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Wed Dec 07, 2005 3:24 am      Reply with quote
Hi Everyone,
Thank you to those of you who have replied to my queries before and suggested products for me to try. However, I'm still searching for a brand of products to help my oily, acne prone but also sensitive skin. Over the years I've tried all the high street brands, moving on to Dermalogica, Dr.H, MDF, Decleor, Elemis, E'Spa, Alpha H etc etc. I'm running out of hope. Can anyone suggest anything else that may help me? I've tried various medications and different types of birth control pills. And, just to complicate matters, in 2 weeks I'm going travelling to South East Asia and India for 3 months! So I'm also looking for a facial sunscreen and products that will control my skin in such heat. Nothing's simple!
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Wed Dec 07, 2005 4:19 am      Reply with quote
Rachael do you take any vitamin or mineral supplements? The pill depleates Vitamin B6.
Try a strong B Complex (the B6 works best in a group), I take a B 100 complex as I also used to suffer bad skin and am on the pill.
Also Zinc is a must, I took 25mg every day until I noticed an improvement in my skin then cut down the 15mg. Fish Oils, I swear by Vitamin A and it's fantastic for acne. I started initially on a high dose then reduced when I saw an improvement in my skin.
Supplements will also boost your imune system before you go away and the B vits will also make you less tasty to the mosquitos Laughing

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Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:17 am      Reply with quote
Rachael, have u been to a dermatologist?
I used to have bad acne, and used tons of products and tried birth control but nothing worked. My dermatologist then prescribed me an acne cream called Clynoxal gel which i use every night, and it really helped.

With the birth control pills...has it caused ur acne to worsen?
Ive been on Diane 35 and Allesse and found that it caused my acne to worsen, so i got off that. Now i am on Yasmine and it helped to control my acne. Being on Yasmine and putting on the Clynoxal gel cream everynight reallly helps with my acne on my face.

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Thanks for your advice. I haven't seen a worsening or an improvement with my acne since going on the pill, but I have had to change pills due to migraines. I've had all the lotions, potions and creams I can from the Doctor. The only thing left to try is roaccutane, but I keep getting told that my acne isn't severe enough for this! I'm going to try the vitamin supplements (thank you for that advice) and hope that the sun helps dry my spots up for a while, than I'll continue my hunt for a skincare brand when I get home! Thanks again.
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I now swear by acnease and E101acnegetaway lotion. I feel like an infomercial Laughing

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:50 am      Reply with quote
Eve - where could I get those products and what exactly are they?
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Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:07 pm      Reply with quote
Hi Rachel,
I went through the same predictament as you before. I had acne which was not severe but nontheless, bad. My strong advice to you is this:
Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Right now, your skin is probably stressed and what you need to do is give it time to heal itself. I would strongly encourage using almost nothing but a good cleanser, moisturizer (if needed) and an effective spot treatment. Stay clear from products that are frilly with benefits at this moment. Like making skin smooth, evening wrinkles etc, etc. Cut down to the basics. Your skin will thank you for that

It would be good if you can use a mild cleanser. While I was coping with my acne, I used cetaphil. While it did not zap away pimples, it let my skin heal naturally. The most important thing is to be patient. Thats the key word here. If you keep changing products, trying to find the ONE, it will never be possible. Our skin reacts to products badly if we keep changing. Furthurmore, while our skin is in a stressed state, it aggravates it more, instead of helping it. (no matter how lovely the ingredients are)

About the moisturizer, (I did not use one as my climate is humid) get one which does just what it does, moisturizes. Don't go for all the frilly ones with TONS of ingredients inside that could aggravate you. Most importantly, get one that does not clog pores.

As for spot treatment, I strongly warn against those that DRY up your skin. These treatments only cause your stressed skin to produce more oil, which translates to more clogged pores, and in turn, more acne. I would go for mild lotions instead of harsh gels or creams. Find one that you can apply thinly over affected areas.

