having the red bumps problem if I dont use the BP, I also have large black pores and white clogged gross sebum pores. I know its terrible to go around squeezing them all, hence why i got the glycolic acid AHA gel. Even after using that for months its no better. I have researched far and wide for years, read every article out there I feel like. I am still having same issues. Would love and appreciate anyone who knows anything else. Thank you.
  3. I posted here about two months ago in a desperate attempt to diagnose what the problem with my skin is. Shortly after that I dumbed it down to just having clusters of whiteheads on my cheeks and it must be due to over-drying/over-moisturizing and my skin being confused with the products I use. Ever since I've started using two different products, my skin has changed DRASTICALLY in the most positive way. I started using Paula's Choice BHA Exfoliant 1% in samples in mid-February. I've been using it in accordance with Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash. Both together have evened out my skin tone, gotten rid of my (what I thought were genetic)dark eye circles, and smoothed my cheeks out (that were plagued with whiteheads, rough texture, and ruddy skin tone.) It's been a miraculous couple of months and I've never been happier or more confident. Unfortunately, about two weeks ago I went through some wisdom tooth issues and had to go see the dentist multiple times in a two week span. I spent about a week clutching my jaw with my hands in pain for hours on end, and then the dentist constantly touching my face with his latex gloves I'm sure didn't help. After this debacle, I came out two days after the whole ordeal with a few whiteheads on my jaw, a couple of large pustules on my jaw, and once again raided by whiteheads on my cheeks. It's still not as bad as it used to be, my skin is still dewy and evened out, but I'm afraid it's picked up it's rough texture once again. I haven't changed anything about my skincare routine or used an excessive amount or too little. I continue to use the face wash once a day, and apply PC BHA Exfoliant 1% twice. Once mid-morning, and once before midnight every night. I'm not sure what's going on because it should be fully recovered by now as it's been a full week since I've visited the dentist, and I keep getting raised bumps on my cheeks. I've not broken out like this since I was 17, I have no idea what's going on. I've been using these products for a good two months now, they can't possibly be turning on me can they? Every day there's a new red bump on my cheek or on my jaw. I'm not any more stressed than I usually am, I don't know. I've already debunked all the things that could possibly be contributing to this, and have no idea what to do. I guess my question is, is it possible that after already going through the purging stage with my BHA exfoliant over 6 weeks ago, that I'm going through another one? Has anyone experienced that with the Paula's Choice products? I'm hoping that's what it is, and not me going through a second bout of young adult acne. Would you recommend that I keep using the same products for another couple weeks and see how it works out? I'm a little scared because I'm getting sent to Milan and Shanghai for my first big modeling trip abroad and would like my skin to be in better shape than this to feel a little more like I can take this on. Models younger than me have smoother skin than I do, it's very embarrassing. Please, any help you can provide is appreciated! I would hate to turn down my beloved BHA exfoliant, the only thing that's ever worked for me-but if you think that could be the problem then any suggestions would be great!
  4. So I just received my Paula's Choice 2% Skin Perfecting BHA Liquid in the mail and noticed for the first time Salicylic Acid underneath the name. I had rushed to buy it online after hearing glowing reviews for getting rid of those tiny noninflammed bumps, which i have on edge of my face, chin, and forehead ( closed comedones? ..still new at this). So after reading Salicylic Acid I grabbed my Clearasil pads (which don't do anything to combat bumps. Right on the back it lables the active ingredient as the same- Salycylic Acid 2%. Are these products the same? I am new so maybe that's it, but I was thinking BHA was different than Salycylic Acid. My Clearasil pads don't exfoliate at all. I was buying the PC BHA thinking it would get deep in my pores and cause a temporary skin peeling to clear bumps out. Definitely thought it was more intensive as far as OTC than Clearasil. So are they the same? Should I expect the same results from Paula's Choice 2% BHA as I have had with the Clearasil ( which doesn't do anything)? Or how is PC better? It is certainly more expensive!!
