Is Aha Good For Acne

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you think is more expensive, to buy a 35 dollar acne kit, or to purchase the bigger sizes individually?
    Okkkk so I bought the Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit which was 35 dollars.

    Set includes:
    -2 oz Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash
    -1 oz Blemish Buffing Beads
    -0.5 oz AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel
    -0.25 oz Acne Spot Area Treatment
    -0.25 oz Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel

    If I were to buy them individually, I would only want to buy three products out of the kit because I already have a spot treatment and a primer that mattifies.

    So here are the details for the first three products I would buy:
    -8 oz Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash for 35 dollars
    -8.5 oz Blemish Buffing Beads for 36 dollars
    -3.4 oz AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel for 54 dollars

    Sooooo yeah please help, because I really don't know if it would be more worthwhile to buy the bigger versions verses the kit

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne and acne scarring on my back?
    I have acne and scarring from the acne on my upper back and on my shoulders. I am looking for some at home remedies or something that I can buy from the local drug stores to heal this up.

    • ANSWER:
      Honey has the anti-bacteria agent(s), apply over the area, leave it for about 15-20 minutes and then wash it off.

      I have heard that tomato can act like AHA products, too, but I think you might need tons at a time.

      Hope it helped!

      HAPPY THE LAST FRIDAY OF THE YEAR! ;)

  3. QUESTION:
    What is a good simple home remedy for acne?
    I been using clearasil ultra for my acne but it's a little to harsh for my skin and hasn't been working that well. I've been using it for about 2 months and the acne goes away but leaves horrale red dots and by time they go away new acne comes. Does anyone know a simple home remedy to make that will help my acne, and maybe even help my dry skin? Also if you know any good products for acne that works well let me know. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Skin experts and practitioners recommend several natural acne treatments:

      http://www.acnepilot.com/acne-medications/home-and-over-the-counter-acne-medications.php

      1. Avoid touching your face. Stop putting your hands by your face! I am often guilty of this resting my hand on the side of my head while reading. Also rubbing or bracing your chin is another common problem when thinking. Avoid rubbing, touching, or itching your skin with your hands. Your hands contain a lot of bacteria that can cause acne flare-ups. It is probably one of the most difficult things to avoid since much of the hand to face contact throughout the day we are unconscious of. Make it a habit to avoid hand contact and be conscious of it during the day to avoid bacteria.

      2. Wash your face twice a day (thrice at most) with gentle and unperfumed cleanser. Avoid using soaps as they contain harsh chemicals and ingredients that can damage your skin.

      3. Avoid the temptation to pick, prick and squeeze your acne. This will send the infection deeper into the skin and can cause severe scarring.
      For mild to moderate acne, you can use over- the- counter topical ointments, solutions, lotions or gels that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or azelaic acid as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is best at killing P. acnes and may reduce oil production. Resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur help break down blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the follicles of the oil glands.

      4. Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial agent and has a drying effect on the skin. It keeps the P. Acnes bacteria at bay along with decreasing facial oiliness, which makes this oil a worthwhile investment.

      5. Topical antibiotic solutions and lotions can also be applied.

      6. Sulfur helps to heal existing blemishes by unblocking pores.

      7. Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA or BHA) works by keeping the skin exfoliated. Glycolic acid, the most well-known of the bunch is a useful adjuvant therapy for mild acne. Mandelic acid, a lesser known one, but one that combines the keratolytic properties of glycolic acid with natural antibacterial properties that help reduce the presence of P. acnes, may be considered a more effective alpha hydroxy acid in treating acne lesions. It is also much less irritating than glycolic acid, a factor that may be very important to those with sensitive skin who are unable to use other agents such as Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid. It is effective in treating mild cases of acne on its own, and can be used successfully with other therapies on moderate acne.

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good face products for acne?
    I have had moderate acne since i was in 5th grade and I am in11th now and I've been trying to clear my face up. The severity varies a lot depending on stress mostly. My face does get a bit oily but not too much. Any product or home remedy will help. Please include possible side effects such as dryness if there are any.. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      6 things must be done EVERYDAY to reduce/prevent acne: 1)Wash, Tone, Moisturize Face at least 2x a day, morning & night (possibly 3rd time, midday, if super oily/sweating). 2)Don't Let Dirty Things Touch Face 3)Eat Healthy Food, Limit Junk Food 4)Take Multi Vitamin Mineral 5)Drink About 64 oz Pure Water 6)Do 20to30 Min Aerobic Exercise. Doing 1 or a few of these will NOT keep skin clear as possible!

      STEP 1 (required): Wash Face with warm water & cleanser. Try Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson & Johnson.

      STEP 2 (required): Tone Face with liquid toner/astringent. Try Witch Hazel (Thayers or Dickinson's) its gentle, non-drying, reduces bacteria/swelling, helps prevent acne, minimizes pore size.

      STEP 3 (optional): Treat Face with acne medicine (cream/gel). Try ONE of these active ingredients for a period of time to see if skin improves: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid. Try acids by Alpha Hydrox/Neoteric Cosmetics, Skin Laboratory, Perfect Peel Solutions, Cellbone Technology. Try Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free Formula 10% Glycolic AHA. Acid heals acne, cyst, scars!

      STEP 4 (required): Moisturize Face. Try Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid! Or try Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly, its 99% organic, contains vitamin A, C, E! Don't use other brands of aloe, has very little aloe & to much junk in it which can irritate skin! Aloe vera is gentle, helps renew skin cells, heals blemishes/scars.

      STEP 5 (optional): Apply Makeup. Try Revlon ColorStay Combination/Oily Skin SPF 6 Foundation. Using a Makeup Setting Spray (Skindinavia, Model In A Bottle, Urban Decay, Sephora) will give you shine-free skin all day!

      STEP 6 (optional): Face Massage improves acne prone skin because it removes toxins away from the face & delivers nutrients to the skin. To see results, do EVERYDAY or every other day! Wash face. Apply toner. WASH HANDS & then use aloe vera as massage gel. Do 10 min massage before going to bed. Don't wash face again, let aloe dry on face. Buy any book on face massage, such as Ten Minute Facelift by Jennie Harding.

      STEP 7 (optional): Face Mask can improve acne prone skin. Do 1 or 2 times a week. Buy mask for oily acne skin or make homemade mask by mixing plain oatmeal with water. Wash face. Apply oatmeal mask. Leave on for 20 to 30 min. Rinse off with warm water, Apply toner & moisturizer.

      FACE PRODUCT CAUTION: Only use oil free products that won't clog pores & cause acne! Products that work for one person may not work for another person, so always do small patch test on face for a couple of days to see how skin will react to product! Don't quickly jump from product to product! Give skin a break before trying new product to prevent irritation! Natural & gentle products are sometimes more effective than acne medicine! If you are going to use acne medicine, prevent irritation & dryness by using a medicine-free cleanser (step 1), and then only using ONE medicated formula! Decide which ONE formula will have the acne medicine in it: Toner (step 2), Treatment (step 3), Moisturizer (step 4), or Makeup (step 5)!

      HANDS, HAIR, STUFF: Keep dirt & bacteria at bay to prevent breakouts! Always wash hands before applying face products! Don't rest hands on face! Don't let phone nor dirty oily hair touch face! Don't lean face on objects! Clean glasses often! Wash pillowcase, sheets, blanket, washcloth, towel often! Old makeup, makeup tools harbor bacteria, Use fresh makeup, wash/replace tools often! Wash makeup off face before going to bed!

      AEROBIC EXERCISE increases circulation & delivery of nutrients to skin cells, encourages good blood supply, helps remove toxins, controls acne breakouts! To see results, do 20 to 30 min of exercise, EVERYDAY or every other day! Drink Water! Immediately take a shower to remove sweat & dirt!

      FOOD & LIQUID: Research has shown that there is a connection between certain kinds of food & acne! Read book The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan & Valori Treloar! This book has detailed info on what to eat and not to eat to help reduce/prevent acne! Always eat healthy food - fruit, vegetables, lean meat, fiber, beans, wholegrains, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A & C. Limit intake of dairy, milk, fat, oil, butter, greasy/fried foods, sugar, candy, sodium, salt, dessert, caffeine, coffee, pop, alcohol. Always avoid cigarettes, tobacco, illegal drugs! Its hard to get all vitamins minerals skin needs, so take supplement everyday! Overdosing on vitamins minerals from food or supplements is dangerous! Drinking about 64 oz of pure water everyday improves skin quality, flushes out toxins, delivers nutrients to skin! You can also include 100% Fruit Juice as part of your daily total. Acne can be caused or aggravated by constipation, make sure bow movements are regular! Getting enough sleep helps skin repair itself!

  5. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of my dark spots left from acne?
    I have acne, but its not as bad as the dark spots left from it. The dark spots make my acne look worse than in really is. It really adds pink to my skin tone. I always have to wear a cover up & i'm sick of it! How can I get rid if these spots easily? Don't suggest proactiv dark spot correcter cuz I read the reviews and I hear it makes them darker & worsens the acne. I dont wanna bleach my skin cuz my mom tells me it could change the skin tone color to parts of ur skin. Is that true too?

    • ANSWER:
      There are some solutions that can help even out your skin tone. These are just a few:

      Lemon Juice is actually a natural skin bleacher. Make a mix of lemon juice, some honey and a bit of rosewater and dip a cotton ball in the mix. Apply on the areas you want to treat and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then, rise with lukewarm water. If you apply this mix everyday to see results quickly.

      A Face Mask made with natural ingredients found in your kitchen is also a natural way of getting rid of dark spots from acne. A simple and effective recipe is a mix of parsley, grated onion, grated cucumber and rose water. Make a ritual out of it and make the mix every week. You'll smell like a salad, but it will definitely minimize your dark spots.

      Hydroquinone in topical applications is a very well known skin whitener. It's very effective, but it's also known to have some side effects. A similar ingredient that's natural and side-effect-free is Rumex Extract. Rumex Extract might not act as quickly, but it's effective and a really good alternative to hydroquinone.

      Glycolic acid peels can be done is a spa. It's also called Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) which is normally used to treat acne scars. Basically, a chemical peel is applied to get rid of the very top layer of the skin to allow new skin to develop. The new skin layer will replace the old scarred one, reducing imperfections like dark spots and regular acne scars.

      Microdermabrasion can be done at home with a home microdermabrasion cream. Very convenient price wise and for those who don't have the time to go to a spa. This do-it-at-home treatment uses micro crystals to get rid the very top layer of the skin (less and gentler than dermabrasion) and gets rid of dead skin cells. It's the alternative for dermabrasion with the same results.

