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Nearly finished with my teenage years and still have some acne on my face! :( Main bit is around my chin and forehead, not too bad but stubborn enough so nothing works. Any tips or advice to hel… Read More
TheBoss96 Avatar
2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
Nearly finished with my teenage years and still have some acne on my face! :(

Main bit is around my chin and forehead, not too bad but stubborn enough so nothing works.

Any tips or advice to help, I keep on drinking green tea which is suppose to help spots and seems to be helping a bit
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2y, 3m agoPosted 2 years, 3 months ago
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Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.

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#2
Garnier bruh. ^_^
#3
moneysavingkitten

Haha never noticed the thread X)
#4
TheBoss96
moneysavingkitten
Haha never noticed the thread X)

In all seriousness I know a few people that swear by this: http://www.theoilcleansingmethod.com/

You basically just put oil on your face (almond oil, olive oil, whatever really), then take it off with hot water and a flannel. Idea is that oil dissolves other oil. Might be worth a shot if just water doesn't appeal. Can't really comment myself, got over my spots just with age.

Edited By: moneysavingkitten on Jan 04, 2015 03:27
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TheBoss96
moneysavingkitten

Haha never noticed the thread X)

I havent seen the thread either but you should never wash your face with water pal, just use hot water for your face. I use warm water then hot then cold :) in time ache will go

Also stop the use of anti antiperspirant deodorants if you do.
#6
Mutley washes his face in colgate.....worth a try oO.
#7
bazzamone
TheBoss96
moneysavingkitten
Haha never noticed the thread X)
I havent seen the thread either but you should never wash your face with water pal, just use hot water for your face. I use warm water then hot then cold :) in time ache will go
Also stop the use of anti antiperspirant deodorants if you do.

Avoid using hot water for your face, it should be luke warm/room temp.
#8
My o.h got acne only mild but he uses this

http://www.lloydspharmacy.com/en/quinoderm-10-dual-action-50g-10165

It took about six weeks for it to actually work and if he forgets for a few applications he goes back to square one gives him dry skin but swings and roundabouts. He has gone from having bad acne to mild acne. His skin is also better when he eats healthy too.
#9
Don't wash your skin twice a day or use soaps designed to treat acne, exfoliate once or twice a week after you shave. Don't use boiling hot water and before you go to bed use a very small amount of e45 on the area. Avoid the vitamin b overkill, oil, oily moisturisers and other lotions and potions. The only topical cream that works is quinoderm or Epiduo (if e45 doesn't help).

The other thing is to switch to double edge shaving, it seriously helps a lot!
#10
Hibi scrub from doctors kills all bacteria surgeons use it before operating to kill bacteria worked really well for me it's a pink liquid don't think you can buy from shops got to get from gp
#11
Dr advised my son to wash his face with pears soap, it doesn't contain any crap, and he used a cream called duac

Edited By: ding on Jan 04, 2015 11:18
#12
charlotte1992
Hibi scrub from doctors kills all bacteria surgeons use it before operating to kill bacteria worked really well for me it's a pink liquid don't think you can buy from shops got to get from gp

Hibi scrub had no effect on me when I was using it; it was rubbish.

Edited By: teh arn on Jan 04, 2015 11:34
#13
Some people find that eating too many dairy foods can cause acne. I know if I have a poor diet for a few days my face shows the strain! But acne is down to the person. I never suffered as a teen but as I got into my mid 20s I find I get it on my jaw :(
#14
Cup of hot water and lemon first thing and use 100% tea tree products helps

Apparently It's all to do with the hormones. Foods that help keep hormones in balance http://empoweredsustenance.com/balance-hormones/





Edited By: Ascot on Jan 04, 2015 13:01: taken off tex
#15
Duac cream is by far the best I have used. Quinoderm is an OK over the counter alternative. Just be careful what you use, I had a nasty reaction to boots' own BP cream, everyone's skin is different.

No soap on the face.
#16
If you don't mind prescription drugs get your Gp to prescribe you Zineryt. It's a topical antibiotic and zinc lotion. Apply morning and night during flare ups.
#17
airbus330
If you don't mind prescription drugs get your Gp to prescribe you Zineryt. It's a topical antibiotic and zinc lotion. Apply morning and night during flare ups.