  5. Hi does anyone know whether you can use differin along with a moisturiser that contains aha/bha? I am using a moisturiser by Avene which contains these but am planning to go back to either differin or retin A as my skin looked best using them - but I still want the exfoliating effects from the Avene! Thanks!
  6. Hi, I was wondering if it was possible to use both AHA and BHA together. I use glycolic acid at night and I was wondering if I could use salicylic acid 2% gel in the morning or if it would be too much? Also, I'm a woc (black) and I have ice pick scarring, is there any other procedure except TCA peels that is suitable for my skin? I don't want to experience hyper or hypopigmentation. (I do not have any existing pimples right now, just a little hyperpigmentation and ice pick scarring)
  7. Here's the background info: Started regimen a long, long time ago. About four years ago. After 5ish months on it I was baby face clear and stayed that way for about half a year. Mind you, during this time I could eat ANYTHING and not be affected. It was a good time. Flash Forward to now, my skin isn't that great. It's typically a week long breakout (1-2 zits a day, for a week) follow by a week of healing/red spots, followed up by two-three days of clear, nice looking skin. Only to break out and start the process all over again. I eat a really, really restrictive diet. No grains of any kind, no dairy, caffeine, eggs, nuts, sugars, potatoes, or high GI foods. I drink a ton of water and keep my carbs down, nothing to cause acne here. I recently started dating a beautiful woman and want to be able to have consistently clear skin again. I made a derm appt and I’m open to just about everything at this point. Even a very, very low dose of Accutane. Current Regimen: - Ceve Hydrating face wash (Acne.org cleansor is too harsh for my skin) - 2% BHA (No longer doing this, too much for skin to handle) - Acne.org BP - Ceve face lotion - Redness reducing creme (day) Jojoba oil (night). Type of acne: - Hormonal, I'm an 18 year old male. Enough said. - Lots and LOTS of clogged pores. Squeeze just about anywhere on my skin and a pile of sebum will pop out (gross, I know). Open to all suggestions. Dans Regmien used to work wonders for me. From getting a prescription to the crazy trick that worked for you -- I need some ideas because I'm tired of acne.
  8. Hello guys, i need advice in treating my face.Before im using cetaphil gentle cleanser to my face but it keeps my cheeks dry so i discontinue it. My skin type is combination skin. When searching the net the proper treatment, it says that i must used mild foaming cleanser. So my question is what is the best mild foaming cleanser for my skin type. Another question is what is the best moisturizer of dry and oily skin (separated or the best if can go in 2in1), I want to know also if BHA is advisable in my skin type and the proper used of this. TNX GUYS
  9. Blackstock94

    What Worked For Me

    Hi everyone, I just wanted to write about and share what products have worked for me. I've been clear of acne and clogged pores for a significant amount of time now (I can't remember when I started) and I can confidently say that this is the perfect regime for me. AM: Cleanse: Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash Exfoliate: Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic Acid Enhanced Lotion SPF: Ombrelle SPF 60 Face Ultra-Fluid Lotion (1/4 tsp) PM: Makeup/Sunscreen Remover: Jojoba Oil (I am currently only wearing eye makeup) Wipe off with warm wash cloth Cleanse: Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash Tone: Paula's Choice Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner Exfoliate: Alpha Hydrox 10% Glycolic Acid Enhanced Cream Exfoliate: Paula's Choice 2% BHA Lotion Treat: Differin and Clean and Clear Persa Gel 5 mixed together (I use a pea size of both and mix them on the back of my hand and apply it to my entire face excluding the eye area) ** I do not experience any irritation at all from this routine. I don't have any dryness or redness.
