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#1 of 8 Old 04-14-2007, 11:30 PM - Thread Starter
 
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What do you use for skin care?
I have sensitive skin that is VERY acne prone. I've been battling acne for the past 18 years of my life. Obviously, it's been a losing battle.
Currently, I use Johnson and Johnsons Clean and Clear facial cleanser. I use Dove to moistureize. On occasion, I use Queen Helene's Mint Julep mask. I use Arbonne's spot treatment, which contains salicylic acid. I've been getting awful pimples on my chin and around my mouth. The Arbonne stuff doesn't seem to be working. I have left the minut julep mask on overnight which dries things out a little and shrinks the whiteheads.
I want to move away from using the Clean and Clear for sure. I know it's not the best for my skin and I'm not a big J&J fan. I've read about people using honey for cleanser. How is that working for those of you who use it?
What about moisturizer? I have a hard time finding a moisturizer that doesn't irritate my skin. I would like something more natural. Cost is an issue. I do not have any money to spend on myself and I can't buy $15 dollar soaps and facial products.

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Try sulfur soap. Where I live (large Hispanic community) it's found in the "ethnic" section of most stores. It's something like $0.99 a bar, comes in a orange box and has writing in english on one side and spanish on the other. Smells funny, obviously, but works really well. I had horrible acne when I was younger and it works really well for me. It also lightens any red/dark spots left behind by acne. I was looking for a picture and found this site
http://www.hbamart.com/catalog/index...034d5f677827d1
Apparently, it also comes in a bottle. Huh, never knew that.

That particular brand of soap, Grisi, also makes other soaps like: pearl, oat, neutral, avocado, almond, seaweed, honey, olive oil, tomato.... I love that brand.
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Tea Tree Oil is great for acne. I have a tea tree oil gel that I put on breakouts which dries them out without going so far as redness or flaking. You need a really light moisturizer too - Dove is way too heavy. I use Avalon Organics Lavender for sensitive skin, but anything that says "light" and doesn't have a ton of heavy oils, lanolin, etc. Almond oil is fairly light, I think. There are also oil-free moisturizers which might be even better. I cleanse with a scrub for sensitive skin in the shower a few times a week and just use water the rest of the time (with a washcloth or cotton ball if I'm taking makeup off). HTH.
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Does the acne on your chin get worse during a certain time of your cycle? Acne on chin is usually caused by hormones.

The best thing I found so far is to exfoliate with Scotch tape! Just stick on, and gently peel off. Do this about twice a week, and make sure to use sunscreen.

Baking soda paste also works well on stubborn acne. I dab it on before I go to bed, and it's significantly smaller the next day.

You might also want to consider taking herbal supplements. I take Vitex (chasteberry). It's supposed to regulate your hormones. It helps w/ my PMS for sure!

Are you dieting and losing weight? If so, the toxins that get released from your fat cells could be contributing to the acne. Drink tons of water.

I would definitely switch your cleanser. I use Burt's Bee's garden carrot soap to remove makeup. The soap will last a looong time. Then I tone with Nivea Viage moisturizing toner (haven't found a cheaper natural alternative). I just started using this and love it! And I moisturize with olive squalene and vitamin E. My pores clog very easily, espcially w/ oils, but none of these do.

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I use honey and baking soda. It works great. Although in the morning, I almost always forget to bring the honey in the shower so just wash my face with Dr. Bronner's. I use Desert Essence facial moisturizer, which I like and it doesn't seem greasy, and also coconut oil, but only use that on my cheeks.

I switched to this routine maybe a month or so ago and my face is looking a lot better, less red and irritated. I did still get a couple zits around my period but not too bad. I really doubt I'll ever have perfectly clear skin.

What kind of make up do you use (if any)? I also switched to mineral makeup so I don't know if that is playing a role in better skin too. I use Everyday Minerals.
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I use the same guiding principle with body-care that I do with foods: no or fewest possible indredients. I am really enjoying coconut oil for a moisturizer and honey to wash my face. I think maybe the honey pulls "impurities" out or something, so seems like maybe at first it's getting worse, but then, better than ever.
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What kind of make up do you use (if any)? I also switched to mineral makeup so I don't know if that is playing a role in better skin too. I use Everyday Minerals.
I RARELY use make-up. It's not for lack of want...I don't know how to apply it well or pick good colors for me. I would like to wear it on occasion, but I don't for fear of applying wrong. I know it sounds silly. When I do use make-up, I use Clinique. I'll have to look into mineral make-up. I saw an informercial for something called Sheer Cover. It's too expensive for me and I never order from infomercials, but it got me thinking of mineral make-up.
Thanks to everyone for the replies and the ideas! I'm going to try a few different things to see what works best for me.

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I've heard good things about Mario Badescu http://www.mariobadescu.com/ . Apparently all the famous and beautiful people use it. I have personally used their Drying Lotion overnight on breakouts and it is rather amazing. You can get free samples online or at Nordstroms.

I love other Arbonne products but haven't tried the acne line. I just bought/received some of it for my husband yesterday. Hope he has better luck with it than you have.
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