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    Old 10-13-2004, 07:44 AM   #1
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    What's working and what's not.....

    I was going through some of the old threads and this one drew my attention and I'll say why....we all know different things work for different individuals, but what I did find was that after looking through some of the what's working and the what's not, it could really help a new comer eliminate those alluring brands that do absolutely nothing for ACNE. I'm 90% clear and I thought it was selfish of me to start shying away from posting and replying or even loggin on for fear of sinking into that depressing state I find myself in when I review these boards. However, I'm lucky enough to be on my way to full recovery and what kind of person turns their back on people (whom we've never met) who take the time out to help, give their insights and be supportive. So le's see what we can get started, let me be the first:

    What's working:
    Doxy (I take my last pill in 2 days)
    BP Wash(Prescribed by my derm but I only use 3-4 days out of the week)
    Retin-A (I use only 3-4 nights out of the week)
    Origins Out of trouble mask (once a week)
    Origins Starting Over AHA's (for even skin tone,clear dark spots)
    Origins Balanced Diet (gread lightweight moisturizer)
    BP Gel (for spot treatment)
    Witch Hazel (Every morning)
    Clinique 7-day scrub (Once or twice a week)
    Water, Water and more water

    What hasn't worked:
    Proactiv
    Clearasil anti-bacterial foam wash
    Queen Helen's Mint Julep Mask
    Clinique Soap (bar)
    Climadyin (or however you spell it)

    Hope this helps somebody...let's keep it going!!
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    Old 10-13-2004, 10:45 AM   #2
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    I'm just going to post what is working for me.

    (No particular order)

    Doxycycline (sp?)
    Cetaphil
    Water
    Some what of a healthy diet (not alot of junk food mainly)
    Washing my face only when im in the shower and thats all.
    And never touching/popping/picking at my face. <~~~ very important.

    I'v also started washing my pillow case once a week, gonna see what happens with that.

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    Old 10-13-2004, 04:27 PM   #3
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    what Didn't work:
    -Steivamycin (made my chin a huge gross mess when it wasn't to start with)
    -Ortho TriCycline .. (my acne wasn't that bad when i was on this, but it didn't help any)
    -Tersaseptic anitbacterial wash
    - really strong prescription BP (the two of these together i used for a couple years, but i didn't even need to use them because i was freakin over a couple mild zits.. so i screwed up my skin with these, cuz it ended up causing zits)
    - Dalacin T (it seemed to work for forehead comedones for a while, that's what i got it prescribed for.. then it stopped working)
    -Clindoxyl Gel (worked okay.. i dont think i realized it was working and i stopped using it and got a bunch of clogged pores)



    well i didn't have bad skin to begin with really.. i stressed myself to the extreme causing myself to get clogged pores and then i kept doing this until there were tons and they slowly started getting inflammed.. so i decided to use Stievamycin which just screwed up my chin insanely and caused me to get a couple above my lip... so now i've got lots of red marks, a few deceasing zits and still clogged pores


    What's i'm doing right now:
    -Diane 35
    -Spiro
    -Prednisone (for 10 days to clear out the big suckers on my chin from the stupid stievamycin)
    -Cetaphil gentle cleanser 2x a day
    - some Glycolic acid cleanser that my derm gave me at night after cetaphil .. (seems pretty good?)

     
    Old 10-13-2004, 04:53 PM   #4
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    How is Diane working for you?? it was horrible on my skin ... I used it only for four months though until I got tired of Cystic Acne... Hope it's working for you!

     
    Old 10-14-2004, 07:59 AM   #5
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

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    How is Diane working for you?? it was horrible on my skin ... I used it only for four months though until I got tired of Cystic Acne... Hope it's working for you!
    I'm thinking about adding Aloe Gel to my regime, but gosh does it feel like I already do too much, when would I apply it after retin-A but before my spot treatment. What's a girl to do?? I have below moderate acne and by doing all of this everday (I'm the first to post) am I setting myself to have severe acne?

     
    Old 10-20-2004, 04:51 PM   #6
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    Didn't work:
    Purpose cleanser
    Neutrogena
    Pro-active
    St Ives cleanser

    Basically everything that is in the store...didn't work for me.

     
    Old 02-11-2006, 08:37 AM   #7
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    cetaphil cleanser with clindamycin
    differin gel
    not letting anything touch my face
    changing my pillow case frequently
    going to bed with clean hair

     
    Old 02-11-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    I have seen some impressive results by using Quinoderm (10% BP) for a couple of weeks.

    Fingers crossed.

    Louise

     
    Old 02-11-2006, 11:41 AM   #9
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    What's working:
    Diane-35
    Retin-A
    Minocin
    Dove soap
    Loads of water
    Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer (sensitive skin)

    What didn't:
    (ha ha ... where to start!?)
    Clearasil & basically any acne stuff in the drugstore
    Alesse (Oh gosh, gives me shivers thinking about it!)
    Proactive (Ugh!)
    Asprin mask (not good for sensitive skin)
    High does of various vitamins
    Tea Tree (makes my skin worse)
    Expensive department store "acne" lines (prescriptives,etc)

    Just to say, I now have mild acne ... it's not gone, but something's finally working! Thank you to everyone for posting loads of info along the way!

     
    Old 02-11-2006, 11:45 AM   #10
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    Re: What's working and what's not.....

    Hey,
    These are some few products that I've tried in my past that has and hasn't worked for me.

    Worked/ Helped me:
    Minocycline
    Clenia Cleanser
    Biore Blotting sheets
    Biore pore unclogging scrub
    Clean & Clear daily cleasner
    SkinBorn Mircodermbrasion products
    Good old' Toothpaste
    Dove soap
    Natural Cure
    Neutrogena® Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel
    Neutrogena® Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser
    Neutrogena® On-the-Spot® Acne Treatment
    Aveeno CLEAR COMPLEXION CLEANSING PADS
    Tomatoes


    And hasn't...ugh:
    1# Proactiv
    Antibotics
    Mary-Kay Formula 3
    Triaz Cleanser
    St. Ives Clear Pore Cleanser(irriated/dryness)
    St. Ives Apriot Scrub
    Clear & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer
    Clearasil spot treament (irrated to benzyol)
    and some others.....

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