I need something to help clear up my acne

tisaJune 28, 2006

I have had moderate acne for about 3 years now, and I've tried a bunch of different cleansers. I was wondering if anyone knows of any good cleansers that actually work, and if they can tell me when to use them. Acutane and Retin-A do not work on my face; my skin is really sensitive. Thank you so much!

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I'm assuming you've seen a dermatologist? I did not have much luck with the program my derm put me on. My son tried Proactive and it didn't do a thing so I tried his left overs and it worked! Within two days I noticed a difference. The daily oil control really dried out my skin so I dropped that. Good luck.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2006 at 8:11AM
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Years ago, when my son was a teenager, and had acne, and really sensitive skin, we tried a Buf-Puf facial scubber thingy and Lever 2000 soap. Over the course of the next couple of weeks it cleared his face up, and I still use it today. All the dermatologist wanted to do for him was put these chemicals on already irritated and very sensitive skin ( and I do mean sensitive. He once got 2nd degree chemical burns from BenGay !) I don't mean to be endorsing any products, just telling what worked for us. Same thing for a friend of mine, 36 yrs old, and had bad acne for years. Now shes so clear its unbelievable. Its worth a try. Just remember, when working to clear up acne, in my experience, it always looks worse before it gets better.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2006 at 2:46PM
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maymo, yes, I've seen a dermatologist, and I didn't have much luck with their programs either. I tried proactive, and it didn't do a thing for my face either. I religiously used it for about 3 months. Thank you for your input; I really appreciate it!

hayden2239, I'm going to try the Lever 2000 soap and the Buf-Puf facial scrubber! Thank you so much for your advice!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2006 at 12:42AM
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Try a cleanser made to balance your skins Ph,like Eb5 or Clarins.They have worked for me.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 10:41AM
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i've used proactive but my skin started becoming sensitive so i tried Philosophy products and have been very very happy with them. after a few weeks i was able to stop using the acne stuff and just use their regular stuff. i love how my skin looks and feels now. ~ liz

    Bookmark   July 1, 2006 at 8:05PM
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Try Hibiclens, a anti-microbal wash which you can buy at Walgreens (blue bottle about $10.). I've been using it for about a month now and have much less breaking out and far fewer blackheads. Not a miracle for me, but definately a improvement. Link below shows medical studies that prove it does work. Good luck!

Don't get this in your eyes or mouth. It is a liquid so you have to be careful.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hibiclens/acne

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 1:58PM
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The only thing that ever worked for me was Retin A. Not a solution for everyone but perfect for me.

My 15 year old son developed some t-zone acne this year. Benzoyl peroxide solutions and pads didn't work for him. I tried salicylic acid pads, both from Noxema and Oxy. Those worked great. He uses a pad in the morning and at night and his blackheads (the biggest problem) and his pimples cleared up.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2006 at 12:41PM
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My dermatologist recommended taking 10,000 IUs of vitamin A, daily. This has worked beautifully for me. I no longer get monthly break-outs as long as I am faithfully taking my vitamin A.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 11:45PM
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