Facial Hygiene

squall (@squall) 9 years, 10 months ago

I’d love to hear from the HEthens that have had acne before and been mindful of trying ways to keep the pimples away and been successful. I am always aware to never touch my face except with clean towels but still can’t seem to keep them gone. Is there a certain product that is good/bad or no product at all the best way to go?

March 19, 2012 at 12:08 am
Nick (195) (@nickc2007) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

As much sunshine and water as ya can stand…

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Bridget (2) (@bird212) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Awesome, I was going to make a post like this today. I would also like to know the secrets.

personally, I have suffered from acne since I was a teen (I”m now 22) and I STILL have it. I’ve done everything from OTC stuff, to seeing a derm, to accutane, to birth control pills, to just plain letting it go and making sure i wash my face and moisturize regularly. I’m also about to try eating more foods that show to prevent it, but sometimes I feel it’s not enough. Anyone have good advice?

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squall (0) (@squall) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

All you HEthens with pimpleless complexions(I know you’re there! I hope >_>), what do you do in regards to your face? Do you just not get them or are you vigilant with a hygiene regimen?

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Joel (40) (@jp907) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

i went on accutane when i was 14, and it helped quite a bit, but by no means got rid of everything. i still get acne and have redness/scars. watching what you eat helps quite a bit, picking up an apple instead of a bag of chips, for instance. some general facial washes help, get the clean and clear with the scrubbing beads.

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Lauren (86) (@laurenlouise) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Bridget, I have done all of those things too! I am 21 and have always have some level of acne. I am at the point where I am sick of revolving my life around my skin. I use coconut oil and do a lot of steaming, and then spot treat with some sulfur products.

At least I can wear makeup.

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Bridget (2) (@bird212) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Lauren, how do those things work? I have the one mask like thing from pro activ which is sulfur-based. how do you go about steaming?

Also, one thing I notice with bigger pimples is that when you see they are coming, ice them for a bit every so often–i’ve noticed it helps ALOT with the swelling, and a bit with the redness.

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squall (0) (@squall) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Antibiotic eh? Havent heard of that, normally I see stuff about oils. You use an electric razor and have any shaving tips? Cuz I’ve wondered if that is it as well. I started using an electric for a while and it’s nice. I tried a razor recently just to see and maybe my blades were dull but it hurt too much to even do it lol

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Marissa (4) (@missanicole) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

It’s not perfect, but here’s what has helped me
Short answer: BenzaClin, tretinoin cream, the birth control pill.
Long answer: Two prescription products: BenzaClin (topical gel with 1%clindamycin and 5% benzoyl peroxide as active ingredients) and a .05% tretinoin cream. I use the BenzaClin after rinsing my face in the morning (I don’t wash it again because it’s not necessary and dries my skin out), then put a moisturizer on top. Then at the end of the day I’ll wash my face with a generic drugstore face wash, wait for my face to dry, and apply the tretinoin cream followed by a heavier moisturizer without spf. I use the oil cleansing method sporadically; it usually takes too much time. When i work out i use a “toner” of diluted apple cider vinegar. Just spray it on and wipe off to get rid of some of the sweat.
I know some people aren’t big on fucking with their hormones, but the pill has really helped, especially with acne on my body

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jm (23) (@kkylekittell24) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Honestly treating acne is incredibly easy. I have had it extremely bad for a long time and over the past few years it has gotten alot better.

I found that the best thing to do is to eat right and drink alot of water. Stay away from anything greasy. I stopped drinking carbonated syrup, learned to stay away from anything fried, or unnatural and my face cleared right up. It was pretty simple.

Another thing is to just keep it clean, and only use water. For a while I used a water based anti bacterial which I didn’t mind but realized I didn’t need it. Do not use bar soap, or hand soap, that is straight grease from a fryer.

I have heard of other things such as keeping your sheets as clean as possible. Showering before you go to bed rather then in the morning, and cleaning your pillow cases frequently. Also I have heard that using to much laundry detergent can irritate your skin, which makes sense.

