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Topic # 114047 6-Feb-2013 09:52
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Basically starting this post to see what has helped you guys in the past or present
with acne or pimples. We have all had them at one stage and it would be great
to pass some usefull tips around. I personally have had quite bad acne for
the past six months, trying various face washes , etc.

So whats works ?




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  Reply # 756460 6-Feb-2013 10:00
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Getting old.

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  Reply # 756470 6-Feb-2013 10:37
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My daughter (13) uses Clearasil face wash and Topicil for direct application. 
A lot of people swear by that Pro-Active stuff on TV but I think you'll need deep pockets.

Not surprisingly, go see your GP for advice - they've seen it all and you may get your stuff at prescription prices.




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  Reply # 756488 6-Feb-2013 11:30
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to my understanding pro-active just uses peroxide like most other products, which does help but dries out your skin and bleaches clothes, when I was younger my mum use to get annoyed at my brother for bleaching all her nice towels.

i used (and sometimes still do, but age does help :)) differin gel, from the doctor, doesnt contain peroxide so no bleaching. was the best i found, cost about $50 a tube with prescription. i would highly suggest staying away from roaccutane (if they still sell it), really bad side effects, made mine a lot worse, wish i stayed cleared of it (knew a few other people on it as well, they didnt like it).

i didnt really get pimples until I was 17, i was thinking sweet no pimples for me, sadly they lasted to my early twenties with the odd breakout still.

tl;dr; go to doctor and get the good stuff.



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  Reply # 756491 6-Feb-2013 11:36
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reven: to my understanding pro-active just uses peroxide like most other products, which does help but dries out your skin and bleaches clothes, when I was younger my mum use to get annoyed at my brother for bleaching all her nice towels.

i used (and sometimes still do, but age does help :)) differin gel, from the doctor, doesnt contain peroxide so no bleaching. was the best i found, cost about $50 a tube with prescription. i would highly suggest staying away from roaccutane (if they still sell it), really bad side effects, made mine a lot worse, wish i stayed cleared of it (knew a few other people on it as well, they didnt like it).

i didnt really get pimples until I was 17, i was thinking sweet no pimples for me, sadly they lasted to my early twenties with the odd breakout still.

tl;dr; go to doctor and get the good stuff.


haha funny you say that, my brother took roaccutane and made things worse for him.

Is differin gel available over the counter  ?




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  Reply # 756499 6-Feb-2013 11:53
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nah you need a prescription for differin gel. my doctor use to give me 3 repeats on it, so only had to go get a new prescription every 6 months or so.

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  Reply # 756506 6-Feb-2013 12:20
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This is Geekzone. Isn't having acne just a natural part of being a geek?

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  Reply # 756507 6-Feb-2013 12:26
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sorry cant help, never had acne, never used any product and im a geek.




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  Reply # 756508 6-Feb-2013 12:29
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alasta: This is Geekzone. Isn't having acne just a natural part of being a geek?


haha  sure , providing your content with blemishes :)




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  Reply # 756510 6-Feb-2013 12:29
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reven: nah you need a prescription for differin gel. my doctor use to give me 3 repeats on it, so only had to go get a new prescription every 6 months or so.


Oh okay, thanks alot




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  Reply # 756515 6-Feb-2013 12:31
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In the Early to mid 90's I used "Dalacin T" (not sure if that the spelling).
It was phamacy only back then... prolly still is because it was powerful indeed.
Clear solution which you dabbed on using the bottle itself.

Worked a treat. Stung at first...but great !

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  Reply # 756518 6-Feb-2013 12:40
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reven: to my understanding pro-active just uses peroxide like most other products, which does help but dries out your skin and bleaches clothes, when I was younger my mum use to get annoyed at my brother for bleaching all her nice towels.

Just a heads up that this is true, and furthermore it's extremely hard to stop using it, it can take months for your skin to recover so you're effectively locked in.



I know of someone who uses it. Terrible stuff imo.

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  Reply # 756538 6-Feb-2013 13:27
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Good diet, limit suger, try not to touch your face. I don't actually think there's a proper cure except age. And even then people still get serious acne problems.
A friend of mine used a product to clear up bad back acne (she was 27). I can't for the life of me think what it was. It was a herbal type product from a health store, that you mixed with water and drank, some kind of yeast product.
I will try and find out what it was. I had to buy it for an ex once, seemed to do the trick.

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  Reply # 756548 6-Feb-2013 13:48
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Diet is the biggest factor.

I stopped putting crap in my lunch box when I was a kid and had the cleanest face on the north island.

Instead of a chocolate bar, iced buns, nutella sandwiches...ect, I took manarines, apples, carrot sticks and a proper sandwich. Two bottles of filtered water and showered regularly.
You don't need to bombard your face with toxic chemicals. Treating the problem rather than the symptom works better and lasts longer.





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  Reply # 756552 6-Feb-2013 13:59
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DravidDavid: Diet is the biggest factor.

I stopped putting crap in my lunch box when I was a kid and had the cleanest face on the north island.

Instead of a chocolate bar, iced buns, nutella sandwiches...ect, I took manarines, apples, carrot sticks and a proper sandwich. Two bottles of filtered water and showered regularly.
You don't need to bombard your face with toxic chemicals. Treating the problem rather than the symptom works better and lasts longer.



+1  Im now 34 and only get "zits" when ive been touching my face with dirty hands and indulging in certain types of dairy / chocolate / sugar

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  Reply # 756575 6-Feb-2013 14:45
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+1 for the diet but I have a different angle. A workmate told me that her friend drunk lots of milk daily (1 litre I think she said, or maybe 2) and he had bad back acne. He stopped drinking the milk and his skin got better.

I have had acne since I was 13/14 (22 now) and the peak of it was probably 16-18. I currently have pimples on my back, although not as many as a few months ago because I changed my diet (more on that below). I also have them on my head/on my neck. Still get the occasional one on my face but barely.

Anyway, I changed my diet a few months ago to try and get rid of the back/neck acne. What did I change about it? I cut out Gluten from my diet as much as possible. I googled it and people have been reporting that after cutting gluten from their diets their acne went away/got a lot better. Now this could be just luck but for the past few months I have tried to live gluten free, my acne on my back has got TONS better. I had 3 squares of chocolate (Which has gluten in) the other day (Sunday I think) and woke up Monday and could feel pimples were growing on my neck. Yesterday I could feel a little trio coming along on my back.

That could be just pure coincidence, but as soon as I had the food with gluten in, pimples started appearing.

TLDR: Cut gluten out of your diet for better skin :)

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