  6. QUESTION:
    What do you suggest on acne treatment that actually works?
    Because I just finished using a bottle of Clean&Clear Acne Wash and it does not work and I also try the Blackhead Clearing Scrub by Clean&Clear and it doesn’t work either. So what worked for you?
    proactive is not an option

    • ANSWER:
      There is no one brand that works well for this, so don't get married to a brand name or a product description. Here's what you need:
      (1) A non-irritating face cleanser. I use Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin or Neutrogena One Step Gentle Cleanser. Seriously, a too-strong cleanser will just make your skin break out more.
      (2) If you main problem is blackheads, get an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) or BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) product. What this does is gently exfoliate the surface of your skin PLUS the inside of the pores, which loosens and quickly gets rid of blackheads. I use Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Liquid, but you could also use Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion or Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion (either the regular one, or the one for Sensitive Skin).
      (3) Lastly (and this is the real gets-rid-of-blemishes part), you need a 5% or 10% Benzoyl Peroxide product. I would suggest Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength, but if that is too strong and your skin gets too dry, try Paula’s Choice Extra Strength Blemish Fighting Solution, which only has 5%.
      Incidentally, I don't work for Paula's Choice, or anything, and you certainly don't need to use those products (which you can only get from the website), it's just that I found them to be cheaper than all the alternatives.
      Sounds like you're already on the right track by refusing to believe that ProActiv hype and crazy marketing! Good luck!

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of 'baby acne' or 'dry bumps'?
    Basically, on my face & the back of my arms, I have these tiny bumps. They aren't that visible, but you can feel them. The doctor referred to them as baby acne, but other people called them dry bumps. The doctor told me to get this lotion to put on it, but I've been using it forever and nothing is happening.

    Does anyone else have these?
    Does anyone know how to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliate gently with body wash and a loofah in the shower, and use lotion with AHA in it (alpha hydroxy acid) once or twice a day; you basically get them from not moisturizing i think...i have a few on my arms. It is called ( ok this is spelled wrong) ackenic Keratosis or something like that. Go to a derm if you want to as well. Eucerin makes a good lotion with AHA in it though; my mom uses it. :)

  8. QUESTION:
    what products can i use to fade the brown acne scas on my face?
    i have dark acne scars all over my face and i need something to fade them or drastically improve their appearance.... is there a product that can do this?

    • ANSWER:
      It'll Cost You:

      USE THIS!

      http://www.murad.com/ibeCCtpItmDspRte.jsp?section=10841&item=34164&minisite=10020

      LOL:" Lemon juice will lighten them, used over time.Plus the boost of vitamin c is good for your skin and the aha's will exfoliate your skin."
      WILL NOT WORK. vitamin C is not for skin thats VITAMIN e!!!!

  9. QUESTION:
    How to stop Acne once and for all?
    After four months of intensifying battles with my Acne, I've finally rid of the majority. Few are on my face and it bugs me because if I get rid of them, a few days later, they just spawn again and annoy me. They also appear in the most bizarre places of my face, on the rim of my nose, the border between my eyebrow and eye, under my ear, and a bunch of other gruesome places. It bugs me I can't rid of them, any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      First, look at your face and identify the type of acne you have. Red and inflamed, or non-inflammatory acne? There can be many causes for both. Red, inflamed acne is caused by bacteria (inflammation is your bodily response) or irritation. Non-inflammatory acne is caused by cosmetics or just clogged pores. For inflammatory acne, use a good quality Benzoyl Peroxide 2.5% gel, which you can get from the drugstore, or you can get better quality cheaper benzoyl peroxide 2.5% from acne.org, if you're willing to order on line. BP kills off P. Acnes, the bacteria that causes inflammatory acne. For inflammatory acne caused by irritation, you need to cut down on irritation. For non-inflammatory acne, I suggest you use 2% salicylic acid; the catch is this--you need something with no alcohol and is pH controlled. The only thing I've found that fits is Paula's Choice.

      Salicylic acid basically breaks down oily, sticky gunk in the pores and helps shed dead skin (exfoliation). It will also help to increase absorption of benzoyl peroxide.

      I would suggest you switch over to a more gentle face wash (CeraVe foaming facial cleanser) and maybe CeraVe moisturizing lotion (you don't need the face kind. It's just more expensive. this is non-comedogenic).

      I also suggest you add antioxidants to your skincare regimen and an AHA treatment.

      Be careful about only introducing one treatment at a time. Start off with the thing you need most. Use for 2 or 3 months, get used to it and then add in the next product. (Antioxidants don't count as treatment).

      If you have inflammatory acne: start with BP, then add in AHA, and then finally BHA (salicylic acid).

      For non-inflammatory acne: start with BHA (salicylic acid) and add in AHA, to prevent wrinkles.

      Use jojoba oil or jojoba & Castor oil for make-up removal. You can get jojoba at whole foods.

      This is what your regimen should look like:

      Morning:
      1. Wash face, gently with room temperature water (not hot, not warm, not cool, not cold) Don't rub. Foam the cleanser in your hands and gently glide over your face. Then rinse.
      2. pat dry
      3. apply salicylic acid
      4. wait 15 or 20 minutes and apply moisturizer/ antioxidants.
      5. Apply sunscreen

      Night:
      1. apply a mix of a little bit of jojoba oil with some castor oil mixed in. gently, use a washcloth to wipe off. Reapply to get off any additional makeup. This pretty much removes all traces of makeup from your skin.
      2. Wash face. See morning routine for directions.
      3. pat dry
      4. apply benzoyl peroxide if you have red pimples. Make sure you apply a lot in those areas, but very gently, allowing your fingers to glide over skin and allowing the bp to absorb completely.
      5.987 Moisturize.

      If you're oily, wash gently and frequently throughout the day, being sure to moisturize each time. Oil DOES cause acne, and if you're not using an irritating cleanser, or rubbing your skin, it should benefit you. You might have to take travel bottles of cleanser and moisturizer with you to work or university. Only use salicylic acid in the morning and/or at night, however.

      Finally, I suggest that you learn about the skin, its structure, and the treatments used to treat acne. Also learn about the ingredients in cosmetics. Go to cosmeticcop.com to look up ingredients that are good and bad for you. If you understand these things, you'll know how to adjust your regimen to different circumstances, and you'll be less likely to make mistakes!

      The keys are to minimize irritation, oil, and acne-causing bacteria! Always keep this in mind.

      Good Luck!!!

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of acne scars?
    Well I have acne scars n i want to get rid of them. Any thing that will help get rid of em?

    • ANSWER:
      You can try chemical peels...i have seen the best results with them. You need to have them done by a professional (either esthetician or dermatologist) and they should be done during winter months. Depending on how deep your scars are you may want to have it done in a series of treatments (over time) because this usually gives the best results. Have either a Jessner/TCA (strongest), Glycolic, Salicylic, or Lactic peel or you can alternate. You can also try a Glycolic Cream for now. Just add it to your skincare regimen...I recommend the brand "Alpha Hydrox- AHA Souffle" you can put it on 1x per day after you cleanse and before your moisturizer to start and then increase to 2x per day. Make sure you wear sunblock. Just be aware that Glycolic Acid is a chemical exfoliant and it can make you break out when you first start using it. Good luck!!!

  11. QUESTION:
    How to remove scars that i got on my cheeks after ACNE ?
    Which Products contain AHA and Vitamin C ? Is these products are for every one ?

    • ANSWER:
      Lemon juice is effective in lightening the dark spots left by acne and pimples.

      First, cleanse the scarred area with water. Soak up a teaspoon of lemon juice with a cotton ball and smooth it over the marks. Leave the juice in place for ten minutes, then rinse.

      Be careful how often you use lemon juice: it can have the side effect of making your skin light sensitive. Make sure to cover treated areas with sunscreen before going outdoors.

      Here are a few other remedies

      Vitamin E

      Try applying vitamin E to the scarred area three to four times daily to help reduce its visibility. If you keep at it, you should see some results after one to two weeks. It takes a long time before you get really noticeable effects.

      Honey and pearl

      A useful facial pack for acne is honey and pearl powder.

      Apply a mask of it for 15 minutes. If you can keep doing it every week, your skin will become lighter and smoother.

      Tea tree oil

      Some medications made from natural ingredients, such as rosehip seed oil and tea tree oil, will not only help to heal scars, but also significantly work to prevent future scarring.

      Leeks

      Peel the membrane from white are of the leek while watching TV or resting. Place a peeling over scarred areas for ten minutes every day. You can secure it with a bandage to keep it from falling off. Keep this up for a few weeks and you'll see the color fade away

      Ginger

      After cleaning your skin, cut a few slices of fresh ginger and apply to the affected area for 20 minutes. You'd better do this laying down, otherwise the ginger may fall off. It might burn a little, but probably not too much. The ginger may leave behind a bit of redness after you removeit, but don't be too worried. Just wipe off and have a good rest. In the morning, the scar should become smooth, and will hopefully fade completely within two weeks.

      Aloe Vera Plant
      cut off a piece and squeeze the goopy gel inside and apply to skin.It lightens and fades scars while fighting and preventing acne.Apply before bed let dry[2-3 min tops]and sleep with it on soft glowing skin in the morning.

      Source(s):
      HOPE THIS HELPS

      ME

  12. QUESTION:
    What can a teenager do for really bad acne?
    Lately my younger brother, He's 15, Has had some pretty bad acne. I've noticed it's not improving at all, Wheter he's using Stridex pads or any kinda of face cream. He really finds it too be a burden. Anyway, It's gotten pretty nasty. Nobody else in the family has ever suffered from bad acne. So, What's a good way, That's not too expensive to get rid of the acne?

    Thanks guys.

    Matt

    • ANSWER:
      * Wash your face twice a day (thrice at most) with gentle and unperfumed cleanser. Avoid using soaps as they contain harsh chemicals and ingredients that can damage your skin.

      * Avoid touching your face. Stop putting your hands by your face! I am often guilty of this resting my hand on the side of my head while reading. Also rubbing or bracing your chin is another common problem when thinking. Avoid rubbing, touching, or itching your skin with your hands. Your hands contain a lot of bacteria that can cause acne flare-ups. It is probably one of the most difficult things to avoid since much of the hand to face contact throughout the day we are unconscious of. Make it a habit to avoid hand contact and be conscious of it during the day to avoid bacteria.

      * Avoid the temptation to pick, prick and squeeze your acne. This will send the infection deeper into the skin and can cause severe scarring.

      * For mild to moderate acne, you can use over- the- counter topical ointments, solutions, lotions or gels that contain salicylic acid or azelaic acid as an alternative to benzoyl peroxide. Resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur help break down blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid also helps cut down the shedding of cells lining the follicles of the oil glands.

      * Topical antibiotic solutions and lotions can also be applied.

      * Tea tree oil is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial agent and has a drying effect on the skin. It keeps the P. Acnes bacteria at bay along with decreasing facial oiliness, which makes this oil a worthwhile investment.

      * Sulfur helps to heal existing blemishes by unblocking pores.

      * Alpha or Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA or BHA) works by keeping the skin exfoliated. Glycolic acid, the most well-known of the bunch is a useful adjuvant therapy for mild acne. Mandelic acid, a lesser known one, but one that combines the keratolytic properties of glycolic acid with natural antibacterial properties that help reduce the presence of P. acnes, may be considered a more effective alpha hydroxy acid in treating acne lesions. It is also much less irritating than glycolic acid, a factor that may be very important to those with sensitive skin who are unable to use other agents such as Retin-A, benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, or salicylic acid. It is effective in treating mild cases of acne on its own, and can be used successfully with other therapies on moderate acne.