When I had acne, I used a lotion that was very good. (I obtained it from a clinic) It was not drying, clear, and comfortable. It worked. I'll post the name shortly.
To continue, I only used this and a gentle cleanser - cetaphil. With a proper diet (VERY IMPORTANT), my skin improved by leaps and bounds. Only when my skin had settled down, I started using products that would enrich and enhance my skin. Like dermalogica, etc. But even so, I still find I reactto certain products like vitamin C.

My advice is, be patient. Don't try all products which sound good and claim to banish all your skin problems. (They do work, but not while your skin is stressed, like now)

Rather, get a simple cleanser (cetaphil is highly recommended) and a good acne lotion that is NOT drying.
Be PATIENT. Have a good lifestyle and your skin will have improved by leaps and bounds in 2 months.

Even though during this course, your acne seems to have periods where they flare up, don't start panicking. Be patient, give your treatment time to work. Stick through it. My previous mistake was that I kept changing my routine, traumatizing my skin even more.

This is my advice, on what has worked for me, a post acne sufferer. I'm glad to say I have got past it without scars and now my skin is much better and I'm using the dermalogica line.
If you need more help, feel free to ask. Smile

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:37 pm      Reply with quote
ITA with Tynkerbell! Simplify and be patient! and don't go looking for that one brand that'll have every product you need. I'm generally a Dermalogica person (have been for the past 6 years or so) but I've learnt that sometimes a product in another brand works better for my skin (like Decleor Ylangylang Night Balm for my zits, although I'd have prefered the zit zapper to be Dermalogica's Medicated Clearing Gel instead).

Why don't you start over: reassess your skin, and attack one problem at a time. Good luck!

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 9:50 pm      Reply with quote
Hi, just to add more to your problems, I am prone to breakouts and I tried Cetaphil after having been told how good it was (and maybe it is for many people) but it made me break out even worse as it seems very difficult to wash off and I think it actually clogs pores (it did in my case anyway). Try something like Juvena Fresh Cleansing Gel, IS Clinical cleanser or Amino Genesis Really Really Clean.

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Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:50 pm      Reply with quote
I had very similar skin over a year ago. I started using Dr. Hauschka skincare products last fall and my skin has had amazing improvement since then. I believe they have lots of sample sizes available so it's worth a shot!
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Hi
I have been on Roaccutane (5 yrs ago).I had severe acne, so bad it was painful. I couldn't even raise my eyebrows without being in pain. My face started to clear up after 2 months although one of the side effects is that it make you really dry all over. And when I say all over I mean ALL OVER...even down "there". But it change my life, became connfident and a social butterfly rather than a recluse. Now I just have to maintain my skin. I had a relapse 2 years ago but I put that down to not actually finishing the course. Hope this helps....if your acne is that bad. Good luck

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Fri Dec 09, 2005 6:01 am      Reply with quote
Wow - thank you for all those responses! I think I'll take that advice and try and concentrate on getting my skin healthy. I try a new range of products and as soon as I see no difference in my skin I move on to a new range, so I guess my skin is bound to be stressed. I'm definatley going to simplify my regime and give my skin time to heal and rest. Thanks again for all the advice!
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Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:52 pm      Reply with quote
Btw, the lotion name was Dalacin Smile
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Hi Rachael, have you try Proactive? My friend got great results from it. Her skin improved in 3 weeks after using it.

Rosebud is right! During winter time take a B 100 complex.
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Your skin sounds very similar to mine, oily and sensitive. IS Clinical Proheal made the biggest difference. You can request a sample from theskincareinstitute. That's where I got mine. It's not heavy with the hydracool. Very simple and great results.