  10. Hi. I'm new to this site but just looking for any tips if anyone wants to share ! This feels like its gunny be a lot to explain but al make a start anyway.. So, I've been using Paula's choice products since September last year so just over 4 months. I use the: skin balancing cleanser am and pm, The hydralight toner, the hydralight moisture lotion and the BHA 2 % liquid (daily at night). I've been using the BHA liquid for over 4 months at night only and I love it. I wouldn't say I have acne, I just had clogged congest pores blackheads and some closed comedies on my chin. But my clogged pores have definitely improved and my skin is very smooth etc since using the BHA. I haven't worn makeup in over a year, as it's very hard to get a pale foundation to match. My skin is combination, oily t zone normalish cheeks . The BHA never caused any reaction to my skin, never burned peeled etc and my skin always looks great when I waken up in the morning. I'm confident without foundation in my skin. However this past few weeks I've tried a bobbi brown foundation-long wear cream compact, also the mufe mat velvet which cause my skin to burn and the illamasqua skin base which matches perfectly in shade 2 and the Charlotte tilbury foundation (quite dewy)which showed no problem on my skin unlike the first 3 foundations. Now the problem: when I apply foundation my skin looks terrible, it's hard to describe it's like there's scaly/dry pieces off skin all over that u could literally peel off with ur nail. This IS NOT noticeable when I apply my moisturiser ONLY WHEN I APPLY THE FOUNDATIONS. My skin is not dry at all .. So confusing, so today I went to the illamasqua counter and the girl tried the skin base foundation on one side over the hydra veil and on the other on top of a matte veil base product. And she saw the problem and she had to ask her colleague as she never saw this on anyone else using this particular foundation. She explained to the colleague and she said dry skin but the other girl said my skin was oily and she told the other woman I exfoliate once daily chemically so the other woman came to the conclusion that it's DEAD SKIN. She said I shouldn't exfoliate daily only 2 times a week etc which I don't agree with. My skin never looks like it's peeling or like there's dead skin on the surface before any foundation is applied .. So confused as I don't have dry skin. I have no adverse reactions to the BHA liquid, I love it and it makes my skin great, the first girl said my skin looks so good before application and the other said I don't need the exfoliant daily because I don't have acne. But I like to use it to keep my pores unclogged. I'm so confused as my skin looks great with no makeup and it's combination, not flaky it's just after foundation it looks LIKE DEAD SKIN THAT FLAKES OFF. I really don't want to stop the BHA, has anyone got any advice? It would really be appreciated. Does anyone think using the Paula's choice AHA WOULD HELP? If so how could I incorporate that? Thanks again for any advice
  11. I'm a 24-year-old female and I have small bumps all over my face and oily skin. they just don't go away. Have tried BP, tea tree oil, azelaic acid, antibiotics, Everything except salycilic acid breaks me out, I can't even use a moisturizer and sunscreen as I have already tried netrogena oil-free moisture for sensitive skin and aveeno products and they all break me out though they are known to be non-comedogenic. Please tell me if anyone had similar issues and how you deal with it.
  12. cateyyy567

    Apr19 (3)

    From the album: My Acne

    I believe the regular use of SPF and BHA helped tremendously in terms of my PIH and redness. It did even help slow the breakouts but, they did still persist. At this point I switched to good old Cetephil that was so much better for my skin.
  13. I use Aczone (dapsone gel) in the morning and Ziana (clindamycine + tretinion ) at night. How do I use Glycolic acid and how often with combination of my topical routine? Like how do I switch it around with a BHA. Also I am thinking of using ACV as a toner , maybe later but for right now I want to use a BHA and if my skin responds well then possible use AHA ( I'm planning on using Paula's choice Pore Perfecting BHA exfoliant 2% ) heard good things about this BHA and it contains Green tea which I heard also is good for oily skin and reduces sebum. And possibly Paula's Choice AHA 8% Exfoliant, depending on how things look with the BHA. I have some acne flaring up since I am weaning off with Oracea 40 mg (doxycycline hyclate) since June 7 , 2016 . Because I have been on the antibiotic (Doxycycline Hyclate 100mg) treatment since August 2015 but now weaning off. I told my derma , I think its time to get off it because antibiotic for even a short period can do a lot of damage healthwise. So since weaning off my acne is sorta flaring up but hopefully my topicals will take care of it. So now new acne = new hyperpigmentation which are like red/purple . Which I think maybe the BHA could help clear up my acne (clogged pores) and possibly maybe the AHA could help also I know people use them both but how do people alternate them around? Because I use 2 topicals Aczone (AM) and Ziana at night. Like do I first cleanse, moisturize, then apply topical then put the BHA because Paula's choice is a leave on liquid . So would I only use the BHA once a week or twice a week? how often considering the topicals I use also. And I don't know about the AHA but people have said that AHA can interfere with the effectiveness of Retinols / Tretinion which is in Ziana the night topical I use , and I think applying AHA at night is more practical than applying in the day? What are your thoughts if any you guys are using a Retinol or a Tretinion and also a AHA ? SIDENOTE: I might use ACV to tone , but I sorta want to try to use BHA/ AHA to see if this clears up my skin if not then maybe a while from now (giving time to see if the BHA OR AHA works) then a while from now use ACV if the exfloliants don't work well then try this natural option. I am thinking about using Apple Cider Vinegar as a toner but do I apply it then wash it off ? then apply Aczone in the morning or Ziana when toning at night ? Or leave it on?