      These treatments are usually effective for mild to moderate acne problems only.

  13. QUESTION:
    What is a quick, easy way to get rid of and prevent acne?
    I have used many different products to prevent acne. The thing is, they all need to be used daily. I'm horrible at keeping up on routines, so they don't really work for me. Also, I have combination skin(Oily and dry).

    • ANSWER:
      Well you have to keep a skin routine. It is very important to cleanse your skin nightly - at least - and exfoliate 2-3 times a week. If you have the extra money I would suggest using MD Forte glycolic lotion 15%. It is an excellent product and I have used it for years. You will see a difference in your skin in about 2-3 weeks. Glycolic acid (AHA) exfoliates first layer of dead skin, improves skin tone and elasticity, and helps moisturizers penetrate into the skin. They also have a glycolic cleanser that is great. Since your skin is combination, you have to be careful not to overdry your skin with treatment products. So another product I would suggest is a salicylic acid 1 to 2% - Neutrogena makes great products with this added ingredient. And just spot treat the acne every other day. Don't over medicate your skin.

      Most importantly, cleanse to remove oil, dirt, and makeup. Use sunblock and glycolic product. You will see improvement. Good luck!!

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the best kind of AHA product on the market for oily/acne prone skin?
    I used to put on the Neutrogena lotion for night on my face, but they have stopped making those a long time ago. Right now I'm currently using Paula's Choice Exfoliating 8% AHA Gel, but its quite expensive, and I need to get a product that I can buy at the grocery store.

    • ANSWER:
      Stick with the good stuff! I used to have terrible acne and grocery store products didn't work for me. If you're willing to use Benzoyl Peroxide, Proactive is AMAZING!! The scrub is very mild and the first month's supply of cleanser, toner and lotion is only .
      Linda

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of acne, acne scars, and blackheads?
    Ok so I have terrible acne all over my face and it's ugly. I have acne scars from previous acne all over my chin and forehead. And blackheads: ALL OVER MY NOSE!! I hate it, its horrible. Please help me!! Thank you!

    P.S.: I have used, Proactive and Biore Cleaning Strips they did not work for me at all!

    • ANSWER:
      DO THESE 4 STEPS TWO TIMES A DAY (MORNING & NIGHT):
      STEP 1 REQUIRED: Wash Face with warm water and cleanser. (Possibly 3rd time during the day, if super oily or sweating after exercise). Washing your face MORE THAN 2 or 3 times day can produce more oil, acne, and irritation! Using a special face brush has worked wonders for some acne sufferers - Go to Clarisonic website for more information!
      STEP 2 REQUIRED: Tone Face with liquid toner/astringent
      STEP 3 OPTIONAL: Treat Face with acne medicine (cream/gel)
      STEP 4 REQUIRED: Moisturize Face

      SUGGESTED NATURAL/MEDICINE-FREE PRODUCTS TO TRY
      Step 1: Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson & Johnson
      Step 1: Dial Gold Antibacterial Soap. The antibacterial ingredient Triclocarban found in Dial Gold Soap has helped some acne sufferers. Yes, many people say, never use SOAP on your face, but maybe this soap can help your acne.

      Step 2: Dickinson's Witch Hazel or Thayers Witch Hazel. Witch Hazel is gentle, non-drying, reduces bacteria/swelling, helps prevent acne, minimizes pore size.
      Step 2: Any brand of "Organic Apple Cider Vinegar With Mother". This type of vinegar will dry out pimples and help fade scars. (Using other types of vinegar will NOT work!). Some people use this vinegar full strength, but I recommend slowly building up to that because the acid in vinegar is strong which can burn and irritate skin. Dilute the vinegar, by mixing 50% vinegar with 50% water (use more water, if needed). When skin gets use to this product, you can SLOWLY decrease the water for a stronger effect. If you use this vinegar treatment, you do NOT need to use other acne-medicine products on your face!

      Step 4: Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture
      Step 4: Go to Amazon website and search "oil control moisturizer" and "oil control lotion" to find moisturizers that help reduce oil.
      Step 4: Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly. This is 99% organic, contains vitamin A, C, E! Don't use other brands of aloe, has very little aloe and to much junk in it which can irritate skin! Aloe vera is gentle, helps renew skin cells, heals blemishes/scars.

      SUGGESTED ACNE-MEDICINE PRODUCTS TO TRY
      Step 1 Sulfur: Grisi Sulfur Soap
      Step 2 Glycolic: Prep Skin Refresher by Cellbone Technology
      Step 3 Sulfur: Pomada De Azufre Sulfur Ointment by De La Cruz
      Step 3 Glycolic: Alpha Hydrox Oil Free 10% Glycolic AHA by Neoteric Cosmetics
      Step 4 Glycolic: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion
      Step 4 Glycolic: Reviva Labs Glycolic Acid Oily Skin Daytime Light Cream Moisturizer

      MORE IMPORTANT TIPS
      1. Make sure face products are labeled OIL-FREE or NON-COMEDOGENIC so they won't cause acne!
      2. If the acne ingredient SALICYLIC ACID (Beta Hydroxy Acid - BHA) or BENZOYL PEROXIDE is not healing your acne, try a product containing GLYCOLIC ACID (alpha hydroxy acid - AHA) or SULFUR. (Glycolic Acid will also help fade acne scars).
      3. If you are going to use acne medicine, prevent irritation and dryness by using only ONE medicated formula! Decide which ONE formula will have the acne medicine in it: Cleanser, Toner, Treatment, or Moisturizer. The other 3 products that you use should be medicine-free.
      4. Products that work for one person may not work for another person, so do not get discouraged! Keep trying out different products until you find the one that works!
      5. Do not quickly jump from product to product! Give skin a break before trying a new product to prevent irritation!
      6. Keep dirt and bacteria at bay to prevent breakouts! Don't rest hands on face! Don't let phone nor dirty oily hair touch face! Clean glasses often! Use a fresh clean pillowcase every night! Old makeup and makeup tools harbor bacteria, so use fresh makeup and wash/replace makeup tools often!
      7. Eating ALOT of fruits and vegetables (especially foods that are rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C) will help keep skin clear! Read the book, The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan & Valori Treloar.
      8. Drink more water! Water improves skin quality, flushes out toxins, delivers nutrients to skin!
      9. Do at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise on a regular basis! Exercise increases circulation and delivery of nutrients to skin cells, helps remove toxins, controls acne breakouts! Drink Water! Immediately take a shower to remove sweat and dirt!

      YOU CAN READ THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND BUY ALL OF THE ABOVE FACE PRODUCTS, FACE BRUSH, AND BOOK AT AMAZON WEBSITE.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of acne scars?
    Does anybody know how to ged rid of acne scars? My face is literally covered with them, more on the sides than the t-zone. I don't want to get any expensive dermatologist treatment, I'm just looking for something simple that I can do at home. I use aloe vera right now, and that works a little, but I want to really get rid of them completely! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      What kind of scars are they? Are they reddish/not indentions? If so, this is hyperpigmentation. This usually lasts about 6 months after acne clears. You can look into chemical peels, which are actually like only 40 bucks a pop usually. Apple Cider Vinegar seems to help, simply dilute ACV with equal parts water and dab on the pigmented areas with a cotton ball. You can also search your local drugstore for topical products containing Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA).

      If you have small indentions you can even drink lemon juice in water, and dabbing ACV also may help with these. If you have severe scarring, as in not only shallow indentions and red marks from hyperpigmentation, topical treatments have shown to be pretty ineffective. Although, all these remedies I've listened are pretty inexpensive and worth a shot if just that, and reducing the appearance can make a big impact.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of acne fast?
    I have really bad acne and its starting to affect the way I feel about myself, so how can I get rid of it fast and keep it away?

    • ANSWER:
      6 things must be done EVERYDAY to reduce/prevent acne: 1)Wash, Tone, Moisturize Face at least 2x a day, morning & night (possibly 3rd time, midday, if super oily/sweating). 2)Don't Let Dirty Things Touch Face 3)Eat Healthy Food, Limit Junk Food 4)Take Multi Vitamin Mineral 5)Drink About 64 oz Pure Water 6)Do 20to30 Min Aerobic Exercise. Doing 1 or a few of these will NOT keep skin clear as possible!

      STEP 1 (required): Wash Face with warm water & cleanser. Try Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar by Johnson & Johnson.

      STEP 2 (required): Tone Face with liquid toner/astringent. Try Witch Hazel (Thayers or Dickinson's) its gentle, non-drying, reduces bacteria/swelling, helps prevent acne, minimizes pore size.

      STEP 3 (optional): Treat Face with acne medicine (cream/gel). Try ONE of these active ingredients for a period of time to see if skin improves: Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Sulfur, Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid. Try acids by Alpha Hydrox/Neoteric Cosmetics, Skin Laboratory, Perfect Peel Solutions, Cellbone Technology. Try Alpha Hydrox Oil-Free Formula 10% Glycolic AHA. Acid heals acne, cyst, scars!

      STEP 4 (required): Moisturize Face. Try Neutrogena Oil Free Moisture SPF 15. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Face Lotion SPF 15 contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid! Or try Lily Of The Desert Aloe Vera Gelly, its 99% organic, contains vitamin A, C, E! Don't use other brands of aloe, has very little aloe & to much junk in it which can irritate skin! Aloe vera is gentle, helps renew skin cells, heals blemishes/scars.

      STEP 5 (optional): Apply Makeup. Try Revlon ColorStay Combination/Oily Skin SPF 6 Foundation. Using a Makeup Setting Spray (Skindinavia, Model In A Bottle, Urban Decay, Sephora) will give you shine-free skin all day!

      STEP 6 (optional): Face Massage improves acne prone skin because it removes toxins away from the face & delivers nutrients to the skin. To see results, do EVERYDAY or every other day! Wash face. Apply toner. WASH HANDS & then use aloe vera as massage gel. Do 10 min massage before going to bed. Don't wash face again, let aloe dry on face. Buy any book on face massage, such as Ten Minute Facelift by Jennie Harding.

      STEP 7 (optional): Face Mask can improve acne prone skin. Do 1 or 2 times a week. Buy mask for oily acne skin or make homemade mask by mixing plain oatmeal with water. Wash face. Apply oatmeal mask. Leave on for 20 to 30 min. Rinse off with warm water, Apply toner & moisturizer.

      FACE PRODUCT CAUTION: Only use oil free products that won't clog pores & cause acne! Products that work for one person may not work for another person, so always do small patch test on face for a couple of days to see how skin will react to product! Don't quickly jump from product to product! Give skin a break before trying new product to prevent irritation! Natural & gentle products are sometimes more effective than acne medicine! If you are going to use acne medicine, prevent irritation & dryness by using a medicine-free cleanser (step 1), and then only using ONE medicated formula! Decide which ONE formula will have the acne medicine in it: Toner (step 2), Treatment (step 3), Moisturizer (step 4), or Makeup (step 5)!

