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    Old 01-08-2006, 03:03 PM   #1
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    Best over the counter acne treatment?

    I was wondering what everyone thought the best over-the-counter acne treatment was? It's not something you like to talk about in person with others so I figured I would ask here. I really need to find something new that works. Oh and also....how much does it usually cost?

     
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    Old 01-08-2006, 06:46 PM   #2
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    I find Neostrata products are pretty good, a bit pricey, but honestly they last forever.

     
    Old 01-08-2006, 07:00 PM   #3
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    I've had really bad acne for a long long time. I've tried everything, been to so many docs. nothing helped to my satisfaction. the only thing that really helped was proactiv. I'm not trying to sell the product, just honestly share its benefit in my life. u should try it. its free for a month. u can even use it on ur body which I sometimes do. a hint is to use the sulfur mask 1x a week and also get a comeodone extractor which u should use after a hot shower. finally eat right and drink water. it makes a huge difference. try juicing vegetables. I do it one a week and freeze it in a plastic containter and defrost it daily. that has also helped my skin, not to mention given me much energy. try these things. good luck with everything...

     
    Old 01-08-2006, 08:33 PM   #4
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    For non systic acne and for the occasional out breaks I prefer to use a glass stick called " Doctor Burts Herbal Blemish Stick" It's an all natural treatment that you roll on and it usually zaps it quick. Easy on the wallet too. Google to find. Hope that "clears" things up.

     
    Old 01-08-2006, 08:57 PM   #5
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

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    Originally Posted by cherryluva7
    I was wondering what everyone thought the best over-the-counter acne treatment was? It's not something you like to talk about in person with others so I figured I would ask here. I really need to find something new that works. Oh and also....how much does it usually cost?
    I haven't found that any over the counter products helped, but I got a prescription for Doxycycline and I saw clear results w/in 2 days ! I was shocked, but she said it's really good and works fast. I was so excited. She also gave me a benzoil peroxide wash, but it's the pills that totally work best for me and I have tried everything !

    I tried proactive and there was another one that was out there and it felt like it burned my face and it just made me break out more, so I couldn't continue. I wanted fast results and that's what I got from the Doxycycline.

    Good luck

     
    Old 02-16-2006, 11:14 PM   #6
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    I just recently tried "bye bye blemish" and it has worked wonders! I have mild acne and nothing else worked for me. "bye bye blemish" contains sulfur as its active ingredient and quickly dried out my zits without overdying the skin. I peel horribly with benzoyl peroxide and have sensitive skin and this is my savior! Definitely give it a shot. Sulfur is better than salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide but it's more expensive which is probably why it's not so popular.

     
    Old 02-16-2006, 11:44 PM   #7
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    Neostrata for sure. It's the only OTC that's ever worked for me ... and I think I've tried pretty much all of them!

    All the stuff in the "oily / acne prone" range is really good (it's the green colour group). It's all glycolic acid based (4%-10%) and the blemish gel (miracle product for me) also has salicytic acid (5%).

    A bit expensive ... but worth it. It's also fine under make-up (hurray!)

    I think the "neostrata" line is different in Canada and the US ... I use the Neostrata Canada line. It's available online. In Canada, it's at most pharmacies and Shoppers Drug Mart.


     
    Old 02-17-2006, 12:20 AM   #8
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    First, how bad is your acne?
    Is your acne on your face or body?
    I agree with dollymama.
    Doxycycline is the holygrail for getting rid of acne.
    I'm 35 and have had acne my whole life.
    Doxycycline has been the best product to get rid of my acne on my face and body.
    You have to go to a derm to get this prescribed
    If you have no insurance.
    It costs 25 dollars at CVS.
    If you have insurance. It will cost very little.

    Also, there's 2 versions of doxycycline.
    One version costs 25 dollars without insurance and another version which is called Dorf, costs 162 dollars without insurance.
    The one thats 162 dollars is the pure form version.
    My pharmacist said there basically the same thing.

    There is no shelf product you can buy that will stop the acne from growing.
    Only an anti biotic will stop it.
    The Doxycycline is 30 pills. Get the version thats 100 mg.
    Take one pill a day

    Products in the store I would recommend.
    I would recommend Biore pure unclogging scrub.
    It has 2 percent Salicylic Acid and microbeads which will exfoliate your skin nicely.
    Here's how it looks. CVS, Wallgreens and Walmart sells it.
    http://www.biore.com/usa/products/productInfo.asp?productId=4

    Then use, Dove essential nutrients Toner.
    It has Green Tea, Vitamin A, E, B5 and Zinc. Its a non alcohol toner and non comedogenic. Leave the toner on. Dont wash it off.

    Then use, Neutrogena multi vitamin acne treatment. Its a lotion with lots of vitamins and salicylic acid. You just leave it on your face. Dont wash it off. This lotion is very good for acne on your face.
    Dont use it on your body.

    I would also recommend using Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub.
    This has 2 percent Salicylic Acid and is very good for body acne.
    Its the best scrub i'v used for body acne.
    Leave this on your body for like 2 minutes then wash off.

    When your body acne goes down you might have redmarks from the body acne.
    The best thing for this is an AHA product.
    I would recommend the Alpha Hydrox enhanced lotion.
    It has 10% AHA in it.
    It costs about 13 dollars.
    They sell it in Eckerd and Riteaid.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 12:24 AM   #9
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    dollymama, be careful with the benzoil peroxide wash.
    My face and body did not react good to anything with benzoil peroxide.
    I broke out everytime I took that.
    Benzoil peroxide is the main incredient in the proactive acne products.
    I'v had no luck with it.
    My face and body have reacted much better using Salicylic Acid.

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    Old 02-17-2006, 07:48 AM   #10
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    Re: Best over the counter acne treatment?

    Is ur skin oily-blemish skin? If yes, I highly recommend Avene. Try google for that brand.. i bought the cleanser, toner and mosturiser.. its all I need.. miracle.. tried ProActiv, Dalacin T, Dalacin C, C-mycin, tetracycline, minocycline, doxycycline.. u name them.. useless.. Avene work best for me. Doctor recommendation. Just my opinion though

     
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