That worked wonders for me but it stopped working after a month or so.
#18
Yes, this the problem with acne, sometime things work then stop working, the trouble is there could easily be something else causing a serious flare up which overwhelms the antibiotic, or the treatment is not religiously applied. Non-compliance is the biggest failure factor for many teenage complaints.

I'd back up the earlier comment about avoiding soap, I'd personally add bio washing powder/fluid and some shampoos to the list.
#19
Thanks all for the help and advise :), much appreciated! <3
#20
The oil cleansing method is really great, the crucial oil for clearing the pores being Castor Oil mixed with a more moisturising oil, but be warned the pores purge and it will get worse before it gets better...it doesn't work for everyone. I do it twice a week, more than that is too much for me, but everyone is different.

Skincare is really trial and error. Keep things basic and keep your skin as clean as you can: no going to bed with makeup on, if you're a woman :). What I do is use a cut-up microfibre cloth (doesn't have to be a skincare cloth, any will do) and Dove soap to clean my face, morning and night. Unperfumed is better if your skin is especially sensitive.

I gave my niece a Dermawand which helped clear up her acne, too. Might be worth picking one up or looking into a reputable LED light (blue for acne) if problems persist. Retin-A at night (prescription only though there are online sellers out there) is great too, but makes the skin verrrry flakey for a while and you need to wear SPF during the day.

Always do an extra rinse when washing clothes (I do as a matter of course as no modern washing machine rinses detergent out properly, sadly).

Edited By: louiselouise on Jan 04, 2015 17:01: a
#21
Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.
#22
sudocrem. if you look on the tub, it says 'for acne', as well as excezma. use it as a foundation layer before putting on any thing else.
#23
If I get a spot I apply a small amount of antibacterial hand sanitiser to it a few times a day. Probably not the best option but it works for me.
#24
louiselouise
Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.

Can I ask why it wrecks skin in the long term?
#25
TheBoss96
louiselouise
Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.

Can I ask why it wrecks skin in the long term?

presumably it dries out the skin, which works to treat the acne in short term, but then leaves you with dry flaky skin instead. im guessing...
#26
dunno
If I get a spot I apply a small amount of antibacterial hand sanitiser to it a few times a day. Probably not the best option but it works for me.

oooh no i wouldn't put that on an open spot hon! it's getting into your system, and wreaking havoc with your immune system. i know its only a tiny amount, but i really would not. try tea tree oil instead? or witch hazel? both natural.
#27
TheBoss96
louiselouise
Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.

Can I ask why it wrecks skin in the long term?
I can only speak from my own experience, as having it prescribed and buying it over the counter (when Oxy 10 was on the market), it's alleged it ages the skin more quickly long-term.
#28
Try your GP, my son is currently on medication (tablets & cream) and it's working.

Hibi Scub didn't work for him, or any spot treatments.
#29
Do you eat healthy? I mean do you get the right vitamins.
#30
Joanna18
Do you eat healthy? I mean do you get the right vitamins.

Yeah eat pretty healthy, exercise quite a lot etc.

I am a vegetarian mind you so may not be getting everything I need as per say
#31
ding
Dr advised my son to wash his face with pears soap, it doesn't contain any crap, and he used a cream called duac

Duac has peroxide in it and has a great short term usage - depending on your skin condition you may need a mild steroid for a short period like hydrocortisone.

Obviously, the best tip is to drink lots and lots of water. :)

Evening Primose supplements may also help - hope it clears up for you soon!
#32
espirit77
TheBoss96
louiselouise
Oh, and avoid Benzoyl Peroxide products...they might clear up acne short-term, but they wreck havoc on the skin long-term.
Can I ask why it wrecks skin in the long term?
presumably it dries out the skin, which works to treat the acne in short term, but then leaves you with dry flaky skin instead. im guessing...

It basically has a very similar effect as bleaching the skin - many hair dyes use the same active ingredient.
#33
LogicalHarm
ding
Dr advised my son to wash his face with pears soap, it doesn't contain any crap, and he used a cream called duac

Duac has peroxide in it and has a great short term usage - depending on your skin condition you may need a mild steroid for a short period like hydrocortisone.

