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OMG....Acne!! HELP!!!!!

Oct 02, 2011 - 7 comments

Ok, seriously, where's my glow? I feel like a teenager (even though as a teen I never was plagued with bad skin). And now, wow! I'm trying different things. I read that salicylic acid is okay in moderation as long as it doesn't stay on your skin for a long time like with a mask. So I have a light face wash and scrub that seem to help. I use the scrub maybe once or twice a week. That seemed to help a little. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't so ugly and painful :(

One of my employees (who has 9 kids, by the way) said that there's nothing I can do. He suggested I try taking fish oil everyday and also using vitamin E and aloe mixed together on my face. To leave it on and then wash it off 5-10 minutes later right before bed. I'm using another face wash that has glycerin that's really gentle and I love how it smells. It's the Oil of Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser.

Anyone have any other suggestions? I don't eat oily or sugary things. I actually eat pretty healthy....mostly :) I just need some advice

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by sandstone27, Oct 02, 2011
Hi, sorry about the acne coming back.  I have blemishes at times on my forehead, usually when I'm stressed.  My favorite facial wash was discontinued about a year ago - Ameripure - it was made for American Laser.   (american laser - if you haven't heard of them, just go to american and you can find out if there is a clinic near you).  They have a new product that they use on their patients and sell as well, or you can buy it much cheaper on Amazon - as low as $14 for 6 oz. - I know because I just bought some.   Its called Vivite.  I haven't tried it yet but it has a 12% glycolic compound which includes salicylic acid as well.  I'm hoping it's similar to the Ameripure.  You can also buy Vivite exfoliating cleanser that has buffing beads and a 15% glycolic compound - but you wouldn't want to use that one more than 2 to 3 times a week.  They also make a 3rd one, a hydrating cleanser - I'd avoid that since it has no glycolic compound whatsoever.  If this doesn't sound good to you and you want to try something else, go to  You can do a live chat with a rep (M-F only) and explain your issues and they can recommend any number of products for you.. Hope this helps!  

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by sandstone27, Oct 02, 2011
sorry about the long post, but I'm kind of a skincare junkie.  Also, the combination of glycolic and salicylic acid is good for getting rid of the dead skin cells...I'd have to check but the vivite I think, has vitamin C and E in it as well which is a really good combo for your face.  Oh, and regarding mixing the aloe and E on your face, the problem is not WHAT you're putting on your face the absorption level is pretty low.

Good luck!


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by ImDONENoMore, Oct 02, 2011
How about Proactive?  I've heard a lot of great things about this stuff (and from real people not only from the celebs who promote it!)

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by ttc3since0908, Oct 03, 2011
Thanks for the advice, ladies. I have Vivite and do like a couple of their things and as far as Proactive, I'm super allergic. I get a weird dry, bumpy rash. I had to quit using :( I know it works for some but it didn't for me.

I'm just really wanting this pregnancy to go well and want to be as safe as I can with what I put on my skin and in my body. I don't want anything to go wrong and have me thinking it was my know?

I've been scouring websites to see what will help. I think these first trimester hormones are the big culprit and I'm hoping second trimester will bring the "glow" :)

I'll post and let you guys know what's worked for me.

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by yoha919, Oct 03, 2011
aloe vera, aloe vera, aloe vera!!!!! the lotion the bar of soap it works wonders on your skin!!

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by Pecas282, Oct 03, 2011
I got the following off the Livestrong ******* website (Medhelp wont let me write the link I don't think). It's a great website on all things health with many articles on pregnancy.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, topical acne treatments containing benzoyl peroxide are considered safe for use during pregnancy and are recommended above any other type of medicated acne product for pregnant women. Treatments containing benzoyl peroxide come in a variety of forms, including gels, creams, lotions, ointments, solutions, soaps, liquids and wash pads. Some of these products are intended as daily cleansers or rinses, while others can safely remain on your skin throughout the day or overnight. Certain cosmetics--such as concealers and blemish removers--may also contain small doses of benzoyl peroxide as a way to hide lesions while simultaneously healing them.

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by ttc3since0908, Oct 03, 2011
LOL...I slathered my face with aloe vera last night. I washed my face this morning and will slather again after my shower. I don't think I've ever taken this good a care of my skin ever in my life. I was the one who would fall asleep with full makeup after a night of clubbin' and would never break out. I guess I'm old and pregnant now and my skin has changed....A LOT.

I guess that's why I'm having an issue with this. I don't know how to deal with skin blemishes.

Thanks so much for the advice. I'll try to Livestrong site also.

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