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    Old 05-24-2001, 08:52 PM   #1
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    How I Got Rid Of My Acne (For Good)

    I just wanted to share my story on how I got rid of my acne problem. I know that everyone is different but this is what worked for ME.

    Acne was never really a problem for me during high school. I would occasionaly get a pimple (never any blackheads) now and then, but I had pretty good skin. Then, all of a sudden for some strange reason, at 19 I started breaking out very often. My problem was not severe but it started to bother me. Also, I'm a guy with really sensitive skin, so shaving would really irritate my face and make my problem even worse. Everyone kept telling me that I would "grow out of it" but I was already past my teenage years and I started freaking out.

    I tried every cleanser and cream I could find at my local pharmacy but nothing seemed to work. Then this past February I had my 21st birthday and I decided that I would do everyhing in my power to get rid of my acne problem. So this is what I did:

    -The first thing I did was join the gym. I kept reading that stress is one of the major causes of acne. So I decided to start working out to relieve stress. I just thought that even if the acne didn't go away, at least I'll end up with a killer body. I also stopped worrying so much about my face.

    -I stopped eating any foods that are generally associated with causing acne. I know dermatologists say that food has not been proved to cause acne, but I decided that there must be some truth to it. So I gave up ice cream, milk, chocolate and greasy foods (I never liked fast food anyway). And if you think about it, if you stop eating chocolate you'll also drink less milk, because that's what we generally drink when we have chocolate. And besides, all it does is make you fat and aids in tooth decay, so who needs it.

    -I also started drinking excessive amounts of water. I have this 32 oz. cup and I drink from 3 to 5 of these a day (I once had 10 in a day). I drink before, during and after my workouts at the gym, and then a cup or two later in the day. Water helps hydrate your skin and helps get rid of acne. The only problem is that you'll have to go to the restroom very frequently. But that's why I drink most of it in the morning so I won't have to go during the night. And I learned to just gulp it down instead of drinking it slowly so I could drink it faster and drink more of it.

    -I started sleeping on my back. I know this sounds weird but I read that even resting your chin on your hand can cause acne. And I would always sleep on my stomach, so I thought resting my face on my pillow probably had something to do with it. Especially since I only had acne on my neck and cheeks, and none what-so-ever on my forehead (I would hug the pillow so only my cheeks would lay on it). And I try to not touch my face too much. Like I said, this sounds weird, but I did not want to give acne a chance or a cause.

    -Then I ordered this product called Proactiv Solution. I had seen the infomercial a couple of times while flipping the channels in the early morning hours, but had never thought about buying it. After searching through countless websites and reading from people who had used it, I decided to give it a try. I had tried everything else so I had nothing to lose. I ordered it through their web site and it arrived like 2 weeks later. I started to notice results right away. Within the first 2 to 3 weeks I had a much better complextion. And after that I started getting fewer, smaller pimples and they seemed to go away faster than before. The only thing is that I had these red marks where the acne once was. But I got rid of them gradually using this skin lightening lotion I got through the Proactiv catalog. They also have all kinds of other products that work really well to help keep your skin clear.

    -I also started using a face mask every week. I know for guys it might be a little embarrasing to buy them at the supermarket or drug store, but they help to deep clean your face, reduce the size of your pores and make your overall complexion a lot better. Don't worry about what anyone says if they see that you are using all of these "girl" products. Hey, you want better skin, don't you?

    So it has only been a couple of month's since my 21st birthday and I am happy to say that my face is COMPLETELY clear of acne. I had not had a pimple for weeks. I am so amazed at the difference. I used to look at people with perfect skin (I live in L.A. where everyone seems to have flawless skin) and become so angry and jealous at them. But now I am one of them and it feels SO good.

    Sorry for the length of this post but I just had a lot to write about. I hope that what worked for me works for some of you guys too.

     
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    Old 05-25-2001, 08:22 AM   #2
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    Proactiv is the worst thing I have ever tried!!!

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 09:51 AM   #3
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    you are lucky, proactiv worked. I used it for 2 weeks and it burnt my skin. My skin peeled for about a month.

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 10:28 AM   #4
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    I still have a red face from that Pro-Active shi* and it has been about 2 years!

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 10:55 AM   #5
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    Re: How I Got Rid Of My Acne (For Good)

    I'm glad to see that your regimen worked well for you, Tyson. I do have to say that I never found a facial mask to be beneficial. I would find that the ingredients left my skin dry and more prone to breakouts. I have also read that they really are unnecessary if you already cleanse your skin and use acne medications.
    I also would not recommend Pro-Active to anyone. The ingredients are the same stuff that one could find in the local drugstore, nothing special as they would lead to believe.

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 03:16 PM   #6
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    There was a time, while I was using Proactiv, that the skin around my forehead and nose got all irritated and red. So I stopped applying the Repairing Lotion on those areas, and the redness went away after like 2 weeks.