My skin is by no means perfect, but compared to where it was, I am extremely happy with it.

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Lauren (86) (@laurenlouise) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@Bridget, I have the proactiv sulfur mask too. I use that or something similar. For the steaming I just get a washcloth super hot and lay it over my face until it cools down. I do that a couple of times and then rinse the washcloth out and gently wipe off my face. I then splash cold water on my face and pat it dry. My face isn’t clear, but at the moment I don’t have the money or the patience to try a new regime.

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Marissa (4) (@missanicole) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Oh, another thing I do is tie my hair up high on my head when i go to sleep so the products and just natural hair oils dont contaminate my face.
Kyle, you make it sound so easy! Guess i have another reason to shape up my diet now :/

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Michael (26) (@mike) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Apparently diet has a lot to do with maintaining a healthy complexion. In addition to acne treatments, eating a necessary amount of fruits and vegetables could help. Drink lots of water.

And, in regards to acne treatments, be sure not to over use. Meaning, don’t wash or use cleansers too often, same goes for spot treatments. Consulting a dermatologist is always a good idea; they can prescribe specific and effective medication to best suit your specific needs.

Cheers.

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Kayla (28) (@tangerinesky624) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’ve had problems with acne since 6th grade (Im in college now), and I’ve just recently discovered what works best (it shouldn’t have taken this long hah)

But I’ve learned that my face is always clearest when I keep away from nasty food. Staying away from carbs and processed food is what I try to do. Also like everyone said drinking a lot of water, wash your hands often and don’t touch your face, wash your pillow case and towels often, and wash your face with cold water (hot water opens your pores, cold water closes them)

I’ve used proactiv and multiple kinds of acne face wash, and nothing works better than these simple things. I also wash my face at night with my aunt’s homemade natural soap (containing essential oils which also help).

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Kayla (28) (@tangerinesky624) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

@squall, every persons face is different, genetics play a part in it. Everyone who I meet that has a perfect complexion is just blessed with it.

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Eric (1,819)M (@blankey) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I heard the best treatment for acne is sleeping on a clean towel every night.

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Michael (26) (@mike) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

Kayla made an important point on the previous page; hot water opens pores, cold water closes them. When you’re cleaning your face, use hot water. When you’re finishing up, rinse with cold.

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Sisyphus (48) (@sisyphus) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

^I’ve always kind of wondered about the truth of that statement…
Seeing as heat causes expansion, it would close up pores as opposed to the contraction of skin that occurs from cold water.

The pore itself isn’t what expands and contracts, its the skin around it. Just experiment with different temperatures and see what works for you.
http://www.acnestar.co.uk/images/acne_diagram.gif

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Morgan (17) (@m17lee) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

LEMON! It’s the most natural thing ever and no one knows to use it. Talk about a conspiracy. You just cut out a slice of fresh lemon and rub the actual lemon slice all over your face. Try it for at least a few days, perhaps a couple of weeks depending on how bad your skin is. Over night it’ll make your face brighter and reduce your pimples. Just let it air dry, and you can immediately feel it tightening your skin. Exactly the same way it feels after you use an acne pad, but this is the simplest, easiest, most natural and cheapest thing ever. Try it!

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pat (169) (@epath) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

It depends on the type of acne. A holistic-type doctor recommended and I did a 3-day fast with citrus fruits and did enemas (gross; I don’t know how I ever did that!). After that, I drank only a vegetable broth for one day. I have never had a problem with acne since then.

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Lori (8) (@loriloulou) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

dissolve one aspirin in one ounce of apple cider vinegar and apply to face using a cotton pad. apple cider vinegar is amazing stuff. i use it as a rinse in my hair also which leaves my hair shiny. drinking it also has benifits….i take a straight shot when i’m feeling brave and mix it in a cup of warm water when i’m feeling a little wimpy…it’s good for the digestive system and your skin.

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Pata (4) (@odjur) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

You gotta understand that acne is nothin but a symptom. Its your body gettin rid of bad shit that you put in it.