      HANDS, HAIR, STUFF: Keep dirt & bacteria at bay to prevent breakouts! Always wash hands before applying face products! Don't rest hands on face! Don't let phone nor dirty oily hair touch face! Don't lean face on objects! Clean glasses often! Wash pillowcase, sheets, blanket, washcloth, towel often! Old makeup, makeup tools harbor bacteria, Use fresh makeup, wash/replace tools often! Wash makeup off face before going to bed!

      AEROBIC EXERCISE increases circulation & delivery of nutrients to skin cells, encourages good blood supply, helps remove toxins, controls acne breakouts! To see results, do 20 to 30 min of exercise, EVERYDAY or every other day! Drink Water! Immediately take a shower to remove sweat & dirt!

      FOOD & LIQUID: Research has shown that there is a connection between certain kinds of food & acne! Read book The Clear Skin Diet by Alan C. Logan & Valori Treloar! This book has detailed info on what to eat and not to eat to help reduce/prevent acne! Always eat healthy food - fruit, vegetables, lean meat, fiber, beans, wholegrains, foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A & C. Limit intake of dairy, milk, fat, oil, butter, greasy/fried foods, sugar, candy, sodium, salt, dessert, caffeine, coffee, pop, alcohol. Always avoid cigarettes, tobacco, illegal drugs! Its hard to get all vitamins minerals skin needs, so take supplement everyday! Overdosing on vitamins minerals from food or supplements is dangerous! Drinking about 64 oz of pure water everyday improves skin quality, flushes out toxins, delivers nutrients to skin! You can also include 100% Fruit Juice as part of your daily total. Acne can be caused or aggravated by constipation, make sure bow movements are regular! Getting enough sleep helps skin repair itself!

  18. QUESTION:
    what products or regimens work well to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads and don't dry out the skin?
    I have very acne prone skin, and i've tried EVERYTHING to get rid of it! My dermatologist perscribed a benzoil peroxide cream, and it dries my skin out very badly. I saw on TV a Murad Acne Complex thing, and it seemed to work, but i'm not so sure. I have very low self esteem because of my acne, and i think it would go way up, if i got rid of my acne! Anything from store bought things, and home remedies would be very helpful!

    I also was wondering how to get rid of acne scars, i used to pop my pimples and now I have terrible scars.

    Another thing, i had the chicken pox when I was younger, and I now have large indents all over my face from scars. my dermatologist did a little surgery on one of them, and it only made them worse.

    PLEASE HELP ME!

    • ANSWER:
      Step 1 - Cleanse the face thoroughly with a good cleanser meant for oily skin. Preferrably use a salicylic acid cleanser.

      Step 2 - Apply an astringent like witch hazel. It helps reduce oiliness. If its a bit harsh mix a bit of rose water in it.

      Step 3 - Apply a good quality medicated cream or gel containing resorcinol, salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. This helps is soaking the oil and helps in peeling away the blackheads. You can get creams or gels of Benzoyl Peroxide treating blackheads If benzoyl peroxide leaves your skin dry, apply an oil-free moisturizer after 10 mins of applying benzoyl peroxide.

      Apply a thin film of adapalene gel once daily before bedtime. Its mainly available in the form of "Differin". Its highly recommended! A word of caution though, adapalene can increase the sensitivity of skin to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight, so prolonged exposure should be avoided by judicious use of sunscreens and protective clothing.

      Following this routine, in a matter of days you will be getting rid of blackheads.

      Effective Tips to get rid of blackheads

      •Exfoliate the blackhead prone area 3-4 times a week using facial exfoliators and scrubs.

      •Use creams containing AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Fruit acids) like glyco-creams that will clear away any dead skin cells and "expose" the blackhead. Use the AHA's every 3 days or so.

      •Keep your hair away from your face. Greasy hair and skin go together, and hair can spread infection.

      •Avoid washing the face with soaps more than twice a day. Instead wash your face often with plain water splashes.

      •Often use a mask with a clay base.

      If blackheads look ready to pop out, you could try removing them gently by using a blackhead extractor. Also, Pore cleanser strips (blackhead extractor) for removal of blackheads are highly recommended for the treatment/removal of blackheads. Using them once per week will leave your pores cleaner and smaller.

      Steam your face to soften both the skin and the material blocking the pores.

      =)

  19. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of my acne scars?
    I have really bad acne and lots of scarring from it. I really do not want the pimples I have right now to scar. That would look terrible. What should I use to get rid of these scars? Or at least fade them?
    Thank you!!

    • ANSWER:
      I'll recommend Alpha Hydroxy Acid lotion (AHA). To begin I wouldn't use anything over 10% strength. It's usually used as an anti aging cream. It works by dissolving the outermost layers of skin therefore encouraging cell turnover and bringing new, healthy cells to the surface. Using an AHA can help to promote a smoother, brighter, more even skin tone. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles over time and can also help with acne.

      But remember to use sun screen while using an AHA. It's will increase your chances of sun burn and all the other negative effects the sun has on your skin.

      You can email me with further questions at..
      Vontroxler@yahoo.com

  20. QUESTION:
    What happens if I consistently do not wash my face at night?
    I am trying to get rid of my acne. My morning routine is a gentle face wash, then moisturizer, then an ointment. At night I wash my face again. I am wondering if it makes a big difference if I consistently forget or am too tired too wash my face at night.

    • ANSWER:
      3 Reasons Why You Should Wash Your Face At Night

      1. Removing dirt and makeup will avoid blemishes and breakouts

      Doesn’t matter how tired you are, washing your face at night is not something you can skip. Leaving makeup on your face at night can clog your pores and cause breakouts. And dealing with pimples is never fun, and it is even more irritating when you think you could have avoided it by taking off your makeup at night (trust me, I’ve been there). But don’t think that you can avoid washing your face at night if you don’t wear makeup. Whenever we touch our faces with our hands, even though we do so unintentionally, we could transfer bacteria and dirt on it that will still cause problems if not properly removed before going to sleep.

      2. When your skin is clean, it better absorbs skincare products

      Our skin repairs itself at night so it is important we take care of it even when we sleep by applying a good moisturizer that will keep it hydrated overnight (the one you applied in the morning has completely evaporated by now) and any other skincare product of our choice to target any concerns we may have (like anti-aging creams and serums or AHA/BHA exfoliators for example). But before using these products, we need to wash our skin to improve their efficacy. When applied on clean skin, in fact, skincare products penetrate better and more deeply into the skin, performing better overall. After spending money on retinol or anti-acne treatments, you wouldn’t want to somewhat compromise their efficacy but applying them on a dirty canvas, would you?

      3. Washing your face at night helps to prevent acne

      If you have acne or your skin is prone to this condition, or you just get breakouts often, then washing your face at night will help. We have already seen how makeup clogs our pores causing blemishes if not properly removed but that’s not all. Our skin at night produces oil, which can get trapped into the pores. And the acne-causing bacteria thrives on this oil. Washing our faces will help keeping the pores clean, thus reducing the ability of bacteria to flourish and inflame our skin.

  21. QUESTION:
    How to clear up bumps on back and chest?
    I know this seems gross, but I think I have some sort of body acne. I have bumps all over my upper back and neck and across my chest. I've had them for awhile and they haven't gone away. I shower everyday and I make sure I wash those areas really well with soap, but they just won't go away. Should I get some type of special body wash? Any ideas? Thanks!
    I am eating good and I try to avoid a lot of oils, fats, etc. and have some sort of fruit or veggie with every meal.

    • ANSWER:
      try using a scrub with alpha hydroxy acid in it. i think st.ives apricot scrub has AHA in it. if you're going to use anything with AHA in it, remember to apply plenty of sunscreen to that area. The AHA makes your skin more sensitive to sun exposure.

  22. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of blackheads on face?
    What can i do to get rid of it all, all acne on my face and keep it off? I'm male, and shower every day, and wash my face off at least 1 time every day.

    • ANSWER:
      Go the the dermatologist.
      For blackheads they'd probably give you something like differin, some kind of retinoid that will help your skin shed the dead skin cells so they won't get all caught up and collected in your pores.. This "peeling away" of layers will slowly eliminate the blackheads I believe. It might help them to surface.
      If you can't afford that then try some AHA brand product. Does similar things.. Don't abuse it though because you can put your skin in a worse condition if you are too agressive. You must treat it gently, moisturize and use sunscreen.

  23. QUESTION:
    What kind of foundation should I use?
    I have very sensitive, very oily skin, I am a brown color with yellow undertones and I am acne prone. I want a natural, matte look however it seems like ever foundation makes my skin produce more oil and look nasty shortly after applying.

    • ANSWER:
      aha here, rather than think about the foundation I would use powder. Powder creates a matt effect on your skin and removes many flaws. Really I don't wear foundation, more tinted moisturiser, concealer, powder done.

  24. QUESTION:
    What's a good acne treatment for young teenagers with sensitive skin?
    I'm 15, and my skin is young and sensitive to most skin products, but I also have mild acne. What do you think? Benzoyl peroxide irritates and makes my skin more red :(

    • ANSWER:
      Johnathan,

      Do not listen to what user "ali" is telling you. Dermalogica is a comsetic line that contain a horde of plant fragrant ingredient that are potentially irritating, especially for sensitive skin. Scrubs cannot help with redness. What is ali talking about? Abrading your skin can cause inflammation depending on how harsh you scrub. If you truly have sensitive skin, I highly advise you to NOT scrub. There are better ways.

      The problem with your description is that I have no idea which benzoyl peroxide product you have tried. Perhaps the ones you tried contain fragrance or other irritants that are the culprit for inflammation and irritation and you end up blaming the benzoyl peroxide because the the product is marketed with benzoyl peroxide-related labels. Additionally, you could be using other products that can develop redness overtime such as harsh detergent cleansers or astringents for example. Therefore, you cannot be so sure which ingredient is the cause. Also, I have no idea if you are oily or dry with acne-prone/sensitive skin. If you are unsure, then take the skin type questionnaire developed by world-renown and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Leslie Baumann. You must register first before you can take the questionnaire; then, you can visit the specified forum that is tailored to your unique skin type. I have answered questions similar to yours elsewhere and got best answers. Check them out and consider my suggestions. I will just suggestion products that is strict on sensitive skin for you here. If you want routine information, visit my links below to other answers. There are no fragrance or coloring additives in the recommendations below. You can check the ingredients yourself.

      Cleanser - Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive (Oily/Combination) OR Eucerin Sensitive Skin Hydrating Cleanser (Dry).

      Exfoliant - Paula's Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Gel OR Liquid (Oily/Combination) OR Lotion (Dry). All three has 2% salicylic acid. If you are allergic to aspirin, try Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion (Dry) with 10% glycolic acid OR Paula's Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid (8% glycolic acid). Acid can cause redness if you have never used it. try ease up the application of chemical exfoliant if you have low tolerance for it at first. For example, Try to apply it every other night, or every third night, or once a week and gradually increase application frequency. Or, you can apply the chemical exfoliant for 5-10 minutes and rinse it off; do this for a week and increase leave-on application as you achieve higher tolerance for the acid.