Obviously, the best tip is to drink lots and lots of water. :)

Evening Primose supplements may also help - hope it clears up for you soon!
yep I have plenty of towels and he has a few t-shirts with bleached parts
#34
What worked for me:

- Washing gently with "coal tar soap". Once in the morning, once immediately after work, once before bed.
- Avoiding touching my face. Related: Washing my hands thoroughly (i.e. with a nail brush and dettol etc).
- Changing my pillowcase regularly and/or placing a freshly washed napkin or towel on the pillow every night.

I can vouch for this from my own personal experience. I still get the occasional breakout when I've not been careful and have slept on unfresh sheets or not kept my hands clean. May not necessarily be the definite solution for you, but it's good practice at least! :)

EDIT: I know that a lot of places say it's a fallacy that oily food and chocolate etc gives you spots, but in my experience it IS a contributing factor. Anecdotal, sure, but my skin does get oilier if I've eaten oily foods, and that in turn makes me more susceptible to breakouts.

Edited By: moonkeh on Jan 05, 2015 13:45
#35
I grew up with severe acne during my teens and early twenties and after trying everything my GP prescribed me I ended up being referred to my local hospital. I was immediately given a drug called Roaccutane (which is isotretinon based) and WOW! Nearly immediately there was radical improvement. To cut a long story short, it took three 6 month courses of Roaccutane to have a lasting impact on my acne. From what I know this drug is only used on extreme cases as there is a long list of serious side effects.

Isotrex gel (link) and Brasivol facial scrub seemed to help me while not on Roaccutane.


Edited By: Bud888 on Jan 05, 2015 15:51
#36
Production of Accutane has stopped in the US, but it wasn't officially banned http://www.drugwatch.com/accutane/recall.php (I remember reading about it around a year ago, on a Skincare forum I contribute to) "a number of studies have connected Accutane to numerous side effects ranging from birth defects to Crohn’s disease to suicide."

"Roche removed its acne drug from the market (in the US) in 2009 after settling millions of dollars in damages to Accutane inflammatory bowel claimants - it is still available in many other countries. Prompted by a number of suicides, the UK may also ban the drug after the government reviews its risks and benefits."http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/articles/accutane/accutane-ulcerative-colitis-lawsuit-12-19922.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2501319/Should-Roaccutane-banned-links-depression-suicidal-thoughts.html

I agree Accutane is a wonder drug for those with severe acne, but obviously, proceed with caution :)
#37
Use the Clean and clear Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser(even if you don't have Blackheads) I find it's better than the deep cleansing lotion.

Use it before you go to bed and after you shave, you'll be surprised how much dirt it cleans up, dirt also builds up in your sleep!
#38
There's a thinly-veiled advertisement on the Daily Hate today about a anti-microbial silver serum that helps acne. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2880912/Woman-severe-acne-strangers-asked-d-accident-finally-clear-skin-hopes-love.html

Worth a read, though I would say that no one solution works for everyone. And the comments are more interesting than the article, and one suggestion I hadn't thought of before. One says her friend had an allergy to fish, and her acne cleared up after discovering this! So investigating allergies may help. Good luck :)
#39
The worst thing you can do above all else is overwash your skin. It produces oil to protect your skin and the more you wash the more it will produce to compensate, that's why I've only gone to washing once a day before bed, being a bloke I don't need to worry about makeup etc the next day so it's not a problem to go without washing in the morning.

Benzoyl peroxide work's very well but long term it will do a bit of damage by drying your skin out.

Avoid stuff that claims to fight spots like Freederm or costs the earth like Clinique, acne is comlpetely different thing to spots caused by dirt etc... Glycerin soap is what you should use if you must wash with soap (pears) and use a scrub after every shave but nothing too harsh, and don't slather on creams, just a thin layer.
#40
They say Benzoyl Peroxide causes long-term free radical damage to the skin (I used to slather it on my skin all the time and I have badly textured skin at my T-zone as a result...though whether it's genetics, who knows?). Acne.org is a great forum and if your concerns are severe, it's definitely worth researching and asking for help. I've been on there myself in previous years.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/

*I should point out I can't speak for their regimen or its effectiveness, but the forum is great. Of course some misinformation is on there, so don't take all of the comments as being absolute truth.

http://www.acne.org/messageboard/topic/210406-benzoyl-peroxide-causes-aging/

Essentialdayspa forum has more scientific studies mentioned and intelligent members (in general), so looking or asking on there may help, too.

Edited By: louiselouise on Jan 06, 2015 16:05: a

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