  14. After using an AHA+BHA facewash, i notice my skin is getting shiner, it is a tiny bit oily but after i clean it, the shine is still there. It's not only on my t-zone but also on my cheeks. Is it possible that my facewash cause over-exfoliating?
  15. Chutney

    First Post! - Intro

    Hellu ;P I have battled severe inflamed acne for about 10 years, loading up on Benzoyl Peroxide for half of my life. Now that I just finished the teen years, the infected pimples are less (not extinct, just less) and I am left with HUGE PORES, HYPERPIGMENTATION, and SKIN-COLOURED CLOGGED BUMPS. These seem to be the hardest to treat, but I will not give up! Goal: Clear Skin Time: 3 months Products: Purity cleanser from Philosophy (night + day) Help Me retinol treatment from Philosophy (night) AHA nighttime peels (occasionally) Neutrogena Stress Control 3 in 1 Hydrating Treatment for BHA (day) Vichy Aqualia SPF Health: Sun Salutation Yoga 10 cups water raw fruits and veggies daily minimal dairy and meat Habits: [*]No picking! I repeat, no picking!
  16. juliaserrano12


    hello. this is my new skin care routine I've been doing for the last week. let me know what you think, if it's too much or too little or what. so far I've definitely seen improvements in my skin MORNING wash-(simple cleanser) tone with 1:3 ratio vinegar and water with a drop of tea tree oil dry 10 min bha (salicylic acid) 2% lotion (clearasil) dry 10 min benzoyl peroxide 2% (from acne.org) dry 10 min retinol a (neutrogena) dry 10 min spf moisturizer NIGHT cleanse tone (same w vinegar& tea tree ) 10% glycolic acid (peter thomas roth) dry 10 min 2.5 benzoyl peroxide dry 10 min retinol a (neutrogena) Main difference is in AM I use salicylic acid, night I use glycolic
  17. Hi! i'm turning to this because I cannot get rid of my closed comedones. i'm not even going to list my skincare routine right now.... I'm JUST wondering if anyone has had experience with this frustrating things. I don't get many pimples anymore, i just have a decent amount of closed comedones on my cheeks mainly.. A little on my forehead. I'm guessing it's from makeup foundation i've worn. But i cannot get them to go away. I started a new routine with AHA and BHA and i've had some improvement, but at the same time it also seems like i've developed a tad more? Could this be purging? Does purging happen with CC's? AND ONE MORE QUESTION. If they do purge and come to a whitehead or something, do you pop them? Everyone says not to but i don't understand how they'll go away if you don't. THANKS EVERYONE!
