What do you guys use for the treatment of acne?
- 06-13-2008, 12:18 AM
- 06-13-2008, 12:51 AM
A java lather variation that has kept my wife and I, both prone to breakouts, pretty much clear.
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- 06-13-2008, 02:38 AM
Java will clog your pores. Use Murad or Proative twice a day. Shower frequently! Minocyclin works pretty good if prescribed by a doc, but it will take months to see any effect. If your like myself... anything that raises your test will make you break out.
06-13-2008, 10:05 AM
06-13-2008, 11:07 AM
snake pills. their from mexico.. when my mom was a kid she use to be bad... my grandpa started giving them to her and it went away for good.. she has awsome skin. to this day she has never broken out..my aunt is starting to give it to her daughter, and she is showing MUCH improvement..i can get u a price if u want... since i am so close to the border it really wouldent be a problem..ill go have some drinks and pick some up for ya?
EDIT: of course ud have to trust me a bit, but i dont think they are that expensive
06-13-2008, 12:33 PM
In lieu of snake pills
I'd say that proactive actually does a fairly good job.. I used it when I was younger (and had moderate acne) with great results.
Now I actually just use neutrogena oil free face wash and it really stops 99% of my problems. On occasion my wife will have me use this charcoal mask stuff from Origins Men which I guess closes your pores or something.
I feel totally gay right now...
06-13-2008, 12:37 PM
06-13-2008, 12:38 PM
06-13-2008, 12:44 PM
The results are permanent if you really focus on good facial hygene i.e. wash it a lot with oil free cleansers, don't use aftershave with oil it in, use oil free sunblock, etc
Also, provided the OP isnt 13 with raging hormones, a clean diet is also key.
06-13-2008, 12:57 PM
06-13-2008, 01:37 PM
I really enjoy the face wash Proactive carries. I stopped spending money on the 5 products, and strictly focuse on the renewing cleanser in the shower. My acne definantly subsided and havent had a break out or a pimple on my face in over a year. My back is another story
06-13-2008, 02:05 PM
I use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide cream. Wash your face, apply cream.
Start on the low side since it can dry out your skin, assess tolerance and increase dose till you apply (if necessary of course) one finger lenght.
Try it out, pretty cheap and it works wonders.
Use 2.5% since it is less harsh on your face, and clinically proven to work the same as 5% or 10%.
06-13-2008, 08:30 PM
if your skin gets too dry, get some cetaphil. it's a non-greasy moisturizer perfect for those with fair skin. a small amount goes a long way. plus a 1/2lb or 1lb jar will last forever and it's cheap
06-13-2008, 08:37 PM
Great advice! When i apply in the morning after shower sometimes I use a moisturizer if my skin is too dry. At night I just leave it as is.if your skin gets too dry, get some cetaphil. it's a non-greasy moisturizer
Cheap and effective method against acne:
1 very Mild face soap
2 Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%
3 Non-greasy moisturizer
And you are good to go, should clear up in about 15 days (depending on how bad your acne is) remember to tapper up the dose on the benzoyl
06-13-2008, 11:30 PM
Retin-A has been proven an effective treatment for acne. Tretinoin and tazarotene are topicals so you can avoid using accutane which is quite toxic.
Benzoyl peroxide is effective at killing bacteria but there is evidence it damages collagen so it could lead to premature aging amongst other things.
I would use an alpha hydroxy acid for an exfoliator. Glycolic, salicylic, or mandelic acid should all suffice though I think Glycolic gives the best effects with minimal sides. I would exceed 12% for glycolic acid and probably 15% for mandelic. SA I don't even bother with so I can not give a recommendation.
Use a non comedogenic moisturizer if necessary. Cerave makes a decent and more importantly cheap one.
06-14-2008, 02:15 AM
06-14-2008, 11:06 AM
i have no idea why anybody messes around with all those chemicals that cost a fortune. 1 bottle of antibacterial dawn dish soap + 1 shower scrubby thing that people normally use with liquid body soap = problem solved. liquid dish soap dries out pores like no other, don't believe me? go wash dishes by hand for several minutes and tell be how dry your hands get after-wards. apply the soap to the area (you will not need alot, a bit goes a long way) leave on the area for a moment and then rinse. i personally keep a bottle in the shower. and if your ever feeling goofy, you can also bring your dishes in the shower with you and "kill 2 birds w/ 1 stone" but seriosly...the dish works
06-14-2008, 12:48 PM
What is this "washing dishes" thing you speak of?
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06-14-2008, 12:52 PM
You don't just want to dry the pores...you want to clean them, dish wash powder is ruddy stupid if you ask me.
Some good advice here, at a push I'd get some Retin-A/Tretinoin which in the US I believe is 0.05% Istretinoin/mg whereas in the UK it's 0.01% and works just fine to reduce the size of pores of most folk. Only when things get consistently bad though would I consider Isotretinoin again, so please don't jump onto that for a quick fix.
06-14-2008, 07:10 PM
OMG how could i have forgotten this....vitamin B5!!! get it in bulk powder and start with 10g everyday. spread the 10g throughout the day in smaller 2-3g doses. if within a week or 2 you see no results, bump it to 15g and so on. most only need 10g though. B5 actually makes your pores smaller while at the same time decreasing the amount of oil that the skin produces, which is what causes acne. after a month or so, you can decrease the high dose and just run a maintenance dose to keep the acne at bay. this dose is usually between 3-5g. again, everybody is different, so you will have to play around with the doses and see what works best for you.
06-14-2008, 08:29 PM
06-14-2008, 11:49 PM
06-15-2008, 12:26 AM
06-15-2008, 01:52 PM
Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5 Helps my face, i Get a pimple once a year lol and a well balanced diet.
06-15-2008, 02:54 PM
06-16-2008, 05:15 PM
proactive works, for a bit, then stops working. ive had this problem alot in the past with it. i found this lady's website on an ebay store, its a funny name but she had everything and it works great, has cleared me up and it even makes me feel good. her ebay store is called joyfulgirl natural products. she labelled the stuff i bought from her as natural man. i sent her an email and talked with her about what she thought was best for me, it was great. and her prices are alot cheaper than others i found, especially alot cheaper than proactive. its all organic all natural stuff, chemical free, check her out!
06-17-2008, 01:59 AM
I used retin-a or tazarotene to combat the outside, and 6-8 grams of B-5 to combat from the inside
Acne = gone for good...period, just that.
Some people can not stomach that much b-5 so you may want to asses your tolerance.
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