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How do i get rid of acne?

Asked by Mtl_zack (6751points) May 5th, 2008

im breaking out!!!! i realise that there was a question similar to this about a week ago, but it wasnt taken too seriously. what creams can i use? can i mix lotions? i dont want to make an appointment with a doctor with exams and all. and please dont suggest popping them ive had only bad experiences with the splattering on someones forehead in grade 9.

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jrpowell's avatar

I found that a wet and warm washcloth on my face worked best. Every time I used a commercial product it made it worse.

El_Cadejo's avatar

If your anything like me when i got acne nothing will work and you will have to just end up making an appointment to a dermatologist. Acutane works the best but its like hell for a couple months after that your all nice and clear.

That being said you may be lucky enough to have it just clear up with daily washing and creams. Couldnt suggest any good ones though sorry.

Dont pop them, youll only end up with scarring.

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breanne's avatar

If you’ve never used any sort of acne treatment before, try using a Neutrogena acne complex. They usually work well with minor breakouts. For more intensive treatment, try Proactiv or Murad. I know Murad you can buy at Sephora or Ulta, and you can buy a whole kit that you use daily.

If it’s just minor, use salicylic acid products, but for deeper, larger zits, use high concentrations of benzoyl peroxide. If over the counter treatments don’t work within the first couple months completely, you’ll have to visit a dermotologist I’m afraid, because it’s probably a hormonal imbalance or something.

If it’s super bad, first thing to probably try is getting a bar of 10% benzoyl peroxide soap from a drugstore. It will dry your skin out really bad for the first couple weeks, but it will also fade acne marks and get rid of the big juicy suckers. But, be careful to rinse really well, because it will fade any fabric your skin will come into contact with.

Mtl_zack's avatar

@ breanne: im currently using benzac a310 which i think has some of that bleach in it (its perscription). it doesnt help much.

@ishotthesherriff: how do you think that would work?

im starting to think it has to do with the food i eat. i dont eat mcdonalds ever, and i try to avoid fattening foods, buti heard that citric fruits can cause harm to your skin. is this true?

does sweat affect pimples? ive noticed that after workouts it strikes hard (mainly on the forehead/neck area) and i always put warm water on my face after a workout to avoid this.

Kay's avatar

I would try mild skin cleansers (such as Cetaphil) and using something like Clean & Clear acne treatment cream and a fragrance-free, oil-free moisturizer (Neutrogena makes a good one). It’s important to treat your skin gently so it can heal and so you don’t irritate it further. Don’t pick or pop anything; that can cause infections, scarring and a longer healing time for breakouts.

breanne's avatar

If you’re afraid it’s the food you’re eating, I would suggest you go to the bookstore and look up some of Dr. Perricone’s books. They are all on food and how it affects our skin, and vitamin supplements that can help.

babygalll's avatar

There are a lot of different medicines out there and they all do the same thing. What you need to do is get yourself on a good routine with washing your face. Morning and Night you need to wash your face with a facial cleanser with Salicylic Acid which is used to treat acne. Followed by a toner and then an overnight cream. Neutrogena is a really good line and works well. To help you find the right products for you. Go to the website www.neutrogena.com and take the personal e-valuation facial skincare. Answer the questions and it will tell you what products are good for you to use. Be patient when using something new. Takes time for something to work.

ishotthesheriff's avatar

why was mine removed? i’m completely serious.
i wasn’t forcing my veggie views on anyone, hence “eat less”

iCeskate's avatar

I like either cliniqie or proactive

joeysefika's avatar

i use a cream that has 5% Benzol Peroxide (basically Bleach) i put it on before i go to bed and then in the morning it washes off in the shower, after a couple of days you can really see a difference

stuff12's avatar

Duac topical gel, prescription stuff that works amazingly

Les's avatar

My dermatologist always stresses to me that acne has nothing to do with what you eat or mood or anything. It is an infection that some (most) people have. I have been struggling with it since high school, and I’m a grad student now. She has me on Septra which is a sulfa medication and I think it is working fabulously. I haven’t even been on it a month, and I am nearly clear. I was going to try Accutane, but as a woman you have to sign all kinds of release forms and use two forms of birth control because it causes birth defects. So that didn’t sound too good to me. My dermatologist tells me to clean my face with a cleanser (someone mentioned Cetaphil above, I like that stuff), use moisturizer if you need it (some people are afraid to moisturize because they think it will make them break out more. This couldn’t be further from the truth.) and use the medications. I have tried all the over the counter stuff, and going to the dermatologist is the only thing that has worked. Good luck!

gailcalled's avatar

@Mtl – listen to Les. A dermatologist only examines your skin; it is not onerous. Your hormones may activate acne as well as your gene pool. You don’t want scarring once you outgrow it (and you will.) Remember that you have only one face.

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