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Hi all, new here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"><br><br>
I'm 18 and since I was 11 or 12 I've had issues with moderate-severe acne. No product or natural remedy I try works.<br><br>
I've been vegan for almost 4 years. About a year ago I cut out gluten also thinking I was intolerant to it, but it hasn't helped my skin. In May I stopped eating all sugar and natural sweeteners too - hasn't helped either. I don't eat any junk food or oily/fatty/greasy foods either. I take a multivitamin and exercise 5 or 6 days a week.<br><br>
I've tried benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and just about every acne product out there. Nothing works. The closest I've come to clear skin was using a regimen involving benzoyl peroxide that I found online; it kept my face 90% clear for a year or two and then out of nowhere I broke out and it stopped working.<br><br>
I've tried all kinds of natural remedies too... turmeric, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, oatmeal face masks, you name a food and I've probably used it in a way it was never meant to be used <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
So I'm stuck. Just when I think my skin is clearing up I break out again. It's really screwed with the little self-esteem I have.<br><br>
I haven't been to the dermatologist because I figure all the products they have are not vegan or are tested on animals. I think it has a lot to do with hormones - I have many other symptoms of hormone imbalance but have never gotten tested - and would go on the pill, but again, not vegan.<br><br>
So does anyone have any suggestions? On both the acne issue and the problem of whether or not to use a product because it isn't vegan.<br><br>
Sorry for the long post, thanks in advance for any help you can give!
 

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I need help with this too.<br><br>
Also with acne scarring.
 

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I never had real bad acne but I always had small flare ups for a while. I stopped using deodorant because it was not helping my sweating problem (I tried every type and brand) and soon enough, I stopped sweating. In this case, I stopped using soap and the little acne that I did have (a little bit on my back) cleared up and if I get any at all nowadays, it clears right up in a day or two.
 

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I have the hormonal acne - the kind along the jaw line - and I hate it. Mine is related to my PCOS. I have so far been unsuccessful in controlling it.
 

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Try this:<br><br><a href="http://www.stives.com/Facial-Products/Fresh-Skin/Moisturizing-Olive-Cleanser/" target="_blank">http://www.stives.com/Facial-Product...live-Cleanser/</a><br><br>
I've had pretty bad acne since I was a teen, to the point where I actually went on accutane (I still have some mild acne even after taking it).<br><br>
I've been using that cleanser for a while now and it's pretty good and keeps my skin clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Is it possible that you're overdoing the bp, etc. and causing a reaction to dried out skin?<br><br>
Knock on wood, I don't have too much trouble with acne, just a little. I've heard really good things about Pro-Activ though, and I'm pretty sure it's still vegan.
 

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Good to hear I'm not the only one with this problem... it always seems like everyone else around me has perfectly clear skin! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>yellowduckie21</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3020272"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Try this:<br><br><a href="http://www.stives.com/Facial-Products/Fresh-Skin/Moisturizing-Olive-Cleanser/" target="_blank">http://www.stives.com/Facial-Product...live-Cleanser/</a><br><br>
I've had pretty bad acne since I was a teen, to the point where I actually went on accutane (I still have some mild acne even after taking it).<br><br>
I've been using that cleanser for a while now and it's pretty good and keeps my skin clear. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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Thanks, I'll definitely try that!<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Is it possible that you're overdoing the bp, etc. and causing a reaction to dried out skin?</div>
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Well, I tried doing nothing but rinsing with water for a few months too and that never helped. I haven't used any skin products, just natural methods, for a while now and it's not helping either. I always use a moisturizer to keep my skin from drying out.
 

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What kind of regimen did you have when you tried witch hazel? I was on steroids for a long time, and they made me have awful acne. The only thing that really worked for me was a mix of BP, witch hazel, facial cleanser and moisturizer.<br><br>
I washed my face (usually with clean and clear. I only exfoliated like twice a week max!)<br>
then I cleansed with the witch hazel and then I put on moisturizer. I only wore makeup if I felt like I REALLY had to. At night I would do the reverse, plus put on BP all over my entire forehead, and then over each pimple on the rest of my face. I also made sure to drink LOTS of water!<br><br>
I think the issue is different things work for different people. Hopefully you can find something soon. Make sure to moisturize!
 

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I'm 32 and still fight it, 20 years of it. Now I have.to worry about wrinkles and acne. I wash only with a facial cleanser, for wrinkles and I don't really know, never thought about it, and animals. it seems to cleanse wonderful and then use berts bees spot remover and mostureizer. that's helped me the most
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SillySunshine</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3025033"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think the issue is different things work for different people.</div>
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^This. I also think that since the things that trigger acne vary by individual the methods that seem to work differ for each person. You just have to experiment and see what works for you.
 

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Try this out:<br><br><a href="http://www.skintypesolutions.com/home" target="_blank">http://www.skintypesolutions.com/home</a><br><br>
If you don't want to register, she also has a book.
 

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Ohh how I can relate! I have also tried pretty much everything!<br>
I cut gluten out of my diet for a while too but noticed little to no improvement.<br><br>
When I was about 18 I went to the dermatologist for my moderate acne. She gave me all sorts of different creams but my skin was soo sensitive that it just burned my skin and caused redness and dryness. She put me on various antibiotics (Doxycycline, etc.) and I also tried two different types of birth control pills. My skin improved, but it was never perfect. I got frustrated and knew it wasn't good to be putting these things in/on my body, so I stopped.<br>
I started only buying products from stores, and my skin probably was at its worst during this time. I had large bumps on my chin and jawline, and random breakouts.<br><br>
I hated all the chemicals I was putting on my skin, so I started using tea tree oil as spot treatment, pure honey as a mask, and coconut oil as moisturizer. My skin improved, but still wasn't great.<br><br>
Like someone before mentioned, the problem is there isn’t one thing that works for everyone.<br><br>
I went back on the pill 4 months ago, and my skin has definitely improved.<br>
I thought my skin was looking good, even though I still had to cover up all the red marks and scarring, grr. Then I went to a doctor for a physical and she said, “I know this is embarrassing to talk about, but what are you doing for your acne?” Awesome.<br><br>
She prescribed 5% BP and Clindamycin…I was desperate at this point!<br>
I don’t use the 5% BP since it’s so harsh though- I ordered a 2.5% BP from acne.org.<br><br>
I wash with a plain, unscented bar of soap, use the 2.5% BP as a spot treatment, and use coconut oil as a moisturizer. The coconut oil has made my skin noticeably softer. Keep it simple, and stick with a few things...I feel like I tried so many different things that my skin just freaked out.<br><br>
My skin has definitely improved- I don’t have hideous bumps and breakouts here and there- but I have all these red marks! I work in an elementary school and the young kids are so honest about my "freckles" as they have been referred to as. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I need to find something to reduce the scarring and redness, and in the meantime, a good cover up! My cheap store bought makeup makes my skin look worse than it really is, but it's too uneven without it.<br><br>
eta: So I basically offered no advice, and just rambled <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> All that to say, I CAN RELATE! I wish I had kept it simple from the beginning. I feel like I could have avoided years of bad skin if I hadn't tried all these creams and things that made my skin freak out.
 
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