I bet you eat fuckloads of refined grains, table salt, soy products, hydrogenated oils n other hydrogenated shit, processed milk products, tons of sugar, weird artificial substances and loads of other shit like that. Its all pure poison n if you dont stay away from them youre a dumbass. Same goes for all those chemicals you use to treat various imaginary problems, includin all that nasty shit you use to treat acne. Only makes it worse. If it didnt there would be no business for it cuz people would only buy it once.

Acne is a good thing cuz thats how your body cleanses when you stuff it full of bad shit. its just a recovery process like fever. Sunshine speeds the process up so it ends faster so get plenty of sunshine n fresh air.

And stop eatin all that bad shit. Youre killin yourself slowly n painfully.

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Woodsy (30) (@woodsy) 9 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m an aesthetician and I deal with all kinds of people and acne all day all I can say is every person’s case is so drastically different that there isn’t a handful of solutions, products, or specific advice that will work for everyone. Everyone’s acne problem could be caused by such variety of things that it is difficult to recommend anything until you really get to know someone’s skin. There is also enough controversy in what not to do as well, and this will even vary from beliefs of one dermatologist to another.
I don’t agree with people recommending sunshine unless you live somewhere where uv index is super low in the summer. You’re going to tan your spots that are at various stages of healing and get spotty pigmentation, plus prematurely age your skin pretty badly (especially if you are using any defoliants for acnetic skin). I live in the southeast US and I can definitely tell if you are local or not by how much photoaging a person has.
And I personally noticed that my minor acne stopped after I’ve stuck to simple, age-tested, and natural products (and some lifestyle changes) that concentrate on eliminating toxins. It obviously won’t work as a large umbrella covering everyone’s acne problem.
One thing I can say for sure is understand that skin doesn’t do any magic and quick processes and everything takes patience. Skin turnover rate is about a little over a month and skin resurfacing that happens during that time can show various misleading effects, (as with any skin problem) so approach it mentally more than visually.

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Bridget (2) (@bird212) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

So I’ve been exploring and researching more natural ways to control acne and trying some of them myself so I decided to revisit this page! Mainly I’ve changed my diet but it’s still a little early to tell what effect it is having. I’m eating more vitamin A, more vegetables and less meat/processed dairy as well. Taking zinc and fish oil supplements, may start others that I researched eventually as well. ANother piece of advice I picked up is using coconut oil as a moisturizer…apparently the oil has something in it that helps push the bacteria out of your pores. As long as you control the amount you put on, it’s supposed to be really great. Lately my skin has seemed better so hopefully it continues!!

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Cody (472) (@versai) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

I’ve had acne for like 8 years and still do… but I’ve gone through all the topical and prescription treatments and to be honest it will only make the situation worse! You want to cleanse and detox your skin, not add more chemicals to it. Over the past 2-3 years I’ve sworn off all medications and have had HUGE success with the following simple tips.

Drink lots of water, it will help cleanse your system so you’re not sweating out grease.

Get lots of sunlight, I’m not sure why but I’ve always noticed having clearer skin a couple weeks into summer.

Use UNSCENTED soap. This is probably what was damaging my skin the most, after switching from a fragrance bar to an unscented bar of soap, my skin cleared up a TON.

Keep moisturized. When your skin is dry, it sucks up any available oils that eventually lead to acne. Using a coconut or other natural moisturizer will keep you fresh.

Put a clean towel over your pillow each night. This was the easiest change, and it had big effects. I sleep fetal with my face nestled into a pillow and you have no idea how much sweat and body oil pools from your pillow onto your face that way. With the towel I would wake up feeling noticeably cleaner and would take my towel into the shower with me and start fresh the next night.

You don’t need to spend a dime on skincare medication

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Th-0m (43) (@0negative) 9 years, 8 months ago ago

DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE. Seriously by not touching my face often, or washing my hands before I touch my face halts a lot of my acne, and problems.

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