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Beauty Mark It: Blemish Blasters

Remember that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie gets an enormous pimple on the train ride to San Francisco? Ugh, I felt for her. Since adult acne is definitely not high on my list of Martha Stewart-style "good things," I rely on antiblemish products and oil-free creams to help keep the bumps at bay.

So, for this week's Beauty Mark It challenge I'm thinking blemish control. Which products do you love and which ones do you hate when it comes to reducing pimples and oil production on the skin? Just follow the link above and review, review, review. I'll feature my three favorites here next Tuesday.


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mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
lin lin - you don't have to sleep on your back if you get a satin pillow! My hairdresser recommended it and I swear by it, not just for your face (acne, wrinkles, it prevents them all) but your hair. I've been using satin pillowcases for about 3 months and my hair doesn't get as greasy and neither does my face. For Hannah, I'm in the same boat. My acne is always cystic and painful, either on my forehead or my chin. I use Mario Badescu Drying Cream (the pink stuff, Drying Lotion, works great on normal pimples but not on cystic or unerupted pimples) on it, it smells like cucumbers and aloe which is nice. It doesn't work overnight or anything, but if I use that religiously it will be gone or erupted in a week. (I'm interested to try the hot water method above though!) For scars I use acid peels. No need to get a fancy one, Neutrogena makes great ones. They are great for your skin regardless, super exfoliating, and fades the scar faster.
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Thanks for all the input about Proactiv, I've been going back and forth about trying it for a long time. I tried AcneFree because it was less expensive and seemed similar, but I'm just not getting the results I want. I think I'll bite the bullet and give it a shot! I do own the Thermaclear (like the zeno) and I really love it. When I have a big nasty zit that is just about to come to a head, it works wonders. It is a little painful (feels like a slight pinprick)but there are two heat settings, the lower one is barely noticeable. I have found that it doesn't work well on the awful under the skin zits that stick around for weeks. Those are my main problem, but once it comes to a head... it gets zapped! A good concealer I use is Benefit's Galactic Shield, that contains salicylic acid. Just go light with it because it will make your skin peal if you use too much!
saramay saramay 8 years
Mario Badescu drying lotion. The pink stuff in the jar. It's awesome!
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
When it is that time of the month I get this gigantic zit in the same place on my chin month after month. I'm not sure what is up with the one spot, but it's only one zit, so I can't really complain. I have super sensitive skin, so when it comes I just put a hot wash cloth on it, and then I put clean and clears spot treatment on it. Once that is dried, I make sure to put some face moisturizer on the spot, or it will dry out too much, and become worse.
CocoaBombshell CocoaBombshell 8 years
i don't get breakouts or humongo pimples but whenever i feel a zit coming along, i make sure to use tea tree oil/aloe vera/honey (kills bacteria and heals wounds)/proactiv's mum tells me i'm too young to be using all those things (i don't use all those things at ONCE, mind you; those are my options :)but i have sensitive skin and if it works on me it can most likely be baby mild for anyone older than me... i don't use all of proactiv's line because i don't need to except for the mask; i use little spots on a zit and in the morning... IT'S GONE! i recommend concealer that says its use is too take the redness out for the people who've talked about those angry red marks. i've heard that they are efficient!
alexask alexask 8 years
i have extremely sensitive skin. if a strand of hair touches my skin i could get a pimple. so i've experimented with everything. for spot-treatment blemishes and pimples, benefit cosmetics boo-boo zap! is the best thing i have found in terms of quick healing. to use often, if benzoyl peroxide doesn't do much for you (such as proactive), so far dr. brandt's pore effect clarifying cream is the best daily thing i've ever used.
hannahsnow hannahsnow 8 years
I have dry acne prone skin. I get these awful cycstic pimples that won't go away for a month and then leave scars for a year. Does any one know of a good scar removal cream that actually works?
skigurl skigurl 8 years
people who know me know that a zit can literally ruin my day i will not go out when i have a big one it almost ruined a whole weekend trip to NYC before it's just terrible i stand by clinique and shiseido acne treatments...but frankly, time heals all wounds! nothing will make it go away as fast as i want!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
everything with tea tree oil is excelent :)
lin-lin lin-lin 8 years
If anyone knows any amazing products for sensitive skin that gets red they will be my cosmetics goddess. I also need to learn to sleep on my back because I get horrible spots on the one side of my face that I sleep on even when I change my sheets every 2 days.
FlyrFn4eva FlyrFn4eva 8 years
I swearrrrr by Philosophy's on a clear day face wash, and definately their syrum for those major zits that won't go away. The syrum is def not something to use every day, though, as it can dry out your skin pretty easily. I also use Bare Escentuals Rare Minerals blemish therapy... although to be completely honest, I'm not even sure it works as much as I want it to in my head!
lizlee89 lizlee89 8 years
TLW128 TLW128 8 years
oh yeah, i also use the Clarsonic once a day. It makes my skin super soft and smooths out my complexion.
TLW128 TLW128 8 years
