I shared this photo on my Instagram Wednesday night out of much frustration. Some would say…“oh MY?! she’s brave…” Honestly, this is me just being real! I don’t have perfect skin, and while I know there are some who suffer much worse than I, I wanted to hear what others who struggle have found relief in, so we can all learn from each other.
On Wednesday night I reached out to all my IG friends with this quote under this picture::
“Yes people…this is REAL! I need advice…what can I use?! I’m a 25 year old who looks like she’s just starting to go through puberty. I’ve been battling acne for the last 3-4 years & I’m TIRED of it! The dermatologists have done nothing for me, SO if you’ve also struggled with acne and there is a product that did miracles for your skin…please share!! If you naturally just have beautiful skin- then Sshhhh…I only want to hear miracle stories!! :)”
I was shocked at all the responses & suggestions I received! Obviously there are hundreds of products out there claiming to be “THE ONE”. I also know, everyone will react differently to different products. It was so interesting seeing what you all said!
I wish I could share all the responses, but there were over 60, so I will share just a few of the interesting & very consistent responses I got::
@rachel_elizabeth: Take some generic asprin…grind it up into a chalky powder & mix it with just enough honey for a thick paste! Lather it on & see what a couple nights of doing this does. Worked magic on my brothers acne & the others I’ve suggested it too. Good luck!
@primandpoppy: Get a microdermabrasion treatment and then a chemical peel two weeks later and then repeat! I also used the obagi acne system. Now for a less expensive option I use a wash called panoxl. They have it at Walmart and Walgreen’s and it isn’t expensive! good luck!
@akwaddington: I swear by using cetaphil cleanser and the clarisonic facial brush. It’s pricey but it has worked wonders on my acne prone skin.
@hayleyjschwartz: I had the same problem. I swear by Skin Ceuticals LHA cleansing gel and LHA toner. Only thing that worked for me
@styleactivist: I’ve tried it all..I stopped using any make up line that contained parabens, sulfates, dyes, talc, etc. and switched to mineral makeup by Jane Iredale. I now use the entire line of Skin Ceuticals and Dr. Dennis Gross
@alliehughey: My dermatologist recommended CeraVe. Worked amazing if you do it before bed and when you wake up! Also, Mario Badescu drying cream.
After receiving all this feedback, I think my first plan of action will be switching my face wash to cetaphil & investing in a clarisonic facial brush. Secondly, I am going to save up & look into meeting a facialist at a local spa to see what natural recommendations she has. If I don’t see change in these steps, I’ve read a lot about the Skin Ceuticals line & another line called Eminence. I think I’ll invest in one of these lines.
I know I am very prone to acne just by that fact that I work in a weight room & sweat on a daily basis. I’m normally able to shower immediately after I workout, but being in a room that’s filled with sweat & germs all day does NOT help! I am going to be extra cautions with the amount I touch my face. I also had a girlfriend tell me clean your CELL PHONE! Carry Lysol wipes & clean the screen once a day. Genius! Why didn’t I think of that?! These are just a few extra steps I’m taking to help in getting rid of my annoying & embarrassing acne.
**you can refer to my IG, if you’d like to read all the feedback I received**
*There were many women who found relief by using Acutane, but because of the drugs risk…I will not be trying that one!*
*Proactive was another product that was consistently talked about, but the talk was very mixed…some said good, but a lot of women sad bad things about it. I will not be trying that one either.*
If you have any other suggestions that have helped you, please leave a comment so we can all learn more about products that have given relief!