Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Pads: My Cure for Cystic Acne


topix gly sal 10-2 pads, 60 pads for $19.10

I am so excited to share with you an inexpensive product that has helped rid me of the painful boils on my jawline and neck. Once I reached my mid-twenties, I started to experience deep, unsightly, and, worst of all, painful acne. After Internet research and talking to women in the skincare profession, it seemed my only option was to go on medication due to its "hormonal" nature. In a last ditch effort to avoid popping a pill, I tried the Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Pads and they worked! So ecstatic, I wrote a review about my results on skinstore.com two years ago (please excuse my incorrect capitalization of spring):

"This product has helped me with my cystic acne, which frequently appeared on my jawline. I have not had one since I started using this product back in the Spring of this year! I only use this product in my nightly ritual (after I have washed my face). I follow up with a retinol treatment, Afirm 1x (will be boosting up to 2x next). Please note, I had been using the retinol treatment for several months longer than the 10-2 pads. The retinol has helped my "regular" acne (use it more for the anti-aging benefits), but the 10-2 pads have put a stop to the painful cystic acne."

As you read above, I believe that this product quickly cleared up my cystic acne. Over a year of being healed, I started cutting back the amount of times I used this product to about twice a week. My cystic acne did not come back instantly, but crept back during the winter of 2011. A couple months ago I decided to return to my nightly ritual of using the gly-sal pads, which solved my problem just as it had before. With those two experiences, I feel that I can honestly pinpoint my "cure" as this product. For $19.10 it is worth a shot if you are experiencing the same suffering as I once did!

How I use it in my nightly regimen:

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Mild Soap with the Clarisonic Mia
Topix Gly Sal 10-2 Pads
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
(insert an anti-aging product here)*
 
*I had previously mentioned that I use Topix Replenix Power of Three Serum after the Essence. I ran out of the serum, so I am currently using whatever anti-aging samples I have until I order more.

If you have any other products to recommend (or avoid) for cystic acne, please share them in the comments. Let me know if you try this product and how it goes for you! :)

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20 comments:

  1. michelle, this is really interesting...
    i get cystic acne once every blue moon. it's very sporadic and like you said, very deep and so painful and you can't even pop it! do you recommend having this on hand to use when those cystic acne does pop up or is this something you have to use everyday for it to be affective?

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  2. Hey Ping!
    I don't recall any of my cysts going away quickly because of these pads. The pads seem more preventative. Once I started using them nightly, the new cysts stopped appearing. If you go to skinstore.com they have an "Ask an Esthetician" (http://www.skinstore.com/serviceCenter/askUs.aspx) form you can fill out with questions regarding products from their website.

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  3. Removing dairy is a big cure for cystic acne. As you stated, it's hormonal. Dairy is a culprit, as are the hormone that flow during our menstrual cycles. When I've cut back on and cut out dairy, my skin improves. Thanks for sharing the product recommendation :)

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    1. Hey Gigi! Thanks for adding the info about the dairy!

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  4. Thank you for the recommendation! I've been suffering from cystic acne similar to what you described for a while and have tried various prescriptions, so I'll definitely give this a try. I recently started using SK-II, how do you like it? Do you see any improvements as a result of it?

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    1. Hey Tif! I am loving the Essence! I am even preparing a post about it. :) I have not worn foundation since my first week of trying the product. It is amazing! I know I will be a loyal fan!

      What are you using from SK-II? Hope it works for you!

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    2. I am using the Essence, too. I think it might be helping the acne heal/fade faster, but don't think it prevents. I ordered the Gly-Sal pads, can't wait to try them!

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  5. Thank you for the recommendation. I'm always looking for new products to help me with my acne.

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  6. Wonderful information to have Michelle, thank you so much for sharing a helpful product!

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  7. I have had cystic acne since I was 13. At 16, I had the worst breakout ever. It was all over my face like nickel sizes, and it seems to keep spreading. I had to take accutane for it to go away (with lots of side effects). The cystic acne started to come back in my early 20s.

    5 years ago, I found a dermatologist that was able to help me treat the cystic acne. She said that I had to change my diet. Cut out the grease, the fried foods, the cheese, the dairy, the creamy sauces. Go low carb. And go to sleep early, before 11pm. Within a month of just changing my diet and sleeping habits, I saw a difference in my skin. It's been 4 years now and my skin has entirely changed. When I break out, I know I cheated and I have to stop overindulging.