    The only other problem I had with it was that it made my skin really dry, so I had to use moisturizer everyday. But now that I no longer have acne I only use the Proactiv every night before I go to sleep and use another cleanser in the morning.

    But I suggest to people who are thinking about trying it out just to give it a chance. If it doesn't work for you just stop using it and try something else. I really don't think anyone should suggest to people not to buy it just because it did not work for them. And if Proactiv was the same as the stuff that one could find in the local pharmacy, I don't think you would read so much about it in these message boards. All I can say for myself is that it worked wonders for me and I have great skin now. Weehee!

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 03:25 PM   #7
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    About the face mask: I recommend Kiehl's Rare Earth Facial Cleansing Masque. You can find it at Saks Fifth Avenue. It makes you fell like a real tribesman when you're wearing it, and it's fun to answer the door and perplex the pizza-delivery guy. It gets hard, you wash it off, your skin feels like new, and all the crud is removed from your now smaller pores. But guys, you can also find plenty of products in your girlfriend's medicine cabinet.

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 05:42 PM   #8
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    Save yourself the money, Kiehl's "Rare" Earth Masque is not rare, just bentonite and kaolin. Go to Walmart and find a clay mask with the same "rare" ingredients.

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 07:07 PM   #9
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    im using only proactive twice/day for the past week and a half because I have never tried a benzoyl peroxide system. It would seem their system might be more pricey and doesn't really claim to be some magic. Just a nice integrated system.

    anyway im sleeping on my back and changing my sheets often and keeping up with the healthy lifestyle and cleansing myself in the shower right after exercise.

    Its too soon for me to tell if it will work or not but it isn't making my skin dry at all or red or irritated. I figure I'll use this batch until it runs out then decide. Also if it doesn't work for you, you can get your money back so I don't really see this as a risk for any first time users.

     
    Old 05-25-2001, 08:17 PM   #10
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    You are right. Proactiv has a money back guarantee and you can even return the bottles empty and they'll still give you a full refund! So you really have nothing to lose for trying it out. And you've probably tried everything else so why not give it a chance. Anyway, I don't want to sound like a Proactiv spokesperson. I'm only writing about it because it worked wondefully for me, and I am very grateful for the product. But I think using Proactiv alone doesn't get rid of the acne. I think you have to find several ways to prevent the breakouts.

    But good luck Leroy. Just remember to be persistent with maintaining your daily regimen and hopefully you'll start seeing results soon.

     
    Old 05-26-2001, 04:13 PM   #11
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    Proactiv is good for asian (yellow skin)to use it i guesss hey TYSON..how many % of BP in cleanser and repair lotion????<p>[This message has been edited by OilySk (edited 05-26-2001).]

     
    Old 05-26-2001, 05:35 PM   #12
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    Both the Proactiv Renewing Cleanser and the Repairing Lotion have only 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide. Most acne medicines have 10% BP. It's still as effective as other cleansers but without the irritation. I have super-sensitive skin and it does not irritate my face. Like I posted before, there was a time that the lotion was making my nose and forehead irritated, but I just stopped using it on those areas and it went away. I didn't have acne in those areas anyway. Other than that it's very gentle on my skin.

     
    Old 05-26-2001, 05:49 PM   #13
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    I just ordered it..can u help me out Tyson

    Proactiv Solution 3-step system Plus 2 FREE gifts. By ordering now, you will receive a two month supply of our 3 piece club package every 60 days, and your credit card will be billed $39.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling for each shipment

    ARE THEY GOIGN TO CHARGE ME MONEY AFTER 60 days??? is there any hiden charge..because i ordered by credit card

    Also one more..my skin is very oily...and not sensivite skin..do u think Protiv helps my oily skin??<p>[This message has been edited by OilySk (edited 05-26-2001).]

     
    Old 05-26-2001, 06:14 PM   #14
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    Well your credit card is going to be automatically charged after 2 months (the stuff should last you about that long, so don't use too much of it), so that you will not have to keep re-ordering. You can change your payment method if you want. And if you don't like it you can cancel your subscription and get a full refund. I forgot what the 2 free gifts were. I think one was a Refining Mask. But I don't think there's any hidden charges besides shipping and sales tax.

    Anyhow, I'm positive that it works on ALL skin types. You can buy this lotion through their catalog called Daily Oil Control which is a "light, oil-free formula [that] gently balances your skin's oil production to stop excess oil before it starts." It helps control excess oil throughout the day to keep pores from clogging and skin from looking shiny. I used to have a really oily, shiny nose but I just use that in the morning and it works really good.

     
    Old 05-26-2001, 06:24 PM   #15
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    how about i dont want them to automatelly charge me every 2 months...wat should i do?? also my credit card gogin to expire soon next month..how they goign to charge it??

     
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