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try CLEARASIL ACNE CREAM
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I agree with the advice to simply your regimen. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but I’d like to go one step further and suggest that you try some of the recipes for homemade products, specifically the ACV toner and the aspirin mask, both of which can help regulate your oily, acne-prone but sensitive skin – especially if you add essential oils to these items that will specifically address the needs of your skin. If you are not a DIYer yourself, I’ll be happy to custom-blend a bottle of ACV toner and the aspirin mask specifically for you and your skin issues and send it to you to try absolutely free of charge! Yeah, I know I sound like one of those infomercials or spam emails, but I hope I have established enough credibility with other members on this forum so that you can believe my offer is genuine. If you are interested, send me a PM and we can work out the details, otherwise – good luck to you and I hope you find your magic skincare bullet.

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Hi Rachael, have you try Proactive? My friend got great results from it. Her skin improved in 3 weeks after using it.

Rosebud is right! During winter time take a B 100 complex.


I have tried proactive before and i also have senstive skin. I found it too harsh and it didnt work on my skin. My dermatologist also said that proactive shouldnt be used for sensitive skin

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Do you add sugar to your coffee in the morning or get fancy sweet coffee drinks everyday? How about a smoothie made with juice containing a high sugar content? Sugar can cause problems for people who are sensitive to it. Even if you are eating a healthy diet, you might find it is high in sugar. Carolyn Ash, an aesthetician, writes extensively about sugars negative impact on the skin. She has clinics in Dallas and Chicago and has written two books Timeless Skin and Skincare A to Z. She will also do consultations over the phone. She sells mainly YonKa products. I've never seen her in person, but I have asked her questions via e-mail. Right now I'm trying a sugar fast. I'll let you know how it goes.
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I was positive that I would forever have "troubled" skin at 28 - My mom promised me that once I was an adult it would all go away. =P

I use l'jon now and I love it. I love the natural ingrediants, there isn't even a hint of scent in the product. I've been very good while using it. changing my facecloth and my pillowcase etc. MY SKIN LOOKS AMAZING - I am at the end of month two and I am raving about these products. I even used the Lunasoy on my cold sore (another nasty thing that hits when I'm about to come down with a cold) and it went away within 3 days - it's a miracle. I suggest this for you.. follow through and really let the product do it's thing rather than throwing in the towel after the first three weeks. I guarantee you will see the results.
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shaney wrote:
I was positive that I would forever have "troubled" skin at 28 - My mom promised me that once I was an adult it would all go away. =P

I use l'jon now and I love it. I love the natural ingrediants, there isn't even a hint of scent in the product. I've been very good while using it. changing my facecloth and my pillowcase etc. MY SKIN LOOKS AMAZING - I am at the end of month two and I am raving about these products. I even used the Lunasoy on my cold sore (another nasty thing that hits when I'm about to come down with a cold) and it went away within 3 days - it's a miracle. I suggest this for you.. follow through and really let the product do it's thing rather than throwing in the towel after the first three weeks. I guarantee you will see the results.


I’ll let somebody else deal with this one in case I jump the gun again....

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It's hardly worth it since it is so obvious!!
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I am in the middle of a huge breakout right now and I have gone back to my old standby...proactive. The stuff is a miracle. My sking gets worse before it gets better but it is already clearing up my skin and I have only used it 2 times. I hate the idea of all those chemicals on my face but at this point I will try anything. Give it a shot...you can cancel anytime...I just cancelled my order (after 3 years) and they didnt give me a hard time at all.

Good luck!
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carekate wrote:
shaney wrote:
I was positive that I would forever have "troubled" skin at 28 - My mom promised me that once I was an adult it would all go away. =P

I use l'jon now and I love it. I love the natural ingrediants, there isn't even a hint of scent in the product. I've been very good while using it. changing my facecloth and my pillowcase etc. MY SKIN LOOKS AMAZING - I am at the end of month two and I am raving about these products. I even used the Lunasoy on my cold sore (another nasty thing that hits when I'm about to come down with a cold) and it went away within 3 days - it's a miracle. I suggest this for you.. follow through and really let the product do it's thing rather than throwing in the towel after the first three weeks. I guarantee you will see the results.


I’ll let somebody else deal with this one in case I jump the gun again....


If you would like you can deal with it and I don't even mind if you "jump (the proverbial) gun!
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