      Acne Medication - I will give your skin the benefit of the doubt that you are not sensitive to benzoyl peroxide and that you have used it incorrectly. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold-standard for acne. The gentlest version is 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. If you low tolerance for benzoyl peroxide, try the method I provided in the exfoliant section. If you truly have sensitive skin, you should stick with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. Acne.org offers a very good and affordable 2.5% benzoyl peroxide treatment because you get more for your dollar. Plus, it has no fragrance in contrast to Proactiv Repairing Lotion. If you are really sensitive to benzoyl peroxide after all, your alternative for another over the counter is sulfur - try Clearasil Adult Acne Treatment Cream, Tinted with 8% sulfur and 2% resorcinol. This product can be strong strong so be careful. Patch test is safest thing to do for sensitive skin type. IF you are sensitive to even that, your best bet is a visit to a board-certified dermatologist for prescription or phototherapy or even isotretinoin.

      Moisturizer - if you have dry patches, apply a well-formulated moisturizer there such as CeraVe Hydrating Lotion or Cream. Cream is thicker and is very good for very dry skin. Dry skin means you have an impaired barrier that leaves you vulnerable to dehydration, bacterial infection, and inflammation. A well-formulated contain ingredients that mimic skin barrier and draws water so you stay supple and soft and hydrated. A formidable barrier gives you a strong defense against dryness and irritation.

      Sunscreen - I will not recommend synthetic sunscreen for you because I assume you have sensitive skin. Your alternative is physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as its sole actives. These inert inorganic compounds have broad-spectrum sun protection and high safety profile with minimal to no risk of irritation potential. For oily skin, try Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunblock SPF 50; its liquid consistency absorbs well. For dry skin, try Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock SPF 30. The drawback with physical sunscreen is that it can leave a white cast on the face depending on your skin tone so you need to practice blending or apply makeup. However, understand that its benefits outweighs this drawback.

      Best wishes

  25. QUESTION:
    How often do you exfoliate your face? Is it better to exfoliate in the morning or at night?
    Particularly St. Ives Blackhead & Blemish Control Scrub

    I have combination skin, no serious acne, just flakiness and lotsa blackheads and pores that are bigger than I'd like >.<

    • ANSWER:
      At night and every 3 days. You should try http://www.paulaschoice.com/shop/skin-care-categories/aha-and-bha-exfoliants/_/Skin-Perfecting-Two-Percent-BHA-Liquid-Exfoliant/?=

  26. QUESTION:
    Products to get rid of new acne scars?
    What are some good products to get rid of new acne scars that i can buy at the chemist, priceline, kmart, big w, target etc ?

    • ANSWER:
      Find a cleanser containing Glycolic Acid or AHA. But unforunately, you might not be able to find it at kmart or target. You can try but im not sure. The most effective treatment however would be topical Retin-A that your doctor can prescribe for you.

  27. QUESTION:
    How do you tighten your skin and make your face flawless?
    My skin is ageing and I think it's due to prolonged exposure to the sun. It's no longer tight and I have brown spots and acne scars. What do I do? Is there any DIY I can do? I prefer not to buy so many products at the market.

    • ANSWER:
      Well here are some home remedies you can try.

      To tighten the skin, use eggwhite every night and leave it on for half an hour on cleansed face. After which rinse off thoroughly.

      For brown sports or age sports, you can use juice of lemon and dab on those spots only(on clean face). leave on for 15 minutes and rinse off.

      For acne scars, try St Ives' AHA masque . Use it once or twice a week. Your acne scar will lighten visibly.

      Above all, depending on your skin type, do use a sunblock on a daily basis. SPF 30 or above. Use a gel sunblockl if you have acne prone skin. If not, you can try coppertone spf 30.
      This will help prevent more brown spots from developing.

      If you have the time, try this herbal cleansing soup which will help with all the above:
      Ingredients:
      1. two black mushrooms
      2. half a burdock
      3. 1 carrot
      4. half a white carrot
      5. 1 stick of celery

      dice the ingredients to equal sizes and boil them for about an hour. For the first week, you can take the soup three or four times in a row. For the 2nd week you can reduce to twice a week and carryon with the same dosage.

      You will notice a pink glow immediately after the first intake.
      Its a detox soup which will help with lightening the scars and of course melting away all those brown spots and prevent new ones from forming.

      And oh, do stay from fried potatoes and cheeze and fried corn for at least half a year til your problems are resolved.

      All the best :)

  28. QUESTION:
    What is the best drugstore facial cleanser?
    I just ran out of my Neutrogena Acne Stress Control cream wash (whew a mouthful) and I'm looking to buy a new cleanser. I have combination oily skin meaning my face is a complete oil factory on the T-zone. >..> So does anyone know of a good drugstore cleanser that might work for me? I personally prefer cream washes but any recommendations would help.
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      I use a benzoyl peroxide wash that was prescribed by my dermatologist in the morningg, and then at night I use the Neutrogena deep clean oil absorbing thing. that one comes in a bigg-ish tube, and its a mask. sorry, I forget what its called :/ and then after that, I use the Neutrogena deep clean foaming scrub (its blue ) :p sorry I don't know what they're called ;/ but yeah, they work good. I put the mask over my pimples if I have anyy and leave it on for five minutes and then wash my whole face after with the foaming scrub. and then I use a spot treatment that you keep on the pimple to make it go away faster :) its blue too, and its by neutrogena. aha sorry, I'm bad at describing :/

  29. QUESTION:
    What is a good acne product to use?
    I hate my acne!I've tried lots of stuff but it just drys my skin and makes me breakout more!I get teased and made fun of and im less confident because my acne.Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      Neutrogena Deep Clean: Ideal for normal to oily complexions, remove dirt, oil and makeup
      and removes dead skin cells. do this 3 times on week

      Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash.
      it works for me and it take 4-5 days acne gone i do once a day now my face is acne free
      tips: when i feel pimple come up i go wash my face with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash until it gone

      for acne, whitehead and blackhead look ingredients in products
      *Salicylic Acid: is ideal for unclogging pores and treating blackheads and whiteheads,
      *Bbenzoyl Peroxide: is ideal for acne it kills the bacteria in the pores that cause inflammation and acne.
      try products :Oil-Free AcneWash

      Cleansers:
      * CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
      * Olay Foaming Wash

      Exfoliate:
      * Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion

      Moisturizers:
      * Olay Regenerist
      * Clinique Moisture In-Control Oil-Free Lotion
      * Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement
      CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM,
      Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum,
      Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel,

  30. QUESTION:
    Where can I find a good exfoliator for acne not online?
    I want to find a good exfoliating product to use but somewhere like a Target or Walgreens? Ive heard AHA scrub with glycolic is best whatever that is

    • ANSWER:
      Buy yourself the soap and the cream of Vichy Normaderm.

      They are very good sell them in samborns.

      The cream costs less than 0 and the soap costs .

      I believe me I use them and they are very good, and the better thing is that they are for teenagers, for whom there are other creams that are for persons mas adult and even they produce prejudices to the young skins for which they are very irritating.

      This cream takes the sheen from you, it you dries the pimples and prepares that they work out different new thanks to a new technology that alone there have the Laboratories Vichy and Lancome.

      The two are very good only that the creams are mas cheap in Vichy.

      The equivalent of the cream that I recommend to you but of the laboratories Lancome it is called A Mash Focus and costs approximately 0. It finalizes you see that cost buys me 0.

      If you investigate the ccompañíasque they do them, it is the same for that both Laboratories belong to Lo-real and in my oopiniónlas two creams have the same substance, alone that the cream Lancome comes mas concentrated in the active substance and therefore it works mas rapidly beside having a better presentation. It is to say that it is mas elegant and luxurious.
      Source (s):
      http://www.normaderm.com/cl/pop.html?cl

  31. QUESTION:
    Is exfoliating bad for faces with acne?
    I have a somewhat mild version of cystic acne and I was wondering if I could exfoliate even though some people have told me that when you do that, it moves the bacteria around on your face and you get more acne. I'm using benzyl peroxide and it's making my face dry. I just need to exfoliate like once a week. What do you think? Good or bad idea.

    • ANSWER:
      It's a good idea to use chemical exfoliants but its never a good idea to use scrubs to exfoliate when you have acne (makes it look worse and it can inflame it). Chemical exfoliants would be BHA (beta hydroxy acid--aka salicylic acid), AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), glycolic acid, lactic acid, or differin or retin a, but it can be difficult to find the right kind cause most of the crap they sell at the drugstore comes loaded with irritants like alcohol and in that case it's just as bad as the scrubs. Some good ones you can find at the drugstore would be Alpha Hydrox lotion (Walgreens carries it) and I think either the Cetaphil or Cerave brand have come out with a new "renewing" facial lotion that would be worth trying.
      Its important that these products are at the right ph to work too, otherwise theyll do nothing. You can check out reviews at: http://www.paulaschoice.com/beautypedia/ to find out which ones are.

      Oh, also the Olay brush is worth buying if you're willing to spend on it.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why does my acne on my chin itch really bad?
    My acne comes and goes, but the worst spot is on my chin. I broke out badly because of my period. I put some vaseline on it after I got out of the shower, because I thought it was dry. After a while I washed my face with bert bee's cleanser, and used the blemish stick. I then apply cetaphil heavy moisturizer.
    What could be making me itch?

    • ANSWER:
      don't use vaseline on your face, it will clog your pores. cetaphil is rec'd by dermatologists for people who get facial peels, etc so it's known to be mild: doubt it's that. it is probable the cleanser or the blemish stick. is it that orange extract cleanser by burts? that makes mine itch too because it has so much AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) in it. the blemish stick has some kind of astringent in it which could itch more than usual if your pores are open after the shower.

      best bet for acne on chin is probably: mild cleaner, benzoyl peroxide cream in trouble area, and your cetaphil moisturizer. and time. if you have a dermatologist or general doctor, try differen.

      good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    my skin looks really bad and spotted during the night?
    At night my skin looks horrid (to say the least), it bothers me a lot. During the day it is good and nice. I do have acne and scars and they seem to stick out like a sore thumb at night. The best way to describe how it looks is like burnt skin (seriously), this bothers me so much that I don't look in the mirror at night. Flax seed oil application has helped my skin a bit and I have tried various prescribed drugs by my derm w/no results. How can I improve my skin? Btw I do not wear anything on my skin, just make up on the eyes.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have texture issues--in reality, many people do but you don't usually study other faces the way you do your own. It might also just be your face wash or the products you're using. If you're using something too drying or harsh (like a medicated acne cleanser) it will make your skin look worse. If you use acids regularly, like retin a or BHA or AHA they can do this too, as they tend to eat at the top layer of your skin---yes I know people often argue that retin a thickens your skin but it also thins the top layer which can result in subtle texture issues (its also why you have to wear SPF because it makes your top layer more fragile and vulnerable). Anyways, if you think its something like retin a then just take a break or cut down on your usage. If you don't use retin a then you might want to start because it can help even out your texture with long use--which is ironic considering it can also cause it but its not permanent either way so its worth trying.

