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Old 06-28-2019, 08:01 AM
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Unfortunately some people will always have trouble with their skin regardless of what they try.

Originally Posted by RamenAddict View Post
I hvae never been able to use benzoyl peroxide. It is way too harsh for my skin and causes it to dry out and get blotchy.

I used to have terrible acne that covered my entire forehead. Using that strong OTC stuff was crazy---it basically dried out my forehead to the point of completing flaking off but I have NEVER had acne there again. Trying it on the rest of my face was too painful.

Originally Posted by haggardhouseelf View Post
I went to a dermatologist finally (this was back in my 20s) and he recommended Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. (Not the face wash or other varieties of Cetaphil. Has to be the Gentle Skin Cleanser.) So I tried it and my skin cleared up. It's now been 20 years and I use it every morning and every night and my face stays clear. I rub the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser in circles all over my face and neck, then hop in the shower and massage it off. I pat my face dry. At night I just do the same thing but I rinse it off over the sink with not too warm water, then pat dry with a clean cotton towel.

For whatever reason in the past year my face has started to break out in places that were never really prone to breakouts before---I am not sure if that's as a result of discontinuing the use of a medication or if it just happened. But Cetaphil is letting me down big time. My skin is terrible right now.

Separately, I have a light therapy acne mask that I got when I had to use up some FSA money or lose it. It doesn't do a thing.
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Old 06-28-2019, 08:43 AM
Location: Minnesota
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I have had acne my entire life. As a teen some pimples but as adult general acne and cystic acne. Went to dermatologist, tried everything under the sun except that a oral medication (can't think of name right now) for extreme acne, even though mine not extreme, just persistent cystic acne, that was treated with steroid injection into the cysts.

About 15 years ago I broke a bone and for pain I was taking 4 Ibuprofen twice a day (equivalent to prescription strength) After a few weeks of taking all that ibuprofen my skin was suddenly clearing up alot. I did some googling. Ibuprofen is, along with being a pain relief, is also anti-inflamatory and reduces swelling too. There were a lot of people who experienced acne clearing as a result of taking ibuprofen. I don't necessarily recommend for long term use, it can harm your liver and kidneys if over used. But I do now use/take Ibuprofen at least weekly, if not for headache, then as more of a "maintenance" for the benefits of clearing my skin.

As for skin products:
Clean and Clear, daily pore cleanser (scrub)
Neutrogena, Hydro boost water gel
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Old 06-28-2019, 09:41 AM
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Old 06-28-2019, 11:52 AM
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School's out, and someone's bored.
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Old 06-29-2019, 07:34 AM
Location: Ohio
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The bumps you describe sound like small cysts, which is not the same as cystic acne. I've had a few of the small ones on my face, and even my lower back and back of the leg. A dermatologist has to remove them, because it is a small surgical procedure.
A cyst is not a tumor, which is tissue growing out of an organ, nor is it a pimple, because the contents are not pus. With my cysts, the doctor made a small slit in the skin, pulled out the contents, and then stitched the slit shut, and I returned two weeks later to have the stitches removed. One small blob was a translucent gelatinous red, the others were tiny white hard balls. I know this is TOO MUCH INFORMATION!
Cysts are not cancerous and I don't know why they develop on me, other than that I had horrendous acne and very oily skin growing up. Could it be a virus my skin is susceptible to, or is it scar tissue from a pimple? No one knows.
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Old 06-29-2019, 11:16 PM
Location: Chicagoland
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Originally Posted by RogueMom View Post
When my kids were teenagers and had those issues, they swore by Neutrogena Acne Wash. It really kept their skin clear.
Yes, my teenagers use that now and they have beautiful skin. Surprisingly, I donít remember them ever having a pimple - so maybe this product really works. They found this cleanser themselves, so maybe it was recommend by their friends IDK.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:50 AM
Location: Coastal Georgia
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I use whatever body wash I’m using, but I use it with a Clarisonic facial brush. I really like how clean it makes my skin feel.
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