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Problems with acne in 20's?

In high school I never really had problems with acne. I got maybe one or two pimples, but never had patches or anything. My skin was also clear and not oily.

Since about a year and a half ago (21 and a few months old) I started having some acne. I've used Neutrogena face wash and the astringent, plain Dove soap, and the one Clear and something with the beads. Right now I am using St. Ives Blackhead and Blemish Control. It worked for about a year, but now is starting to lose effect.

I've been noticing more problems. Like my skin has more oil and the pores are just full of it. It's like I can see them clearly. The other post about squeezing the blackheads out of skin didn't quite cover what I'm wondering about. I've tried squeezing it, against what some people have said. It doesn't do much at all, other than get rid of it for a very short time.

I haven't changed my diet (except for eating much healthier) and have been eating fast food less. Maybe once a week. I've lost weight. I haven't been eating a lot of crap and I have been washing my face daily.

Has anyone had this problem? I can't go to a dermatologist because I don't have health insurance that will cover it. I was hoping maybe I'm just doing something wrong or should try another product. What is going on?
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:25 PM SBU_Ninja is offline  
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I'm not sure what's going on but that St. Ives shit made me break out HEAVY until I stopped using it. Get some rice based facial soap or a non-fragrance bar. Instead of using astringent, try out Witch Hazel.
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avoid harsh anything, there's three steps to dealing with acne:

1.) cleanse
2.) medicate
3.) moisturize

1.) cleanse, use salicylic acid generic-brand acne cleanser
2.) medicate, 5% benzoyl peroxide (zapzyt, clean and clear both have products that contain only BP)
3.) moisturize, don't use anything but cetaphil moisturizing lotion

Acne is the biggest pain in the ass, but through high school I realized a couple things:

1.) anything natural doesn't work, and if it does - only to a extremely minor extent

2.) avoid staying up past midnight, touching your face, and buying any of those clearasil-esque products - fighting acne is a three step process, don't buy a "do everything" product and expect it to work well

3.) avoid scrubbing your face, pores are sensitive and prone to failure if you are rough with them.

acne.org is your best friend, you can get costco-sized products that, when used in the morning and a few hours before bed, will make your skin completely flawless
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I'm 23 and have had similar problems.

I've had quite a bit of improvement recently, using the following products:

http://www.amazon.com/Salux-Nylon-Ja.../dp/B000CSDDDG

This thing is pretty incredible for a $3 bath towel. It exfoliates extremely well and leaves my face totally smooth feeling.

http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/P...prod=33FL030Z8

This stuff moisturizes while making your skin less oily.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-EH25...9229367&sr=8-1

I actually bought this after reading through the other thread that you mentioned, and I was pretty amazed at the amount of stuff that it pulls out.

I've been using these three products regularly and my face has improved tremendously. Someone else mentioned acne.org and I previously used their products with good success but there seemed to be a threshold for their effectiveness. The stuff never quite got my face completely clear. I'd recommend trying it though, as the prices are cheap and the quality/quantity is high and it works great for a lot of people!
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I'm 23 and have had similar problems.

I've had quite a bit of improvement recently, using the following products:

http://www.amazon.com/Salux-Nylon-Ja.../dp/B000CSDDDG

This thing is pretty incredible for a $3 bath towel. It exfoliates extremely well and leaves my face totally smooth feeling.

http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/P...prod=33FL030Z8

This stuff moisturizes while making your skin less oily.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-EH25...9229367&sr=8-1

I actually bought this after reading through the other thread that you mentioned, and I was pretty amazed at the amount of stuff that it pulls out.

I've been using these three products regularly and my face has improved tremendously. Someone else mentioned acne.org and I previously used their products with good success but there seemed to be a threshold for their effectiveness. The stuff never quite got my face completely clear. I'd recommend trying it though, as the prices are cheap and the quality/quantity is high and it works great for a lot of people!
I dont have acne, but i do have really oily skin that will build up a "crust" pretty quickly as gross as that sounds.

That salux cloth is amazing. It feels like it should scratch the shit out of your face, but it doesnt. I used to use washcloths that would leave my face all red from irritation after every shower, but with that cloth ive never had a single hint of irritation, and it makes you incredibly clean. Its pretty magical.
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I'm in my 30's and still have acne issues. No matter how religiously I cleanse my face and keep it moisturized.


Then again, I'm in my 30s and don't have a single wrinkly either.
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Magical cloth? SOLD. Gonna use my new free Prime account to get one. No acne but why not.

http://www.amazon.com/AquaBella-Exfo...pr_product_top
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Thank you guys very much. I think I'm going to try some of this. The cloth sounds good. I just never really thought of it before and have always been using my hands and the product.
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I'm 23 and have had similar problems.

I've had quite a bit of improvement recently, using the following products:

http://www.amazon.com/Salux-Nylon-Ja.../dp/B000CSDDDG

This thing is pretty incredible for a $3 bath towel. It exfoliates extremely well and leaves my face totally smooth feeling.

http://uk.loccitane.com/FO/Catalog/P...prod=33FL030Z8

This stuff moisturizes while making your skin less oily.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-EH25...9229367&sr=8-1

I actually bought this after reading through the other thread that you mentioned, and I was pretty amazed at the amount of stuff that it pulls out.

I've been using these three products regularly and my face has improved tremendously. Someone else mentioned acne.org and I previously used their products with good success but there seemed to be a threshold for their effectiveness. The stuff never quite got my face completely clear. I'd recommend trying it though, as the prices are cheap and the quality/quantity is high and it works great for a lot of people!


+1 for Salux bath towels. These things are amazing. By far the best all-purpose bath towel I've used.
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I had problems with acne into my late 20's until I decided to go simple and it worked wonders. Instead of overly expensive, fancy, harsh stuff I went with this and it worked beautifully. If you want to try it, I broke down the prices, where to get it, and approx. how long each bottle lasts me.

1) cleanse: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (cheap liquid soap) ($7, lasts about 2 months, WalMart)

2) medicate: Acne.org Treatment gel (2.5% bp, very gentle...ok to use generously!) ($20, lasts 5 months, order from Acne.org store)

3) moisturize: Neutrogena Oil free moisture + sunscreen ($10, lasts 3+ months, any store like WalMart)
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