      Another thing is there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup but do what you feel is comfortable. Shallow acne scarring (if that's what this is) like this isn't very noticeable to anyone else because no one looks at you face the way you do and basically, the only thing that will make much difference in it is time and exfoliation. Either that or expensive laser treatments and plastic surgery. If you're interested in laser or plastic surgery check out Realself.com for more info and advice.

      **only spray tan if you want to tan as the sun worsens issues like this and only causes further damage.

  34. QUESTION:
    I have a few acne products but I don't know the order in which I should apply them? please help?
    I have a proactiv cleanser, a Lactic acid exfoliator, Glycolic Exfoliating Wash,AHA Toner, and dermaque lipid recovery treatment. I don't know which order I should use them.

    • ANSWER:
      You should only be using one acne product, and the rest should be normal, non-medicated products. Pick one that you think works best, and replace the rest with milder substitutes. Using all of those will be too harsh for your skin and it won't improve

      Use a cleanser once a day, preferably in the evening, followed by your toner and lastly your moisturizer. You have 2 exfoliators, so choose one and use it no more than once or twice a week

  35. QUESTION:
    How can I lighten my skin tone the quickest?
    I have a problem with my face being a darker shade then my face. This mainly occurs because of the fact that I have acne scars. Does anyone have a quick solution? I've tried lemons previously with very minimum help.
    *my face is a darker shade than my body

    • ANSWER:
      If you limit your expectation to "quickest", then you have already lost the battle. Skin-lightening takes take to work. Besides, "quickest" is subjective so no one here knows what your measurement of that means. You need to be realistic.

      When there is an allergic reaction, irritation, inflammation, or infection, mechanical injury, or sun exposure , hyperpigmentation can be formed. The damage causes melanocytes in the stratum basale of the epidermis to produce excess melanin as a defense mechanism. Thus, you have hyperpigmentation. It comes in all sizes from spots to patches to larger section of the face depending on the severity of condition.

      To CORRECT the hyperpigmentation:
      1)You can exfoliate with one or a combination of the following alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA): glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, or mandelic acid.

      2)Or, you can exfoliate with beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) or beta-lipohydroxy acid (capryloyl salicylic acid).
      NOTE: Glycolic acid has the most research. Products with AHA in 5-20% concentration are effective and safe at pH 3-4. On the other hand, products with BHA or LHA are effective and safe in 0.5-2% concentration at pH 3-4. The frequency of application depends on your skin tolerance to the acid. You can acclimate to higher strength as you build your tolerance starting with a lower concentration.

      3)You can use one or a combination of skin-lighteners to inhibit melanin formation: Hydroquinone or its derivative (arbutin), kojic acid, vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) or its derivatives (e.g., magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and a few others), vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) or its derivative (Myristyl Nicotinate)
      NOTE: Hydroquinone is the GOLD-STANDARD. Over-the-counter strength is 1-2%.

      To PROTECT and PREVENT future darkening:
      1)You should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or greater and reapply after swimming, excessive perspiration, or every 2 hours for optimal photoprotection. UV-rays can darken the skin as well as significantly increase the risk of skin cancer. It is imperative to you are diligent and liberal with your broad-spectrum sunscreen (re)application or else all of your skin-lightening and money will be in vain.

      2)Avoid the sun from 10AM to 4 PM because that is the time when the sun rays are the most intense.

      If you have stubborn hyperpigmentation, then you can request a prescription of hydroquinone 4% or higher with or without retinoid or steroid from a board-certified dermatologist. Or, ask your doctor about chemical peels and laser resurfacing.

  36. QUESTION:
    How to get flawless white skin naturally?
    i am an asian. naturally yellow but slightly tan since i play tennis. hav some acne. no pimples. wat is a good daily skin routine? i want a routine which does not require any expensive products. home remedies would be fine.

    • ANSWER:
      Wear sunblock when you're outside. Buy a non comedogenic one so that it doesn't make your acne worse. Wearing sunblock regularly now helps your skin stay nice as you get older and prevents sun damage.

      Apart from that, get a good cleanser, moisturiser and an exfoliating scrub. Cleanse and moisturise every morning and night. Depending on which exfoliating scrub you get it might be designed for daily or weekly use. It doesn't really matter which you choose but make sure you stick to what it's intended for. Over exfoliating your skin isn't good for it. I like using an exfoliant with AHA in it but these can cost more than the kind that just have the little beads, I think they do a better job though.

      This is basically the routine I follow, except I use a few other products too, I have a spot treatment for acne I apply at night and a vitamin A cream I apply before my moisturiser everyday. I also use expensive products since there are almost no cheap ones made for my skin type and I'm following a plan made by my beautician so I have to buy her products.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the best drugstore moisturizer for an extremely dry face?
    My face gets really dry, and sometimes I get little patches that flake off kinda... and it looks and feels really bad. I use moisturizer at night, and sunscreen during the day, but I need an extreme moisturizer. I also have acne, so it can't have oil in it.

    My face isn't always dry, just sometimes if i wash it too harshly.
    I would love if you could say a specific brand, that i can get at Target
    AcneAce is a scam...just sayin

    • ANSWER:
      If your description is correct, then I will take it that you have very dry skin. Even if you have a good moisturizer for very dry skin, other things in your routine can make it worse or cancel out the moisturizer's purpose.

      You need to devise a well-designed skin care routine that include well-formulated products.

      Rule of thumb: stop using harsh soaps; avoid toners; avoid very hot or cold showers; moisturizer right after you shower to lock in that moisture

      Overview: Cleanse (AM/PM) --> Exfoliate (AM or PM)--> Moisturize (PM)--> Sunscreen (AM)

      -- Cleanser –

      CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser OR Eucerin Sensitive Skin Hydrating Cleanser OR Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser is great. All three contain no fragrance or colorants. Plus, they are affordable and readily available at the drugstore.

      -- Exfoliant –

      Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion with 10% glycolic acid OR Alpha Hydrox Silk Wrap Body Lotion with 5% lactic acid OR Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Lotion is great. All three contain no fragrance or colorant. All three is pH adjusted to permit exfoliation. If you have dry skin and experiencing acne, you may want to try a chemical exfoliant with salicylic acid. Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment with 2% salicylic acid OR Paula’s Choice 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion. The Neutrogena one has fragrance and colorant, but they are in minute amounts. I suggest this one because it is readily available in the drugstore.
      -- Moisturizer –

      Moisturizing is very important for skin. Dry skin has an impaired barrier that is depleted of the essential barrier components that keeps it hydrated. If you prefer a separate moisturizer, here are a few options that are great for the body and face. CeraVe Hydrating Lotion or Cream OR Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion is great. Both contain no fragrance of colorant. They contain substances such as glycerin, ceramides, petrolatum, cholesterol, plant sterols, oils, triglycerides, etc that function as either water-binding agents and/or skin identical ingredient to keep skin smooth, supple, and hydrated. If you have very dry patches, try Eucerin Aquapor Healing Ointment. It is best to apply moisturizer on damp skin (e.g., after you shower), to lock in that moisture.

      -- Sunscreen –

      Sunscreen is a MUST for any skin type. Sun UV-rays IS detrimental to the health of your skin. UVB is the burning ray whereas UV-A is the aging ray. Here are a few options that are great for body and face. Options for synthetic sunscreen are Neutrogena Age Shield SPF 55 OR Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, SPF 15. Both contain no fragrance or colorant. If you have sensitivity to synthetic sunscreen agent, then options for physical sunblock are Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen SPF 30+ Chemical Free Fragrance Free Sensitive OR Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunblock Mineral Protection, Fragrance Free SPF 30 OR Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock SPF 30. All three either contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. All three contain no fragrance or colorant. The drawback with physical sunscreen agents is that they can leave a white cast on the skin, so you need to practice blending or apply makeup on top. Do not mix moisturizer with sunscreen because you will dilute the SPF, lowering the protection - that's a no no.

      Result? Give these method at least a month. But you should see less dry skin within first few days.

      If your dry skin becomes persist and non-responsive, you need to visit your local board-certified dermatologist for professional help.

      Best wishes

  38. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of stains on my face?
    I used to have really bad acne and I would pop the really big pimples that wouldn't go away. But now I have darkish stains where the pimples that I popped were. I started to use neutrogena so I don't have acne anymore but I still have the stains =/ how do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      any moisturizer with AHA in it used daily will help A TON. I used Neutrogena which kind of tingled, but the brand doesn't matter, just the AHA. good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne fast?
    I use facial washes a lot and I make sure to take off all my makeup when I wear it.
    My problem area is near my mouth and on my chin.
    What products can I use that will help get rid of my acne? I have really oily skin.
    I'm using products like nuetragena and clean and clear.

    • ANSWER:
      So I used to have TERRIBLE skin so I made an appointment at a dermatologist, they offered me an opportunity to test a face cleanser called the Clarisonic Mia 2 What it does is it sorta vibrates and its on a one minute timer, you wash your forehead for 20 seconds, then nose, upper lip and chin for another 20, left cheek for 10 seconds and then right cheeks for 10 seconds. They also come in fun colors and prints. Lucky for me I was a trial tester so I got it for free, unfortunately it is pricy. 175$ to be exact. On the bright side it has a 1 year warranty, it comes with free professional face wash (I dont use this, I use another face wash which Ill talk about later) and it comes with a charger. They sell it at Sephora, the Bay and any professional dermatologist. If you really don't want to buy this even though I really recommend it, you should use a CLEAN face cloth, wet it and then put your cleanser on a corner of it, wet your face and just kind of rub gently and clean.

      For a cleanser I use Vivier's HEXAM Cleanser. They sell it exclusively at dermatologists offices. Just walk in and buy it aha! It works like a charm! I use 2 pumps in the morning and 2 pumps at night. I find it a bit drying and my skin feels tight after I use it but I have an awesome moisturizer and it feels great after. If you can't find this cleanser, then go to shoppers drugmart or really and drugstore and buy Spectro Jel. I think it's the best drugstore cleaser out there and my face doesnt feel tight at all after! It definitely takes longer to see a difference but it's still good.

      For my moisturizer I use Benefits Triple Performing Facial Emulsion I use two pumps for my entire face twice a day after washing my face and theres sorta of a tingling/burning sensation but it really works and its not greasy or oily at all! It gives your face a nice glow and its super light. You can get this at Sephora or Shoppers Drugmart or any drugstore. If my skin ever gets extremely dry, I resort to Vivier's LEXXEL night moisturizer. It is SUPER heavy but your face is perfectly moisturized after and if you do buy it only use a bit or else your face could get worse.

      Id say it takes about 1 1/2 weeks - 2 weeks to see a difference. Your face wont be perfect in just a week. If you have any white heads, take a pair of tweezers and put them on the sides and pop it, then to finish take two fingers and squeeze it really hard to make sure all of the puss is out. Then wash your face.

      If you have a huge red pimple, take a glass of EXTREMELY salted water and dip a q-tip in it and hold it on your pimple for 3 minutes. Its gonna sting really bad but youll see an immediate difference after you take it off. Then wash your face.

