Hey guys! I thought it would be helpful to make a VERY basic guide for those who are just starting out. This is a basic guide for at-home treatment of acne. This guide is a work in progress and is not by any means a comprehensive guide.
If you have cystic or hormonal acne, they tend to be pretty difficult to treat with topicals so you might want to see a dermatologist right away.
1. Get a gentle cleanser that does not break you out. There are drugstore brands such as CeraVe and Cetaphil that are easily accessible.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser (contains salicylic acid)
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
2. Pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
3. Apply a toner (optional): There are toners containing Salicylic Acid (helps unclog pores which in turn helps prevent acne) or Glycolic Acid (helps exfoliate dead skin cells and also can help prevent acne).
I recently read/learned that avoiding dairy is a good way to relieve acne. I love cheeses and milk, and am looking for a milk workaround. The problem, however, is that almond and other common substitutes like soy taste like absolute SHIT for me. Are there any other milks that I can try that do not have dairy and don't taste horrendous compared to almond or soy?
I just started using it maybe a week ago and I’ve been taking pictures to see my progress and my skin looks TERRIBLE compared to what it looked like before I started. I’ve stopped using it of course but I want to give it another try. I think it’s reacting with the other things I put on my face? Someone help what should I do?
I have a small-medium sized bump that has been cleared yesterday but the redness and bump remained. I’m not sure if theres anything left in the pore. I have been icing it and applying aloe vera on it to reduce redness but its not going down. Its not a cyst either. Its like those clogged pore that causes a bump.
Hello everyone, 26 year old guy here
As a teen and young adult i always struggled with bad acne. There were always patches of zits on my cheeks and forehead, new ones every day, you all know how it is.
Naturally I try to fight it by washing my face with various cleansers morning and night. Seemed to work at first but never really solved my problem. I feel like I tried 90% of acne face washes on the market over this time.
After a while I took it to a dermatologist who tried a few other prescription washes. Neither worked very well at all so eventually we went the accutane route. Worked like a charm. Acne was gone.
The acne remained gone for a year or so but came back with a vengeance. Just as worse as before with the same problem with washing my face doing nothing.
Eventually I came to accept I’ll just be a guy with acne. Hard pill to swallow but there was just nothing that worked. I went on like this for another couple years.
During this time I still washed my face daily as I felt like it couldn’t make it any worse right? Very wrong.
I go on a camping trip with my friends a couple times a year lasting a week at a time. During this week, I do not shower or wash my face at all. I viewed as a break from the hassle and if a few more zits grow, big deal.
I was surprised to notice that my acne after the camping week is almost always less red, less bumpy, and almost looks like it’s clearing. After trying literally every face was on the planet, would not washing my face really be the answer? I put it to the test and decided to stop washing my face to see how it goes.
I have not washed my face with anything other than water ever since. My acne has 100% cleared and I haven’t put a single face wash to my skin.