  18. So I am deep into the stages of clearing on my Spiro treatment and the biggest problem I have now are closed comedones that are barely visible under the skin but can inflame at any time and come to a head. Most are just sitting there and really is the last things keeping my skin from being smooth and clear. After reading many blogs and reviews, I decided to order Paula's choice 2% gel. I need advice as to how and where to use it in my cleansing routine. should I start one time a day, every other day? Should I try it just on the closed comedones? Curren routine: Cerave foaming cleanser DDF Glycolic toner either tea tree on a spot 2.5% BP Cerave pm or cerave reg Any experience or advise would be GREAT!! thank you
  19. Hey guys! Just wondering if anyone could recommend some acne toners with 2% bha(salicylic acid). I've tried Paula's choice extra strength but it was so moisturizing it just turned my clogged pores into inflamed pimples...tried it for about 2 months and truly didn't prevent breakouts at all, and made the ones I had even worse. I am currently using Neostrata level 2 toning solution and it works great, the only down fall is the alcohol in it! I'd love to be able to find one without alcohol. I was looking at the DHC toner and it has no alcohol, does anyone recommend it? and where can I find it in Canada? Please recommend any toners with bha in them! Let me know if you're using one with alcohol and find it works better too!
  20. I used to have a lot of acne before. Right after using a couple of facial washes, all of my acne actually cleared up. The problem is the PIH. They've been lingering for 2 months now. So I did a little research and they said, AHAs are good for PIH. But according to Paula from http://www.paulaschoice.com BHAs are better treatment for PIH. I'm so confused right now. I really need help!
  21. Right let's get this started. Firstly not only is this a Duac and Differin log, I will also be experimenting with a dairy-free diet and I will also be taking supplements: Day 1: A.M: Wash face with Cetaphill Gentile Skin Cleanser Put on a small amount of Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion (exfoilant) Put Duac on Moisturise using Cetaphill Moisturising Lotion. Today for breakfast I'm having Oat cereal with Soya Milk. I'm going to test a low sugar/low gi diet for a few weeks. After breakfast I'm taking 4 supplements: 1 x Beta-Carotene (Provitamin A) 15 MG (25,000 IU) 1 x Vitamin E (Mixed Tocopherols) (400 IU) 3 x Zinc 10 MG (Zinc Citrate) 1 x Omega 3 (Fish Oil) [3 times daily with meals] PM: Wash face with Cetaphill Gentile Skin Cleanser Put on a small amount of Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion (exfoilant) Put Differin on Moisturise using Cetaphill Moisturising Lotion. I'm male and 20 years old. I've had acne since I was 13. I will be drinking lots of water and I will be updating this daily if possible. I have mild acne and a moderately dry skin combination. I'm a sceptic about the effects of your diet on acne. So this will be new ground for me. Also I can't wait to see the results because I'd like to dis-prove or prove a few acne 'myths' to myself!
  22. Here's the background info: Started regimen a long, long time ago. About three years ago. After 5ish months on it I was baby face clear and stayed that way for about half a year. Mind you, during this time I could eat ANYTHING and not be affected. It was a good time. Flash Forward to now, my skin isn't that great. It's typically a week long breakout (1-2 zits a day, for a week) follow by a week of healing/red spots, followed up by two-three days of clear, nice looking skin. Only to break out and start the process all over again. I eat a really, really restrictive diet. No grains of any kind, no dairy, caffeine, eggs, nuts, sugars, potatoes, or high GI foods. I drink a ton of water and keep my carbs down, nothing to cause acne here. So here's my question: What else can I be doing? because the regimen on its own isn't doing enough for me. If i'm going to shell out money every month for face products and a crazy diet, I want results. Current Regimen: - Ceve Hydrating face wash - 2% BHA (started this a month ago, unure if it does anything for me yet) - Acne.org BP - Ceve face lotion - Redness reducing creme (day) Jojoba oil (night). Type of acne: - Hormonal, I'm an 18 year old male. Enough said. - Lots and LOTS of clogged pores. Squeeze just about anywhere on my skin and a pile of sebum will pop out (gross, I know). Open to all suggestions. From getting a prescription to the crazy trick that worked for you -- I need some ideas because I'm tired of acne.