      For black heads, you need a blackhead extractor tool (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ijBregjbLrY/Sm10qrJ716I/AAAAAAAAAJA/nERZzkoCZw8/s400/blackhead+extractor.jpg) Your going to want to disinfect it by dipping it in rubbing alcohol and letting it air dry. Then fill up a bowl of steaming water and rest your face over it for a good 5 minutes. This will open your pores and soften up the blackheads for easier removal. After 5 minutes, align the tool so that the blackhead is in between the V-notch in the tool. Press down, expelling the sebum from the pore. It should look like a long string is coming out of your face.

      It sure is pricy, but it will clear up. Remember, it takes around 2 months to see a difference so be patient!

      Good luck :)

  40. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of body acne FAST?
    I have pretty bad back and chest acne and my boyfriend is constantly trying to move his hands up my back and I'm embarrassed about wearing low cut shirts around him. Any suggestions??

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on what type of acne you have on your back - do you have mostly non-inflamed bumps, (blackheads, congestion under the skin) or are they red and inflamed?

      If they are non-inflamed, try a strong exfoliant - use a scrub and strong AHA like Glycolic or Mandelic.

      If they are inflamed use a strong benzoyl peroxide - leave it on all night (but wear a white t-shirt so you don't bleach your pj's or sheets!). Also, consider getting a benzoyl peroxide solution with some sulfur in it - it makes the BPO stronger and more anti-inflammatory. Do NOT use a scrub to cleanse your back if you have this kind of acne.

  41. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne marks on chest?
    I have had acne before on my chest and I would say it is starting to clear up. Now my problem is mostly red marks that were left behind and discoloration. It's really embarrassing because I can't wear anything that might show my chest. These are more like marks.. they aren't raised and I wouldn't call them bumps or scars. How can I fade them or get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      The method for getting rid of acne is the same for any area of skin.

      Cleanse --> exfoliate --> acne medication

      Cleanse with body wash or facial cleanser. If you have fragrance sensitivity, find a facial cleanser without fragrance such as Olay Foaming Face Wash, Sensitive. No fragrance or colorant and affordable. Basically want to remove any oil build-up or and dirt and other residues from the affected area. A body wash can do the same thing, but be careful about sensitive to fragrance.

      Exfoliate with salicylic acid such as Neutrogena Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment with 2% salicylic acid. This ingredient is fabulous for acne prone skin because it can penetrate and exfoliate the pore lining, providing a better flow of oil, so you won't get clogged pores. If you are allergic to aspirin, then avoid salicylic acid-based products. Then, you may want to try Alpha Hydrox AHA enhanced lotion. This product contain glycolic acid. If you are sensitive to acids, then use a gentle scrub such as Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub. Though, you need to understand that scrub is not as effective as chemical exfoliation - period.

      Hands down the gold standard for treating acne is benzoyl peroxide. The FDA and deemed it to be safe and effective. If you want an organized acne regimen that takes the guess work out for you, you should give Proactiv a try. Acne.org also an acne system; plus, this system is cheaper because you get for product per dollar. Other than that, the drugstore has a few good options, too. Research has shown that a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide product is just as effective as 5% or 10% without the irritation. Proactiv’s Repairing Lotion has 2.5% benzoyl peroxide. However, if your skin has a more aggressive form of acne, you may just want to try a stronger concentration of benzoyl peroxide. Oxy Clinical Clearing Treatment has 5% benzoyl peroxide while Clean and Clear Persa-Gel contain 10% benzoyl peroxide. If you have sensitive to benzoyl peroxide, an alternative may be sulfur-containing product such as Clearasil Adult Acne Treatment Cream, Tinted with 8% sulfur and 2% resorcinol; however, this product can be “strong” so do a patch test to be on the safe side.

      Result? Be patient and compliant for at least 2 months.

      IF the acne persist, you want to pay your local board certified dermatologist a visit for prescription options.

      Rule of thumb: if you are wash your body with heavy body wash that has labels like lotion or cream, stop using it. There maybe ingredients in them that can be too heavy for you. The same goes for body moisturizer. Avoid heavy body lotion. Another thing, avoid using body lotions or any leave on product that contain irritants that may caused or trigger the acne breakout on your chest.

      Best wishes.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any at home scar removing techniques?
    Like homeade concoctions or anything like that. I have acne scars on my arms and they are horrible!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I was taught to use Vitamin E. But it's been shown that they don't really show reduction by smearing the Vitamin E oil on scars - instead the scars become smoother.

      With that in mind I was hopeful to provide a little more than bad news, so here's a little info I found when doing the search 'homemade scar removal':

      1- The Tomato Treatment

      Take a fresh tomato, give it a good wash then slice it into reasonably thick pieces. Rest the tomato on the scar and leave there for a few minutes. Perform this procedure twice a day before washing your face (so you don't go to bed with bits of tomato sticking to you!)

      2- Lemon Juice

      If the tomato treatment doesn't give you the results your after try this great homemade acne scar treatment. Slice up a fresh lemon and once again apply it to the scar. Because lemon juice is citric acid (which is part of the AHA group) it makes an effective homemade acne scar treatment. Lemon juice can also help increase the elasticity of your skin which is another great thing about it.

      3 - Mint juice

      Mint juice is a great way to help reduce acne scars. Simply apply some every morning (or evening) to your scars, allow it to sink in, leave for a few minutes and then wash it off. Mint juice is easily one of the most effective homemade acne scar treatments around.

      4- Water

      Water, that wonder liquid, is BY FAR the best homemade acne scar treatment around. Drink heaps of the stuff, every single day and you'll really notice the difference. Water helps so much because it encourages the growth of new skin cells and the removal of old ones. Also, water helps your body expel wastes which can lead to new acne outbreaks (and the possibility of new acne scars)

      As you can see there are a number of natural ways to combat acne scars without having to purchase expensive topical creams or surgical procedures (abrasion etc) Of course the best treatment for acne scars is preventing them from appearing - try not to squeeze spots as these can lead to nasty scars. That is perhaps one of the most important factors of homemade acne scar treatment.

      Hope that helps!

  43. QUESTION:
    what should i do to my face to get perfect skin?
    moisturize? Toner ? Face wash?
    How many times a day?
    What brands do you recommend?
    I have acne prone and sensitive skin with blemishes here and there.

    • ANSWER:
      Wel.. lets starts from the basics:

      1.Cleanse * Tone * moisturize according to your skin type atleast upon waking and during bed -time.
      2.Apply a face pack best suited for your skin atleast once or twice a week.
      3.never ever miss out on the sunscreen wen u step out.
      4.rub ice all over your face before you crash at night. Its helps in avoiding new erruptions.
      5.Atleast once a week, Steam ur face, Use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub on your face and rinse off wid warm water. follow it by a good face pack and rinse off with cold water, spray cold rose water.let it dry naturally and apply a gentle oil-free mositurizer.
      6.apply a mixture of lime and fat free curd to ur face daily for 10-15 mins.
      7.Salt cant be used as a natural skin scrub. But please be gentle with any face scrub.
      8.Drink atleast 8-12 glasses of water and lots of fruits and veggies.
      9. They do mean it when they call it a-beauty sleep. ensure you get enough sleep.
      10 . Stave off from oily- fast foods.. and make sure your hands are always washed clean from all that oil.
      11. remember to change ur pillow cover once in 4-5 days.
      12.too much of hair spra/gel/mousse can irritate the skin near the hairline and cause rashes. take measures to cleanse the skin well.
      13. if your using face products having BP/Hydroquinone/AHA/glycols etc...ensure to follow it by a sunscreen 15-20 mins after applyin the oinment.
      14.Never break zits or try squeezin them out. If at all a pimple has come to a head, gently steam that area and use a clean facial tissue to let out the pus . swab the spot clean using an astringent and rub ice on that area. after that,follow it with a gel based spot on treatment.
      15. Use good skin repair creams having zinc-oxide/cu in it.

      good luck :)

  44. QUESTION:
    A good foundation for severe acne and acne scars?
    I have svere acne and acne scars..and its really getting me down..i know i shouldnt but i cant help but cake on the makeup which makes it look and get ten times worse. I need to find a decent foundation with good coverage, and thats good for my horrible skin. I really dont want cakey looking makup anymore..

    Please help

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      hey there ; )
      i think your besst bet would be to get rid of that acnee.
      pretty much any coverup will affect it..
      sure, it will hide it for a while..but thenn itll get worse.
      proactive is quite excellent.
      no joke.
      works like a charm ; )
      i beleive that mac foundation is the healthiest for theeee skinn.
      i guess you could give it a try?
      aha
      GOOOOD LUCK!!

  45. QUESTION:
    having acne for 13 year can my face ever be clear and soft?
    23 now been having acne since i was like 10. can i get it cleared so i can look like i never had acne?

    • ANSWER:
      So I used to have TERRIBLE skin so I made an appointment at a dermatologist, they offered me an opportunity to test a face cleanser called the Clarisonic Mia 2 What it does is it sorta vibrates and its on a one minute timer, you wash your forehead for 20 seconds, then nose, upper lip and chin for another 20, left cheek for 10 seconds and then right cheeks for 10 seconds. They also come in fun colors and prints. Lucky for me I was a trial tester so I got it for free, unfortunately it is pricy. 175$ to be exact. On the bright side it has a 1 year warranty, it comes with free professional face wash (I dont use this, I use another face wash which Ill talk about later) and it comes with a charger. They sell it at Sephora, the Bay and any professional dermatologist. If you really don't want to buy this even though I really recommend it, you should use a CLEAN face cloth, wet it and then put your cleanser on a corner of it, wet your face and just kind of rub gently and clean.

      For a cleanser I use Vivier's HEXAM Cleanser. They sell it exclusively at dermatologists offices. Just walk in and buy it aha! It works like a charm! I use 2 pumps in the morning and 2 pumps at night. I find it a bit drying and my skin feels tight after I use it but I have an awesome moisturizer and it feels great after. If you can't find this cleanser, then go to shoppers drugmart or really and drugstore and buy Spectro Jel. I think it's the best drugstore cleaser out there and my face doesnt feel tight at all after! It definitely takes longer to see a difference but it's still good.

      For my moisturizer I use Benefits Triple Performing Facial Emulsion I use two pumps for my entire face twice a day after washing my face and theres sorta of a tingling/burning sensation but it really works and its not greasy or oily at all! It gives your face a nice glow and its super light. You can get this at Sephora or Shoppers Drugmart or any drugstore. If my skin ever gets extremely dry, I resort to Vivier's LEXXEL night moisturizer. It is SUPER heavy but your face is perfectly moisturized after and if you do buy it only use a bit or else your face could get worse.

      Id say it takes about 1 1/2 weeks - 2 weeks to see a difference. Your face wont be perfect in just a week. If you have any white heads, take a pair of tweezers and put them on the sides and pop it, then to finish take two fingers and squeeze it really hard to make sure all of the puss is out. Then wash your face.

      If you have a huge red pimple, take a glass of EXTREMELY salted water and dip a q-tip in it and hold it on your pimple for 3 minutes. Its gonna sting really bad but youll see an immediate difference after you take it off. Then wash your face.

