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    I used to have quite terrible acne, but now i'm totally clear, save for the occasional outbreak due to stress. I found that Retin-A (prescription only) worked quite well for me, though it did cause a lot of peeling (i think it works by speeding up the cell-death, cell-renewel process). Any product with Salicylic acid (which unblocks pores and causes them to tighten) is good, eg you should try Neutrogena Clear Pore Gel. Also, if you have greasy skin, Dead Sea Spa products are good, because they're loaded with natural minerals - their spot blaster is particularly good, it ALWAYS does the job, even on the nastiest, reddest and most hideous of blemishes. Other than that, i would suggest eating healthily - cut out all saturated fats, drink plently of water (it really does help), cut down on simple sugars.
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    i used to have really bad acne and when i was 14, my doc put me on oxytetracycline! it worked a bit but after 2 years it stopped doing anything!!!! so i went back and cos i was 16 he put me on the pill( dianette) which was good cos it worked as contraception as well as anti-acne!!! it didnt work totally so i went back a few months later and he put me on erythromycin as well as the pill! its worked really well and i only get a few spots now!!! just keep going back to the doc's cos in the end they will give u something that is best for u!!!!! good luck!!!
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    (Original post by Tazzie)
    i went to a derm otologist yesterday, at Barts. He gave me differein to use in the night, zinerit inthe morning and a aquious cream to use as facewash and moisturising cream. And this is after tablets when they were much worse.

    but for me the thing thats worked the best is giving up on fizzy drinks...that just puts them down...and drink more water....havnt been able to give up the chocs yt!
    It has very little to do with what you eat or drink - obviously more water is good but giving up fizzy drinks is not necessary.

    I used differen - it absolutely stinks hehe. It didn't work for me but as the link posted above shows - different things work for different people.
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    get your doctor to refer you to a specialist at the local hosipital to you, they have people who specialise in skin, i cant remember their name, but i went there when i had a wort removed lol. and there were a few people with acne there seeing the doctors...

    and to make him hurry you in say you dont feel confident with the acne...
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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/conditions/acne.shtml

    A great article on acne.
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    (Original post by kirstenb)
    i used to have really bad acne and when i was 14, my doc put me on oxytetracycline! it worked a bit but after 2 years it stopped doing anything!!!! so i went back and cos i was 16 he put me on the pill( dianette) which was good cos it worked as contraception as well as anti-acne!!! it didnt work totally so i went back a few months later and he put me on erythromycin as well as the pill! its worked really well and i only get a few spots now!!! just keep going back to the doc's cos in the end they will give u something that is best for u!!!!! good luck!!!
    I thought that antibiotics and the pill should not be used together as they can sto the birth control working....
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    Thanks for all the tips, I appreciate it How do you get an appointment with a dermatologist exactly? Do you have to be referred? Will see the doc on wednesday but I went with my mum went about something else today and a different doctor said if I had become resistent to the antibiotics (started taking them 2 years ago and changed tablets about a year ago) I should just stop using them and wait for a breakout then treat it again..i'm not too keen on waiting for a breakout though then it takes a couple of months to clear up again..hmm

    (Original post by Sugaray)
    In America, they seem to be obsessed with this thing called Proactiv,?
    i remember seeing an advert on that........ the advert is like 15 minutes long ( when we went to the US 3 years ago )

    my mum is a part time GP and she says dont worry about it and drink water
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    There was something that said about laser surgery, which gets rid of acne. However, it is expensive but effective.
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    you can beat acne by wearin a paper bag over your head!
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    (Original post by ColdFire)
    you can beat acne by wearin a paper bag over your head!
    You haven't been watching Kerrang have you?
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    (Original post by Sugaray)

    In America, they seem to be obsessed with this thing called Proactiv, has anyone tried it? It seems a little pricy and I don't know where to buy it except via international shipping from the US. There's also something they use called Differin gel and both apparently are extremely effective.
    Quite often things with the same ingredients are marketed with different names so it probably is available here but with a different brand name.

    I've been really lucky I've never had acne. I'm one of those people who just get one or two huge spots in the same place. Like everyone else has said, drink water, cut out chocolate and fizzy drinks and it will really help.

    Oh I have a friend who makes soap and that worked better on my exzema than anything from the doctors. Strangly the best soap for dry skin is soap made with lard! fortunatly by the time it's turned into soap the lard has completely saponified.


    EDIT: just looked up Proactiv, the active ingredient is Benzoyl Peroxide and in the UK it is sold as acetoxil, acneside, acnegel, benoxyl, nericur, panoxyl, acnidazil, benzamycin and quinoderm.
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    (Original post by Sugaray)
    Thanks for all the tips, I appreciate it How do you get an appointment with a dermatologist exactly? Do you have to be referred? Will see the doc on wednesday but I went with my mum went about something else today and a different doctor said if I had become resistent to the antibiotics (started taking them 2 years ago and changed tablets about a year ago) I should just stop using them and wait for a breakout then treat it again..i'm not too keen on waiting for a breakout though then it takes a couple of months to clear up again..hmm
    To get referred you need to have tried loads of the crappy antibiotics, in the end the prescription pusher GP will refer you. Then you will have to wait months. Apparently according to one of my mates they then prescribe you exactly the same rubbish as the GP could.
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    (Original post by supreme)
    To get referred you need to have tried loads of the crappy antibiotics, in the end the prescription pusher GP will refer you. Then you will have to wait months. Apparently according to one of my mates they then prescribe you exactly the same rubbish as the GP could.
    Tis true . You don't really beat acne, you just let it slowly ruin your life until your cutting off the skin from your face with a knife doused in sulphuric acid. Apparently.
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    Have you asked your mom/dad if and how long they had acne? Its mostly down to genes if you have spots, obviously eating crap all the time doesn't help and living on burgers, fries, generally greasy foods really doesn't help because your body is just processing crap instead of fruit and veggies which really helps the skin. Excercising helps as it really clears the skin and makes your face glow! Eat as much chocolate as you want - it does not create spots!! Why do ppl still say that?? Both my mom and dad had spots along with my brothers so it was obvious that I would get them too. Just don't overload your face with products, cause that does not help matters at all - just makes it worst.
    P.S I have done a lot of these things mentioned, I changed my diet, cut out the fizzy drinks, done the overload products on face(realised that was really bad), but as I have gotten older, Ive become less bothered and they are now clearing up, so don't stress too much about it. They will go in their own time.
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    This is the best way to beat acne:

    Go to you GP and get them to put you on some antibiotics and get them to refer you to the dermotolgist at the local hospital, where they can prescribe things which your doctor can't eg. controlled vitimin A.
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    I have bad acne and was on antibiotics. Girls: apparantly the Dianette/Diane 35 pill is good for skin, but I am not sure I want to take it. The latest thing I'm trying is peircing vitamin e capsules and covering my face in it. A guy at my dads office used it to get rid of a scar,so I thought it was worth a shot to see if it would clear some of my acne scars.
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    (Original post by Zapsta)
    Tis true . You don't really beat acne, you just let it slowly ruin your life until your cutting off the skin from your face with a knife doused in sulphuric acid. Apparently.
    HAHA LOl :confused: :eek:
 
 
 
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