Honestly, I think breakouts have more to do with hormones then the products one uses to make breakouts disappear. With that in mind, I've been taking spironolactone once a day since I was 21 and my skin has been beautiful ever since. I SWEAR BY IT. I also think it is important to exfoliate your skin once or twice a week to prevent breakouts. And if your skin is oily, stick to using a milk based cleanser and very mild toner. I use to make the mistake of using products that were too abasive for my skin and it caused even worse breakout. For oily skin, I'd recommend - Comfort Zone, the milk and Comfort Zone, tonic, in addition to spironolactone
mlarue mlarue 8 years
St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish and Blackhead Control is a great one
LADIES! if you need make-up reviews, has the most product reviews!!! PS: I use st ives apricot scrub and ddf 10% glycolic acid toner
omigosh omigosh 8 years
La Roche Posay A.I. is the best for me. I use it whenever I feel a pimple come up or I have an established whitehead. It's not 100% perfect, but it shrinks the pimple. When you feel a new one coming up and put in on there, it basically absorbs all the goop from it or something. Also works great when you've popped a pimple to prevent scarring. Sometimes when you've popped a pimple and you put this stuff on, it soaks even more white stuff out. Haha it's gross but it shows me it's working :P Best stuff and lasts ages..!
Steph84 Steph84 8 years
Oh, and I'm on birth control, which has been the savior of my skin in the "chickenpox" acne phase... :)
Steph84 Steph84 8 years
I'm a huge believer in getting facials at my dermatologists office!! They clear my skin up and make it soooo smooth for about a month afterwords (basically until its that time of the month, again). Also, I use retin-A micro at night about every two days, wash with cetaphil (normal to oily skin) cleanser and use dermalogica moisturizer at night. In the mornings I use finacea (I have the onset of rosecea but it also helps reduse the left over marks from previous acne and treats acne) and occasionally I use clindagel (from the dermatologist) on those huge pimples. And I take doxycycline, oral, 50mg, once/day (be careful to make sure to drink LOTS of water with this or itll hurt your esophagus... learnt that the hard way). Also, as a side note: i'm 24 about to turn 25, have combo skin that is starting to get drier and I used to suffer from REALLY bad acne when I was younger (once someone asked if I had the chickenpox!!!!), now i have the occasional deep acne cyst and just a bunch of left over red marks... OK, hope that helps! Overall, I really recommend finding a very good dermatologist... one that actually takes their time with you and discusses different treatment options.... OK, thanks to those that stuck through reading all this :)
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 8 years
Ive tried hundreds of products since my teen years, and the thing that I find works the best....WATER! I take a washcloth, run it under the hottest water I can stand and hold it on the pimple until the cloth feels cold...and then repeat it a few more times until bed... the water dries the little pesk up and the heat takes the redness away... In the morning, Its practically non-existent...and definitely not as noticeable as it was the night before. I get the worst blind pimples...the ones that hurt under the skin...and I swear by this simple routine
m0readventur0us m0readventur0us 8 years
Candace, I've got a Zeno and have had great success with it... worth every penny! It really does shrink and dry zits within just a few treatments. The only complaint I have with it is sometimes it makes my skin a little too dry,which makes the blemish harder to disguise. Also girls, take note that the Zeno's metal tip (which heats up to kill the bacteria that causes zits) does get increasingly warmer on your skin during treatment, which can be a little off-putting at first (but nothing too painful!) I'm gonna write a review for it soon! :) For my everyday routine, I use Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle scrub every morning (although i may be over-exfoliating) and Cetaphil at night. I use also Origins' Spot Remover blemish treatment which is awesome and cheap!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I use Clean And Clear Oxygenating Facial wash or scrub after exfoliating with a gentle daily exfoliator. Following that I slather on a light moisturiser. Any zits that crop up I kill with Clearasil zit cream.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
It's like whose skin is the worst contest. My skin is ultra sensitive, and I can get zits by doing literally anything (not getting good sleep, not washing face thoroughly, stress, etc). I use Benzoyl Peroxide and Retinol along with dermatologist recommended skin care products such as Avene. When skin gets out of control which is quite often, I make a trip to a doctor to get all the pimples popped and to get all the oils sucked out of my skin. I really envy people with naturally beautiful skin. :( Justanerd, St. Ives scrub is really harsh for face I think.
Samm_Li Samm_Li 8 years
something i can actually comment on : ) i have horrid skin; oily combination skin, lots of hormones flying around (im 19) especially during PMS time; my skin's been pretty much clear for two-ish years now (Except for breakouts @ pms time) face wash: Herbalism by lush (i dont know why but this thing works wonders for me) (daily) exfoliator: st ives apricot scrub [blackheads & blemishes] (daily; probably not the best idea) moisturizer: clinique moisture surge i dont use both meds every day because i dont want to kill my skin BUT: night time medication: retin-a-micro (dries my face up; hence the moisturizer) morning medication: benzoyl peroxide & clindamycin phosphate combo cream. biweekly face masks: sephora peel off purifying mask for oily skin lush cupcake complicated eh ? keeps my skin clear though. so i suppose its worth it.
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 8 years
I have giant pores and St. Ive's facial scrub is the only thing that keeps my pores clean, that and the MK Acne Solution I keep talking about are what keep me from being a big pimply face myself, Lol ;)
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