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I want to know how to clear blemishes and have healthy looking skin. I am male in his early 30's

Sat. Jul 14, 10:51am

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My husband's skin has improved with a basic skin-care routine. I got him a men's facial scrub that he uses twice a day and he treats blemishes with a spot treatment. It took a while (2-3 weeks) for everything to really clear up, but now he's mostly blemish-free. If I could get him to use a moisturizer with a sunscreen, we'd be all set, but I am pleased with small steps.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 12:50 PM

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Change you pillow case frequently. Use something like Proactiv... if that doesn't work try a topical from your dermatologist. There isn't really any one thing but as you work at it you'll find things that work for you and things that don't.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 4:47 PM

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To the Op

Before you buy another product, educate yourself about what works and what doesn't. There is a link below that leads to a page of several articles about the how to take care of your skin no matter your sex or age.


Saturday, July 14, 2007, 5:34 PM

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Food for the skin

And according to the realage tip of the day that I received by email today, a diet that includes whole grains, fruits and veggies, and protein including low fat dairy will control the pimples. After 21 days you are supposed to see a difference.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 5:38 PM

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DHA and DHA supplements from algae and seaweed will work wonders. As will reducing sugar intake while increasing beta carotene intake. You need to try lots of things to see what works, but give this a shot. Taking a multivitamin along with reducing intake of wheat, dairy and other common food allergens may help as well.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 5:53 PM

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If you don't regularly wear sunscreen, DO NOT USE PROACTIV. The UV damage to your skin is far more terrible than any blemish could be.

I used ProActiv for three years. It worked to clear blemishes, but it was so incredibly harsh, and eventually it began stripping and chemically burning my skin. As soon as I stopped and just started using a gentle cleanser and moisturizer, my skin not only cleared up, but it literally glows. Okay, maybe not "literally," but it looks incredible.

I don't know if that would work for men, I'm just putting in my two cents about ProActiv because I wasted so much damn money on it and it essentially wrecked my skin for years.

But overall, 5:34 is right; educate yourself on what products do and what would work for your particular skin type. You may also want to try and take their little product quiz. They'll match up which of their products is best for your skin type. That's what I did, and their suggestions have worked better than absolutely anything else out there for me.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 6:31 PM

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Another comment on proactiv...I used it for about 6 months and saw some change in my skin, including severe dryness. However, it bleached out all my towels and pillowcases. A rather expensive side effect as I just got all new house stuff for wedding presents :-( So I dropped the proactiv and about a year later started dieting and added a lot of fruits and veggies, whole grains and loads of water and my skin began to clear up. A few months later I started taking a mutivitamin and that helped even more. I now only get the occasional blemish at that time of the month

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 10:04 PM

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Benzoyl peroxide, which kills the bacteria that contributes to acne, is the cause of the bleaching. I use it and I wait until it dries and wash my hands before I lay down or touch my clothes.

Saturday, July 14, 2007, 11:57 PM

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Singing the praises of my dermatologist

Go see a dermatologist! I finally went after years of trying lots of different products on my own, products that never worked. The doctor took a quick look at my face, and gave me a regimen that included prescription antibacterial cleaner and topical gel. I don't have problems any more. I've finally learned that consulting with a dermatologist it the best way to care for my skin. Good luck!

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 11:30 AM

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besides the ever common, drink lots of water. And personally, I can't have clear skin and eat corn or any corn derivatives. If you never have success with skin care products, there is a chance that you could have a food intolerance that shows up as blemished. Corn and dairy are two common possibilities.

Sunday, July 15, 2007, 10:50 PM

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