  23. Hello all who is out there reading this, I’m James, a 23 year old male & I have been suffering from acne since age 11. I’m not quite sure on the exact cause so I’ve come here to hopefully seek some wisdom from maybe those who’ve been in my shoes. Get ready for a bumpy (face of a) ride. Here’s my journey. A brief background on my acne. I’ve tried pretty much all over the counter products. Cleansers Moisturizers Topicals: BP, Salicylic Acid, Clindamycin, Essential Oils Minocycline, Doxycycline, & eventually 6 months of Acutane. All have done there fair share of either helping slightly or damaging my skin. I would say my acne has always been pretty moderate. Anyth region above my eyes has always been crystal clear but my cheeks, chin, & forehead never have been clear. My current regimen includes: VITAMINS & MINERALS & ANTIOXIDANTS: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, B-Complex, Fish Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Zinc, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Magnesium, Beta Sitosterol (active compound in Saw Palmetto), Probiotics, & Fiber capsules. AM: Wash with a gentle gentle cleanser in the morning, use Thayers Witch Hazel (rose water) as a toner with a few drops of Salicylic Acid Moisturize is Aloe Vera gel. Before I head out the door I spray my face with Green Tea water mixed with Thayers. PM: Recently switched to a 3% Sulfur cleanser to help my dead skin cell slow turnover rate. Thayers again as a toner. Also recently switched to Azelaic Acid (20%) as my topical. Lastly I use a Retin-A . I found that Azelaic Acid & Tretinion compliment eachother. MY DIET: This last month I did a full month long colon, liver, & full body detox cleanse to insure my acne wasn’t purely internally based. I am a very health conscience person and happen to be allergic to dairy & gluten so those two factors are already out the window. I stay far from excess sugary foods & hydrogenated oils. Other than that I eat a high fiber/omega-3/omega-6/ diet. Lots of beans, lentils, veggies, avocados, fruit, rolled oats, pumpkin, flax & chia seeds, almonds & cashews. No alcohol. I drink about 3-4 cups of Green Tea a day as well as 1-2 Spearmint or Chamomile teas at night before bed. I also drink plenty of water (at least 100 fluid ounces per day). I believe I may have Hyperkeratinoisis which is a buildup of protein on the skin that clogs pores with dead skill cells. Add my excess sebum (oil) and it’s a mixture from hell. I do get stressed out but not any more than the average person. I’m a fairly calm & level headed human. Depression has taken its toll on me over the last few years after I’ve seen a dermatologist for about 2.5 years which did nothing. I actually obtain more clear skin by researching for myself and trying more holistic approaches. The best thing a dermatologist offered me was Tretinion which I still use to this day. SIDE NOTE: My acne or at least sebum production goes into overdrive after masturbation. I’ve tested the theory and I have broken out bad masturbating consistent days. Also I’ve held off work about two weeks and yes my skin got better but never fully cleared me up. The most frustrating part of this whole journey to clear skin is the teasing of new practices I implement. I try something new & it works, starts to clear me up then out of no where either backfires or stops working. Some examples of these are... Green Tea. Lost its effectiveness so I bumped up to Matcha green tea which was strong and worked again but slowly diminished strength. Pure Tea Tree Oil (huge clogger of pores). My skin was beautifully clear after dabbing pure Tea Tree Oil on my face daily unless it clogged my pores horrifically. Took 3-4 months to unclog them. Alpha Lipoic Acid. Lost its effectiveness. High Fish Oil intake. Stopped its high effectiveness & to thin out my sebum BP. Always overdried me & made my breakouts worse. It’s like my body becomes immune to all of these wonderful options and just wants to make my facial inflammation worse. There’s a few questions that I am eager to have answered. Such as products I’ve been curious to try but have not yet. So without further ado I’ll fire away. Borage Oil over EPO (evening primrose oil)? Does the higher GLA content really make a huge difference Can eating eggs & almonds truly cause more acne? Topical Spironolactone? Anyone have positive experiences with Azelaic Acid? Anyone have positive experiences switching to Sulfur cleansers? If I’ve tried Beta Sitosterol & it didn’t work should I still bother with Saw Palmetto? Sodium Sulfacetamide & Sulfur Topicals/Lotion effectiveness ? Should I try these Best products for Hyperkeratinosis acne? Best acne bacteria fighting/non-drying/non-comedogenic day time moisturizers? Does it does as if I have hormonal acne? Any advice Alpha Hydroxy Acid products? Very curious to try them out if Azelaic doesn’t pan out well. Thank you so much if you got this far. I hope that some of this info can shed new light to those out there struggling because I know some of these products work well for many acne sufferers. I haven’t found my answer yet but I’m still striving to do so. Keep fighting everyone :)!
