One thing my momma taught me that I diligently follow is - Not to pick on pimples.

Not that I don't follow anything else she tells me. I do. I am a momma's girl. But this one I will follow forever or till acne is eradicated.

It grosses me out when I see youtube videos of people teaching how to squeeze out pimples. I get the yucky feeling in my teeth - like when somebody drags their long nails on a blackboard. Yikes ! But some people are great at it. May be. I am not.

This is my simple regime.

Start off by throwing out all the chocolates in your house.

Or in my case the sub standard semi sweet chocolate chips.

Wake up. Wash my face with an anti acne cleanser.
I used this - The Body Shop Tea Tree Cleanser .

Follow with Anti Acne Light Oil Free Moisturizer. This time I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish fade Night Lotion. My other choice would be Clean & Clear.

If it was a much bigger pimple I would dab a little Anti Acne Serum on the monster.

At night I wash my face with water, pat dry and dab the Isomers Daily Control Serum on the affected areas. I avoid any heavy creams and moisturizers on my face. I do use an eye cream.

To me this serum is the real hero of my regime. The rest are all supporting characters. This one dries the pimple out, reduces the redness and any pain / irritation. I've been using this for over a year and a half . Real hero material, I tell ya !

Sometimes if my face feels really really dry and I badly need some moisture I use Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel on the unaffected areas. It is a light but very effective moisturizer.

Twice a week I used the LUSH Dark Angels as a face mask. It soaks up oil and sucks all gunk out. I'll write a review soon. In short - extreme cleaning.

No matter what I do, I do not pick on it because I bruise like a peach. Every thing leaves a mark on my skin. Instead I choose a routine and stick to it to 2 - 3 weeks till the monsters disappear. I am starting to believe in Tea Tree's anti acne properties. Anything natural, I am all for it. Especially if it works !

What is your killer anti acne regime ? Do share ! We all have different things that work for us !

Indian Girl
PS : It must be noted that mine is not chronic acne. I get a few pimples here and there. If you suffer form chronic acne, it is best to consult a dermatologist.


Mads said... @ November 12, 2009 at 3:45 AM

Thanks IG for the follow up post! My skin type is normal with oily T zone and I get few pimples once in a while, mostly around that time of the month. This is what I do,

1) Cleanse - Neutrogena Acne Stress Control cleanser. Twice a day. I swear by this product, it's very very gentle and non-drying. I like it so much that I use it almost everyday, acne or no acne.
2) Apply oil-free moisturizer for day (Garnier). During night, I just let my skin breathe after the cleansing regimen.
3) Apply Neutrogena on the spot acne treatment. It is pretty effective on relatively small zits, but sometimes I get big and painful pimples and the 'on the spot' treatment doesn't help.

I just bought Burt's bees Anti blemish stick with tea tree oil. Haven't tried it yet (touch wood).

And yeah I never ever pick a pimple. You know more than the pimple it's the scars left behind that I hate!!!


PS: I'm going to stock up on the Isomers daily control serum. Thanks again!!

ATingsBlings said... @ November 12, 2009 at 4:18 AM

Oe that dark angel looks scary! Hmm haven't found a good regime yet...trea tree oil face wash dries out my skin and using only the oil doesn't dry out my pimples...-__-"

Husha said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:03 AM

V. interested in that serum now~
AND the Dark Angels scrub--it gets rave reviews on MUA..Me want.

Nothing I use is 100 percent perfect or wow, but always use a raw, organic honey facial when I get pimples. It smoothes them down, like an iron.

And olive oil on the pimple right after, because a facialist told me it dries it out..which it does.

priya said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:44 AM

have u tried anything else from Isomers line? i heard raves in this line & i am very much wanting to try it!

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:46 AM

Hi mads !

Thank you or sharing your routine ! Ooh I love the smell of Garnier products. Hmm Hmm Hmmmmmmmm

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:47 AM

Hi ATingsBlings !

LOl. Yea it looks weird coz of all the charcoal in it !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:48 AM

Hi Husha !

Wow. Olive oil ! Who would have guessed ! Gonna have to give that a try !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ November 12, 2009 at 6:50 AM

Hi Priya !

I've tried their cleanser. It is pretty good too as long as you don't mind the scent of all these tea tree products.

Anonymous said... @ November 12, 2009 at 8:07 AM

Thanks for the follow up post, it was much appreciated.
I love your sense of humor!

babysaffron said... @ November 12, 2009 at 8:08 AM

i love your post regarding the anti acne regimen...
What anti acne serum did you used?
will try the body shop tea tree cleanser...

Niky said... @ November 12, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Oh! I'm SO with you on this one! My dad's a dermatologist, so my sister and I would get yelled at if we went ahead and popped anything on our faces (zits, blackheads etc).

I use:
1.) Thursday Plantation Tea Tree face wash (I LOVE this stuff, been using it for close to 10 years. I use it once a day, and it keeps the zits at bay!)

2.) Vichy Normaderm face cream (for the light patch of seborrheic dermatitis, that usually accompanies, on my cheeks right by my nose) - this cream is awesome. It's very non-oily. And dries up to a powder-ish finish.

3.) Isotrexin gel - This is by far the best thing I've come across for spot-acne treatment. It's supposed to have a bit of retinoid (vit A) that roaccutane has, but it's not that severe. It's great for those huge zits that take about a week - 10 days to disappear.

The Lush face mask looks really appealing. Should try that out soon. :-)

Anonymous said... @ November 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM

I unfortunately had a woman who used to do my eyebrows convince me the popping zits was okay. For most of my teenage years I did it. Now i royally regret it due to the inevitable scars. Any ideas what to do to diminish them?

Husha said... @ November 13, 2009 at 3:28 AM

@ Anonymous: I know u didn't ask me but emu oil completely eliminates scarring deep deep within the skin as well as superficial scars...

foodie said... @ November 13, 2009 at 9:46 AM

I am getting so annoyed at my acne! I'll have to try the Tea Tree Oil line from The Body Shop. The only thing I'm worried about is that they say the tea tree oil removes excess oil, but I have dry skin.

Anonymous said... @ November 13, 2009 at 7:44 PM

Thanks Husha! I'll definitely try that out :)

preeti said... @ November 14, 2009 at 4:09 AM

Thank you so much for this post. I too have the occasional breakouts and nothing serious though. I am very interested in the serum now. If you happen to read this comment, could you share how you get rid of the spots left by acne on your skin??

shaun Marsh said... @ July 14, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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