      For black heads, you need a blackhead extractor tool (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ijBregjbLrY/Sm10qrJ716I/AAAAAAAAAJA/nERZzkoCZw8/s400/blackhead+extractor.jpg) Your going to want to disinfect it by dipping it in rubbing alcohol and letting it air dry. Then fill up a bowl of steaming water and rest your face over it for a good 5 minutes. This will open your pores and soften up the blackheads for easier removal. After 5 minutes, align the tool so that the blackhead is in between the V-notch in the tool. Press down, expelling the sebum from the pore. It should look like a long string is coming out of your face.

      Home remedies:
      Lemon juice. The Vitamin C present in the lemon helps the pimples to disappear quickly. When fresh lemon juice is applied on the pimples with the help of aclean cotton swab before going to bed, it helps the pimples to dry faster. For this remedy you need to use fresh lemon juice only and not the one having preservatives. Another option is to make a paste by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice to one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and then apply it on the pimples overnight. Next morning wash the skin properly with lukewarm water. However, this particular remedy is not suitable for those having sensitive skin.

      The toothpaste that you use every morning to clean your teeth can also be used to treat pimples very fast. For the treatment of pimple you must use the white toothpaste and avoid using the gel one. Apply some white toothpaste over the affected skin area before going to bed. Next morning after washing your face with water you can notice a significant improvement in the swelling. If you wish you can even repeat the process in the day time also. But this remedy should be followed after the ice remedy. Also you must make sure that the toothpaste remains on the pimples for at least half an hour. And make sure that its white toothpaste and not gel

      Tip: Use BB Cream by Maybelline instead of Foundation and powder. Its light and lets your skin breathe so you dont get breakouts.

      Good luck :)

  46. QUESTION:
    In the Proactiv line is there such a product called?
    Proactiv Skin Lightening Lotion, and if so how do I purchase it? (I already get the 3 step package, but I want to purchase the Lightening Lotion separately). Thanks. If there is no such product as the lightening lotion, can anyone tell me what other brand works that is compatible with Proactiv, and lightens acne scars?

    • ANSWER:
      Call up and order it. (its in the booklet that comes with the 3 steps)

      I've used both proactiv and their skin lightening lotion .. did nothing for me at all.

      There are loads of other things you can do to lighten red marks left behind from acne.

      EDIT:

      Glycolic Acid - I use either Neutrogena Pore Refining Toner with (AHA and BHA) .. and at night I use DDF 10% Glycolic Toner.

      Once in awhile I'll use Neutrogena Healthy Skin Lotion .. which has Alpha Hydroxy Acid in it (8%)

      Aloe Vera Gel - I use Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel. .. The slower method but I love how it makes my skin look .. so I'll always use it!

      Those are my TOPTOP 3 things to use lighten acne redmarks. Whenever you are using an AHA/Acid on your face you NEED to wear sunscreen .. or you else you can cause more scarring. Even if its raining/snowing/cloudy .. wear sunscreen. Actually .. since I've been wearing sunscreen on my face(SPF30) my redmarks havent gotten darker/worse .. so wear sunscreen!

      Check out http://www.acne.org .. click on Communities on the top .. the Message Boards .. and scroll down to "Red Marks Left After Acne" .. and you'll see a TONTON of recommendations on what to use in conjunction with your Proactiv.

  47. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of Acne?
    Hi, I'm a teenage boy and as most of you should know, these are unfortunately the years of acne. What is the best and fastest way to get rid of acne? I'm not trying to buy expensive, seen on TV, creams and products such as proactiv etc. I'm looking cheap store brand creams that will clear my face up. I'd also like to hear about any secret remedies you might have lol.
    Thanks you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Your Answer:
      No BS...this has been fool-proof for me, although it does require a little extra effort to get the lotion. You can buy Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion through Amazon or Drugstore.com, and some neighborhood drugstores. Just ask.

      I struggled with acne for YEARS. Not just little pimples, either: I had huge, cystic gross acne AND superficial whiteheads and blackheads. This regimen has maintained amazingly clear skin consistently.

      You must have:
      a Buf Puf sponge or generic sponge
      Clean & Clear Oil Free Foaming Facial Cleanser (yes, the bacteria-killing kind--trust me)
      Alpha Hydrox AHA Enhanced Lotion OR Clean & Clear Oil Free Advantage Moisturizer

      I couldn't believe how easy it was, although I should have realized that it included all of the clear skin essentials: abolish germs, get rid of pore-clogging debris, moisturize.

      DUH: Put a dime-size amount of the cleanser on your Buf Puf. Move over your face in a circular motion, using light pressure. Rinse thoroughly. If your face is dry/normal, apply a liberal layer of Alpha Hydrox lotion. Wait five mintutes before applying foundation or concealer. If your face is oily, apply a light layer of Advantage Moisturizer.

      Give it one week. I can pretty much guarantee this will work. Seems too good to be true, but it honestly works.

  48. QUESTION:
    Want to start using alpha hydroxy acid. How should I use it?
    Should I used it in a cleanser, moisturizer or night cream?

    My goal is to get smooth skin now that my acne is gone. Would like to minimize the appearance of pores and smooth the fine lines. Also would like to keep acne from coming back.

    Recommend any regimens or produts?

    • ANSWER:
      You know...you might want to think about waiting a bit longer (given your acne just cleared up) and consider a moisturizing regimen instead.

      My thoughts are because products containing a significant amount of AHA's (depending on pH levels, etc) can often lead to mild skin irritations, redness and flaking. Which could be a mess.

      Creams and lotions containing these AHA's are really designed for sun damage, wrinkles and age spots not really to prevent acne from returning.

      Exfoliate with a product like St.Ives Apricot Scrub and then follow with a regular moisturizing cream from Neutrogena or Ponds would be a good start. Keep away from too much makeup or other greasy products. Then go from there...

  49. QUESTION:
    whats the difference between salycilic acid and benzoyl peroxide and which one is better?
    what do each do? Which one is more effective in acne clearing?

    • ANSWER:
      Salicylic acid is the chemical compound with the formula C6H4(OH)CO2H, where the OH group is adjacent to the carboxylic acid group. This colorless crystalline organic acid is widely used in organic synthesis and functions as a plant hormone. It is probably best known as a compound that is chemically similar but not identical to the active component of aspirin. The name derives from the latin word for the willow tree (Salix), from whose bark it can be obtained.

      Contents

      * 1 Medicinal and cosmetic uses
      * 2 Other uses
      * 3 See also
      * 4 References
      * 5 External links

      [edit] Medicinal and cosmetic uses

      Also known as beta hydroxy acid (compare to AHA), salicylic acid is the key additive in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, callouses, corns, keratosis pilaris and warts. It treats acne by causing skin cells to slough off more readily, preventing pores from clogging up. This effect on skin cells also makes salicylic acid an active ingredient in several shampoos meant to treat dandruff. Use of straight salicylic solution may cause hyperpigmentation on unpretreated skin for those with darker skin types (Fitzpatrick phototypes IV, V, VI), as well as with the lack of use of a broad spectrum sunblock.[1][2]

      The medicinal properties of salicylate (mainly for fever relief) have been known since ancient times. The substance occurs in the bark of willow trees; the name salicylic acid is derived from salix, the Latin name for the willow tree. [3]
      Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
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      Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid)
      Cotton pads soaked in salicylic acid can be used to chemically exfoliate skin
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      Cotton pads soaked in salicylic acid can be used to chemically exfoliate skin

      Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA) can be prepared by the esterification of the phenolic hydroxyl group of salicylic acid.

      Subsalicylate in combination with bismuth form the popular stomach relief aid known commonly as Pepto-Bismol. When combined the two key ingredients help control diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, and even gas. It is also very mildly anti-biotic.

      Toxicological effects of 100% salicylic acid, however, are mostly harmful. It is harmful by ingestion, inhalation, and through skin absorption. It acts as an irritant, and chronic effects have shown 100% salicylic acid to have mutagenic effects (DNA damage), and act as a sensitizer (allergic reactions after repeated exposure). This is why most acne treatment medication uses a percent range of 2-5 in solution.

      Other uses

      * Salicylic acid is toxic if ingested in large quantities, but in small quantities is used as a food preservative and antiseptic in toothpaste. For some people with salicylate sensitivity even these small doses can be harmful.

      Benzoyl peroxide, like most peroxides, is a powerful bleaching agent. Contact with fabric (including clothing and bed linens) or hair can cause permanent color dampening almost immediately. At high concentrations, benzoyl peroxide is highly flammable and explosive and should be handled with care. In the United States, the monograph for benzoyl peroxide is 2.5% to 10% for both prescription and over the counter use.

      [edit] Uses

      Benzoyl peroxide is effective in the treatment of most forms of acne. It is typically placed over the affected areas in gel or cream form, in concentrations of 2.5% increasing through the usually effective 5% to up to 10%. Research suggests that 5 and 10% concentrations are not significantly more effective than 2.5% and 2.5% is usually better tolerated.[1][2] It commonly causes initial dryness and sometimes irritation, although skin tolerance usually occurs after a week or so. A small percentage of people are much more sensitive to it and liable to suffer burning, itching, peeling and possibly swelling[3]. It is sensible to apply the lowest concentration and build up as appropriate. Once tolerance is achieved, increasing the quantity or concentration a second time and gaining tolerance at a higher level usually gives better subsequent acne clearance. Benzoyl peroxide works as a peeling agent, increasing skin turnover and clearing pores, thus reducing the bacterial count there as well as directly as an antibacterial.

      Other common uses for benzoyl peroxide include dyeing hair, and as an active ingredient in teeth whitening systems. It is also used in the preparation of flour, and can be used as an initiator and catalyst for polyester thermoset resins (as an alternative to the much more hazardous methyl ethyl ketone peroxide).

  50. QUESTION:
    What kind of facial/ chemical peel should i get?
    I have GINORMOUS pores, oily Hispanic skin, and very very discolored brown and red spots from acne scars. What type of peel will give me results quickly? Help please! My mother's forcing me to get my picture professionally taken, that devil =(

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend and AHA peel with microdermabrasion
      AHA - Alpha a Hydroxy Acid will peel the layers of deep skin leaving your face feeling as smooth as a baby's butt!
      Those are done in sessions twice per week.
      Mircodermabrasion is very helpful for large pores.

      As far as what to do yourself at home.
      I recommend Beyond Belief ABH(alpha beta hydroxy @ Sally's beauty Supply.
      These products really help with breakout, minimizing pores, and evening out skin tone.

      At home facial (weekly)
      -Cleanse- make sure no achool
      -Exfoliate- remove dead skin that can clog pores
      -Tone
      -Steam - Boil H2O, pour into bowl, place towel over head so steam doesn't escape for about 15 minutes. This helps open pores to remove all dirt.
      -Mask- Use a clay mask - this will remove all dirt and oil inside pores. 10-15 minutes
      -Tone again
      -Saylic acid for on the spot treatment
      -MOISTURIZE- even though your skin is oily this will stop your skin from producing so much oil.

      Non facial days (morning and night)

      -cleanse
      -tone
      -spot treatment
      -MOISTURIZE

      I hope this helped a little!


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