    I am now using a presciption antibiotic lotion called clindamycin phosphate as a spot treatment. If I notice any inflamation, spot treat the area and usually the pimple will go away. I wash my face with a gentle cleanser like CeraVe twice a day and apply that antibiotic lotion twice a day.

    I wish I had known about these glycolic pads as a teen (would have done wonders for my self esteem). I wonder why all my dermatologists never told me about it. Maybe because mine was not minor and probably needed stronger stuff. A dermatologist who treated my mom's skin did tell her to use a Glycolic cleanser, which my mom loved.

    I now mostly break out along my chin. And my dermatologist says that is stress related. And stress is also considered as illnesses. If you are frequently sick (allergies) it affects your stress levels too. With 2 kids, work, life, I'm currently experiencing high levels stress, so when I break out along my chin, I know I need to relax.

    Sorry for such a long entry. Acne is a very personal subject to me. I joke with friends, saying I should have became a dermatologist for everything I've learned about my skin and body.

    Helen

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    1. Hi Helen!!

      Thank you so much for all that information! It helps to know all the options for cystic acne! A cleaner diet is definitely helpful for our skin and bodies! I feel the same way...I am so interested in skincare...I was considering going back to school to become an aesthetician.

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  8. Hi everyone, I just happened to stumble across this post- thank you JCrew hobo bag....
    I too used to suffer from cystic acne however I found this amazing dermatologist who treated mine with Cortisone shots. Quick disclaimer- this was not some yuppie office that mainly does Botox- its an office in a low income hospital. The shots sound painful but relief was only a matter of hours away with zero side effects. My dermatologist also advised against all the abrasive scrubs and pads and to just wash my face with dove bar soap and warm water. The first time I got the shots I got 12, yes 12 shots at one time- in my face. The cysts immediately cleared up and the pain was gone. For the next couple years I had a flare up every 3-6 months where I would need to go get one or two shots. I followed the advised low maintenance regimen and my skin has been clear since. Seriously- if you have cystic acne and your demoatologist gives you some crappy cream that peels off layers of skin and causes more pain- don't go back. The dermatologist obviously does not understand the proper treatment for cystic acne. I suffered with cystic acne and out of touch dermatologists before I finally got the right treatment.

    The dermatologist said to use sunscreen on my face daily, wash with the most mild soup there is, and don't pick!!!!! Stop scrubbing your face people! It is not that dirty- trust me! The more of that good oil you scrub away the less protection your skin has!!!!!

    Best of luck- I know it's painful and I really hope my post helps anyone who suffers.

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    1. Hi Mary!
      Lol! I love that you found this post via the J. Crew bag! :) Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Very good point about avoiding excessive scrubbing! And a big yes on the sunscreen! I am a nut when it comes to that! :p

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  9. Wow, this is really interesting!
    Also, thnx to post about the Fanfare dress, so my PS could located one for me!!! So pretty.
    I really enjoy your blog, and I'm giving you a "Libester Award". Check it out here.

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    1. Oh! So glad you found the dress!! Awesome!

      And thank you for the award! :)

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  10. Thanks for the tip! Like Ping, I get cystic acne once in a while but those are the worst! I actually like using tea tree oil from Body Shop and Spot Remover from Origins to bring the inflammation down overnight.

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  11. Wonderful post Michelle! As you know I'm going through breakouts as well - they are not cystic though just keep reappearing in the same spots - inflammed and painful at times. I'm seeing a naturopath in combination with perscription meds (which I'm only taking b/c I needed to get the inflammation down ASAP) and I will go off the meds soon. I'm hoping to find a natural more long term way to control this perhaps through diet and lifestyle change. I'll keep you posted :)

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  12. wow, thank you for sharing about this product. i'm still fighting breakouts, so i love to hear what works for people

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  13. For some reason I've been breaking out more lately and thinking about changing my skni routine...I need to give your regimen some consideration, thanks for sharing!

    You've got teh cutest style...that new J Crew dress is GORGEOUS on you and such a steal! Following your blog.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm here to say that deep, cystic breakouts can indeed be hormone related. I have suffered with that type of acne since I was 17 (I was a late bloomer). Anyway, that was 20 years ago! I never believed the whole hormone line either. However, I have two children, and for the duration of both pregnancies and while breastfeeding, my skin was absolutely flawless. I could skip my night routine entirely (and often did because of fatigue), use Ivory bar soap on my face, eat whatever I wanted, and still nothing. I used to joke that I couldn't make my skin break out even if I wanted to! As soon as the breastfeeding tapered off, the problems came right back. That was all the proof I needed. I'm sure that's not the case with everybody, but hormones definitely can be a factor.

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