Facial Hygiene

squall (@squall) 10 years, 6 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
Anonymous (30) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

A couple things: (from someone who has had bad acne and has finally figured out what works..well..for me anyway)

1. Less negative thoughts on the matter. The more you obsess, the worse it’ll probably become. Try to see the beauty in who you are, even if you feel embarrassed about your complexion. Know that it is really just skin, and that it will eventually heal.

2. Mild face soap. I use clinique bar soap. Then, get a toner (apple cider vinegar will work fine) and use it with a cotton ball to get all the dirt and makeup and what-have-you’s away.

Use a good lotion/ I recommend a natural brand “Acure” – and they have a lot of different face lotions for different skin types. After you use lotion, get a cheap ‘spot treatment’ acne remedy. Do not apply too much. Drying out your skin unnecessarily will just worsen the problem.

3. Never ever ever touch your face. Do not pick. If you are embarrassed, use a bit of oil free, slightly expensive makeup. Clinique has a nice light foundation that also helps or at least doesn’t hurt your acne.

I think that changing my mindset was the largest factor in improving my skin. Your brain can really trick your body into healing itself sometimes.

Anonymous (30) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

OH and also, wash your pillow cases every time you do your laundry.

Callisto (18) (@calypso) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I change my pillowcase EVERY night. I just have a pile of them by my bed, and each night I take off the one I used last night and throw in a clean one. It has worked wonders. I have better skin now than I ever have had before.

FindYourGreatness (345)C (@jpete011) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Cold showers! And eat healthy

Obviously, you’re not a golfer (605) (@donjaime23) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

@squall, With regard to those with pimple-less complexions: Whenever I shower, I simply wash my face and neck with the same soap I use for the rest of my body.

I’ve heard that washing your face with shaving cream helps. Most shaving creams are a form of soap anyway.
I’ve heard tea tree oil and witch hazel are also powerful, more holistic remedies.

Grand Kahlib (76) (@kahlib) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I have never had a good experience with dermatologists. in my opinion, they’re just a bunch of prescription-monkeys. (then again maybe i only went to bad ones). be that as it may, i have found three very effective ways to treat acne;
1)protecting my face from the sun
2)keeping my skin moisturized
3)and spot treating with [drumroll]… aloe vera.

didn’t see that one coming, didjya? I swear by it, though you may have a completely different skin type. other than that, leave pimples until they are ripe and ready to be plucked like pus-filled berries. then aloe vera the sh!t out of ’em.

Anonymous (31) (@) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Here’s the secret:
get this bottle: http://www.brita.com/products/filtering-bottle/brita-bottle-aqua/
you can fill up on tap water anywhere, and it filters out all the chlorine, fluoride, etc.
i bring it everywhere with me, and fill it up like 5 or more times a day. it makes drinking lots of water so easy. dont buy plastic bottles.
Stop consumption of dairy. just do it. if anyone wants i can explain but for now trust me.
take fish oil capsules daily. usually around 5 capsules or more. or just get more omega 3-6-9 from your diet.
take zinc.
take vitamin D3 when youre not getting enough sun, and otherwise go out into the sun as often as you can.

Alicia Lee (146) (@aliwine) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

I had AWFUL acne on my forehead and I found the combinations of these have cleared it right up:

-Gentle soap or soap for “Sensitive Skin”, the less indigents the better. I use Oil of Olay regular face wash right now, then follow up with a toner by Olay and their regular moisturizer too. I used Proactive once and it made my skin WAY worse, it was a nightmare. Also other “acne” washes don’t ever get my face as clear as good old gentle soap. I wash my face every other day with soap and every day with just water.

-DON’T WEAR COVER-UP!!! That’s the WORST thing for acne

-Clean pillowcases!! (As lots of others have stated)

-I touch my face all the time, but my hands are always clean because I wash them a lot (I don’t have OCD or anything I just get my hands dirty a lot)

-Don’t have bangs

-Wash your hair, and if need be use a special shampoo. T-gel is REALLY good when your acne is awful awful.

-Only condition your roots of your hair

-Drink lots of water

-Get exercise/Go outside/Eat healthy

Bridget (2) (@bird212) 10 years, 4 months ago ago

Thanks for the advice everyone. Like many of you suggested, I have been going the natural route and also trying to heal myself from the inside out and be more healthy. I too went through a lot of medical treatments for it and I am SICK of all the chemical!! Not good for me!

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