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Member # 16296
posted 09-24-2006 10:47 AM
Ok, well for about 4 or 5 years now, I've been dealing with acne. This isn't a big deal because I know everyone gets it. However, there are all those commercials that have products like cleansers, lotions, toners, and acne fighting creams that say they work. We of course believe them because they have our favorite actress on them trying to sell them out and their faces are perfect because of computer technology. Anyways, you see I have a little over mild acne on my face and neck and I have body acne on my chest, shoulders and back. On my back it goes almost all the way down. It's so gross. It isn't THAT bad on my back until it gets to the top and then sometimes it can be very painful. On my chest, sometimes I dont even wear certain types of shirts because I am so embarassed... and that's painful... emotionally.
So my question is- anyone who has ANY ideas or product recommendations, please feel free to tell me. Also, I have been on Alesse birth control for about a week... and I was wondering with more time if that would help me out in this department. Thank you soooo much!!
Member # 1679
posted 09-24-2006 01:39 PM
Have you been to see a dermatologist yet? If not, then it's probably time to make an appointment and get it checked out. If you've tried the over the counter products and haven't had significant improvement, then it could be that you have an infection or something else going on that isn't being treated well enough by just the washes, etc. You may need something stronger. The OTC stuff is fine for mild problems, but the fact that you have it on your body as well AND that it's painful indicates that you probably need to consult with a doctor to find out what's going on. You may find that the birth control will lessen your acne, but that's not a guarantee (in fact, there are women for whom being on BC increases their breakouts), especially if what you are experiencing is due to some type of systemic infection you're carrying around.
Member # 30611
posted 09-24-2006 06:23 PM
Hi, I was definitely in the same situation as you. I was trying every over the counter product that I could find because I always felt that the info commercils were a scam and that the only reason celebrities endorsed products were because of a huge contract. Howevever, I can definitely say that I have faithfully become a PROACTIVE customer.
What I have tried: Biore, Clearsil, Oxy.. Dermatologist antibiotics. Review: Proactive has allowed me to consistently keep a clear skin. Not even a bump...even around that time of the month again. However, I did have a friend who said it completely did not work for her. And I have had other close friends who swear by it. My conclusion is that for proactive.. it either works for you or it doesn't. But it doesn't help to try it. I'm sure you've been going through product trials with other lines, so why not give it a shot? Hope this helps! Good Luck!
Member # 29912
posted 09-25-2006 08:20 AM
I don't remember if it was on this board or another (I think it was st, though), but a girl said Proactiv completely messed her up. Going to the dermatologist is your best bet--as Sarah said, it may be an infection-based thing. And he/she can recommend something over-the-counter, if that's what you need.
Member # 30858
posted 09-25-2006 11:05 AM
I've been using Arbonne Intellegience Acne cleanser for about 2 months and i love it! It's amazing how much it actually worked.
I've tried lots of typical face cleansers like clean and clear, biorre, and such and they all made my face dry out and peel. nothing seemed to work i suggest you have a looked at this site in products under acne.. try out intellegiance acne cleaning system. i know you will love it. http://arbonne.com/
Member # 26880
posted 09-25-2006 05:13 PM
Clearsil hasn't worked for me. I am now using a chemical - Topical Acne Therapy Rx: ZCT-1044597. The results are decent, my facial acne is almost cleaned up (probably 75% sucessful, just 2 small patches of acne beside my mouth on either edge).
That being said, my back, neck and chest are still quite the mess. I'll probably need to go see a doctor again...
Member # 27901
posted 09-25-2006 10:09 PM
I just wanted to add a quick note regarding hormones: they don't always even out skin tone. What makes one person's acne clear up will make another person's flare up, and for someone else it won't do anything at all. If skin improvement through birth control pills is something you really want to try, I'd suggest asking your dr. which pills tend to have better results for acne. They generally have an ok idea, but it may mean shuffling your biochemicals some.