  24. To cut to the chase, I had bad acne from 1994-2003. I went on roaccutane from 2003 for 6 months which helped. My skin has been quite clear lately except a pimple here and there and red marks from them. But...I really can't stand my pores. It's like they have a really dark shadow, maybe because they are clean, open and deep. I don't think they are blackheads...unless the dark bits are under my skin but I have been told they are open pores and it's smooth so it isn't clogged( ironically they look better when I clog them lol) I have attached some images and this is me cleansing and using salicylic acid from Paula's daily. So I have used nearly everything (no joke). I also feel using any exfoliant makes pores worse as it makes them look like dark holes lol. Here is a few things I have done. Professional needling 2.5mm 3 times from a doctor. Too expensive to continue. Professional peels from doctors My own peels 20% salicylic and mandelic acid worked good, it removed skin and lots of white gunk come out from my pores(or the skin on the outside softened into them. However my pores looked worse after that and extraction as they were big open gaps leaving a dark shadow on them... and it's not the same anymore as my skin got used to it. 30% salicylic peels which dries my face out as it had alcohol and worse off. 45% glycolic and lactic peels. Face went worse 5 days after peel, but just hydrated my face and pores reduced somewhat only for a week or so post 5 day peel. Now I have used oil free, non-comedogenic moisturisers, serums, light lotions but they don't hydrate enough. And oil based cream moisturiser actually hydrates and makes pores slightly smaller after using it for a week after a peel... but eventually after a week gets worse again. I have also used 5% salicylic leave on serum ph 3 Paula's choice bha 2% for 5 months Glycolic 10% and 25% overnight Azelaic acid Retinol 1.5% (dried me out and made pores worse) Epiduo(worst thing ever, broke me out and dried my face up badly) (contains adapalene(retinoids) and benzoyl peroxide. Triclosan. Steaming then nose strips Clay, kaolin, bentonite masks Even newer things like lha, caprolyl salicylic acid, sulfonic acid, dioc acid, bha 9% overnight... OCM with sunflower and castor oil Heaps of random things like tea tree, witch hazel and pretty much everything I can find. Used 100's of cleansers, scrubs(don't like scrubs as it irritated skin and made it worse) I am sure there are loads of others but its exhausting haha. It seems exfoliants and extracting with a blackhead remover makes pores worse. And I hate having dry skin from using all of these so I have just stuck to cleansing twice a day, and using skin ceuticals b5 hydrating serum(it has sodium hyaluronate and isn't comedogenic) and pore reducing toner from Paula's choice. I'm at wits end on what to do. I am looking into Fraxel laser but heard horror stories of scaring and that it didn't even help. What else am I missing?
  25. Hi Ripon, I came across your regime on a thread about a moisturizer. Didnt want to post my question there since it would be off topic. I've been using retin-a (pm) for almost 2 years. (currently its helping me stay 50% clear....it was 90% 6 months ago ) and it's been 2 months since I added Finacea in the AM....hasnt helped much. I will soon replace that with Aczone. I have been thinking about adding a bha and or aha to my regime. I was wondering why you use bha in the am routine and aha in the pm. Given they are low concentrations I have read they go well back to back (bha first). Is it too irritating otherwise? I want to do a 2-3% bha and 10% lactic (30 min after bha) a couple of days per week either am or pm (no retin a for that night) Thanks for your input. p.s: I use retin-a gel 0.025 Also, does any one have recomendations for a lactic acid formulation(8-10%) ? (gel if it even exists) Most of the stuff I have found so far is high concentration... the one I have in mind is 10%..1.9ph (dianayvonne) ...would that be an appropiate ph..or is it too low?